Singer presents real reason for the season
From the JournalNews
By Peggy McCracken
HAMILTON — No Santa, no elves, not even a snowman. “Emmanuel: The Story of Christmas” will focus on the true reason for the season.
Internationally known singing artist Tatiana will present the story of the birth of Jesus at
7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Julie Billiart Church, 224 Dayton St. TheCroatian-born performing and recording artist’s performance will include scripture, carols, Hebrew and Gregorian chant and original music.
Unlike many Christmas productions with large casts and mass choirs, Tatiana will present a one-woman program.
“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to present something with a little different approach,” said Rod Nimtz, St. Julie Billiart music director. “This has a much quieter approach, more contemplative.”
“The focus is exactly why we celebrate Christmas. I think it provides people a very good alternative...a break from the hustle and bustle of the season, holiday parties, the shopping to be done, cards to be written ... just to have a little quiet time,” he said.
Nimtz said he arranged Tatiana’s visit after members of the parish spoke of her powerful witness and music. Tatiana was featured this spring during the Embraced by Love Catholic Women’s Conference held in Cincinnati.
Previous Christmas programs at St. Julie’s have featured larger productions, including the King’s Brass. Nimtz said his experiences with large productions “have been a blast.”
“There is such marvelous majestic music that is written at Christmas,” he said.
Tatiana began her performing career at age four in her native Croatia. Educated at the Croatian Music Conservatory and trained in acting at the Zagreb Youth Theater, at age 19 her albums reached platinum sales. In less than a year she became the most popular and influential performing artist in her country. During the war in Croatia, she performed with Croatian Art Forces in efforts to raise funds for wounded people and refugees.
Moving to the United States in 1992, she graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and performed at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, theaters and other venues. She has released several albums, including “Gifts from Above” and “Struggles and Graces,” as well as “Let It Be Mary’s Story.” She also appears at national faith-based conferences for youth, women, and families across the United States and abroad.
Her tour in southwest Ohio will include performances Wednesday at the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood and Thursday at St. James Church in White Oak.
Admission to the presentation at St. Julie’s is free. An offering will be accepted and Tatiana’s tapes will be available. For more information, call St. Julie Billiart Church at 863-1040.