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Jonathan Adams a classically-trained guitarist, has developed his own eclectic blend of music which captures the best of classical, Celtic and popular styles. From Bach to the Beatles, Adams' arrangements and original compositions have expanded the repertoire of fingerstyle guitar with a flair for creativity rarely experienced.

Amadeus Virtuosi Of New York (Mary Alderdice Malin, Artistic Director) is an American-based chamber ensemble with seven to twenty-seven musicians which presents elegant Viennese evenings featuring familiar and rare works from the repertory of dance, operetta, opera, classical, and virtuoso music.

The Ambrosia Trio is one of New York's most sought-after chamber ensembles. Comprised of three highly committed musicians, The Ambrosia Trio demonstrates chamber music at its best.

Nicholas Anderson - Known internationally for his unique and inspired performances, cellist Nicholas Anderson has become one of today's distinguished interpreters of the solo concert repertoire. His critically acclaimed debut recital at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. was followed hy a highly successful concert tour of Moscow, Kiev and St. Petersburg. He has been a featured concert artist in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Japan, and his numerous solo performances have included the 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, Mannes College of Music, American University, Palm Springs Desert Museum, and the Festival Internacional de Musica in Costa Rica.

Mary Baker, "The Sophisticated Lady," has been delighting audiences with her dynamic singing style for over 20 years. A fine contemporary jazz and blues vocalist, she has had extensive experience as a concert performer, as well as performing in theatre productions and for corporate conventions.

Bassoon In The Wild - For over twenty years Michael Rabinowitz has been on the cutting edge as a versatile bassoonist. His broad musical experience makes him as comfortable with Bach and Mozart as he is with Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Their arrangements emphasize the ability of the bassoon to accompany as well as lead. Their programs range from Mozart to Jimi Hendrix. Their performance, literally brings the house down.

Julie Budd - has been hailed as one of the most exciting singers today, co-starring with such legendary performers as Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, George Burns, and many others. Julie has headlined in her own one-woman show, and appeared in concert in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, the London Palladium, Tel Aviv’s Israeli Arts Center and with major symphonies throughout the country.

Lars Bjornkjaer, violinist, is currently living in Copenhagen where he is presented in recitals and concerts throughout Europe and the United States. Mr. Bjornkjaer is a graduate of Juilliard in New York and the winner of several prestigious awards, among them the Gold Medal in the Danish National Competition in 1986 and the Jacob Gade prize in 1987 for young, outstanding musicians.

Phoenix Boys Choir - Each season, 32 to 40 singers from the 170 member Phoenix Boys Choir are selected for membership in the Organization's elite Touring Choir. Ranging from 10 to 14-years-of-age, these singers are lauded internationally for the intensive Arizona-based training program.

Rohan De Silva is an internationally distinguished collaborative pianist. He was awarded a special prize as Best Accompanist at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1990. He has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in major arts centers throughout the world. He has become a favorite collaborative pianist of the new generation of young violinist virtuosos including Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Benny Kim and Kyoko Takazawa.

Dr. Jim Dixon has been playing music longer than many of today's stars have been alive, and it will not be surprising to find him around long after many of them are gone. The consummate musician's musician, he has found himself at the keyboard off and on for nearly half a century

The Eaken Piano Trio marked its 13th successful season of critically acclaimed concert appearances across the United States, Europe, and Canada with a special return engagement at Carnegie Hall this past September. Unanimously noted for their enthusiastic performances and innovative audience developing residencies, the ensemble has numerous commercial recordings under both the Naxos and Catalpa Classics labels and is heard regularly on classical radio, including National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Performance Today.

Christopher Finkelmeyer is a world-class pianist whose non-conformist approach to the presentation of serious classical music shatters all barriers between audience and artist.

Nancy Fox was impeccably schooled in the classical tradition at the mozarteum Academy of Music in Salzburg, Austria (Lieder & Opera), West Virginia University School of music (BM in Voice), University of Michigan (MM in Voice), and the Juilliard School in NYC (Doctoral Work). Fox posseses a pure soprano with easy range and agility and is able to adapt her golden sound to the style of music at hand. With an even spin and easy top, her voice shines in Mozart and Puccini alike, and to the oratorio repertoire, Mendelssohn and Handel fit perfectly.

Judy Glen - One of Australia's most unique talents, JUDY GLEN is what you get if you were to cross CAROL BURNETT with JULIE ANDREWS. She has achieved national and, increasingly, international success as a comedienne, actress, satirist, television performer, musical theatre artist and concert and operatic soprano.

William Graham is an accomplished actor, singer, pianist and humorist. He has recorded for Capitol Records, performed on the Bob Hope Show, appeared in motion pictures and toured with the Alvino Rey Orchestra during the Big Band era. During the past 10 years he has performed his shows in theatres and performing arts centers in 23 states from New York to Hawaii and from Florida to Washington

James Greening-Vallenzuela - has become a prominent concerto soloist and recitalist, and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Hailed by critics for his unique and sensitive interpretations, James has premiered many works, such as Ernst Bacon's "Sonata for Violin and Piano," and Gustav Holst's "A Song of the night."

Rick Hanapi - Watching Rick Hanapi perform solo with his 12-string guitar, one sees a handsome Hawaiian man who engages his audience with his own style of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music. What is not readily apparent is the depth and strength of character that brought Rick to this time and place on Kaua'i.

The Robert Hicks Band is a sophisticated and exciting ensemble specializing in the popular and timeless jazz forms of the late forties and fifties. Band leader and vocalist Hicks demonstrates a polished, vibrant and effortless style, reminiscent of the very best combos and big bands of the past.

Lainie Kazan - "Lainie's voice is like fine wine, sparkling and mellow...it keeps flowing--smooth and tasty." -LENA HORNE | "Lainie slays me. Supremely sexy, knowing, and worldly wise, these are the songs she was born to sing. How wonderful to have her recording again." -BETTE MIDLER

The Lightwood Duo = the pairing of guitar and clarinet through master musicians Mike Christiansen and Eric Nelson. They have performed together for years in the jazz/rock band, Mirage, a group that is still active. Performing as the Lightwood Duo adds to the musical diversity for the two performers.

Heather MacRae in "Songs For My Father" - Songs from the films of GORDON MAC RAE and stories of growing up in Hollywood as the daughter of a movie star

Max Morath is a performer who occupies a unique space as an entertainer/spokesman for American music and history. Spearheading the ragtime revival in the 1970's, his one man show "Turn of the Century" played New York for a full season and then toured for several years. It was followed by the equally successful "Ragtime Years." After another off-Broadway run in New York, he continued to tour nationally in "Living a Ragtime Life", another mixture of Max, music and Americana.

New York Cabaret Unlimited is an ensemble of two to four singers, a pianist, and a narrator which presents popular musical revues of George Gershwin (By George!), Irving Berlin (An Evening with Irving), Cole Porter (Cookin' With Cole), Lorenz Hart (You've Gotta Have Hart), and Gilbert & Sullivan (An Evening With Gilbert & Sullivan).

Pawel Skrzypek - A Distinguished pianist! Musically articulate! Sensitive! all describe the playing of Pawel Skrzypek who has received many prestigious awards, among them: the first prize at the Chopin Competition in London in 1980.

Dan Pinson is the Southwest's hottest new Jazz talent! His concerts and residencies combine high-energy, latin-influenced modern jazz with select jazz standards and contemporary hits to deliver an unforgettable musical experience for audiences of all ages. Dan's concerts showcase his proficient doubling, playing Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute and Piccolo.

Sandra Reaves-Phillips - Sandra’s big break came with her riveting portrayal of Mama Younger in the Tony Award-winning-musical "Raisin" in which she starred in the National and International tours. She co-starred in Paris at the Chatelet Theatre in the original production of "Black and Blue", the National tour of "One Mo Time!" and on Broadway in "ROLLIN on the T.O.B.A."

Richard Rogers: A Centennial of Song - Four of New York’s top cabaret stars who, between them have won 10 Manhattan Association of Cabaret (MAC) Awards and 6 Backstage (BISTRO) Awards come together to celebrate the extraordinary catalog of RICHARD RODGERS just in time for 2002, the centennial of his birth. This is the newest project by KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler who just completed the highly successful, critically acclaimed and award winning off-Broadway production of AMERICAN RHAPSODY (a Gershwin Revue which they also created). They are joined by Craig Rubano, star of the Broadway production of "Les Miserables", and Heather MacRae, whose most recent project was the award-winning SONGS FOR MY FATHER (Gordon MacRae).

The Shirelles continue to recreate the harmony that made them famous and "wow" their audiences with their own interpretation of current pop, rhythm and blues, and gospel numbers. They were the first group to be named "Best Female Group" five years in a row by Cashbox and Billboard. The Shirelles asked originally "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" ...audiences around the world are still answering with a resounding YES!!

Silver & Spruce - Classical, Standards, Folk and Jazz featuring the interweaving of flute and guitar.

Larry Snitzler gave his first classical guitar recital at age 18. Since then he has traveled to 18 countries, giving hundreds of performances of solo recital, concerto, and chamber music. He has been a featured artist at many conservatories and international music festivals where, as well as performing, he has given classes and made presentations in three languages.

Solid Brass, a ten piece ensemble, is already recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of the premier brass groups in the country. The members of the ensemble are some of the New York area's finest musicians who have performed at Lincoln Center with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and New York City Ballet, numerous Broadway Shows as well as a host of appearances as orchestral and chamber musicians in the metropolitan area.

Tanya Stambuk, Croatian-American pianist, began her studies at the age of six. On the occasion of her debut recital at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, she was hailed as "a player with a powerful technique, ideas of her own, and considerable promise" by The New York Times. She shows every sign of establishing a career of truly international stature.

Dakota Staton - The Late Late Show

The Ira Stein Trio's music is a highly melodic, acoustic mix where jazz meets classical -- a dynamic balance of form and improvisation. All three musicians have extensive backgrounds in both jazz and classical music. The result is an exciting blend Stein calls "chamber jazz."

STRATA, Nathan Williams, clarinet; James Stern, violin/viola; and Audrey Andrist, piano, have been performing together since 1988. STRATA has appeared in concert throughout North America, most recenty in SanFrancisco on the Composers Inc. series, where they presented world premiere performances of five works composed especially for them.

Kurt Weill: Songs Degenerate and Otherwise - A simple setting: two singing actors and a pianist. But together they create a world populated by characters more real, haunting and powerful than a season full of traditional theater. Kurt Weill's legendary song book, including selections from "The Threepenny Opera," and the well-known works "Speak Low" and "Mack the Knife" is brought to life by two singers with verve and acting chops to spare.

YOBOSO - "the soulful one," is a perfect definition for the brand of Latin jazz performed by this acclaimed quartet. Yoboso recently won the nationwide Jazz Discovery competition sponsored by the Black Entertainment Network's Jazz Central program.


 




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