Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101 -
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Jesse Lynch has played piano for popular veterans Daniel Rodriquez and The American Tenors and has wowed audiences of his own playing everything from Beethoven and Bop to free jazz and contemporary composition. With an extensive professional history as a vocal accompanist and coach, as well as a student of both jazz and classical performance, Jess is a genre-defying musician with the ability and passion to take on any style of music. Joined on bass and drums, Jess Lynch leads audiences on a journey through the evolution and history of jazz through music and
multi-media presentation in his touring program Jess Lynch’s Jazz 101. This talented trio will crank up the heat on stage with explosive energy and electrifying technique in the sounds of Joplin, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and other jazz greats.
With a “National Anthem of Rock and Roll” in their pockets, The Diamonds are more than seasoned performers. They are classic rock ’n’ roll. The original quartet rose to prominence in the 1950s and early 1960s with 16 Billboard hits including “The Stroll” and the instant, million-selling hit “Little Darlin’” which has sold approximately 20 million copies to date. The Diamonds have learned that the durability of classic rock and roll music is as much about the future as it is about the past. The newest quartet members, playing saxophone and trombone joined with piano and drums, continue to expand their audience by performing in a variety of venues and touring Europe, South America, and Asia.
Three gold records…thirty-three appearances on American Bandstand…inductions into the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame… If you miss a show – you’ll be missing rock ’n’ roll history!
Sonic Escape - Thursday,
November 14, 2013 - 7:30 pm
Sonic Escape is a flute-violin-cello trio of Juilliard graduates that performs ground-breaking original works, arrangements and improvisations crafted from the world's songs and stories. Humor and candid conversation draw audiences in, while backgrounds in acting, singing and dancing turn concerts into unforgettable events. “A force of epic proportion,” Sonic Escape dazzles through innovation, soulful artistry, and an unparalleled technique that makes it “impossible to believe that there are only three musicians on stage.”
Violinist and composer Maria Kaneko Millar has performed as a soloist throughout Canada, Ireland, China, Japan and the US; The Canadian, British and American Broadcasting Corporations as well as The WB's One World Jam, CBS Sunday Morning and CBS The Early Show have aired her work. 170 performances as Solo Dancing Fiddler in Riverdance on Broadway and the North American and Asian Tours of Riverdance - featuring improvised solos and simultaneous dance. Maria also performed in Radio City Music Hall's “One World Jam” and premiered her creation for 5 prerecorded violin tracks and 1 live dancing violinist, All for One, on CBC's nationally televised “The Great Canadian Music Dream.” Maria has toured North America with her one-woman show of original works for violin, voice and dance, playing venues such as The Kennedy Center and The Library & Archives of Canada. Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council have awarded Maria with composition and space grants; Samson sponsors Maria, providing audio, wireless and effects processing equipment specific to her roles as singer, acoustic/electric violinist and dancer. Maria lives to improvise: her arrangements and aural transcriptions of Asian, Celtic, Gypsy, Klezmer, Tango, Turkish, blues, jazz, pop, rock and classical music have laid the foundation for fearless ad-libbing in any setting. Maria holds accelerated BM/MM's in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School.
Flutist Shawn Wyckoff is an avid solo and chamber musician who has been featured in performances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, The Library of Congress, BargeMusic, MOMA and the Guggenheim Museum. Shawn is the artistic director, flutist and music arranger for TetraWind, a woodwind quartet specializing in contemporary American music. Shawn's orchestral work includes concerts with Continuum, One World Symphony and The Harmonia Opera Company. Shawn is a First Prize winner of The Judith Lapple National Flute Competition, the Flute Society of Washington Competition and The Friday Morning Music Club Woodwind Competition. He was named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar of the Arts and received the Stephen Brewster Award (as chosen by a panel of National Symphony Orchestra musicians), the John Philip Sousa Award and the National Alliance for Excellence Award. Shawn holds a BM in Flute Performance from The Juilliard School.
Cellist Nan-Cheng Chen, recently praised for his “beautiful tone” by New York Concert Reviews, is passionate about sharing music with music lovers. He has soloed with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Metro-West Symphony, Quincy Symphony and Symphony Pro Musica. Recent recital and chamber music engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall, WMP Concert Hall and First Lutheran Church in Greenwich, CT. Nan-Cheng is the Executive Director of the New Asia Chamber Music Society and a member of Trio 212 and Chen Trio. He has also participated in music festivals including the Sarasota Music Festival, Banff Center, Heifetz Institute, Kneisel Hall and as teaching assistant at Summer Music Festival at Walnut Hill. Nan-Cheng holds a BM and MM in Cello Performance from The Juilliard School.