Charlie Albright is an American-born classical pianist and improviser. He is an official Steinway Artist,2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant Recipient,2010 Gilmore Young Artist and he graduated from the Juilliard School of Music with his post-graduate Artist Diploma in 2014. Albright is a frequent collaborator with Yo-Yo Ma, the New York Times has praised Albrights jaw-dropping technique and described his playing as virtuosity with a distinctive musicality throughout. The New York Concert Review wrote that Albrights playing is as good as it gets. The Washington Post declared that Albright is among the most gifted musicians of his generation, Albright lives in New York City. Albright was born in the U. S. Army hospital within Fort Lewis, near Tacoma, about a year after Albright was born the family moved to Centralia where he was raised. Albright has a sister named Lillian. Albright says he began to play the piano at age three-and-a-half, from the age of four he appeared on state and national television.
He began formal training in 1996, studying with Nancy Adsit of Olympia, during his years with Adsit, Albright was selected five times as an Olympia Chapter representative to the Washington State Music Teachers Convention and received a Beaux Arts Society scholarship. In 1998, he made his debut with the University of Puget Sound symphony. Other performances throughout Washington included solo debuts with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Albrights success continued as a prizewinner in the Northwest Chopin Festival on February 1,2003, and first prize winner in the 2003 Washington State MTNA Senior Piano Competition. Other concerts that included appearances on the Steinway Young Artists Series in Seattle. Albright attended Centralia High School, where he graduated in 2007 and he attended Centralia College as part of the Running Start Program, earning his Associate of Science Degree with Highest Honors in 2007. At age 15, Albright was selected as the youngest pianist in the Young Artist program of the 2004 TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, at age 16, Albright was among the five winners in the 14–16-year-old division at the Northwest Chopin Competition held in February 2005.
He played in the festivals Prizewinners Concert at the Community Concerts Series in Centralia, and he was one of seven competitors in the 2005 National MTNA Senior Piano Competition. When he was almost 17 years old, Albright was the First Prize winner in the 2005 International Institute for Young Musicians International Piano Competition in Lawrence, Albright won the 2005 Washington State MTNA Senior Piano Competition for the third time, in November. Albright won Second Prize in the 2006 Schimmel Senior International Piano Competition in Tempe, in June, he was the first pianist ever to win both the Solo and Ensemble Divisions of the 2006 New York Biennial National Piano Competition in New York, New York. In August, he won first prize and all other prizes in the 2006 Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Other prizes included the Audience Prize, the Best Performance in a Master Class prize, Albright won the 2006 Washington State MTNA Senior Piano Competition for the fourth time, in November
Helen Armstrong (violinist)
Helen Armstrong was the founder and artistic director of Armstrong Chamber Concerts Inc, a non-profit, chamber music organization she founded in 1984. The heart of this mission has been to bring education to public. More than 100,000 students have participated in program in Litchfield and Fairfield counties, and in Harlem. She developed ACC’s reputation by building a roster of more than 100 world-renowned-artists, Armstrong was born in Rockford, Illinois, on March 16,1943 to Dr. Robert Bruce and Hannah Armstrong. She first held a violin at the age of 3, with her mother was her teacher and she arrived in New York City, during which time she studied under the renowned teachers Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. Soon she was at the Juilliard School, she was among the few chosen by Ivan Galamian. Other famous violinists in the group were Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. Armstrong’s career as a virtuoso violinist was interrupted by the long illness and eventual death of her first husband. Never one to search for fame or fortune, Ms.
Armstrong turned her talents largely towards achieving the mission of ACC while occasionally performing on the international stage. In addition, she built a reputation as a teacher by committing the talents of top artists to her educational mission. She has recorded on the Musical Heritage, Elysium and CRS labels — Reflections, on the Elysium label and the newest CD, Illusions, on CRS and her violin, a J. B. Guadagnini, dated 1760, was one of her great loves. Late in her life, Ms. Armstrong’s career took a turn in a new direction. Always a classical violinist, Bruce Swedien, arguably the most famous sound engineer in the world, true to their vision, they produced early cuts of a remarkable new recording, before being interrupted by her death. Helen died on April 28,2006 in Greenwich, CT. at the age of 63 Ms. Armstrong was widowed by her first husband, after a long relationship with her husband-to-be, Ajit Hutheesing, they were married in 1996. Mr. Hutheesing, an investment banker, was the nephew of India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru and he took Ms.
Armstrong to India several times where she performed in concerts
Michael Jerrod Moore, known professionally as Michael Arden, is an American actor, singer and stage director. He was born in Midland, United States, growing up in Midland, Texas, he was active in the Pickwick Players, Midland Community Theatres youth performing company. He was a student at Trinity School, a preparatory school in Midland. A Presidential Scholar in the arts, he received a scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy as a theatre student and he was accepted on a full scholarship to the Juilliard School, where he was in the Drama Divisions Group 34. He left Juilliard in 2003 to join the Broadway revival company of the musical Big River, Arden made his Broadway debut as Tom Sawyer in the 2003 Roundabout and Deaf West revival of Big River. He starred opposite John Hill in the 2004 off-Broadway show Bare, in Summer 2005, he played Nick, a sexually promiscuous gay man in love with a shark, in Adam Bocks surreal play Swimming in the Shallows at New Yorks Second Stage Theatre. He played the character in Pippin for the World AIDS Day Broadway benefit concert in November 2004.
He starred in the new Twyla Tharp musical The Times They Are A-Changin based on the music of Bob Dylan. The Times ran January 25 to March 5,2006 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, in 2007 he starred as John Robert in Ace, at the Old Globe Theatre from January 13 to February 18. In the summer of 2007 he toured Europe with Barbra Streisand as one of her Broadway Boys, from July to September 2010 he played the lead role in a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webbers Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Ardens regional theatre credits include Pippin, God of Vengeance, Tom Jones Harold and Maude, West Side Story, Songs for a New World, The Common Pursuit and The Winters Tale. Beginning in October 2014, Arden played the role of Quasimodo in the new musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame at San Diegos La Jolla Playhouse, the production ran from October 26-December 7,2014 and at Papermill Playhouse from March 4-April 5,2015. Arden directed Deaf West Theatres revival of Spring Awakening, the acclaimed production transferred from Los Angeles to Broadway, where it started previews September 8,2015 and opened on September 27th,2015 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
On May 3,2016 Arden received a Tony Award nomination in the category Best Direction of a Musical for his work on the Spring Awakening revival, Arden directed the musical My Fair Lady at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY in August 2016. The production ran for 4 weeks and he has appeared in television on ABCs Greys Anatomy and in Numb3rs for CBS. He has been seen co-starring with Donald Trump in a Dominos Pizza television commercial and he was cast in the Fox show The Return of Jezebel James, which aired and was cancelled after three episodes in the spring of 2008. Arden recently had a role in the NBC series Kings as Joseph. He guest starred in an episode of The Closer as James Clark and he will be starring alongside Radha Mitchell, Jeffrey Nordling, and John Heard in the new A&E drama The Quickening
Edie Adams was an American businesswoman, Broadway and film actress, and comedian. Adams was an Emmy and Tony Award winner and she was well known for her impersonations of sexy stars on stage and television, especially Marilyn Monroe. She was the wife and frequent television partner of Ernie Kovacs until his death in a 1962 car accident, Adams was born as Edith Elizabeth Enke in Kingston, the only daughter of Sheldon Alonzo Enke and his wife, Ada Dorothy. She had a brother, Sheldon Adams Enke. The family moved to areas such as Shavertown, Grove City and Trucksville and spent a year in New York City before settling in Tenafly, New Jersey. Ada Enke taught her singing and piano and daughter were members of the Grove City Presbyterian church choir. Adams grandmother, a seamstress, taught her how to sew and she made her own clothing beginning in the sixth grade and Adams would have her own designer line of clothing, called Bonham, Inc. She earned a degree from Juilliard, graduated from Columbia School of Drama.
She studied at the Actors Studio in New York and at the Traphagen School of Fashion Design, Adams could not decide whether to pursue a career in fashion design or music, so she tossed a coin, and music won. In 1949-50, she appeared in the live television show Bonnie Maids Versatile Varieties as one of the original Bonnie Maids doing live commercials for the sponsor. In 1950, she won the Miss U. S, Television beauty contest, which led to an appearance with Milton Berle on his television show. Her earliest television work billed her as Edith Adams, one of her early appearances was on Arthur Godfreys Talent Scouts. She was seen by the producer of the Ernie Kovacs show Three To Get Ready, who was well-trained in classical music, had very little experience with popular music and could perform only three songs. She stated, I sang them all during the audition and she became part of the show in July 1951. Adams had never seen the program she was hired for, when he saw his daughter on the show, Adams father was upset to find her role involved trying to avoid pies in the face.
In one of his last interviews, Ernie Kovacs looked back on the days, saying, I wish I could say I was the big shot that hired her. Later on I did have something to say and I said it, Adams began working regularly on television with comedian Ernie Kovacs and talk show pioneer Jack Paar. After a courtship that included mariachi bands and a diamond engagement ring and Ernie Kovacs eloped, they were married on September 12,1954
Greg Anderson (pianist)
Greg Anderson is an American pianist, video producer, and writer. Gregs mission, as declared on his website, is to classical piano music a relevant. Born in St. Paul, Greg Anderson began his studies at the age of seven. He soon became a student of Kim Craig, with whom he studied for years at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music. Craig encouraged Anderson to compete in regional competitions and participate in music festivals. During his high school years, he attended the Aspen Music Festival and he sat as concertmaster of the Stillwater Area High School Orchestra. At the age of 18, Anderson moved to Manhattan to study with Julian Martin at The Juilliard School and he attended Pianofest in the Hamptons and the Banff Keyboard Festival during his undergraduate years. Anderson received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Juilliard in 2004 and 2006 and he was awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship in 2004. He studied with Peter Frankl in the Master of Musical Arts program at the Yale School of Music, aside from his work in academic settings, Anderson has a long history of studying with distinguished pianist and pedagogue Aiko Onishi.
Anderson performs as a solo artist around the world and he is known for his exciting thematic programming which runs the gamut from standard piano solo repertoire to his own compositions and arrangements. Anderson believes that the phenomenon, in which the performer engages the audience and encourages questions, comments. Thus, many of his concerts include these elements, in addition to playing solo performances, Anderson concertizes with his piano duo partner Elizabeth Joy Roe. During 2010, they played concerts in at least 15 venues in the United States and they have achieved fame through their concerts, CDs, perhaps most significantly, their music videos. The duos partnership has been characterized as the synchronization of genius. There were times when their hands seemed magically to occupy the same space, the entire process was a small ballet of the hands, as wonderful to watch as to hear. According to Anderson, producing music videos began as an experiment with the medium for the fun of it.
His two solo music videos, Ligetis The Devils Staircase and Bachs Sheep May Safely Graze, were two of the first videos he produced, and he clearly envisioned them as complementary works. During the introduction to the Ligeti, Anderson instructs listeners, Imagine youre in hell, in the Bach video, on the other hand, he instead instructs listeners, Imagine youre in heaven and all is at peace
Christine Jane Baranski is an American stage and screen actress. She won Tony Awards for her work in the original Broadway productions of The Real Thing in 1984 and Rumors in 1989 and she went on to win the 1995 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Maryanne Thorpe in the sitcom Cybill. She is currently starring in The Good Fight following seven years in the role of Diane Lockhart in The Good Wife. Baranskis other Broadway credits include her debut in Hide and Seek, The House of Blue Leaves, Baranski was born in Cheektowaga, New York, the daughter of Virginia and Lucien Baranski, who edited a Polish-language newspaper. She is of Polish descent, and her grandparents were actors in the Polish theater, Baranski attended high school at the Villa Maria Academy in Cheektowaga, a suburb of Buffalo. She studied at New York Citys Juilliard School where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974, Baranski made her Broadway debut in Hide & Seek in 1980.
For her next Broadway performance, in Tom Stoppards The Real Thing, other Broadway credits include, The House of Blue Leaves, Regrets Only, Nick & Nora, and the Encores. At the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C, Baranski starred as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd in 2002 and as the title character in Mame in 2006. In her first Broadway production since 1991, she was featured as the maid Berthe in the 2008 revival of Boeing Boeing, the show garnered two Tony Awards, one for Best Revival of a Play and the other for Best Actor. The original cast was Bradley Whitford, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Gina Gershon, the show closed on January 4,2009. She appeared in a one night only benefit performance of Stephen Sondheims A Little Night Music for Roundabout Theatre Company as Countess Charlotte Malcolm on January 12,2009. The cast included Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, Victor Garber and she has won both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards twice. Baranski has starred in roles in films and television.
She played Cinderellas stepmother in the adaptation of the musical. Earlier, she had appeared in roles on various daytime soap operas, including All My Children. During this, Baranski portrayed a librarian named Sonja Umdahl in the Dick, a few years later, Baranski received an Emmy nomination for a guest starring role as an intimidating radio psychiatrist on an episode of the NBC series Frasier. She had a role in the series Now and Again as the voice of Rogers overbearing wife Ruth. Baranski appeared in the 2000–2001 sitcom Welcome to New York and, with John Laroquette and she co-starred with Bernadette Peters in a pilot for an ABC sitcom, Adopted, in 2005, which was not picked up
The Juilliard School located in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, is a performing arts conservatory established in 1905. It is informally referred to as Juilliard, the school trains about 850 undergraduate and graduate students in dance and music. It is widely regarded as one of the leading music schools. In 2016, QS Quacquarelli Symonds ranked it as the worlds best institution for Performing Arts in their global ranking of the discipline. The Institute opened in the former Lenox Mansion, Fifth Avenue and 12th Street and it moved in 1910 to 120 Claremont Avenue in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, onto a property purchased from Bloomingdale Insane Asylum. In 1920, the Juilliard Foundation was created, named after textile merchant Augustus D. Juilliard, in 1924, the foundation purchased the Vanderbilt family guesthouse at 49 E. 52nd Street and established the Juilliard Graduate School. In 1926, the Juilliard School of Music was created through a merger of the Institute of Musical Art, the two schools shared a common Board of Directors and President but retained their distinct identities.
The conductor and music-educator Frank Damrosch continued as the Institutes dean, in 1937, Hutcheson succeeded Erskine as president of the two institutions, a job he held until 1945. In 1946, the Institute of Musical Art and the Juilliard Graduate School completely merged to form a single institution, the president of the school at that time was William Schuman, the first winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Schuman established the Juilliard String Quartet in 1946 and the Dance Division in 1951, William Schuman graduated from Columbias Teachers College and attended the Juilliard Summer School in 1932,1933 and 1936. While attending Juilliard Summer School, he developed a dislike for traditional music theory and ear training curricula, finding little value in counterpoint. L&M was Schumans reaction against more formal theory and ear training, the general mandate was to give the student an awareness of the dynamic nature of the materials of music. The quality and degree of each students education in harmony, music history or ear training was dependent on how each composer-teacher decided to interpret this mandate, William Schuman resigned as president of Juilliard after being elected president of Lincoln Center in 1962.
Peter Mennin, another composer with experience at the Peabody Conservatory, was elected as his successor. Mennin made significant changes to the L&M program—ending ear training and music history, in 1968, Mennin hired John Houseman to manage a new Drama Division, and in 1969 oversaw Juilliards relocation from Claremont Avenue to Lincoln Center. Polisis many accomplishments include philanthropic successes, broadening of the curriculum, in 2001, the school established a jazz performance training program. In 1999, the Juilliard School was awarded the National Medal of Arts, in 2006, Juilliard received a trove of precious music manuscripts from board chair and philanthropist Bruce Kovner. Many of the manuscripts had been unavailable for generations,2, and manuscripts of Brahmss Symphony No.2 and Piano Concerto No.2