An Afternoon of Jason Robert Brown, who is the HOTTEST new composer on the scene in New York City! Think Lerner and Loew, Rogers and Hammerstein and other song and lyrics duos coupled into one with 21st Century nuances. His music is poetic, racuous, stimulating and ethereal all at the same time. Sound good? Come and hear.
April 15, 2018 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a concert featuring the music of Tony Award- winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown. Pianist David Patrick will accompany local singers Beth Bowden, Emily Capece, Scott Jarrell, and Cameron Vance in selections from his musicals Songs for a New World, Parade, Bridges of Madison County, and The Last Five Years. The concert will be held at Cavendish Hall, 207 52nd St. Kanawha City, Charleston, WV.
Beth Bowden is a musical theatre veteran, having performed in a variety of capacities throughout West Virginia. Some of her most recent memorable roles include Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Cathy in The Last Five Years, Eponine in Les Miserables, Tzitel in Fiddler on the Roof, Lily St Regis in Annie , Mimi in Rent, Peter Pan in Peter Pan, and Diana Moralas in A Chorus Line. Beth’s background is in education, and she currently works for The Education Alliance. She and her husband, Craig, live in Charleston with their son Trent, and are expecting a baby boy in August.
Emily Capece enjoys a varied career as a conductor, singer, and teacher. She is in her tenth season as the Artistic Director of womanSong, and teaches at the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts, Mountaineer Montessori School, and Music Together of Charleston. As a singer, Capece recently performed in Music from Theresienstadt, as part of the Burke Fine Arts Symposium at Marshall University. Emily has performed in several professional choirs, the internationally noted Spoleto Festival, and many regional and community theater productions in principal roles, including Bridges of Madison County, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Evita, and Next to Normal. An Ohio native, she and her New Yorker husband Christian have two children, Rudy and Clara.
Scott Jarrell is excited to share the stage with his fellow performers and present the beautiful music of Jason Robert Brown. He currently works as a Media Buyer/Account Coordinator for Charleston Area Medical Center. As a singer, Scott has performed with the Marshall University Chamber Choir, the West Virginia Symphony Chorus, at the internationally noted Spoleto Festival, and in many community theater productions in principal roles, including The Bridges of Madison County, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, and The Wedding Singer – all with the Charleston Light Opera Guild.
David Patrick is the chorus director at DuPont Middle School in Belle, WV and an in-demand accompanist in the Charleston area. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Music Education from Marshall University. At DPMS, he directs the eighty member chorus, which has sung for the Kanawha County Board of Education, AFT-WV state constitutional convention, WV AFL-CIO state convention, and in concert with Landau Eugene Murphy. He also directs the annual school musical. Outside of school, David has served as accompanist or music director for over fifteen productions with the Charleston Light Opera Guild and will musically direct their upcoming production of the “The Little Mermaid” at the Clay Center this summer. David and his wife Cayte reside in Malden with their dog Lucy.
Cameron Vance has been performing in local community theatre productions for over a decade. He has most recently played the charming Billy Crocker in Anything Goes with the Charleston Light Opera Guild, under the direction of Nina Denton Pasinetti, and the advantageous Jamie Wellerstein, opposite Beth Winkler Bowden, in The Last Five Years with Appalachian Artists Collective and the Alban Arts Center, under the direction of Leah Turley. His other theatre credits include George Tesman in Hedda Gabler, Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar, Northbrook in Mary Poppins, Chantal in La Cage aux Folles, Rapunzel's Prince in Into the Woods, Jesus in Godspell, Jean Prouvaire in Les Misérables, Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!, Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde, and Fender in Hairspray. Cameron is the Office Manager for Kathi Huffman’s State Farm. He lives in Charleston with his partner Austin, their pug Jeb, and their cat Jessica.
These folks can really sing and play! You will be mesmerized!!
On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 we welcomed the newest member of the faculty at the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University, Ching-Wen Hsiao for an evening of luscious piano music.
Ching-Wen received her bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in applied piano from the Juilliard School in New York City. She won numerous awards there and elsewhere and has concertized extensively. She played the giant piano work, Pictures at an Exhibition by the Russian composer, Mussorgsky. This colossal piece is one of the staples of the concert piano repertoire.
As an added bonus to the evening, we heard from Charleston resident Jacob Bumgarner, who is her student and is studying for a bachelor’s degree in applied piano at the University. In addition to a beautiful Mozart Sonata, he played some other 20th-century music that was well received.
Patrick Carfizzi, Bass-Baritone, a regular performer of major roles with the Metropolitan Opera in New York since 1999, sang a spectacular program of opera, German lieder and Broadway favorites on November 21, 2017 at Cavendish Hall. He was accompanied by Vicki Cavendish, and also his step-father, Mark Caldwell, a Dunbar native and long time educator and performer of music in the New York area. The concert was well attended and well received. What a treat for everyone to hear a truly Met Opera star in our town!!
Paulo Steinberg, an international touring pianist, and professor of piano at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA played his third appearance at Cavendish Hall Sunday, October 22, 2017 with a brilliant concert of Brazilian music of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. He has performed this concert on three continents, and it was stunning.
Those of you who have been to our concerts may remember that we had Paulo and Eric Ruple, both on the JMU faculty, last year for Gershwin's American in Paris, and before that Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. This concert was no less dazzling that either of those two duo piano recitals.
Gerald Lee, who has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Michigan School of Music played his second annual (and we hope perennial!) piano concert on March 30, 2018. He earned three piano performance degrees: Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, respectively.
He currently is Professor of Piano at West Liberty University in WV's northern panhandle. His program of Debussy, Schubert and Ginastera was very well received by an enthusiastic crowd, who lingered for two hours at the reception Surprisingly, noboday left. I finally said, "Vicki, let's go to bed...these folks may want to go home!!"
On Saturday night, February 24, the Sianburg Trio opened the 2018 season of concerts at Cavendish Hall and thrilled the capacity audience of 85 by playing three beautiful piano trios-one each by Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms. The pianist, Gayle Blankenburg, and cellist, Susan Lamb Cook were from California, while the violinist was Charleston's own Ian Jessee, a regular performer with a number of local groups, including the WV Symphony. The concert was extremely well played, and the enthusiastic audience gave them a much deserved standing ovation. As usual, the reception lasted longer than the concert! A good time was had by all. These folks were rally fabulous. You would not have heard a better concert at Carnegie Hall in New York than this one!
What was amazing about this concert was the crowd to hear it. We had 70 chairs set up and every one of them was occupied. There were five people in the balcony, four sitting on the stairs leading up, and six standing. In addition to the two of us and the performers, that means that there were 90 people in the hall! That's our idea of a good crowd. Boy, they really liked the music, too!