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SARAH GOLD PERFORMS AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!!
Oct 5th, 2009 by Jamie

CONGRATULATIONS TO SARAH GOLD   

       ON BEING CHOSEN TO SING

        “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” 

      AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN   

         FOR THE LIBERTY GAME

        ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2009!!          

Sarah Gold Rocks Madison Square Garden!

           Click above to see video

                   

 

 

ALEX CAHR AND SHERRI GOLDSTEIN PERFORM AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!!
Sep 10th, 2009 by Jamie

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEX CAHR AND SHERRI GOLDSTEIN

 ON BEING CHOSEN TO SING AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
IN THE OPENING CEREMONIES OF THE JCC MACCABI GAMES!

Sunday August 16, 2009 marked the start of the JCC Maccabi games at Madison Square Garden.  Our very own Alex Cahr and Sherri Goldstein were chosen to sing with the JCC Mitzvah Troupe under the musical direction of Jonathan Cahr. They performed various selections at the opening ceremonies along side Broadways performers such as Blake Daniel, Eden Espinosa, Emma Hunton, Donnie Kehr, Norm Lewis, Greg Ruter, and Sara Schmidt.  They sang the Israeli National Anthem with Tovah Feldshuh, an original composition “L’SHALOM B’YISRAEL, a song of peace for Israel written and directed by Jonathan Cahr, and in the finale with the entire ensemble of Broadway Performers accompanied by a Broadway Orchestra.

                                                                 

 

                                                   

                           JCC MACCABI GAMES OPENING CEREMONIES

                                       MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
 
                                    NEW YORK MEDLEY                                                    
                   Broadway Performers, Dancers, JCC Mitzvah Troupe
 
                                          PROCESSION OF ATHLETES
                                                      Athletes
 
                                               KEY NOTE SPEECH
                                                 Chris Berman
 
                                                    ANTHEMS
                                             JCC Mitzvah Troupe
                                 with special guest TOVAH FELDSHUH
 
                                       BROADWAY ROCKERS MEDLEY
                                      Broadway Performers, Dancers
 
                                                MUNICH MEMORIAL
                                                   Anouk Spitzer
 
                                       MUNICH TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE
   JCC Mitzvah Troupe, Broadway Performers, and special guests Kol Hazzanim
 
                                                      OATHS
 
                                               TORCH LIGHTING
 
                                                      FINALE
                        Broadway Performers, Dancers, JCC Mitzvah Troupe
 
                                            ENCORE / DANCE PARTY
                 Athletes, Broadway Performers, Dancers, JCC Mitzvah Troupe
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PRODUCTION STAFF
 
Producing Director            Musical Director                 Production Stage Manager
Debra Katz                        Jonathan Cahr                     Mitchell “Bubbles” Keller
 
Artistic Director                Choreographers                       Coordinating Director
Donnie Kehr                      Ephrat Asherie                              Traci Timmons
                                       Greg Graham
Production Directors                                                           Stage Managers
F & K Associates               Sound Designer                                Angela Allen
                                  Lucas ‘Rico’ Corrubia                        Matthew Melchiorre
Line Producer and               
Entertainment Coordinator         Lighting Designer                    Event Co-Chairs
Cori Gardner                             Herrick Goldman                     Gail Goldman, Steve Goldman,
                                               HG Lighting Design                
                                          Lee Lowell, and Harriet Zeller
Musical Directors
Jeremy Schonfeld                       
Steven’ Hoops’ Snyder
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                                        BROADWAY PERFORMERS
                                   Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening                     
                              Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Brooklyn, Rent)
                                 Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening),
            Donnie Kehr (Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, AIDA, The Who’s Tommy)
          Norm Lewis (The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables, The Wild Party,
                                     Side Show,The Who’s Tommy)
                   Greg Ruter (Shrek, Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
                Sara Schmidt (Jersey Boys, Brooklyn, Dance Of The Vampires)
                          Back up singers: Michelle Kinney, Josh Young
 
                                         With Special Guest Star
                                               Tovah Feldshuh
                         (Irena’s Vow, Golda’s Balcony, Lend Me A Tenor)
 
                                           Master of Ceremonies
                                                 Chris Berman
 
                                                    DANCERS
 Ephrat Asherie, Gerard Carter, Elizabeth Daniels, Gui Greene, Nadine Isenegger, 
    Tyric Jones, Yahya Masi James, Richard Mcquire, Miri Park, Danny Rodriguez,
                             Pauline Sherrow, Jamal ‘Nemesis’ Warren
 
                                           JCC MITZVAH TROUPE
         Conductor: Jonathan Cahr  Soloists: Isaac Assor, Phoebe Bodurtha
                                  
                                            FEATURED ENSEMBLE
          Caitlin Brockell, Maddie Burton, Alexandra Cahr, Jessica Kaufman,
                     Samantha Maza, Samuel Dylan Rosner & Andrew Wang
 
                                                  ENSEMBLE
   Mary Amigud, Hannah Backer, Harry Backer, Alyssa Benjamin, Marci Brustman,
Sarah Cammarata, Rachel Cuomo, Jeremy Eichler, Sydney Fodiman, Anna Fondiller,
     Sherri Goldstein, Kayla Herstic, Aviva, Hurvitz, Caroline Kutzin, Liz Lieber,
Jorge Lopez, Alex Maier, Hannah Matusow, Dillon Orlando, Danielle Resheff, Kathleen Rooney, Jenny Sokol, Sara Tolchinsky, Nicholas Townley & Shira Zisholtz
 
                                               KOL HAZZANIM
                           THE WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY OF CANTORS
 
                                                     BAND:
                              Keyboard: Jeremy Schonfeld (Drift) 
                       Keyboard: Steven ‘Hoops’ Snyder (Jersey Boys)
                           Guitar: John Putnam, (The Who’s Tommy)
                 Bass: David Kuhn (Spamalot, Taboo, The Who’s Tommy)
                     Drums: Gary Seligson (Billy Elliot, Wicked, AIDA)
                            Percussion: Kevin Dow (Jersey Boys) 
                        Violin: Jonathan Einklage (Shrek, Chicago)
 
                                     ADDITIONAL BAND MEMBERS
                            (JCC Music School faculty and students)
 
                Flute & Piccolo: Melissa Healy (JCC Music School Director)
           Saxophones & Clarinet: Matt Garrison (JCC Music School Faculty)
                   Saxophones: Ashley Blondin (JCC Music School Faculty)
                     Cello: Ben Kalb (Spring Awakening, Next To Normal)
                       Viola: Lakshmi Thorne (JCC Music School Faculty)
                       Cello: Jessica Elkhatib (JCC Music School Faculty)
                       Trumpet: Jason Colby (JCC Music School Faculty)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO DUANE ERVIN ON HIS OPENING NIGHT IN “THE LION KING”
Jul 16th, 2009 by Jamie

Duane Asante Ervin performs as Young Simba on opening night of the first ever sit down production of  Disney’s Broadway hit musical “The Lion King” at the Madalay Bay Theatre in Las Vegas!!

   

                                         

 

 

          

 

 

 

 

 

         

                                                         

            The Lion King in Las Vegas 

             Click above to see video

ANNOUNCING THE 2009 SUMMER WORKSHOP BROADWAY SHOW; “WICKED”
Apr 27th, 2009 by Jamie

            

The untold musical story of The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good… before Dorothy dropped in. Based on the imaginative Gregory Maguire novel, Wicked takes a fantasy journey through the unseen side of Oz, sharing a tale of unexpected friendship and love.

MASTERING THE AUDITION’S 2009 SUMMER WORKSHOP will be running for 10 days Monday – Friday, August 17 – August 28.

The program is excited to announce that this year’s guest artist day will include a member from the cast of Wicked!! 

We celebrate our fourth workshop by including an eleventh bonus day trip to New York City where we will see the gravity – defying global phenomenon “WICKED” and interact with some of the cast in a special Broadway Classroom!!

The deposit deadline for the Broadway tickets and classroom is this Friday May 1, 2009.  For discounted workshop rates please see our downloadable forms on the registration page of our website.

 

Congratulations to Katrina Abreu, Lisa Occhino and all of the Westhill HS Chamber Singers on Winning the Gold Cup in the International Choir Competition in Verona, Italy
Apr 27th, 2009 by Jamie

Westhill HS Chamber Singers Win Gold Cup
in International Choir Competition in Verona, Italy

           

On April 20th, 2009, the Westhill High School Chamber Singers returned from
Verona, Italy, with a prestigious Gold Cup after competing against the top
choirs from around the world at the 20th Annual International Choral
Competition. Under the musical direction of Jonathan Curri and accompanied
on piano by Josh Sette, the elite choir of twenty-seven Chamber Singers
received an overall “ottimo” (excellent) rating and the top four highest
scores among thirty competing adult and high school choirs as scrutinized by
a panel of six judges evaluating intonation, rhythm, dynamics, presentation,
vocal technique, balance, voice quality and performance. On April 17th at
3:00 pm at Verona¹s Teatron Nuovo, the Chamber Singers performed four songs
in English, German and Latin including Die Nachtigall (Mendelsohn), Witness
(Halloran), Wie Lieblich (Brahms) and Ave Maria (Biebl). The opening
ceremonies were held at Verona¹s Teatro Filarmonico on Wednesday, April
15th, followed by the competition at the Teatro Nuovo on April 17th, and the
closing reception with all participating choirs gathering at the Arena Di
Verona (a Roman amphitheatre built in 30 A.D.) for a final group singing of
Va Pensiero, Ode to Joy and Amazing Grace.

“With the art and music budget cuts, this competition was truly a labor of
love by all the students and parents who devoted months of rehearsals and
fundraising efforts to make this trip possible,” explains Mr. Curri. I
have known and musically trained some of these talented young vocalists
since they were in sixth grade at Cloonan Middle School, and now to have an
opportunity to see them be part of this win in their senior year is an honor
and joy that far exceeds my expectations.

This international event was a cultural learning experience that gave
opportunities for Stamford students from all economic sectors and
nationalities to expand their knowledge of music, art and history as well as
interact with vocalists from around the world. Their travels included Lake
Garda, Lasize, Venice, Vigasio, Verona and Florence with excursions to view
famous masterpieces like Michelangelo¹s David, Venice¹s gondolas, St. Mark¹s
Basilica, monuments, churches, theatres, Roman arenas and Piazzas among
others. The choir also sang at other venues such as at a mass at Florence¹s
Basilica di Santa Croce and in a church at the quaint village of Vigasio
where the priest was so overcome with emotion by the eight-part harmony of
Ave Maria that he requested an encore met with a standing ovation by the
townspeople. Afterwards, the singers interacted with the Italian community
and with local teenagers as they enjoyed a reception with homemade risotto
and desserts. At any given time, the competing international choirs would
cross paths on the streets in various cities and break into impromptu
sing-a-longs and friendly “sing-offs.” At one restaurant in Florence that
happened to have a piano, the Chamber Singers were inspired to start playing
and singing to the delight of the management and its patrons.
 
The students described the trip as the experience of a lifetime, with
memories and lessons that changed their view of the world, expanded their
personalities and talents, and inspired new friendships and dreams. Videos
and photographs of the event will be posted on the Chamber Singers website
www.westhillarts.bravehost.com.

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