18 July 2014 Cody
Lainie Kazan is the embodiment of the word entertainer — and artist who has reached the pinnacle in virtually every area of performance. She has come a long way since she was Barbra Streisand’s Broadway understudy in “Funny Girl.” Once she was able to display her electrifying talent in two shows, she became the “Chanteuse” of her native New York, with nightclub stints and guest appearances on virtually every top variety and talk show in network television, including an unparalleled 26 appearances on “The Dean Martin Show.” She even hosted her own variety special for NBC and opened the popular “Lainie’s Room” and “Lainie’s Room East” at the Los Angeles and New York Playboy Clubs.
18 July 2014 Cody
Heeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in, followed by a big band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late night television for three decades. The ‘Johnny’ was Johnny Carson, the announcer was Ed McMahon and the bandleader was Doc Severinsen. Beginning in October 1962, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson ruled the night air for thirty years. On May 22, 1992, it came to an end…
20 May 2014 Josh
Caio Pagano is an internationally renowned concert pianist, teacher and scholar. He is a distinguished professor of piano at Arizona State University since 1986 having earned the honor of Regent Professor of Piano at this institution. He is the recipient of many piano performance awards in Europe and in his native country, Brazil.
Pagano has performed throughout four continents in more than 600 public performances as recital soloist, chamber musician and as soloist with orchestras. He has premiered 24 works in concert halls worldwide, 16 of these were works written and dedicated to him by the composers, including several concertos for piano and orchestra. He has also recorded several of these works. Pagano was the first pianist to perform the complete works of Schoenberg in several capitals of the world.
Among the remarkable premieres was the performance of Pousseur’s Apostrophe, along with Beethoven’s Diabelli variations in Washington D.C. and New York City, which received following reviews: “The Pousseur was transcendent, and Beethoven was absolutely first-class, simultaneously idiomatic and original”(The New York Times). “I started jotting comments after each variation, but I abandoned that as I realized I was being presented with a conception that was an incandescent entity”(the Washington Post). Pagano, who is regularly featured on radio including recent highlights on National Public Radio USA, has regularly appeared in the BBC in London, Norddeutsche Rundfunk in Germany, Voice of America in Washington D.C., Radio Hilversum in Holland, Radio de la Suisse Romande in Switzerland and National Broadcasting in Portugal to name just a few.
As Professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, Caio created the International Biennial of Music, which attracted many internationally acclaimed artists who collaborated with him (including Saschko Gawriloff, Cristof Caskel, Raphael Hillyer, Werner Taube, Henry Schuman). He also toured with Pierre Fournier, Janos Starker, Thomas Friedli, Szymon Goldberg, Albor Rosenfeld, the St.Petersburg Quartet, Maria João Pires, Gerard Caussé and the Jacques Thibaud Trio. Caio has been a featured artist at the Miami New World Festival, the Washington Interamerican Fest, the Grenoble Festival, the Megève Festival, the Montpellier Festival and many others.
In partnership with Maria João Pires, Pagano created the Centre for Studies of the Arts in Portugal (www.belgais.net). He recorded with her “Sounds of Belgais”, for DGG.
Summit, Soundset, Deutsche Grammophon and Glissando labels publish his acclaimed recordings. His latest CD, Music for Children by Heitor Villa-Lobos has received rave reviews which have included “CD of the month” by BBC Music Magazine, and other magnificent reviews on Gramophone (Great Britain), CD Compact (Spain) and Fanfare (USA).
Caio Pagano combines a profound knowledge of the Arts, Literature and Music, which characterizes his interpretations as authoritative and unique. His transcendent technique is accompanied by exuberant lyricism, intellect and a polished sense of style. The Washington Post’s reviewer, Joseph McLellan, may have summed it up the best: “Pagano is such a fine performer that any opportunity to hear him should be seized” Pagano is an honorable Steinway Artist.
14 May 2014 Josh
James E. (Jim) Shearer holds a D. M. A. in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He teaches tuba, euphonium, music history and music appreciation to graduate, undergraduate and honors students at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. In addition, he presents concerts, master classes and lectures as a Yamaha Performing Artist. His most recent jazz recording, The Memphis Hang, was released on Summit Records in June 2008. Working with Memphis musicians including Charlie Wood and Billy Gibson, Shearer is currently booking community concerts and educational outreach programs with these talented artists in support of their new project.
12 May 2014 Josh
Nicola Ferro was introduced to music at a very early age by his family. He enrolled at the State Music Conservatory in Salerno and studied there until 1996 when he was awarded his Diploma in Trombone, achieving a very high mark, under the guidance of Maestro Antonio Marzullo and Maestro Roberto Bianchi. At the same time he also received his Secondary School Leaving Certificate (diploma di maturità) from Alfano 1° Secondary School, Salerno in Sociology/Psychology/Pedagogics.