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About our Soloists/Performers

Pablo Ziegler

Composer - Pianist - Arranger

 

Pablo Ziegler is a Latin-Grammy Award winning Argentine composer, pianist, arranger based in New York City. He is currently the leading exponent of nuevo tango. Graduated from

Buenos Aires Conservatory with Gold medal and First prize, he debut as a classical pianist at the age of fourteen. He studied piano with Adrián Moreno and Galia Schaljman, composition

with Gerardo Gandini and Francisco Kröplft.

 

He composed for numerous theatre, film, tv, commercial such as the film "Adios Roberto", movie "Tacos Altos", theatre "Polvo de Estrellas", TV series "La Noche de los Grandes". Ziegler received the Best Composer Award by Theatre Critics Association with "Traicion".

 

Ziegler proved this Argentine music could rub shoulders - Chicago Tribune with Schubert and Brahms and hold its head high.

- San Diego Story

 

He extensively worked as Astor Piazzolla's Quintet as regular pianist from 1978 until the maestro's retirement for health reasons in 1989. During their collaboration, they performed

with Milva, Placido Domingo, Gary Burton among others and released historical albums including "Zero Hour", "La Camorra", "Central Park Concert", "Live at Montreal Jazz Festival".

 

His playing style, both sharply percussive and metallically lyrical, is instantly recognizable and bears some similarities to that of Vladimir Horowitz as well as some of the wistfulness of

Bill Evans.

 

Ziegler is a virtuoso of another sort, but one whose music touches the soul, blending tango, jazz and improvisation with gorgeous melodies.

- Steinway & Son

 

He established the New Tango Quartet in 1990 and has workedwith a wide range of classical, jazz, and Latin musicians including Emmanuel Ax, Gary Burton, Regina Carter, Branford

Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Garrett, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Christopher O’Riley, Nestor Torres, Joe Locke, Randy Brecker, David Sánchez, Miguel Zenón the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Metropole Orkest, Sydney Symphony Orchestra,

Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Wellington Chamber Orchestra.

 

There's no question that Ziegler takes the tango to levels of sophistication and refinement probably undreamed of by Piazzolla'

- Chicago Tribune

 

The Latin Grammy-nominated Amsterdam Meets New Tango, sees his quartet paired with the Netherlands’ Metropole Orkest, playing his most famous compositions re-arranged for jazz orchestra. 2013 also saw the release of saxophonist Julio Botti’s

Latin Grammy-nominated Nostalgias, featuring Ziegler as producer, arranger and pianist, along with several Ziegler tunes. In 2011, Ziegler’s work as music director, arranger and pianist for bass-baritone opera star Erwin Schrott earned an Echo Klassik Award for the album Rojotango. Ziegler’s 2005 release, Bajo Cero, won the Latin Grammy for Best Tango Album, and in 2008, his album Buenos Aires Report was nominated for the same honor. Pablo Ziegler is a Steinway Artist.

 

When Piazzolla departed this Earth in 1992, the torch was passed to his longtime pianist who's been carrying it proudly ever since.

- All About Jazz'

Irina Muresanu

Violinist

 

Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the classic, romantic and modern repertoire. The Boston Globe has come to praise her as "not just a virtuoso, but an artist" and the Los Angeles Times has written that her "musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanu's performance especially admirable" while Strad Magazine called her Carnegie/Weill Hall performance "a first-rate recital". Irina Muresanu's performances have been frequently cited as among the Best of Classical Music Performances by the Boston Globe, and her recital in the Emerging Artist Celebrity Series was named one of the Top 10 musical events by the TAB Magazine.

 

Early on Ms. Muresanu achieved international acclaim as an outstanding young soloist, recitalist and chamber musician winning top prizes in several prestigious international violin competitions including the Montreal International, Queen Elizabeth International, UNISA International String, Washington International, and the Schadt String Competition. She is the winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, the Presser Music Award, the Kate Kinley Fellowship Award from the University of Illinois and the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association.

 

Ms. Muresanu has performed in renowned concert halls throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her recent solo engagements include concerts with the Boston Pops, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Williamsburg Symphonia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva), the Syracuse Symphony, the Metropolitan Orchestra (Montreal), the Transvaal Philharmonic (Pretoria, S. Africa), the Romanian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Radio Flamande (Brussels), the Boston Philharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the New England String Ensemble amongst others.

 

In 2013, Ms. Muresanu introduced her “Four Strings Around the World” project, a solo violin recital featuring works  of composers inspired by various musical cultures around the world. An early reviewer of the project wrote that “[W]hen the D Major section moves into D minor [in Bach’s Chaccone], it seemed as if the violin had had its heart broken and was crying. Muresanu’s performance was simply spectacular.”

 

Her recent recording releases include the Thomas Oboe Lee Violin Concerto (dedicated to Irina Muresanu) on the BMOP label, works of Elena Ruehr (also dedicated to Irina Muresanu) on Avie Records label and the complete William Bolcom's Violin and Piano Sonatas on Centaur label with pianist Michael Lewin (a recording that was funded by a Copland Recording Grant). In Europe, her recording of the Guillaume Lekeu and Alberic Magnard late Romantic Violin and Piano Sonatas with pianist Dana Ciocarlie for the AR RE-SE French label has sparked enthusiasm. Fanfare noted the recording with "singing and soaring...[a] sizzling performance". Ms. Muresanu has also recorded chamber music works of Gerhard Schedl with the Walden Chamber Players, the world premiere recording of Marion Bauer's Sonata for Violin and Piano with pianist Virginia Eskin on Albany Records, and a CD featuring chamber works of Erich Korngold released by the VPRO Radio Amsterdam. Adding to her other competition laurels, Ms. Muresanu was granted a Special Commendation award for her recording of Schoenberg's Fantasy for Violin and Piano at the 3rd International Vienna Modern Masters Performers Recording Competition.

 

An active chamber musician and recitalist, Ms. Muresanu has appeared in such festivals and venues as Bargemusic in New York, the Rockport Festival in Massachusetts, Bay Chambers concert series and Bowdoin Festival in Maine, the Strings in the Mountains and San Juan Music Festival in Colorado, Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, Reizend Music Festival in Netherlands, Festival van de Leie in Belgium, and the Renncontres des Musiciennes Festival in France. Ms. Muresanu has been a member of the Boston Trio since 2002 and she regularly performs with Mistral and the Walden Chamber Players.

Irina Muresanu currently serves on the faculty of University of Maryland and has taught in the Music Departments of Boston Conservatory, Harvard and MIT. Her ensemble, the Boston Trio, is Ensemble-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory, the institution at which she received the prestigious Artist Diploma degree and a Doctorate in Musical Arts degree. A native of Bucharest, Romania, Ms. Muresanu resides in Boston, MA with her husband, son and dog. She plays an 1856 Giuseppe Rocca violin and a Charles Peccat bow courtesy of Mr. Mark Ptashne.

 

 

Anne Marilyn Lucas - Program Narrator

 

Anne’s new play FROM SILENCE premiered at THE THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY in New York City.  It was one of the highest grossing plays of the year at TNC.  It will be produced again under John Fogles direction in October 2017.

 

SAY THE NAME, a Holocaust survivor’s memoir, was staged at Harvard University and used as a text in the Divinity School.  RECOVERY a play that addresses the addiction crisis is being developed at Salem Theater Company for a Janury 2018 performance and is scheduled for it’s NYC debut in October 2018. ‘Dearest Dove’, ‘Legacy of the Hanging Judge’, and ‘Spirits of the Gables’ are one act historical dramas that have been produced at The House of the Seven Gables annually since their creation in 2001

 

Anne’s biographical musicals: BROADWAY’S DIVAS, BEST OF B’WAY, GERSHWIN/PORTER WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE , IRVING BERLIN LOVES AMERICA, and RICHARD RODGERS, THE SOUND OF HIS MUSIC were produced by The Marblehead Little Theatre.

 

Anne has been directing for over 30 yrs. In NYC,Cleveland and Boston. She holds an MFA from BU and 2nd MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University.  Anne has taught theatre at all levels of education most recently  in the Theatre Department at Salem State University.  Actress, director, singer,and professor of theatre, playwrighting is a natural culmination of all of her training.

Rebecca Kenneally - Director of Endicott College Chorus

 

Rebecca has been making music and building choirs with children, young adults, and adults for nearly 20 years in the Boston area, and internationally in Canada and Sweden. She has been the Chair of the Performing Arts Department and Choral Director at Endicott College in Beverly, MA since 2008, growing the choir from six to 45 members, and recently leading the Endicott Singers to victory in the television contest Sing That Thing! At Old North Church in Marblehead, Kenneally has grown the youth choirs with children in grades 1-12 from 12 members to 80 in her tenure since 1999. Under her direction, the Old North Youth Festival Chorus earned second place in The American Prize in 2011.

 

In 2015, she was a chosen International Conducting Fellow for the American Choral Directors Association International Conductors Exchange Program with Sweden, an honor for which she hosted Swedish conductors, and traveled to Sweden to represent the US. There she observed and worked with youth and adult choirs, conducting a concert at Oscars Cathedral in Stockholm. She will lead a second exchange with the entire choir groups from Endicott and Oscars Cathedral in 2017-2018.

 

With the Endicott Singers, she has led programs with the United States Air Force Bands, the Beantown Swing Orchestra, the Millennium Gospel Choir, and Symphony by the Sea. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Kenneally has sent over 20 youth to ACDA National and Eastern Honor Choirs. Kenneally conducts the youth choirs at Music at Port Milford Chamber Music Festival in Ontario, Canada, where she is also a faculty soloist. She is a frequent clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator, and coach. She sings in recitals and concerts, and has many theater directing credits, including co-youth music direction for Boston Lyric Opera’s The Little Prince, and Boston Early Music Festival’s Acteon and Venus and Adonis. Previously, she was the Director of the Women’s Chorus at The New England Conservatory of Music and Director of GirlChoir, a high school choir of the PALS Chorus (Performing Arts at Lincoln School – now VOICES) in Brookline.

 

Kenneally holds degrees in voice and conducting from Northwestern University and The New England Conservatory of Music. She lives in Marblehead with her husband, Jeremy Bumagin, their daughter, Ila, 11, and their labradoodle, Lacey.