Clockwise from top left: Nicole Zuraitis, Yuri Juarez, Seunghee (Sunny) Lee, Charles R. Hale, Clare Maloney, Empire Wild, Renato Diz

Recently, “the cell theatre asked me if I’d create a classically themed series for 2019. I jumped at the idea. I asked international recording artist and clarinetist, Seunghee Lee (Sunny) to collaborate with me and together we’ve put together a seven-event season (below), beginning on March 27. 

Additionally, on February 22, 7:30pm there will be a free performance during which you will be able to sample the music of four of the shows and mingle with the performers (photo above) after the event. Tickets for each of the series’ shows will be $20. A subscription for all seven shows will be $100, which, I’m sure you’ll agree, considering the talent we’ve assembled, is a great bargain. (Ticket and subscription sales will begin shortly.)

This won’t be a typical “Classical” series. This will be classical music with a twist. For instance, one show will feature guitarist Yuri Juarez and pianist Renato Diz performing timeless works from the classical repertoire and rearranging them for piano and guitar with improvisation sections (Jazz!), as was popular during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Another show will feature Nicole Zuraitis—recently nominated for a Grammy—and Clare Maloney. Both Nicole and Clare began their musical pursuits as aspiring opera singers but segued from opera to jazz and pop. Their show will highlight their many talents, including the performance of well-known arias and their pop tune adaptations. 

I hope to see you there. Here is a listing of the events:


Nancy Manocherian’s the cell presents a Charles R. Hale Productions/Musica Solis Series


February 22:  Fundraiser

March 27:  Season Opener…Seunghee Lee and the Manhattan Chamber Players with special guest, JP Jofre. Works by Mozart, Weber, Brahms and Jofre 

April 26:  Yuri Juarez and Renato Diz: “From Classical to Jazz”

May 10:  Verona Quartet “An Outstanding Ensemble…” New York Times

June 28:  Clare Maloney and Nicole Zuraitis: “From Opera to Pop”

September 27:  Ji in and Wayne Weng, “From Classical to Pop to Hip Hop.”

October 18:  Empire Wild “From Bows to Beats

December 6:  “From Carnegie to ‘the cell with narration by Charles R. Hale and live music, featuring historical Carnegie Hall performances 


The cell is located at 338 West 23rd St in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. 


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