“Charles, a chronicler of New York life and culture, blends the city’s rich history with music, imagery and performance art and captures the vibrant and unique experience that is New York City." Author and Historian Peter Quinn
When your ratings are at 98% you know you must be doing something right. Read this review at front row and center.
Looking for a great show at very, very reasonable prices in NYC, then look no further than Renata Hinrichs’ “Random Acts” playing now through March 2 at the TBG MainStage Theatre (312 W. 36th St., Third Floor, NYC 10018).
Renata, who is a good friend of mine, is a top notch talent. You’ll love this show.
Not only is Seunghee Lee and her production company Musica Solis co-producing the series “Classically Exposed: From Carnegie Hall to The Cell” with me, she is also performing on March 27 with the Manhattan Chamber Players and JP Jofre. But you can hear and meet “Sunny” this Friday, February 22 at “The Cell” when she performs with Empire Wild, a brilliant young group of musicians. This is a free event but you must reserve a seat, which you can do by contacting me at email@example.com
A little about Sunny: She was included in the “Top 30 Under 30” by KDFC San Francisco radio. Her albums were chosen as “CD of the Week” and her music is performed on classical musical stations around the world, including WQXR here in NYC. She has collaborated with Deepak Chopra and with renowned Italian film composer, Andrea Morricone, performing his world-premiere arrangement of “Love Theme” from Cinema Paradiso for clarinet and orchestra.
“Now here is a talent… who has a warm, silvery, and woody a tone as anyone could imagine with fast and keen finger work to match… amazing expressive capabilities… positively lovely” – Review by Allmusic.com
Join Seunghee Lee and me this Friday night, February 22nd, 7:30pm at The Cell when you’ll hear music from four of the seven events, including Empire Wild, which will comprise “Classically Exposed: From Carnegie Hall to the Cell.”
Later in the year, October 18th, Charles R. Hale Productions and Musica Solis will present Empire Wild, which features multi-instrumentalist Brandon Ilaw and cellists Mitch Lyon and Ken Kubota. The three Juilliard graduates teamed up in 2018 up after discovering a shared interest in musical styles far afield from their classical training. Through original songwriting and imaginative covers they bring virtuosic technique to far reaching genres as well as a passion for musical exploration. Empire Wild are classical trained musicians who are changing the way we experience music in the modern digital age.
This is a free event but you must reserve a seat by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Empire Wild: Brandon Ilaw, Mitch Lyon and Ken Kubota
On April 28th Charles R. Hale Productions and Musical Solis will present guitarist Yuri Juárez 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.
Want to get a preview? Join us this Friday night, February 22nd, 7:30pm at The Cell when you’ll hear music from four of the seven events that will comprise “Classically Exposed: From Carnegie Hall to the Cell.”
This is a free event but you must reserve a seat by sending an email to email@example.com
Please join us at the cell theatre on Friday, February 22nd, 7:30pm when clarinetist and international recording artist Seunghee Lee (Sunny) and I will be showcasing a number of fabulous artists in a preview of our upcoming 2019 concert series “Classically Exposed: From Carnegie Hall to The Cell.”( The doors and bar open at 6:45.)
During the evening you will be able to sample the music of four of the upcoming shows and mingle with the performers after the event. This is a free event but you must reserve seats by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets for each 2019 show are $20. A subscription for all seven shows is $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.) We will also be looking for people who would like to become executive producers or co-producers of the series or perhaps produce one of the shows. Our goal is simple: To present outstanding music at a great value and pay the artists commensurate with their talents.
Program for February 22nd:
Grammy nominated Nicole Zuraitis and Clare Maloney will perform works from their show, “From Opera to Pop”
Yuri Juarez and Renato Diz will perform works from their show, “From Classical to Jazz”
Empire Wild (2 cellos & percussion) will perform a sampling of cover songs, which they will be featuring in their show. (All of these artists mentioned in this post have appeared in my shows before except Empire Wild. This phenomenal trio of Juilliard graduates teamed up in 2018 after discovering a shared interest in musical styles. They bring their virtuosic technique to far reaching genres.)
Seunghee (Sunny) will perform a few works with Empire Wild, as well as music she will be playing with the Manhattan Chamber Players during her show.
One of my greatest musical moments was listening to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perform at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam last year. (Pictured below.) This Thursday, February 14th, I will again be listening to them, but this time in Carnegie Hall. The program will include two of my favorite works, Mozart’s 40th Symphony and Brahms 4th Symphony.
What have been the greatest performances in Carnegie Hall’s storied history? Which famous musicians and singers have performed there? What great works have been debuted in one of the most revered music halls in the world?
This is the kind of project I love: Mucking around Carnegie Hall, researching its history and its music.
I’m really looking forward to presenting this show at “the cell,” which is called “From Carnegie to The Cell,” and is the last show in the Charles R. Hale Productions/Musica Solis Series, “Classically Exposed: From Carnegie Hall to the Cell.”
I’ll be narrating Carnegie’s history, joined by a great group of musicians who will be performing some of music’s most revered works. Mark your calendar…December 6, 7:30pm. Hope to see you there.
I love this poster created by Professor Joseph McElligott. It’s being used to promote my short films, discussion of family and ancestral history, and the impact that New York City had on my family and me. The event is at Lehman College this Thursday, Feb 14, 12:30pm.
The afternoon is sponsored by the City and Humanities Program, which is chaired by Professor McElligott. It will take place in the Studio Theatre, which is located in the Speech and Hearing building.
This is a free event. For directions to Lehman click here
I’m looking forward to presenting “We Are As One, at “Straight Outta Ireland,” which is part of Carnegie Hall’s “Migrations: The Making of America.” March 10th, 2pm to 4pm, The Loft at City Winery, 155 Varick Street, NYC. “Straight Outta Ireland” is an Ed McCann/650 creation.
For tickets, which are $25…$30 at the door, click here.
Hope to see you there. These are wonderful events and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.