CLASSICALLY EXPOSED: FROM CARNEGIE HALL TO THE CELL

02-22-2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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, pictured in the montage, 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 performance will show off their many talents, including performing well-known arias and their pop tune adaptations. 

The Cell Theatre is located at 338 West 23rd

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

CLASSICALLY EXPOSED:  FROM CARNEGIE HALL TO THE CELL”

February 22:  Free Event and Fundraiser with Seunghee (Sunny) Lee, Charles R. Hale, Nicole Zuraitis, Yuri Juarez, Clare Maloney, Empire Wild and Renato Diz 

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:  The Fabulous Verona Quartet

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:  Instagram Stars in Action: 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 

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

 

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