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Empire Wild: Brandon Ilaw, Mitch Lyon and Ken Kubota
Charles R Hale Productions and Musical Solis are proud to present their next show in the series “Classically Exposed: From Carnegie Hall the The Cell,” Friday, October 13 at The Cell Theatre in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. “From Bows to Beats” will feature Empire Wild and its members, cellists Mitch Lyon and Ken Kubota and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Ilaw. The three Juilliard graduates teamed up in 2018 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.
We had a chance to meet and listen to Empire Wild back in March when they performed at our “sneak preview” of our upcoming shows. They were fabulously exciting and they are enormously gifted musicians. Not only will you hear great music but you’ll also get an inside look at how young classically trained musicians like these are changing the way we experience music in the modern digital age.
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.