Guest Performers

Dirty Martini, burlesque dancer

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“Dirty Martini performs an inspired Sally Rand style fan dance”
-Guy Trebay – Village Voice
 International burlesque sensation, Miss Dirty Martini, is one of the most recognized names in new burlesque. In 1997, she traveled to Sarajevo, to perform her show-stopping fan dance to a shell shocked public shortly after the peace accord was signed and the [...]


Donald Berman, piano/keyboards

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Donald Berman is a champion of new works by living composers, overlooked music by twentieth century masters, and recitals that link classical and modern repertoires. His recent CDs “The Unknown Ives volumes 1 & 2,” and “The Uncovered Ruggles” on New World Records have been internationally acclaimed. He is the Artistic Director for the [...]


Kevin Gallagher, guitar

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Kevin R. Gallagher began playing rock guitar in his formative years but his musical appetite quickly led him to study jazz and ultimately, classical guitar. His renowned gift for the classical guitar won him numerous scholarships and awards while studying with Benjamin Verdery at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and at the Julliard School under [...]


Jeff Carney, bass

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As one of the most in demand bassists in New York City, Jeff Carney’s resume reads like a who’s who of the world’s elite recording artists. As an accompanist, Jeff could be heard alongside jazz greats Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Bobby McFerrin, and Freddie Hubbard and with pop icons such as Sting, James Taylor, Billy [...]


Frank Cassara, marimba

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A proponent of new and classic, western and world percussion music, Frank Cassara has premiered many works with as many diverse groups. As percussionist for the Philip Glass Ensemble, he has performed around the globe, as well as recording Glass’ music and film scores, most recently the new Glass/Reggio film “Naqoyquatsi”. He also performs around [...]


Mark Feldman, violin

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Violinist Mark Feldman is an active performer in the worlds of Jazz, Improvised Music and 20th Century Contemporary Music.
Mark Feldman Premiered the Violin Concerto of Guus Janssen as soloist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the Contemporary Music Festival Nederland Muziek Dagen. He also premiered the Concerto for Violin and Jazz Orchestra with [...]


Gregory Fulkerson, violin

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Internationally acclaimed violinist GREGORY FULKERSON has had a flourishing career in both classical and contemporary music. It was as a major exponent of American contemporary music that Mr. Fulkerson rose to prominence, taking the First Prize in the International American Music Competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kennedy Center (now sponsored by [...]


Laura Heimes, soprano

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Praised for her “sparkle and humor, radiance and magnetism” and hailed for “a voice equally velvety up and down the registers”, soprano is widely regarded as an artist of great versatility, with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. She has collaborated with many of the leading figures in early music, including Andrew [...]


Mick Rossi, marimba, piano

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Pianist, percussionist, composer, and conductor Mick Rossi is known for his work in the NY Downtown scene and beyond. A member of the Philip Glass ensemble as both pianist and percussionist, he has performed and recorded with Alex Acu├▒a, Steven Bernstein, Roger Daltry, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser, Billy Drewes, Peter Erskine, Eric Friedlander, Vinny Golia, [...]


Curtis Streetman, baritone

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Bass Curtis Streetman has earned praise for the power and beauty of his voice in repertoire that ranges from the Renaissance to the music of Benjamin Britten and Conrad Susa. His opera credentials include the major bass roles in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Peri’s Euridice, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Die Zauberfloete, Stravinsky’s The [...]


Chris Pedro Trakas, baritone

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Described by the NY Times as “outstanding” and “an elegant baritone with a commanding sound” Chris Pedro Trakas is celebrated for the intense, passionate vocalism he brings to an eclectic repertoire ranging from Mozart, Schubert, Rossini, Mahler and Debussy through Britten, Bernstein, Bolcom, Adams and Ellington. Career highlights include “Harlekin” in Ariadne auf Naxos at [...]