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Peter Dugan, piano
Photo Credit: Gerard Collett
Pianist Peter Dugan was hailed “a formidable soloist” by the Washington Post after his Kennedy Center debut last season with baritone John Brancy. Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms. He has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, including performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. He has also performed internationally in Canada, South America, the Cayman Islands, and across Europe. Last season, Mr. Dugan appeared as a soloist with the New World Symphony in its Season Opening Concert under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.
A sought-after crossover artist, Mr. Dugan recently performed duos with violinists Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell in memorial concerts for Marvin Hamlisch at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York and The Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Mr. Dugan’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang, which the Wall Street Journal called a “classical-meets-rockstar duo,” has garnered critical acclaim across the United States. Dugan has performed chamber music across the United States and Canada, as well as abroad in South America and Europe, including a 2013 recital with violinist Sean Lee at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna. Dugan’s chamber music recitals this season include the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, ARTS San Antonio, St. John’s College Recital Series, and a Weill Hall debut presented by Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Dugan advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society. As a founding creator and the pianist for OPERAtion Superpower, a superhero opera for children, Peter has travelled to dozens of schools in the greater New York area, performing for students and encouraging them to use their talents – their superpowers – for good.
Mr. Dugan, a Philadelphia native, holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in solo piano performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio and was awarded the John Erskine Commencement Prize for outstanding artistic and academic achievement. Mr. Dugan resides in New York, where he teaches sight reading for pianists at Juilliard and serves on the faculty at the St. Thomas Choir School.
Christine Lamprea, cello
Hailed a “firebrand” (Incident Light.com) and noted for her “supreme panache” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Colombian-American cellist Christine Lamprea was the First Prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition. She joined the roster of the Sphinx Soloists Program, and as such is presented as soloist with major orchestras worldwide. She has also received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Young Texas Artists’ Competition and captured First Prize at the 2013 Schadt National String Competition. A winner of Astral’s 2013 National Auditions, Ms. Lamprea has appeared as soloist with the Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and has toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi across the U.S., in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Omaha and Bay Atlantic symphonies and solo recitals in Illinois’ Krannert Center and Florida’s Kravis Center. In 2016 and 2017, she premieres Jeffrey Mumford’s Cello Concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble 212, the Omaha Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Lamprea has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, the Beethovenhaus, the Kennedy Center, and the Metropolitan Museum. She has participated in the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School, Perlman Music Program, the Banff Centre, and Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, performing alongside such esteemed musicians as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, and Carol Wincenc. She performs regularly in NYC with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. Ms. Lamprea strives to expand her musical boundaries by exploring many genres of music as well as nontraditional venues for performance and teaching. She has worked with members of Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, and studied sonatas with fortepiano with Audrey Axinn. She has premiered several works by composers at The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. She was a member of a small ensemble that worked with jazz musician Anthony Coleman on avant-garde composer John Zorn’s game piece Cobra, for musical improvisers and prompter. A passionate teacher, Ms. Lamprea worked with Ecuadorian youth in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, as part of a residency between The Juilliard School and “Sinfonia Por La Vida,” a social inclusion program modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema program. She continued to pursue musical outreach as a Gluck Community Service Fellow at Juilliard, performing in hospitals and nursing homes in and around New York City as part of a mixed ensemble of dancers, actors, and musicians. Ms. Lamprea is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She studied with Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School and holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Natasha Brofsky. Previous teachers include Ken Freudigman and Ken Ishii. ChristineLamprea.com When editing please do not delete references to Astral. JULY 2015 (Please destroy any previously dated material.)
SAVAE (San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble) is a unique ancient world music ensemble that accompanies ancient vocal music on a diverse collection of early and traditional instruments from the Middle East, Europe, and North and South America.
The group made its debut in 1989 at San Antonio's historic San Fernando Cathedral, presenting Latin American music from the colonial period. In the years that have followed SAVAE has made five recordings, and been heard on the soundtrack of a major Hollywood release, on television documentaries, and on National Public Radio broadcasts. SAVAE has toured throughout the United States: from New York to Seattle, and from Baton Rouge to Milwaukee. The International Baroque Festival of Bolivia presented SAVAE in its Misiones Chiquitos- series, marking the ensemble's foreign debut.
With its home in the United States' most colorful Latino city, it is no surprise that SAVAE made its mark with unique recordings of ancient music from Latin America, including the Billboard magazine-charting Guadalupe: Virgen de los Indios. SAVAE's inventive approach to the fusion of pre-Colombian and European musical elements won the ensemble an invitation to record Academy Award-winning composer Todd Boekelheide's original score for the award-winning documentary, Discovering Dominga.
SAVAE's recording of ancient Middle Eastern music, Ancient Echoes, features the ensemble's exploration of music and dialects from the Holy Land. It was World Library Publications' (SAVAE's record label) number-one seller for two consecutive years, and received rave reviews for its inspiring blend of scholarly research and creative flair. Director Ridley Scott included a track from that recording in his 2005 feature film, The Kingdom of Heaven.
The ensemble's Artistic Director, Christopher Moroney, has created groundbreaking new compositions and arrangements for SAVAEdelving deeply into the history and culture of the music he prepares for the group to perform and record. He has travelled to Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, and Palestine/Israel to conduct research. His exciting reconstruction of Aztec ceremonial music won Moroney a commission to compose a piece for The Sport of Life and Death, a traveling museum exhibition of Pre-Colombian artifacts related to Aztec culture. Musicologist Theodore Burg called Moroney's work on Ancient Echoes "well-researched, well-recorded musical journey...with an intriguing, timeless effect." World Library Publications publishes Moroney's compositions and arrangements for SAVAE.
SAVAE has been featured on national radio shows including NPR's Performance Today, Sound & Spirit, Latino USA, The Savvy Traveler, and Weekend Edition. Angela Mariani has twice featured the ensemble in hour-long specials on her early music program Harmonia. Producer John Dilberto travelled to San Antonio to record a "Livingroom Concert" for his public radio show, and SAVAE recorded an encore appearance for his Echoes program at Indre Studio in Philadelphia. Reports about SAVAE and it's spirited approach to early world music have appeared in major daily papers including The Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun Timesand via API ans other wire servicesto cities far and wide.
The members of the San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble are: * Kathy Mayer - soprano, wind instruments, harp, bowed instruments * Tanya Moczygemba - mezzo-soprano, percussion * Covita Moroney - (founder and manager) alto, plucked instruments, percussion * Christopher Moroney - (artistic director) bass/baritone, wind instruments, percussion * Jody Noblett - baritone, wind instruments, percussion * Lee P'Pool - tenor, percussion * Sonya Yamin - soprano, percussion.
Stewart & Garrett Mann
The Statesboro Revue
If we’re honest, the true weight of any band or artist is chiefly determined by how they translate to us in a live performance setting. Can they breach that intangible border between the stage and the gathered onlookers? Can they slip in like a steady rising state of inebriation, stealing our attention, controlling our emotions and ultimately drawing us into their world? Does their energy continue to vibrate within us well after the last chords have been played and our daily life comes to reclaim us? These are probably some of the questions one writer from Rolling Stone Magazine had running through his head before he proclaimed The Statesboro Revue as one of the highlights of the 2009 South by Southwest Conference and Festival. The Statesboro Revue goes back to 2008, but the evolving vision of front man and primary songwriter Stewart Mann goes back much further. It’s a journey down many roads from Texas to Tennessee to California and back, all in a search for that perfect, unspoiled place for his music to grow roots. Year after year in city after city, it became clear that those roots had taken hold on stage and from there grew into a groove oriented, old school rock and roll band, the likes of which have not been seen in quite some time.
Never being afraid to aim high, The Statesboro Revue released their debut album DIFFERENT KIND OF LIGHT produced by GRAMMY Award-Winning David Z (Prince, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Govt Mule) in 2009. Hitting the Texas Music Chart with two Top 20 singles, the blues rock effort quickly drew a dedicated fan base to their stages, but was just a prelude to the tour de force that is their brand new album RAMBLE ON PRIVILEGE CREEK, which was released in April, 2013. Described by Mann as earthier with catchier hooks, this new music is pure living energy that winds through light and lofty atmospheres down through the depths of sweet Celtic miseries and over to angry growls through clenched teeth…all without ever losing that gypsy pulsation that is the very definition of rock and roll. “This album is extremely broad in subject matter and style, in musicality and production, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve always strived to create a sound that doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel; merely merge the little idiosyncrasies of all my influences and shape them in a manner that might someday be looked upon as my own unique sound. I think this record is as close as I have ever been to accomplishing that goal.”
Reminiscent of singers from decades past, Stewart Mann’s soulful voice is both evident and familiar. His seasoned timbre is well- worn, but polished enough to have landed him the starring role in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story that opened at the historic Cameo Theatre in San Antonio, Texas last year. Joining Stewart is younger brother Garrett Mann, the lead guitar player who holds down the fort then lets loose when the song calls for it. On bass guitar is Musicians Institute alumnus Ben Bradshaw, providing backbone and foundation, all while mixing in melodic leads and runs that only a player of his experience can muster. Drummer Kris Schoen’s ability to both drive the tunes and lay down a lazy snare for the slow groove furthers the dancing frenzy that ensues at a Statesboro Revue show. The all-star list of shared stages more than hints that this all-inclusive working band is truly worth their weight. The Statesboro Revue has played with the Los Lonely Boys, The Wailers, the Allman Brothers Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Whiskey Myers, Dirty River Boys, Willie Nelson, Charlie Robison, Ryan Bingham, Reckless Kelly, Turnpike Troubadours, Randy Rogers Band, Bob Schneider, War, Arrested Development, Eli Young Band, Marshall Tucker Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Will Hoge.
Laura Scalzo, assistant concertmaster, violin
Originally from Long Island, New York, Laura Scalzo’s love of the violin was sparked by the great violinist, Itzahk Perlman, when she heard him play on “Sesame Street.” She began lessons at the age of 4 and has been playing ever since. She graduated from Temple University (BA) and pursued her MM at the University of Delaware. Her primary teachers have included William dePasquale, Xiang Gao, and Ellen dePasquale.
Ms. Scalzo has had the privilege of attending many prestigious summer festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, and Kent/Blossom. She has had the opportunity to work with such well known artists as the Emerson String Quartet, Corigliano String Quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet, Roger Tapping, Mark Sokol, Pamela and Claude Frank.
She has played under the baton of Maestros Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Herbert Bloomstedt and Sir Andrew Davis. In 2009, Ms. Scalzo was honored to perform as the principal second violin of the Tanglewood Orchestra with Maestro Kurt Masur conducting. Prior to joining the San Antonio Symphony in 2011, Ms. Scalzo was a member of the Delaware and Allentown Symphonies. Ms. Scalzo joined Mid-Texas Symphony in 2012, and serves as assistant concertmaster under the baton of David Mairs,
As a passionate chamber music lover Ms. Scalzo has performed with various ensembles in New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. She performed for two years as the first violinist of the University of Delaware String Quartet.
In addition to performing, Ms. Scalzo is an enthusiastic teacher and has maintained a private studio since 2000. An avid animal lover and amateur chef; Ms. Scalzo can often be found at home in the kitchen cooking for friends, gardening, or, when not working, attempting to entertain the cat.