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Generations all over the world have grown up with Fiddler on the Roof.

The unforgettable songs, characters and conflicts in Fiddler offer universal insights into family, home, tradition and transformation, as we watch Tevye and his family live, love and ultimately leave the “intimate, obstinate” village of Anatevka. Lyricist Sheldon Harnick takes you inside the creation and history of this cultural landmark, revealing the twists and turns of the creative process he shared with Jerry Bock, Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince, and sharing his behind-the-scenes stories of how it became the show and score we love.

Rob Fisher, artistic director & piano
Sheldon Harnick, writer & host
Gary Griffin, stage director
John Bell, associate music director


Judy Blazer, vocals
Kerry Conte, vocals
Jonathan Hadary, vocals
Leah Horowitz, vocals
Ross Lekites, vocals
Alan Schmuckler, vocals


Erik Charlston, percussion
Dick Sarpola, bass
Antoine Silverman, violin
Andrew Sterman, clarinet

 

The May 31 evening performance of "To Life! Celebrating 50 Years of Fiddler on the Roof with Sheldon Harnick" is underwritten by the Hite Foundation, Inc.

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Artistic Director’s Note

by Rob Fisher

I think a work of art is a work of genius when the subject is so specific that it bursts into universality. The setting can be completely foreign but the behaviors, the situations, awaken the most primal feelings in all who experience it. It could be a painting or a piece of music or a myth. Occasionally, it can even be a piece of music theater. Basic archetypes immersed in good storytelling captivate all of us and awaken our souls.

Fifty years of Fiddler on the Roof captivating audiences has proved that it ranks with the great myths and great works of genius; it has been translated countless times worldwide and is always being performed somewhere in diverse cultures by any age group. It resonates in any culture that still has a culture.

When our soul is touched by a universal tale, we feel that something of our own feelings and story have been captured. People around the world have such feelings of ownership about Fiddler. Of course those people descended from the shtetl life portrayed in the show feel that their history has been captured and elevated in a very real way. But every culture with a father raising daughters, or sisters growing up individually in the same household— any culture with households!—has claimed this story as their own. Perhaps most universal of all is the tension between generations: children needing to grow and individuate in a world that is different from their parents’ as parents must watch their children make “mistakes.” The balm that appears in every culture used to soothe this tension is the application of traditions.

How does a piece like Fiddler come into existence? In the creation of a musical, it is a very unique and necessary collaboration that develops a shared vision. Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock and Joseph Stein were proven successful geniuses already working on this show when they were prodded by genius director/choreographer Jerome Robbins to write and rewrite about this idea their hearts and souls were especially committed to. Each of these four men was connecting with their ancestry, and the need to tell the story properly was intense. Robbins pushed hard, and Stein, Bock and Harnick responded with ever more specific and brilliant writing.

Books have been written and studies have been made about the sociological and cultural importance of Fiddler, as well as critiques about its indisputable artistic merit. So if all this information exists already, what can we add? Answer: the voice of one of those geniuses who brought Fiddler “to life,” to discuss the processes and decisions which resulted in the final score. Sheldon Harnick wrote the lyrics for the nearly 50 songs that were tried before the score was finalized to the one the world knows and loves, using only one third of them.

I am so pleased to help Sheldon recount the decision-making journey, and so grateful to him for presenting the amazing unsung Fiddler he still loves and the world deserves to hear. If there is still culture in 50 years, people will be celebrating 100 years of Fiddler and will be jealous of those of us hearing it from the horse’s mouth, but grateful that a series like Lyrics & Lyricists was able to have the story told.

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Sheldon Harnick at 92nd Street Y


From his 92Y debut in the first season of Lyrics & Lyricists to this weekend’s celebration of Fiddler on the Roof, Sheldon Harnick has participated in nearly two dozen 92Y events.

Feb 14, 1971 L&L Interview with Maurice Levine
May 1979 L&L Great Lyricists Remembered: Otto Harbach
Mar 1984 Talk Sheldon Harnick and Tom Jones, Lyricists
Jun 1985 L&L 15th Anniversary Celebration
Jun 1986 L&L The European Connection: Kurt Weill
Mar 1988 Talk Sheldon Harnick and Fred Ebb
May 1992 Gala Sheldon Harnick: Fiddler, Fiorello and Friends
Feb 1993 L&L The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner
May 1994 Gala Celebrating Life at 120: Folksongs Plus
May 1998 Gala The Longest Running Show on Broadway: A Musical Tribute to Maurice Levine
May 2000 Gala Once More With Love: Celebrating 125 Years of the Y
Mar 2004 Talk Fiddler on the Roof
Jun 2004 L&L The Wit and Wisdom of Ira Gershwin
Feb 2005 L&L A Celebration of Sheldon Harnick
May 2005 Gala It Started With a Dream: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Cy Coleman
Apr 2006 L&L Harnick: Collector’s Items
Feb 2007 L&L Harnick: Collector’s Items (Other People’s Lyrics)
Nov 2009 L&L I Remember You: A Centennial Tribute to Johnny Mercer
May 2010 L&L Poisoning Pigeons in the Park: The Art of the Satiric Comedy Song
Jul 2012 Talk The Outdoor Museum: Margery & Sheldon Harnick Book Release
Jan 2013 L&L The Very Model of a Modern Major Lyricist: W. S. Gilbert and the Broadway He Inspired
Jun 2015 L&L To Life! Celebrating 50 Years of Fiddler on the Roof with Sheldon Harnick

Captions:
2/14/71: Maurice Levine (l) with Sheldon Harnick (Nancy Flowers)
2/27/05: Margery & Sheldon Harnick performing “Do You Love Me” (Richard Termine)
5/8/10: Sheldon Harnick (l), Tom Lehrer, Fred Ebb & Rob Fisher (f) (Richard Termine)

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Artist Bios

Rob Fisher

One of Lyrics & Lyricists’ most popular and creative guest artistic directors, Rob Fisher is making his tenth appearance on the series and his seventh collaboration with Sheldon Harnick. He made his series debut as a pianist in 1983 in a Tin Pan Alley program. His recent shows include a 2010 survey of satiric comedy songs, narrated by Sheldon; a 2012 celebration of vocal groups; and a 2013 show on W.S. Gilbert’s influence on Broadway, written and hosted by Sheldon.

Rob is currently represented on Broadway as musical score adapter and supervisor of An American in Paris, which has been nominated for twelve Tony Awards. He was also music consultant for this past spring’s Living on Love, starring Renée Fleming. This past February Rob was guest music director for the New York City Center Encores! production of Lady, Be Good!; he was music director and conductor of the Tony Award-winning series from its inception in 1994 through 2005.

Rob’s other Broadway credits include being music supervisor for 2011’s Anything Goes and 2009’s Hair, both of which won Tony Awards for Best Revival. Rob was also musical director of Chicago, Wonderful Town and The Apple Tree, all of which began as Encores! productions. He also regularly creates programs for the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center.

As an orchestra conductor, Rob has led the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in recent concert performances of both Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall; and the New York Philharmonic in My Fair Lady, Carousel and “Garrison Keillor at 70”—all featuring star-studded casts. He has been either conductor or a guest artist, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue or Piano Concerto in F major, with major orchestras across the country, including the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh and National symphonies. He enjoyed a long relationship with the New York Pops, sharing concerts with the late Skitch Henderson.

Rob’s performances have been televised on many occasions. He was featured twice on the PBS series “In Performance at the White House,” performing for President and Mrs. Clinton in the East Room. He conducted an Emmy Award-winning concert performance of Sweeney Todd with Patti LuPone, George Hearn and the San Francisco Symphony, which was broadcast on PBS and is available on DVD. His discography includes more than two dozen recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning Chicago cast album.

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Sheldon Harnick

Lyricist Sheldon Harnick has been a welcome and beloved presence at 92nd Street Y since 1971 when he was a guest in the first season of Lyrics & Lyricists. A graduate of Northwestern University, Sheldon came to New York in the early 1950s and wrote for such revues as New Faces of ’52 and The Littlest Revue. In the mid ‘50s, Broadway star Jack Cassidy introduced him to composer Jerry Bock, and in 1958 they created their first show, The Body Beautiful.

The team wrote six more Broadway musicals, led by two of the most acclaimed productions of the 1960s: Fiorello, which won the Pulitzer Prize and three Tony Awards, and Fiddler on the Roof, which won nine Tonys and held the record for longest-running Broadway musical until Grease in 1980. Three other Harnick-Bock shows received Tony nominations: She Loves Me, The Apple Tree and The Rothschilds. They also contributed to the musicals Baker Street and Her First Roman; the Bill Baird marionette musical Man in the Moon; the play Never Too Late; and the TV musical, The Canterville Ghost.

After 1970 Sheldon collaborated with many other distinguished composers. He worked with Mary Rodgers on Pinocchio, Richard Rodgers on Rex, Michel Legrand on The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Joe Raposo on both A Wonderful Life and the cantata Sutter’s Gold, and Norton Juster and Arnold Black on The Phantom Tollbooth. He wrote additional lyrics to 1979’s The Madwoman of Central Park West and 1994’s Tony-nominated Cyrano.

Last year, the York Theatre devoted its entire “Musicals in Mufti” season to the works of Sheldon Harnick. It included three revivals: an early Off-Broadway show, Smiling, the Boy Fell Dead; Harnick and Bock’s second collaboration, Tenderloin; and a 1984 parable on democracy, Dragons, with Sheldon providing both music and lyrics. The season also featured the world premiere of his Molière-inspired Malpractice Makes Perfect and a new musical revue, A World to Win. In May 2014 Harbinger Records released Sheldon Harnick: Hidden Treasures, 1949–2013 on its Songwriters Showcase Series. Sheldon is a longtime member of the Dramatists Guild and the Songwriters Guild; in addition to numerous awards, together with Jerry Bock he is recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In 1974 Sheldon wrote the song “William’s Doll” with Mary Rogers for Marlo Thomas’ recording of Free to Be ... You and Me. His film and television credits include the themes for The Heartbreak Kid and Blame It On Rio, both written with Cy Coleman. Sheldon has provided English-language librettos for operas and oratorios, including Bizet’s Carmen, Lehár’s The Merry Widow, and works by Stravinsky, Ravel, Mozart, Bach and Verdi. In 2012 he and his wife, photographer Margery Gray Harnick, collaborated on a book of photographs and poems, The Outdoor Museum (not your usual images of New York).

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Gary Griffin

Gary Griffin returns to Lyrics & Lyricists, having worked with Sheldon Harnick and Rob Fisher together four times in the last decade. Gary’s Broadway credits include this past season’s Honeymoon in Vegas, the 2006 revival of Sheldon and Jerry Bock’s The Apple Tree, and The Color Purple, followed by its national tour. For New York City Center Encores!, he directed The New Moon, Pardon My English, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Music in the Air and Lost in the Stars. His Off-Broadway credits include Saved at Playwrights Horizons and Beautiful Thing at the Cherry Lane Theatre. He directed Rob Fisher’s 2012 concert performance of The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall.

A resident of Chicago, Gary has won nine Joseph Jefferson Awards for directing. He is associate artistic director of the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, where he has directed such productions as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Sunday in the Park with George, Follies, Private Lives, Amadeus and A Little Night Music. He has also worked frequently with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, directing The Merry Widow, The Mikado and Oklahoma!

Gary works extensively at the Stratford Festival of Canada, directing such productions as last summer’s Antony and Cleopatra, West Side Story, Evita, Camelot and 42nd Street. His other regional engagements include Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, San Diego’s Old Globe, Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, Arlington’s Signature Theatre, Hartford Stage and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. His production of Pacific Overtures at London’s Donmar Warehouse received an Olivier Award for outstanding musical production and earned him a nomination for best director.

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John Bell

John Bell is currently serving as assistant conductor and keyboardist for the Broadway revival of On the Town. At New York City Center Encores!, he was associate musical director to Rob Fisher in Lady, Be Good! this past February, and to Rob Berman in Zorba! a few weeks ago and in Irma la Douce last year. In June 2014 John was musical director and conductor of The Spectacular Songs of Lerner and Loewe, a benefit concert on Broadway for the Irish Repertory Theatre, featuring Joel Grey, Nathan Gunn and Melissa Errico.

John has been musical director and arranger for numerous other Irish Repertory Theatre productions, including Donnybrook, Transport, New Girl in Town, Meet Me in St. Louis and A Child’s Christmas in Wales. At the York Theatre he was musical director and pianist for the new musicals Harold & Maude and Tomorrow Morning, and the “Musicals in Mufti” revival and cast recording of Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s The Body Beautiful. He was similarly music director for the Keen Company’s revival and cast recording of Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little, and he has been keyboardist for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Regionally, John has been music director for Anything Goes, The Who’s Tommy and Cabaret at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. He was music director and he played the role of Manny in Master Class at the 2013 Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. Other regional productions include The Fantasticks, Oklahoma! and Mary Me a Little. John has a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from Ithaca College, and a master’s in piano from CUNY.

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Judy Blazer

Judy Blazer has appeared on Broadway in Love Musik, Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds from Broadway, Titanic, Me and My Girl and A Change in the Heir. Off-Broadway, she performed a solo piece for Primary Stages’ Inner Voices– Whida Peru: Resurrection Tangle. She was in the New York City Opera productions of Sweeney Todd and Candide; The Torch Bearers with the Drama Dept.; Richard Greenberg’s Hurrah At Last with the Roundabout Theatre; Bernarda Alba and Hello Again at Lincoln Center Theater; A Connecticut Yankee for City Center Encores!; and Twyla Tharp’s Everlast at the Metropolitan Opera as vocal soloist.

Regionally, Judy has performed the title roles of Funny Girl, The Night Governess, The Miracle Worker, Peter Pan and My Fair Lady. She has also played Maria in Twelfth Night, Lily in On the 20th Century, Vera in Mame and Joanne in Company. She starred across the country with major orchestras in the US in Michael Tilson Thomas’ concert piece, Thomashefsky, about his grandparents, Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, who were stars of the Yiddish Theatre. The show was filmed as a PBS “Great Performances” special.

Additional television credits include “Law and Order,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” “Bernstein’s New York” and “In Performance at the White House.” She has been featured on more than 20 recordings and is artistic director of The Artist’s Crossing Theatre Co. and School. A frequent and popular Lyrics & Lyricists guest, Judy’s next project will be on Broadway, where she will be joining the cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder as “Miss Shingle.”

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Kerry Conte

With To Life!, Kerry Conte makes her Lyrics & Lyricists debut. This summer she stars as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady opposite Charles Shaughnessy at the Theatre by the Sea in Rhode Island, and as Irene Malloy in Hello, Dolly! at the Music Theatre Wichita. This past February she appeared in the New York City Center Encores! production of Lady, Be Good!

In January 2014 Kerry joined Lyrics & Lyricists favorite Jason Graae to open York Theatre’s “Musicals in Mufti” celebration of Sheldon Harnick with the musical revue, A World to Win. She earlier participated in the “Musicals in Mufti” cast recording of Harnick and Jerry Bock’s 1958 musical, The Body Beautiful, and she appeared in the York’s production of Housewives’ Cantata. Among her other New York credits, Kerry has frequently appeared with the Irish Repertory Theater, including concert performances of Brigadoon and Camelot, in addition to the plays The Irish … and How They Got That Way, Ernest in Love, Meet Me in St. Louis and A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

From 2012 to 2013 Kerry performed in the national tour of Disney’s Mary Poppins, playing Winifred Banks and covering the title role; she also played Mary Poppins last summer at Theatre by the Sea. She has appeared frequently at the St. Louis Muny, performing in Singin’ in the Rain, Oliver! and others. In New York regional theater, Kerry has appeared in Sheldon Harnick’s A Wonderful Life at the NYS Theatre Institute; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Theatre Barn; and Camelot at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. Her website is kerryconte.com.

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Jonathan Hadary

Jonathan Hadary makes his Lyrics & Lyricists debut after starring as Tevye last fall in a recordbreaking run of Fiddler on the Roof at Washington’s Arena Stage. One of New York’s most popular and prolific actors, Jonathan has appeared in ten Broadway shows. He made his debut in Gemini; earned Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations playing Herbie opposite Tyne Daly in Gypsy; played Nathan Detroit in the Jerry Zaks-directed revival of Guys and Dolls; and his most recent appearances were in two Clifford Odets revivals directed by Bartlett Sher—Awake and Sing! and Golden Boy.

Off-Broadway, Jonathan’s credits are even more extensive, with nearly two dozen roles. He is currently a 2015 Drama Desk nominee for his performance in another Odets revival, Rocket to the Moon. He was in Shakespeare in the Park’s recent production of A Comedy of Errors, and he played Roy Cohn in the Signature Theatre’s 2010 revival of Angels in America, following a national tour, for which he won Joseph Jefferson and Helen Hayes awards. Other honors include an Obie Award and ACE nomination for his performance as Saul in As Is, which he took to Broadway, and Time’s recognition as 1992’s Performance of the Year for Ned Weeks in Larry Kramer’s The Destiny of Me, a follow-up to The Normal Heart.

Among Jonathan’s television appearances are a recent episode of “Louie” and nearly every episode of “The Heart, She Holler” on [adult swim]. His film credits include A Time to Kill, Bait, Private Parts, the Coen Brothers’ Intolerable Cruelty and Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret.

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Leah Horowitz

Leah Horowitz appeared in the ensemble of the 2004 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, and she later played Hodel in a production at the Sacramento Music Circus. Her most recent Broadway roles were Young Heidi in Follies and Cosette in Les Misérables, and her other Broadway credits include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Woman in White, La Cage Aux Folles and Thoroughly Modern Millie. To Life! marks her Lyrics & Lyricists debut.

Leah has appeared in New York City Center Encores! productions of The Most Happy Fella, Merrily We Roll Along and Where’s Charley? In the concert hall, Leah has sung in Carousel with the New York Philharmonic, led by Rob Fisher, which was broadcast on PBS’ “Great Performances”; Camelot with the National Symphony for the Kennedy Center’s 2014 Gala; and Leonard Bernstein’s MASS with the Baltimore Symphony at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center—the cast album earned a Grammy nomination. Leah also performed in the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s 8Minute Musicals and Emma: A New Musical.

Last fall Leah performed in the world premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical, Bright Star, at the Old Globe in San Diego. She has also played Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls at the Great Lakes Theatre in Cleveland and Magnolia in Show Boat at the St. Louis Muny. She was one of the nuns in the “Sound of Music Live” NBC broadcast in 2013. She has appeared in several shows at 54 Below, including Sondheim Unplugged, Sondheimas and Aspects of Andrew: Lloyd Webber @54. Her website is leahhorowitz.com.

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Ross Lekites

This past February Ross Lekites traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, where he performed in a nationally telecast concert, “A Night of Bernstein,” led by Rob Fisher. He recently finished the first national tour of Kinky Boots, where he played Richard Bailey and covered the co-lead role of Charlie Price. He also starred as Tony in the first national tour of the revival of West Side Story and as Joseph in a national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Ross’s New York and regional credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular; Joe Cable in South Pacific at the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida; Tony in West Side Story at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine; and Tom Marlowe in Good News at the Goodspeed Opera House.

He has appeared in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Full Monty at the West Virginia Public Theatre and Jesus Christ Superstar at the Music Theatre Louisville. Ross is making his Lyrics & Lyricists debut with these performances.

Ross recently recorded the role of Tennessee in the original cast recording of the Off- Broadway musical Yank!, co-starring frequent Lyrics & Lyricists artists Nancy Anderson and Jeffry Denman. Last week he was a guest artist at the Philly Pops’ Memorial Day Concert at Longwood Gardens, featuring Lyrics & Lyricists regular Klea Blackhurst; he has performed in pops concerts with other orchestras across the country. Ross’s film credits include the independent feature Walking to Maryland and the short film, Bite Me. His website is rosslekites.com.

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Alan Schmuckler

Alan Schmuckler is establishing himself as both actor and composer/ lyricist. His New York performing credits include Sheldon Harnick’s Dragons, as part of the York Theatre’s “Musicals in Mufti” 2014 Harnick celebration; Falling for Make Believe at the York Theatre; the world premiere of Richard Nelson’s Nikolai and the Others for Lincoln Center Theater; Stars of David: Story to Song at the DR2 Theatre; and The Megile of Itzik Manger at the National Yiddish Theatre.

Alan has received three Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for his work in Chicago theater productions of Murder for Two, Sugar and A Minister’s Wife. He also appeared in Chicagoland productions of Rent, Merrily We Roll Along, Fiorello!, and many others.

This past January Alan wrapped a five-week run as composer/lyricist of the new musical, Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me, an adaptation of the “Serial” podcast, which played at the Flea Theater. He has also written or co-written the music and lyrics for How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back, which has been produced across the country; Days Like Today, inspired by the plays of Charles L. Mee; We Three Lizas, a holiday tale of Liza Minnelli Past, Present and Future; and The Emperor’s New Clothes, which has also been produced in Sydney, Australia. He contributed material as well as acted in Stars of David, and is working on an interactive online musical film, My Little Red/Green Coat. Alan has been a writer-in-residence at the inaugural Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters’ Project, at Goodspeed Musicals and at the Weston Playhouse.

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Antoine Silverman

Violinist Antoine Silverman is currently music coordinator and violinist for Fun Home which has received twelve Tony nominations; he held similar positions for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Previously he played in Bullets Over Broadway and was concertmaster for Shrek: The Musical, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, High Fidelity, and others. Antoine has worked with artists as diverse as Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks, Moby, Sheryl Crow, Lou Reed and Audra McDonald. He has been soloist with the Boston Pops, and he portrayed Einstein in the 2012-14 world tour of the Philip Glass opera, Einstein on the Beach. Antoine has released two solo records—Gypsy Swing and Blue Moods—and he has written two educational books on the violin.

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Andrew Sterman

Reeds player and composer Andrew Sterman has performed in nearly a dozen Broadway shows, including Sister Act, The Scottsboro Boys,Curtains, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof, where he worked closely with Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock. He has appeared with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan and Aretha Franklin. Andrew also leads his own ensembles and has made three recordings of his music: Wet PaintThe Path to Peace and Blue Canvas with Spiral. He has been a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble since 1992, and has appeared with many music ensembles, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics. His website is andrewsterman.com.

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Dick Sarpola

Bass player Dick Sarpola can be heard on Broadway in Aladdin and has played in more than a dozen other Broadway shows, including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and Nice Work If You Can Get It. He toured internationally with Liza Minnelli for more than ten years and has performed and recorded with major stars like Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein, Barbara Cook and Karen Akers. As a jazz artist, Dick has performed and recorded with such notables as George Shearing, Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, and the Village Vanguard and Woody Herman orchestras. In the studio, Dick can be heard on the soundtracks of nearly 100 major films.

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Erik Charlston

Percussionist Erik Charlston has been most recently heard on Broadway in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. He has also played for New York City Center Encores! and with the New York Philharmonic and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and in such film soundtracks as Disney’s Aladdin and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. Erik has worked with jazz and pop luminaries including Wynton Marsalis, Tony Bennett, Elton John and Metallica. His sextet, JazzBrasil, has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center and has released the CD Essentially Hermeto, featuring the music of Hermeto Pascoal. His website is erikcharlston.com.

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