Concerts

Sons of Serendip

Friday, October 18, 2019 ~ 7:30 PM

    Sons of Serendip is a unique Billboard Charting quartet consisting of a harpist, cellist, pianist and lead vocalist.The quartet was a finalist on TV’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2014, gaining popularity by offering fresh interpretations of popular music. They were invited back to perform on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” in 2019, where they received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience. Sons of Serendip has toured nationally, lighting up audiences with their creative and emotionally stirring arrangements and original compositions. Some notable performances include the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, as well as collaborations with the Cincinnati Symphony, Cynthia Erivo, and Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.

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Friday, December 6, 2019 ~ 7:30 PM

     The electrifying jazz of the Eric Mintel Quartet has been entertaining audiences since 1993, with renowned pianist/ composer/bandleader Eric Mintel and world-class virtuoso jazz musicians Nelson Hill on sax, Jack Hegyi on bass, and Dave Mohn on drums. As early as age three, Eric, who hails from Bucks County, PA, was creating his own piano melodies and eventually playing jazz legend Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk” and “Take Five.” His music career includes performances at the White House, Kennedy Center, and the United Nations. He has been interviewed and featured in “DownBeat” jazz magazine, and also as the featured guest on NPR’s “Piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland. In 2005, Eric released a 3-CD-boxed set of his jazz on the QVC Television Network. His music can be heard on XM and Sirius Radio. 

The Eric Mintel Quartet Christmas Jazz Concert 
 

     The Eric Mintel Quartet was honored to open for Dave Brubeck at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. The group has become a staple of the holidays with its highly successful “Charlie Brown Jazz” Christmas concerts, featuring the music of Vince Guaraldi. Aside from stage performance, the Eric Mintel Quartet conducts “Jazz Education” clinics at high schools, colleges and universities, and presents talks on “Entrepreneurship in Jazz” to music departments and business departments on the “Business” of being a professional working jazz musician. Recorded releases by the quartet include the new single “King’s Journey,” new CD “Just Around the Corner,” and “EMQ Live from the COTA Festival of the Arts” held at the Delaware Water Gap, PA.

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Orson Van Gay II

     In addition to performing in the romantic and Germanic languages of opera, Orson has been sought after to perform in Mandarin. He debuted his role as Alfredo in Pacific Opera Project’s production of “La Traviata,” and premiered a new composition, “Golden,” by Nathan Wang based on the life of Polish composer Igancy Paderewski. He also was a tenor soloist in the 60-year commencement concert of Handel’s “Messiah” in Alabama. Orson made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2019. While staying active in community projects to showcase opera, he also is an actor who has appeared in several nationally-recognized television series, major television commercials, and Netflix variety shows. 

Friday, February 21, 2020 ~ 7:30 PM
 

     American operatic tenor Orson Van Gay II possesses a unique and versatile voice that brings audiences to their feet with his charisma and command of the stage for a singer of his generation. A native of Southern California, Orson is no stranger to the Hampton Roads community. He honed his vocal talents as a Vocal Performance major at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, studying under Agnes Fuller Wynne and Kerry Jennings, and later with Sondra Gelb. He was twice honored as a state and regional winner in the M id-Atlantic National Association of Teachers Singing competition.  

     Orson made his debut in the title role of Bernstein’s “Candide” at A Noise Within Theatre in Pasadena. He joined the Cal Philharmonic Orchestra’s celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Anniversary and Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” as a tenor soloist at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He made his debut as a tenor soloist with the Pacific Symphony at Segerstrom Concert Hall under the baton of Maestro Carl St. Clair. He has performed with the LA Opera in such productions as “Orpheus,” “Figaro 90210!” and “The Prospector.” He debuted with Center Stage Opera in “L’elisir d’amore.”

 

Friday, March 27, 2020 ~ 7:30 PM

     The Maxwell Quartet’s Colin Scobie, first violin, George Smith, second violin, Elliot Perks, viola 
and Duncan Strachan, cello were hailed as First Prize winner and Audience Prize winner at the Trondheim (Norway) International Chamber Music Competition in 2017. The group also has been hailed for “great communication” by The Strad Magazine and as “brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” by The Scottish Herald. Scotland’s Glasgow-based group is now firmly regarded as one of Britain’s finest string quartets, with performances set apart by the tribute they pay to their Scottish folk music heritage. 

  The quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad, at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the BBC Chamber

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Maxwell Quartet
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The Shaun Johnson Big Band 

Friday, May 1, 2020 ~ 7:30 PM

     A new generation of big band music, born of rebellion, continues to honor the style and evolution of the genre that Sinatra immortalized. The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience is led by Emmy-winning singer/ songwriter Shaun Johnson, who has sold nearly two-million albums as part of the nationally known vocal group, Tonic Sol-fa.
     The group has toured with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and New Kids on the Block. Few acts can channel Sinatra as Shaun Johnson softly croons about lost love, inhabits Citizen Cope (Clarence Greenwood) as he belts one out, and then segues into the theme from “Spiderman” without any indication that these musicians, these eras, and these styles were ever anything but destined to go together. 
     The sound of the Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience is centered on innovation to ensure that, while each performance is an experience their audiences won’t soon forget, no two experiences are the same.

Music Proms. Their 2017-18 season included engagements in Denmark, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, France and China. Their first North American tour in early 2019 coincided with the release of their debut CD, featuring works by Haydn and traditional Scottish folk music.
     The Maxwell Quartet consists of four great friends who grew up playing classical and folk music together in youth orchestras and music schools across Scotland. The group officially began in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where its founding members met as postgraduate students. The very next year, the quartet was appointed as the Conservatoire’s Young Artists in Residence. 
     Performing widely across Scotland, the quartet has established a reputation for delighting audiences with their “unaffected enthusiasm” (North Highland Times) and their “panache and conviction” (Strathearn Herald). The quartet has held residencies at Oxford University, Perth Concert Hall and many chamber music festivals across the UK, including their own Loch Shiel Festival in the Scottish Highlands.

 
 
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