Entertaining while educating .....

“A splendid pianist—refined, searching and expressive, and her playing is loaded with insight and interpretative detail.” So wrote The Washington Post, after Alexandra Mascolo-David's performance at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in the nation’s capital. Alexandra has performed and led workshops and master classes in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) in May 2004 was favorably reviewed in The New York Concert Review. She has devoted the last decade to exploring and unearthing the music of Portuguese and Brazilian composers, especially that of Francisco Mignone. Alexandra's performances of his Valsas brasileiras (Brazilian Waltzes) have been widely acclaimed, and her compact disc recording of Volume One of those  works  received a rave review   in   The Atlanta  Journal-Constitution.   Alexandra   also

 

recorded   Mignone’s   Fantasias  brasileiras  for  piano  and  orchestra  with  the  Kalamazoo Symphony under Raymond Harvey’s baton, for the White Pine Music label in 2010.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ In addition, she is a champion of new music, performing and recording works by living composers, some of  whom have written and dedicated pieces to her. In 2017, Alexandra premiered David Maslanka’s Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Wind Symphony, a work commissioned by a consortium of universities. Her collaboration with Maslanka began in 2007, when she performed and recorded his Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Wind Symphony, for Albany Records. Lately, Alexandra has found the courage to explore composing, inspired by Yara Ensemble. She is a strong proponent of STEAM-based education and recently presented a poster at the College Music Society National Conference titled "Making STEAM a Priority in a STEM Oriented Society: Ideas for an Innovative and Inclusive Curriculum." She has served on the piano faculties of Iowa State University and the Interlochen Arts Camp (MI). Currently she is Professor of Piano at Central Michigan University. Alexandra has developed workshops and curriculum addressing performance anxiety management. She loves dogs, good wine, aquatic sports, soccer, jewelry making, reading, and visiting art museums. 

 

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Stone's performance is “outstanding… charming… portraying conviction well beyond her years.” —Peter Jacobi, Bloomington Herald-Times.

Praised for her "naturally warm, unpretentious and appealing" voice, Brazilian-British-American mezzo-soprano Sarah Stone is comfortable in a variety of genres and has been featured in both North and South America with the Bay View Music Festival, Kentucky Opera & Louisville Ballet, Tanglewood Music Center, and Dorian Opera Theatre and the Traditional Jazz Band. Recognized for her versatility she is described as “a fearless performer" and "an imaginative actress with natural stage presence." An active proponent of contemporary  classical  music  she  has  collaborated with composers Dan Powers, Vietna-

 

 

mese composer P.Q. Phan - premiering the lead role in his opera The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh, Brazilian composer Marcos Balter, and in 2013 she had the privilege of performing Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar. Sarah was raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where she played soccer professionally in her early twenties. A self-described "information junky," her research interests lie in Brazilian modernism, vocal technique, and the application of the arts in STEAM education. Sarah Stone serves as chair of the Fine Arts Department at the Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as a resident opera and musical theatre stage director at the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan.

Annette   Thornton   (PhD,University of Colorado, Boulder) is Associate Professor at Central Michigan University where she teaches Music Theatre Performance Courses, Acting, Movement for the Actor, Music Theatre History, Dance History, and directs/choreographs the musicals. Selected directing/choreographing credits include: The Full Monty (Attic Theatre), Blood Wedding (KC-ACTF Certificate of Merit for Directing), The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 42nd Street, Edges, Hair, and Oklahoma! (KC-ACTF Certificate of Merit for Directing). In 2011 Annette played the role of Vivian Bearing in Wit at Bethel College (KS) sharing the bill of Greer Visiting Artist Series with playwright Margaret Edson. Annette’s scholarly interests include mime, mime performers, and music theatre. Her article, “Jane  and  Jerusha: Finding a Voice on the Musi-

cal Stage,” was published in Studies in Musical Theatre. Her dissertation on Lotte Goslar, Grandma Always Danced: The Mime Theatre of Lotte Goslar, is the first full-length study of this important female clown/pantomime/ dancer. She is currently co-editing a book on Physical Dramaturgy to be published by Routledge. Annette has studied mime with Marcel Marceau and Meyerhold's Theatrical Biomechanics with Gennadi Bogdanov, and is a certified yoga teacher. She was the invited keynote speaker at Ohio State University’s “Mime & Movement Theatre Symposium” (2014) organized by Jeanine Thompson. Annette is the immediate past-president of Association of Theatre Movement Educators.

Eric Limarenko (MFA, The Savannah College of Art & Design) is a multi-media artist who got his start in video at The Home Shopping Network working on set as well as in Master Control. In 2002, he moved to Michigan where he landed at Forest Post Productions. He served in the editorial department working with such clients as Ford, FOX Sports, KFC and Quicken Loans. He was also the lead creative editor on the children's series Noodlebug.  In 2008, Eric was appointed the Sr. Avid Editor position at the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency for Team-Detroit where he worked on national campaigns as well as created daily elements for Ford's web presence. Currently he is an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University where he serves  as  Video  Unit  Head  over  the  award-winning  student  run station,  MHTV.   Eric is  the  recipient of the 2016 Telly award for his film Whatnots, featuring

  

his original score. His passions are still grounded in new media, discovering his own art by creating original music, motion graphics, and abstract video.

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