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ABT’s Own Josh Condon and Lexy Romano to Perform at ‘Sunday Brunch at the ENCORE’

You may not know Josh Condon by looking at him, but you have definitely seen his talents in action! As Resident Music Director for Arizona Broadway Theatre, Josh Condon arranges and oversees all the music for ABT’s productions. Currently the conductor for Chicago: The Musical, he most recently conducted Elf: The Musical, My Way, and An American in Paris. Elsewhere in town, he is Music Director/Conductor for Xavier/Brophy College Preparatory’s Theatre Arts Department. A versatile jazz and classical pianist, Josh has performed everything from piano concertos with symphony orchestras to jazz piano of all styles. Last year, Josh premiered his own show, A Tribute to Oscar Peterson at Phoenix’s premier jazz club, The Nash.

Previous credits as Music Director include Scottsdale Arts (The World Goes ‘Round), Xavier/Brophy Theatre (Seussical, The Music Man), Arizona State University (Legally Blonde, Shrek), Cider Mill Playhouse (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Norwegian Cruise Line (Rock of Ages).  Josh’s career has taken him worldwide as a Music Director/Pianist with the Norwegian, Celebrity, and Princess Cruise Lines, where he collaborated with numerous West End and Broadway performers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Musical Theatre/Opera Music Direction from Arizona State University.

Lexy is a singer, actress, host and reporter who is originally from southern California. She has lived and worked in New York City, and has traveled the world singing on cruise ships and as a member of the USO show troupe. She has also performed off-Broadway in New York City and has opened for top-name artists such as Katy Perry and Tim McGraw. Lexy originated a lead role in Stephen Schwartz’s Magic to Do for Princess Cruises and Orchid the Show in Miami, and most recently performed as a lead in the ABBA MANIA national tour. Lexy also performs regularly for Steve Beyer Productions at all the Mastro’s Steakhouse locations in Scottsdale, and all over the country with the San Diego-based Liquid Blue Band. After initially having met on a Princess cruise ship, Lexy and Josh married in June 2018.  Collectively, the couple has visited over three dozen countries as performers, and were seen together most recently in Arizona and Florida performing in the roles of Agnetha and Benny for TAD Management’s AbbaFab show. Lexy is also the founder and host of Phoenix Finds​, a social media show exploring the best of Phoenix. Find her on Instagram: @phx_finds.

Josh and Lexy will come together to perform at ABT’s Sunday Brunch at the ENCORE on Sunday, March 29, 2020. What better way to spend a Sunday morning than with friends and family and the delicious aromas of freshly baked bread, an array of delicious entrées, and desserts all while enjoying lyrical songstress, Lexy Romano, and virtuoso pianist, Josh Condon? They will perform a concert of pop favorites and Jazz standards that engages audiences with the mind and heart, paying tribute to the songs and the artists that inspired them to pursue a life of performing.

Bar service starts at 10:00am featuring Mimosas and Bloody Marys and will be available throughout the event.

You can learn more about Josh Condon HERE and Lexy Romano HERE.

Reservations are required; please contact the Box Office by calling 623.776.8400 or ONLINE to book yours today.

Arizona Opera’s Own Katherine Beck and Pianist, Christopher Cano, Will Perform at ‘Sunday Brunch at the ENCORE’

On February 16, 2020, Arizona Broadway Theatre and the City of Peoria bring to the west valley another special Sunday Brunch at the ENCORE featuring Arizona Opera mezzo-soprano, Katherine Beck, and pianist, Christopher Cano.

Katherine Beck

Applauded for her “florid musicality” and “von Stade-like shimmer,” mezzo Katherine Beck has been recognized for her unique sound and honest performances throughout the United States. In 2018, Ms. Beck took First Prize at the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition and Third Place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s Western Regionals. A 2nd year member of the Marion Roose Pullin Studio at Arizona Opera, 2019 highlights for Beck include performances of Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro and Mary Johnson in Fellow Travelers. Beck recently created the role of Lisette in the world premiere of Gerald Cohen’s Steal a Pencil for Me at Opera Colorado in January 2018. This summer Beck performed the role of Karolka in Jenufa and covered Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at Santa Fe Opera.

Christopher Cano

A seasoned recitalist, orchestra soloist and collaborative pianist, Mr. Cano has performed throughout the US, Mexico, Israel, Europe and the Far East.

Having maintained his private studio in New York City since 2002, Mr. Cano has prepared singers for appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scalla, Chicago Lyric Opera, and orchestral appearances with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic among others.

As a collaborative artist, he has played in the Master Classes of Licia Albanese, Fedora Barbieri, Anna Moffo, Lauren Flannigan, Martin Katz, Craig Rutenberg, and Suzanne Mentzer. Mr. Cano has also played for the master classes of Marilyn Horne in New York City at Carnegie Hall. As a studio pianist, Mr. Cano has had the distinct privilege of working with some of the great artists and teachers of singing including Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, Luciano Pavarotti, Marni Nixon, Patricia McCaffrey, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Rita Shane and Diana Soviero.

Mr. Cano has been a member of the music staff at the Festival Lyrique en Mer in Belle Isle, France, Toledo Opera, San Diego Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Company of North Carolina, Florida Grand Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, among others.

Beginning with the 2017/18 season, Mr. Cano was appointed as the Head of Music and Director of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio of Arizona Opera.

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Meet The Mill Avenue Chamber Players Quintet – Playing Next At ‘Sunday Brunch at The ENCORE’

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, Mill Ave Chamber Players (MACP) will be performing during Sunday Brunch at The ENCORE.

MACP is a professional chamber music ensemble based in Phoenix, Arizona. Formed in 2007, MACP has received local and national recognition: City of Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Awards nominee (2016), Governor’s Arts Awards nominee (2017), and Chamber Music America recognition for work in community building at the 2017 national conference.

Embarking on its twelfth season, Mill Ave Chamber Players seeks to strengthen communities by presenting quality chamber music performances across the Valley. During the 2019-2020 season, MACP will celebrate its tenth season of concerts at the United Church of Sun City (Sun City, AZ), seventh season at the Glendale Public Library, sixth year as artists-in-residence at Cicero Preparatory Academy (Scottsdale, AZ), fourth year of working with the Phoenix Public Libraries, and second year as artists-in-residence at Changing Hands Book Store.

MACP will be the entertainment made possible by the City of Peoria at ABT’s Sunday Brunch on January 26, 2020.

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Let’s meet them…

Rose French

Rose French is the founder of the Mill Ave Chamber Players and residential faculty at Phoenix College. She has been a contributing artist at the International Horn Symposiums in Ithaca, Los Angeles, London, Natal (Brazil), Brisbane (Australia), and Cape Town (South Africa), where she also the won the Dorothy Frizelle International Horn Excerpt Competition. In the Southwest, Rose is principal horn of the West Valley Symphony and performs with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Monterrey, and Orquestra de Baja California. She’s toured China twice as principal horn of the American Festival Orchestra.

Rose has been a guest artist and chamber music coach at the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival (Germany), Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Arizona Chamber Music Experience. She serves as Exhibits and Advertising Coordinator for the International Horn Society, maintains a private studio, and teaches at Rosie’s House: a non-profit music academy that provides free instruction and instruments to under-served youth.

Thomas Breadon

Dr. Thomas Mark Breadon Jr. is an active educator, bassoonist, and composer living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is currently adjunct faculty at Glendale Community College where he teaches bassoon and composition lessons, chamber music, music theory, and humanities courses. He is also in his first year as Band Director at Arizona School for the Arts and maintains a private bassoon/composition studio in the greater Phoenix area. For the last three summers he has taught bassoon, chamber music, improvisation, and composition at the Mill Ave Chamber Players Summer Chamber Music Camp.

Dr. Breadon performs as a bassoonist with Mill Ave Chamber Players, West Valley Symphony, and a myriad of ensembles throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. In addition to orchestral and chamber music, he performs as an improviser with many varying artists including Provisions DJ Collective, Oh My Ears, and Black Air.

 

Monica Sauer Anthony

Monica Sauer Anthony, flutist, enjoys a very versatile career – performing and educating in the Phoenix area. She performs with the Mill Ave Chamber Players and Symphony of the Southwest. Prior to performing with these ensembles, she was the founder of the Red Mountain Winds and Sonora Flute & Guitar Duo. Monica has been a frequent musician with the West Valley Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Arizona Opera, Phoenix Opera, and Opera Southwest. As a lover of new music, she regularly performs with Crossing 32nd Street New Music Ensemble. Monica has been a guest recitalist all over the Southwest and Midwest.

Monica has been a faculty member at Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) since 2006. She developed a progressive approach to prepare young woodwind players to enter the performing and academic world beyond high school.

Nikolaus Flickinger

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Nikolaus Flickinger is the owner-operator of OBONIK, a company that specializes in handmade oboe and English horn reeds, and a longtime member of Mill Ave Chamber Players. Nikolaus received his Master of Music degree in oboe performance from Arizona State University and is currently the principal oboe player of the West Valley Symphony. Prior to moving to Arizona, Nikolaus attended the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s degree.

Katherine Palmer

Katherine Palmer, clarinetist and educator, enjoys a multifaceted musical career and works as a performing musician, educator, and arts administrator. Katherine plays with the Mill Ave Chamber Players and has appeared with a variety of musical groups throughout Phoenix and Arizona. She is the Curator of Education at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix where she oversees educational content. Additionally, Katherine is an adjunct instructor of clarinet and music humanities at Paradise Valley Community College, a Faculty Associate in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at ASU, and maintains a private teaching schedule.

Katherine is the Executive Director of Daraja Music Initiative (DMI), a non-profit organization that provides music and conservation education in Moshi, Tanzania during the summer months to primary and secondary students. Aiming to bridge the arts and sciences, DMI promotes sustainability of African Blackwood trees that clarinets – and other instruments – are constructed from.

We3 Trio Comes to Sunday Brunch at the ENCORE

We3 performed their very first concert together on October 1st, 2016 at the Nash in downtown Phoenix. An undeniable chemistry was recognized, and the group continued to perform sold out shows at the MIM and Phoenix Theatre along with recording their first full length CD – “We’ll Meet Again” – now available on Amazon, Spotify, CD
Baby and Itunes. These ladies are a powerhouse of talents combined; featuring vocalist Renee Grant Patrick (daughter to the late George Grant of the world famous Ink Spots), violinist Suzanne Lansford and pianist Nicole Pesce. They have appeared on AZTV’s Channel 7 as the “Best of the Daily Mix” and made special appearances at the Chandler Jazz Festival and AZ Classic Jazz Festival; paying tribute to timeless tunes with new and familiar interpretations of popular, jazz, swing, blues standards and so much more.

Coming up…

We3 are currently in the studio recording their 2nd full length CD featuring holiday favorites and will be returning to headline at the AZ Classic Jazz Festival in November. Exciting endeavors are on the horizon for 2020, including a 35th anniversary cruise to the Hawaiian Islands – Presented by Jazzdagen tours onboard the Ms. Eurodam from
March 18th – April 5th, 2020.

About the Artists…

Renee Grant Patrick

Renee has connected with individuals and crowds with her voice and music over the past 12 years in the Valley. Her music is shockingly honest and emotionally charged. Listeners find Renee’s sound somehow familiar, but one that is refreshingly original and inviting. Singing a variety of genres from Jazz Standards, to classic R&B, Renee’s music will capture you with her powerful voice combined with a passionate delivery. Born in Philadelphia PA, to now 31 years in Arizona, music has been a way of life for Renee. Her father was a member of the world-renowned Ink Spots, inducted in the Doo Wop Hall of Fame in 1997. Renee’s mother Teresa is a local legend, having recorded duets with Terry Johnson of the Flamingos in Detroit’s Motown Studios alongside greats such as Smokey Robinson & Marvin Gaye. It is safe to say that music runs in her family.

Suzanne Lansford

Suzanne’s Mom & Dad taught her all kinds of music before she could even walk. They also say it took a very long time before she begin to walk! Beginning with classical lessons and quitting them at 13 to play jazz at the Arizona Biltmore and other venues and radio shows across Phoenix and Scottsdale, Suzanne has always kept music high on the list. In Chicago, she was with Chicago’s eclectic classical/jazz/Latin group, the 3rd Coast String Quartet, and even today when visiting Chicago, she makes time to visit with and play Gypsy Jazz with Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan at the Green Mill. In rural Florida, she was immersed in bluegrass, twice winning the Yee-Haw Junction Bluegrass Fiddle Championship. Back home in Phoenix since 2011, she doesn’t have to pick a favorite genre, because everything gets cameos of Latin, Jazz, Classical… even Blues, Greek & Scottish flavors. It’s all fair play. During the day, Suzanne is a registered professional engineer (PE- electrical) for nuclear power & public infrastructure projects through her firm, REDD Inc.

Nicole Pesce

Nicole’s “Happy Birthday Variations” video has over five million views on YouTube and over seven million shares on Facebook. Recognized by the Arizona Republic as one of the “top ten musicians to hear in Phoenix”, Nicole has performed for Muhammad Ali, Ricky Martin, George Benson, Waylon Jennings, Shaquille O’Neal, Jimmy Carter, The Gypsy Kings, and Brian Setzer. Nicole enjoyed a residency as the house pianist at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Phoenix, AZ for over a decade…entertaining audiences with everything from Bach to Lady Gaga. With additional performances at such venues as the Tempe Center for the Arts, Herberger Theater, Desert Ridge Marriott, ASU Kerr
Cultural Center, Mesa Arts Center, Phoenician Resort, Wrigley Mansion, & The Princess Hotel. At age 14, Nicole played for Debbie Reynolds at Debbie’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. That same year, Nicole appeared on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (which aired to over 65 million viewers) – and toured the USA with Jerry. Additional
appearances include performances with American Idol contestant David Hernandez, The Moscow Ballet, Zowie Bowie, The Cast of Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, Mamma Mia, and White Christmas.

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