Martha Gallagher, The Adirondack Harper
|photograph: Nancy Bataglia
"Go For Baroque "
Holding a B.A. in Music Performance, Composing, Arranging, and Recording, with a classical and folk background, Martha¹s career has spanned many musical adventures, from classical flautist in a symphony orchestra to lead singer in both rock and jazz/blues bands. She built her first harp and taught herself to play. She has since studied with Welsh Triple harp virtuoso Robin Huw Bowen, Scotland¹s Wendy Stewart, and Scottish composer/harper William Jackson.
”Martha plays the harp with a sense of joy and energy rarely seen with this instrument!” Wanda Fischer, WAMC Northeast Public Radio “She’s a grand harper!” Paddy Maloney, The Chieftains
In 2003 the world-renowned Irish band, The Chieftains, invited Martha to perform with them during their US tour. Her solo tours have taken her throughout the US, as well as into Canada. The National Endowment for the
Arts has sponsored several of her tours. The New York Foundation for the Arts recently awarded Martha a Special Opportunities Grant, enabling her to travel to Scotland to attend the Annual Edinburgh International Harp Festival, where she performed and shared music with some of the world¹s best harpers and harpists. The recipient of several NYSCA grants, she has presented an extensive series of concert performances in public libraries in New York State. She also presents educational programs for grades k-12, expanding on the music to include poetry, history and physics.
On Celtic harp, Bold & Beautiful-
Martha’s unique vision of the Celtic harp includes not only the soulful strains of a Celtic lament, but also the brave and bold sounds of an instrument once used to stir a warriors heart, as well as a playfulness that is all her own! Her vocals range from powerful to tender, from humorous to pure moxie! Martha’s charismatic stage presence is a culmination of her diverse performance background, making her live performances an eye, ear, and heart-opening treat for audiences!
Music from the Adirondacks, for the World
Martha has been sharing her spirited, distinctive, and richly varied blend of original, traditional Celtic, jazz, folk, and world-inspired music with audiences for 25 years. After a sabbatical from touring to raise her family, she has returned to the stage with inspiration and energy. Inspired by the mountains, lakes, valleys, and rivers that are her Adirondack home, her original music transcends regional definition to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds all over the globe. She has produced and recorded three CDs, with a fourth CD scheduled for release in the spring of 2005. Consisting mainly of original material, Martha¹s recordings wonderfully illustrate her talent, diversity and insightfullness as a songwriter, musician and performer.
“Martha takes the stage with her harp and brings the bardic tradition to life again!” Elizabeth Meriwhether Huntley Editor, American Harp Journal.
Anne Tormela, soprano
"An Evening with Victor Herbert "
A native New Yorker, Ms. Tormela specializes in bel-canto, operatic and early music style. She has been noted for her “secure technique, unfailing intonation and expression and clear and sensitive text.” (Ulrik Cold; Royal Danish Opera), her “ringing and strongly expressive voice with extraordinary vocal control.” (Leif Kramp; Critic/Lübecker Nachtrichten) and “negotiating the upper reaches (of her voice) with dazzling security” (David Syrus, Head of Music, Royal Opera House, Convent Garden).
She is a frequent concert recitalist and opera performer in the tri-state area and Florida, and has concertized in Germany, Italy, France Sweden and Israel. She is the founder and director of the Manhattan Lyric Opera company. She has performed solo recitals at facilities such as, The Century Association, The Cosmopolitan Club, The Brooklyn Museum concert series, Hospital Audiences Incorporated, Jersey City State College Concert Series, Renee Weiler Concert Hall and received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to perform a solo recital in their Fall concert series in Bellagio, Italy. In April of 1998 she made her debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as well as with the American Landmark Festival. In Germany she made her concert debut at Thronsaal auf Schlo§ in Schwerin; Stidtstheater, Wohnstift Augustinum in Bad Neuenahr, and Kammermusiksaal der Stadthalle Mülheim in Mülheim an der Ruhr. This summer of 2005 she will perform for the second year in a row in Israel with a full scholarship to the International Vocal Arts Institute under the auspices of Joan Dornemann.
Ms. Tormela has performed the roles of The Queen of the night, Zerbinetta, Rosalinda, Ophélie, Violetta, Lucia, Gilda, Adele, Frasquita, Rosina, Cherubino, Barbarina, Sophie, First Lady, Norina, Musetta and Nanetta with companies such as Metro Lyric Opera (under the baton of Maestro Anton Coppola), Connecticut Opera Alliance, The Queen’s Opera Association, The Amato Opera, The Manhattan Lyric Opera, Opera Nova, Genesis Opera, The Central Florida Lyric Opera and The New Jersey Opera Institute. She most recently toured Florida performing the role of Gilda with The Manhattan Lyric Opera’ production of Rigoletto and will tour with them next year as Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. She was a winner of The New York Associated Music Teacher’s League, a finalist with the Classical Productions Limited Competition, a semi-finalist of the Bel Canto Competition, a semi-finalist of the Queen’s Opera Vocal Competition and a finalist of the Gaeuman Awards Competition. In addition to opera, Ms. Tormela has just received her fourth degree black belt in Taekwon Do, is an avid swimmer, practices yoga and plays the clarinet.
Soovin Kim, violin
July 17, "Virtuoso Violin Pyrotechnics"
Soovin Kim has been warmly received throughout the world since capturing first prize at the Niccoló Paganini International Violin Competition in 1996. He was subsequently awarded the honor of performing a concert on “Il Cannone,” Paganini’s rarely played del Gesu violin. One year later, he received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award, leading to performance and recording engagements throughout Europe. He was again honored in 1998 with an Avery Fisher Career Grant and was a Bronze medalist at the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. He has been the recipient of the prestigious London-based Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award for 2005.
Mr. Kim’s musical activities encompass a wide range of repertoire from Bach to the works of living composers. His virtuosity is notable in programs as diverse as the complete 24 Paganini Caprices which he performed on an eleven-concert tour across Italy shortly after winning the Paganini prize to last season’s challenge of performing Bach’s 6 Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society where he performs again this season.
He has performed as concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, and the Mozarteum Orchester in the famed Salzburg Festspielhaus. Two recent career highlights were Mr. Kim’s appearances at the Salle Pleyel in Paris with the Orchestre Pasdeloup in a concert honoring the late Henryk Szeryng’s 80th birthday and a performance at Carnegie Hall on Christmas Eve with Jaime Laredo conducting the New York String Seminar Orchestra.
As a recitalist, he has performed in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, and Casals Hall in Tokyo, as well as at Ravinia. Last season he also made his Korean recital debut at the Seoul Arts Center. Recent and upcoming concerto performances include engagements with the San Francisco Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Florida Philharmonic, a tour with the Syracuse Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Symphony, Erie Philharmonic and multiple re-engagements with the KBS Symphony Orchestra. His first CD, lauded by critics and peers, has been released by Koch-Discover, and includes duo works by Schubert, Bartok, and Strauss with pianist Jeremy Denk.
Mr. Kim is in great demand as a chamber musician and devotes part of each year to touring with the Johannes Quartet, comprised of the concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and associate principals of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Together with violist Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet and cellist Margo Tatgenhorst of the American Quartet, he performs as a founding member of the string trio Divertimento. He frequently participates in the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and on tour, and as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Born into a family of non-musicians, at his request, Soovin was given a violin at the age of four. Soovin has worked with some of the finest pedagogues and artist-teachers throughout the world, blending qualities from various violin traditions. At fifteen, he was invited to study with David Cerone and Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He continued studies with Victor Danchenko and Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1999.
He plays on a 1709 Antonio Stradivarius violin, the “ex-Kempner.”
Nancy Davis Booth, soprano
"An Evening with
Nancy Davis Booth"
Nancy Davis Booth is one of the most versatile singers on the scene today. With “an ability to sing as though she was talking to the audience,” her musicianship, technique, passionate delivery and interpretive power never fail to connect with and electrify listeners. Her voice has been described as “a thing of liquid beauty, a bell-like soprano with beautifully shaped sound, glorious high notes and a plumy, lush quality in the lower range.” Her vivacity and sense of humor make her a favorite of audiences, conductors and critics everywhere.
Enjoying a career which includes concerts, orchestra engagements, oratorio, opera, musical theatre and cabaret, she has appeared with The St. Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Louisville Symphony, Rochester (NY) Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, as well as the symphonies of Colorado, Illinois, Chattanooga, Tucson, San Antonio, Greenville, South Carolina, Ft. Wayne , the Oregon Britt Festival Orchestra and the Disney Studio Orchestra. Nancy’s Vienna Nights with the Detroit Symphony were broadcast on National Public Radio with Dick Cavett hosting. She was the featured guest at the 4th of July Anniversary Celebration Tribute to President Ford at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and has sung at the White House, Arlington Cemetery and Annapolis Chapel.
Highlights of recent seasons include Mahler 4, Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate and Brahms Requiem with The Nashville Symphony, Strauss’ 4 Last Songs and Poulenc’s Gloria with The Illinois Symphony, Carmina Burana with The Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Opera’s Greatest Hits with The St. Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Rochester (NY) Philharmonic. Of her Liu in Turandot (Rochester) it was written that “she stole the show twice and with vocal sweetness and purity to match her role, she made time stand still.” She was hailed as the “quintessent” Musetta in La Boheme” at the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival and with the Chattanooga Opera played Marguerite in Faust with “tragic emotion ranging from high notes of love and faith to smoky tones of despair.” She also sang the Verdi Requiem with Chattanooga Symphony, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Tucson Symphony, Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne with Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Messiah with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor and Te Deum with the Indianapolis Festival Orchestra. Last season, she was the guest artist for holiday concerts with the Ft,Wayne and Greenville, SC Symphonies. As a new Butler University faculty, she soloed in Beethoven 9 with the Butler Symphony and Orchestra and will sing the Vaughn Williams A Sea Symphony this season. Upcoming concerts also include a recital at Hanover College with guitarist Brad Richter and Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate with the Indianapolis Baroque Ensemble. This spring, Nancy performed concerts of American music in St. Petersburg, Russia, singing at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, The Glasanov Theater and Royal Philharmonic Hall.
She has appeared with such notables as Sammy Davis, Jr., Mark Russell and Ann Hampton Callaway singing cabaret and summer pops, and in recital with guitarist/composer Brad Richter. For 9 seasons she has been the annual guest artist with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, recently releasing the CD Holidays in the Mountains with the Sinfonietta. She has appeared at the prestigious Peter
Britt Festival in Medford, Oregon and spent five seasons at the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival in Vail, Colorado. She was the special guest artist at the national grand opening of Kartchner Caverns State Park and sang at the Washington, DC ceremony for the 40th anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty with Japan.
An accomplished interpreter of contemporary music, she sang the world premier of Australian composer Becky Lewellyn’s “O, Wonder!” based on the antiphons of Hildegard of Bingen, recorded and produced on the CD’s Her Mistress Voice by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Milerum’s Basket by Move Records. She has also premiered works by George Crumb, Swen Erik Bach and Ellwood Derr.
Nancy’s musical theatre roles include Mame , Aldonza in “Man of La Mancha,” Ruth in “Wonderful Town,” Mona Kent in “Dames At Sea,” Vera Simpson in “Pal Joey” and Polly in “Three Penny Opera,” appearing with the Arizona Theatre Company, The Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Chicago, The Banff Festival Theatre, Arizona Repertory Theatre and The Invisible Theatre in Tucson. Nancy has served as director for “Company,” “Godspell” and “Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” musical director for “Quilters” and assistant director for the world premier of Thomas Pasatieri’s opera “Maria Elena.” She has worked as a recording studio musician and voice-over talent, earning her Equity card in “A Little Night Music” and her SAG card in a Hubba-Bubba Bubble Gum commercial.
Combining singing with children’s advocacy has been her passion and she has performed fundraising concerts for children’s charities all across the country. She was commissioned to write, produce and star in the opening ceremonies of the Child Welfare Leagues’ Biennial North American Conference.
In addition to her active performance career, Nancy is an Assistant Professor of Music at Butler University in Indianapolis where she is the Director of the Lyric Theatre Program and teaches studio voice and musical theatre. She has also served on the faculties of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and The University of Arizona in Tucson She holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice, a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, a Master of Science in Child Development and is published in The Journal of Social Psychology. She has studied singing with Vera Rosza and Leopold Simoneau and has coached with Margo Garrett, Marni Nixon and Marti Katz.
Jeffrey Solow, cello
"There's Always Room for Cello"
Cellist JEFFREY SOLOW has performed extensively as recitalist and soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Orient, including appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, American Symphony, Alabama Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony, among many others. As a chamber musician, he has been guest artist at the festivals of Spoleto, Newport, Sitka, Santa Fe, Grand Canyon, Amsterdam and Marlboro, and he is a member of The Amadeus Trio.
Jeffrey’s television appearances include the Churchill Films documentary about Jeffrey Solow, “To Be a Performer,” and the Sitka Festival’s “Music from the Forest and the Sea.” His performance of the Lalo Cello Concerto with the Prime Symphony Orchestra was broadcast throughout Southeast Asia on the Korean Classical Music Cable Channel, and he was featured on Korea’s top-rated musical variety show, “Open Concert,” on KBS.
A Los Angeles native, Jeffrey Solow studied with Gabor Rejto and was assistant to Gregor Piatigorsky at USC. He went on to win the Young Musicians Foundation’s first Gregor Piatigorsky Award and New York’s Young Concert Artists Award. His wide- ranging interests include protozoology and paleontology and he graduated with a degree in Philosophy magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA.
Jeffrey Solow has made numerous recordings on many labels including ABC, Columbia, Telefunken, Music Masters and Delos, and has received two Grammy Award nominations. His most recent recording, Mendelssohn’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano with Doris Stevenson, was released on the Centaur label. Recognized internationally as an outstanding teacher, Mr. Solow has given master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory, in Korea, Buenos Aires, Europe, Canada and across the United States. He is Professor of Cello at Temple University.
Patrick Sheridan, tuba
"Listen to that Hot Canary Sing "
Patrick Sheridan has been enthusiastically received as a solo artist around the world. He made his solo debut playing an arrangement of The Blue Bells of Scotland accompanied by his mom, Diana, when he was just 8 years old, only months after he had started playing his chosen instrument, the tuba! He made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 15 playing a Mozart Horn Concerto on the tuba. Since then, Patrick has rocketed to success as a solo performer in venues ranging from the White House to an NBA half-time show to the Hollywood Bowl.
As a former member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, he thrilled audiences across the United States with his amazing virtuosity and musicianship as one of the band's primary soloists. He is equally at home with standard classical repertoire and as an entertainer in the "pops" realm. In addition to his musical studies with legendary tuba artists Arnold Jacobs, Sam Pilafian, Daniel Perantoni, Harvey Phillips and Jim Self, Mr. Sheridan holds a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in finance and marketing from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Sheridan's touring schedule regularly takes him throughout the United States as well as Europe and Japan. This year his touring schedule will take him to 20 countries around the globe and 35 states across America and includes such ensembles as the Grand Rapids Symphony, The Estonian National Orchestra, The San Antonio Symphony, The Williams Fairey Band and the United States Army Band. Patrick is currently the Visiting Professor of Tuba at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland and the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Patrick was most recently featured on NBC's Today Show and is regularly featured on BBC Radio and PBS and NPR broadcasts including the program, "All Things Considered."
Besides his busy concert schedule, Mr. Sheridan has co-authored the popular pedagogy book, The Breathing Gym, with Sam Pilafian.