Guest Artists

Opera Night featuring Emily Casey, Jason Kakuk, and Joy Schreier

Embark on a transcendent journey with Live Arts Maryland’s Opera Night! Maryland’s own soprano Emily Casey and tenor Jason Kakuk unite for an enchanting evening of arias, duets, and art songs by the world’s most beloved composers. From Verdi to Gounod, Strauss, and beyond, experience the magic of opera accompanied by Grammy-nominated pianist Joy Schreier. Join us for an unforgettable night of elegance, emotion, and pure musical enchantment. You also have the opportunity to enjoy an Italian dinner before the concert courtesy of Maggiano’s complete with buffet salad, bread, choice of two pastas and two proteins, and dessert. Plus one complimentary beverage courtesy of Live Arts!


Dinner begins at 6:30pm and concert starts at 7:30pm.
Cost of the dinner is $35 per person and Opera Night tickets are $25.
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“Put on a Happy Face” featuring Julie Kurzava & Diane Kinsley

If you find yourself battling the constant stream of negative news, this program will lift your spirits with great music, old and new. Focusing on things that really matter, Julie Kurzava & Diane Kinsley promise there will be no tragedy, politics or other current events. Instead, you can expect irresistible melodies, lush harmonies, insightful turns of phrase and a good bit of humor. This eclectic program includes music by Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan, and much more. Julie and Diane’s seamless collaboration can’t be beat, and with Julie’s crystal clear vocals and Diane’s smooth accompaniment, audiences know they’ll leave smiling.

“Love in Bloom” featuring Annie Gill & Andrew Stewart

Join dynamic duo Annie Gill, vocals, and Andrew Stewart, piano, for the debut of their new cabaret, Love in Bloom, a musical journey that wends its way through all the feels – excitement, enchantment, exhilaration, and (just a little) heartbreak. Featuring songs from the Golden Age of Broadway and Hollywood, and from Paris to New York, Love in Bloom will leave you elated by the promises of spring and all that it has to offer. Be prepared to laugh, get a little teary, and enjoy a beautiful evening of cabaret!

The Live Arts Studio is located on the Bestgate Road side of Westfield Annapolis. Use the main entrance between Offenbacher’s and The Container Store, turn left at the main corridor, and we are located on the right hand side of the hallway next to Loft.

 

Director of Operations Jennifer Blades Interviews Annie Gill!

So You Want To Sing Cabaret Master Class

The main topic of today’s Master Class will be lyric connection but many other areas will also be covered from the book as well as a Q&A session at the end where you can ask Sue anything about the business, performance, protocols, PR and booking aspects of doing a solo show. Handouts will be sent prior to class, every person wanting to sing in class should bring one piece of music and be prepared to sing that tune “off-book” as a full performance piece. They will then be offered constructive observations from both Sue and Gregory about the performance. Names will be drawn to be selected to participate in class.

The Live Arts Studio is located on the Bestgate Road side of Westfield Annapolis. Use the main entrance between Offenbacher’s and The Container Store, turn left at the main corridor, and we are located on the right hand side of the hallway next to Loft.

50th Season Gala: Rock Around The Clock!

Our 50th anniversary season needs a very big event and it’s coming on May 18! We’ll celebrate and dance the night away at our 50th season Rock Around the Clock! The Studio will be filled with great live music, photo ops, raffles, catered small plates, cocktails, desserts, and lots of surprises. Get your tickets to this very special and important event in the life of Live Arts! 

Details are coming fast and furious so check your email often to get the latest details about our theme, special auction prizes, entertainment! 

The Live Arts Studio is located on the Bestgate Road side of Westfield Annapolis. Use the main entrance between Offenbacher’s and The Container Store, turn left at the main corridor, and we are located on the right hand side of the hallway next to Loft.

“This Broad’s Way” featuring Sue Matsuki

Please join Bistro, Julie Wilson and Multi-MAC Award Winning Cabaret/Jazz performing artist Sue Matsuki in a program of all Broadway songs (Sue’s guilty pleasure). Songs from: Wonderful Town, Damn Yankees, Dr. Dolittle, Sweeny Todd, City of Angels, Cinderella, The King & I, How to Succeed in Business, Kiss Me Kate, Wicked…and MORE! Written by Comden & Green, Bernstein, Bricusse, Sondheim, Zippel, Coleman, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Porter to name a few These are songs Sue would never be cast to sing, songs sung totally out of context from the show, songs with a “new take”, American Songbook standards that came out of a show, great songs cut from shows and other surprises all done This Broad’s Way! Special Guest: Christine Thomas-O’Meally. This show is an example of what Cabaret can be and how to interpret all songs in a personal, connected way. This will be the main topic in the interactive, Master Class on Saturday.

“Summer Inspirations” Daniel Shomper, cello

Join Daniel Shomper and Jessica McKee for an evening of works for Cello and Piano. The program, Summer Inspirations features the F Major Sonata by Johannes Brahms and masterworks by his lesser known contemporaries Robert Fuchs and Luise LeBeau. The Shomper/Mckee duo has been collaborating on exciting programs for almost 20 years! They are as passionate about performing works by under-performed, under-represented composers in addition to the great masterworks, and showcasing the composers of our generation. Each program is a unique display of their versatility and mastery of styles, presented in a fun and accessible way for all audiences!

The Live Arts Studio is located on the Bestgate Road side of Westfield Annapolis. Use the main entrance between Offenbacher’s and The Container Store, turn left at the main corridor, and we are located on the right hand side of the hallway next to Loft.

“Joyful Song: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney” Janet Paulsen

Jazz/Pop vocalist Janet Paulsen is known for her carefully curated shows, thoughtful interpretation of lyrics, and passionate delivery. “Joyful Song, A Tribute To Rosemary Clooney”is a true labor of love, celebrating Rosemary’s glorious voice, her love of the Great American Songbook, and Janet’s deep personal connection to her artistry.

Thoughtfully curated, the set list is comprised of song selections that reflect Clooney’s life and love of music. Favorites from both her pop and jazz repertoires, movie moments, and engaging storytelling take a deep look into the history that made her who she was.

Featured songs include Tenderly, the opening number on Clooney’s 1950’s television show, the novelty tunes (such as Mambo Italiano) which brought her fame, and the sultry love ballads she was best known for. A definite highlight is an exciting medley of songs from her classic film, White Christmas. After hearing her sing, Irving Berlin wrote the song “Love: You Didn’t Do Right By Me” specifically for Clooney; this song is a favorite of Janet’s, who will be wearing a stunning copy of the iconic dress Clooney wore in the film.

An evening of entertainment with Janet Paulsen is always a joyful, swinging, and inspiring occasion. With her sparkling stage persona and warm, welcoming style, she brings her heart and soul to every performance. With a strong lyrical focus, Janet connects deeply with her audiences, making every show an experience to remember.

Janet lives in the Baltimore area and headlines all over the East Coast, either leading her own ensembles or performing with The Hotel Paradise Orchestra.

 

J. Ernest Green Interviews Janet Paulsen About "Joyful Song: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney"

Un(wine)d and Cheese with Arundel Woodwind Trio

Let the Arundel Woodwind Trio, with Diane Kinsley, Heidi Schultz, Melinda Wade, coax you out of your winter hibernation for a brief saunter through Paris, New York, and Vienna! Musical lines, effortlessly intertwining, will soothe your holiday-exhausted spirit. With Diane on the keys, a bit of d’amore, this concert will help enhance your weekend chill.

A Winter’s Journey

A Winter’s Journey tells the story of a man and woman who each wander through the cold of winter mourning their lost loves. Pairing a curated selection of Schubert’s Winterreise (in an English translation by Jeremy Sams) with some of Maury Yeston’s companion song cycle December Songs, this fully staged performance piece uses visual elements, dance, and supertitles to assist in the storytelling brought to the stage by the singers and the piano. Jennifer Blades and Jason Buckwalter play the part of the man and woman. Nicole Kelsch is the dancer. Andrew Stewart is music director and pianist. Originally conceived of and directed by Jennifer Blades.

The Live Arts Studio is located on the Bestgate Road side of Westfield Annapolis. Use the main entrance between Offenbacher’s and The Container Store, turn left at the main corridor, and we are located on the right hand side of the hallway next to Loft.

J. Ernest Green Interviews Jennifer Blades For Her Upcoming Show "A Winter's Journey"

Artistic Director J. Ernest Green Discusses "A Winter's Journey" with Jennifer Blades