Guest Artists

“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.

 

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.

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

Mark Berman at The Studio

Pianist, composer, performer and music director for Netflix’ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Mark Berman returns to offer his amazing holiday arrangements and gorgeous piano playing. Everyone has heard his talent at work on such shows as Sex and the CityRoyal Pains, and many, many others. Mr. Berman has worked with a who’s who of music, including Carole King, Hugh Jackman, Aretha Franklin and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the legendary Rainbow Room, among other famous venues.

Kevin Cole: Cole in Your Stocking

World-renowned pianist, Kevin Cole performs all your seasonal favorites! This is a show the entire family will love. Kevin’s sparkling, original piano arrangements will take you on a Sleigh Ride through a Winter Wonderland of the best holiday music. You’ll hum along as he plays your favorite Christmas tunes and his lightning fast fingers dashing across the keyboard will leave you awestruck!

Here’s what two of America’s best songwriters say about Kevin:

“Kid, if I could play piano like that, I wouldn’t have become a songwriter!”

IRVING BERLIN (Composer of the number one holiday song of all-time WHITE CHRISTMAS.)

“My three favorite singers are Judy Garland, Mel Torme and Kevin Cole. Like Judy Garland, someone like you comes along once in a century. And I do mean it!”

HUGH MARTIN (Composer of HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS.)

Front Porch Orchestra: Bluegrass Nutcracker

Experience Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic like never before! The Bluegrass Nutcracker features a bar-for-bar rendition of The Nutcracker played by an 8-piece bluegrass band. Before each movement, a zesty narrator recounts ETA Hoffman’s story while poking fun at its often-overlooked ridiculousness. The show is family-friendly and fun for lovers of Classical and Bluegrass music alike.

If you are tired of canned Christmas music and want to hear something new – this is for you! Inspired by artists like Chris Thile and The Piano Guys, Front Porch Orchestra is set to revitalize all 17 movements of Pytor Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” – played on banjo, violin, viola, guitar, string bass and percussion.

Ryan Webster & Alec Green

Live Arts is proud to welcome back Ryan Webster and Alec Green! Take a sneak peek into the albums that two local artists are working on and releasing at the same time! Both albums will feature the same band and music from the same recording sessions. See how two different artists present their music the same way, using the same sounds, players, and more!

This concert will be almost all originals and will feature songs from Ryan’s EP, Look Into My Glass and Alec’s EP, Summer Storm.

Marissa McGowan

Marissa McGowan most recently appeared on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Revival of Kiss Me Kate at Studio 54, where she performed the role of Lilli Vanessi/Kate, appeared on the Tony Awards and on the original cast recording. Marissa had the honor to be chosen by Mr Marvin Hamlisch to star as Stella Purdy in the world premier of Marvin’s last musical THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (directed by the legendary Jerry Lewis), for which she won the “best leading actress” award in Nashville for her performance. Marissa has appeared on Broadway in the A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Revival alongside Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury (Original Cast Recording), BONNIE AND CLYDE (Original Cast Recording) and LES MISERABLES (Revival and National Tour) where she performed both the roles of Eponine and Cosette. Other Favorite credits include Mother in RAGTIME at Music Theatre Wichita, ROBBER BRIDEGROOM at The Roundabout Theatre Company, CHESS at the Kennedy Center, Heather in the World Premiere of HUMAN ERROR at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Magnolia in SHOW BOAT at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Guinevere in CAMELOT at the Goodspeed Opera House, & Adelaide in GUYS & DOLLS at the Weston Playhouse. Concert work includes Lincoln Center, Pittsburgh Symphony, Sun Valley Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Indianapolis Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Houston Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, New Albany Symphony, Annapolis Chorale, New Jersey Festival Orchestra. For more information please visit marissamcgowan.com.

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.

Out of This World: Susan Gabriel Lights Up Annapolis

Songs & Satire by The SuzeMuze

If past is prologue by rave review, get ready for “a lift out of the flat world blues.” Tony and  Emmy awarded talent have acclaimed working with Susan Gabriel. Celebrated also as The  SuzeMuze, Gabriel makes her debut at Live Arts Studio Saturday, November 4 at 7:30pm.  The notably “ineffable” singer, writer, storyteller and TV talent takes the audience on a  “mesmerizing” song and satire storied musical adventure titled Out Of This World.  At a time  we could all use a boost, Gabriel offers up a playful, at times poignant, refreshing take on  life.  The solo driven performance opens with American songbook jazz favorites that give  way to industry recognized original songs by the “captivating” songstress.  The production  emerged from Los Angeles to New York encore performances, evoking a coast to coast  music arts concert series. All star surprise guests engage in the fold of Gabriel’s seamless  entertainment and inspired community enrichment. Though new to Annapolis, Gabriel is a  St. John’s College Graduate Institute alum and hosts a community TV awarded master class  student program.   

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.