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Concordia Conservatory & Hoch Chamber Music Series Benefit is on January 21; Link to Purchase Tickets

Pictured: Broadway singer/actress Melissa Errico

By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Jan. 11, 2023: Concordia Conservatory presents its gala benefit, “HAPPY TOGETHER,” on Saturday, January 21 at 6:00 pm at The Reformed Church of Bronxville. This gala concert features Broadway singer/actress Melissa Errico with Grammy-nominated Jim Lowe in a program of the American Songbook and will also feature chamber music performed by violinists Elizabeth Lim-Dutton and Emanouil Manolov, violists Lawrence Dutton and Sun Jim Lee, and cellist Andrew Janss in Anton Dvorak’s String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat Major, “American.”

“HAPPY TOGETHER” supports the Conservatory’s ongoing effort to make music available to all. Funds raised will support scholarships and outreach, music and art therapy, concert series, the tuition-free annual holiday community musical, endowment, and unrestricted funds for the Bronxville and Stamford campuses.

The 2023 Conservatory Benefit Committee includes Chairs Karen & Frank Knapp and Erin & Ed Lovett, with Claudia & Rodolpho Amboss, Katie McGrath & Dr. Robert Andrews, Anne & Pete Angevine, Barbara & Ralph Binder, Julia Golier & Bill Bornmann, Anne Louise & Matt Bostock, Linda & Jack Cioffi, Marcy & John Damasco, Hillary & Sean Grogan, Julie & Dan Latham, Stella Guarnieri & Jim Lombardi, Sandra & Richard Marr, Mary Marvin, Maureen & Don McAllister, Jane & Alden Millard, Larissa & Brian Modesitt, Jessica Sessions & Robert O’Hare Jr., Amanda & Roberto Ricciarini, Anne Prost & Olivier Robert, Erin & Andreas Seuffert, Margie Ball & Peter Stace, Irena & Bruce Stern, Abby & Holland Sullivan, Judy & George Unis, and Nancy & Rich Whitney.

The Benefit Junior Committee of Conservatory students consists of Ciara Andrews, Shay Armand, Abigail Chang, Sam Dutton, Nathaniel Garelik, Valeria Huerta, Leah Jones, Kit Knapp, Masha Lekovic, Samantha Lopez, Tara MacIntosh, Sarah Modesitt, Katharine O’Hare, Mila Paljusaj, Rihanna Samson, Laura Sanchez, and Keala Schubert.

Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet is the longtime artistic director of the Hoch Chamber Music Series, and this gala concert is part of the Hoch Series.

Concert tickets are $44 adult and $22 child/senior; combined tickets for the concert and dinner-dance are $275. To purchase tickets, visit www.concordiaconservatory.org or call 914-395-4507.

About Melissa Errico

“The Maria Callas of American musical theater,” as Opera News has called her, referencing both her silken voice and dramatic, expressive intensity, Melissa Errico is an actress, singer, and author. First known for her starring roles on Broadway, she has since become a concert, cabaret and recording artist as well; her 2018 album Sondheim Sublime was called by The Wall Street Journal “The best all-Sondheim album ever recorded.” Along with her many appearances singing and playing Sondheim, she is also closely associated with the music of Michel Legrand—having starred in his sole Broadway show, Amour.

In the past few years, her gifts and ambitions as a writer have become increasingly expressed, with a series of much-talked-of essays in The New York Times, touching, with wit, wisdom and insider mischief, on the many unseen aspects of the theatrical profession, from the pleasures and pains of being a “terminal ingenue” to the ambiguities of auditioning to the sheer pleasure of being fitted for a costume, post-pandemic. She is currently at work on a memoir that will include and expand on these “Scenes from An Acting Life”, as the Times, in a rubric specially invented for her work, calls them. Melissa and her family call Bronxville home.

About Jim Lowe

Grammy-nominated conductor, arranger, orchestrator and composer James Lowe continues to garner praise for "beautifully sculpted" (Opera News) performances. He appears regularly with major opera houses in the US and abroad, as well as on Broadway. This season he will make debuts at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and Atlanta Opera, and will return to Lyric Opera of Chicago and Arizona Opera. He recently conducted the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis with New York City Opera at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. He arranged, orchestrated and conducted Songbird, a new adaptation of Offenbach’s La Périchole in the style of 1920’s New Orleans jazz for the Glimmerglass Festival. He has appeared at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and Opéra National de Bordeaux.

On Broadway, James Lowe was the Music Director and Conductor of the recent revival of Les Misérables, as well as the Tony Award-winning revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes, starring Sutton Foster and Joel Grey. He also served as the Music Supervisor for the First National Tour of this production. Mr. Lowe made his Broadway debut conducting performances of Gypsy, starring Patti LuPone.

Mr. Lowe was nominated for a Grammy Award for his work on the Anything Goes cast album released on Ghostlight Records, which he conducted and co-produced. With members of the cast he has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, the CBS Early Show and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He toured North America as Music Director and Conductor of the acclaimed Cameron Mackintosh/National Theatre production of My Fair Lady, and conducted the First National Tour of Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza. He served as US Music Supervisor of the recent North American Tour of The Phantom of the Opera.

Mr. Lowe has appeared in concert with Sir Elton John, conducting his own orchestrations and choral arrangements of Elton’s classic songs, as well as with singer-songwriter Randy Newman and the legendary Booker T. Jones. His arrangements have been performed by Joyce DiDonato, Isabel Leonard, Ailyn Pérez and Nadine Sierra, Glimmerglass Festival and Utah Opera, among others.

As a pianist, Mr. Lowe performed as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and has given recitals, including several world premieres, at such venues as the Aspen Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institute, the University of Texas San Antonio New Music Festival, and the University of Colorado Artsweek Festival in Boulder. He has served on the faculties of Syracuse University, and  the Hochstein Music School in Rochester. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, with additional studies at the Aspen Music School and the Aspen Opera Theater Center.

To set up an interview or advance feature article with the artists and Kathleen, please call 914-395-4507. 

Concordia Conservatory’s mission is to inspire, instruct, and enrich lives through music by offering excellence in education and performance.




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