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Corky Siegel

Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer / songwriter, and recent winner of the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest/Meet the Composer’s national award for chamber music composition and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition.

Corky Siegel’s career began with a fortunate break when he formed the legendary Siegel-Schwall Band that toured the major rock palaces and clubs in the 60’s and 70’s. He was introduced to the blues through his very first steady engagement at Peppers the internationally renowned blues club where his job included performances with the blues masters themselves, such as Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf. “For groups like the Rolling Stones … names like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf were exotic inspirations. For Siegel-Schwall they were the guys that played with them on 43rd Street.” – Lin Brehmer – Music Director for WXRT radio.

Corky Siegel has 18 recordings and over 35 reissues on: Vanguard, RCA, Alligator (the exclusively Blues label) and Gadfly Records, and two album projects for the prestigious classical label Deutsche Grammophon (DG). The DG release of William Russo’s Three Pieces for Blues Band and Symphony Orchestra featuring Corky’s blues band, Siegel-Schwall (for whom the work was written) with Seiji Ozawa and the San Francisco Symphony, was a block-buster in sales and had “an unprecedented inter-generational impact on the American music scene. “ – Music Critic – David Sckolnik. In fact, one movement of “Three Pieces” became a successful “single” which scored very high on the Billboard Pop and Classical charts.

Mr. Siegel’s solo recorded performance of William Russo’s Street Music with Seiji Ozawa and the San Francisco Symphony (the 2nd recording for DG) won the French Government’s Grand Prix du Disque, and received the Recording of Special Merit in Stereo Review for the LP and again in 1988 for the re-released compact disc.

Corky Siegel has written and performed works for Arthur Fiedler and the San Francisco Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra – for a Kennedy Center performance where the Washington Post proclaimed that “Siegel is a Phenomenon”. His latest symphonic work Blues for a Green Planet – Opus 10 was commissioned and performed with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago. This was his second commission from that orchestra. He also composed “Continuum” with Alwin Nikolias (father of modern dance) and Murray Louis. His music has been choreographed by 5 different international ballet companies and has been used for many national TV specials and motion pictures as well as the 1988 Olympic men’s figure skating competition, the 1997 World Championship skating competition with Olympic Gold Medalists, Torvill and Dean, and a recent ABC-TV series including two works for three PBS programs – one of which won an Emmy Award for 2002.

Mr. Siegel’s partnership in the renowned Siegel-Schwall Band, his performances as soloist with orchestras world-wide, and his collaborations with conductor Seiji Ozawa in bringing a ground-breaking blues-classical sound to national attention are all a reflection of Mr. Siegel’s prodigious talent. Mr. Siegel continues to perform as guest soloist with symphony orchestras world-wide, which have included the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Metropolitana De Lisboa in Portugal, and most recently the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the NHK Symphony in Japan, and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Maestro Charles Dutoit. In addition to ongoing tours with Maestro Dutoit, Corky has continued to perform numerous symphonic collaborations through the years with Doc Severinsen. Corky has also recorded on Sony International by touring globally from time to time through the invitation of Dr. Subramaniam, India’s greatest Eastern classical violin virtuoso.

Corky Siegel’s newest project Chamber Blues, with the West End String Quartet, and Frank Donaldson on world percussion, blends classical and blues styles in a chamber music setting. This ground breaking innovative sound (now on Alligator Records and Gadfly Records) has earned tremendous acclaim throughout the country and continues to open new doors for classical and blues/jazz listeners alike. Chamber Blues won Billboard’s Editor’s and Writer’s top 10 Picks of the Year (1998) and Stereophile Magazine says; “… fantastic … I’ve never heard anyone play harp with this much body and harmonic delicacy … I guarantee you’ve never heard anything quite like it.” The 2005 Alligator Records release of “Traveling Chamber Blues Show” is “A Crowning Achievement” – raves the Chicago Tribune.“Watching them perform is nearly as much fun as hearing them play.” – Blues Revue Magazine.

 

Chef Kelly Sheehan

Chef Kelly Sheehan found his passion for cooking as a young man. By following his love of fine cuisine for seventeen years, he has evolved into an extraordinary chef that focuses on exceptional and classically driven preparations by showcasing the ingredient’s natural flavors, textures, and nutritional abilities. He is a graduate of both The Culinary Institute of America and Florida International University. His career has taken him through the culinary landscapes of Chicago, Hawaii, New York and Florida, where he now resides and currently brings his entertainment vision to life through Miami’s Finest Catering, a World Class At Your Service enterprise.

 

Sweet & Tipsy

After nearly 11 years in the advertising & marketing industry, founder Veronica wasn’t quite satisfied by her career & realized it was time to pursue her long time passion. Deciding to turn her love of baking into a full time job was the easy part; figuring out how to make her fledgling business stand out amongst so many other cupcakeries was the challenge. But one day, while enjoying a Strawberry Daiquiri on the beach, Vero’s Sweet & Tipsy alcoholic cupcakes was born & became the first cupcakery in Miami to solely feature liquor-infused cupcakes.

Drawing on her advertising & marketing expertise, in less than a year Vero has easily established Sweet & Tipsy as the premier go-to company for Miami-based organizations looking for an extra kick to their events.

With fun names & flavors such as Ay Mi Amorcito Mojito, Frida Margarita, Lazy Niña Colada & of course Sinful Strawberry Daiquiri, her “Cupcakes with Kick” have appeared at The Grind: Miami’s Burger Battle 2012, the Junior League of Miami’s “Women Who Make a Difference” Luncheon, as the exclusive featured cuptails for a Ketel One after party &, most recently, at celebrity chef’s Douglas Rodriguez & Friends annual event.

After nearly 11 years in the advertising & marketing industry, founder Veronica wasn’t quite satisfied by her career & realized it was time to pursue her long time passion. Deciding to turn her love of baking into a full time job was the easy part; figuring out how to make her fledgling business stand out amongst so many other cupcakeries was the challenge. But one day, while enjoying a Strawberry Daiquiri on the beach, Vero’s Sweet & Tipsy alcoholic cupcakes was born & became the first cupcakery in Miami to solely feature liquor-infused cupcakes.

Drawing on her advertising & marketing expertise, in less than a year Vero has easily established Sweet & Tipsy as the premier go-to company for Miami-based organizations looking for an extra kick to their events.

With fun names & flavors such as Ay Mi Amorcito Mojito, Frida Margarita, Lazy Niña Colada & of course Sinful Strawberry Daiquiri, her “Cupcakes with Kick” have appeared at The Grind: Miami’s Burger Battle 2012, the Junior League of Miami’s “Women Who Make a Difference” Luncheon, as the exclusive featured cuptails for a Ketel One after party &, most recently, at celebrity chef’s Douglas Rodriguez & Friends annual event.

In addition, Sweet & Tipsy has already been featured on Univision’s “Despierta America”, Telemundo’s “Buenos Dias Miami” & “Acceso Total”, SOiTV’s “Guarever Tudei” & on top blogs such as Refinery29, Thrillist, Miami Alive, the Miami New Times Food Blog, Adventures of the Foodaholic, as well as being named one of the top 10 alcoholic cupcake places in the country by Cupcakes Take the Cake.

Baked & delivered with a huge smile, Vero’s Sweet & Tipsy “cuptails” artfully combine the soft, scrumptious cupcake you love with a flavorful twist of your favorite liquors to give it a delightful kick that’s both sweet & tipsy, & inspired by your favorite cocktails.In addition, Sweet & Tipsy has already been featured on Univision’s “Despierta America”, Telemundo’s “Buenos Dias Miami” & “Acceso Total”, SOiTV’s “Guarever Tudei” & on top blogs such as Refinery29, Thrillist, Miami Alive, the Miami New Times Food Blog, Adventures of the Foodaholic, as well as being named one of the top 10 alcoholic cupcake places in the country by Cupcakes Take the Cake.

Baked & delivered with a huge smile, Vero’s Sweet & Tipsy “cuptails” artfully combine the soft, scrumptious cupcake you love with a flavorful twist of your favorite liquors to give it a delightful kick that’s both sweet & tipsy, & inspired by your favorite cocktails.

 

April 8, 2013 | Latin Flavor

After performing a fantastic R. Strauss’ Duet-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon with The Miami Symphony Orchestra, Nuno Antunes and Adrian Morejon presented to musimelange’s audience, their New York-based ensemble with harpist Kristi Shade: ”The Gene Project.”

Act 1: Healthy Latin Cuisine byChef Jackie Salas* with a Venezuelan Rum Tasting presentation by Ron Roble.**

Act 2: A concert by The Gene Project, who has the mission to reinvent and expand the chamber music genre and its repertoire. After collaborating in various different musical ventures, Kristi, Adrian and Nuno decided it was time for something fresh. The result is a unique and exciting sound. Come listen to their own arrangements of Paquito D’Rivera, Ernesto Lecuona y Casado, Roberto Sierra, Pixinguinha, Zequinha de Abreu and Astor Piazolla.

Act 3: Mingled with the artists and succumbed to the temptation of Chef Jackie Salas’ latin delights.*

Dolci Peccati Gelato

Dolci Peccati® is specialized in making the most amazing and real gelato artigianale (artisan gelato).

This means, personally handmade by our expert gelato artists. We create and develop gelato in fantastic, cool, fun in our own ‘purple’ ways.

Our Gelato by the scoop, gelato pops, milkshakes and other scrumptious products, guarantee happiness and an unforgettable experience, gaining ‘Dolci Addicts’ everyday. That’s our ‘pleasure principle’.

The Gene Project

The Gene Project is a New York-based ensemble that is reinventing and expanding chamber music and it’s repertoire. After collaborating in various different musical ventures, harpist Kristi Shade, bassoonist Adrian Morejon and clarinetist Nuno Antunes, decided it was time for something fresh. The result is a unique and exciting sound. Given the lack of repertoire for this specific instrumentation, The Gene Project sought out new avenues, dedicating time to creating their own custom arrangements, as well as commissioning works from the composers of our time. The Gene Project gives new perspectives to existing pieces and continues to develop and encourage an innovative music genre.

March 4, 2013 | A Spicy Night

 

Need a little spice in your life?  musimelange will not disappoint! Within the alluring walls of the showroom inside the M building you will experience a pastiche of seasoning for all senses. On Monday March 4, 2013 at 7:30 treat yourself to an experience that is sure to spice up the rest of your workweek! 

 

Act 1: Spice from around the globe will tantalize your palette. Khong River House will prepare for you the perfect combination of Thai cuisine and wine tasting to pair Duo Scorpio’s mesmerizing performance.*

Act 2: After performing J Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with The Miami Symphony Orchestra, harpist Kristi Shade will present to musimelange audience, her harp duo with Kathryn Andrews**: ”Duo Scorpio,” a New York City based harp duo aimed at expanding the harp duo repertoire and genre. Kristi and Kathryn will be performing works from their latest album including the recent collaboration “Scorpion Tales” written for the duo in 2012 by Robert Paterson. It’s true spice for the ears!

Act 3: Cool your heated senses with artisan gelato from Dolci Peccati***, while you enjoy the company of the beautiful and talented Duo Scorpio.

This evening is sure to add fire to your life, not to be missed…

LISTEN: Raga – Duo Scorpio

LISTEN: Le Jardin des Paons – Duo Scorpio

Khong River House

Konstantin Soukhovetski – actor

This season marks Mr. Soukhovetski’s debut with the Miami Symphony Orchestra as well as acting rebut with musimelange as a narrator of Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale. This year presents Konstantin’s new music/theater show at  Symphony Space, (New York City) – where he will premiere two of his opera transcriptions. In 2012-13 season he also performs Piano en Valois in Cognac, France as well the Southampton Cultural Center (New York), Manchester Music Festival (Vermont) and 5 week tour of South Africa among others.

Konstantin’s theater credits include “Forbidden Juilliard” as multiple characters at Juilliard School and Club Makkor in NYC, “Victor or Children in Power”  as Young Victor at  Moscow State Satire Theatre, Moscow, Russia. His film credits are “Dishonorable Vendetta”  as Pavel Sidorov,  “Decent Men” as Reinhard Heydrich, “Carbon Based” as Liebniz and “Hansel and Gretel” as Emil Von Kuhner. His Television credits are

“Children’s Morning News” – Anchor,  Russian National television, “Talk of the Town” show, Hilton Head SC- Guest, The Play is The Thing – L-TV, East Hamptons NY – guest,  Talk with the stars – Auburn, CA – guest  and his radio appearances are on NPR’s “Performance Today” with Fred Child  – guest among many others. Konstantin is a producer of “Real pianists of The Hamptons” – the first ever classical music reality show made at Pianofest in The Hamptons where Konstantin is artists is Residence.

 

Duo Scorpio – March 2013

Kristi Shade will be performing with the MISO and musimelange in March 2013

Duo Scorpio is a New York City based harp duo on a mission to expand the duo harp repertoire by commissioning new works and exploring existing repertoire. In 2010, the duo began searching for music for their newly formed ensemble and realized this particular part of the harp repertoire had yet to be fully explored in a contemporary setting.

Duo Scorpio was awarded the American Harp Society Grant, which they used to commission composer Robert Paterson. His work, “Scorpion Tales”, was premiered by Duo Scorpio at the AHS National Conference in New York City on July 2, 2012.

Duo Scorpio recorded their first album, Scorpion Tales, in the spring of 2012. It was released on the American Modern Recordings Label on September 4, 2012.

Duo Scorpio has performed with Florence + The Machine at the Met Gala, for Metro Harp New York and has performed together orchestrally in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.

Coincidentally, Katie and Kristi were both born on November 5, 1982. They met in New York City where they received their Master’s degrees studying with Susan Jolles. They have embraced their Zodiac alignment by using their talent and passion to team up and form this unique duo.

LISTENLe Jardin des Paons – Excerpt – Duo Scorpio

LISTENRaga – Excerpt – Duo Scorpio

 

 

 

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