S0309 – Gustavo Romero

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Gustavo Romero, concert pianist, professor of piano at the University of North Texas College of Music.  A child prodigy he performed with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta.  He started to study at the Juilliard School at the age of 14, later graduating with a Bachelor and Master of Music.  We talked about how he was able to make the transition to an adult career, later winning many competitions including the Clara Haskill International Piano Competition.  His continuous passion for the piano allowed and still allows him to be able make changes effortlessly.  We talked about repertoire and his process in chosing and learning his program music, teaching and the legacy of the great pianists

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S03E08 – Elad Kabilio

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Elad Kabilio, Founder and Artistic Director of MusicTalks shared his ideas that created his concert series. As a Cellist he shared with us the importance of talking to the audience and how this lead to creating his concert series to connect with the younger generation of audience.

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S03E07 – Jeremy Lawrence

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Jeremy Lawrence. He’s a Bistro Award recipient and he sat down with us to chat about his upcoming cabaret: LAVENDER SONGS. Jeremy has teamed up with director Jason Jacobs, and TOSOS to remount this award winning show with a spin that will draw even more parallels to Nazi Germany and today’s political climate. The show features songs written by or performed by queer artists in Weimar era Berlin which have been translated by Jeremy himself. Jeremy started his cabaret career in 1990 with CABERET VERBOTEN at the Mark Taper Forum, and has continued pursing the history of cabaret ever since. Listen in for a history lesson on this fascinating style of performance.

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S03E05 – Thomas Boulton

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Thomas Boulton. Thomas is a very busy NYC area Freelance Trumpeter. Through his busy schedule, he makes time to teach Privately as well as in the NY Philharmonic’s Teaching Artis program.

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S03E04 – Elizabeth Earley

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Elizabeth Earley. Elizabeth Earley is currently a swing in the Broadway production of SOMETHING ROTTEN, and has already been cast in the upcoming production of HELLO DOLLY, which has smashed box office records for ticket sales of a rival. Elizabeth sat down with us to chat about her experience of being a performer, but also to talk about her personal statement, “Tell stories, change the world,” which led to Project Oak Dance Training, a forum she created to help artists achieve more of their potential. Listen in to hear about her beautiful outlook on performing and teaching, and find out why being left handed has helped her “rub elbows” with some very successful individuals.

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S03E03 – Jason Tramm

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Jason Tramm.  Jason is a passionate conductor and promoter of music with more than a few titles attached to his name.  He tells Kevin and Carol how he keeps himself busy with his passion as well as remaining a dedicated father.

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S03E02 – Ari Afsar

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Ari Afsar. Ari is about to add HAMILTON to her list of credits that is already pretty impressive with American Idol contestant, and Miss California 2010 winner. This week, she will begin her performances as Eliza Hamilton in the Chicago HAMILTON cast. We got to sit down with her during the rehearsal process to discuss this amazing opportunity, and the steps that led to it. We talk about the ups and downs of getting fame at an early age, and why American Idol was both the best and worst experience for her. Also, listen in to this fun interview to find out how she still attended UCLA, even after the university turned her down; it’s a great lesson in tenacity!!!

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S03E01 – Matous Michal

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Matous Michal one the newest members of the Chicago Symphony’s Second Violin section joined us in the studio to share his journey to getting his first job. We talked about his audition and preparation process and his experience during the first few months with the Chicago Symphony.

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S02E39 – Courter Simmons

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Courter Simmons dazzles the stage playing many characters ranging from Frankie Valli (Jersey Boys) to Le Fou (Beauty and the Beast) to a character of his own invention who goes by the name of “Cacophony Daniels.”

In our interview we learn how Courter went from the Broadway stage to mastering heels in his own drag character and how both personas get work.

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