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Asi Matathias

Violinist Asi Matathias, protege of Pinchas Zukerman, is already recognized as one of the most celebrated talents of his generation. He made his debut at the age of 14 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, displaying a musical maturity and inspiration far beyond his years. This success was immediately followed by another invitation from Maestro Mehta to perform with him in the following season. Since then, he has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras across the globe with such conductors as Leon Botstein, Frederic Chaslin, Eduard Topchjan, Dan Ettinger, Stephen D’Agostino, the late Mendi Rodan, Oliver Weder and Yaron Traub.

Mr. Matathias has recorded for the BBC, CBC, WQXR, IBA and ORF labels. He is a frequent recitalist and has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, the US, South America and Israel, in foremost venues like Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Zankel Hall and Weil Recital Hall, 92Y in New York, Berlin Philharmonie, Izumy Hall in Japan, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Bronfman Auditorium in Tel-Aviv  and The National Arts Center in Canada.

As an enthusiastic chamber musician, he has collaborated with renowned artists such as pianists Yefim Bronfman and Kirill Gerstein, violinists Nikolaj Znaider, Pinchas Zukerman and Renaud Capucon, violist Nobuko Imai and cellists Alissa Weilerstein and Frans Helmerson. He has played in Festivals such as the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, The Con Anima Festival in Austria, the Vienna Bezirk Wochen Festspiele, the Israel Festival, Prussia Cove in England and other festivals around the world.

Mr. Matathias began playing the violin when he was six years old. In Israel, he studied with Chaim Taub, and became the youngest student to be enrolled at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. He also studied with violinist Aaron Rosand and the late David Nadien. Matathias was awarded the 2017 career grant from “Salon de Virtuosi” in New York. He was also awarded a diploma of excellence and has been supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 1997.

Matathias earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a long time student of Pinchas Zukerman.

 

Rocky Blumhagen, Voice

Our very own Rocky Blumhagen, former Siletz Bay board member, has created several fundraising shows for our festival through the years honoring Cole Porter, “A Party with Comden & Green,” “Oh, Those Gershwin Boys,” “It’s Better with a Baritone,” Irving Berlin, and now the music that made Frank Sinatra famous!  Mr. Sinatra would have been 100 years old, December 12, 2015.  Sinatra was once asked the secret to his success; he said, simply, three words: “Sing… good… songs.”  The Sinatra show, “My Way,” was created by Summerwind Productions. The cast and crew come to the Oregon coast directly from the San Francisco Bay Area where they sold out performances at the Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma.  The arrangements are jazz inspired and in this two-act show you’ll hear music from 56 songs woven into medleys, solos, duets, and quartets, with snappy dialogue moving the show along and telling some of the Frank Sinatra story.

A native Oregonian, Rocky lives much of the year in San Francisco and has had a vacation home in Salishan for over 20 years.  Attached is a short review of the Sinatra show.

There is nothing more fun than a revue of well-known music when it hits the mark! And, there is no doubt that a strong ensemble is a key ingredient. But through the lens of a director, it is the leadership, energy and style that make revue magic happen … that elevate the experience, lifting it off the charts and into the hearts of an eager crowd. Rocky, the producers of this little gem were lucky to find that leader in you: a pro with such great energy who needs no roadmap around this material, knows his way around a song and can still “dish the dirt” with the rest of the company. Thank you for such a delightful, memorable evening – ol’ blue eyes would tip his fedora to you for this awesome salute to his songbook!

–      Mary Bettini – Director/Choreographer, New York – Retired Bay Area Theatre Educator
 
For more reviews of Sinatra’s My Way go to www.thecrooner.net

 

Mark Robinson, Voice

Jazz singer Mark Robinson (Man #2) draws his major inspiration from the Great American Songbook. For the last decade he has been performing widely in the Bay Area, appearing frequently at San Francisco’s premier jazz club, Black Cat. His album, Some Small Dive, drew praise from critics. As Dan McClenaghan from All About Jazz put it, “Like the very best in this game—Sinatra or Tony Bennett—Robinson makes it all sound so effortless on this truly superb vocal jazz outing.”

He’s dedicated now to the wonders of jazz and mid-century pop music, but he began his career at 16 as a classical singer, studying voice and music theory with a San Francisco Opera baritone. In 2012 he dipped a toe back into the opera world, playing the Radio/Band Singer in Opera Parallele’s production of The Great Gatsby. “I always figured that in my next life, I’d be a crooner,” he says. “I’m glad I didn’t have to wait that long.”

Désirée Goyette, Voice

Vocalist, composer, arranger, voice-over actor Désirée Goyette (Woman #1) is probably best known for her musical contributions to the Charlie Brown and Garfield the Cat television shows. Over the course of ten years, Desiree and her fellow Grammy-nominated partner Ed Bogas co-wrote music for over one-hundred TV episodes and specials. In 1990 she performed at Carnegie Hall with David Benoit and other jazz greats in a 40th Anniversary tribute to the Peanuts comic-strip.

Desiree received two Grammy nominations for her creative contributions to the Disney Records’ release titled Flashbeagle, and the CBS/Epic recording Here Comes Garfield. Other commercial recordings provided the opportunity to share equal billing with Patti La Belle, The Pointer Sisters, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, B.B. King, Diane Schuur, The Temptations, and David Benoit. Désirée’s vocal artistry can be heard on various motion picture soundtracks and trailers including  Spykids, The Mimic, Forces of Nature, Night Falls, High Crimes, Little Mermaid II, Hellboy, Ghostwriter, the remake of Casino Royale and Pirates of the Caribbean IV. She is a magna cum laude graduate of The San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

www.desireegoyette.com

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Carolyn Bacon, Voice

Based in San Francisco, soprano Carolyn Bacon is known for her imagination, intelligence, and versatility as an opera and musical theater performer. Recent California Bay Area performances have seen her with Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, TheatreWorks, Opera Parallèle, Pacific Coast Repertory Theater, Pocket Opera, and others. Following the success of Cinnabar Theater’s sold old run of My Way, Carolyn has continued to sing jazz at San Francisco’s premier jazz club, Black Cat. Recognizing her dramatic skills as a singer in multiple genres, Carolyn was a 2017 semi-finalist in the Kurt Weill Institute’s Lotte Lenya Competition in New York.

She also recently made her professional German debut in Freiburg, singing Adele (Die Fledermaus) with the Markgräfler Symphonie Orchester. The Badische Zeitung writes, “Carolyn Bacon was a bitingly fresh, cheeky Adele…Her high notes were divinely effortless and powerful.” Carolyn holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory and a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience from Pomona College, where she originally prepared for a career in medicine. A Portland native, Carolyn grew up singing with the Pacific Youth Choir and the Oregon Bach Festival Youth Choral Academy under Helmuth Rilling and Anton Armstrong.

Visit www.carolynbaconsoprano.com.

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