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Tamra Richardt has organized and produced the From Jazz to Broadway Concert to benefit Laces of Love for the past 8 years and has raised over $200 thousand dollars for this worthy cause. Her multi- talented and world-class artist friends have donated their time to the cause, and have helped to make this event a spectacular presentation, year after year.
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GLORY CRAMPTON is a Broadway leading lady musical theatre veteran. She is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in productions of The Fantasticks , Camelot , My Fair Lady , Carousel, Jane Eyre, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Nine and Phantom.
“Glory Crampton has a glittering, silvery soprano…an angel’s voice exquisite in every detail…”
Alvin Klein, New York Times
” …gorgeous soprano… emotionally powerful singing”
New York Daily News
Glory is also an accomplished soprano solo artist who has sung with acclaimed tenor JOSE CARRERAS in concert at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL In addition to her solo CD, GLORY has been featured on many other recordings, including: “All the Love I Have – Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber “National Symphony Orchestra (Jay Records).
She has sung around the world for presidents and dignitaries, as well as numerous international global events. Glory will also be in concert Tuesday evening Feb. 21st at 7pm at St. Columbkille Church, 12171 Iona Rd, Ft. Myers FL.
Kevin Gerard Mauldin
Kevin Gerard Mauldin, bassist Kevin Mauldin, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, began playing the double bass at age 13. While attending Memphis State University, Kevin studied bass with Herman Burkhardt, and then with John Chiego. After leaving Memphis with a Bachelor of Music, Kevin attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) studying with Frank Proto and getting his Master of Music Degree in Double Bass Performance.
From there he won the position of Principal Bass in the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association, in 1986, also being involved with the local Jazz scene there. After leaving Chattanooga, he began his musical career in Naples with the Naples Philharmonic (1990 to now),and the Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra (2007- present). Kevin was on the faculty at the University of Miami (2000 to 2010),the Brevard Music Festival (1994-2004), the Luzerne Music Festival (1990- 92), and currently teaches at the Hot Springs Music Festival (2007 to present).
Mr. Mauldin’s chamber music experiences include concerts in the Chamber Music Series at Artis- Naples, the Bergonzi Quartet, The Frost Chamber Players, and the Festival Chamber Players in Hot Springs. Kevin gets to show his versatility by also playing electric bass and jazz bass on Pops concerts. Locally, he can be found playing jazz and other styles with many regional artists, as well as with String Theory, and the WTF Soul and Funk Band.
The career of composer, virtuoso pianist and acclaimed performer, Eric Genuis, began in Krakow, Poland in 1997 when a government dignitary heard Eric’s music and invited him to headline an event attended by 15 thousand people. Since then, Genuis and his phenomenally talented group of musicians continues to stir audiences globally.
His original compositions are masterful, sensitive, and engaging and his live performances are a powerful and moving musical experience. With currently five original CDs in circulation, Genuis has performed on international television, scored original music for independent films, and in 2015 made his movie debut in theaters worldwide.
New York City native soprano Cherissia Williams started singing at the age of three. She has performed in several operas and musicals throughout the country such as Carmen, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Hänsel Und Gretel, Nine, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Mikado, and The Wizard of Oz; just to name a few.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College, a Masters of Music and Professional Studies certificate in opera from Manhattan School of Music. She is one of the owners of the Sparkle Twins which is operated through the company Shoperatic.
In addition to singing, Ms. Williams is also a professional commercial and print model, starring in the national Verizon Holiday commercial along with her identical twin sister, which received over 2 million views worldwide.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Vivian moved to the Northeast to pursue her musical studies at the Manhattan School of Music from where she recently graduated with Professional Studies Certificate. There she also earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Based in New York City, cellist Vivian Chang has established herself as a versatile musician and performer. A mainstay of the orchestral scene in the New York area, she is a core member of several orchestras including the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Uptown Philharmonic. She has recently performed with the Chamber Orchestra of New York in venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall and Perelmann Stage, the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
As a chamber musician, Vivian has performed as a Resident Artist of the Nassau Chamber Music Society, Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra’s chamber music series, and is a past Fellow of the Takacs Quartet’s String Quartet Seminar.
In the last few years, Vivian discovered a passion for pedagogy. She maintains a private studio and serves as substitute faculty at Herald and Joyous Music Schools.
Yong started learning the violin and the piano when she was three. She entered the affiliated middle school of Conservatory of Music in China and was at the top of her class in both her major and in other courses.
She was the concertmaster of a conservatory orchestra. She also won the first place at an international violin competition. Yong earned her Master’s Degree at Boston University and was distinguished with scholarship and academic honors.
As an active musician, she has appeared in recitals, chamber music, concerts, festivals, and drama groups, collaborating with famous artists from all over the world. Yong was invited to join the Asiamerica Philharmonic as concertmaster and manager.
Misty & Cassie Drake
Violinist Misty Drake will be completing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music in 2018 in the studios of Federico Agostini and Charles Castleman. In addition to being a three-time soloist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, she is the recipient of many awards throughout Southwest Florida. Ms. Drake was selected as an Eastman School of Music Arts Leadership Certificate Program fellow, incorporating career and leadership training to her music to further her passion for community engagement. Misty is excited to be performing for her third Laces of Love concert. Mistyviolinist.com
Cassia Drake, violist, is a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Paul Coletti. She made her orchestral debut at age 14 performing with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra as soloist on two occasions. Ms. Drake is a recent winner of the Southwest Florida Symphony concerto competition, Florida Arts For Life! scholarship and the National Young Arts Foundation. Cassie’s chamber quartet was honored to compete in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Competition. Ms. Drake is excited to be a part of another Laces of Love Concert.
Robert Williamson– is a Global performing artist, for many high-profile celebrity events, weddings and fundraisers- and worked with such wellknown artists as The Temptations, Gary Puckett, Darius Rucker, The Eagles, Patti Labelle, Donna Summer, The Spinners, and many others.
Williamson has written for, recorded and produced numerous pop, R&B and Motown Artists. Robert has composed scores for films and commercials and is currently heard worldwide on VH1.
His Current album, Red Ruby Midnight, hit Number 1 on the Top 20 International DJ Chart.
Jason and Kim Sirvatka
Often referred to as the Mozart of Gospel Music for his phenomenal composition and arranging skills, Jason Sirvatka holds Bachelors in Music Theory, Masters in Choral Music Education, Assistantship in Audio Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champagne Urbana. He is equally proficient on piano, guitar, trombone and vocals.
Formerly with Willow Creek Mega Community Church, in Chicago, as musical director and arranger, Jason ministered at the WC leadership conferences in Germany and was the Worship Pastor at Glen Ellyn Bible Church for 11 years. He is currently the Director of Worship at Covenant Church of Naples.
The talented Kim Sirvatka holds a B.S. and M.S. in Choral Music Education from the University of Illinois, Champagne Urbana, and was also involved in music ministry at the Willow Creek Mega Community Church and Glen Ellyn Bible Church as assistant choir director and vocal soloist. Most recently she is vocal soloist and choir director at Covenant Church of Naples. Kim has taught at the high school and middle school levels for 25 years and was co-founder of the Hadley Theater Arts program in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and has been the Gulf Coast High School Music Director for musical theater productions for 3 years.
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