Today, September 26th, marks the birthday of George Gershwin, the composer and brother of Ira. George joined The Lambs in 1924 (though Ira never did); 1924 was also the year when Gershwin’s magnificent opus Rhapsody in Blue on February 12th at Aeoloan Hall (just a short walk from The Lambs’ clubhouse, designed by Stanford White then on 44th Street. The extended jazz piece was commissioned by Lamb Paul Whiteman and performed with Whiteman’s orchestra. Gershwin is now one of more than 6,500 members of The Lambs listed in our roster. Listen a performance of Rhapsody in Blue below.
The Lambs notes the passing of Gene Bayliss. Gene was a performer, choreographer, director and producer, joining The Lambs in 199. His family has graciously posted that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Lambs Foundation in his memory. A full biography of Gene is found on his roster page (click here) along with the names of friends and family who have donated.
Argentinian pianist Rosa Antonelli, a Steinway Artist since 1998 and a member of The Lambs, is one of today’s leading performers and a champion of classical Latin-American and Spanish music. She has toured extensively, with more than 1,000 concerts in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America, and she is dedicated to performing and recording the works of these composers for audiences all over the world. Her benefit performance for The Lambs Foundation in October marks Hispanic Heritage month. Click for flier
Ms. Antonelli performed the World Premier of Astor Piazzolla’s Two Tangos in her recital at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage in 2011. Joe Franklin called that performance “Riveting,” and he stated “…incomparable Horowitz and Rosa Antonelli’ is the closest I’ve seen to that master….Ms. Antonelli’s artistry on stage was absolutely stunning; the musical poetry mesmerizing.” Rosa also gave the NY Premier of the Champagne Waltz by Albeniz, and the Tres Argentinian Dances by Luis Gianneo in her last appearance at the same stage of Carnegie Hall, on October, 2014. Her performances consistently garner rave reviews. Most recently Rosa performed at the Consulate General of Argentina, May 18, 2016, for the Alberto Ginastera Centennial Gala.
He latest recording, Abrazando – Latin Embrace, by Albany Records, is a rich and varied sampling of music, bringing together standard repertoire works with a few less familiar gems. Rosa is also a respected teacher of piano technique and has given seminars and lectures in various European and Latin America countries…and was the chairwoman of the Piano Department at the Provincial Conservatory of Music “Alberto Ginastera” for ten years, held the position of Professor of the Piano Department at the National University of La Plata in Buenos Aires, and was invited to join the faculty of the Piano Department of Adelphi University when she came to the U.S. in 1999. Her book Piano, the Spirit of Technique and Interpretation for Teachers and Students is available on Amazon. In 2006, the United States honored Ms. Antonelli by granting her American citizenship because of her government status as “An Artist of Extraordinary Ability.”
The new Steinway Hall recently opened at 1133 Avenue of the Americas (near 44th Street). Their concert room features top-of-the-line acoustics and is being provided as a courtesy by Steinway & Company. (Charles Steinway as a Lamb!). 100% of all proceeds will go for The Lambs Foundation piano fund drive. As a 501(c)(3) charity, donations to The Lambs Foundation are tax deductible as permitted by law. The Lambs, founded in 1874, is one of the oldest theatrical organizations in America, and its Foundation has been supporting theater since 1943.
This is a rare treat! Reservations now!. There is a limited number of seats (70). Admission must be made in advance , $30 per person, payable by checks to THE LAMBS FOUNDATION, and mailed to 3 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019 and received no later than October 20th. We thank Steinway Hall and Karen Beluso for making this event possible. Click for flier
Rosa’s recital was well attended by an audience that jumped to their feet after her 1-hour performance. The event raised over $1,000 toward The Lambs Foundation Piano Fund. Thanks to Steinway & Sons and Karen Beluso for making all the arrangement wt Steinway Hal. Thanks go to Gini Dustin and Vivienne Gilbert who brought flowers for Rosa, and to Rosa! For lending her amazing talents to raise money for The Lambs Foundation. Here are few photos: