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The Compleat Julie at Montgomery

The Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series presents: “The Compleat Julie” Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m.

Soprano Julie Ziavras showcases her diversity in a refreshingly entertaining and varied recital program that offers a different take on the usual classical concert. Julie is well-known as a multidisciplinary vocalist with a diverse and multi-genre repertory. Accompanying her is the celebrated pianist/composer and Broadway orchestrator Steve Margoshes, best known as the composer of FAME – The Musical. Guest artists are pianist/composer Ada Margoshes and singer/songwriter Ken DeAngelis.

Julie Ziavras and Steve Margoshes are world class classical musicians who also have careers in musical theater, opera, folk music, ethnic music and rock opera. “The Compleat Julie” is a program that includes classical song, operatic arias, operetta, Broadway, folk ballads and Greek song and is sung in six languages. Composers include Mahler, R. Strauss, Schubert, Beethoven, Hadjidakis, Lorca, Mompou, Margoshes, DeAngelis, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein. These two masterful artists are engaging and electrifying performers, who share their music with audiences in a vivid and compelling way, making for a memorable concert.

Julie has won critical acclaim for her vocal beauty, musicianship, and dramatic stage persona in the US and abroad where she has performed in concert, on radio and television. Described as “an estimable vocalist” (New York Times) who “masters the most difficult instrument, wowing her listeners with her warm and compelling voice, appealing presence and wide range of repertoire, her diverse repertory includes opera, art song, contemporary music, folk, Greek and international music.”

Steve Margoshes is probably best known as composer of FAME – The Musical, which has played on every continent (except Antarctica) over the past 25 years. He has composed a body of work for Symphony Orchestra in the “serious pops” vein, represented by two CD’s (Albany Records) recorded by the Budapest Symphony. One of the pieces, American Parade, is featured in an upcoming documentary (of the same name) performed by the West Point Army Band. The film, by filmmaker Frank Basile, focuses on Steve’s collaboration with the band and goes on to explore the role of music in the military. Another of the orchestral pieces, This is Forever (Rhapsody for piano & orchestra), features Steve as soloist. A powerful afterlife romantic saga, the piece was choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi and presented at the Joyce Theater, NYC, for the Buglisi Dance Theater’s 20th anniversary, with Steve performing a solo piano version of the piece.

This concert is free and open to the public. The audience is encouraged to come early to be ensured a seat. The Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series was founded by Howard and Judy Garrett who volunteer their time to run it. The series is made possible by many generous sponsors including local businesses and the Village of Montgomery. For more information: call 457-9867.

The Montgomery Senior Center is located at 36 Bridge St., Montgomery.

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