Wednesday Chamber Music Series to feature classics from Broadway to Beethoven

This fall, the series will offer concerts on Sept. 16, Nov. 4 and Dec. 9. Two shows – including a special extended evening concert – will be performed on Sept. 16.

Judith Lynn Stillman
The Wednesday Chamber Music Series at RIC returns with another season of exciting performances titled “Celebrity Series: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends.” Stillman, a pianist and composer, is the director of the series and RIC’s artist-in-residence.

These 50-minute recitals are free of charge, and will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center on the campus of RIC. For the first time, a special extended encore concert at will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. A question-and-answer session with the artists follows each performance.

On Sept. 16, two exciting performances of "BROADWAY EXTRAVAGANZA!" will feature stage stars Gregg Edelman and Karen Mason with Judith Stillman, as the collaborative pianist.

Gregg Edelman
Edelman is a four-time Tony Award nominee who starred in Broadway’s "Les Miserables" and "City of Angels." He has many film and television credits including "Spiderman 2" and "Little Children." Edelman was also nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, with one win, and two Outer Critics Awards.

Karen Mason
Broadway luminary Mason starred in "Sunset Boulevard," "Mamma Mia!" and "Hairspray." Mason is a nine-time MAC Award nominee and has won the MAC Award for Major Feminine Vocalist of the Year for six consecutive years as well as three Bistro Awards. She has also made appearances on hit TV dramas "ED" and "Law & Order: SVU."

Please note: there are two shows – a customary 1 p.m. performance, and a special evening performance at 7:30 p.m. The 1 p.m. show will feature excerpts from BROADWAY EXTRAVAGANZA!, while the 7:30 p.m. show will include a more extended program. Like all Wednesday Chamber Music Series concerts, the evening performance is free and open to the public.

Stephen Martorella
Stephen Martorella and Stillman will collaborate in a performance of "Duo-Pianists" on Nov. 4. Martorella, a pianist, organist and conductor, is the minister of music for the First Baptist Church in America and an adjunct instructor at Rhode Island College. He has made frequent appearances with the Rhode Island State Ballet, Music on the Hill, the RIC Symphony Orchestra and the Providence New Music Ensemble.

Richard Stoltzman
(Photo: John Pearson)
Richard Stoltzman, Michael Reynolds and Stillman will combine talents to present "Trios for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Beethoven and Zemlinsky" on Dec. 9. Stoltzman is a two-time Grammy Award winning clarinetist who is one of today's most in-demand concert artists.
Stoltzman, who is known for his virtuosity and musicianship, has performed with highly acclaimed musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, and Richard Goode.

Michael Reynolds
Reynolds is cellist of the internationally recognized Muir String Quartet and artistic director of Classics for Kids. He earned an honorary doctorate from RIC in 1995, and he has performed nearly 2,000 concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. Reynolds is a Grammy Award winner through the EcoClassics recording label, and the acclaimed PBS broadcast "In Performance at the White House" for President Ronald Reagan and his wife.

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