Complete Lineup List:
Featured Student Marlon Oliveira:
While some musicians achieve their success through their talents, others, like guitarist Marlon Oliveira, earn it through hard work, perseverance, and dedication. Motivated by his passion to bring the wonderful music of the classical guitar to a wider audience, Oliveira has overcome many obstacles to his goals. He started playing the guitar at the age of 16 (late for a musician). This put him significantly behind his peers in music school and as a result, he did not pass his first audition to get into music school. Despite this setback, Oliveira was not deterred. Instead, he changed his teacher and worked even harder to get into a music school. Soon, he overcame the debilitating effects of a repetitive strain Injury that plagued him for three years by committing himself learning new and better technique, taking care of his health, and practicing regularly.
“The injury slowed me down a bit, but I remained persistent in my practice and my studies and I have recovered so that I can still play, something I am very happy about.Before auditioning for music school, Oliveira was enrolled at Queens College with an undeclared major. “I was scared to do music, because it seemed like such a hard living, especially when I saw many other guitarists drop out of the music program. But then I realized if I didn’t devote myself fully to the study of music, then nothing was going to happen with it, so I put everything else off to pursue my degree in music.”
Since earning his degree in music, Oliveira continues his music studies at Sage Music.
Native New Yorker Perri Sussman is a versatile mezzo-soprano who has performed repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary. Her most recent performance was with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre as Tessa in The Gondoliers. She was an apprentice artist with Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point where she performed Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Charlotte in A Little Night Music. Other performances include Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon with New York Lyric Opera Theatre at Symphony Space and one of the vocal soloists in the world premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan, the ballet with Dances Patrelle. Sussman made her Carnegie Hall debut in the 2011 Master Singer Finalist Concert for the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition. She also performed at Symphony Space as a finalist in the 2012 New York Lyric Opera Theatre Vocal Competition. She was named the 2012 Grand Prize Winner in the voice category of the Ensemble 212 Young Artists Competition, and she won second place in the 2009 NATS New York City Chapter Student Vocal Auditions. Sussman is currently a resident artist with Dicapo Opera Theatre where her performances have included Angelina in La Cenerentola and Second Daughter/Second Voice in Beauty and the Beast. Upcoming performances include Third Spirit in The Magic Flute with Amore Opera, and she will return as Angelina in La Cenerentola with Dicapo Opera Theatre this season. Sussman holds a bachelor’s degree from Westminster Choir College where she performed La Chatte in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and covered Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. She earned a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music where she performed in Hansel and Gretel (Hansel), Lucia di Lammermoor (Alisa) and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Un Pâtre). Sussman received the Lucille and Leo Martin Scholarship award after winning first place in the 2005 Westminster Scholarship Voice Competition.
Dahka Band is a New York City based band with members from Algeria, Nigeria, and Turkey.
Dahka band’s music can be described as world music sound with a modern approach to it. We infuse our original cultural sound from Algeria, Nigeria, and Turkey and made it into something appealing to all by merging sounds from all around the world.
||Lux DeVille balances the rhythmic intensity of true-school hip-hop and experimental electronic music with the rich harmony and refreshing subtlety of jazz. Drawing from a diverse palette of sounds, their music features live instrumentation alongside analog synthesizers, vintage keyboards, and lush horn sections, straddling the boundaries of electronic music, jazz, and golden era hip-hop. Lux DeVille is the collaboration of multi-instrumentalist & producer; PVD and MC 8thW1. Intelligent wordplay and jazz-inspired breakbeats dominate the soulful, funky sound of their self-titled debut record. Upon release, Lux DeVille received critical acclaim at such prominent hip hop sites as OkayPlayer, DJBooth, & Audio Cred. The duo’s music has been featured on NBC, VH1, as well as national marketing campaigns. 8thW1 & PVD have brought their unique blend of raw funk & organic hip-hop to packed houses at such venues as The Blue Note, SOB’s, NJPAC, & The Knitting Factory, and have been featured in the web series: Live at The Loft. A pleasant contrast from what you’ll hear on commercial radio, Lux DeVille is a breath of fresh air for the discerning listener, straddling the boundaries of electronic music, jazz, and golden era hip-hop. for more info visit: PVDMusic.com & 8thW1.com.Leanne Gonzalez-Singer has performed with Opera Omaha, Asheville Lyric, Sarasota Opera, Caramoor Festival, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, and Ash Lawn-Highland, among others; her Madame de Croissy in Dialogue des Carmélites (dell’Arte, 2012) earned critical acclaim. In the summer of 2013 she appeared with Center for Contemporary Opera in the world premiere of Oration by Line Tjornhoj, and also joined new music ensemble Rhymes With Opera for their inaugural New Chamber Music Workshop. They’ve also been a part of many prestigious concerts including: Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (with pianist Hélène Grimaud) and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, both with Westchester Oratorio Society, Mozart’s Requiem with Astoria Symphony, all-Chopin program at Lincoln Center; also Omaha Symphony, Charlottesville Symphony, Trinity Church, and numerous recitals. In December 2013 she will join the Norwalk Symphony as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah. She has been in theatre productions including: Maria/Olivia in Five Twelfths (adapted from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night) in New York, and several notable regional musical operettas.Ivy Frenkel, a native New Yorker, is a spinto soprano specializing in Verdi and Verismo opera roles. Her repertoire includes such roles as Aida, Amelia (Ballo in Maschera), Leonora (Trovatore), Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Tosca, Santuzza, Giorgetta(Il Tabarro) and Maddalena (Andrea Chenier). She has sung with opera companies such as the Regina Opera, Opera of the Hamptons, and Brooklyn Repertory Opera Company. After joining the Wagner Program at Mannes College of Music, she sang Sieglinde with the Wagner Festival Orchestra under David Gilbert. She was a finalist in the Liederkrantz Wagner Competition and received the Franco Gentilesca Young Artist Award from Opera of the Hamptons. Frenkel is an experienced song recitalist and has an extensive and diverse song repertoire to include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian. In 2006, she was a finalist in the international song competition called Cybersing. In addition, to her singing, Frenkel is a marriage and family therapist who maintains a full-time practice in Manhattan and is a clinical consultant on adolescent issues for the Department of Education. She is also an adjunct professor on family therapy classes at Union Theological Seminary.
A huge thank you to all Sage Music participants for sharing your talents with New York City!
For those of you not performing on this year’s concert, we look forward to seeing you, your families and friends join us for concerts in the park!