Thursday, January 26, 2017

Salon Radio presents: PREformances with Allison Charney featuring the ARK Trio; Barbara Drum Sullivan HR

IT'S THURSDAY NIGHT, please join us for SALON RADIO on City World Radio Network

8pm/Midnight/On-Demand thereafter

Tonight's show is hosted by Maureen Van Trease with Jenny Green presenting our guests tonight:

Salon Radio Special presents PREformances with Allison Charney featuring the ARK Trio, in studio with Soprano Allison Charney, cellist Kajsa William-Olsson and composers Dina Pruzhansky and Kim D. Shermam.

Our Salon Solo {Radio} guest is actor Barbara Drum Sullivan.

Salon Radio is rounded out as always with our Women in Art World Bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts tonight with editor Jenny Green and our Salon Bulletin for upcoming week's happenings of Salonistas around the world. Our sound engineer is musician Jade Zabric.

Find City Word Radio Network on or on TuneIn app, 8pm EST tonight for live show or listen live from

Tonight’s show will rebroadcast tonight at midnight EST.

You can listen to past shows on demand anytime on (click on the mic icon, then the
folder icon, and search for our Salon Radio shows in the archive listing).

Please let us know you are listening!! And please share wide to bring these amazing artists to a wide audience.

Please contact us if you would like to sponsor one or more of our shows.

See you on the radio!
Synergistically Cheers ~
Heidi Russell, founder and producer

International Women Artists' Salon - We invite you to follow us! Please invite others!
International Women Artists' Salon
We are on Twitter too: @womenartsalon
Archived Blog:
Logo: Maggie Cousins
Jingle: Teresa Lotz

Salon Solo {Radio}:Barbara Drum Sullivan

Presenting: Bed Among the Lentils by Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett wrote two series of monologues for the BBC, Talking Heads and Talking Heads 2, which, aside from being brilliant pieces, are remarkable in that most of them are written for women, and, even more remarkably, for older women.

Barbara Drum Sullivan was born and raised in New York City - she earned a bachelors degree in theater and went on a 20-year hiatus before returning to acting. Several years ago she went to graduate school by accident in Scotland.


Salon Radio Special: PREformances with Allison Charney featuring the ARK Trio

‘PREformances with Allison Charney’ February 6th concert features special guests pianist Navah Perlman and presents the ARK trio (soprano Allison Charney, cellist Kajsa William-Olsson and pianist Reiko Uchida) in anticipation of their NYC concert debut on February 14th with ‘Love Resounding’ at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space.

Both concerts will present the world premiere of Russian-born Dina Pruzhansky of (On Love and Land) and American composers Kim D. Sherman (The Wedding Song).

The ARK trio’s inaugural concert “Love Resounding” will present six world premieres of works for voice, cello and piano commissioned by the ARK trio by American composers Kim D. Sherman (The Wedding Song, The Laodomiad) and Michael Ching (Arrangements and Derangements: Interpretations of Schubert), and Israeli composer/pianist Moshe Knoll (Simplicity) together with Russian-born Dina Pruzhansky (On Love and Land).












Love Resounding

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (Valentine’s Day)

Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990

7 pm –9 PM EST

Tickets:$30; Members $25; Seniors, Children $15; Students $10

Purchase Online:

Box Office Hours: Tues - Sun 1pm - 6pm. | Open one hour prior to performances and events. 212-864-5400


Recent Broadway World Article on PREformances with Allison Charney February 6th Concert:

Facebook Pages & Events/ JCC Manhattan…

PREformances with Allison Charney:

Love Resounding:

Composers Artist Statements…

DINA PRUZHANSKY ARTIST STATEMENT: The text for 'On Love and Land' song cycle wasn’t written by a professional poet and aren't part of any publication. These are personal letters in verse, written by a man and a woman, addressed to each other. I was introduced to these texts by the author and radio broadcaster Robert Sherman, after he became familiar with my 'Song of Songs' vocal cycle and had collaborated with me on setting his story 'Teeny-Tiny Violin' as a symphonic fairytale.

I was immediately drawn to the gentle intimacy, passion, and sincerity felt in these letters. The couple's life story only enhanced and confirmed this impression. The first two letters were written by a 24 year old after his beloved had visited him in his hometown Tel-Aviv - but then had to return to her hometown, New York. Eventually, after few years of separation, they got married and settled in Israel. They lived happily together until his death.

The third, last letter in the song cycle, was written by his beloved wifes, nine years after his passing, which she opens by referring to the same events described in his letter dated 43 years earlier. "In your beloved country/which I visited one day/The orange blossoms bloomed/On the banks of Yarkon"- Her opening strikes an additional chord with me, as Tel-Aviv used to be my home for nearly fifteen years. Today, alongside with all the urbanization, the skyscrapers and the glass hi-tech buildings, these oranges are still there, blooming each spring, still capturing the very essence of the place. Hence the name of the cycle -'On Love and Land'.

I'm very excited to have the fantastic performers of the ARK trio premiere the songs, and couldn't possible imagine a better date to present them, than Valentine's Day :)

KIM SHERMAN ARTIST STATEMENT: A Prairie Diary came about after playwright Darrah Cloud and I wrote a music theater adaptation of Willa Cather’s first novel, “O Pioneers!” Our collaboration spanned over a three year period of experimenting with putting the novel into theatrical form. One of the most challenging aspects of the project was how to use vocal music in the context of the stage production. The songs became part of a “Prairie Greek Chorus” which appears throughout the play. Many songs were tried and then rejected from the final version. It is those “rejected” songs that became the inspiration for this song cycle, although two of the songs (“Transformation Song” and “I Call Your Name”) are still used in the theatrical production. Settings of three poems by Willa Cather complete the cycle.

The material in the text evokes images and feelings of my own roots in the Midwest. I wanted to give a voice to the vastness, the sky and the land, and to give a sound to the feeling of belonging to the dream of this country. And always, these words from “O Pioneers!” rang through my thoughts as I wrote the music: “For the first time, perhaps, since that land emerged from the waters of geologic ages, a human face was set toward it with love and yearning. It seemed beautiful to her, rich and strong and glorious. Her eyes drank in the breadth of it, until her tears blinded her. Then the Genius of the Divide, the great, free spirit which breathes across it, must have bent lower than it ever bent to a human will before. The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman.”

A Prairie Diary was originally written for piano, clarinet and baritone voice. I then transposed the cycle for Allison Charney, who has sung the piano and clarinet version many times, including on a 1998 recording with Ben Loeb for the DSC label. In 2016-2017, I removed the clarinet part and created a new part for cello and restructured the order of the movements for the ARK Trio.


Soprano Allison Charney began her career following the national finals of the Metropolitan Opera Competition with her debut at the New York City Opera. She went on to earn a reputation for her “vocal agility, lush sound and dramatic portrayals” of dozens of leading roles in opera companies across the United States. Concert highlights have included performances at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Boston Pops under the baton of Alan Gilbert. A champion of music of our times, Ms. Charney has premiered many new works and is featured on the first recording of the Pulitzer Prize nominated oratorio CHOOSE LIFE. Ms. Charney can also be heard in a CD of American songs on the DSC Label and is a founding member of the ARK trio, whose first recording is scheduled to be released in 2018. An active recitalist and master teacher, Ms. Charney is the founder and curator of the NYC concert series, PREformances with Allison Charney. Ms. Charney holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and two graduate degrees in music from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Charney lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.

DINA PRUZHANSKY (composer of ON LOVE AND LAND) is a Russian born, Israeli raised composer and pianist, based in NYC. Her compositions have been featured at NYC venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Weill Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, Le Poisson Rouge and others, and have been broadcast locally and internationally, including an exclusive WQXR program hosted by Robert Sherman. Ms. Pruzhansky writes in a variety of genres, ranging from classical to liturgy to musical theatre. She is a member of the Tony-honored BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop and was named a finalist for the Fred Ebb Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre writing, with the award-winning lyricist Matt Schatz. Her opera Shulamit, written and premiered in 2014, enjoyed its full production at the JCC Manhattan last spring. As a pianist, Ms. Pruzhansky has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, Russia, Israel, Canada, Italy, Belgium and Germany, and has shared the stage with many distinctive artists, including soloists of the Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas, and members of the Israel Philharmonic and the Met Orchestra. Dina Pruzhansky is a post-graduate alumna from Mannes School of Music. In addition, she holds MA, summa cum laude, in Piano Performance from the Tel-Aviv University, and a Bachelor degree in Art history. A passionate educator, she is the author of ‘I Can Play’ Chopin easy piano arrangements series, and is currently serving as a faculty at the 92Y School of Music.

KIM D. SHERMAM (composer of A PRAIRIE DIARY, THE LAODAMIAD (A MYTHIC JOURNEY)) enjoys composing for the concert stage as well as the theater, film and opera. Her music has been described as “rhapsodic and lush” as well as “craggy and leapabout.” She embraces lyricism and dissonance as equal partners in conveying dramatic landscapes via musical language. Currently under construction is her opera ADA, the spectacular story of computer pioneer Ada Lovelace. SUMMER, 1976 a song cycle for lyric baritone and string quartet was premiered at The Opera Center in New York City in 2016. SONG OF SONGS, for strings, harp and soprano was premiered in 2004 by San José Chamber Orchestra and soprano Allison Charney. GRAVESIDE, her a cappella choral work, was recorded by Musica Sacra and has been performed throughout the US and Europe. On Broadway, she wrote incidental music for I HATE HAMLET. Other works include THE HAPPIEST AND UNHAPPIEST OF MEN (chorus and orchestra, commissioned by The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia,) KARNER BLUE (flute and piano, commissioned by The Pappoutsakis Foundation,) THE VISION (guitar and oboe,) LOVE’S COMEDY (opera based on the play by Henrik Ibsen,) and several musicals, among them: HEARTLAND, O PIONEERS!, HONOR SONG FOR CRAZY HORSE, THE BOXCAR CHILDREN and THE TWO ORPHANS. She has written incidental music for many productions of Shakespeare plays in regional theaters throughout the United States. Ms. Sherman studied piano and composition at Lawrence University, and composition and orchestration with composer Thea Musgrave. Her career started in Minneapolis, where she was awarded two Kudos Awards for her work in the theatre. She has enjoyed residencies at The MacDowell Colony and The Banff Centre. A New Yorker since 1983, she is a regular volunteer composer and mentor for the 52nd Street Project.

Swedish cellist Kajsa William-Olsson is frequently heard as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician throughout the world. As a founding member of the VITALIS and the Hanna String Quartets, Ms. William-Olsson has performed extensively throughout Europe. She regularly teaches and performs at the MMCJ Festival in Japan, and appears as a chamber musician in festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Sangat Festival in Mumbai and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Ms. William-Olsson is a founding member of the ARK trio with soprano Allison Charney and pianist Reiko Uchida. Ms. William-Olsson’s solo career has taken her throughout the globe, having performed concertos in the United States, Europe and Asia. She was the featured soloist in Tan Dun’s Cello Concerto, with the composer conducting, in both Norway and China. Amongst many others, Ms. William-Olsson has collaborated with composer Marc Neikrug, and renowned chamber musicians including Eric Kim, Emanuel Ax, Joyce Yang, and her husband Alan Gilbert. Ms. William-Olsson has been a member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra since 1996

Be part of a Global Community supporting Women in all The Arts!

IWAS Programs:
Salon Solo - visual art exhibition series at Producers' Club,
358 W. 44th Street at 9th Ave, NYC

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place - monthly multi-disciplinary showcase at
Dixon Place,161A Chrystie Street (Rivington/Delancey), NYC
Salon Radio on City World Radio network, Thursdays 8-8:55pm EST -
live listening on or TuneIn app for smartphones
- all shows archived for on-demand listening at

No comments:

Post a Comment