Jamestown Concert Association

Presents - The 2014-2015 Season

Turn UP the Music


Sylvia McNair, vocalist

Friday, October 17, 2014

8:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

with Kevin Cole, vocalist/pianist


Experience the show-stopping vocals of two-time Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair. A classically trained vocalist, McNair has dabbled in all genres from blue-grass to opera and been applauded for it in The New York Times. This Jamestown performance will be a display of musical ability polished over her three-decade-long career and will highlight pieces by Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim and Bernstein. Though she’ll be retracing her journey back to the classics, her “rebellious impulse” livens up any traditional atmosphere. “There’s a timeless quality in Gershwin’s music that kind of speaks through the ages. We’re still falling in love. We’re still falling out of love. Those things are still happening,” said Kevin Cole, an award-winning pianist known for his Gershwin playing abilities. Performing alongside McNair, the two will no doubt remind us of the timelessness of music.



Sylvia McNair


Sylvia McNair, vocalist


Two-time Grammy Award winner and regional Emmy Award winner, Sylvia McNair lays claim to a three-decade, stellar career in the musical realms of opera, oratorio, cabaret and musical theater. Her journey has taken her from the Metropolitan Opera to the Salzburg Festival, from the New York Philharmonic to the Rainbow Room, from the Ravinia Festival to The Plaza, from the pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to the London Times and the cover of Cabaret Scenes. Having appeared as a soloist multiple times with nearly every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world, this songbird has flown the classical coop.  She’s retracing her star route now with Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim and Bernstein.


Numerous Pops appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and others continue the reincarnation of her musical gifts in the most remarkable ways with the most rewarding results. A review of her performance with Marvin Hamlisch and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra tells the tale: "...she is that rare opera type who really gets the popular song. She reined in the vibrato and played to the microphone perfectly. Her matchless enunciation not only delivered the words and their sentiments, but also helped to etch the rhythms. Her wonderfully pure Summertime, purged of all diva carrying-on, is among the best I’ve ever heard.” Third Coast Digest


It would be difficult to top Sylvia’s invitations to sing the Bach B-minor Mass with the Vienna Philharmonic for Pope John Paul II at The Vatican and a recital for The U.S. Supreme Court by special request of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. But, her engagements for nine of the last eleven summers at Ravinia Festival with Broadway legends John Raitt, George Hearn and Brian Stokes Mitchell are what her dreams are made of. Her Great American Songbook cabaret shows have been heard in New York at the Rainbow Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Savoy Room at Sheldon Hall, The Colony in Palm Beach, Feinstein's at the Regency, Aspen Music Festival and the famed Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel that made critic Rex Reed swoon, “I could get used to this kind of ecstasy.”


Sylvia has left an indelible audio trail documenting her vocal prowess with over 70 recordings ranging from Mozart arias with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields to the music of Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen with pianist André Previn.  Most recently, Sylvia released a Christmas CD, PEACE, and ROMANCE, a disc of Latin American jazz standards. PEACE sold out its first run in a matter of weeks.  ROMANCE received a rave review from Fanfare Magazine’s Lynn René Bayley: “…here the record is, and it’s fabulous. In fact, it’s the biggest surprise of its kind I’ve encountered since Diana Ross’s live album of Billie Holiday standards.”


A proud Buckeye from Mansfield, Ohio, Sylvia earned a Masters degree with Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, received honorary doctorates from Westminster College (1997) and Indiana University (1998), the Ohio Governor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Entertainment (1999), and the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award (2011). In 2007, Sylvia received The Gaudium Award from The Breukelein Institute for "extraordinary and distinctive contributions to the arts and public life.”


Please visit SylviaMcNair.com for up to the minute activities and news.


KEVIN COLE, pianist


“America’s Pianist” Kevin Cole has delighted audiences with a repertoire that includes the best of 20th Century American Music. Kevin Cole’s performances have prompted accolades from some of the foremost critics in America. "A piano genius...he reveals an understanding of harmony, rhythmic complexity and pure show-biz virtuosity that would have had Vladimir Horowitz smiling with envy," wrote critic Andrew Patner. On Cole’s affinity for Gershwin: “When Cole sits down at the piano, you would swear Gershwin himself was at work… Cole stands as the best Gershwin pianist in America today,” Howard Reich, arts critic for the Chicago Tribune.


Engagements for Cole include: sold-out performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall; National Symphony at the Kennedy Center; Hong Kong Philharmonic; San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (London); Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra; New Zealand Symphony, Edmonton Symphony (Canada), Ravinia Festival, Wolf Trap, Savannah Music Festival, Castleton Festival,Chautauqua Institute and many others.

 He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Albany Symphony in May 2013.


He has shared the concert stage with Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, William Warfield, Sylvia McNair, Lorin Maazel, Itzhak Perlman, Brian d’Arcy James, Barbara Cook, Robert Klein, Lucie Arnaz, Maria Friedman, Idina Menzel and friend and mentor Marvin Hamlisch. Kevin was featured soloist for the PBS special, Gershwin at One Symphony Place with the Nashville Symphony. He has written, directed, co-produced and toured a multimedia concert called  

HERE TO STAY -The Gershwin Experience.


Kevin Cole is an award-winning musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist and archivist who garnered the praises of Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Hugh Martin, Burton Lane,

Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim and members of the Jerome Kern and Gershwin families.


He has worked as vocal arranger/accompanist for opera, pop and musical theatre performers

Sylvia McNair, Dawn Upshaw, Brian d’Arcy James, Karen Morrow, Melissa Manchester, John Lithgow, Donna McKechnie, Christine Andreas, Hollis Resnik, Klea Blackhurst,

Kim Criswell and William Warfield.


Kevin has given Master Classes in musical theatre vocal performance at Interlochen Center for the Arts and North Carolina School of the Arts. He has served as Musical Director for Pasadena Playhouse, Michigan Ensemble Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and Royal George Theatre (Chicago).


Kevin worked with songwriting legend Hugh Martin, vocal coach to

Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, Judy Garland and many others.

His discography includes Gramophone Musical Album of the Year, 1995, Gershwin's
 Oh, Kay! with soprano Dawn Upshaw (Elektra/Nonesuch), his critically acclaimed solo piano disc,
Cole Plays Gershwin and his vocal/jazz album In The Words Of Ira-The Songs of Ira Gershwin.
Visit Kevin at: www.KevinColeOnLine.com




Andreas Klein


Andreas Klein, concert pianist

Friday, November 7, 2014

8:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church


To be described as “A pianist who makes silences sound like music” means that Andreas Klein can play a mean Mozart. He distinguished himself as a dynamic performer with his command of a wide range of tonal colors and imaginative interpretations. A German-born pianist and graduate of the Juilliard School, he has performed all over the world from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall. His prestige is well-deserved as an orchestra soloist and recitalist, playing the socks off some of the greatest composers in history, and his performance here is not to be missed.




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

7:30 p.m. Reg Lenna Center for the Arts

Sean O’Loughlin, Conductor


Light Classics and Holiday Pops


The holidays are a mixture of nostalgia, warm wintry smells and tradition, but none is as strong a reminder as music. Symphoria brings this spirit to Western New York with an orchestral performance of winter classics, Harry Potter’s Wondrous World, the Nutcracker, and other holiday favorites. We are delighted to have the incredibly talented composer, arranger, and conductor Sean O’Loughlin return with our favorite, almost-local symphony for an evening of light classics and holiday pops.




Sean O’Loughlin




Prism Saxophone Quartet

Friday, March 20, 2015

8:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Timothy McAllister, soprano saxophone; Zachary Shemon, alto saxophone

Matthew Levy, tenor saxophone; Taimur Sullivan, baritone saxophone



In 1984, Prism Saxophone Quartet decided to stop playing traditional French music and embarked on a new journey for the then limited instrument. Fast forward to the now two-time winners of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and you’ll hear the difference. They blend influences from classical, jazz, traditional Chinese instruments, percussion ensembles, and electronic for their most current sound that is nothing short of original. Champions of new music, PRISM has commissioned over 150 works, many by internationally celebrated composers including Pulitzer Prize-winners, Guggenheim Fellows, a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, and jazz masters.




Western New York Chamber Orchestra

Friday, April 17, 2015

8:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Glen Cortese, Artistic Director & Conductor and Dmitri Novgorodsky, pianist




W.A. Mozart – Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 414

John Musto – New orchestral work (unnamed as yet)

F. Schubert – Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major, D. 485


Western New York has a wealth of arts and music and our Chamber Orchestra plays an integral part in that. This professional Ensemble-in-Residence at the SUNY Fredonia School of Music celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and continues to demonstrate the lasting power of classics. Internationally famed conductor and composer, Glen Cortese, leads the Chamber Orchestra for a tenth season while Ukrainian-born Dmitri Novgorodsky shares his piano playing gift. The Orchestra is also focused on encouraging music in our community through education. WNYCO is active with many school districts in the region, as well as offering unique professional level opportunities for student performers from the Fredonia School of Music.




Borealis Wind Quintet


Borealis Wind Quintet

Friday, May 15, 2015

8:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Katherine Fink, flute; Tamar Beach Wells, oboe; Kathryn Taylor, clarinet;

Daniel Culpepper, french horn; Wayne Hileman, bassoon


Joining the traditional sounds of five classic wind instruments, the Grammy nominated Borealis Wind Quintet is an outstanding chamber ensemble. Their love of performing is reflected in a successful 30-year career with praise from critics and audiences alike. What truly sets them apart is their love of music, friendship and goal to make the best music possible. With reviews such as this one from the Philadelphia Inquirer stating “The group demonstrated the sort of rapport that characterizes the very best chamber playing,” it’s clear they’ve achieved what they set out to do.



***The Symphor!a concert at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts begins at 7:30 PM***

All other concerts are at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and begin at 8:00 PM


Admission by Season Membership Pass (click to download form)


Individual concert tickets are available at the door the evening of the concert

or in advance at Reg Lenna Center for the Arts Box Office,

Chautauqua Music, Trinity Guitars, Germaine & Pappalardo,

or call 484-7070 or 487-1522. 

Group rates available.  Kids free w/ paid adult.



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Jamestown Concert Association season tickets also include presentations by

 The Warren Concert Association - Warren, PA

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All Warren concerts are held at the Struthers Library Theatre in Warren, PA
and begin at 7:30 PM

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