Archive for June 2013

Poet Esther Weiner joins Virginia as she gives her perspective as a woman.

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With multi-platinum recordings, Broadway shows, Disney Animated Films, Television scores, and a teaching and lecturing career that spans the nation, David Friedman is truly someone who has made a major mark in all areas of show business.

From "We Can Be Kind" to "Listen to My Heart", "Help is on the Way", "We Live on Borrowed Time", "Trust The Wind", and "I'll Be Here With You", David has written songs of inspiration, love and hope that take on new emotional meaning in these challenging times.

After spending several years conducting musicals on Broadway, includingGreaseJoseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Song and Dance, David went to Hollywood where he was the conductor and vocal arranger on such Disney classics as Beauty & The BeastAladdinPocahontas, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This led to David writing music and lyrics for Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves, scoring three animated television series (Happy NessSky Dancers and Dragon Flyz) and the film Trick, and a 13-year stint as music supervisor and vocal arranger of Broadway's Beauty & The Beast.

Most recently, David has been writing musicals for Broadway. His showChasing Nicolette, written with Peter Kellogg, played to rave reviews at The Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut, the Prince theater in Philadelphia (where David was awarded the Barrymore Award for best score) and the Village Theatre in Seattle, and is currently under option for a Broadway opening next season.

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Hailing from Chilliwack, BC, and now living in New York City, award winning trumpeter/vocalist/ composer Bria Skonberg is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation." She recently earned a 2013 Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year.” Bria got her start as a professional big band singer at age sixteen doubling on trumpet and has since performed as a bandleader and guest artist all over North America, Europe, China Japan. Since arriving in New York two years ago she has appeared in concert halls and clubs such as Symphony Space, Birdland, The Iridium, and Dizzy's among the likes of Nicholas Payton, Anat Cohen, Bucky Pizzarelli and Scott Robinson.

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Art therapy with Dr. Laurel Thompson.

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