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My View: It Takes A (Music) Village

My View: It Takes A (Music) Village

There have been many performances that have thrilled me but I’m sure I’ll be excused for highlighting my granddaughters singing at The 27th New York Cabaret Convention which saluted Charles Strouse and Sheldon Harnick. I have heard the best, but the family relationship causes me to have a natural unfairness in my judgmental capacities when listening to 12 year old Zoe Gelman. Yes, KT Sullivan made a perceptive choice for the Strouse/Hannick evening when by chance she heard Zoe sing in a Corinna Sowers show. However, these things just don’t happen, it took a village of caring professional people to grow Zoe’s natural ability into a performance worthy of a slot in the Cabaret Convention. The village starts with the direction and vocal coaching of Corinna Sowers, who in addition to being a superb artist is a superb vocal coach and director. She has the ability to bring out the best in performers. It takes the extraordinary musicianship of an Alex Rybeck, to pick just the right notes to envelope a singer and enhance their singing. It continues with the Mabel Mercer Foundation, who’s talented staff create the environment with their knowledge and professionalism to insure that a performer has all the tools for a successful experience. Lastly, it doesn’t hurt to have a family, steeped in a tradition of music and an understanding of the arts to encourage children to pursue their artistic desires. So in my totally unbiased opinion…..Zoe did great!

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Zoe Gelman & Rick Meadows, director Mabel Mercer Foundation

Zoe Gelman & Rick Meadows, director Mabel Mercer Foundation

Zoe Gelman & Corinna Sowers

Zoe Gelman & Corinna Sowers

KT Sullivan, Zoe Gelman, Corinna Sowers

KT Sullivan, Zoe Gelman, Corinna Sowers

Zoe Gelman & Laura sorokoff Gelman

Zoe Gelman & Laura sorokoff Gelman

Zoe Gelman & NaNa

Zoe Gelman & NaNa

Alex Rybeck & Zoe Gelman

Alex Rybeck & Zoe Gelman

Zoe Gelman & Klea Blackhurst

Zoe Gelman & Klea Blackhurst

Zoe Gelman

Zoe Gelman

 

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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