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Artist Profiles

Classic Concerts

Jazz Concerts at Rio Carrabelle

December 10 & 12, 2021

Bay Area Choral Society

With Bob Malone, Pianist/Accompanist and Rachel Hillman, Vocalist/Guitarist. Dana Langford, Conductor

Christmas! Classical to Jazz

We are delighted to have guest pianist and accompanist Bob Malone for this holiday performance under the direction of Dana Langford. The first half starts with classical and religious Christmas music featuring

violin, percussion, and the Port St. Joe Methodist Church Handbell Choir.

Guest Performers

Bob Malone

Called a “keyboard wizard” by The New Yorker, Bob Malone has a loyal international fan-base from 25 years of touring and album releases. He’s played keyboards for John Fogarty since 2011 and is a session player with Ringo Starr and Avril Lavigne. Bob combines unforgettable songwriting with refreshing reinterpretations of classic tunes and his own unique hybrid of one-of-a-kind rock/pop/blues/jazz and New Orleans R&B. He has been heard on NCIS New Orleans, Entertainment Tonight, and The Hallmark Channel. His latest album released this spring,“Good People”, has gone to #11 Rock and #1 Soft Rock albums.

Rachel Hillman

Rachel has spent over seven years performing on the Forgotten Coast. A Florida State graduate, she works as a composer, singer, guitarist, and studio recording artist throughout Florida. She is elated to be joining the BACS for this Christmas Celebration! She plays guitar and sings weekly with the Tallahassee Swing 30-piece band. She will

be touring with her band this January throughout the Southern regional U.S. to promote her three albums “Bonfire”, “Roadie”, and “Influences”.When she isn’t singing she loves to paint, run, and rock climb.

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Rachel Hillman

January 9th 2022

Connor Barney

Conner Barney has entertained audiences with his classical guitar repertoire at venues as varied as the Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado to the La Guitarra Festival, Granada, Spain where he performed with Pepe Romero.

He has performed more than 250 concerts including Bernstein’s Mass with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Constantine Kitsopoulos. His performance here will include Chaccone, Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 by J. S. Bach, Etudes No. 1, 2, 7, 11, and 12 by Heitor Villa Lobos, and Bloom Suite by Elliot Cole.

He holds a B.M. in guitar from Wright State University. He earned his M.M. at Jacobs School of

Music at Indiana University and is currently on the teaching staff at McCutcheon Music while

pursuing his D.M. His concerts often include works by Scarlatti, Barrios, and deFalla along with

classic Flamenco music.

Connor Barney

January 30th 2022

Dominic Muzzi

Dominic Muzzi is considered a rising star on the concert pianist circuit. He’s been awarded more than a dozen top prizes and gold medals in national and international competitions and has received rave reviews for his poise and flair.

He began training in piano at the age of four and gave his first full length recital at the age of eleven. By age 14 he had earned the American College of Musician’s National Level Performance Certificate and by age 18 he had won the Music Teacher’s National Solo Piano Competiton for the state of Florida.

He will play a variety of piano compositions by Polish composers including Frederic Chopin, Pawel Mykietyn, and Grazyna Bacewicz. His playing has been reviewed as “breathtaking”, “electric”, and “incredible” and he’s been hailed for his mastery, precision and passion at the keyboard. He graduated summa cum laude with a Masters of Music in piano from Indiana University’s Jacobs

School of Music in 2018.

Dominic Muzzi

February 20th 2022

FSU Percussion Ensemble

The Florida State University College of Music has been

ranked the third-largest music school in the U.S. Graduates of the Percussion Program at the school go on to graduate work at the most pretigious schools in the country including The Julliard School, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern

University, and the New England Conservatory of Music.

The Percussion Ensemble is recognized as one of the most

outstanding, winning Percussion Ensemble Competitions, and producing critically acclaimed recordings. They perform at leading summer music festivals such as Chatauqua Institute, Vale and Aspen, Colorado, and the Texas Music Festival.

The Percussion Studio is limited to 24 students, four of whom will be featured at our concert. Their

repertoire will feature “Rhapsody for Vibraphone & Marimba” by Michael Taylor and “Slopes” by Paul

Rennick along with a variety of other outstanding percussion compositions.

February 6th 2022

Leon Anderson Jazz Ensemble

Jazz percussionist Leon Anderson has put together a performance ensemble that includes these other outstanding jazz musicians: Scotty Barnhardt on trumpet,

Joe Goldberg on clarinet/sax/flute, Bill Peterson at the piano, and Rodney Jordan on bass.

Together they are doing this tribute to New Orleans Music that includes a combination of Traditional Jazz, Jazz Standards, and popular tunes. The concert

honors New Orleans jazz pioneers such as King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Ellis Marsalis who was also Anderson’s mentor.

Some of the standards and traditional pieces featured in the program are “Swingin at the Haven”, “Maple Leaf Rag”, and “Magnolia Triangle”.Anderson has performed often in New Orleans including with the New Orleans Jazz All-Stars, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and the Louisiana Music Educators All-State Jazz Ensemble as well as performances throughout Florida and other venues.

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April 1 & 3, 2022

Bay Area Choral Society

The Vivaldi Gloria

Paul Brown, Conductor

The 12-movement mass-cantata, Gloria is one of the favorite choral works by Italian baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi. In the Roman Catholic tradition, the Gloria text is a hymn of praise used as the second part of the Ordinary of the Latin Mass,after the Kyrie.It begins with the words of the angels, as recounted in the Gospel of Luke: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will.”

The Vivaldi Gloria will be performed with string, wind, and harpsichord-continuo accompaniment to enhance the brilliant, celebratory style of the baroque era.The Bay Area Choral Society is proud to welcome collaborative pianist and accompanist, - harpsichord, Debbie Lindley to perform the thrilling Gloria.

This composition is special to many members of the Bay Area Choral Society, and they are most excited for the revival of this wonderful work. It is a perfect choice of music to showcase the talent of the Bay Area Choral Society, under the direction of Paul Brown.

Bay Area Choral Society

January 21, 2022

FAMU Jazz All-Stars

This ensemble of musicians from Florida A&M University is ranked nationally among the top collegiate Jazz Ensembles. The FAMU Jazz program was founded in 1995 by Lindsey Sarjeant and funded by a grant from the Kellogg Foundation. The program has turned out such distinguished alumni as Scotty Barnhardt, the leader of the Count Basie Orchestra, and two of the school’s brightest stars, the famed Nat and Julian

“Cannonball” Adderly.

They are planning to establish the Cannonball and Nat Adderly Institute for Jazz to propel the level of jazz performance and musicians to levels never achieved before. Says the school’s Robert Griffin, “Jazz is of value culturally, socially, and politically. It’s powerful and it’s important.”

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January 28, 2022

Duo Paloma

Longineu Parsons & Joanna Sobkowska

Classical Music & Jazz on Trumpet & Piano

Duo Paloma is the world-famous trumpet player

Longineu Parsons and internationally acclaimed

pianist Joanna Sobkowska. Both are on the faculty at

Florida A&M University and both are recognized for

their achievements on the concert and recording stages. Parsons has been hailed as one of the world's

finest trumpet players.

Joanna Sobkowska is recognized worldwide for

performances with the Warsaw Philharmonic, at the

Festival Internacional del Piano in Bucaramanga, Colombia, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in

Charleston, SC, the FSU Festival of New Music in Tallahassee, and the CASMI International

Summer Program in Prague, Czech Republic.

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February 11th 2022

Darryl Tookes

A Valentine Special

This is the perfect pre-Valentine’s Day evening, at the intimate club setting at Rio Carrabelle. Vocalist, pianist, composer, and arranger Darryl Tookes performs his Romantic Songs program, featuring the music of Cole Porter along with favorite romantic songs and ballads

from the American Jazz Songbook.

Tookes’ three-decades career includes working with a broad range of top musicians including Leonard Bernstein, Carly Simon, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Al Jarreau, and many others.

He has taught voice at NYU in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and the Tisch School of

the Arts. He’s the founding Musical Director of Black to Broadway presenting the talents of famed

performers such as Melba Moore, Jennifer Holiday, and Billy Porter.

He has performed for Presidents Clinton and Obama and for dignitaries including May Angelou, Muhammad Ali, Elizabeth Taylor, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Audrey Hepburn and is considered by the music industry to be a performer of unequaled stature.

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February 25th 2022

World Jazz Trio

Brian Hall & Michael Bakan

Jazz performers Brian Hall on bass and Michael Bakan on percussion are two of Tallahassee’s most popular performers. Along with a jazz vocalist they are putting together an evening of entertainment that features Jazz and Pop Standards along with modern and contemporary sounds.

Hall is a FAMU faculty member who admits to being heavily influenced by the music of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. He feels Jazz is America’s music. He started with Piano at age 8, then at age 14 got a bass guitar as a gift and loves playing Jazz on upright bass.

Bakan is head of the World Music Ensembles Program in the College of Music at FSU and is the author of the textbook,World Music: Traditions and Transformations and the book Music & Autism: Speaking For Ourselves. As a percussionist he has played with musicians such as Tito Puente, Rudolf Serkin, and John Cage, as well as symphonic and philharmonic orchestras.

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