The 2012 – 2013 Concert Season!

Our 82nd Year!

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Broadway Today! — Mon, Sep 24, 2012 – 8:00 PM
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The only thing better than spending an evening at a current Broadway show is spending an evening with ALL of them, and NOW you CAN!

The Broadway musical is alive and well on the Great White Way! The past few years have seen NYC flush with hit shows including Wicked, The Lion King, 9 to 5, Hair, The Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys, and Mamma Mia! just to name a few. Now, for the first time, you can relive them all in one crowd-pleasing performance!

Spot-On Entertainment is proud to present Broadway Today! the concert event that lets audiences experience the music, laughs and thrills from Broadway's most recent seasons performed by some of the leading talent in New York today. This unique evening was created in response to audience demand for the most recent Broadway hits combined with familiar favorites. Broadway Today! brings you the best from the past three seasons on Broadway, all the new shows, revivals, and long running hits, in one bright package. Broadway Today! includes the most current shows, as well as classics like West Side Story and South Pacific. Broadway Today! is sure to bring audiences to their feet and leave them walking on air.

Yana Reznik — Tue, Oct 30, 2012 – 8:00 PM
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Yana Reznik is a versatile concert pianist with a modern view on presenting classical music. An ambassador and humanitarian for the arts, Ms. Reznik holds the belief that it is within each of us as a person to bear our talents in the culture that we live in, that we have a responsibility to effect positive change in our society and to be instrumental in creating a more inspiring and fulfilling cultural life both locally and globally.

Michael Walsh of Time Magazine wrote of her that "having heard every great pianist active since 1971, including Horowitz, Rubinstein, and Serkin, I can confidently say that Ms. Reznik is determined to follow in their footsteps; indeed, think of her as a young Martha Argerich and you will have some idea of the experience that lies in store for you."

In 2000 Ms. Reznik became an assistant conductor to Maestro Glen Cortese and served as pianist, harpsichordist, and organist for the East–West International Symphony Orchestra and Academy in Altenburg, Germany. She also conducted the Academy Orchestra from the harpsichord in a performance of Bach's complete Brandenburg Concertos. Since becoming a church music director at the age of 19, Yana Reznik has organized and conducted numerous choirs and has been the director of music programming at many houses of worship in New York and Los Angeles.

In 2010, Yana Reznik created the "Artistic Voyage" concert series: a visionary gathering of musicians and artists to benefit humanitarian organizations around the world. As the series Founder, Director and pianist, she has invited members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, the New York based Biava String Quartet and musicians and faculty from the Colburn Conservatory of Music to perform along with exhibitions of leading painters and photographers.

"… natural and gifted pianist … brings great innovative and creative skills to her work … "
— David Whitehill (Executive Director, Bangor Symphony Orchestra

"Honorary Artist of the Year 2011"
— Roland Corporation US

Alice Tan Ridley — Tue, Nov 27, 2012 – 8:00 PM
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Alice Tan Ridley was born in Georgia into a musical family of 9 siblings, most of whom have become artists. She has been captivating audiences since she was 3 years old. After moving to New York in 1971, raising a family and teaching handicapped children in the NYC school system, Alice focused upon her singing career full time in 1992 when she began singing full time in the New York City subway stations — Union Square, 34th Street, and the famous 42nd Street Times Square station. Audiences gathered daily as Alice covered many songs such as "I Will Always Love You", "I Will Survive", "Billy Jean", "My Heart Will Go On", and other familiar favorites of the public. Her legendary subway performances — often stopping people dead in their tracks and rocking the station — resulted in a flurry of Youtube videos which continue to attract millions of viewers. Whenever Alice sang she consistently drew a sizable crowd, transfixed by her powerful voice, which surrounded her and fueled her with love and appreciation. She is known locally as the "New York City Subway Idol".

Alice's reputation spreads by word of mouth. Her appeal is confirmed by her many honors. Alice sang "Amazing Grace" in Rize, the David LaChappelle film about LA street dancers. She performed a soul stirring rendition of "America the Beautiful" in the film Heights in 2005. In 2002 Alice appeared on 30 Seconds to Fame, a FOX Television talent competition, and won with her soulful rendition of "Midnight Train to Georgia". In 2007 Alice won an Emmy for her part in the documentary Military Families.

In 2010, after 20 years of performing in subway stations, at the age of 58, she decided to take a leap of faith and audition for America's Got Talent. Alice wowed the judges with a phenomenal rendition of the Etta James classic "At Last", and the entire nation took notice. Ridley's raw power and charm immediately resonated with both the judges and the audience, and she was sent to Hollywood to compete in the finals. While she did not make it to the top spot, she won the hearts of America and has built an enormous fan base along the way. Like Etta James, Diana Ross and Tina Turner she is a long lasting Goddess of Soul, with enough personality, talent and a touch of funk to prove to be an unforgettable performer. As Howie Mandel said to Alice on America's Got Talent — "you deserve to be heard by much more than everyone on the train".

"… Alice showed the country her vocal skills … and boundless talent. She has enough talent to be an international sensation …"
— Gayle King on Oprah Radio

"… Alice Tan Ridley is America's Got Talent's top vocalist! …"
— People Magazine

"… electrifying R&B act …"
"… another rousing show in the Times Square underground …"

— New York Post

Side Street Strutters — Thu, Mar 7, 2013 – 8:00 PM

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In 1983 a group of talented musicians attending Arizona State University formed a musical ensemble whose artistic focus centered around the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz. Now, over twenty five years later, the same core members are still together and have expanded their musical palette to include over a half century of jazz styles from Dixieland and Blues, to Big Band Swing and popular standards.

The Side Street Strutters have presented formal concerts, symphony pops performances and student outreach programs in fifty states, seven European countries, Canada and Mexico. Their superb musicianship and award winning orchestrations have earned them national and international acclaim: NEA awarded fellowships and grants; State Arts Council Roster Artists; First Place Honors, Breda International Jazz Competition, Holland; National radio and television appearances; International Association of Jazz Educators Outstanding Musicianship Award; appearances at dozens of European and U.S. jazz festivals, a guest presidential performance, and 8 CD recordings. In addition to their numerous accolades, they have been entertaining guests at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. for 22 years.

In concert, the Side Street Strutters borrow from their extensive repertoire of beautifully crafted arrangements, colorful costumes, tap dancing, and 26 years of showmanship and musicianship to create a fun-filled evening centered on jazz–America's musical heritage. In 2000, the ensemble took on the challenge of creating a symphony pops program and has since shared the stage with major symphonies including Houston, Rochester, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Pasadena and San Antonio. In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the Strutters went back to their roots and the roots of jazz by presenting Back to Bourbon St., a colorful show embracing the spirit and festiveness of New Orleans Jazz. Recently the ensemble unveiled a new program entitled Shiny Stockings featuring the vocal stylings of Meloney Collins. By combining Ms. Collin's sassy yet sultry personality and soulful voice with the Strutters exciting musical arrangements, personable humor and showmanship, they have created a musical theater experience which captures the essential charm and vibrant energy of the golden age of jazz.

Prima Trio — Thu, Mar 15, 2013 – 8:00 PM

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The Prima Trio was founded in 2004 while its members were studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and made its début at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC in 2006.

In 2007, the Prima Trio triumphed at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, winning the coveted Grand Prize (out of no fewer than 137 entries from across the country and around the world), as well as the Gold Medal in the Senior Division. In addition, the Prima Trio was awarded a Midwest Winner's Tour and a European début at Italy's Emilia Romagna Festival, as well as a total of $10,500 in prize money. The finals round and a grand-prize winner's concert and reception were held in Leighton Concert Hall at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

In recent seasons the trio returned to Washington, DC with two concerts on the prestigious Dumbarton Oaks series, and performed at the Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA; the Dayton Art Institute; and CityMusic Columbus (celebrating the series' 25th anniversary). Highlights of past seasons include débuts in Chicago (on the Music in the Loft series) and Cleveland (for the Cleveland Chamber Music Society), and four concerts at Germany's prestigious Festspiele Mecklenburg–Vorpommern Festival.

Almost unique among trios, the Prima Trio actually plays four instruments, since Gulia Gurevich switches between violin and viola during the concert! Their repertoire ranges from beloved chamber music standards to such exotic gems as Armenian composer Aram Khatchaturian's soulful Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano to S. I. Glick's festive The Klezmer's Wedding. The "grand finale" of every concert is Serenade by American composer Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) — its uproarious, hoedown–like finale never fails to draw a "laughing ovation"!

"… A virtuosic tour de force …"
"… a whirlwind of joy. …"

— Palm Beach Daily News

Redhead Express — Thu, Apr 4, 2013 – 8:00 PM
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Redhead Express and the Walker Family is a fascinating family! There are 9 of them living together in an RV with a chocolate lab, sharing their love of music and family all across the country. But 5 years ago the band didn't even exist!

Apryll was a concert pianist and believes the love for music began when the kids were very young. "They grew up listening to classical music, and Daddy singing to them. They were bound to love music!" She began teaching them piano at age 5, got them singing and taking Suzuki Violin, and eventually the girls each wanted to try their hand at another instrument. Apryll recalls, "One day we realized we had a family band, and we decided to do something with it. We began singing at Farmer's Markets, Nursing Homes and local coffee shops. People really liked us, and we thought we ought to do something more with our newfound love of music."

The Walkers left their Alaskan home Thanksgiving Day 2007 and have not looked back. They have played across the country, from California to Florida, doing 200 shows a year at performing arts centers, fairs, festivals, churches, and schools. Having performed two seasons in Branson, and now pursuing a country career in Nashville, the Redhead Express has become a sought after show, considered highly entertaining. Their show is filled with variety, literally a song for everyone. The show is called an American Roots Show, featuring country, bluegrass, old timey, Irish, gospel, originals, and even 50's and 60's done acoustically. Redhead Express features tight family harmonies, hard driving instrumentals, and a ton of fun!

In Branson, Missouri, Redhead Express was nominated for Best Family Show. Kendra was given the committee chair award for her vocal prowess. LaRae was awarded banjo player of the year; Alisa most outstanding young female artist; and Meghan was awarded bass player of the year. Kendra also won the FAME Award in the Rio Grande Valley for her songwriting skills. Brett has been nominated twice for Male Vocalist through SPBGMA. The Redhead Express was also nominated through SPBGMA for CD of the year for Paintin' the Town Red, and Entertaining Band of the Year. The National Traditional Country Music Association also awarded Redhead Express, CD of the Year for Paintin' the Town Red.