THE NIGHTINGALE BALL
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The Algonquin Club of Boston
The Jason Benjamin Jazz Quintet are a hot jazz band coming straight out of Brooklyn, and the new project of bandleader Jason Benjamin, who also co-founded the Red Hook Ramblers. Specializing in music of the 1920s and ‘30s, Benjamin is a New York City-based trumpeter and songwriter, whose previous band, the Red Hook Ramblers, blazed the hot jazz revival in NYC and became an in-demand act in the burlesque and swing dance circuit. Since 2005 they performed genre-bending originals and classic jazz tunes at bars, clubs, speakeasies, film festivals, theaters, burlesque shows, swing dances, parades, radio stations, museums, universities, zoos, parks, libraries, European jazz festivals, NFL games, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The Jason Benjamin Jazz Quintet continues to bring the Jazz Age into the modern era by playing live shows and events across the East Coast. For the Ball, they will capture the swinging feel of the 1910s and 1920s, playing Dixieland favorites as well as their own compositions inspired by the era, and even some Russian émigré cabaret songs. Read more about Jason and the group HERE
Rebecca Rice is a Boston-area dance hero. She has choreographed extensively in Massachusetts, New York and elsewhere on the East Coast and spent twenty years at Boston Ballet, where she taught Modern Dance and created works for the BBII ensemble. Rice's choreography contributes a unique blend of modernism and musicality. Her work focuses on creating new movement ideas that blends the elegant design-oriented, musical style of ballet with the creative, innovative elements and energy of 21st C. modern dance. In addition to her company's performances, and BBII, Rice's works have been presented by the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Boston's Bank of America Celebrity Series, and the NYC American Dance Guild. Read more about Rebecca Rice Dance HERE
Sara Knight is is a graduate of England's Royal Ballet School and first British graduate of Russia's Vaganova (Kirov) Ballet Academy. After completing her studies, Sara remained in Russia, performing first with the Eifman Ballet Theatre and later as soloist with the Leningrad State Ballet Theatre and the Russian Ballet of St. Petersburg. In Western Europe she danced with England's Northern Ballet Theatre and was principal dancer with the European Ballet of London. In the USA, Sara has guested as principal dancer with Configuration Dances and Rebecca Rice Dance Company. Read more about Sara Knight HERE
Lynn Torgove, alto, is a long-time member of the Cantata Singers, who has appeared as soloist in many works, including Frank Martin’s Et la vie l’emporta, J.D. Zelenka’s Missa votiva, John Harbison’s Four Psalms, numerous Bach cantatas, Bach’s Saint John Passion and Saint Matthew Passion, and Beethoven’s Mass in C. She has also sung the role of Maura in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ opera Riders to the Sea. Known to Boston audiences both as a singer and a stage director, Ms. Torgove directed the Cantata Singers’ productions of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Britten’s The Little Sweep, Hans Krása’s opera Brundibár, “A Kurt Weill Cabaret,” and Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. She has been on the faculties of the Opera Institute at Boston University, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She teaches at the Longy School of Music and at Hebrew College, where she is the Head of Vocal Arts. In 2012, she was ordained as a cantor. Read more about Lynn Torgove HERE
Allison Voth has been the Music Director of the Cantata Singers’ Chamber Series since 2006, and is an esteemed vocal coach and pianist in New York and Boston. As répétiteur and diction coach, she has worked with Cantata Singers, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Providence, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Aperta, Verismo Opera of New Jersey, Boston Baroque, and Opera North. Festivals at which she has worked include Opera Unlimited, the Florence Vocal Seminar, and the Athens Music Festival. Ms. Voth is principal coach for Boston University’s Opera Institute, and she teaches English and French diction at the BU School of Music and Boston Conservatory. Ms. Voth can be heard on CRI recordings and is also in demand for her authoritative and eloquent supertitles, which she has developed for Opera Boston, Boston Baroque, Granite State Opera, Opera Providence, and others.
Read more about Allison Voth HERE