Sounds of Cinema
Bronx Arts Ensemble performs the New York City premiere of pianist/conductor Pablo Zinger’s arrangements of movie music for chamber septet, featuring the music of Charlie Chaplin, Nino Rota (from Fellini’s Amarcord and Coppola’s The Godfather) 30’s tango movie idol Carlos Gardel (as featured in Almodóvar’s Volver, Scent of a Woman, and Schindler’s List) Alan Silvestri (Forrest Gump) Luis Bacalov (Il Postino) and the great Henry Mancini (Hatari, The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany’s).
Originally premiered by The Zinger Septet in Valencia, this program has been played throughout Spain and with the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in Madison, WI.
Zinger, who has accompanied such artists as Astor Piazzolla, Plácido Domingo and Paquito D’Rivera, did his conducting debut with BAE in 1989. He conducted, played and recorded extensively with the ensemble and world famous soloists in the 90’s.
Pablo Zinger, Pianist
Marsha Heller, Oboe
Mitchell Kriegler, Clarinet
Jorge Avila, Violin
Veronica Salas, Viola
Eliana Mendoza, Cello
Mary Ann McSweeney, Bass
Multi-talented conductor, musical director, pianist, lecturer and arranger PABLO ZINGER has been called this country’s “King of Zarzuela” by Opera News, and we happily welcome him back this season to the BAE, where he presented notable performances with the Ensemble of El Amor Brujo and El retablo de maese Pedro (de Falla) as well as the tango opera Marta Gruni (Jaurés Lamarque Pons). Mr. Zinger is a native of Uruguay, and since coming to the United States in 1976 has worked widely in theatre, opera and the concert hall. His many recordings include the 2001 Grammy-award nominated album The Clarinetist with Paquito D’Rivera, as well as several notable CDs with the Bronx Arts Ensemble of chamber music of Carlos Surinach. Mr. Zinger has presented with Repertorio Español in New York such zarzuelas as Doña Francisquita, Luisa Fernanda, La corte de Faraón and La vida breve. A specialist in the music of Astor Piazzolla, Mr. Zinger tours and records with the Nuevo Tango Zinger Septet, and he has conducted the Costa Rico National Symphony, Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela and the Montevideo Philharmonic, as well as the Bronx Arts Ensemble.
Artist Member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble, oboist MARSHA HELLER is a graduate of Oberlin College and pursued advanced studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Juilliard School of Music. She made her New York solo debut as 1971 Winner of the Concert Artists’ Guild Competition, and has enjoyed a busy schedule of performing with the American, Colonial and Queens Symphonies, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Dance Company and New York Pops. Ms. Heller has been a frequent soloist at the Berkshire Bach Society, Ogunquit Chamber Music Festival, Double Entendre, New Jersey Chamber Music Society and Bronx Arts Ensemble, and is featured as solo performer on many of BAE’s CDs. Marsha Heller is a faculty member at Montclair State University, where she has taught oboe and chamber music since 1993. An accomplished painter, she exhibits regularly throughout the Northeast as well as in Florida; her website is Marsha Heller Gallery, which lists her busy schedule of exhibits.
MITCHELL KRIEGLER was born in the Bronx and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. He studied clarinet with Charles Russo,Conrad Kuchay, and Robert Renino. Mr. Kriegler performs at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet, and at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. He is an artist member of The Bronx Arts Ensemble, the Linden Quintet and the New York City Opera Orchestra.
Violinist JORGE ÁVILA has won attention as an outstanding performer through numerous appearances as soloist, recitalist, concertmaster and chamber musician. He has appeared as a soloist with the Ridgefield Symphony, Colonial Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony and Riverside Orchestra, and as concertmaster with the Stamford Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, Oratorio Society of New York, Musica Sacra, Jose Limon Dance Company and Gotham Opera Orchestra. On Broadway he has performed in such productions as Wicked, South Pacific and West Side Story, and with such chamber ensembles as Simon String Quartet, Abaca String Band, Prism Ensemble and Musicians’ Accord. A native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Jorge began his violin studies at age 14. In New York, he received both Bachelor of Music and Professional Studies diploma at the Mannes College of Music. Major teachers have included Jorge Corpus, David Nadien, Charles Castleman and José Chaín-Barbot. His Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the DCINY Orchestra was in 2012, and recent performances include the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Ridgefield Symphony in 2011.
VERONICA SALAS, a native of Chile, is a versatile performer and teacher who has been featured as soloist, chamber musician and master class artist throughout the world. As soloist Salas has performed with Mostly Mozart, Aspen Music Festival, USC Symphony, CW Post Orchestra, Colonial and Westfield Symphonies. Salas has performed at the White House as acting principal of the Eos Orchestra and is presently principal violist of American Composers Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Manhattan Philharmonic, Phantom of the Opera on ‘Broadway and Westfield Symphony. She is on the faculties of Long Island University and Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Salas received her BMA, MMA and DMA from the Juilliard School where she studied with Lillian Fuchs.
Cellist ELIANA MENDOZA has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Winner of the Artists International Competition, she debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. In Boston she performed a solo recital broadcast live on WGBH, National Public Radio. Praised by critics, her reviews have read “Fire and flash…rich pathos and refreshing singularity,” (The Washington Post) and “She is a total artist…with fluid touch, an impassioned mood and a notable bearing.” (The Enterprise, Brockton, MA). She is a tenured member of the American Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic and American Composers Orchestra, and has toured as soloist in approximately 50 concerts, performing the Paganini-Lloyd Webber Variations in venues such as Universal Studios Amphitheater, Blossom Music Center and Radio City Music Hall. Along with recording for movie soundtracks, commercials and television, she has recorded chamber music for the labels of New World Records, Soundspell Productions and Centaur Records.
MARY ANN McSWEENEY has played with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Lee Konitz. Her quintet has played at the Sexial Jazz Festival in Portugal and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. Big Band engagements have included Maiden Voyage and Diva, Dennis Mackrel Big Band and the Kennedy Center Big Band led by John Clayton featuring Jeff Hamilton. McSweeney has appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival and The Monterey Jazz Festival, and has toured Europe, performing with David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness and four-time Tony Award-winning vocalist Audra McDonald. She was featured with Maurice Hines on the show at New World Stages called Tappin’ Through Life.” Recently, McSweeney performed with Jennifer Holliday and Megan Hilty at the Kennedy Center Gala. In the past few years she was the bassist for Chita Rivera, Jane Lynch, Barbara Cook, Lucy Arnaz, and Leslie Uggams, and she has arranged and produced three shows for Jane Monheit. McSweeney has performed on more than 25 Broadway shows including the Tony Award-winning show, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” She currently plays at the “Book of Mormon” and is working on a new show called “Poster Boy” at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. She is excited to be playing Overwater basses on all her upcoming gigs.