is known across the country as a respected recitalist, coach, and music director and is praised for his sensitive and nuanced accompanying. A passionate champion of art song, Funderburk has served on the faculty of the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College for the past three years. In addition to his work with the young artists as a Master Coach, he inaugurated the program’s Alumni Recital Series. In performance, Funderburk has made appearances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Hall, and recently concluded an eight-month tour of the Metropolitan Opera’s Rising Stars Concert Series as pianist and music director. A South Carolina native, Funderburk holds bachelor’s degrees from Lawrence University in music and biology and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School. www.brentfunderburkpiano.com
Michael Laderman is a classical and jazz musician who often plays contemporary music. He recorded the title track for the “Saturday Destroyer” album of indie rock group Tigers & Monkeys, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and Zinc Bar, and has won numerous competitions. www.fluteperformer.com
Brian Sanders is a versatile performer, participating in concerts and recordings of many diverse styles of music including classical, rock, and jazz. He has recorded on over 200 albums, and performed classical recitals at the Kennedy Center and the White House. Sanders is a founding member of the Solar String Quartet, and the principal cellist and lecturer for the Musica De Camara orchestra.
Stephen Benson is very active on the New York freelance scene. He is comfortable in a variety of musical settings from jazz and classical music to rock, blues, rhythm & blues, and Broadway. His performance and recording experience include working with Natalie Cole, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian, Take 6, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, The New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. He is on the jazz faculty at Montclair State University.
Gabriel Nussbaum is a producer, writer, and director in New York City and cofounder of Bank Street Films. Nussbaum is proud to have executive-produced the live film version of Spektor’s chamber opera VILLA DIODATI, now available on WNET/AllArts.
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