From Mozart to Mars Concert, Oct. 1

Multi-talented composer Lisa Ralia Heffter bridges the worlds of classical, rock and theater composition to create a dazzling universe of musical beauty in “From Mozart to Mars,” on Mon., Oct. 1, 7pm. The concert, a highlight of the ninth season of Calhoun’s Performing Arts Series, features a distinguished cast of vocalists, musicians--including surprise guests from Broadway.

Included in the evening's program will be two of Lisa's original compositions from her musical, Mars: 2076, a futuristic tale based on the American Revolution.

In addition to her work as a composer, Lisa is also a violist with the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) and the Manhattan Philharmonic.  She has toured France with the Manfred String Quartet and won first prize at BANFF in Canada and the Premier Grand Prix in France, and was one of the original founders of the Bordeaux String Quartet. She was also the original violist with The Elysium String Quartet, which debuted at Carnegie Hall. Lisa, who also teaches strings at Calhoun, is a graduate of The Juilliard School of Music.

Joining Lisa for the evening's performance:
Daniel Avshalomov, violist of the American String Quartet, which is enjoying its fourth decade of international acclaim. Before joining the Quartet, Daniel served as principal violist for the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Spoleto festival orchestras, as well as for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York, American Composers Orchestra, and as solo violist with the Bolshoi Ballet.

Eugene Moye, called “one of the foremost cellists of his generation” by the New York Times, is principal cellist of American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York and Westchester Philharmonic. In addition, Eugene has recorded with, or backed up, nearly every popular music star, including Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and KISS.

Gail Niwa (pianist) is celebrated for her New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall and her recitals at Orchestra Hall in Chicago on the Allied Arts Piano Series and at the Ambassador Auditorium's Gold Medal Series in Pasadena. She was the winner of the international Nina Bacchaur competition, received outstanding reviews for her solo appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and was the first woman to ever win the Gold Medal at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.

Laura Goldberg (violin) is a founding member of the Cassatt String Quartet, which has won prizes at the Fischoff, Coleman, and Banff Competitions. The quartet received the Wardwell Fellowship at Yale, established the postgraduate residency at Juilliard, held a CMA residency grant at Caramoor, Bang On A Can, and performed at venues including Theatre de la Champs Elysee, The Kennedy Center, Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Tanglewood. A Juilliard graduate, Laura is a member of the chamber music faculty at Juilliard pre-college.

Logan Tracey is an actress and singer based in NYC. She is thrilled to be back with Lisa and John after working on Permission: the Musical a few years back. With a background in musical theatre & improv/comedy Logan has shot a number feature films and shorts screened at national festivals and has worked on All My Children and Guiding Light. Logan completed her first studio album in 2012 and sang multiple tracks for the feature film, A Novel Romance starring Steve Guttenberg. Some other fun projects includes comedy with: College HumorMTV, NBC.com andperforming in the NY Underground Comedy Festival. Updates and Info always found at: www.logantracey.com

Annie Kerins: Off Broadway: Looking for Billy Haines (TheatreRow). Regional: Logainne, Spelling Bee (Majestic Theatre); Romancing the Throne (Goodspeed); Mrs. Cratchit, Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre); Irish and How They Got... (Ivoryton Playhouse);Cabaret (New Repertory Theatre); Columbia, Rocky Horror Show (Foothills); and Mitzi, Crazy for You (dir. Rob Ruggiero). Annie spent her summer on the beach while performing at the Cape Repertory Theatre. She is a graduate of the Hartt School and a proud member of AEA.
Tijuana Ricks: Theater: The Women of Brewster Place the Musical (Arena Stage and The Alliance Theatre), Stick Fly and The Overwhelming (The Contemporary American Theatre Festival), TV: Infamous (Rebecca Padget), 666 Park Avenue (Det. Monica Jarvis), Law and Order (Sgt. Royce), 30 Rock.  Film: The Savages with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney, The Architect with Viola Davis, The Girl in the Park with Keri Russell.  Tijuana is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Claire Moore's performances include Cinderella (Casa Mañana), Songs for a New World (Watertower Theatre), Ruthless!/Myrna Thorne ( FMPT), The Last Five Years/Cathy (Nouveau Theatre). Claire was a principle in Story Songs directed by Betty Buckley and was also featured in the "Broadway's Rising Stars" series at the Donnell Theatre, NYC. She made her television debut on ABC's "The One, Making a Music Star." 

Samantha Joy Pearlman recently starred as Louise Buckley in her original show, Devotedly, Sincerely Yours: The Story of the USO in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Favorite credits include: 2011-2012 Acting Apprentice at Walnut Street Theatre, Cabaret Fellow at the 2011 Cabaret Conference (Eugene O'Neill Theater Center), Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Marisol in Marisol and Maria Elena in The Buddy Holly Story (Ivoryton Playhouse). 

Brittney Bertier (Chorus) Off-Broadway: O Night Divine (The York Theatre Co.) National Tour: Seussical. Regional: Hello Out There (Festival of New Works at Goodspeed Musicals). Film: The God Question. www.brittneybertier.com 

The concert will be held in Calhoun's intimate Mary Lea Johnson Performing Arts Center on 81st Street (wheelchair accessible). Tickets for the star-studded event are $5 for students and senior citizens; $10 for adults. Purchase tickets online!