Of Thee I Sing

June 13, 2021 at 1pm

International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Zoom Livestream from New Haven

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Conceived & Produced by 

Stacey Rose & Taylor Gordon

Music Arranged & Composed by Stacey Rose

Choreographed by Taylor Gordon

in collaboration with the dancers

 

Dancers: Adrienne de la Fuente, Erika Keller, Marika Chrisanthopoulos,

Meghan Keeney, Amanda Sherwin

Suggested Donation: $10

Venmo: @taylorjgordon * PayPal: taylorjgordon@gmail.com

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Pianist/composer Stacey Rose collaborates once again with dancer/choreographer Taylor Gordon for a live performance "Of Thee I Sing," which centers around the emotions of the coronavirus pandemic. The four movements, March, Pace, Wander, Race, each tackle an element of life over the past year. 

March

Piano Arrangement by Stacey Rose

Musical references of Carole King (I Feel the Earth Move); Robert Burns (Auld Lang Syne);

Samuel Ward (America The Beautiful); Francis Scott Key (The Star-Spangled Banner)

Pace

Piano Arrangement by Stacey Rose

Musical references of Ludwig van Beethoven (Sonata Opus 27, No. 2, “Moonlight”);

Bob Thiele (It’s a Wonderful World); George David Weiss (I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You)

Wander

Music composed by Sergei Prokofiev (Romeo & Juliet—Masks, Opus 75)

Musical reference of Samuel Ward (America The Beautiful)

Race

Music composed by Stacey Rose

Musical reference of Samuel Francis Smith (My Country ’Tis Of Thee)

About the Artists

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Stacey Rose

The diverse talents of pianist and composer Stacey Rose grace today’s musical stages. As a composer, she has to her credit numerous works for solo piano, songs for voice and piano, a concerto for piano and orchestra, and “Music Stories” for children. Orchestras worldwide have engaged Stacey to perform as the featured guest soloist. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to bringing music to marginalized communities and performing for various social causes. Some of these include: the International Aids Society, The National CARIH Foundation, the Namaste Foundation, National Urban League, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, The ASCO Foundation to Conquer Cancer, and Seeds for Peace. After the events of 9/11 and Newtown, CT, Stacey performed recitals in conjunction with The United Way of America, raising significant relief funds for affected families. Notable concerts include: three recitals at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Gracie Mansion, the Masters Series in St. Catherine’s, Canada, Five Burroughs Festival, and Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Stacey holds degrees from Stanford University and The Mannes School of Music. She has been a Steinway Artist since 1992. Website: www.staceyrose.co

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Taylor Gordon

Taylor Gordon is an international dancer, teacher, and writer based in NYC. She has performed with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Jacob’s Pillow, off-Broadway, national tours, commercials, internationally as a dance captain & resident director with Spirit Productions, and with Exit12 Dance Company. Her dancing and choreography has been featured prominently in The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, Dance Magazine, The Huffington Post, Dance Spirit, and The Times of India. She has danced and taught in Japan, China, India, Bali, The Philippines, Europe, and across the US. Taylor received a BA in Communication Arts and a Master’s Degree in Publishing by age 20. She holds numerous fitness certifications and currently teaches on Zoom through her company Tailored Movement NYC. www.taylorjgordon.com

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Adrienne de la Fuente

Adrienne de la Fuente is company manager and dancer with Exit12 Dance Company. Adrienne has also performed with SpectorDance Company, JUNTOS Dance Collective, and in several pieces by both Taylor Gordon and Erika Keller. She is also COO and International Partner at Private Prep, an educational service company headquartered in New York City. 

Amanda Sherwin

Amanda Sherwin is a dancer, writer, and professional performer based in NYC. A native of St. Petersburg, FL, Amanda grew up training and competing in ballet, jazz, hip hop, pointe, contemporary, tap, and theatre dance. After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College with degrees in Journalism and Dance, she completed Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester, where she concentrated in theatre dance and was the first Richard Ellner Scholarship recipient. Amanda is also the Managing Editor of Dance Business Weekly, Dance Spirit, and Dance Teacher Magazines

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Erika Keller

Erika Keller began her ballet training in Germany as a part of the Royal Academy of Dance as a scholarship student in Neumarkt and Nuremberg. Returning to the U.S. she continued her training in the RAD Syllabus at the Academy of Dance Arts under Jennifer Church and as well as at the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Springs City Ballet and the Colorado Academy of Ballet. She has danced professionally with the Columbia City Ballet, Newcomb Ballet Company, Albano Ballet Company, Connect the Dots Dance Company, Jersey City Ballet, and Dances Patrelle. Erika began choreographing for American Liberty Ballet in 2018 and since has presented work at Abrons Art Center and Peridance.

Marika Chrisanthopoulos

Marika Chrisanthopoulos is a freelance dancer located in New York City. She primarily trained at the Manhattan Ballet School, Steps on Broadway, the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, and Barnard College’s Dance Department. She currently works as a research assistant at Columbia Medical Center’s New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Meghan Keeney

Meghan Keeney is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College’s dance and digital journalism programs. While at Marymount, she worked with Katie Langan, Karen Gayle, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, Deborah Damast, Catherine Cabeen, Anthony Ferro, Cornelius Carter, among others. She has also trained at the Rockettes Summer Intensive and Rioult Dance Intensive. To see more of her work, go to meghankeeney.com. IG: @meghankeeney_ 

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