Of Thee I Sing
October 31, 2020, 5:15pm – Zoom
November 8, 2020, 4pm – Central Park, NYC
Conceived & Produced by
Stacey Rose & Taylor Gordon
Music Arranged & Composed by Stacey Rose
Choreographed by Taylor Gordon
in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers: Taylor Gordon, Adrienne de la Fuente, Ellen Mihalick,
Erika Keller, Marika Chrisanthopoulos, Meghan Keeney
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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 7 challenging months.
11/8 Central Park location: top of Wollman Rink, map coordinates (40.7682336, -73.9743329)
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)
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)
Music composed by Sergei Prokofiev (Romeo & Juliet—Masks, Opus 75)
Musical reference of Samuel Ward (America The Beautiful)
Music composed by Stacey Rose
Musical reference of Samuel Francis Smith (My Country ’Tis Of Thee)
About the Artists
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
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
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.
Ellen Mihalick grew up dancing at the New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble and New Jersey Ballet. Before the pandemic, Ellen was on the US National Tour of the Broadway show "An American In Paris". Since 2013, Ellen has been dancing as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall. Ellen lives in NYC and dances with various Contemporary and Ballet companies, including the American Swiss Ballet recently touring in Europe. Other credits include West Side Story (Graziella/DC), 2017 NY Fashion Week, and Amazon TV's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." She is a certified Barre Teacher, Group Fitness Instructor, and Personal Trainer. Ellen is so grateful for Taylor bringing us together to dance live and share our art during these unprecedented times.
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 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 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_
Special Thanks: Ron Rose, Marshall Rose, RWS Studios, Jackie Robinson Park, Ned Kinter/Ballet for Young Audiences, Dave de la Fuente, Lisa Fitzgerald, and our generous friends and family for supporting art in this difficult time!
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