Ella! The First Lady of Song - the Music of Ella Fitzgerald
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A genius so assured he could write operas faster than secretaries could copy them, a genius so original even Bach cribbed his melodies, a genius so unconventional that his conflicting roles -- Catholic priest and creative renegade; cultural iconoclast and establishment favorite -- still shock people today, Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741) remains an artist without equal. Now he comes to exuberant life in the new drama The Red Priest of Venice at the Shelton Theater. Today best known for The Four Seasons, Vivaldi was one of the most brilliant figures of the baroque period, a composer whose life was as passionate and stormy as his music. Compelling and humorous, this 90-minute show focuses on a critical period in his life when he began writing his most dazzling masterpiece ... and when he fell under the spell of two equally dazzling ladies. Learn More
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Music Director Maestro Curtis is a Grammy-nominated musician who has performed with such artists as Joe William, Sarah Vaugh and Carlos Santana.
Ella Fitzgerald has been called the First Lady of Song, the Queen of Swing and the mother of Be Bop. Her career spanned over 60 years, including all styles of jazz, popular music and R&B. Her song stylings are loved by people of all ages. Ella once said, “I know I’m no glamour girl, and it’s not easy for me to get up in front of a crowd of people. It used to bother me a lot, but now I’ve got it figured out that God gave me this talent to use, so I just stand there and sing.” Reggie and Imelda DeVoine of DeVoine Entertainment, known for their black music month “Edu-tainment” productions will be on hand opening night. Since they are not producing an event this year, they are recommending this show to their audiences.
Jamie Myrick, well known for her musical portrayals of inspirational African American women, will portray Ella Fitzgerald. She has worked with DeVoine Entertainment for the past few years, bringing both entertainment and education to the “Edu-tainment” shows DeVoine is famous for, including the Sweet & Soulful Music concerts, held to celebrate Black music month, The Chitlin Circuit Review, celebrating black entertainers, and STOP THE VIOLENCE rally. Jamie has served as MC, performed as Madam CJ Walker giving an inspirational speech and performed as one of the singers on the Chitlin Circuit. Jamie feels she has a calling to write and perform shows about black women who felt inspired, or that they had a gift from God, and who provided inspiration to others throughout their lives. Ella Fitzgerald definitely fits into that category. Here is some advice from Ella, “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
The gifted and talented, Grammy nominated Maestro Curtis will serve as musical director for this production. Maestro Curtis has performed and collaborated with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Maurice White, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana, Patti Labelle, Branford Marsalis and the first lady of song herself, Ella. The Maestro Curtis Trio will take you back to the era of swing and Be Bop.
Jamie has performed all over California in schools, festivals, and theaters as Madame C.J. Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, Sojourner Truth, Mary Ellen Pleasant, Harriet Tubman and others, using her musical talents and storytelling skills to bring the lives and work of these women to life. “I am often asked by audience members where can they go to hear more singing from me, so I am presenting this show for them and for those who love Ella as much as I do,” says Jamie Myrick.