KAREN YOUNG – Costume Designer
Ms. Young has designed costumes for numerous dance and video art projects and has recently been teaching at Rhode Island School of Design. Costume design for RIOULT includes: Views of the Fleeting World, City, and Celestial Tides. Design for dance can be seen in the repertoires of the Martha Graham Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, Benjamin Millepied, Keigwin + Company, Karole Armitage, Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, Pam Tanowitz, and Morphoses among many others. Costume designs for video art include David Michalek’s Slow Dancing and Portraits in Dramatic Time (Lincoln Center Festival), Eve Sussman & the Rufus Corporation’s 89 Seconds at Alcazar, and Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 5. Upcoming projects include: Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature and the new off-Broadway show Fighting Gravity. www.karenyoungcostume.com
RUSS VOGLER – Costume Designer
Mr. Vogler currently works with New York City Opera’s wardrobe and education departments. He was the costumer for the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he worked with Martha Graham, Halston, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Robert Wilson. He has worked with RIOULT, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Twyla Tharp Dance, State Ballet of Missouri, Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and Monte/Brown Dance, among others. Mr. Vogler received a BFA in Ballet/Theatre from Texas Christian University and a MFA in Costume Design from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
CLIFTON TAYLOR – Lighting Designer
Mr. Taylor’s dance designs include work for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lar Lubovitch, Rambert Dance Company, Elisa Monte, American Ballet Theatre, Armitage Gone! Dance, San Francisco Ballet, Scottish National Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Washington Ballet, and the Ballet Company of Rio de Janeiro, among many others. Broadway credits include Frozen, Hot Feet, and Jay Johnson: The Two and Only. Opera and Theater credits include extensive work throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America. He first worked with RIOULT Dance NY in 2012 on the dance work The Violet Hour. www.designcurve.com
PILAR LIMOSNER – Costume Designer
Ms. Limosner has designed for dance, theater, and film. Dance credits include: for Karole Armitage, Le Stances A Sophie at The Joyce, I Had a Dream for the Ballet of Monte Carlo, The Dog Is Us for the Deutch Opera, Sheherazade for the Maggio Danza di Firenze, and Predator’s Ball at BAM. For RIOULT: Veniziana, Firebird, Les Noces, and If By Chance at The Joyce. For the White Oak Project: Achilles Heels choreographed by Richard Move. Ms. Limosner’s other theater work includes Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio at the Public, The Seagull at Second Stage, and At Jennie Ritchee for Ridge Street Theater at St. Ann’s for which she won an OBIE. Her film credits include The Yards, The Guru, Ghostlight and We Own the Night.
JIM FRENCH – Lighting Designer
Mr. French has worked with Rioult since 2003, and is thrilled to be creating his first lighting design for the company. Other lighting designs for dance include: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Joe Goode Performance Group, Ballet San Jose, Twyla Tharp Dance, Richmond Ballet, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Company C Ballet, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Chet Walker, Adele Myers and Dancers, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Jim has toured the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America as lighting supervisor for the companies of RIOULT, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, and Elisa Monte. Deepest gratitude and respect to David Finley, a true mentor. www.jimfrenchld.com
DAVID FINLEY – Lighting Designer
Mr. Finley (1957–2011) was the principal lighting designer with RIOULT from its inception. Designing first for Martha Graham Dance Company, his other designs include: Night Chant, American Document, Maple Leaf Rag, The Eye of the Goddess, Deep Song, and Steps in the Street. Lighting and staging credits include, Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular (Daytime Emmy Nomination – Outstanding Lighting Direction), Visa Signature Tony Awards Preview Concert, NCAA Final Four Show (CBS), and SuperNova Fundraising event for Villanova University, among others.
HARRY FEINER – Scenic Designer
Mr. Feiner designs scenery and lighting for theatre, opera, and dance. He has designed sets for dance for the NC Dance Theatre, NC School of the Arts, and RIOULT. His theatre design credits include the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Two River Theatre, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Studio Arena Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Shakespeare Festivals (Colorado, Alabama, NJ, and NC,) Stony Brook International Arts Festival, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Irish Arts Center, Central City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Syracuse Opera, Chatauqua Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Manhattan School of Music. Currently he is the Professor of Drama, Theatre, and Dance at Queens College. Mr. Feiner was also a recipient of a Graham Foundation Grant allowing him to write on theatrical space and architecture.
BRIAN CLIFFORD BEASLEY – Projection Designer
Mr. Beasley’s eclectic career in projection has taken him from regional theater, Broadway, dance, and rock & roll to U2’s 2002 Super Bowl half-time show. More recently, he was the associate projection designer for All My Sons on Broadway, project designer for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz & Art 2010 and has had the pleasure of working on such varied productions as Fela, A Little Night Music and Sondheim on Sondheim. Mr. Beasley has also worked with The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and New York City Opera.
Uptown Philharmonic is a democratically-structured group run by musicians, created to provide a highly adaptable blank canvas for creation amongst musicians, composers, and other artistic organizations in New York City. Comprised of NYC’s up-and-coming musicians, Uptown Philharmonic displays the exceptional versatility of the 21st century musician.
RICHARD DANIELPOUR – Composer, “Cassandra’s Curse”
commissions include Yo-Yo Ma; Jessye Norman; Dawn Upshaw; Emanuel Ax; Gil Shaham; Frederica von Stade; Thomas Hampson; the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets; the New York City and Pacific Northwest Ballets; the New York Philharmonic; Philadelphia, Stuttgart Radio, and Vienna Chamber Orchestras; Orchestre National de France; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and many more. He has received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Charles Ives Fellowship, a Guggenheim Award, Bearns Prize, and grants and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Copland House, and the American Academies in Berlin and Rome. He is on faculty at Manhattan School of Music and Curtis Institute.
KATHLEEN TURNER – Narrator, Guest Artist
has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in films including Body Heat (Golden Globe nomination); Romancing the Stone and Prizzi’s Honor (Golden Globe Award for each); Peggy Sue Got Married (Academy and Golden Globe nominations); and The War of the Roses (Golden Globe nomination). Additional film credits include The Man with Two Brains, The Jewel of the Nile, The Accidental Tourist, V.I. Warshawski, Serial Mom, Naked in New York, Moonlight and Valentino, The Real Blonde and The Virgin Suicides. Her Broadway credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tony nomination); Indiscretions; The Graduate; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony nomination); and High (also national tour). In recent years, she had a starring role in the 2011 film The Perfect Family, a recurring role on Showtime’s Californication, and starred in Mother Courage and Her Children and Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins (both Arena Stage).
DONALD SPIETH – Conductor
Mr. Spieth has established himself as an outstanding conductor, orchestra builder, and educator known for imaginative programming and expressive performances. He came to Pennsylvania as a National Teaching Fellow at Moravian College, where he is an Artist in Residence, and returned as Conductor for the Moravian College Community Orchestra – an ensemble he started forty years ago. He served for over 25 years as Music Director and Conductor of both the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra (PA) and the Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra (PA), and currently is an Adjunct Professor and Music Department Coordinator at Northampton Community College, as well as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra (MCO) at Lehigh University. In addition to his 2007 MCO recording, he has made three internationally distributed recordings and received the prestigious ASCAP award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music. An advocate of American music, he has premiered over thirty new orchestral works through the commissioning of local, and international composers each year. He conducted the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra’s live performance of Paul Salerni’s commissioned score at the premiere of RIOULT Dance New York’s Fables in January 2012.
CHRISTINE ANDREAS – Singer/Actress
A 2012 Mabel Mercer Award winner, Christine Andreas first captured theatre-goer’s hearts in the 20th anniversary production of My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle (Theatre World Award), followed by the revival of Oklahoma! as Laurey (Tony Nomination) and On Your Toes as Frankie Frayne (Tony Nomination). She last appeared on Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles with Kelsey Grammer and created the role of Marguerite St. Just in The Scarlet Pimpernel opposite Douglas Sills.
Other Broadway credits include Words and Music with Sammy Cahn, Angel Street with Dina Merrill, Rags, and Legs Diamond with Peter Allen. She received a Barrymore Award for her portrayal of Vera Simpson in Prince Music Theater’s Pal Joey and made her West End debut starring in The Fields of Ambrosia.
Ms. Andreas has sung at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Caramoor Festival, and The White House. Symphonic work includes the Boston Philharmonic, Tulsa Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Palm Beach Pops, and Silicon Valley Symphony. She has performed at 54 Below, Café Carlyle, and the Algonquin’s Oak Room. Her recordings include Love is Good, Here’s to the Ladies, and The Carlyle Set. christineandreas.com
DON REBIC – Composer/Musical Director/Pianist
Don Rebic has been a composer, musical director and pianist for over thirty years. He began his career as Musical Director for the 1977 production of Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway. He conducted the national companies of Dancin’ and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and was the Associate Conductor of the North American tour of The Kiss of the Spider Woman starring Chita Rivera.
Mr. Rebic has been the Musical Director and pianist for Karen Akers, Mary Cleere Haran, Peggy Lee, Leslie Uggams, and Maureen McGovern. For eight years he was the Artistic Director of Singers Forum, New York’s premier vocal academy, and has served on the Board of Directors for the New York Television Academy.
As a composer, Mr. Rebic has written music for an off-off Broadway show, the feature film Night Catches Us, and documentaries for HBO. He attended Oberlin College and has a performance degree from Indiana University.
PAUL SALERNI – Composer
Mr. Salerni’s music “pulses with life, witty musical ideas and instrumental color” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), and has been described by the New York Times as “impressive” and “playful.” Many of his commissioned orchestral and chamber music works have been performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe and China. Mr. Salerni’s one-act opera Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast, won the National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera competition in 2007; his second one-act, The Life and Love of Joe Coogan, premiered in September 2010. He received his Ph.D. in composition from Harvard University, and currently is the NEH Distinguished Chair in the Humanities & Professor of Music at Lehigh University, where he received the Stabler Award for excellence in teaching. He also served for seven years on the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Board of Directors, including two years as Chair. Most recently, Mr. Salerni worked on a large-scale composition project for the ballet, Fables which was commissioned and premiered by RIOULT Dance New York. CD of Salerni’s chamber music (“Touched) was released by Albany Records in 2015.
Salerni is the NEH Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Music at Lehigh University. He received his Ph.D. in composition from Harvard University, where he studied with Earl Kim. Salerni has performed and lectured about Kim’s music in Korea, at the Kennedy Center, the 92nd St. Y, and the Aspen Music Festival. Salerni was the recipient of the Stabler Award, Lehigh University’s most valued acknowledgement of excellence in teaching. He served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, including two years as its Chair.
STEVEN SAMETZ – Composer/Conductor
Sametz has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Council on the Arts, and the Santa Fe music festival, creating new works for Chanticleer, The Princeton Singers, the Dale Warland Singers, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, Cantus, Philadelphia Singers, Pro Arte Chamber Choir, Connecticut Choral Artists, Joyful Noise and the King of Thailand. In 2011, Sametz received one of the country’s most prestigious choral commissions, the American Choral Director Association’s Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission, writing Three Mystical Choruses for premiere by Chanticleer at the 2011 ACDA National Convention in Symphony Hall, Chicago.
Dr. Sametz chairs the American Choral Directors Composition Advisory Committee, heading panels to adjudicate choral competitions throughout the US. Dr. Sametz has served as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chorus America, the American Guild of Organists, the American Composers Consortium and the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
JOAN TOWER – Composer/Pianist
Ms. Tower is widely regarded as one of the most important American composers living today, with works commissioned by major ensembles, soloists, and orchestras. Tower was the first composer chosen for a Ford Made in America consortium commission of sixty-five orchestras. Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony recorded “Made in America” in 2008 (along with “Tambor” and “Concerto for Orchestra”). The album collected three Grammy awards: Best Classical Contemporary Composition, Best Classical Album, and Best Orchestral Performance. In 1990 she became the first woman to win the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for her work “Silver Ladders,” a piece she wrote for the St. Louis Symphony where she was Composer-in-Residence from 1985-88. Other residencies include the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (1997-2007) and the Pittsburgh Symphony (2010-2011). Tower studied piano and composition at Bennington College and Columbia University. She co-founded the Da Capo Chamber Players in 1969 as the pianist, and is currently Asher Edelman Professor of Music at Bard College, where she has taught since 1972. Ms. Tower collaborated with Pascal Rioult as part of his Dance to Contemporary Composers Series in 2012 to create a new score, “Catching a Wave” to add to her 1994 work, “Tres Lent” – both of which serve as the musical accompaniment for Rioult’s The Violet Hour. She also served as the pianist for the live performance of the world premiere of The Violet Hour at RIOULT Dance NY’s 2012 New York Season.
MICHAEL TORKE – Composer
Mr. Torke practically defined post-Minimalism—a music which utilizes the repetitive structures of a previous generation, incorporating musical techniques from both the classical tradition and the contemporary pop world. With his two best known early pieces, “Ecstatic Orange” and “Yellow Pages,” written while still a composition student at Yale, Torke cut short his graduate study to begin a professional career in NYC, where he was signed by Boosey and Hawkes. He became an exclusive recording artist with Argo/Decca Records and began his 5-year collaboration with Peter Martins and the NYC Ballet. Torke founded Ecstatic Records in 2003 and most recently the label released “Tahiti” with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s “10/10.” Mr. Torke collaborated with Pascal Rioult as part of his Dance to Contemporary Composers Series in 2013 to create a new score, “Iphigenia” for Rioult’s world premiere of the dance by the same.
RICHARD OWEN – Conductor/Musical Director of Camerata New York
Mr. Owen has a busy career conducting both symphonic and operatic repertoire internationally. In the U.S. he conducted the New York Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. As Music Director/Conductor of Camerata NY Orchestra, Mr. Owen worked with artists such as Alec Baldwin, Aprile Millo, Nathaniel Rosen, and Alvin Ailey in concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and in Europe. He completed a recording for Albany Records of the opera “Rain” by R. Owen Sr., which had its world premiere at Lincoln Center under his direction in 2003. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he received his Masters degree in accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music and studied conducting at the University for Music and the Performing Arts (Vienna, Austria). Mr. Owen conducted the Camerata New York’s live performances of Michael Torke’s score, “Iphigenia” at RIOULT Dance NY 2013 New York Season at The Joyce Theater.
MONOCACY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – Music Ensemble
Founded in 2007 by Paul Salerni, the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra combines emerging and experienced musicians from the Lehigh Valley, giving lively concerts that include accepted and new masterpieces for chamber orchestra. Soloists for the concerts are chosen from members of the orchestra. Since its inception, the Monocacy has given multiple concerts under the baton of Artistic Director Paul Salerni, Principal Guest Conductor Donald Spieth, and Guest Conductor Eugene Albulescu. With Donald Spieth and Guest Conductor Jung-Ho Pak at the helm, it has also served as the orchestra for Operas on Operas, a presentation of two-one act operas that featured Salerni’s Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast. Under Donald Spieth’s direction, it was the featured orchestra on a CD of Salerni’s compositions and arrangements entitled Dances and Fables.
MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC – School/Music Ensemble
Manhattan School of Music prepares highly talented students for careers as passionate performers and composers, and as imaginative, effective leaders in the arts. Our international student body thrives in a supportive atmosphere that encourages excellence, values individuals and welcomes innovation. MSM’s artist faculty inspires the performance, creation and knowledge of great music, while exchange programs, distance learning and entrepreneurial opportunities expand the School’s reach. Offering hundreds of concert presentations and community events each year, Manhattan School of Music is a vigorous contributor to the cultural fabric of New York City and an important player on the world stage. In October 2013 musicians training at the Manhattan School of Music will provide live musical accompaniment for a public performance of RIOULT Dance NY’s Bach program (Views of the Fleeting World, City, & Celestial Tides) at the school’s Borden Auditorium.
AARON JAY KERNIS – Composer
Mr. Kernis received the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and is among the youngest Pulitzer Prize winners. His music figures prominently on concert programs worldwide, and he has been commissioned by many of America’s preeminent performing organizations and artists. Recent and upcoming commissions include works for James Ehnes at the BBC Proms, the Seattle Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Big Ten Band Association. His music has been recorded by Cedille Naxos, Virgin, Nonesuch, and Koch, and a CD of his orchestral works by Hugh Wolff and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was a Grammy nominee and winner of France’s Diapason d’or Palmares. His Goblin Market was recently recorded by The New Professionals for Signum, and an Arabesque CD features the Lark Quartet in his Pulitzer-Prize winning Quartet No. 2 (“musica instrumentalis”) and 1st Quartet. He is director of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute, served as the Orchestra’s New Music Advisor for 10 years, and teaches composition at Yale School of Music. Mr. Kernis collaborated with Pascal Rioult as part of his Dance to Contemporary Composers Series in 2011 to expand upon his 1995 work, “Air” and create a new score, “On Distant Shores” for Rioult’s world premiere of the dance by the same.
DAEDALUS QUARTET – Music Ensemble
Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. In the ten years of its existence the Daedalus Quartet has received plaudits from critics and listeners alike for the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances. The New York Times has praised the Daedalus Quartet’s “insightful and vibrant” Haydn, the “impressive intensity” of their Beethoven, and their “luminous” Berg. Since its founding, the Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, the Musikverein (Vienna), the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and the Cité de la Musique (Paris). In 2011 the Daedalus Quartet performed Aaron Jay Kernis’ “On Distant Shores” live for RIOULT Dance NY’s New York Season and world premiere of the dance by the same name.
JACQUELINE CHAMBORD – Actor/Narrator
Ms. Chambord studied at the National School of Decorative Arts in Nice and at the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Paris. She was a member of the Paris Opera as the narrator of Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes and on the occasion of Grace Kelly’s wedding in Monte-Carlo performed Jean Cocteau’s Ode to a Princess. On the silver screen, she appeared in Sacha Guitry’s Napoleon, Max Ophuls’s The Earrings of Madame de…, Christian Jaques’s La Dubarry and Jean Delannoy’s Marie Antoinette. In the U.S. where she lives, she has been an actress, a narrator, and the “official voice” of the French Institute Alliance Française on the radio. As FIAF’s gallery and artistic director she recorded every single cultural event with her omnipresent camera. In 1997, the French Government bestowed upon her the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre National du Mérite, one of the country’s greatest distinctions. Ms. Chambord has narrated for both RIOULT Dance NY’s On Distant Shores (2011) and Iphigenia (2013).
CAMERATA NEW YORK – Orchestra
The Camerata New York Orchestra was founded in 1999 in Vienna, Austria, garnering immediate critical acclaim. Since re-establishing in New York, the flexible ensemble of up to 50 players has had successful concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Paul’s Chapel, and Merkin Hall, among others. The mission of Camerata New York is to promote the most talented young musicians in New York, to present the great works from the baroque to contemporary in concerts for the New York community, and to cultivate a new generation of classical music enthusiasts. For the RIOULT Dance NY’s 2013 New York Season at The Joyce Theater, the following Camerata New York musicians performed live for each performance of the premiere work, Iphigenia: John-Morgan Bush (French Horn), Charles Clements (Contrabass), Douglas Lyons (French Horn), Alexander Negruta (Clarinet), Allison Nicotera (Bassoon), Kate Owen (Violincello), Boris Shpitalnik (Clarinet), and Dirk Wels (Bassoon).
THE BACH CHOIR & BACH FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA – Music Ensemble
The oldest American Bach Choir, The Bach Choir performed the first American performances of “The Mass in B Minor” and “The Christmas Oratorio.” Since its founding in 1898, the now-famous Choir has been attracting thousands of national and international visitors every May to its annual Bethlehem Bach Festival. Under Greg Funfgeld’s passionate direction, today’s performances feature the finely-honed vocal ensemble, a fully professional orchestra, and world-renowned soloists. The repertoire includes 133 cantatas, all of the motets, and 15 of Bach’s larger works. The Bach Festival Orchestra performed live musical accompaniment for two performances of RIOULT Dance NY’s Bach program (Views of the Fleeting World, City, & Celestial Tides) as part of the 106th annual Bethlehem Bach Festival in Pennsylvania in May 2013.