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Songstress Joan Ellison, with pianist Shane Schag and cellist Nora Willauer, celebrates Judy Garland’s centennial with a trolley ride through her life, from her swing-singing days at MGM to her take no prisoners sold-out concerts around the globe. It's a highly personal love letter to the genius of Judy Garland, including The Trolley Song, Over the Rainbow, Just in Time, If Love Were All, The Boy Next Door, I Got Rhythm, By Myself, The Man That Got Away, The Palace Medley, and Get Happy.
“Another highlight…is Joan Ellison’s wondrous performance of ‘Over the Rainbow.’ Her voice strong and clear,…Ellison gives a master class in interpretation. Painting a picture with her talent and emotion, Ellison’s irresistible performance inspires an electric reaction from the crowd.” —New Jersey Stage
In addition to in person seating, this event will be livestreamed on BOP STOP's Facebook page at showtime. Accessing the stream is free but donations can be made at www.givebutter.com/JoanEllison
Show information: http://www.joanellison.com/garland-a-trois-trioconcert
- Joan Ellison has been described by Cabaret Scenes Magazine as “Judyesque in appearance and…a near voice double for her idol.” As the restorer of Garland’s original orchestral arrangements with Michael Feinstein for the Judy Garland Heirs Trust, she brings musical authenticity and a life-long love for Judy to the stage. Recent concert highlights include a song-for-song recreation of Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall concert hosted by Judy’s daughter, Lorna Luft, and conducted by Michael Berkowitz (Liza Minnelli’s conductor/ drummer), with Joan and Broadway divas Debbie Gravitte and Karen Mason; “Get Happy! Joan Ellison Sings Judy Garland” with the Toledo, Evansville, Enid, and Ashland Symphonies and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra; “Judy & Liza at the Palladium” with the Santa Rosa Pops and in Naples, Florida; a streamed Garland concert for the New Haven Symphony; Holiday Pops appearances with the Erie Philharmonic, Augusta Symphony, and Cleveland Pops; sold-out performances in Florida of her one-woman theatre piece, All Happiness, Judy Garland; and a concert for the annual Judy Garland Festival in Judy’s birthplace of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Her second album,“Retrophonic Gershwin,” was released in 2015. She was recently featured as part of #PBSForTheArts. Joan made her Cleveland Pops Orchestra debut at Severance Hall in 2005 and has since sung more than 50 concerts coast-to-coast. Upcoming engagements celebrating Judy Garland’s 2022 Centennial include the Jacksonville, New Haven, Punta Gorda, Toledo, Paducah, and Springfield Symphonies. She earned an M.M.T. and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and serves as Teacher of Popular Voice at The Cleveland Institute of Music.
- Ohio native Shane Schag received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Ashland University of Ohio, and his Masters Degree in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2001, he received his Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed in recital both as soloist and ensemble performer throughout the United States and Europe, including a concerto performance with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. He has won several awards and scholarships including the Gwendolyn Koldofsky 2 Memorial Award, which was given to “a musician who demonstrated outstanding professionalism in collaborative piano.” He has worked in the capacity of vocal coach for Centro Studi Italiani Opera Festival, and as an assistant conductor for the Gotham Chamber Opera. In 2007, Mr. Schag made his debut at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), and now he serves as staff pianist for Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers concert series, which reaches out to public schools across the tri-state area, and the Lotte Lenya Competition in Rochester, New York. Also, he is the Music Director for the American Musical Theater Ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music, and is on the faculty of Operaworks in Los Angeles.
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- Cellist Nora Willauer is a passionate musician, devoted not only to her instrument, but also to the relationship between music and community. Last spring, Nora graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with her Masters of Music Performance. She is currently pursuing a performance certificate with Dr. Melissa Kraut. In the past few years, Nora has performed as a soloist with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, the Liceu Cello Ensemble in Barcelona, and the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra. She has won numerous prizes including the Labberte-Hoedemaker Award from the Peter de Grote festival in the Netherlands, the University of Oregon Undergraduate Performance Award and the Eugene Symphony’s Young Artist Competition. She is the founder of “Songs of #MeToo,” a multimedia presentation that paired documentary songs co-written with women who had experienced sexual misconduct or domestic violence with the preludes from J.S. Bach’s cello suites.