It is a pleasure to announce the number of gifted and esteemed artists that will be performing on the Evening of Thanks and Giving on November 19th (Wed). For a sneak peak, please check out their bios below. RSVP Required. Seats are limited so please register and reserve your seat TODAY.
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Ticket Price: minimum $40
6:30pm Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
(Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with performers) 7:15pm - 8:15pm Performance
Location: The National Opera Center America
Paulo Coelho, Composer, Vocalist, Instrumentalist
Born in Portugal, Paulo Coelho started his musical studies on the accordion, eventually branching out to the saxophone, cello, guitar, piano and percussion. At the age of 15 he was accepted into the New York High School of Performing Arts for singing and acting. Paulo attended the New Jersey City University as a vocal and music major and additionally has enjoyed studying Italian opera privately for years and while attending William Paterson University, performed as an operatic baritone and soloist. Paulo has traveled the world performing, writing and recording, he has even collaborated and performed with world-renowned artists and musicians.
Miki Hazui, Piano Miki Hazui has been widely recognized as a pianist, orchestral keyboardist, piano teacher, vocal coach and collaborative pianist. As a solo pianist, she has soared in many international competitions: winning first prize and A. Rubinstein Awards in the Mendelssohn Cup Piano, and second prize in Novyi International Music Concours. Miki has performed in many venues including the Opera Ball at the residence of the ambassador of Japan in Washington D.C., and a sold-out recital at Oji Hall, Tokyo, before Her Imperial Highness The Princess Akishino.
Pei-Wen Liao, Violin Pei-Wen Liao is a young artist becoming widely recognized for her highly compelling and deeply passionate performances. She has performed as a soloist with more than twenty orchestras in ten countries over three continents and has already played a recital at Carnegie Weill Hall with sold-out tickets. She has toured with the Grenada Symphony Orchestra of Spain, performed concerts in China, and was a soloist with the Jerusalem Conservatory Orchestra in a summer tour in Israel and Italy. She entered the Juilliard School Pre-College Division at the age of 10 where she is currently studying.
Eru Matsumoto, Cello Eru Matsumoto has been charming international audiences since age 6. Eru has performed in celebrated venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. She has also dazzled audiences on television in Japan and the US on a variety of broadcasts, in addition to being featured in a highly regarded HBO project as a young prodigy at age 12. She has worked with British and Hollywood Academy-Award winners and collaborated with major pop recording artists in both Japan and the US. In Fall 2014, she made her PRC debut as guest soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic.
Isaac Pettigrew, Dance Isaac Pettigrew is 16 years old, a dance major in his Junior Year at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Isaac began dancing with the School of American Ballet at age 8, when he took a part as a toy soldier in the NYCB's "The Nutcracker." Last year, he performed at the City Center in British choreographer Matthew Bourne's project, "The Sleeping Beauty." Isaac has even had the opportunity to attend the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs.
Marianna Rosett, Piano Marianna made her radio and television debut in Bucharest at the age of 10 as the winner of the International Youth Festival. Marianna has studied at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, and New York’s Julliard, where she became the youngest faculty member in the school’s history, teaching music, drama, and dance. Marianna has composed for television, theater, dance, and currently is working on her first opera called Edwin, about the Shakespearean 19th century actor Edwin Booth.
Nozomi Terao, Piano Nozomi is the Founder and Executive Director of HappyDoll.org. She began taking piano lessons at the age of 4. Though her lessons tapered off by the age of 20, meeting Marianna Rosett has reignited her passion, and Nozomi has again been taking lessons for some time now. She even had an opportunity to play piano at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.