September 8, 2019 — Carl Topilow, clarinet, Season Opener • Featuring Joan Ellison, vocals, and Marshall Griffith on piano
A Tribute to Judy Garland, George Gershwin, and a Potpourri of Popular Favorites
“An improvisatory feast” -Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Carl Topilow is renowned worldwide for his versatility, whether he is holding a conductor's baton or his trademark red clarinet. He is a multi-talented virtuoso who is equally at home in classical and popular music both as conductor and instrumentalist. Carl's pops performances blend the music of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as popular music, light classics and jazz, often finding an occasion to include a number on his array of brightly colored clarinets. His unique approach to pops programming includes extensive audience involvement and true showmanship.
Joan Ellison has been praised for her "vocal prowess....[and] organic grasp of the classic songs" by Michael Feinstein. She has made a specialty of reviving Judy Garland’s repertoire from the golden Hollywood years to her Carnegie Hall concert and television show, including restoring Ms. Garland’s glorious original orchestrations. Joan’s 2016 NYC solo cabaret debut prompted Cabaret Scenes Magazine to describe her as “Judy-esque in appearance and…a near voice double for her idol.”
Her intimate understanding of retro musical styles of the 1920s to the 1960s comes from transcribing over 250 song arrangements note-for-note from original recordings, bringing distinct freshness and authenticity to her interpretations of classic American standards. At Michael Feinstein’s invitation, she serves as Editor of the Judy Garland Carnegie Hall Concert Restoration Project for the Judy Garland Heirs Trust. The 2019-’20 season kicks off in June with a song-for-song recreation of Judy Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall concert hosted by her daughter, Lorna Luft, conducted by Michael Berkowitz (Liza Minnelli’s former conductor), with Joan and fellow vocalists Debbie Gravitte, Karen Mason, and Gabrielle Stravelli. It will be the first airing of the new arrangement restorations, played by a 40-piece orchestra at the historic Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Marshall Griffith is one of Cleveland's finest improvisational musicians and has appeared with The Ohio Chamber Orchestra, The Cleveland Pops and The Suburban Symphony. He appears regularly at country clubs in the Greater Cleveland Area including Beechmont Country Club, The Chagrin Valley Hunt Club and Oakwood Club. His regular business clients include Rotary of Cleveland, University Hospitals, McDonald/Key, Singer Steel, Nacco Industries, Boy Scouts of America, and Playhouse Square Association.
Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations include: The Cleveland Orchestra Women's Committee, The Aurora Blossom Women's Committee, The Cleveland Institute of Music Women's Committee, The Cleveland Foundation, The American Heart Association, The Junior League of Cleveland, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Fairview Lutheran Foundation. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University and is on the faculty of The Cleveland Institute of Music where he teaches music theory and jazz improvisation.
All of our concerts start at 5pm on Sundays at Christ Church Episcopal in downtown Hudson • Reception features follow, included in price of ticket
Single tickets $20 • Season subscription tickets $15 • Students of all ages free with ID • Ages 18-25 special new discount rate $10 • Under 18 always free
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