James Rawie – conductor & cofounder of TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

JAMES RAWIE, conductor & cofounder w his wife, Nancy, of TOCATTA, the acronym for The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of The Tahoe Area.  James received his Master of Music & Orchestral Directing degree from Stony Brook Univ. in NY and has been committed to bringing musical excellence to our community for over 15 years.  From nothing he, Nancy & the community created this wonderful TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus that features the finest musicians & voices in two extensive annual events, the Summer & Winter MusicFests.
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Laura Carruthers – performer, choreographer, filmmaker

LAURA CARRUTHERS - whose background includes being a six-time national champion and world ranked Scottish Highland dancer, a former member of Ballet Arizona and an honors graduate of ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - joins us from Phoenix, AZ.  Laura develops uniquely beautiful and insightful projects in both theatre and film that combine her abilities to direct, choreograph, perform, arrange music and edit.  We will be talking about all these talents as well as her mission & professional project, Grace Fury, that encapsulates her career & gives voice to her mission.
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Classical Tahoe w Joel Revzen, maestro & artistic director

JOEL REVZEN is the artistic director & principal conductor of Classical Tahoe - formerly Lake Tahoe SummerFest - which is presenting its 5th Annual Classical Music Concert series Jul 26-Aug 13 on the SNC campus in Incline Village, NV.  Joel is an award-winning conductor of symphony and opera whose career is international in scope, incl celebrating his just completed 11th season on the conducting staff of NY’s Metropolitan Opera.  He joined the Arizona Opera in 2003 as Artistic Director/Principal Conductor and in 2013 was named Conductor Emeritus.
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Sierra Music Society w Jon & Pamela Fay

JON & PAMELA FAY are the artistic director & operations manager, respectively, of the Sierra Music Society in Reno, NV.  Jon holds degrees in speech and theatre as well as voice performance while Pamela received a BA in Dance – both are from Indiana University.  His background includes an operatic career as a dramatic tenor, and hers was one of dance & choreography.  Together they help lead the artistic and programming direction of the 4 groups this 2 year old Sierra Music Society oversees.
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Tahoe Arts Project’s Peggy Blowney & “Dancing With The Tahoe Stars!”

PEGGY BLOWNEY, Exec. Dir. of Tahoe Arts Project, is leading TAP in its 29th season presenting performing arts in the local school districts and to the community of S Lake Tahoe.  TAP has been helping keep the Arts alive for our children, and today we’ll be focusing more on TAP’s now annual & incredibly successful fundraiser “Dancing w the Tahoe Stars!” coming up Mar 5, 6:30pm, at the MontBleu Resort Casino Showroom.
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Liz Broscoe – finger, hand & stick drums performer & teacher

LIZ BROSCOE is the creator of “Durga’s Drum Story” and one of the most diverse percussive talents on finger, hand and stick drums.  A Tahoe resident, her professional drumming career has spanned over 30 yrs and included everything from back up gigs to her own groups & troupes, teaching kids to wellness workshops, and publishing books to albums.  Her latest exciting news involves a custom made signature drum, so stay tuned as we meet this ever productive and energetic “Drumchik!”
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Adrian Wilson – Pop music singer & songwriter

ADRIAN WILSON is a man of many talents who has persevered to find the best avenue and media for his self-expression.  Pop music vocals and songwriting have surfaced over acting & performing with Adrian's debut single "All Consuming Fire" having just come out in May and his debut album scheduled for release later this year!
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Steven Valencia – founder & artistic director of Calidanza Dance Company

STEVEN VALENCIA is the artistic director of Calidanza - the dance company he founded in 2013 - that will be performing at the Valhalla Summer Art, Music and Theatre Festival on June 27, @ 2 & 7:30pm in the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre in S Lake Tahoe.  Steven is a young veteran of ballet folklórico in northern California and made his national reputation as the Artistic Director for the Instituto Mazatlan Bellas Artes de Sacramento from 1998-2012.
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“Lake Tahoe SummerFest” 2015 w Maestro Joel Revzen

JOEL REVZEN  is the artistic director & principal conductor of Lake Tahoe SummerFest which is presenting its 4th Annual Classical Music Concert series July 31-Aug16 on the Sierra NV College campus in Incline Village, NV.  Joel is an award-winning conductor of symphony and opera whose career is international in scope, incl celebrating his just completed 10th season on the conducting staff of NY’s Metropolitan Opera.
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