Gender, Genres and Generations
A celebration of three generations of female vocalists from four different genres.
Date: September 29, 2017 Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Pasadena City College, Westerbeck Hall, 570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
Free Admission & Free Parking
Gail Deadrick, Conductor/Accompanist
Gail Deadrick’s talent includes a variety of musical styles: R&B, gospel, jazz, and theater. She has accompanied and/or conducted for singers including Natalie Cole, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., Nancy Wilson, Nell Carter, Lola Falana, Thelma Houston, Johnny Gill, Brenda Russell, Shirley Caesar, and Daryl Coley. She has also toured with Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, Maureen McGovern with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Original 5th Dimension, and the Pointer Sisters. Featured artists were Patti Austin, Philip Bailey, Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton, James Ingram, Melissa Manchester, Aaron Neville, Jeffrey Osborne and Denice Williams.
Rita Edmond, Jazz Vocalist
“The sweet sounds of modern jazz are abundant in Rita Edmond. Her voice is without many peers, and her sound will take you back to days of Ella and Miles. She takes the standard and zips it up for a audience while paying homage to a classic track.” (Christopher Llewellyn Adams, Cash Box Magazine Review)
Stephanie Amaro: Latin Pop, Latin Jazz Vocalist
Grammy nominated recording artist Stephanie Amaro displays a rare musical versatility, having performed and recorded on a variety of instruments and vocal styles with artists ranging from Lady Gaga to Natalia LaFourcade.
Madeleine and Melina Adragna, Classical Vocalist
These young vocalists are not just connected by blood but connected by an awe-inspiring talent that was probably honed as very young children. The recent graduates of Pasadena City College (PCC) are already making the school, music community and fans of Classical and Opera singing take notice as the sisters are equally talented classically trained singers. The extraordinarily talented twins started pursuing their career while studying voice with the exceptionally talented choral director, Don Brinegar, and vocal coach, Suzan Hanson.
At PCC, Melina and Madeleine participated in several choirs, including the Donald Brinegar Singers, PCC Chamber Singers, and Concert Choir. The talented sisters have been fortunate to put on four duo recitals together. Their repertoire is extensive, including scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Don Giovanni. Madeleine and Melina are thankful to their parents and friends and all those who continuously support their pursuit of a musical career.
Clazzical Notes is excited to present this talented duo in a program that will show their exceptional vocal range and talented stage performing.