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Saint Philip’s In The Hills Friends of Music
Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MST
Saint Philip’s In The Hills Friends of Music presents One Enchanted Evening – A Singer’s Showcase with Jeffrey Haskell, Honorary Musical Host Mike Padilla, Musical Director on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Reception at 7:30 p.m. with Entertainment. Held at Saint Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church Bloom Music Center, 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 located at the Northeast Corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue.
Saint Philip’s Friends of Music continues its regular season with a special ticketed event on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in the Bloom Music Center at Saint Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church. One Enchanted Evening – A Singer’s Showcase will be an evening of jazz, standards, and Broadway selections, performed by some of Tucson’s top professional singers, including Jack Neubeck, Chach Snook, Jodi Darling, Stephen Browning, Erin Anderson and special guest performers. There will be a special appearance by Tucson jazz legend, Jeffrey Haskell as Honorary Musical Host and musical direction by Mike Padilla. The evening begins with a social gathering with wine at 6:30 p.m. followed by the entertainment at 7:30 p.m. The price for this special ticketed event is $25 per person.
The mission of Friends of Music is to enrich the musical experience of the parish and community through events such as concerts, outreach, education, scholarships, commissions, and support of special musical events. For more information see www.friendsofmusictucson.org or call (520) 222-7277.
St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar parking structure to the east. The Friends of Music phone is (520) 222-7277.
Jeffrey Haskell: When pianist/arranger/conductor Jeff Haskell sits down at the piano, something inventive and inspiring happens. A winner in the first East Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival (Villanova), Haskell soon went on to play in Europe with flute great Jeremy Steig and trumpet legend Chet Baker. Haskell has won three Los Angeles Emmy Awards for his work on the much-celebrated children’s TV program, Dusty’s Treehouse, and critics praised his theme and underscore for ABC’s IT show for which he received an LA Emmy nomination.
Some of his Hollywood music includes arrangements on two Linda Ronstadt albums, cues for “Dudley Do-Right” and “Fight Club”. He was the conductor for the “Linda Ronstadt Sings Nelson Riddle” concerts, having conducted the Boston Pops, the Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, among others. Locally, he has been honored by the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council as a Legend of Jazz, and by the Tucson Jazz Society as the third recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. He also won the Lifetime Achievement “Lumie” from the Tucson/Pima Arts Council in May of 2007, and the Jazz Journalists Association of America named him a Jazz Hero in April of 2013. In 2016, the Jeffrey Haskell Recording Studio was named after him by the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona.
Mike R. Padilla (Musical Director/Pianist): Mike’s career spans over 34 years in Tucson, San Francisco and Japan as a cabaret artist, actor, voice teacher and pianist. He headlined at the Top of the Mark, The New Orleans Room and Mason’s in San Francisco. During the day Mike is an instructor and musical director at the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre and Arizona Repertory Theatre. Credits include: Addams Family, Evita, Hands on a Hardbody, Rent, Cabaret, The Full Monty, A Little Night Music and Urinetown. Mike recently served as conductor for ATC’s Fiddle on the Roof as well as an instructor for their Summer “OnStage” training program. He also has been the vocal coach/pianist for the Ben Vereen Awards 3 years in a row. Mike has worked locally with ATC, Invisible Theatre, SALOC, Gaslight Theatre, Great American Playhouse, Arts Express, and CYT. He studied acting and singing at Studio ACT in San Francisco as well as the San Francisco Academy of Performing Arts. He is a proud member of NATS and maintains a private voice studio in addition to his duties as an instructor at the School of Theatre.
Erin Anderson: Erin has been performing in and around the Tucson area for nearly 7 years. Before that, she sang and danced in her home town of Los Angeles, CA. She has participated in productions with many theaters in Tucson, including Arizona Onstage Productions (Les Misérables, Eponine), Lonely Street Productions (featured soloist/actress), Khris Dodge Entertainment (featured soloist), and most recently Roadrunner Theatre Company (Triumph of Love, Princess Leonide), to name a few. When not performing, she serves as a crime gun intelligence coordinator for the Tucson Police Department and mama to bouncing theater-baby-in-training, Murphey.
Stephen Browning: A performer, nonprofit executive, event producer, blogger and publicist, Stephen has had a varied career while living in Seattle, Tucson, Philadelphia, Dallas and Southern California during his adult life. Prior to relocating here to Tucson last fall, Steve lived in Thailand and Mexico for a year while supporting the work of two English language theaters in those countries. He served as Vice-President for the American Cancer Society in Southern California and CEO of Pet Partners in Bellevue, WA. The performing arts were always part of his life, however, having studied voice at the UA in Tucson and at SMU in Dallas. He has appeared in nightclubs, revues, fund raisers, concerts, backers’ auditions and special events as a soloist while producing, casting and staging events and revues, primarily in Southern California. While touring with Up With People!, Steve appeared in commercials for Sears and American Airlines, soloed at Carnegie Hall and on a nationally broadcast CBS special. He has appeared in concert versions of Mame (Patrick) and Cabaret (Cliff) and in a tribute to composer Stephen Sondheim. Recently retired, Stephen serves on the advisory boards of the Fred Fox School of Music and the Department of Theatre advisory boards at the University of Arizona and recently was asked to join the steering committee for the Ben Vereen Awards, showcasing and honoring high school musical theater students.
Jodi Darling grew up in Tucson and earned a degree in vocal performance from NAU. She worked as a singer/actress for 10 years in NYC. Her favorite roles include Laurie in Oklahoma, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, and Magnolia on the National Tour of Showboat. She was a resident member of the Great American Playhouse in Oro Valley for two years. She performed in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Triumph of Love at the Roadrunner Theatre Company. Jodi performed in the production of A Christmas Survival Guide for the St. Francis Theatre in the Foothills and A Christmas Carol for Standing O Productions at the Roadrunner Theatre Co. Jodi teaches musical theater, Kindermusik and private voice.
Jack Neubeck: After nearly 20 years in and around New York City, and over 2500 performances on Broadway, including the original Broadway casts of Evita and La Cage aux Folles, Jack moved to Tucson in 1986. In addition to his Broadway performances he also performed in everything from low budget horror films, cruise ships, Catskills and Grand Opera. He has been active in the Tucson arts community since his arrival, sitting on several boards including the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and the Tucson Pops, and continues to perform throughout the theater and music communities.
José “Chach” Snook is originally from Napa, California and has performed in 46 states and 13 countries. For almost 10 years, Chach lived in NYC as a professional singer/actor appearing and touring in several shows including Forever Plaid. While in NY, Chach was a member of the jazz a cappella group Pieces of 8 and recorded 2 albums. In Tucson, he has been seen singing with On Broadway, Lonely Street Productions, Arts Express, Mr. Bing’s Supper Club, and The 4Gents. Favorite roles include Enjolras in the Arizona Onstage Production of Les Misèrables and roles at the St. Francis Theatre Foothills. Chach directed A Christmas Survival Guide and will be directing a production of Godspell in the spring of 2018 at St. Francis. Additionally, he can be seen around Tucson judging various vocal competitions for Arts Express. Last summer, he directed and starred in a successful run of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change with the Roadrunner Theatre Company (MAC Nominations for Best Musical, Best Director and Best Actor) and he just finished directing and starring in Triumph of Love, also at RTC. Chach has a vocal performance degree from NAU and currently is the choir and drama teacher at Flowing Wells Jr. High School. In 2013, he was named a Top 5 Teacher of the Year for Arizona and last year he was named Latino Teacher of the Year for Arizona.
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