July 14th Riverhouse Concert
Steve Rudolph, Anais Reno and Kevin MacConnell!
5258 N. Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Dear Riverhouse Patrons,
Our next concert this summer features Harrisburg’s Jazz Icon, pianist and long time friend, Steve Rudolph, with rising star vocalist Anais Reno and more, on July 14th. The evening begins with wine and hors-d’oevres at 7:00 , with the concert starting at 7:45.
Gary and I are so thrilled to offer unique and diverse programming, and bringing Steve on board was a no brainer! Anais Reno is the daughter of my childhood friend, Julie Kurtzman, a wonderful violinist and Curtis graduate. I have followed Anais’ development into a sought after jazz vocalist with great joy and am so happy Riverhouse Concerts gets to introduce her to all of you in Harrisburg. You don’t want to miss this concert! I know I will be there! <3
Jazz Pianist – Composer – Educator – Yamaha Keyboard Artist
Steve Rudolph has had an inspiring career in his 50 years of professional music making. Jazz Improv magazine states, “Rudolph is a savvy, swinging, glimmering heavyweight… …simply outstanding.” The winner of the Jazziz Magazine Piano Competition at the Seven Springs Jazz Festival in 2000, he was also awarded two Jazz Composition Fellowships from the PA Council on the Arts. With eleven acclaimed CDs as a leader, he has served as producer, arranger and performer on many recordings including CDs with Johnny Coles, Bill Goodwin, Ali Ryerson, Matt Wilson and Vinny Valentino. His vast experience encompasses concert performances with many jazz masters including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Buddy Tate, Al Grey, the Mills Brothers, and Cal Collins. He has toured throughout the U.S., India, Europe, Canada, Russia and the Caribbean. Steve is currently a Yamaha Keyboard Artist and is in demand as a clinician and performer.
Born in Evansville and raised near Boonville, Indiana, Steve studied trumpet and composition under scholarship at Butler University in Indianapolis. He switched his main instrumental focus to the piano at age 22 and was hired by Buddy Morrow to perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1977. Since moving to Harrisburg in 1978, he has been largely responsible for the growth and development of the thriving jazz scene in Central PA. His devotion to the art of jazz inspired him to found the Central PA Friends of Jazz, now in its 36th successful year of monthly concerts, youth band, jazz camp, and annual Central PA Jazz Festival. Since 2012 he has served as the Executive Director of CPFJ. Steve was the recipient of the 2002 Harrisburg Arts Award for dedication to the arts and community service. His detailed recording and touring information may be found at www.steverudolph.com.
Anaïs Reno is 14 years old. She was born in Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently a Drama Freshman at the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, in NYC, where she had her first solo performance at the much-celebrated school’s Rising Stars showcase. More importantly, she just completed her second professional solo show at the renowned New York Feinstein’s 54 Below with the much acclaimed jazz pianist Billy Stritch. As a recipient of the Recanati-Kaplan Scholarship Program at the 92nd Street Y, studying voice and music for the 5th consecutive year, Anaïs has had an impressive experience as a singer, performer and composer, specializing in Jazz, Blues and Musical singing.
After winning the 2016 Forte International Competition’s highest Platinum Award at Carnegie Hall, Anaïs has taken part of the widely known Apollo Amateur Night Competition, in April 2018, in New York. As a New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers member from age 10 to 12, Anaïs’ compositions were played by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at David Greffen Hall, the JACK and Tomai Quartets, as well as ensembles abroad.
As a stage performer, she has been part of solo casts in AristoCats, Smokey Joe’s Café, Godspell and Thirteen at The New York Acting Academy Upcoming performances include the famously acclaimed Great American Song Book Competition in Indiana where Anaïs’ has been selected to sing as a finalist in July 2018. Further in the year, she will be performing her solo show at Feinstein’s 54 Below with a brand new music program, and she will be busy performing in high music venues at The Cast Party with Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch at Birdland and with Grammy Award winning Vince Giordano and the Night Hawks.
Bassist and University of the Arts music faculty member since 1996, Kevin MacConnell continues to enjoy a busy and diverse career as a freelance musician. He has performed with such jazz legends as Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Billy Ecstine, Joe Williams and tenor saxophonist, Ernie Watts. In the pop world, he has made national and international television appearances/performances with Marilyn McCoo, Merv Griffin, Natalie Cole and opera diva, Denyce Graves.
Kevin is involved in the classical music scene, performing in the bass section of the Reading Symphony Orchestra and has also performed in recent years with several members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, in their chamber music series and with the renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir. He subs with the Philly Pops and the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra.
Equally at home in the musical theater world, Kevin has worked along side the late Cy Coleman while producing his last musical, “The Great Ostrovsky” and with Adam Guettel (son of Mary Rodgers–grandson of Richard Rodgers) in both Philadelphia theater productions of his musical “Floyd Collins”. He has performed theater productions in the pit of the Academy of Music, Forrest Theater, Merriam Theater, Walnut St. Theater and at the PrinceTheater in Philadelphia and is currently a member of the pit orchestra in the Hershey Theater in Hershey Pa.
He continues to tour the country with a Philadelphia based classical/blue grass ensemble, “The DePue Brothers Band” which features two members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as blue grass legends, Mark Cosgrove and Tony Trischka. Kevin performs regularly with Philadelphia-based jazz icon saxophonist Larry McKenna, as well as with guitarist Jimmy Bruno, violinist John Blake, and vibraphonist Tony Miceli and the UArts faculty ensemble, ‘Power of Ten’ led by former dean, Rick Lawn. He is also involved with a college concert series ‘The Langston Hughes Project’ led by Dr. Ron McCurdy, professor at the USC Thornton School of Music.
Recent recording credits include; “Profile”, Larry McKenna; ‘Earth Tones’, Power of Ten; ‘Unencumbered’, Mark Cosgrove and Director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, Charles Gilbert’s prerecorded productions, “Harold and the Purple Crayon” and “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble”. Also, ‘soon to be released’ Tony Miceli Quartet recording entitled, “Can’t Find My Way Home” and a new (yet to be titled) Larry McKenna CD.
Kevin will also be seen and heard on an upcoming episode of the USA network television drama ‘White Collar’ entitle the “The Empire City”, performing behind Diahann Carroll, as her character June Ellington sings at the famed Harlem night club “The Cotton Club”!
Violinist & Music Director Odin Rathnam
Since his critically acclaimed Lincoln Center debut in 1993, violinist Odin Rathnam has established an international career of remarkable versatility and depth. As an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, he has recieved unanimous praise from audiences and critics for his “innate musicianship” , “brilliant technique” and “recalling the great violinists of past generations” In 2011, he was the recipient of the DES Cultural Prize in Copenhagen, and made his debut as conductor and soloist with the Randers Chamber Orchestra, in three performances of Piazzolla’s and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Odin Rathnam’s artistry, charisma and passion are credited by many for leading the outstanding artistic development of the Harrisburg Symphony, where he served as concertmaster with distinction for 21 years. In 1995, he also created the critically acclaimed chamber ensemble, Concertante, with whom he performed and recorded for 7 years.
Mr. Rathnam’s commitment to the broader community’s success and health have led to countless benefits for cancer research, Habitat for Humanity, Allied Arts , and other charities. Equally passionate about education and arts training, he has maintained a busy schedule of master classes and residencies , from Chicago to Copenhagen, Silkeborg , Lagos, New York, Michigan, Maryland, and more…Many of his students have gone on to become members of orchestras around the world, concertmasters, chamber musicians ,soloists, and teachers.
Recent and upcoming engagemnts include the concerti of Korngold , Brahms, Beethoven , Bruch, Kreisler, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Piazzolla and Vivaldi.
The Riverhouse, the site of this concert series, was built in 2014 and is the artistic creation of Gary Lysaght, who designed and built the house with the aid of just a handful of workers. The imposing facade harmonizes with the adjacent buildings of historic Fort Hunter Park. Step inside, and you enter a modernistic world of soaring heights, with the broad Susquehanna River providing an ever-changing vista through the structure’s western wall, entirely of glass. Attracted by the unique beauty of the Riverhouse and its excellent acoustics, violinist Odin Rathnam has chosen the site for a series of intimate concerts. Odin and Gary welcome you and hope you enjoy these special evenings where music, nature, wine and good food will come together with people in a truly unique musical and sensory experience.
“When Gary first gave me a tour of the residence, I was immediately struck by the open, light feel of the space, the way Nature is drawn in through the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the River, Rockville Bridge and mountains, and the perfect acoustics that the vaulted space and maple floors help to provide”, Rathnam notes.” I am humbled and fortunate to have been afforded this opportunity to partner with Gary in bringing something new and beautiful to the community that has been such a huge support and factor in my own career and artistic development for 26 years. We aim to create a series of concerts based on the convergence of sight, sound, taste and the ambiance of this gem of a venue and share that with 60 to 70 guests, four or five times a year. As Artistic Director, I look forward to bringing many exceptional colleagues and friends together, as we explore and present great works from the chamber music repertoire, pieces off the beaten track, and diverse styles and disciplines. There will be surprises, all given in the spirit of Art and Love.”