Born in Oakland on May 4, 1955, drummer Dan Brubeck was a highly energetic child who found his calling at the trap set. Mentored by two consummate polyrhythmic masters, Joe Morello and Alan Dawson (at the Berklee College of Music), he was working professionally before he finished his teens. Over the years Dan was featured on nearly a dozen albums with his father, and toured widely with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, including many appearances with the world’s leading orchestras. He’s been an integral part of the various Brubeck bands, including the Darius Brubeck Ensemble, Two Generations of Brubeck, and the New Brubeck Quartet. He’s toured internationally and recorded three widely played albums with his electric jazz group, The Dolphins, and co-led the Brubeck LaVerne Trio with his brother Chris and pianist Andy LaVerne. A stylistically versatile musician, he’s toured with acts ranging from The Band and David Benoit to Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond. He’s recorded with jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell, singer~songwriter Livingston Taylor, jazz~pop singer Michael Franks, and pioneering blues guitarist Roy Buchanan.
Dan’s drumming style is both mesmerizing and unparalleled, and his distinctive, and astonishingly textured drum solos have received standing ovations all over the world! His uncanny sense of timing and use of odd time signatures, combining melodic phrases with polyrhythms that often stretch far beyond the bar line, has earned the respect of many jazz critics worldwide. His mastery of complex rhythms has led to his reputation as one of the most talented and creative drummers in jazz!
Dan continues to perform and record with his siblings—Chris Brubeck, a bassist, trombonist, and noted composer, in the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and pianist/composer Darius Brubeck in Brubecks Play Brubeck. Dan also plays with the Vancouver-based Dan Brubeck Quartet (DBQ), featuring vocal powerhouse Adam Thomas. The DBQ recently released Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave and Iola Brubeck, which showcases his father’s music and little-known lyrics of his mother. Visit www.danbrubeck.com and www.brubeckbrothers.com for more info.
Soprano Emily Nelsonis a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Master of Music in Opera. An Oregon native, Emily Nelson has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as the Czech Republic. Most recently, Emily performed the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte with Portland Opera Workshop, under the direction of Luke Housner. Emily was also a soprano soloist for Bravo! Northwest’s 2015- 16 season, performing in both Handel’s Messiah and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert. Other concert works to her name include Mozart’s Requiem, Bach Magnificat, and Vaughan-William’s Dona nobis pacem. Operatic credits to her name include La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Gertrud in Hänsel un Gretel, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. In addition to performance, Ms. Nelson maintains an extensive studio of voice and piano students. Emily is the Co-Manager of Opera On Tap—Portland.
Mezzo Soprano Beth Madsen Bradfordhas been praised by critics for her “lovely, vibrant tone” and “gutsy” portrayals of opera’s greatest characters. She performs throughout the West Coast, where her roles encompass the dramatic and comedic repertoire, from Verdi to Gilbert and Sullivan. A regular on the concert stage, Beth’s orchestral repertoire includes Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis, and Handel’s Messiah. Beth was recently selected as a semifinalist in the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition, and performs frequently as a guest recitalist around the region. Beth has sung with Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Opera, Skagit Opera, Portland Concert Opera, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Juneau Symphony, Vashon Opera, Resonance Ensemble and Walla Walla Symphony, among others. She received training with the International Vocal Arts Institute, the Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Program and Aspen Opera Theater Center.
Tenor John Stott,a native of Memphis, Tennessee, made his professional operatic debut in 1979, with Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has since performed over 30 different roles in over 400 performances in the United States and European theaters. At Chicago Lyric, he was soloist in the North American premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’ chamber opera The Martyrdom of St. Magnus. While in Chicago, he also sang in a 1980 Ravinia Festival concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with the Chicago Symphony under the baton of Maestro James Levine. After a national tour with Houston’s Texas Opera Theater in 1982, he was engaged in Germany where he spent the next six years singing leading roles in Ulm, Kaiserslautern, Mannheim, Darmstadt, and Kiel among other cities. Signature roles there included the title figures in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Handel’s Xerxes, Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, and Jacques Offenbach’s Ritter Blaubart. He has been heard most recently as Cantor/soloist in Dave Brubeck’s jazz oratorio The Gates of Justice and Beethoven’s Ninth (Choral) Symphony with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel with the University of Memphis Orchestra.
Baritone Nicolai Strommer’sperformances have taken him from Astoria, Corvallis and Portland to New York, Boston and Beijing. He has performed most recently with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Boston Modern Opera Project, Flint Symphony Orchestra and Chautauqua Opera, among others. His opera performances include leading roles in La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor, Così fan tutte and Falstaff. In concert settings he has performed as a soloist in Carmina Burana, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Haydn’s Creation, Johann Bach’s Magnificat and Saint John Passion and others. He is a graduate of Oregon State University. Nicolai earned a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and the Artist Diploma from Boston University Opera Institute.
Violinist Dr. Tatiana Kolchanova earned her Ph.D. from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia. Dr. Kolchanov has 27 years of performing experience, and 20 years of teaching experience. Beginning in 1983, Tatiana toured the world as a violinist, including performances at Carnegie Hall under Zubin Mehta and collaborative performances with Jessy Norman in France, Italy, Lebanon and Germany. From 1996-2006 she taught at the Moscow Conservatory, and was first violinist of the Moscow String Quartet for 10 years. A sought-after adjudicator for International Competitions, currently Tatiana is founder & director and principal teacher of Music & Arts Academy in Camas, Washington.
Janet Dubay’s career as a violinist has taken her from Keller Auditorium to Carnegie Hall to the Hawaiian Islands and back. A native Oregonian, she studied with Raphael Spiro, Carol Sindell and the Florestan Trio at PSU and the American String Quartet in Taos, NM. She played in the National Orchestra of New York, Colorado Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony and Hawaii Opera Theatre Orchestras. She was a lecturer at the University of Hawaii. Currently, she plays Principal 2nd Violin in the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra, in the Portland Opera Orchestra, teaches privately, and works in the healing arts of massage and bodymind therapy through DubaySynergy.
Dr. Sharon Eng completed her BM and MM in viola performance at the Juilliard School. Her rich musical journey have included contracts with the American Ballet Theatre and New York City Opera orchestras, two tours to China as co-principal viola of the Polish Sinfonietta, and chamber music performances in a dozen countries including for the Sultan of Kuwait. In Portland, Dr. Eng maintains three violin/viola teaching studios, performs with the Raphael Spiro String Quartet and Madrona Viola Duo, conducts the Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra, is president of the Oregon Viola Society, and in summers serves on the faculty of the International Music Institute and Festival at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland.
Cellist Gregory Dubay is Executive Director of the Community Music Center, a non-profit school providing equity of access to music education and experiences for all ages. He attended Reed College and has a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Pablo Casals award. Gregory Dubay has performed in solo and chamber music concerts in the U.S., England and Norway. Before taking the chief administrate role at the Music Center he was the principal cellist of the Honolulu Symphony, appearing thrice as that ensemble’s featured concerto soloist, and a cello instructor at the University of Hawaii.
Chris Higgins, Jazz Bass is one of the top bassists in the Pacific Northwest. He has performed throughout the United States with many of the top jazz artists, and is sought after as a collaborator for performance and recording projects.
Erick Hailstone, Jazz Guitar is recognized as one the top jazz and pop guitarists in the region. He is a frequent collaborator with jazz and pop bands. Erick also works for Yamaha Instruments as a Worship Product Specialist.
Drummer Ben Wassonperformed for many years working in house bands for Holland America Cruise Lines. He has performed hundreds of shows for Portland Center Stage, and is sought after as a freelance drummer - in jazz, classical, rock and pop styles.
TIMPANI / DRUMS
Hyun Jin Kim
Dr. Nancy Bowen-Hicks
Beth Madsen Bradford
HARPSICHORD / PIANO
Bravo! Northwest Chorale:
The Bravo! Chorale is recognized as one of the premiere civic choral groups in the Pacific Northwest. Our members live throughout the Portland-Vancouver region and include both highly trained amateur and professional musicians. The Chorale has performed many of the major choral music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including: Rachmaninov’s Solemn Vespers, Handel’s Messiah, Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion; the Requiems of Mozart, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Duruflé and Guiseppe Verdi; Joseph Haydn’s Te Deum and Creation, Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives and 9th Symphony and Felix Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio and Elijah to name just a few. The Chorale has performed concerts of Dave Brubeck’s To Hope: A Celebration and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert; and is equally at home performing jazz, Broadway, American folk and patriotic songs, American Spirituals and more. The Bravo! Chorale has toured nationally and internationally. The Chorale has toured throughout Croatia with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and produced a 5-city Pacific Northwest concert tour with the DSO, with concerts in Portland, Vancouver, Olympia, Edmonds and Seattle. The Chorale has performed in Washington D.C. and in New York City at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The Chorale has released two CD recordings: Hear My Prayer: The American Spiritual, a collection of classic Negro Spirituals and spirituals by contemporary American composers; and a live concert recording of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah: An Oratorio.
Hae Jin Kim
Northwest Chamber Orchestra:
The NCO includes the best freelance musicians from the Portland metropolitan region. Our musicians perform regularly with Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Oregon Symphony. Their experience includes performing in orchestras and ensembles including Miami Pops Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, The Metropolitan Opera, New Jersey Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and others.
Hui Juan Ma