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Gabriela Montero at the Prager Family Center for the Arts brings Yuja Wang,

Paquito D’Rivera, Joshua Bell for an exclusive musical series in Easton, MD.

Addition of a music education program for underserved youth

EASTON, MD., August 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Pianist-Composer, Gabriela Monterobegan his studies earlier than most – at just four years old – making his solo debut with an orchestra in his home country Venezuela at seven years old. She then received a scholarship to go to school in the United States, then became a graduate and a member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Montero has showcased his phenomenal musicianship and rare improvisational ability internationally – from Carnegie Hall to the 2008 presidential inauguration barack obama. Come this fall, Montero will perform, featuring a lineup of GRAMMY-winning musical artists, like Yuja Wangas a member of Gabriela Montero in Prague series in the new restoration Ebenezer Theater at Prager Family Center for the Arts, Easton, Md.. Consisting of eight concerts, beginning September 2022, and continue through the summer 2023Montero and some of the most influential musicians of modern times – representing China, Venezuela, Porto Rico, Ireland, Cubaand United States – will bring sounds from around the world to Easton.

The series’ first season will feature Montero and seven of the music world’s brightest stars, including esteemed talents like Joshua Bell, the GRAMMY-winning and Emmy-nominated violinist. Bell was selected to perform in the first musical mission to Cuba commissioned by President Obama to celebrate the renewal of cultural diplomacy between the United States and Cuba; he was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by musical americaand his cross-genre collaborations – with musicians like Sting and Chick Corea – as well as his contributions to the Oscar-winning film, Red Violin, made the hit Indiana native a musical legend. Yuja Wangthe beijing pianist and the youngest of the guest artists, is known for her charismatic stage presence and her fashionable and daring outfit that reflects the energy of her performances. In addition to his four GRAMMY nominations, Wang received the prestigious “young artist award of the year” and the musical america “Artist of the Year” award; it’s a fresh and youthful voice in the classical world. Paquito D’Riverawith 14 Grammy Awards to his name, discovered his love for the saxophone and clarinet early in his home country of Cubaperforming at the age of 10 with the Orchester du Théâtre National de Havana. Known for his ability to blend Latin jazz and classical music, he was honored with the National Medal of Arts by the President George W. Bush. Larisa Martinezborn and raised in Porto Ricojoined the previously mentioned artist Joshua Bell in Cuba as part of the delegation sent by President Obama. The soprano singer toured with the tenor Andrea Bocelli; she won the Metropolitan Opera national board audition in Porto Rico; and his talents were featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS special “Live from Lincoln Center, Seasons of Cuba.” Considered as ireland best tenor, Anthony Kearns tour with acclaimed band The Irish Tenors. Kearns has performed at several of President Obama’s inauguration events and regularly takes time out to sing in support of important causes such as music education and autism awareness. vanessa perez is a pianist; at age 11, she was invited to make her concert debut at Caracas, Venezuela. Today, Perez is the actor’s performance partner Bill Murrayand recently played a major role alongside Murray in the concert documentary, “New Worlds: Cradle of Civilization.” His presentation at the Acropolis in Athens, Greecewas filmed by the director Andre Muscat and became an official selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. She was interviewed by Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday morning and played on the Stephen Colbert Show. The latest artist to join Montero is Marc-Andre Hamelin, a Canadian musician who started playing the piano at the age of five. Hamelin is a recording artist for Hyperion Records; with a discography that spans over 70 albums, he has nearly 30 compositions to his credit. Hamelin has received seven Juno Awards and 11 GRAMMY nominations.

To ensure inclusiveness, up to 20 seats at each performance will be allocated free of charge to underserved communities through the Access to excellence ticketing program. In addition to performance, Montero presents three new programs for eston. Back to school with Gabriella brings world-renowned artists to young people in the community, with showcases at Talbot County Public Schools the day before each of their performances at the Prager Family Auditorium. The Gabriela Montero Piano Lab provides year-round mentorship to the next generation of concert pianists around the world. She will lead the live digital instruction of nine piano mates, each of impeccable talent and skill. The 90 minutes Open Door Piano Lab Sessions offered throughout the year will allow eston exclusive access to the community to observe Montero’s mentoring work.

Given by Paul Prager propensity to restore historic buildings in Easton, Marylandit is not surprising that he is behind the ambitious revival of the Ebenezer Theaterwithin the Prager Family Center for the Arts. The historic 1856 building was built to house the Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church. Sold in the middle of the 20th century, it was the seat of the Historical Society of Talbot County, which began the transition from a place of worship to an auditorium. When Prager, as director of Bluepoint Hospitality, acquired the property in 2014, he created something almost as spiritual as the original building – a performance hall. At the Ebenezer Theatre, Bluepoint Hospitality has created a rich atmosphere of Gothic movement design and Victorian aesthetics, drawing inspiration from original features such as stained glass windows and Gothic arches. Bradbury & Bradbury’s period wallpapers embody the great ideals of mid-19th century interior design. The pressed pewter ceiling has been transformed by 24 carat gold leaf, applied by hand by Maryland artist Kelly Walker, which also created a dramatic celestial vault above the stage. Thanks to the latest technologies of the 21st century, the acoustics of the auditorium now pave the way for memorable performances. The completion of the Prager Family Center for the Arts is Zachary Hall, adjacent to the theater, adding space for programs that feature literary, visual and performing arts for the enrichment of the community. Bluepoint Hospitality is excited to “share the stage” with Gabriela Montero in Prague.

For more details and the lineup for the eight selected concerts at the Ebenezer Theater, please visit the website at www.bluepointhospitality.com.

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