Music from the Sarah Rice Trio
The Sarah Rice Trio performs classical, jazz, traditional and contemporary Celtic works from Loreena McKennitt and Secret Garden to film scores on harp, piano, vocals and Celtic Theremin. The trio is composed of Sarah Rice, vocals and Theremin, Maria Banks, harp, and Amy Ralske, cello.
Sarah Rice was the original Johanna in SWEENEY TODD on Broadway, winning a Theatre World Award and Grammy for Best Show Recording for her performance. Sarah first played the Theremin at Broadway director Tom O'Horgan's house about 10 years ago, on an original RCA model from the 1920s. She has been enthralled with the instrument and its otherworldly sound ever since. Her performances and awards include: Broadway, (SWEENEY TODD) Johanna, original, Theatre World Award, Grammy for Best Show Recording. Off-Broadway: Luisa (FANTASTICKS); Susan (THE WAVES); Elizabeth (SWAN SONG). Opera/Operetta/Music Theatre/Theatre: leading soprano and dramatic roles performed all over the world 2010 Bistro Award and 2011 MAC AWARD winner, Female Vocalist, for her critically acclaimed solo cabaret debut, SARAH RICE sings SCREEN GEMS, Songs of Old Hollywood and voted favorite female cabaret debut performer by Cabaret Hotline Online readers in 2009.
Maria Banks began playing the harp at the age of 7. Within ten years, she debuted as a concerto soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has worked with several professional ensembles and played several operas. As a soloist and a member of various ensembles, Banks has toured internationally and throughout the United States. Banks has also performed at several festivals such as the International Jazz and Pop Harpfest, The American Harp Society National Conference, and the Festival del Desierto in Mexico. Her musical repertoire ranges from classical to popular, new age, and jazz and includes original arrangements and compositions. Her education includes undergraduate and graduate work in music performance at the Eastman School of Music and The University of Arizona.
Amy Ralske began playing the cello in 3rd grade after hearing one in a concert. Since then, she has played with The Houston Ballet Orchestra, The Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, The Texas Chamber Orchestra, and The Houston Symphony. Since moving to New York, she has performed with groups including The American Ballet Theater, The New York City Opera Orchestra, The American Symphony Orchestra, The New York Pops, and the New Jersey Symphony. Amy has been in the Broadway productions of Elton John’s and Tim Rice’s Aida, Bombay Dreams, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 9 to 5, Green Day’s American Idiot, Motown the Musical, Gigi, and Amazing Grace. Amy has performed and recorded with many popular artists and has toured with Sheryl Crow, Hall and Oates, Barbara Streisand, and Harry Connick jr. After attending Juilliard Pre-college as a student of Harvey Shapiro, Amy received a BM from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a MM from Rice University where she held quartet and teaching fellowships. Other teachers include Stephen Kates, Berl Senofsky and Shirley Trepel.