Music Series: Bits and Pieces—A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Hear Broadway performers Frank Mastrone and Terry Eldh, accompanied by Heather A. Hamilton, pay tribute to the great maestro through his songs and their stories. This all-star line-up of local professional musicians have performed on Broadway and in major venues from Lincoln Center to the stages of Europe.
Note time of performance: Sunday evening at 7:30 pm.

The Shack Sackler Foundation is the primary benefactor of this music series.

Partner & location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Heather Amlin Hamilton, Ed.D., a native of Fairfield, CT is the Director of Music at Saugatuck Church, UCC in Westport, CT and is also the owner of Hamilton Music Services where she teaches piano, theory and history to students of all ages and abilities. She is also a former conducting student of Bernstein at Tanglewood. Dr. Hamilton attended the Mannes College of Music and holds two Master’s Degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. She has the distinction of being the first fellowship recipient as pianist in the Orchestral Performance Degree Program at MSM studying with Harriet Wingreen, former pianist with the NY Philharmonic. In 2010 Heather received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Bridgeport, CT.

Dr. Hamilton has performed as pianist, accompanist, organist, percussionist and conductor throughout the United States and Europe. She has performed in many venues including Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. This past May she performed at the Metropolitan Club with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Branford Marsalis in a piece by Miles Davis. As a graduate student, she premiered over eighty new works and was fortunate to work with acclaimed composers Aaron Jay Kernis, Richard Danielpour and John Corigliano. Heather was a piano fellow and attended the National Orchestral Institute, The Waterloo Music Festival. She was an assistant to Jeaneane Dowis at the Music Studies Abroad Program in Provence, France for two summers and was a conducting student at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1987 learning from Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Meier, and Seiji Ozawa. Dr. Hamilton has performed under the batons of Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, Kurt Masur, Gerard Schwartz, Gunther Schuller among others.

Terry Eldh, a Westport 'home-grown' talent, is at home on the stages of Broadway, opera houses, and concert halls. She was Carlotta in the Broadway Company of The Phantom of the Opera and has enjoyed principal roles in La Boheme, La Traviata, the Marriage of Figaro, among other operas, throughout the United States and Europe including Michigan Opera Theatre, Dayton Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Français of New York, Opera Theatre Company of Ireland, and Teatro Lirico of Spoleto, Italy.

Frank Mastrone has appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde, Saturday Night Fever and Big: The Musical, as well as off-Broadway and major National tours. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven), The Old Globe Theatre (San Diego) The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) and The Royal Albert Hall (London). He also works as an entertainment specialist for a senior living corporation; teaches musical theatre at the Greenwich Performing Arts Studio; performs with numerous theatre companies and choirs; creates events, concerts and cabarets for a large variety of businesses and non-profit organizations.

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