To Our Friends,
We have been ever so changed since September 11, 2001.
In the midst of a terrible tragedy, we witnessed a tremendous outpouring of love and compassion from people all around our country...sending cards, banners, blankets, and food to the rescue workers. After serving as a volunteer Foot & Ankle Doctor at St. Paul's Chapel near Ground Zero, and experiencing the overwhelming sense of unity and patriotism exhibited by all the relief workers, it was clear to me that we needed to somehow continue these positive efforts and help those who lost someone on that tragic day.
Thinking often of my own son, James Edward, I realized that many babies (63 as it turns out now) would be born without fathers. These precious gifts of life would never get the chance to be held in their father's arms and sung to at night.
December of 2001 gave birth to "Heavenly Lullabies". Myself, along with twenty other artists, have created this CD to serve as a legacy to those heroes who sacrificed their lives on 9-11. We sincerely hope that these classical lullabies will help heal and soothe some of the deep emotional "scars" left in the wake of that tragic day.
"Heavenly Lullabies" is dedicated to all those babies born after 9-11 who lost a father that day, along with the nearly 1,000 children who lost one or both parents that day. This musical "tribute" is in memory of all those fallen warriors who were the embodiment of life, liberty, heroism, strength and hope. May these timeless virtues guide us through our own times of despair and difficulty, and summon up in all of us the courage displayed by those who so nobly sacrificed their lives for love of country and fellow man.
A significant portion of the proceeds from the sale of this CD will be donated to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund (TTOF), a charitable trust fund designed to benefit the surviving children of parents who perished in the Twin Towers, Pentagon or Somerset, PA terrorist air disasters. For more information you can visit the fund's web site at http://www.ttof.org.
Some of the most renowned musicians have generously contributed their time and efforts to bring this CD to fruition. I wish to thank them and all those who have taken up the mantle of caring in order to provide those who lost so much with a little joy, hope and compassion.
God Bless and Many Thanks,
Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon
After a forty-year absence from playing piano, Arthur Aitkens resumed playing as physical therapy to help correct a partial paralysis of his right side, the result of a horse jumping accident. Arthur retired as Associate General Consul of Mobil Corporation and attended The Juilliard School in the evening. Arthur made the Quarter Finals of the 1998 Paris Concours des Grands Amateurs and was selected as a Competitor in the Van Cliburn Foundation Competition for Outstanding Amateur in 2000. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Salon De Virtuosi. Arthur resides in Armonk, New York.
German-born Ole Akahoshi began studying cello at the age of four in Berlin. His early teachers were Georg Donderer and Wolfgang Boettcher. At the age of eleven he was the youngest pupil ever to be accepted by the late Pierre Fournier, with whom he studied for four years. In 1989, he moved to the United Sates to further his studies. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University, where he studied with Janos Starker, and a Masters of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Aldo Parisot. He served as teaching assistant to both Mr. Starker and Mr. Parisot. Ole joined the faculty of the Yale University School of Music in 1997 and is the principal Cellist of the International Sejong Soloists in New York. Since 1998, he has also been a member of Seiji Ozawa's Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra. Mr. Akahoshi has been a soloist and featured guest artist with the numerous orchestras including the Orchestra of St. Luke's under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin. He was top prizewinner in numerous national and international competitions and received a Fellowship Award by Mrs. Charlotte White's Salon De Virtuosi.
Gregg August, a double bass player, received his Bachelors and Master's degrees from The Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School respectively. For two years he served as principal bass of la Orquesta Ciutat de Barcelona (1991-1993), and since returning to New York has played regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and The American Symphony, having acted as principal with each. He is also a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic (assistant principal). He has performed chamber music with various groups including The Bretano Quartet. Also active in jazz and Latin music, Gregg is a former member of 'Ray Barretto and the New World Spirit' and has performed in several occasions with the Cuban saxophonist Paquito D' Rivera. Presently Gregg plays with Ray Vega and his Latin Jazz Sextet.
Andrew Bauer is a graduate of Bard College and the Manhattan School of Music and holds a Master's Degree in Classical Composition and Electronic Music. Currently Andrew serves as Choir Director and Organist for the St. John the Baptist Church, Musical Director of the New York Archdiocesan Children's Choir, Conductor and Musical Director of the Blackfriars Repertory Theatre Company. Andrew is proficient in saxophone, guitar, bass, percussion, and voice, having performed as a keyboard player, guitarist, and vocalist with numerous ensembles of contrasting styles and influences. Andrew composes music in all media including orchestral, sacred, chamber, commercial and jazz music as well as in various pop/rock idioms. He has performed on several liturgical recordings such as "The Living Silence", "The 2001 Christmas Choir-St. John the Baptist Church", "A Ceremony of Lessons & Carols". Andrew lives with his wonderful wife and two beautiful children in Brooklyn, New York.
Thomas Bitondo studied Classical Organ and Harpsichord with D. Dewitt Wasson, Jazz Piano with Sal Mosca, Jazz Saxophone and Composition with Vinnie Riccitelli. Tom plays in various Jazz fusion groups; a classical synthesizer ensemble; and with the pop group "The Cuff Links". He has performed in numerous venues throughout the United States, enjoying them all! Tom currently resides in Yorktown, New York with his lovely wife Linda and daughter Rebecca.
Robert Cartolano has enjoyed playing music since the age of 7. He has played with and directed the St. John the Baptist Folk Group since 1983. He has performed on recordings including "The Living Silence" and "The 2001 Christmas Choir-St. John the Baptist Church" and "A Ceremony of Lessons & Carols". Robert plays saxophone, acoustic bass, and electronic wind controller. He is married and has five young children and lives in Eastchester, New York.
A native of Korea, Yurhee Chae received her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, and in 2000 received her Master of Music degree from Yale University where she studied with Aldo Parisot. She won the first prize of the Chosun Daily News competition and the Sagae Daily News competition and she performed as a soloist with Seoul National Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Schneider. Also, she joined the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts and the World Cello Congress. Yurhee Chae is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Art Degree at State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Born and raised in America by Chinese immigrant parents and long-time resident of France, Frederic Chiu's cosmopolitan background brings a unique, humanist approach to his music making. An adept of the recording studio, Frederic Chiu has released 20 CDs most recently List's Annees de Peleringe, transcriptions of Schubert's Schwanengesang, and Chopin's Mazurkas, and Etudes and Rondeaux along with complete piano works of Prokofiev (10 CDs), a recording project that has elicited enthusiasm from Fanfare, to the Wall Street Journal, to France's Elle magazine. A recipient of many prestigious awards including the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Petscheck Award, and the American Pianists Association Fellowship - it was the lack of an award at the 1993 Van Cliburn Competition that first brought him international notoriety.
In North America, Mr. Chiu has played in the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, at the Ambassador Theatre in Pasadena, Place des Arts in Montreal, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He has traveled across the United States on extended recital tours with Community Concerts. His concert activities also include orchestral appearances and a large amount of chamber music. Growing up with a violinist brother and having worked closely with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, Frederic Chiu reserves a special place for the violin / piano repertoire and plays regularly with Pierre Amoyal, with whom he has recorded 3 CDs, and Joshua Bell. Mr. Chiu lived for twelve years in France, and currently resides in Connecticut.
George Davidson was born in 1972 in Toronto, Canada. As a child growing up in Guernsey, the Channel Islands, he developed a great love of music and of piano. At the age of 17, he embarked on his professional career in the Islands. Both the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman and a popular local restaurant, Benjamin's Roof, hired him to serenade the guests in the evening. He began to receive requests from his listeners for copies of his music and his performances and so, early in 1993, George entered the recording studio for the first time. Since George's debut CD "Loving You", he has recorded 8 other CDs. His CDs also include brilliant original compositions that complement the better known songs. Genuinely concerned about the welfare of others, George makes every effort to raise money for charity through his concerts and in 2001, he managed to raise over $75,000 for various charities including Multiple Sclerosis. He has toured with his good friend Eugenio Leon, a Paraguayan Harpist and together have recorded two CDs, "Twin Strings", and "Twin Strings II". He has also recorded with Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, an extremely talented Violist. George is based in the Cayman Islands, appearing nightly at the Westin Casuarina Resort on Seven Mile Beach in the Grand Cayman www.GeorgeDavidson.com.
A native of Ohio, violist Renate Falkner attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Roland Vamos. Earning degrees in both Music and Ancient Greek, Renate distinguished herself both musically and academically. She went on to receive a Master's degree from the prestigious Yale School of Music, where she studied as a scholarship student with Jesse Levine and served as principal of the Yale Philharmonia. She has been invited to participate in numerous orchestral and chamber music festivals, such as the Chautauqua Festival (New York), the Verbier Festival and Academy (Switzerland), the Spoleto Festival Orchestra (Italy), and most recently in master classes at the International Academy of Music of Solsona (Spain). An active chamber musician, Renate has performed in numerous venues both in the United States and abroad. She currently resides in Connecticut, where she is a violist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of the Anthos Trio for viola, flute
James J. Fallon
James Fallon presently attends classes at The Juilliard School of Music and is studying piano performance under the guidance of Professor Aleksandra Vojcic. In addition to recording & composing, Jim is presently on the Board of Directors of the Salon De Virtuosi. He resides with his lovely wife Kathleen and son James Edward, in Armonk, New York.
Dr. Kathleen Reilly Fallon
Dr. Kathleen Reilly Fallon is an Attending Physician and Surgeon specializing in Foot and Ankle Surgery and is also a Certified Wound Specialist. She has privileges at St. Vincent's Hospital-Midtown, Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, and the NY Hotel Trades - Manhattan Health Center in New York City, New York. She has always had a passion for music and began singing at the age of seven and entered in the St. John the Baptist Children's Choir from 1975 until 1982. She then joined the St. John the Baptist Folk Group in 1982 and still sings with them. She has performed on several liturgical CD recordings, "The 2001 Christmas Choir-St. John the Baptist" and "A Ceremony of Lessons & Carols". She was a Soprano in the College of New Rochelle's Chorus and studied voice under Alice Branagan from 1986 until 1990. She now studies voice with Elizabeth Farnum. In the past, she also successfully competed in numerous Irish Feis' in the Singing Competitions consistently winning First or Second Prize. Dr. Reilly Fallon is a member and Sustaining Patron of the Salon De Virtuosi.
Kenneth A. Farnum, Jr.
Kenneth A. Farnum, Jr. has played piano and directed several shows, revues and musicals throughout the New York Metropolitan area, including; "Sweeney Todd", "West Side Story", "Starting Here, Starting Now", and most notably, a Cole Porter Revue where he met his wife, Elizabeth, this show was produced by Spotlight Repertory, a Bronx based group he helped form. Ken loves to compose and arrange music and is the founder, Music Director and arranger for GIZMO, an electro-classical synth-keyboard trio based at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, City Island, New York, where he is the organist and Musical Director. Ken also has been a piano tuner and technician for over twenty years and loves living in City Island with his wife Beth and cat Spencer.
Alexander Mandl, or Sascha, as many know him, has been acclaimed to be one of the foremost young violinists of Brazil. Sascha began his violin studies at the age of four under Professor Cussy de Almeida. After his concert debut at the age of six, he went on to study with Professor Erich Lehninger at UNIRIO in Rio de Janeiro. At the 1983 Gramado International Music Festival, Sascha was invited by former Chicago Symphony concert master, Sidney Harth and the world renown cellist, Aldo Parisot, to come to the United States and continue his studies with Mr. Harth at Yale University while finishing high school. During this period, he won a number of significant competitions. Sascha has performed worldwide and has been awarded the numerous awards and fellowships. As an avid chamber musician he has collaborated with artists such as Erick Friedman, Aldo Parisot, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ruth Laredo, amongst others. He is also a founding member of the New Haven Symphony, Concert Master of the Canterbury Choral Society Orchestra, faculty member at the Hopkins Schools, The Neighborhood Music School, and the ITU Music Festival, the Eleazar de Carvalho Festival in Brazil, and has assisted Sidney Harth at Yale University.
Keith O' Neill has been playing the violin since age 7 and began his studies under the late Martin Mulvihill for seven years. He went on to win the All Ireland Violin (Solo) Competition in 1985. He has performed on three CD's with an Irish band, Four to The Bar. The CD's are entitled "Another Son", "Craic On The Road-Live at Sam Maguire's" and "Four To The Bar". Keith is very happy to dedicate his work on this "Heavenly Lullabies" CD to his brother, Francis J. O'Neill, New York Fire Department (NYFD) with Ladder 33 Engine 75, who passed away in the line of duty on July 13, 2000. Keith would like to thank all of his brothers at Ladder 33 for their unending love and support. Keith resides in Scarsdale, New York.
Frank Pellegrino, accomplished singer and actor, may be best known for being the proprietor of one of New York's most popular restaurants, Rao's. Frank was born in East Harlem in 1944 to Frank and Ida Pellegrino, and he began working for his Aunt Anna and Uncle Vincent at Rao's in 1973. His singing and acting career began in the 1960's when he formed the singing group, The Holidaes, and he has since been involved in producing films as well. Frank's film career is wide and varied. He has had roles in many Woody Allen's films such as Broadway Danny Rose, Manhattan Murder Mystery and Celebrity, as well as featuring in many award-winning films. Frank has appeared in many popular television shows and was a series regular on New York Undercover. Currently, he has appears as FBI Agent Cubitoso on the HBO hit series, Sopranos. Even with the acting, he always has time for his other love, food. He is passionate about the food he serves at Rao's and the well being of his customers. In 1992, Frank founded Rao's Specialty Foods to produce and sell the highest quality Italian gourmet products. In 1998, he wrote the Rao's Cookbook (Random House), providing a wonderful look back to family and neighborhood history, as well as sharing Italian recipes from one of the most famous New York restaurants. Frank has lent his hand to many charitable organizations, and he sits on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Frank received the Special Achievement Award in Humanitarian Service from the National Italian American Foundation at their New York Gala in May of 2002. Both sets of Frank's grandparents immigrated to New York City from the southern part of Italy. He lives in Rockville Centre with his wife of 33 years, Josephine. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Pedro Pinol was born in Santiago de Cuba where he started playing the violin at the age of seven. Mr. Pinol was the winner of the Bronze medal at the Henryk Szeryng International Competition in 1992, and holds a Masters Degree from Yale University, and studied under the guidance of Professor Erick Friedman. He has performed as a chamber musician in South America and in the United States.
Two major works by Behzad Ranjbaran will be premiered during the 2002-03 season. The first is Songs of Eternity, a song cycle for Renée Fleming, to be performed with the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz in September, 2002; then in January, 2003, Maestro Schwarz will conduct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic when Joshua Bell premiers the Violin Concerto. Behzad was born in Iran and immigrated to United States in 1974. He is now on the faculty of The Juilliard School where he received his Doctorate in composition. His awards include the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a "Distinguished Artist" citation from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and the Nissim Award from American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
A native of Belgrade Yugoslavia, Aleksandra has given recitals throughout Yugoslavia making her debut with The Josip Slavenski String Orchestra and the Belgrade Philharmonic at the age of 17. In the United States, Aleksandra has appeared in numerous venues including New York's Steinway Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, and Alice Tully Hall, where she made her New York City debut in Alfred Schnittke's Piano Concerto. She was a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, COLBY Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Chamber Orchestra and The New Juilliard Ensemble. Her performances have been broadcast by NPR and WNYC's "Around New York". Aleksandra has extensive performance experience in the music of the 20th century and has premiered many works by Schnittke, Baraque, Ornstein, and others, including Jacob Drukman's Medea in a two-piano production with the Juilliard Opera Center. She was among the original members of The New Juilliard Ensemble and an annual participant of The Focus Festival of contemporary music. She studied with Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, Aube Tzerko, Maurey Ritt and Leonid Brumberg and was the recipient of numerous scholarships and prizes including the Vladimir Horowitz Award. Aleksandra is currently on the faculty at Juilliard, where she teaches music theory courses. In addition to piano master classes in US and Europe, she also taught aesthetic education in New York City's public schools. Her interest in the accessible avant-garde led to the varied explorations in the acclaimed group D'DIVAZ.
Charlotte White, Founder and Director of the Salon De Virtuosi returned to the United States after many years of living in the Far East. She had originally left a most promising career as a concert pianist and teacher to accompany her husband in his many assignments with the diplomatic corps and representing renowned corporations abroad. Charlotte was a student of Richard Singer, who himself was a student of Leschetitsky, Busoni & Brahms and Charlotte went on to study at The Juilliard School of Music with the legendary Josef Lhevinne. She taught at Fordham University before she left the US. Ms. White concertized for the State Department and taught interested young pianists wherever she found them. She lectured as well, comparing Western music, its history and differences in mode and scale to that of the particular country. Salon De Virtuosi a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, discovers and present outstanding talents from different countries and educates the public about other cultural and musical concepts, all held in inspiring environments such as the Indian, Polish, Hungarian, and Japanese Consulates, as well as Steinway Hall and beautiful private homes. Please visit the Salon's website for membership information www.sdev.org.
Lev Zhurbin was born in Moscow, Russia and grew up in New York City. Son of the celebrated Russian composer and producer Alexander Zhurbin, and poet Irena Ginzburg, Lev began his musical training at the age of four on the violin, studying with Galina Turchaninova. He later continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division with Emanuel Vardi and Karen Ritscher and at The Juilliard School with violist and composer Samuel Rhodes. Lev has studied Composition with his father, as well as Bruce Adoplhe, Christopher Vassiliades, Tom Cipullo, and Alexander Yagupsky and has garnered top honors from many societies including ASCAP. Lev has many compositions commissioned by the performers all over the world. Lev has composed an archive of extremely diverse content, including magnificent works for Film and Theatre, which may be accessed via the web at www.Ljova.com.