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  • The Lynne Show – Interviews, Stories for Change and Music

    Lynne Bernfield: Therapist, Consultant, Speaker, Radio Show HostHosted by psychotherapist and author Lynne Bernfield, The Lynne Show is about discovering aspects of ourselves which we have had to deny. In it she talks about why this happens and what we can do to recover these denied parts. In her interview series called Anatomy of an Artist she interviews people who make their living or their life with their art.

    The Lynne Show is an eclectic mix of information, music, interviews and stories. It airs on the Radioearnetwork.com Tuesdays at 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time and again on Monday at 3:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

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  • Interview with Sharon Ohrenstein – Golden Roads

    Interview with Sharon Ohrenstein – Golden Roads

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    1-24-17 Sharon Leslie Ohrenstein is a renaissance woman. Her extraordinary voice was first discovered in Kindergarten when she was chosen to sing the solo in the Christmas play and has delighted countess audiences since. She is a fine actor appearing in vastly dissimilar roles with authenticity. As a director she has helped actors find nuances which enabled them to be better than they were. And, as a teacher, she has enhanced the experience of the eager students at Roads Scholar for 16 years. Although writing came late in her life, along with her composer husband David, she wrote the book and lyrics to two musicals and two operas; producing, directing, and staring in many (she even made the costume). Listen to this amazing woman talk about her life journey and come see her open this year’s Sarasota Festival on Jan 28th at 1:00, at Crocker Church performing Golden Roads an original musical homage to Golda Meir.

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  • Interview with Pianist and Singer Lee Dougherty Ross

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    1-17-17 Seven year old Lee Dougherty saw her mother and brother at the piano and knew that she too wanted to play. Her mother immediately enrolled Lee with Francis Marsh Bunton, who had a profound impact on Lee’s life and with whom she studied until she entered college. Many times in Lee’s life someone came along and told her what she must do next and bravely she followed their instructions. At a piano completions, a judge told Lee that she must attend North Texas State College to study piano. And she did. In addition to piano she took voice lessons from Julius Huehn, an operatic bass-baritone who had sung over 200 performances with the Metropolitan Opera . Mr. Huehn insisted that Lee must go to the Eastman School of Music to study voice. Lee left North Texas before graduating and went off to Eastman to finish her degree. During her studies there Lee decided that voice was to be her main instrument, but she never stopped playing the piano. She and her husband Jerold Ross, created soiree’s wherever they lived bringing beautiful music to audiences often in their own home. When they relocated to Sarasota FL they continued their soiree’s which morphed into the highly successful Artists Series Concerts which is now celebrating its 25th year. Listen to this delightful woman describe her journey, hear her play and sing and come hear her and Joseph Holt perform four-hand piano music in ”Kittens on the Keys” January 26 at Lunch, Look and Listen One-hour concerts at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. At Michael’s On East Ballroom, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota.

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  • Interview with Jazz composer, keyboardist, singer teacher Gwen Wahman

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    1-10-17 Pianist, composer, arranger, singer, dancer, teacher Gwen Wahman fell in love with music at four years old. Although she took her first piano lesson at 4 1/2 she had wait till she was five for her motor skills to develop. Hear Gwen describe how she “waited and waited” and when she was finally five she “couldn’t wait to get at it.” But Gwen is a multi-passionate person so she also studied the saxophone and was a professional dance at 16. Listen to her describe the dilemma of having to choose between two passions – music and dance – and how her choice has informed her life. Also hear 2 cuts from her first CD Certitude.

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  • Interview with Alan Brasington

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    12-27-16 Alan Brasington began his performing career at three when he repeated to neighbors a dirty joke he’d overheard his grandmother telling. It was years before Alan understood the joke but he loved the attention the delighted neighbors gave him. Still it would be twenty seven years before he was able to become the actor he was clearly meant to be. Alan’s mother was just sixteen when he was born and she loved the movies. Mother and son would watch films on their black and white TV and revel in the performances of actors like Cary Grant and Greta Garbo – who Alan thought of as Kings and Queens or Gods. It was an opportunity to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London that allowed Alan to discover who he is and what he was meant to do. Listen to him tell the story of his rise from poverty to live a truly extraordinary life. A life he was able to embrace because of his mother positive certainty that he could be/do anything – that all things were possible – and clearly mother was right. To hear how Alan wound up at the Royal Academy and the rest of his remarkable life story.

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  • Interview with film/video producer Mark Palmer

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    1-3-16 Mark Palmer defies definition. Equally interested in shooting guns and film, Mark relentlessly pursued all of his very varied interests. The military intrigued him because was decisive and he was a natural shot, scoring almost perfectly at the firing range. The theater drew him – initially because that was where the girls were – but it retained his interest by giving him things to design and build. Mark was, and continues to be fascinated by everything that creates pictures, listen to his story of shooting regattas from a plane. He went to film school and studied photography and video soaking up all the information he was given. Today putting it all together Mark is Mars Vision a video and film Production Company, where like a general (otherwise known as the Director) he helps people create their vision.

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  • Interview with keyboardist, composer, jazzman Tommy Goodman

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    12-20-16 As composer, arranger, pianist, conductor, teacher, Tommy Goodman approaches his 92nd birthday, he is still indulging the passion he discovered at two years old. Studying with Paul Hindemith, Nadia Boulanger, Nikolai Lopatnikoff and Bernard Rogers to hone his craft, Tommy worked with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Sammy Davis, Jr., Lena Horne, Louis Bellson, and Frank Loesser . just to name a few. He has composed operas, ballets and commercials, and been performed by The New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. Listen to this remarkable man talk about the way he discovered his attachment to various forms of music and how he relentlessly pursued excellence in every one. Hear him play the classic “My Romance,” and come out to hear him every Friday night at the Burns Court Café in downtown Sarasota.

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  • Interview with Andre Malaev-Babel

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    12/13 /16 Andrei Maleav-Babel is a Russian Immigrant. The son and grandson of writers and artists, Andrei wrote musicals and directed his parent’s friends in his plays, by the time he was 10 or 12. Luckily coming of age as Perestroika was occurring in Russia, Andrei was able to start his own theater as a very young man. Barely able to speak English, he met, courted and married an American sociology student and became a Professor of Acting at the prestigious FSU Conservatory for Actor Training, one of the top ten actor training companies in the United States. Listen to him tell his amazing story and talk about his direction of the Conservatory’s production of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge,” opening on Dec 27th

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  • Interview artist/sculptor Frank Colson

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    12/6/16 Frank Colson was an internationally recognized Sculptor and Potter, but it is just the tip of the iceberg of his interests and talents. In high school he studied and performed Shakespeare. His ability to mimic whatever he heard; won an army wide competition by mimicking Victor Borges’s difficult and hilarious Phonetic Punctuation. He had a Master’s degree in Communication, produced television shows, was a DJ, fought fires in the wilds of Alaska, and wrote a book which took him all over the world as a teacher and lecturer. The stroke which made it difficult for him to do all he still wanted to do – did not stopped him. Listen to this delightfully open and self-disclosing man, (he admitted to, no reveled in, what he called his “giant ego”), talk about a one of a kind life. And on Sat 12/10 – from 10:00-4:00 come see and purchase signed Colson art works in clay, bronze, fabric and mixed media at the Colson’s historic house and studio 1666 Hillview Street, Sarasota, FL 34239

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  • Interview with Dramaturg Lauryn Sasso

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    11-29-16 Lauryn Sasso discovered her passion for theater at 3 years old when she saw Peter Pan and believed she would pursue her love of theater as an actor. But luckily someone suggested she consider a career in Dramaturgy. Listen to Lauryn describe how she felt when she realized that being a dramaturg was the perfect job for her. Having received her BA in Theatre Studies from Wellesley College and her MFA in Dramaturgy from UMass Amherst, she is now in her 11th season as dramaturg for the Asolo Rep theatre’s mainstage productions and New Stages education tours. Lauryn has many and varied responsibilities. She works as a casting associate, moderates the discussion series Inside Asolo Rep and was Festival Curator for Asolo Rep’s Unplugged Festival of New Work. And she co-adapted 2013’s New Stages Romeo & Juliet with director Dmitry Troyanovsky.

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  • Interview with Lighting Designer Paul Miller

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    11-22-16 With numerous Broadway, National Tour and Regional Theatre credits, as well as having designed the lighting for the New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square for the past 16 years, lighting designer Paul Miller is returning for his sixth season with the Asolo Repertory Company. This year Paul is designing the for lighting three productions. Having just designed the lighting for Guys and Dolls, the musical which opened the season, he will return to light The Great Society and Little Foxes. Listen to this spontaneous, exuberant, delightful and talented man talk about the way he discovered his passion for light. And hear him describe the challenge of designing a light plan that is flexible enough to accommodate his first show (Guys and Doll’s) as well as all the other shows which will appear in this repertory season, including the ones lit by other designers.

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  • Interview with Sinai Tabak – Musical Director of Guys and Dolls

    Interview with Sinai Tabak – Musical Director of Guys and Dolls

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    11-15-16 At only 25 years old Sinai Tabak has already been Musical Director for four major musicals. Ironically Sinai only began to take piano lessons because his grandmother had given the family a piano. Uninterested in traditions lessons Sinai was captured by a piece he thought would be fun to play – Listen to him play it even now. And although he studied piano and flute and sang in school choirs, it wasn’t until he was asked to accompany the school choir that he began to feel that there was fun to be had playing the piano. And when he was asked to fill in for a musical director, playing for a musical – he was hooked. Although never actually deciding what career to pursue, when he had to decide on a college major, he found that he was unwilling to stop musical directing. Listen to this delightful, articulate, funny, talented young man describe his life’s journey and come and hear the result of his choices as he musical directs his 3rd production for the Asolo Repertory Theater – this time the opening musical of the season Guys and Dolls

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  • Interview with Actor Amy Helms

    Interview with Actor Amy Helms
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    11-8-16 When little Amy Helms told her Daddy that she “needed to act,” she knew what she was talking about. Having been exposed to singing, performing, acting and playing musical instruments since kindergarten, Amy was certain she knew what she “needed” to do with her life. Listen to her tell the story of how she guaranteed that she would be cast as Queen Esther in her 3rd grade class production. And come to see her demonstrate how right she was, a she shines as Ruth Hock (a latter day St; Joan) in the first production of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training production of Langston Wilson’s “ Book of Days, currently running at the Cook Theater.

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  • Interview with Jason Cannon

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    10-25-16 Self-deprecatingly Jason Cannon says his skill set is very “disparate,” which actually means that when it comes to theater – he does everything. A self-described “multi-hyphenate” Jason is the quintessential theater professional. A union actor, union director, published playwright, stage manager, set designer, and educator, Jason’s title as Associate Artist at Florida Studio Theater, does not begin to adequately describe his duties. In addition to all the jobs I mentioned he is also responsible for new play development, he mentors the acting apprentices, and teaches classes in everything from Playwriting to Shakespeare. In this show Jason talks about the prestigious education outreach program at Florida Studio Theater which this year using The Velveteen Rabbit and his direction of FST’s first main stage production of The Million Dollar Quartet. Listen to this charming, articulate, very funny man describe how a teacher in high school turned his life around by recognizing that underneath the studious and somewhat shy boy there was an explosion of skills and passions.

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  • Interview with Earley Dean

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    10-18-16 Earley Dean, has played many and varied roles in West Coast Black Theater Troupe productions. Now he is taking the WBTT stage for one performance, Monday night 10/30, with his original piece Happy Birthday Jethro Jenkins. The Church and school Earley attended encouraged and nurtured his natural talent, but his easy accomplishments lead him to believe he could be successful without much effort, Listen to him describe what it took for him to realize his passion for, not only performing, but for the work it takes to make a great performance. And come and see this serious performer rock the night away with songs by Teddy Pendergrass

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  • Interview with performer, director Kenney Green

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    10-11-16 singer, dancer, actor, director, musician, musical director, Kenney Green, is bringing his multiple talents to Sarasota to direct The Wiz for the West Coast Black Theater Troupe. Kenney fell in love with music when he was very young, learning and singing all the “oldies” incessantly. He wanted to know everything about theater and would hang out at the school café-torium, “playing with the wires and switches to just to see how everything worked. An acknowledged workaholic Kenney began to burning the candle at both ends early in his life. In high school he was in Chorus and Drama Club (arriving at 6:30 in the morning to rehearse), the Forensics League (where he lettered in Dramatic Interpretation) the Marching Band, a competitive Barbara Shop quartet and auditioning for and getting roles at the King Musical Community Theater. And he has continued that pace to this day. Listen to this high-energy, very funny, remarkably talented man talk about a life dedicated to everything theater and come see his direction of The Wiz, .the 1975 Broadway musical which won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical

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  • Interview wwith Jazz Singer Synia Carroll

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    10-4-16 Synia Carroll knew she could sing. Although delighted when, in the 2nd grade, the Nuns picked her to sing Silent Night in the Christmas pageant– she didn’t think it was anything special. – she thought everyone could sing. It wasn’t until her “first grown up boyfriend,” an up and coming rock musician, told her she was a singer that she began to take it seriously. While working as a teacher she found time to sing in a variety of formats – including developing a storytelling career which included movement as well as music. But it was just in the last two years that Synia “found her voice,” and that voice sings Jazz. Listen to Synia talk about her various attempts to define herself as a singer and describe and the challenges she faced when finding herself as the only woman of color amongst a sea of white faces. Listen to cuts from her first CD – in which she is accompanied by the Billy Marcus (named the best musician in So FL) on piano, Don Mopsik (the sage) on Bass and blazing drummer Steve Bucholtz. And join the release party on Wed. October 5th at the Blue Rooster restaurant (1525 4th St)

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  • Interview with Judy Renaud

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    9-27-16 Jazz singer Judy Renaud always knew that she was meant to sing. But, like many others, she “caved” to her family’s desire that she pursue something that would guarantee her security. And although she spent years working and raising her family, she never surrendered her dream. At 50 she decided that it was her time to finally pursue the dream she had never abandoned. She worked with many people including well known jazz performers Madeline Eastman, Mark Murphy and Diane Schuur. All taught her things she needed to know and encouraged her to keep singing. With her husband, jazz musician and singer Tom Renaud, she has been entertaining people in clubs for years and now she has created her first CD (the first of three she will release over the next year). This first CD, named for her own composition, When Love Comes around the Corner, was recorded by engineer Bud Snyder at Spirit Ranch Studio with the remarkably talented Eddie Tobin, who was Engelbert Humperdinck’s pianist, musical director and conductor, on piano. Listen to this charming, funny, guileless woman describe her life journey, and the serious learning curve required when making a CD. Listen to several cuts from her CD and come out to see it launched on Friday October 7th at Amore Restaurant 555 Bay Isles, in Sarasota.

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  • Interview with pianist Billy Marcus

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    9-13-16 The incomparable Billy Marcus joined the Al Hixon jazz jam team after the unforeseen death of beloved pianist Charlie Prawdzik. Bringing a passion and unique style to his solo’s Billy flawlessly supports the many and varied singers and musicians who perform at the jam. Named Miami’s Best Musician by Miami/South Florida Magazine, some of his credits include playing with Bobby Hackett, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, The Bill Evans Trio, The Horace Silver Quintet, McCoy Tyner, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band, Maynard Ferguson, Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins, Scott Hamilton, Al Grey, James Moody, Jack Sheldon, Pepper Adams, Mark Murphy, Eddie “Clean-head” Vinson, Kai Winding, Terry Gibbs, Richie Cole, Buddy DeFranco, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Woody Herman, Grover Washington, Freddy Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Spyro Gyra, Doc Sevrenson, Ramsey Lewis and Kenny Burell. Billy has appeared in clubs in Miami, Boston, New York Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Switzerland, Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Zurich, Bern, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Dubai. Listen to this modest man describe his haphazard journey to becoming the remarkable musician he is – and listen to a cut from one of his albums. Come out to see Billy at the Allegro Bistro in Venice next week before he takes a hiatus.

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  • Interview with Bassist Mark Neuenschwander

    8-2-16 Interview

    The following shows are a tribute to drummer, band leader, impresario, landscape artist and bad joke teller Al Hixon and the musicians and singers who appear at his long-running Jazz Jam, currently 6:30-9:30 every Monday night (Oct 3-May 15) at
    15 South Ristorante 15 So, Blvd of the Presidents Sarasota, FL 34236

    9-6-16 Outstanding bassist Mark Neuenschwander is one of the busiest musicians in in Florida and, luckily for us, he sets aside one Monday a month to share his remarkable talent – and wicked wit – to join Al and Billy at 15 So – and accompany the fortunate singers and musicians who perform there. Mark has played with Billy Eckstine, Cab Calloway, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Atlanta Ballet, Tampa Bay Opera, Philharmonia Virtuosi, The Florida Orchestra, Eddie Arnold, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Andrea Bocelli, Herb Alpert, Yanni, Chick Corea, The Moody Blues and the 5th Dimension as well as over 140 national Broadway touring shows Also respected as an educator/clinician, Mark is on the faculties of USF, SPC, Southeastern University.

    Ironically Mark never expected to live a life dedicated to music, it seemed to sneak up on him. Self-effacing, Mark says that he wasn’t born to do this. Continually told how smart he was, Mark believed he had to be an engineer or a physicist or a combination of both, but music just kept getting in the way. Mark’s is the story of a man who kept trying to be what they told him he should be, but who kept bumping his head against what he actually is – until finally realizing and allowing himself to embrace and enjoy the “tremendous” joy of doing what he loves to do and getting paid for it. Listen to this candid man describe his, not a straight line journey, to becoming the musician he always was. And hear his solo on a cut from a CD with pianist Johnny Varro.

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  • Interview with Actor Alana Opie

    8-2-16 Interview

    8-30-16 Alana Opie always knew she loved to sing – everyone in her family is musical. But when she was ten, a flyer, promising a summer of singing, acting and dancing classes arrived, and Alana knew for sure what she wanted to do with her life. Listen to this charming, passionate woman talk about the way she inadvertently got derailed and how – by never losing her passion for performance – she found her way back to the person she always was – and still very clearly is. And come see her demonstrate the correctness of this choice, as she plays the very challenging role of Blanche DuBois in the Players production of Tennessee Williams’ “Streetcar Named Desire.

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