Vocalist Daphne Alderson, Douglas Levine, Piano and Vladimir Mollov, Accordion

Monday, February 19, 2018 

Enjoy a program of French popular songs (Piaf and others), Oscar Hammerstein, Maya Angelou and more!

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Daphne Alderson’s diverse career as lyric contralto includes opera, cabaret, oratorio, and chamber music. Her voice is quoted as  “Haunting and mesmerizing.”  (Ted Sohier, WQED-fm, Pittsburgh).  In her duo with accordionist Vladimir Mollov:  “An original, unique artist in any city, let alone Pittsburgh…beautiful renderings of Piaf,” (Pittsburgh City Paper, Andy Mulkerin).  A passionate champion of the cabaret genre, combined with the love of theater has forged a unique career path, where the ultimate goal is to bring her music to people everywhere.

Daphne’s most recent: A Hallelujah at the Love Café is a celebration of new versions of the folk rock movement that Leonard Cohen helped to create.  It also features songs of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins, moving her intimate contralto into a new realm.  The 2018-19 will include a number of diverse projects:  A New Play on Erik Satie, The Dietrich Songbook, and The World of Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill.

Ms. Alderson debuted the role of Older Alice in Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s acclaimed premiere of Gilda Lyons/Tammy Ryan’s: A NEW KIND OF FALLOUT, called “Haunting and memorable.”(Pittsburgh Tribune Review).   Other PFO appearances include her celebrated, “Piaf at Carnegie Hall, 1956.” Her Madame Armfeldt in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music garnered: “Luscious, dark tones, an accomplished rendering.”  (Pittsburgh Tribune Review and City Paper for Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh SummerFest).

Her present ensemble, St. Michel Chamber Band is a collaborative fusion of chamber music and folk/pop with John Marcinizyn, guitarist, Elisa Kohanski, cellist and accordionist Vladimir Mollov, in concerts through 2017. Her latest recording, JOAN OF ARC was released nationally, a collection of Piaf chansons and Leonard Cohen ballads.

Ms. Alderson toured extensively through the Eastern U.S. in Songs That Oscar Taught Me, a cabaret style tribute to Oscar Hammerstein and All Heart….All Judy, the songs of Judy Garland, and A Girl In Paris, World War II…all arranged by Douglas Levine.

The 2015-17 encompassed a tour of concerts with Philadelphia based pianist Norma Meyer: WE REMEMBER…THE INNER LIFE OF ANNE FRANK (Carnegie Hall in Carnegie), which featured Mahler’s Ruckert Lieder and Michael Cohen’s I REMEMBER., based the author’s iconic incredible diary. Her most recent recital of the French chansons of Debussy, Hahn and Faure in Philadelphia was featured in MauriceRiver Concerts. Other roles include Mere Jeanne in Pittsburgh Opera’s acclaimed production of Poulenc’s DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES, Microscopic Opera’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Agnes), Thomas Albert’s LIZBETH (Abby Borden) and the world premiere of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Helen Cooper).  Other recent credits include AINADAMAR with Quantum Theatre and Miss Baggott in Benjamin Britten’s LITTLE SWEEP.

She has toured with guitarist John Marcinizyn through Central and South America. The Piaf concerts for the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Paris Festival hailed, “Not to be missed!” (Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune Review). Notable collaborations include Chatham Baroque, Bricolage Theater and IonSound Project.  As private voice teacher and director of opera studies, she’s served as Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at Seton Hill University and maintains a private studio and lives in Pittsburgh with husband John Marcinizyn.

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Douglas Levine is a pianist, composer, arranger, music director, and teacher based in his hometown of Pittsburgh.  He earned a B.M. degree in music theory/composition from Bucknell University and an M.M. degree in piano performance from Carnegie Mellon University where he was a co-winner of the first annual Silberman Prize for chamber music.  His original scores for theater and dance include: Mercy Train (Microscopic Opera Company), Eastburn Avenue, Mother Courage and Peer Gynt (Playhouse REP), Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Playhouse Conservatory Company), Deadend (Attack Theatre), Mimoun (Pennsylvania Dance Theatre), Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and The Shaughraun (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre), Colorfast (Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Festival), and Shakespeare Street (Playhouse Junior).  He has written music or arrangements for companies including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The Warhol, City Theatre, Dreams of Hope, Gateway to the Arts, Junior Mendelssohn Choir, Renaissance City Women’s Choir, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, and Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh.

For vocalist Daphne Alderson, he has been arranger and musical director for shows featuring the music of Oscar Hammerstein, Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, and Buddy Holly.  Honors include the City Theatre Frankel Award and inclusion in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial Theater Soundscore Exhibition.

Mr. Levine is an adjunct faculty member of Point Park University’s Conservatory Program.  In the past, he has taught for the University of Pittsburgh’s theatre and music departments, Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, the Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Program, and the Center for Theater Arts.  He is a member of ASCAP.

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Vladimir Mollov was born in Bulgaria on the 13th of January, 1983 to a family of self-taught wedding musicians, Vladimir was inspired by the sounds of the accordion since early childhood. At eighteen months old, he “played” his little accordion alongside his father at weddings.

At the age of seven, he started taking formal accordion lessons with the nationally recognized pedagogue Nadejdo Nicheva in Kazanluk, Bulgaria. At his later stages of musical development he studied with Dr. Peter Marinov at the National Music Academy, internationally recognized accordion artist Hristina Danova and Nedelcho Dimitrov, a laureate of national and international accordion festivals and competitions.

At the age of thirteen, Vladimir placed fourth in an accordion competition in Vladivostok. Two years later he placed first in the International Competition for Accordion and Guitar in Asenovgrad, Bulgaria, and received fourth place in the World Accordion Competition in Castelfidardo, Italy. Since then, Vladimir has been recognized at several national and international accordion competitions, including first place at the 2002 National Competition for Variety Music and jazz in Novi Pazar, Bulgaria, and second place with a special award for virtuosic performance of folk music in the National Accordion Competition 2000 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

In 2002 he joined the Duquesne University Tamburitzans and performed more than 350 shows with the ensemble over a four year period. Vladimir still continues to arrange dance and instrumental music for the Tamburitzans.

In 2009, Vladimir released his first album, Dreams, featuring all original instrumental pieces combining Balkan folk, jazz and fusion styles. He is a founding member of the Argentinean tango quintet, Cuidado, with which he recorded an album featuring traditional and modern tangos as well as two of his original compositions. Vladimir has performed with the Kruno Spisic Gypsy Jazz Ensemble, Bulgarika, and numerous other bands. He is featured as a guest on Babik’s 2008 gypsy jazz album, American Gypsy.

 Vladimir has been a featured artist for Siwa and Figli Accordions since 2009 and plays the Super Quatro model.


Monday, February 19, 2018

1:00 PM

Redstone Highlands

4951 Cline Hollow Road

Murrysville, PA   15668