Athena Music Foundation Concerts presents dynamic performances to new and diverse audiences. Featuring top performers from leading opera houses and Broadway. Athena has presented concerts at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation House, Japan Society, Opera America, Santa Barbara's historic Lobero Theatre, and has co-produced La traviata with the Berkshire Theatre Group. In addition, Athena has branched out into popular music with specialty concerts featuring the entire collection of James Bond songs, The Music of James Bond, at Swing 46, and Michael Fennelly's electrifying arrangement of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for chorus and Jazz Big Band presented in collaboration with the Joroinen Festival, Finland.
ONE NIGHT ONLY - Join in the excitement of the premiere of the new James Bond film, No Time to Die, with stars of Broadway, the Met Opera, the Swingadelic Big Band, and Bond Girl, Lana Wood (Plenty O'Toole in Diamonds are Forever), in a glittering concert featuring the spectacular music of 007 at New York's premiere jazz supper club, Swing 46, located in the heart of Midtown on restaurant row!
The festivities include a four-course dinner, two hours open bar with specialty James Bond cocktails (shaken not stirred), and an interview with Lana Wood in which she will discuss her experiences as a Bond Girl, and will also reveal details of her new book about her sister Natalie Wood. After the concert, guests are invited to swing dance the night away - dance lessons with professional dance hosts included!
Tickets are $100 per person. VIP seating with Lana Wood $200. This event is presented and generously underwritten by Athena Music Foundation.
Athena Music Foundation presents dynamic performances to diverse audiences in New York City and around the globe, and is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization EIN 83-0589917. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Scheduled performers: Lana Wood (Diamonds are Forever), Constantine Maroulis (Tony Award nominee Rock of Ages), Krysty Swann (Met Opera), Siri Howard (Les Misérables), Megan Weston (San Diego Opera), Franco Pomponi (Paris Opera), Glenn Seven Allen (Light in the Piazza), Michael Fennelly (Lincoln Center), Matthew Curran (Atlanta Opera), Rachel Querreveld (Opera Orlando), Jason Tramm (MidAtlantic Opera), Mason Tramm (John Anderson Tour), Swingadelic Big Band with Dave Post (Swing 46)
(Performers subject to change)
SWING 46 - 349 W 46th St, New York, NY
European debut of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue arranged for chorus and jazz Big Band by Michael Fennelly! Also featuring soprano Megan Weston performing some of Gershwin's greatest songs, the
Jyväskylä Big Band - Ilkka Makitalo, conductor, and Cantinovum Chamber Choir - Rita Varonen, conductor
In their first appearance since the pandemic restrictions, The Athenians perform LIVE with Ocean City Pops. SUNDAY - OCTOBER 11th, 2020. Tickets $20 - LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK LIVE.
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The Athenians join Chinese performers in an exciting opera gala program celebrating Chinese New Year at Carnegie's Zankel Hall.
Featuring performers Cody Austin, Megan Weston, Franco Pomponi, Michael Fennelly, Analia Farfan, Matthew Curran, Amy Maude Helfer, Matthew Ciufitelli, Juliana Curcio, and Rachel Querreveld
Soprello, a musical collaboration between soprano Allison Pohl and cellist Alistair MacRae, explore the connections between vibrating strings and the human voice. In the interaction between these instruments, Soprello aims to engage audiences with music new and old, both specific to its instrumentation and inventively repurposed. Building on live and radio performances in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington, and Ontario, Allison and Alistair have worked to create a new repertoire for their combination, spanning over 300 years of musical history. Soprello has given premiere performances of new works by Stephen Gerber, David Dzubay, and Rick Sowash, and will be premiering a new arrangement of the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria by Dr. Michael Fennelly.
Veteran te the Metropolitan Opera, tenor Gregory Lorenz will premiere a new arrangement by Dr. Michael Fennelly for string sextet of Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth. In addition, Dr. Fennelly conducts the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra in Arnold Schoenberg's intensely romantic Verklärte Nacht ("Transfigured Night") inspired by the poem by Richard Dehmel. The program includes songs by Duparc and Messiaen's mystical duet "La mort du nombre" with soprano Megan Weston. Gregory Lorenz is known for his vivid interpretations of repertoire from all periods. Recent appearances have focused on concert performances of Mozart’s operas, with the Pacific Symphony, Opera Camerata in Washington, DC, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
Presented by Athena Music Foundation, world-renowned opera singer and Broadway star Alyson Cambridge performed a special holiday concert, accompanied by pianist Michael Fennelly at Carnegie Hall's gorgeous Weill Recital Hall on November 25, 2018. The evening's primarily classical repertoire included art song, opera, African American spirituals and holiday favorites. With special guests two-time Tony-nominated singer Constantine Maroulis and the Port Jervis Children's Choir.
Athena Music Foundation presents Megan Weston, soprano and Michael Fennelly, piano in The Paris Salon: Age of the Romantic Virtuoso on Friday, September 14, 2018 at the beautiful Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. The duo performs the exhilarating and elegant music of the nineteenth century and offers illuminating insights on the supremacy of opera, the triumph of the international virtuoso, and the reign of the Paris Salon.
The inaugural performance of the Athena Music Foundation Recital and Chamber Music Series featured international soprano Joanna Mongiardo ("a triumph" - Opera News) and eminent pianist Rachelle Jonck in an afternoon of songs by Clara Schumann, Mozart, Rossini, and the New York premiere of Scott Wheeler's song cycle Three Night Songs at the National Opera Center in New York City on September 17, 2017.
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World premiere of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue arranged for jazz big band and chorus by Michael Fennelly.
Michael Fennelly, piano
Megan Weston, soprano
Jyväskylä Big Band - Ilkka Makitalo, conductor
Cantinovum Chamber Choir - Rita Varonen, conductor
Jan Hultin, Joroinen Festival director