LIZ CALLAWAY is a Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer, and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats. She has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, and The Look of Love.
MATT WILSON (drums) is recognized for his melodic drumming style as well as being a composer, bandleader, producer, radio host, and teaching artist. He has appeared on more than 350 recordings as a sideman, and he has released 14 acclaimed recordings as a leader. His most recent are Gathering Call with the Matt Wilson Quartet and guest pianist John Medeski, and An Attitude for Gratitude with another of his quartets, Arts and Crafts. His other ensembles are Christmas Tree-O, Topsy Turvy, and the Carl Sandburg Project. He
SEAN SMITH (bass) has performed with jazz superstars like Gerry Mulligan, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Carter, Johnny Griffin, Clark Terry, and the Jacky Terrasson Trio, as well as with Tracy K. Smith, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. As a leader, Smith has made several CDs with his quartet, including Trust, which was named one of the best jazz albums of the year by The Huffington Post.
STEVE WILSON (alto & soprano sax, flute) has brought his distinctive sound to more than 100 recordings, prompting profiles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and last month’s JazzTimes. He has been a member of the Dave Holland Quintet and Chick Corea’s sextet, Origin, and he is currently a touring member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Billy Childs and Buster Williams quartets, and Christian McBride’s Inside Straight and Big Band.
Prof. Dora Hristova, PhD, is the artistic director and conductor of the Bulgarian female vocal choir Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares. She is a Professor at the Art Academy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and a graduate of the Bulgarian State Conservatory.
In 1985 she received her doctor’s degree for “Problems of Interpretation in Contemporary Bulgarian Choral Music.” She experiments in the fields of sonority and different vocal ensemble sounds.
Russian mezzosoprano ALISA KOLOSOVA opened her 2016/17 season with her debut at the BBC Proms, performing Verdi’s Requiem with Marin Alsop and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Further season highlights include Olga in Eugene Onegin for Chicago Lyric Opera and Polish National Opera, the Verdi Requiem with the Orchestre National de Paris, Ravel Shéhérazade with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the Utah Symphony Orchestra.