the Capitol Steps back as our special guests during our 70th
Anniversary Season. They were last here in 2014 and we look
forward to this performance during this election year!! Over 30
years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers
who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed
them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the
conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and
although not all of the current members of the Steps are former
Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked
in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62
years of collective House and Senate staff experience.
began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 34 albums that you
can sample at
the Capitol Steps album link
including their latest, How to Succeed in Congress Without
Really Lying. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and
PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio
stations nationwide during their
Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.
1974, producer John Shoup re-formed the DUKES of Dixieland, and
opened their jazz club atop the Monteleone Hotel in the French
Quarter, calling it "DUKES' PLACE with the blessing of its
previous owner, Louis Prima. Playing four sets a night, often
stretching till dawn, when three bucks would take care of the
two drink minimum, DUKES
also became the home base for a number of jazz sessions produced
by Shoup for PBS, including the early Marsalis family, Stephane
Grappelli, Les McCann and Toots Thielemans.
started accepting 30 dates a year with orchestras, festivals and
Performing Arts Centers in the USA and overseas, never straying
long, before returning home first to DUKES
until 1986; then a new home on Bourbon Street called MAHOGANY
HALL, and in 1992, they moved home base to the STEAMBOAT
NATCHEZ, where they have remained ever since. Unlike their
dixieland name, they play New Orleans music, from Dr. John and
Fats Domino, to Huey Smith and Louis Prima, not to mention many
of their own original tunes. With a repertoire of roughly 400
tunes, there is room for all of the above and still be the
pre-eminent New Orleans band as well as New Orleans Ambassadors.
Today, each member has a Masters degree in Music and the average
age of the six musicians is 38.5 years.
Katherine, originally from Mt. Lebanon, and
Alena began playing together in 2012 during the
internationally renowned Verbier Music Festival
in Switzerland, in which they were both members
of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. Having
enjoyed performing together not just
orchestrally, but also finding success as
chamber music partners, they decided to form a
flute and harp duo.
Chicago Harpist Katherine Ventura has
performed throughout the United States, Europe,
United Kingdom, and Asia as a soloist, chamber
musician, and orchestra member. She has
performed in some of the most prestigious halls
in the world including Carnegie Hall in New
York, Royal Albert Hall in London, UK, Palau de
Barcelona, Spain, Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, and Suntory
Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Katherine received her bachelors
degree with honors in Music Performance: Harp from Carnegie
Mellon University in 2008 and her Masters Degree in Music
Performance: Harp from Roosevelt University, Chicago College of
Performing Arts in 2010 as a student of Sarah Bullen, Principal
Harp, Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Please visit
web page to enjoy more of her impressive musical history.
UK based Russian flautist, Associate of the Royal Academy of
Music, holds a Bachelor of Music from the Royal Academy of Music
with Distinction and a Master of Music, with Distinction, at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama. More impressive background
can be found at
Alena's web site.
Saturday, April 2, 2016 - Mt. Lebanon High School
best leading men transport you from the Golden
Age and back again in a thrilling and moving
evening of Broadways
most beloved hits. Youll
delight to hear favorites from SOUTH PACIFIC,
WEST SIDE STORY, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES
MISERABLES, JERSEY BOYS, and the list goes on.
Three leading men.
Three unbelievable voices.
leave you breathless, recreating the roles theyve
played on Broadway and on stages all over the
Each performance features three of the following
Broadway stars: Brent Barrett Hugh Panaro
Max von Essen
George Dvorsky John Cudia Sal
Aaron Lazar Ron
Brian Lane Green. More information is available the web site