Karen will perform on December 7th with the Fresno Philharmonic as part of their Home for the Holidays Concert, under the direction of Tony-Award winning conductor Stuart Malina. She’ll solo on several tunes arranged by Maestro Malina, and also perform a duet with him.
An accomplished pianist, Maestro Malina has impressive credits as soloist and chamber musician. In Harrisburg, he has had annual performances with Market Square Concerts, as well as the highly successful Stuart and Friends concerts with members of the HSO. He has performed concertos in Harrisburg, Greensboro, Charleston, New York and Chautauqua, most often conducting from the keyboard.
As a composer and arranger, Maestro Malina has created dozens of orchestral works, ranging from entire pops shows to works for symphony orchestra. His most recent composition,Brahms Fan Fare received its world premiere by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in May of 2011.
Maestro Malina’s activities also extend to Broadway. In June 2003, he won the TONY award for orchestration with Billy Joel for the musical Movin’ Out, which Malina helped create with director/choreographer Twyla Tharp. Maestro Malina has also served as Associate Conductor of the National touring company of West Side Story and as conductor of the Charleston production of Porgy and Bess with performances throughout the United States, Canada, and at the Israel Festival in Caesarea. In 1995, in a strange turn of events, Malina appeared on stage, acting opposite Broadway legend Zoe Caldwell in Terrence McNally’s Tony-winning drama Master Class for its run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
For tickets to the concert, visit http://fresnophil.org/concert.php?page=pops
For more information on Stuart Malina, visit http://www.stuartmalina.com/index.html