Broadway Showstoppers

Afternoon of fine music benefits Institute of Learning


The Payson Institute of Learning is hosting a benefit concert, "Broadway Showstoppers" with The John Massaro Trio.

The musical revue is planned for 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 at The Rim Club. Doors open at 2 p.m. and refreshments will follow the program.


Gail Dubinbaum, with John Masaro, are the founders of The John Masaro Trio, which is presenting Broadway Showstoppers Sunday, Feb. 17 to benefit the Payson Institute of Learning. The program is at The Rim Club.

The nonprofit Payson Institute of Learning is requesting $100 per ticket, with $60 being tax- deductible.

The program will feature professionally trained artists Jordan Bluth, Gail Dubinbaum, Lisanne Norman and Tregoney Shepherd. John Masaro, founder and artistic director, will accompany the artists on the piano.

Bluth, a Gilbert, Ariz. native, recently completed a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance at Indiana University. While at Indiana, he performed the roles of Archibald Craven in Lucy Simon's musical, "The Secret Garden," Tamino in Mozart's "The Magic Flute," Ferrando in Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte," and Count Almaviva in Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia."

Bluth performed as the tenor soloist in Robert Levin's newly completed edition of the "Mass in C Minor" by W.A. Mozart under the direction of John William Gray in February 2006. Other concert works performed while at Indiana University include the tenor soloist in G.F. Handel's work "Alexander's Feast," and the tenor soloist in Ludwig van Beethoven's "Mass in C Major."


John Masaro will accompany his singers on the piano as part of the fund-raising Broadway Showstoppers.

He has also performed with Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, N.Y., the Utah Festival Opera Company in Logan, Utah, and North Shore Musical Theatre in Beverly, Mass. Along with stage productions, Bluth is an active concert soloist, performing most recently with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in upstate New York and as a featured recitalist, appearing recently in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Soccer fans may also know Bluth's name, as he was invited to perform the national anthem before more than 45,000 people at the international match between ReAL Salt Lake City and ReAL Madrid in August 2006.

He recently opened for Jon Schmidt and Cherie Call in concert, and is a featured soloist for composer Rob Gardner's Spire Music organization.

Bluth enjoys recording whenever he gets the chance, spanning genres from classical and opera to jazz and pop. He comes from a family of seven children, and is grateful for many years of support and love that they have given him. He currently resides in Gilbert, Ariz.

Dubinbaum is the co-founder of The Massaro Trio with John Massaro, and its creative director. A mezzo-soprano, she has performed both opera and concert works internationally, singing the leading roles with some of the world's most prestigious opera companies. Among the companies with which she has performed: the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Israel Opera and L'Opera de Montreal. Nationally, she has appeared with Opera Pacific, Michigan Opera, Portland Opera and Arizona Opera.

On the concert stage, Dubinbaum has sung with the Los Angeles, Israel, New York, Boston, Cleveland and San Francisco Orchestras. She has worked with such noted conductors as Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, Carlo Maria Giulini and Leonard Bernstein.

Dubinbaum is known for her portrayals of Rossini and Mozart heroines and has also distinguished herself in recital, having worked closely with the legendary soprano, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

She began her studies with her mother, Ruth Dubinbaum and continued her private studies with the great German mezzo, Herta Glaz. She went on to win several prestigious awards from the Viktor Fuchs Competitions, the Loren Zachary Competition, and was a national winner in the Metropolitan Opera Competition.

Her credits include the Ann Arbor May Festival, Blossom Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Tangle-wood and Aspen Music Festival, where she was also an instructor. She appeared on television in the series "In Performance at the White House" and "Live from the Met"; she also has a number of DVD recordings available.

In addition to performing, Dubinbaum also trains singers in her Phoenix studio. Her students consistently win national competitions and land leading roles with major opera companies.

Lisanne Norman's beautiful coloratura voice has been described as one of "limitless power and faultless technique." She possesses a versatile sound that lends itself to both musical theater and opera.

She most recently performed the role of Musetta in the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera's debut performance of "La Boehme." Other recent performances include the roles of Adele, in Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" with Arizona Opera, and Magnolia in "Showboat" with Utah Festival Opera. Although she is a frequent artist in her home state of Arizona, she performs with symphony orchestras and opera companies throughout the western states.

Norman received wonderful training and experience in "Opera Outreach Programs" with both Arizona Opera and Utah festival Opera, in Logan, Utah, where she received her B.A. in vocal performance and pedagogy at Utah State University.

Norman has had several opportunities to do concert work in Prague, Budapest, Romania and Salzburg, Austria, where she was involved in a graduate study program, as well as performing concerts and fund-raising events throughout her home state of Arizona, where her audiences are thrilled by this exceptional performer.

Tregoney Shepherd, another mezzo-soprano, has appeared on Broadway as Madame Thenardier in "Les Miserables," and Off-Broadway as Doris Wallis in "Silly Cow." She has also been with the national tours of "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera."

Regionally, Shepherd has been in "Six Women with Brain Death," "Snow White and 7 Dwarves," "Oklahoma," "Sweeney Todd," "Christopher Columbus," "The Threepenny Opera," "Big River," "Something's Afoot" and "Unsinkable Molly Brown."

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