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Artistic Director and flutist STEPHANIE JUTT's performances of new music, transcriptions, and traditional repertoire have made her a model for adventurous flutists everywhere. Her transcriptions of Brahms sonatas were published by International Music Publishing, and an all-Brahms recording with pianist Jeffrey Sykes, Stolen Moments, was released in 2005 on Centaur. Trained at the New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Jutt won the Concert Artist Guild and Pro Musicis International Soloist awards and received solo recitalist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Jutt has performed in recital throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. She has served as a board member and program chair for the National Flute Association. Ms. Jutt is principal flute of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and was awarded the Margaret Rupp Cooper Award in honor of her years of service, commitment to the orchestra, and musicianship. A recipient of a grant by the Kauffmann Foundation for Entrepreneurship, she is the founder of UW-Madison Arts Enterprise, a multi-faceted initiative that enables student artists to survive and thrive in today's creative economy. Ms. Jutt recently retired from the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and resides in New York City. (Website)
Artistic Director and pianist JEFFREY SYKES has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with oboist Gerard Reuter and flutist Stephanie Jutt under the auspices of the Pro Musicis Foundation. He holds degrees with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his doctorate. He has garnered numerous awards, including the Jacob Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education and a Fulbright grant to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. Dr. Sykes serves on the music faculty of the University of California-Berkeley and California State University East Bay. He is a member of the San Francisco Piano Trio and resides in San Francisco. (Website)
SAMANTHA CROWNOVER is in her 22nd year as executive director of Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. A strong advocate for the arts, she is involved in many free-lance arts and architecture-based projects, ranging from managing events for Performing the Jewish Archive at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Music, to consulting on works-on-paper purchases and collections management, to caring for historic buildings and property management. Past consulting projects include co-founding Arts Enterprise, a University of Wisconsin-Madison program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to artists, and architectural studies for the cities of Racine and Milwaukee. She has served as interim-director of the Madison Arts Commission and as a curator at Tandem Press, a fine-art press affiliated with the UW-Madison Art Department. A college semester in Florence led to positions as an assistant at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and as staff to the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. She has also led the boards of directors of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, Capitol Neighborhood’s First Settlement, the Friends of the UW-Madison Geology Museum, and Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, WI. She is currently on the board at EAGLE School. She holds a BA and MA from UW-Madison. (website)
Percussionist MARK BELAIR is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied in both the jazz and classical departments. He has performed on jazz recordings with Bill Evans and Joe Lovano and has performed and recorded with Gunther Schuller’s New England Ragtime Ensemble. With the New England Ragtime Ensemble he has toured in the U.S., Europe, and Russia and has performed with them at the White House, on PBS’s Live at Wolftrap and on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. As a classical musician, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. His work in musical theater includes twelve years as the percussionist with the Broadway show Les Miserables and four years as the drummer with the original Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors. As a crossover musician he has performed a wide range of music with Don Byron’s klezmer band, the Paragon Ragtime Ensemble, and the Radio City Christmas Show. Mr. Belair is also a poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals; he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize several times. (website)
Soprano EMILY BIRSAN made her role debut as Juliette in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with Madison Opera in 2016 and added Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Boston Lyric Opera and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Florentine Opera in 2017. On the concert stage, she made her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra singing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and was featured with the BBC Symphony in London singing Arthur Bliss’ Beatitudes. Recently Ms. Birsan appeared as the Italian Singer in Capriccio at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as Leila in The Pearl Fishers with Florida Grand Opera, and as Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress at the Edinburgh International Festival. Other performances on the concert stage include Elgar with the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, Verdi and Puccini with the Knoxville Symphony, and Mozart's Mass in C minor in her Carnegie Hall debut. Ms. Birsan earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin, and her Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Music in 2010. From 2011 to 2014 she was a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.. (Website)
CYNTHIA CAMERON-FIX is principal bassoon of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in a wide variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles including Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, con vivo!, Present Music, Black Marigold, the Music Fix, Wingra Woodwind Quintet, Whitewater Woodwind Quintet, Sinfonia Sacra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra, and Madison Savoyards. She has performed on baroque bassoon with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and at the Madison Early Music Festival. She has taught bassoon and coached chamber music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Whitewater, and in her private studio, and regularly coaches the Winds of Southern Wisconsin, a chapter of the American Recorder Society. In addition to bassoon playing, Ms. Cameron-Fix performs on baroque recorder with Trio Chiesa, specializing in music of the late Renaissance and Baroque periods. She also plays Celtic folk music on penny whistle and concertina with The Twa Dogs. Their first recording project, Moving On, includes jigs, reels, and other dances along with traditional songs of Scotland. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Madison and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. (website)
Tubist ROBERT CARRIKER has performed with the Empire Brass Quintet, Portland Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Pop’s, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra. He has recorded with the New England Brass as tubist and piano soloist, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. He has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and the former Soviet Union as tubist with the Grammy award-winning New England Ragtime Ensemble with Gunther Schuller. As a pianist and composer, he has written and arranged music for brass, orchestra, piano and liturgical settings with his pieces broadcast on radio and television stations including National Public Radio and PBS-TV. His compositions have been performed by numerous groups including the “Mattapan Rag“ by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and recorded by the New England Ragtime Ensemble. He has also been a choir director, organist, and cantor soloist at Immaculate Conception Parish in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Mr. Carriker graduated with Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in tuba and received a fellowship to study at Tanglewood Music Center.
ROBERT COUTURE is principal trombone at Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, and Boston Landmarks Orchestra. He has recorded with the Boston Ballet, New England Ragtime Ensemble, Boston Pops, Boston Camerata, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Dinosaur Annex, and the Handel and Haydn Society. One recording with the Handel and Haydn Society, Lamentations and Praises by John Tavener, won Grammy Awards for best chamber composition and best chamber performance. Another recording from the New England Ragtime Ensemble is featured in the Ken Burns documentary Jazz, in which he performed the trombone solo from Jelly Roll Morton’s “Smokehouse Blues.” Mr. Couture is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and a member of the faculties at Wellesley College and Tufts University. He is a lifelong writer of stories and poems, also a father, carpenter, mediator, and vice president of the Boston Musicians’ Association.
Clarinetist BRUCE CREDITOR has enjoyed a career in solo, chamber music, and orchestral settings, receiving numerous honors including the Naumburg Award in Chamber Music with the Emmanuel Wind Quintet. His career includes performances with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston and Rhode Island Philharmonics, New Hampshire Symphony, and the Modern Orchestra Project Boston, as well as with Musica Viva, Collage New Music, Alea III, Montage Music Society, the New England Ragtime Ensemble, and Aeolian Chamber Players. He has performed at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, Ravinia, and Token Creek, and has toured in Europe and the former Soviet Union. He has given the premieres of works by Schuller, Martino, Wyner, Harbison, Tower, Lerdahl, and Ben-Haim, and has recorded for Nonesuch, Naxos, Centaur, CRI, GM, Albany, New World, Koch, and Neuma. Mr. Creditor was general manager of Margun/GunMar music publishers, and for over 30 years was the assistant orchestra personnel manager of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras.
Cellist JEAN-MICHEL FONTENEAU is a founding member of the San Francisco Piano Trio and Quatuor Ravel String Quartet, which was awarded two prizes at the Evian String Quartet Competition and won the first French Grammy Award, Les Victoires de la Musique Classique. The quartet has toured extensively around the world and created the first-ever string quartet residency program in France. Mr. Fonteneau performs frequently with such artists as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Kim Kashkashian, and members of the Amadeus, Juilliard, Pro Arte, Escher, Tokyo, and Fine Arts Quartets. He served on the faculty of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, France, until 1999, when he moved to the U.S. to join the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He appears regularly at summer festivals, including the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Domaine Forget, Morges Summer Academy in Switzerland, and Oberlin at Casalmaggiore. Mr. Fonteneau's recordings can be found on the Musidisc-France and Albany Records labels. (Website)
Visual artist LISA A. FRANK is a MacDowell Colony Fellow in photography and her artwork is collected widely. Besides her work as a fine art photographer, she has used virtual reality technology to explore themes related to natural world encounters. She created an award-winning app that is currently being used as a pain management tool in hospitals. Ms. Frank was chosen to be a senior research fellow at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was the first artist/collaborator to be given this distinction. Ms. Frank has an extensive professional background as a working artist in New York City where she designed textiles, wallpaper, and innovative surface treatments for residential and commercial interior projects. She painted scenery for the Metropolitan Opera, feature films, and Broadway productions, as a member of the United Scenic Artists Union. She holds an MFA in Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she has been an adjunct professor in both the Art and Design Studies Departments.
Guitarist JEROME HARRIS’s first major professional performances were as bass guitarist with Sonny Rollins: from 1988 to 1994 he was Rollins’s guitarist and appears on five of his recordings. Over the past two decades, he has also recorded and performed internationally, including several tours to Japan with Sonny Rollins, as well as on U.S. State Department tours to Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. In 1999, Mr. Harris served as arranger, rhythm guitarist, and assistant musical director in the “Joni’s Jazz” tribute to Joni Mitchell in New York City’s Central Park, and on Broadway he performed as guitarist in the South African musical Kat and the Kings. Mr. Harris’s essay, “Jazz on the Global Stage,” published in The African Diaspora: A Musical Perspective, explores the history, present state, and future implications of the flourishing of jazz in locales far from its African-American birthplace. After earning a B.A. in psychology and social relations at Harvard College in 1973, Mr. Harris attended New England Conservatory of Music to study jazz guitar. In addition to his work on guitar and bass guitar, Mr. Harris performs as a singer and has done voice-over work for audio production houses.
LINDA KIMBALL is principal horn of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and has played principal horn with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Whitewater Brass Quintet, which performs often throughout Wisconsin and Illinois, both in schools and at concert venues. Ms. Kimball also founded the Artemis Horn Quartet and until 2015 was a member of Wingra Woodwind Quintet of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, including engagements in Austria, France, Sweden, and Scotland. Ms. Kimball is on the music faculty at the UW-Whitewater, where she is founder and artistic director of the annual Fall Horn Festival. Recent festival themes have included The Jazz-tastic Horn, Holiday Hornaments, and The Intergalactic Horn. Ms. Kimball also composes and arranges repertoire for young horn ensembles. As a clinician, she has participated in International Horn Society symposia throughout the country. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Lawrence Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in music performance from UW-Madison, where her principal teacher was Douglas Hill.
Violinist LEANNE KELSO LEAGUE is the assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a member of the Ancora String Quartet. Ms. League was a fellow at the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas for three seasons, where she served as concertmaster and principal second violin. During that time, she also performed at the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy for two summers. Ms. League enjoys playing the Baroque violin and has performed regularly with the Madison Bach Musicians, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and the Tallahassee Bach Parley. (Website)
LAURA MEDISKY is an oboist and Alexander Technique teacher based in Madison. She regularly performs in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Madison, Elgin, and Rockford Symphonies, as well as with Fresco Opera, Capital City Theatre, Bel Canto Chorus, con vivo! chamber ensemble, and Oakwood Chamber Players. For the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons, Ms. Medisky served as principal oboe in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She has presented artist recitals at several International Double Reed Society conferences, and recent concerto performances include Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin at the University of Nebraska Omaha, and Marcello’s Oboe Concerto with the Idaho State-Civic Orchestra Strings. Ms. Medisky presents oboe master classes and Alexander Technique workshops at music institutions, festivals, and conferences throughout the U.S. and was a featured guest on the Mavericks series of the podcast Double Reed Dish. In 2018, Ms. Medisky co-founded the LunART Festival in Madison, serving as a director for the first two seasons. Currently teaching at Edgewood College, she has been on the faculty at UW-Platteville, Luther College, and Maranatha Baptist University. Her solo album, Personalities: 21st-century American Music for Oboe, is available on the Centaur Records label. (website)
Trumpeter MATTHEW ONSTAD, a Wisconsin native, is principal trumpet with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and is currently performing with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra as principal trumpet for their 2017-18 season. Matthew is a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Mead Witter School of Music, where he also performs as a member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. Mr. Onstad has been a member of the 132nd Wisconsin Army National Guard Band since 2012, and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Isthmus Brass. An avid teacher, Mr. Onstad has served as a master clinician with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the 132nd Army Band, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Minnesota. He received his Master of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. His past teachers include John Aley, Marty Robinson, and Robert Levy. (Website)
FREYA SAMUELS is a Pittsburgh-based cellist who plays frequently at the Benedum Center with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, and the Wheeling Symphony. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Samuels led an active musical life in Boston for several years. She was a member of the Opera Company of Boston Orchestra, the contemporary ensemble ALEA III (in residence at Boston University), and the New England Ragtime Ensemble. She also performed often with the Boston Ballet and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestras. A highlight of these years included performing as solo cellist in the American premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’s chamber opera The Lighthouse. Other professional positions have included the Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Toledo Symphony, The Colorado Music Festival, and Des Moines Metro Opera. The summer of 2020 will mark her 33rd season with the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI.
Bassist DICK SARPOLA has an extensive background in recording and performing with such jazz artists as George Shearing, Mel Torme, Susannah McCorkle, Peggy Lee, Chris Connor, Marian McPartland, Fred Hersch, and Howard Alden. His big band experience includes performances with the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra, and the John Fedchock New York Big Band. In the studio, he has worked with such diverse artists as Lenny Kravitz, Wyclef Jean, Sting, Celine Dion, Nellie McKay, Judy Collins, and Rufus Wainwright. He toured internationally with Liza Minnelli for more than nine years; performed with Sammy Davis, Jr., and Frank Sinatra; and has worked with Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein, Barbara Cook, Maureen McGovern, Rebecca Luker, Karen Akers, and Charles Aznavour. Throughout his career he has played at jazz and pop festivals around the world including the Newport, JVC, and Kool Jazz Fests. He is currently performing in the Broadway show Aladdin.
Conductor VICTOR SAWA received the “Outstanding Musician Award” from the Tanglewood Festival within months of completing his Masters of Music Performance degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. Together with his colleagues in the New England Ragtime Ensemble, he won a Grammy Award for their recording of Scott Joplin’s Red Back Book, which inspired the score for the movie The Sting. In addition to a teaching career, Mr. Sawa played solo clarinet with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble and principal clarinet with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. He has also served as music director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra and the Guelph Youth Orchestra. For his work with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, of which he is a founding member, Mr. Sawa was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque for Best Chamber Music Recording. He also received the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Arts Award for Music and the Canada Council Award for Conducting. He has been the music director of the North Bay Symphony, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, and the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and resident conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Sawa has served as music director of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and in 2014 was honored with the title Conductor Emeritus.
Violinist CYRUS STEVENS is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and the New England Conservatory. He has been on the faculty of the Hartt School and is currently a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Stevens is active in the performance of contemporary music. He has been a member of the chamber music group Parnassus and of the chamber players of the League of Composers/ISCM in New York. For nearly three decades he was on the performing staff of the Composers’ Conference and Chamber Music Center, now at Wellesley College. Mr. Stevens has made numerous appearances as soloist in the Berg Violin Concert with the New York City Ballet’s production of In Memory of.... Recently, Mr. Stevens played Gheorghe Costinescu’s unaccompanied work Voices Within at a concert honoring the composer’s eightieth birthday in New York.
In 1998, violinist AXEL STRAUSS became the first German artist ever to win the Naumburg Violin Award. Mr. Strauss made his American debut at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1998. Since then he has given recitals in major North American cities, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In 2007 he was the violinist in the world premiere performance and recording of Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby, written for him by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Mr. Strauss's discography includes the Brahms violin concerto, the three last violin concertos by Kreutzer, the complete Caprices for solo violin by Pierre Rode, and the complete works for violin and piano by George Enescu. Mr. Strauss has performed as soloist with orchestras in Budapest, Hamburg, New York, Seoul, Shanghai, Bucharest, and Cincinnati, and has served as guest concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony. In 2012 Mr. Strauss was appointed professor of violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal. Before moving to Canada, he was professor of violin and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. (Website)
Australian-born violist KATRIN TALBOT began her violin studies in Canada and continued them in Missoula, Montana, and Portland, Oregon, before abandoning violin for the lovely inner voice of the viola. On this instrument, she has appeared at the Red Hot Lava Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, as a guest artist with the Pro Arte Quartet and Monte Verde Quartet, and with the Oakwood Chamber Players. She is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and, on occasion, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, as well as making an annual appearance in the Karp family Labor Day concerts. She has studied viola with Richard Blum and Guillermo Perich and violin with Eugene Andre and Raphael Spiro and has appeared on several chamber music CDs. Ms. Talbot is also a photographer; her book of photographs, Schubert’s Winterreise: A Winter Journey in Poetry, Image, and Song, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press, and her work has appeared recently in The New York Times. Combining music and imagery is a passion of hers, and she has collaborated on five such live concert presentations at the UW-Madison School of Music, including two of which are being presented this season at Interlochen, and in New York and Miami.
Bayan player STAS VENGLEVSKI, is a two-time first prize winner of the bayan competition in his native Republic of Moldova. Mr. Venglevski is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, where he received his Masters Degree in Music. In 1992 he immigrated to the U.S., where he has made a career as an accordionist, arranger, and teacher. His repertoire includes his original compositions and a broad range of classical, contemporary, and ethnic music. He has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the U.S, including performances with Doc Severinsen and with Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion, and has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. He performed the world premiere of Concerto No. 2 by Anthony Galla-Rini and the world premiere of Bayan and Beyond, composed for him by Dan Lawitts. He is a regular participant in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Arts in Community Education Program; has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra; has produced fifteen albums, including a transcription of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite for bayan; and has published several books of original compositions. (website)
Pianist JOHN WEST has appeared as an organist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony and in concerts at Disney Hall in Los Angeles. He has been a featured artist of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and in 2014 appeared on the Distinguished Artists Series at West Point Naval Academy. Mr. West is also active as a performer in film, television, and recordings. He has been a producer on the Motown Records label, has had songs recorded by such singers as Nancy Wilson, and has created vocal arrangements for feature films including Faster and Disney’s The Three Musketeers. His vocal performances are included in over 150 films, including King Kong, Men In Black, and Star Wars. Mr. West received his Master of Music degree with Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music and has held teaching positions as professor of organ studies at California State University Northridge and the Herb Albert School of Music at UCLA. He is music director and organist at Hollywood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles.
Trumpeter BO WINIKER began his professional music career at age ten, performing in his hometown of Millis, Massachusetts, alongside his mother, father, and older brother as the Winiker Family Band. He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he joined the New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble. He remained a member of the group for 25 years, touring around the world under conductor Gunther Schuller. From 1972 to1973, he was the featured jazz trumpet soloist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and he has also soloed with the New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestras. In 1992 Mr. Winiker recorded the movie soundtrack for A League of Their Own with Billy Joel. He has performed at the White House for President Ford, at President Carter’s inauguration (with the Ragtime Ensemble), and at Bill Clinton’s inaugural ball. Mr. Winiker and his swing band perform all over New England at a diverse range of parties and events. From 2013 to 2018, he conducted the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra at New Year’s Eve galas at Symphony Hall.