Alfreda Burke / Rodrick Dixon / Anthony Kearns / Linda Eder / Bill Hughes & Bernadine Carraher / Ciarán Byrne / Gavin Murphy / Tony Gregory / Andrew Leonard / Church of St Simon and St Judah


Alfreda Burke

Alfreda Burke’s vocal artistry has been described as “voluptuous, creamy and luxuriant” (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune). She has appeared in concert throughout North America and in Europe; recorded an audio recording and PBS special live in Prague, to be released August 2010. Ms. Burke made her Carnegie and Orchestra Hall debuts in Strauss’ Elektra with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Daniel Barenboim. Highlighted performances include the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia under Erich Kunzel, Civic Orchestra of Chicago under Yaron Traub, Detroit Opera House, Rackham Symphony Choir under Suzanne Acton, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Umbria Music Festival (Italy), TodiMusicFest, Lancaster Festival, Grant Park Music Festival, Millennium Park Gala, Kennedy Center, Chicago Opera Theater, Auditorium Theatre, Chorus Angelorum and Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, among others.

Ms. Burke’s oratorio, opera, concert and musical theater engagements include the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts broadcast on WFMT-FM; Mozart Requiem, Mass in C Minor, Coronation Mass in C Major; Handel’s Messiah; Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Poulenc Gloria; Mahler 2nd & 8th Symphonies; Strauss’ Elektra; Puccini’s Turandot (Liu); Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta; Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915; Menotti’s Amahl & the Night Visitors; Rutter Requiem; Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem; Boulez’s Le Visage Nuptial under baton of Pierre Boulez; Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess; Bernstein’s West Side Story; Christianson & Anderson’s Too Hot to Handel; Kern’s Show Boat (Kennedy Center/National Tour, Auditorium Theatre with her son, Dean),directed by Harold Prince. She was featured in CSO’s Symphony Center Inaugural Festival and Radiothon.

Ms. Burke’s work in recordings, music video, television, radio, film and commercials includes: soprano vocalist in Dawa movies (LA) soundtrack featuring Ramsey Lewis, James Mack and members of the CSO; Bobby Lewis release; Celine Dion and R. Kelly’s I’m Your Angel; profiles and broadcasts on CBS, NBC, WGN, WFLD, WCFC, WTTW (PBS), Odyssey, CAN-TV; features on WFMT, NPR, WBEZ, WMBI, WGCI, WYCA and WOSU; The Visit, The Visitors, Unconditional Love, U.S. Marshals. Ms. Burke has made guest soloist appearances on the WTTW/Odyssey broadcast of 30 Good Minutes. She has performed the National Anthem for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Fire.

Alfreda Burke received rave reviews for a Community Concerts national tour with Tenor Rodrick Dixon. “Dixon and Burke sang with such deep and knowing pathos that the audience was kept in rapt silence until the end of the set. ...Then Burke keened the achingly beautiful ‘Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child’… ” Additional recordings include her solo debut CD, From the Heart (2002); and Rodrick Dixon Live in Concert featuring Soprano Alfreda Burke (2008); Halleluiah Broadway! (2010). Ms. Burke and Mr. Dixon recorded, performed the Chicago Olympic 2016 Bid Anthem, “I Will Stand” (Millennium Park Gala, 2008); and served on the Arts & Culture Advisory Council. Upcoming 2010-2012 engagements, airings include national/ international PBS Special Halleluiah Broadway!; Mike Teolis Singers, WSU Music & Medicine Symposium, YMP Artist Residency (U of C, Berkeley), Chorus Angelorum Beethoven Mass in C, Too Hot to Handel, Michigan Opera Theater, Auditorium Theatre. Ms. Burke received Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from Roosevelt University; served as Alumna Ambassador for RU’s 60th Anniversary; and presently serves on the RU CCPA Advisory Board.

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Rodrick Dixon

Rodrick Dixon possesses a tenor voice of extraordinary range and versatility that has earned him the respect and attention of leading conductors, orchestras, and opera companies throughout North America.

Notable recent engagements include appearances with Los Angeles Opera in the title role of Zemlinky’s Der Zwerg conducted by James Conlon. He earned critical acclaim and an invitation to return with Maestro Conlon to the Cincinnati May Festival as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Carmina Burana, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and with the Philadelphia Orchestra for more performances of Der Zwerg. He has also appeared at the Vail Music Festival as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop.

This autumn, he returned to Los Angeles to debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the title role of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Peter Sellars and repeated the production at the Sydney Arts Festival in Australia. He also appeared as tenor soloist with the Atlanta Symphony conducted by Robert Spano and, this spring, will return to the Cincinnati May Festival at the invitation of James Conlon.

Elsewhere on the operatic stage, Mr. Dixon has appeared with Los Angeles Opera as Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhauser, Michigan Opera Theater as Tonio in La Fille Du Regiment, Todi Music Festival as Lenski in Eugene Onegin and as Tonio, Portland Opera in the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Opera Columbus for the world premiere of Vanqui (Prince); and the Virginia Opera as Sportin’ Life in Porgy & Bess.

During his association with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Center for American Artists, he appeared on their stage in many productions, most notably as the Prince in the world premiere of The Song of Majnun, plus performances at the Ravinia Festival and a series of concerts at the Chatelet Theater in Paris.

As a part of “The Tenors: Cook, Dixon & Young,” he has appeared in concert with the Atlanta Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, Cincinnati Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Millennium Park; Elgin Symphony, Rackham Symphony Chorus and the Concordia Orchestra at Lincoln Center.

A gifted recitalist, Mr. Dixon earned rave reviews for his Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast honoring Roland Hayes on WFMT-FM/Chicago. He has also presented pre-concert recitals at the Cincinnati May Festival; completed a 30 city tour for Community Concerts and a duet concert “Following in the Footsteps” at Hampton University with Soprano Alfreda Burke, with whom he has also appeared in duet recitals for the Umbria Music Festival in Italy, Anchorage, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Tennessee, Detroit, Toronto, Dayton and Chicago. He participated as a guest soloist for the Cincinnati Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Celebration.

His extensive television credits include PBS specials: The US Air Force 60th Anniversary Gala (2007), Cook, Dixon & Young Volume One (2005), Washington Opera Gala at Constitution Hall (2003), The Mark Twain Awards Honoring Whoopi Goldberg at Kennedy Center (2002), My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs at City Center (2000). Other TV appearances include: The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS/NPR (2006), The Jerry Lewis Telethon (2002-2003), Marshall Fields’ Christmas Commercials (2002), TV One’s Christmas Specials (2006/07), WGN’s A Christmas Glory (2003 and 2006), The Tony Awards (1998), NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, The Rosie O’Donnell Show (2002) and The Wayne Brady Show. Rodrick Dixon’s musical theater credits include the original cast of Ragtime on Broadway, Show Boat at the Auditorium Theatre, Pops Concerts at Grant Park Music Festival, The Chicagoland Pops Orchestra at the Rosemont Theater and the Cincinnati Pops with Eric Kunzel.

Mr. Dixon’s most recent recordings (Sony/BMG), PBS Great Performances Cook, Dixon & Young Volume One released in (2005), Follow That Star Christmas CD (2003), Liam Lawton’s Sacred Land (2006) and Rodrick Dixon Live in Concert (2008).In December of 2008 Mr. Dixon performed Christmas concerts of “Too Hot To Handel” at Detroit Opera House and at the Auditorium Theatre under the baton of Suzanne Acton as well as tour and continues to perform with “The Tenors Cook, Dixon & Young.”

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Anthony Kearns

Anthony Kearns is one of the founding members of The Irish Tenors, one of Ireland’s most celebrated and longest running touring groups. Performing for over a decade in the world’s most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney [Australia] Opera House, The Irish Tenors have produced ten best-selling CDs.

Anthony’s opera credits include Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and the lead in Faust about which The Irish Times wrote: Kearns’ subtle tonal shading and judicious use of well-supported head voice complements an exciting top register. With Dublin’s Lyric Opera, he sang Alfredo in La Traviata and Macduff in Macbeth. He sang lead tenor in the first fully staged production in over a century of the Irish opera Lily of Killarney for the Royal Dublin Society, and in June sang Carmen’s Don José for Glasthule Opera Company in Dun Laoghaire. Carmen was also reviewed by The Irish Times and is quoted: Anthony Kearns proved a top-notch Don José, rising to each decisive moment with quality to spare. Kearns will sing Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for Lismore Opera in their 2011 season.

In addition to his opera work in Ireland, Kearns sang the role of Fenton in an Italian production of Falstaff in Tuscany, performed lead tenor in The Irish Ring in Carnegie Hall, and Romeo for the Naples [Florida] Opera Company’s production of Romeo & Juliet: Then and Now. In January of 2011, he will again sing for Naples Opera, this time as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor.

June 25, 2010 Kearns opened the prestigious Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival in California, singing with the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Frank Paul Fetta, to an audience numbering 6,000 strong. Said the Press Enterprise of his performance: Kearns sang every piece with a pitch-perfect, easy, light and pure tenor voice. Technically precise, with impeccable and easy octave leaps, he sensitively interpreted each piece, shaping lines and phrases carefully.

Kearns taped a new television special in Prague this year for Ireland’s Mind the Gap Films. Hallelujah Broadway was aired in Ireland on Easter and will be released on U.S. public television stations this fall.

Anthony tours three times annually with The Irish Tenors, and has a thriving solo career, performing concert tours, oratorio, and opera.

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Linda Eder

Linda Eder
Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. Her Austrian father and Norwegian mother exposed her to many types of music during her Minnesota childhood. Judy Garland was the vocalist who first captured her attention, followed by classical soprano Eileen Farrell and then Barbra Streisand during Linda’s teen years. By the time she was eight, Linda knew she wanted to be a singer.

At twenty-five, Eder was headlining her own show at Harrah’s casino in Atlantic City. Thrilled to win a spot on the first episode of Star Search for the 1987 season, she continued for an unprecedented 12-week run. This TV success led to a leading role on Broadway as Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde, which won her a Drama Desk Award and broadened her fan base.

Last fall Linda released Soundtrack, a follow-up to her 2008 Verve Records debut, The Other Side of Me. Produced by Peter Collins, Soundtrack finds Eder going to the movies and adding new dimensions to an eclectic mix of themes from the silver screen. Song selections for this collection were easy. Linda concentrated on familiar tunes that struck an immediate emotional chord with her. The 12 tracks span roughly the last 50 years in cinema, from Henry Mancini’s “Charade,” the title tune of the 1963 movie starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, to “Falling Slowly,” the Best Original Song Academy Award winner from Once, the 2007 Irish musical film.

Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and soon established a vital niche as America’s most popular and acclaimed new interpreter of pop standards and theatrical songs with such releases as And So Much More, It’s No Secret Anymore, Christmas Stays The Same, Gold, Storybook, Broadway My Way and By Myself: The Songs of Judy Garland. Those albums showcased Eder’s abundant vocal gifts as well as her knack for delivering dramatic, emotionally resonant interpretations of familiar songs while making them her own. Linda has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Davies Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Wolftrap and the Ravinia Festival. Always touring in good company, Eder’s collaborations include Oscar-winning composer pianist Marvin Hamlisch, Tony-winner, Michael Feinstein and Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

The concert stage remains the mainstay of Eder’s career. She has performed for sold-out crowds and has packed venues across the country. Her concerts have been televised on Bravo and PBS. Trail Mix, her primetime Animal Planet special, was a natural extension of her love of animals. In June 2010, Linda and Clay Aiken covered Roy Orbison’s Crying as a duet on Clay’s new album “Tried & True.”

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Bill Hughes & Bernadine Carraher

Bill Hughes and Bernadine Carraher who previously worked together for six years set up Mind the Gap Films in 2001. The company specializes in Television entertainment, music, documentaries, and other factual programming. We regularly work on large scale productions with budgets of over €1 million and bring them in on time and on budget.

In 2005, “Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde” our 90 minute special, filmed in association with Art for Amnesty starring 150 contributors including Bono, Larry Mullen, Liam Neeson, Martin Sheen, Annie Lennox, Rosie Perez, Harvey Fierstein and Geoffrey Rush for RTE, PBS, BBC and SBS won a nomination for the Golden Rose of Lucerne for Best Arts Program in the World. Our acclaimed documentary on the great Irish pianist John O’Conor’s masterclass was shown at the Dublin Documentary Film Festival and on RTE and ABC Australia. The ground-breaking observational documentary series for RTE, Music Changes Lives was a hit with the critics and became an audience favorite. Our diverse production slate has included features and documentaries on singer and songwriter Christie Hennessy, the Painter Anne Madden, life in 'Modern Ireland', reviving the Irish language and observing the last driftnet fishermen in Donegal. Mind The Gap Films recent tv entertainment output has included the Number One rated dance show 'Celebrity Jigs and Reels' and the series with The Irish Tenors 'Heroes and Friends' including a Special starring Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Bill Hughes has been an independent producer since June 1985 and in that time has produced and/or directed over 1000 hours of television for the domestic market and for cable, satellite, and terrestrial broadcasters around the world. He has also written and produced all three of the TV specials featuring the Irish Tenors, LIVE in Dublin, Belfast, and Ellis Island for RTE, PBS and CBC Canada. Bill was named Producer of the Year by the Music Critics. He is a Double Gold Medalist from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Bernadine Carraher has been an independent producer since 1990 and she has produced and directed award winning Television for Europe and the US. Since setting up Mind the Gap she has executive produced or produced all the company’s major productions. She has been the series producer of Mind the Gap films for the past fourteen years and in that time she has also produced a number of feature length film documentaries and TV series. She holds a B.Sc (hons) from UCD and an MBA from Trinity College Dublin.

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Ciarán Byrne

Ciaran Byrne is a recording engineer and producer. He started his career in Dublin's famous Windmill lane studios in 1987 and worked on projects such as Van Morrison and the Chieftains “ Celtic Heartbeat”, U2 “Rattle & Hum” and “Achtung Baby” while also developing a LIVE in-studio production style.

The more acoustic seminal Irish traditional albums such as Sharon Shannon “Sharon Shannon”, Cooney and Begley “Meitheal”, Seán Smyths “Blue Fiddle” and Liam O Flynn “Pipers call” is an area where his expertise is renowned. U2, Metallica, The Cranberries, and Sinead O Connor have enabled Ciarán to work with some of the worlds top producers like Daniel Lanois, Pat mc Carthy and Jimmy Iovine.

He has also worked on Orchestral recordings with The Irish Tenors starring Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan, and Brian Byrne's “The Island” and ”A Beautiful Night “ for RTE and BBC - the state broadcasters.

Currently co-owner of “The Cauldron” studios ( with Ray Davies guitarist Bill Shanley. He has recorded many live for broadcast recordings for international and local broadcasters with artists like Garth Brooks, Tommy Flemming, Mary Black, Daniel O Donnell and The Dubliners.

For “Hallelujah Broadway” Ciaran Byrne was audio supervisor for the entire project which involved orchestral, vocal, choral and band studio recordings along with the actual live concert recordings .Very much a hands on supervisor Ciaran recorded, mixed and mastered for each individual format including 5.1 surround and was on hand to help out with orchestral score supervision as well.

Career Credits also include include Roger Daltry, Gladys Knight, Jeffrey Osbourne, Chaka Khan, Elmer Bernstein, London Gospel Choir, Brian Byrne, Adrian Utley (Portishead) soundtracks, Elvis Costello, Donal Lunny, The Blue Nile, Midge Ure, Moya Brennan, The Waterboys, Paul Young, Chris De Burgh, Dario Marianelli soundtracks.

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Gavin Murphy

Since graduating from the University Of London, writer arranger Gavin Murphy has written compositions and orchestrations for symphonic, jazz and popular settings. He has worked extensively in Television & Film for companies such as Mind The Gap Films, RTE, UTV, Tyrone Productions and the BBC among others. In the popular music field he is well established as a musical director, songwriter, producer and arranger. Recent credits include The Irish Tenors television series and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Special , Sir. James Galway, Mary Black, The Chieftans, Van Morrison, Colm Wilkinson, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Tommy Fleming, Rebecca Storm and Sharon Shannon among others.

"Without doubt Hallelujah Broadway will be one of the most exciting & memorable musical shows of our time. As soon as I started rehearsing songs with Anthony, Rodrick , Alfreda, & the Orchestra I knew this was going to be something very, very special". Gavin Murphy – Musical Director and Arranger.

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Tony Gregory

Tony is one of Europe’s leading entertainment, event and music television and content-capture directors.

Credits include major shows, concerts and events for MTV, BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and numerous award shows in the UK and America. He has also been called upon to realise unusual and complex live TV stunts and events.

Tony has also been a producer and executive producer for some 500 music, youth, entertainment and documentary programmes for all main UK channels, and has been a key player in teams that have won National TV awards, RTS and BAFTA accolades.

He has a firm grasp of multi platform content delivery, and has been involved with content creation and integration on TV, radio, internet and telephony platforms.

In recent years Tony has become a regular trainer for the BBC and other international broadcaster/producers, leading courses on multi-camera directing, and training directors to shoot music effectively and creatively.

Tony also consults on strategic production issues of creativity, workflow efficiency, and technology.

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Andrew Leonard
Andrew Leonard is one of Ireland's best-known independent Lighting Directors. Recent TV work includes "Dragons' Den" (RTE), "The Apprentice" (TV3) and "Fame -The Musical" (RTE).

Other highlights in his career include "Riverdance-The Video", Faith of our Fathers, The Russian State Ballet, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Joan Baez, Daniel O'Donnell - Live at the Helix, "The Irish Tenors" (1998 and 2000), "Ronan Tynan-The Impossible Dream" (2002) and now Hallelujah Broadway 2010.

My favorite moment in Prague? "every time Rodrick Dixon sang "Somewhere"- it gave me goosebumps and shivers down my spine, with his awesome emotional power!" Andrew Leonard - Lighting Designer


Church of St Simon and St Judah

The beautiful Baroque church of St. Simon and St. Judah, with it’s high late-gothic windows, was built by The Bohemia Brethren in 1615, and in the middle of the 18th century it was redecorated with the buildings of the convent and hospital to which the Church originally belonged. The hospital, at the end of the 1770's the only one in Prague, was owned by the Order of the Czech Brothers of Mercy, whose main mission was care for the ill. At the same time it was a modern scientific institution, Prague's first anatomy lecture hall (in 1847 the first operation under narcosis in the Austro-Hungarian Empire took place here). The members of the order were important physicians, pharmacists and musicians. They made the church one of the most sought after musical centres of the order in Central Europe.

Johann Theobald Held (1770-1851), a musician and composer, was also the physician, dean of the medical faculty and the head of the hospital. František Xaver Brixi died in the hospital in 1771. The organ in the church was built in 1724 by Andreas Wambesser and was played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn. The reconstruction of the organ carried out by Vladimír Šlajch was finished in 1993 to reveal an instrument of quite exceptional sound quality. It provides a magnificent backdrop for the performance of “Hallelujah Broadway”. The church now hosts concerts mostly by the Prague Symphony Orchestra with the permission of the Order of Brothers of Mercy and still serves as a hospital as well - the Na Františku.

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