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New Adventures Down Under!

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We are excited to announce that Jonathan Estabrooks will be moving ‘Down Under’ for the coming season. Having lived in New York for almost decade a new adventure was long overdue and he returned from a summer on the family farm to an exciting next chapter.

Just last month, we received an invitation from a lovely friend and fellow singer, Clara Helms to join forces in creating a new production. Having been approached by her manager to create a duet show featuring two classically-trained voices, Clara invited Jonathan to join her in developing this new headlining to be featured onboard 13 different ships as part of a new Princess Cruises ENCORE project.

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The Sea Princess is pictured above and will be the home of this production. Jonathan is exciting to begin this new adventure and even more so, the chance to connect with a global audience.
 
Jonathan will depart November 3rd and will be onboard 1-2 weeks per month and otherwise based in Sydney, Australia. The program of classical Broadway and Opera entitled called ‘Crossover To Love’ will take them throughout the Southern Hemisphere and parts of Europe. This exclusive headliner show will be a staple on the Sea Princess, a ship of 2000 weekly travelers and 1000-seat theatre, including our very own 7-piece orchestra.

Some of the countries on this adventure Fiji, Indonesia, Ireland, England, Portugal, Norway, France, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Vanuatu.

 

 

Interview on Calon FM

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In September, Jonathan met with Jannie Rawlinson of Calon FM and the show ‘Classical Sounds 4 U’ out of Wrexham, Wales to discuss his career journey, debut album ‘These Miles’, his radio show on Crossover Radio International and upcoming tour.

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He joined Micheal Castaldo for a special New York show. To hear the full interview with music, click the link below.

To learn more about the show, click here and be sure to follow them on Facebook.

Recording with Jim Wann

Jonathan recently joined Broadway and West End composer, Jim Wann (Pump Boys and Dinettes) to record a new track to accompany his first holiday choral work. Jonathan joined arranger/Pianist David Shenton and singers Erin Shield, Mikki Sodergren and Michael Maliakel.

The track entitled ‘Christmas In Savannah’ will be published this holiday season to choirs and choral nationwide. Enjoy the final version below.

 

Jonathan hosts Classical Crossover LIVE on CRI

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Jonathan has taken on hosting duties for Classical Crossover LIVE, a weekly radio show on Crossover Radio International, part of the Radionomy network. The two hour show features music of established and indie artists, and in-depth interviews with such names as Chris Mann of ‘The Voice’ fame, Jennifer ThomasMicheal Castaldo, Siobhan Owen, Sons of Serendip and many more. The once weekly live broadcast (Wed, 7-9pm EST) bridges the gap between traditionally classical and pop repertoire, with artists that choose pop, rock, new age and classical idioms in their creative process.

To learn more about the station and how to tune in, follow them on Facebook and Twitter and join Jonathan Estabrooks as host each week.

Bach Cantata 131 with Ewashko Singers

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Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than with full orchestra and a wonderful cast of singers. On April 15, 7:30pm at St Joseph’s Church in Ottawa, Canada, I join the fabulous Ewashko Singers for their first concert of the season. It will feature Vivaldi’s Gloria with orchestra and Bach Cantata 131. I always love seeing friends and family from the Ottawa area and hoping you are able to join us. It will be a wonderful night of music making. For information and tickets visit www.ewashkosingers.com.

 

 

West Coast debut with Rob Kapilow

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I am excited to announce my West Coast debut on March 9th at 7:30pm in at the Cerritos Center for the Performing arts as a feature soloist for Rob Kapilow’s ‘What Makes it Great” Series. Featuring Rob Kapilow, Soprano Amanda Squitieri and myself, it will unearth the hidden musical moments and gems within the music of Lerner and Loewe. I am excited to join the cast and debut for the first time in California.

Rob Kapilow “gets audiences in tune with Classical music at a deeper and more immediate level than many of them thought possible,” hails the Los Angeles Times. In a three-part format, Kapilow dissects a musical composition. The pieces are performed, and a lively Q&A concludes the evening. “You hang on to every word and note,” says The New York Times.

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For more more information on the program and how to get tickets, you can visit the following link.

YouTube Cover Song Series

I am excited to announce that I have a launched a YouTube song cover song series, with new uploads every two weeks. It is a chance to put on a different musical hat, take requests and put my own flare on a variety of musical styles. You can learn more and subscribe by clicking HERE so you don’t miss a think. Below are links to my two most recent videos. Stay tuned, leave your comments and requests and enjoy!

 

Caramoor Holiday Tea Musicales

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I am excited to return once again to the Caramoor Center for the Arts for two holiday concerts on December 4th and 5th alongside the incredible pianist, Dan Kurland. A mix of holiday classics to help put you in the Holiday spirit. For more information visit the official website HERE.

Rooms of Light (Fred Hersch) – World Premiere

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I am so looking forward to this next project with Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch in the world premiere of “Rooms of Light” a fascinating hybrid-genres song cycle with poet Mary Jo Salter on the subject of photography and how it affects our lives.

Featuring a superb cast of 5 singers, this incredible Musical Theatre/Jazz song-cycle will premiere next week as part of Peak Performances at the Alex Kasser Theatre in Montclair, NJ. (Direct door-to-door shuttle service is provided from NY for only $10 return).

The 5-member cast includes seasoned musical theatre and classical crossover talent including: Rebecca FaulkenberryKat GuthrieGabrielle StravelliMichael Winther and yours truly, Jonathan Estabrooks, supported by the incredible Fred Hersch himself and a 12 piece orchestra. It is sure to be both inspiring and moving. We hope you can experience this with us. It runs October 15th-18th in Montclair, NJ as part of Peak Performances @ Montclair State University. Direct shuttle service will be provided from Manhattan.

More Information can be found below including how to get tickets. Please let me know if you can make it so I can say hello post-show!

TICKETS & INFORMATION

Bum Phillips All-American Opera

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September was a whirlwind start to the 2015/16 performance season. After a last minute illness in the cast, Mr. Estabrooks stepped in with only weeks to spare, learning the 375 page score and making his Houston debut as Houston Oilers football coach, Bum Phillips.

With full orchestra, cowboy hats, fur coats and a cast of 40, the team embarked on a 2 weeks journey from first look to performance, in this unique telling of the Bum Phillips story. The benefit performance took place on September 24, 2015 at the Stafford Centre, benefiting the important work of the Bum Phillips Charity.

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The One-Night-Only benefit, brought many former teammates and legends to the performance, include the daughter and wife of the late Bum. It was a thrilling experience for all involved.

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Jonathan with the Phillips Family.

 

For more information on the Opera visit bumphillipsopera.com