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  • Frederick Ballentine is an American tenor whose awards include a Grammy for his recording of George Gershwin’s PORGY AND BESS. The opera star exudes a sense of ease, confidence, and fun when it comes to his career.
  • From the time he was just a small child, Charles Wilson III – aka BLKBOK – showed extraordinary musical talent. The budding piano virtuoso's family nurtured his interests, which blossomed to include many genres of music: classical, hip-hop, rap, and much more.
  • Jessie Montgomery is an acclaimed composer and violinst. She says, “Being an artist is living a life of service,” and credits her many teachers and mentors – and her parents – for opening up worlds to her. She spoke with Suzanne Bona about her life as a musician – and how she expresses her creativity in a few of her non-musical passions, too!
  • Scotland-based American conductor Kellen Gray is Assistant Conductor of the English National Opera and Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Suzanne spoke with Kellen Gray about his introduction to music growing up in South Carolina, and how it continues to impact his work as a conductor.
  • Suzanne spoke with Brandon Patrick George about his debut 2020 solo recording, and welcomed him back in Fall 2023 to talk about his second solo recording, TWOFOLD, which pairs solo flute works by composers such as C.P.E. Bach, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Claude Debussy with new works by composers including Reena Esmail, Saad Haddad, and Shawn E. Okpebholo.
  • Melvin Chen arrived at his career in music after earning degrees in chemistry and physics from Yale and Harvard. He spoke with Suzanne about how he has allowed his passion, energy, and curiosity steer his many diverse interests.
  • Acclaimed harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani - the first and only harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist, and the youngest ever recipient of the Wigmore Medal – is an outspoken and passionate advocate for his instrument. He talked with Suzanne Bona about his career path and his experiences working with (and educating) some of musical collaborators about the versatility of the harpsichord.
  • An eloquent storyteller, Loki Karuna spoke with Suzanne about his weekly podcast TRILLOQUY, his job as Director of Artist Equity of the American Composers Orchestra, and his nationally- syndicated radio programs The Sound of 13 and Gateways Radio.
  • Tammy McCann loves music. She lives and breathes her craft, and starts each day acknowledging and celebrating Music's importance in her life. She talked with Suzanne about her life as a professional jazz singer, her start as an opera singer, and how the double bass is the instrument she feels she was meant to play.
  • For the last 18 years, Music Kitchen has been bringing classical music to those experiencing homelessness. Founder and violinist Kelly Hall-Thompkins chats with Suzanne about how it all came to be, on the next episode of Sunday Baroque Conversations.