August 13, 2016
From CBS New York:
“‘The message is everyone is welcome that walks through the turnstiles to watch us play baseball,’ Bean said. ‘The LGBT community is part of every community.'”
August 11, 2016
“The pregame show will feature the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps marching band and a performance by the Grammy-nominated Martha Wash, formerly of the Weather Girls.”
April 11, 2016
“The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps (LGBAC) Symphonic Band, our community band, guided us through exotic “Musical Excursions,” on April 9, at Symphony Space, in its varied and enjoyable spring concert, which, as guest MC actor, writer, and director Dean Pitchford put it, ‘celebrate[d] our journey through life through music.'”
90 Seconds With Liz
The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps is thrilled to welcome Emmy Award-winner and Tony Award nominee Liz Callaway, to perform “Meadowlark” from The Baker’s Wife by Stephen Schwartz with the band on April 9 at Symphony Space. As with all great collaborations, the more you know of each other, the livelier the end experience. Artistic Director Kelly Watkins spent some time getting to know Ms. Callaway, her inspirations, and her memorable musical experiences in 90 Seconds With Liz!
When did you start performing and who were your early inspirations?
Liz Callaway: I was very shy and would only sing if my family left the house. I didn’t start performing until high school. Some early influences included Eydie Gorme, Marilyn McCoo, Barbra Streisand, and Pamela Myers (original cast of Company).
You’ve performed on Broadway. You’ve provided the voices to some of the biggest Hollywood animated movies of all time. You’ve sung on the world’s great concert stages with the best of the best. After all that, what inspires you to keep performing?
LC: At this point what really appeals to me is having great experiences and working with interesting people in interesting places. Theatre is my first love, but my freelance life allows me to travel the world and have some amazing experiences. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you’ll see my life is never boring!
What do you consider to be the most memorable musical experience of your career thus far?
LC: That’s too hard because there have been so many! To name a few, Follies in Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, Baby, Anastasia, and recently singing a duet with Johnny Mathis.
What do you enjoy doing outside of music?
LC: Playing tennis, cooking, reading, and cheering on my NY Mets!
December 12, 2015
“The 103-member, 36-year-old Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps (LGBAC) Symphonic Band, under the baton of Artistic Director Kelly Watkins, celebrated the Chanukah-Solstice-Christmas-Kwanzaa season with its spirited concert “Holiday Theater,” focusing on music from films, with a holiday slant, on December 12 at Peter Norton Symphony Space. Openly gay NBC-TV meteorologist Raphael Miranda was the guest MC and Philadelphia Orchestra principal tuba player Carol Jantsch was the guest soloist.”
The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Announces Collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Principal Tuba, Carol Jantsch
The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps is excited to announce its collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal tuba, Carol Jantsch, performing Bruce Boughton’s Concerto for Tuba and Winds with the band on December 12, 2015 at Symphony Space. Ms. Jantsch holds the distinction not only of being one of the youngest principal chairs of a major American orchestra—a position she’s held since 2006 while still an undergraduate at the University of Michigan—but also as the first woman to hold the principal tuba chair in any major orchestra.
Artistic Director Kelly Watkins first met Ms. Jantsch five years ago at the International Women’s Brass Conference in Toronto, where Ms. Jantsch was performing as a featured soloist. Watkins describes her experience as having been “awe-struck by (Jantsch’s) facility and efficiency on the instrument.” She is clearly an impressive performer, with the Philadelphia Inquirer praising her as having “a sound as clear as it is luxurious.”
Ms. Jantsch began her career in music early, learning the piano at the age of six before later picking up the euphonium and, ultimately, the tuba when she was in seventh grade. She went on to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy before attending the University of Michigan where she studied with Fritz Kaenzig.
When asked how she thinks this performance will uniquely compliment the sound of The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps, Watkins said, “Her sound is pure, focused, and engaging, and she’s an incredible musician. These are elements I strive for in the overall sound of the Symphonic Band. The LGBAC is about as unique as it gets. To bring together all the elements we work year round to master in one performer is truly a unique opportunity.”
The LGBAC is proud to welcome Carol Jantsch to their stage.