Andrei Strizek

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Sondheimas 2k16: "It Takes Two" with Nikka Graff Lanzarone and George Abud

My rehearsal with Nikka and George for this year's Sondheimas was one of the zaniest rehearsals I've been a part of. The two of them have a ridiculous amount of chemistry together, and I regret that we can only see a smidge of that in their banter at the beginning of this video. But throughout the rest of the song - well, they're both delightfully charming and goofy and full of that joie de vivre that makes this a special performance.

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Sondheimas 2k16: Opening Number

Like any good opening number of musical, the opening number of Sondheimas hopefully sets the tone for the evening, and tells the audience what the show will be about. To some extent, at least. The first year's opening number was from Frogs and "God" from Sondheim on Sondheim, setting up the religious ceremony. Last year we opened with an instrumental of "I Never Do Anything Twice" (tongue-in-cheek) and the opening invocation from Frogs, followed by Molly Pope singing "Back in Business" from Dick Tracy - songs that said, "We're back!" This year, we opened with "Baby June and Her Newsboys," from Gypsy, performed by the Sondheimas Boy Choir - here, Sean DohertyMatthew LummusMike Walsh, and Eric Williams.

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Arrangements & Transcriptions updates

Some arrangements and transcriptions - both new and old - have been uploaded, and will continue to be uploaded over the next week or so. Public domain pieces are completely available for download, scores and parts. A "pay what you can" button has also been added, to help with website maintenance.

If you are looking for an arrangement or transcription, send me an email.

Some of the new uploads:

  • Debussy's La fille aux cheveux de lin for euphonium and piano
  • Mozart's O Isis und Osiris for euphonium and piano, and for tuba and piano
  • Bridal Chorus for tuba-euphonium quartet or ensemble (I know from experience that it works great at weddings!)
  • Suo Gan for various ensembles

As always, I would enjoy hearing from you if you perform any of these. Drop me a line.

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