Jodie DeSalvo and Jonathan Zeng

Jodie DeSalvo, Guest Conductor and soloist

Featured Soloist, Jonathan Zeng, Tenor

Friday, April 29, 2022, 7 PM
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 3:00 PM
Moorings Presbyterian Church

Program: America’s Favorites

  • Morton Gould, American Salute
    Leroy Anderson, Bugler’s Holiday and The Typewriter
  • Songs with soloist Jonathan Zeng
    Night and Day
    Embraceable You
  • I got Rhythm
  • George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, Jodie DeSalvo, piano

Intermission

  • Pops Hoedown
    Armed Forces Salute
    Songs with soloist Jonathan Zeng
    It’s a Grand Night for Singing
    Some Enchanted Evening
    Impossible Dream
  • John Williams, Star Wars, Orchestra
    America the Beautiful

Jodie DeSalvo - Concert Artist

Jodie DeSalvo has captured national and international attention with her classical and jazz interpretations of the masters of keyboard literature. Upon winning the Artist International Competition in 1988, Ms. DeSalvo made her Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim with an encore performance two years later at Lincoln Center. She has been a top prize winner in the Young Keyboard Artists Competition, the American Music Scholarship Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. A graduate of the Hartt and Manhattan Schools of Music, and a former student of John Browning and Gary Graffman, she is also a past recipient of the Artist Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ms. DeSalvo has toured extensively as piano soloist appearing with the orchestras of Chicago, Geneva, Lucerne, San Francisco, Hartford, and Chautauqua under the batons of noted Maestros Christopher Wilkins, David Effron and Gisele Ben Dor. Having called Fort Wayne her home for nine years, she has appeared with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic numerous times under the direction of Ron Ondrejka and Edvard Tchivzhel as well as serving as principal orchestral pianist. A frequent soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, she has appeared on the classical and pops series with Jorge Mester, Jeff Tyzik, Bruce Hangen., and Stuart Chafetz. A noted chamber player, Ms. DeSalvo has appeared with cellists Sharon and Keith Robinson, violinists Glenn Basham and Jennifer Frautschi, pianist Robert Wells, the Miami String Quartet, the Bergonzi String Quartet and members of the American String Quartet. She has performed at such prestigious festivals as Brevard, Chautauqua, and Birch Creek, where she has served as the piano faculty chair for the last twenty-two seasons. She has performed over 100 times on National Public Radio.

Ms. DeSalvo has become equally proficient as a conductor. Having built choral programs in several private and public schools, she has traveled twice with her high school chorus on an extensive tour of Italy during Easter week. The chorus performed in Venice, and Florence, and Siena, culminating in a performance in Rome on Easter Sunday. She returned to Italy and Greece the following season and also completed a concert tour throughout England and France. Last spring, Ms. DeSalvo performed with the chorus on a ten day tour of Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy and the group also returned to Carnegie Hall for a second command performance as part of the National Youth Choir.

Jodie DeSalvo loves to play the piano and loves to have fun, so it is within the last ten years that she has broadened her horizons on the concert stage by giving tribute concerts to the art of Victor Borge, renowned pianist/comedian. She has found great joy in interpreting some of his best loved skits, including Phonetic Punctuation and Inflationary Language, as well as writing some of her own original material. These concert performances are well loved and enjoyed by the older audiences who knew him, and the younger audiences who have grown to love his artistry and humor.

Ms. DeSalvo has recorded and produced 13 CDs of solo literature, chamber, and choral music, including three CD’S with Naples Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Basham. This season, Jodie and Glenn are celebrating their thirtieth year together on the concert stage with two different performances at Artis Naples in January. Ms. DeSalvo has retired from her ten year position as Director of Fine Arts and Artistic Director of concerts at Seacrest Country Day School to concertize more extensively. Ms. DeSalvo’s recital/ lecture series at Artis-Naples is now in its fifteenth year and has sold out for the last eight seasons.

Jonathan Zeng - Singer, Actor & Teacher

Lauded for his versatility as a performer and accomplished in Musical Theater, Opera, Oratorio and Concert repertoire, critically acclaimed tenor, Jonathan Zeng, has performed throughout the United States with companies such as Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Memphis, Utah Festival Opera, and the Princeton Festival. With a voice described by Chicago publications as “valiant”, “stunning”, “vibrant”, and “rich”, Jonathan is based in Chicago and has appeared as soloist with The William Ferris Chorale in the American premiere of John Joubert’s Five Songs of Incarnation and Bonaventura Somma’s Missa Pro Defunctis. You may also have seen him singing with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, in Johnny Johnson or The Csardas Princess with Chicago Folks Operetta, or performing in Chicago Fringe Opera productions All Wounds Bleed, The Long Christmas Dinner, Trouble In Tahiti, Turn of the Screw, and Song From the Uproar. Roles elsewhere range from Goro in Madama Butterfly & Beppe in I Pagliacci to Prince Charming in Cinderella, Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Frederic in Pirates of Penzance.

Upcoming, Jonathan looks forward to returning as tenor soloist in John Joubert’s Five Songs of the Incarnation with Chicago’s acclaimed William Ferris Chorale. In February, Jonathan will return to the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, WI, along side Soprano, Diana Stoic, and pianist, Michael R. Oldham, for a concert of classic Broadway Love Songs!

An avid proponent for arts education and vocal instruction, Jonathan has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Preparatory Department at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and has maintained a private voice studio for more than a decade. Jonathan received a BA in Music Education from the School of Music at Western IL University and an MM in vocal performance from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM).

Jonathan also writes and records his own music.