Pianist / Concert Producer
Mimi Stern-Wolfe is a New York based pianist and conductor. She studied with pianists Ray Lev and Leonid Hambro, graduated Phi-Beta Kappa from Queens College, received a Masters in Music from New England Conservatory, and did graduate studies in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. Her training culminated in Re-Discovered; Lost and Found (Ervin Schulhoff and Kurt Weill) which introduced the work of Schulhoff to the general public at New York's prestigious Merkin Hall.
In 1989, a series of 'Composers of the Holocaust' concerts which offered the music of lost Terezin and Eastern European composers to audiences and culminated in the CD Recording Composers of the Holocaust (1990). In 1990 she began the annual Benson AIDS Series in order to honour the memory of her friend Eric Benson and to perform (and often premiere) the works of composers afflicted with or lost to HIV/AIDS. In 1995, the concert was performed at Tully Hall and recorded for the CD release Sudden Sunsets : Highlights from the Benson AIDS Series (1996).
To date, Mimi has received the New York Mayor's only Very Special Arts Award in Music for her "exceptional contribution to the arts and multicultural life of New York City." Mimi continues to perform concerts regularly on the Lower East Side.
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Gilles Denizot appeared major opera houses and concert halls in Amsterdam, Brussels, Cardiff, Geneva, London, Montreal, and New York (Lincoln Center). Gilles has also appeared regularly in Paris and Zurich as a permanent soloist of the Opernhaus. For over 20 years, Gilles Denizot has taken an active and dedicated part in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He has appeared with the Benson AIDS Series of concerts since 1993 and is a featured performer on the Sudden Sunsets : Highlights from the Benson AIDS Series CD (1996) with Mimi Stern-Wolfe.
Gilles Denizot is also the founder and General Director of OperaLab, and provides vocal tuition to talented young professionals. He recently adapted and directed three different productions of Carmen in Greece, and is working on Britten's Curlew River for Newcastle Area Chamber Opera (England).
CountertenorMarshall Coid graduated from the Julliard School of Music and has been hailed by The New York Times as "astonishingly versatile" for his multi-faceted career as a countertenor, violinist, composer, actor, librettist and educator.
Marshall has been an Artist-in Residence with New York's Ensemble for Early Music at St. John the Divine and taught at Columbia University on their adjunct Music Faculty for two decades. His solo credits include live television broadcasts from Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center as well as appearances at such prestigious venues as The United Nations, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, The Morgan Library, The Smithsonian Museum in DC, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Cloisters, Lincoln Center Great Performers, Spoleto Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival, and The International Performers Festival (Belgium). He has created roles in several premiere productions recently with The Center for Contemporary Opera in NYC and has sung the role of the Roasting Swan in "Carmina Burana" seven times to date. His many diverse Broadway credits include occasionally playing the violin on the high wire as the White-faced Clown in the original production of "Barnum.' Marshall's "Whitman Cantata" won the Dessoff Choirs 75th Anniversary Invitational Composers Competition and was premiered at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, May 2000.
Marshall has worked with Mimi for several decades now, appearing in many of her series including the Benson AIDS Series. He has recorded with Mimi as well and written commissioned scores for her organization Downtown Music Productions which include collaborations with librettist Ilsa Gilbert (on the opera "The Bundle Man" directed by the late, famed Broadway director Tom O'Horgan at Theatre for the New City) and Friends in High Places (The Dance-Theatre piece "The Tangoed Web").
Marshall is currently the onstage violin soloist for the Broadway musical "Chicago" and is the countertenor soloist and composer-in-residence with The Queen's Chamber Band which recently featured his music in an All-Coid concert in NYC.
Robert Kogan, cellist, performs regularly with the Trio Con Brio in Westchester and with The Trio a Trois and Downtown Music Productions in New York City. He has been a member of the Bridge Trio and other chamber ensembles in the New York metropolitan area. A past member of the New Jersey Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and other orchestras and ensembles, Robert was founding conductor of the Staten Island Symphony and music director and conductor of the Philharmonic Symphony of Westchester. As a composer, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the Criterion Foundation.
Robert studied cello at the Juilliard School of Music with Claus Adam and at Indiana University with Bernard Greenhouse. He spent two years in Germany on a Fulbright Grant to study conducting and was winner of the Salzburg Conducting Prize.
Poet / Librettist
Poet Perry Brass appears in the film to read 'The Disappeance of Light'. Perry is also the librettist for the 5 song cycle 'All The Way Through Evening', composed by Chris DeBlasio, from which the film adopts its title, and from which the concluding musical number 'Walt Whitman in 1989' is taken. Hailing from Savannah, GA, Perry identified himself as a poet, novelist, playwright, and activist and has published 16 books, winning awards for his poetry, plays, and fiction. He has also been involved in the LGBT movement since 1969, when he co-edited Come Out!, the world's first gay liberation newspaper. In 1972, he co-founded the Gay Men's Health Project Clinic, the first clinic for gay men on the East Coast, still operating as New York’s Callen-Lourde Clinic. As a librettist, he has had 62 poems set to music, and his list of collaborating composers include Chris DeBlasio, Ricky Ian Gordon, Christopher Berg, Paula Kimper, Judith Cloud, and Gerald Busby. Brass’s work often deals with that intersection of sexuality, spirituality and personal politics that came directly out of his involvement with the radical queer consciousness of the late 1960s and early 1970s. His latest book is King of Angels, a Southern-gay-Jewish coming-of-age novel set in Savannah in 1963. He is currently a coordinator of the Rainbow Book Fair, the oldest LGBT book fair in the U.S. For more information visit www.perrybrass.com.
Director Rohan Spong first met Mimi Stern-Wolfe whilst he was in New York to promote his first documentary T IS FOR TEACHER. "We were eating lunch one day at Vaselka [on 9th St and 2nd Ave], when Mimi confded in me the story of Eric Benson who had lived across the street. Hearing the story was like peering through the keyhole of a room that was full of oft-forgotten mementos. I knew that I was glimpsing something that would be the basis of an important film. That's really how ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING was conceived".
Rohan Spong is an Australian born independent filmmaker who graduated with Honors from the School of Creative Arts at Melbourne University. His first feature documentary T IS FOR TEACHER (2009) charted the experience of four transgendered school teachers in the American Schools and was named by two Australian reviewers as amongst the best works to screen at Australian cinemas in 2009. His second documentary feature THE SONGS THEY SANG (2010), shot in 8 countries and 5 languages, considered the experiences and music of the persecuted Jewish inhabitants of Vilna Ghetto during the Holocaust. ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING (2011) is his third film and he remarks: "It's a film about a number of themes - HIV/AIDS obviously, but it also speaks of the power of music, of art as activism, of getting older, of love, of loss, and of this one very extraordinary woman who has devoted some twenty years of her life to try and keep history alive in people's minds".
In addition to his documentary work, Rohan has also exhibited photographic work, has created projections for theatre, and shot and directed music videos for independent artists.
Rohan has taught film production and theory at tertiary institutions in Melbourne and Los Angeles and now divides his time between in his home city of Melbourne, Australia and Brooklyn, New York.