Harpsichordist Andrew Appel joins the Cast of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts's Production of Rameau's Nephew, 12/13

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Step into the dusk of the Ancien Regime, as icons tumble, gossips rumble, and musicians hurl their slings. Arrows fly between the fans of French harmony and Italian melody in this site-specific music-theater piece based on the Philosophe's play of opposites.

The game of buffoons and Querelle des Bouffons unfold to the seductive airs of Pergolesi, Galuppi, and the great Rameau, whose anniversary year we cap off with this production of Diderot's witty masterpiece.

All tickets include cafe seating and complimentary vin and pain.

Starring Steven Rattazzi, praised by The New York Times as "an actor of impressive subtlety" who "straddles comedy and tragedy with style and conviction"

Andrew Appel, Artistic Director of the Four Nations Ensemble, performs throughout Europe and the United States as soloist in many festivals including Italy's Spoleto Festival, New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, and the Redwoods Festival. As recitalist, Mr. Appel has performed at Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, as well as halls from the Music Academy of the West to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Besides his work with The Four Nations Ensemble, he has been a guest of Chatham Baroque, the Smithsonian Players, and Orpheus. He serves as harpsichordist for Opera Lafayette and has toured with several European chamber orchestras. He has enjoyed critical acclaim for his solo recording of Bach works with Bridge Records as well as his fortepiano performances of Haydn for ASV. He presently records for ASV and Smithsonian recordings.

As a writer, Mr. Appel has written program notes and articles for presenters around the country including Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and National Public Radio. Mr. Appel has participated in discussions on education and chamber music programming at conferences of Chamber Music America, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the New York State Council on the Arts. He currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of Chamber Music America. He has been regularly praised for pre-concert talks that contextualize the music and open areas of discovery for the audience.

A native of New York City, Appel discovered the harpsichord at 14 and began lessons with Tim Read and Igor Kipnis. First-prize winner of the Erwin Bodkey Competition in Boston, he holds an international soloist degree from the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp where he worked with Kenneth Gilbert and a Doctorate from the Juilliard School under Albert Fuller. There he has taught harpsichord and music history. Appel has also taught harpsichord, chamber music, music history and humanities courses at Moravian College, Princeton University, and New York Polytech, now a division of NYU.

Steven Rattazzi's theatre credits include Galileo(CSC with F. Murray Abraham), Henry V (NYSF with Liev Schrieber), David Adjmi's Stunnning(Lincoln Center), Painted Snake on a Painted Chair (OBIE Award, Talking Band), The Tempest(with Mandy Patinkin), Samuel's Major Problems(Richard Foreman), The Lovesong of J. Robert Oppenheimer (dir. Mark Wing-Davey), Marie Antoinette (A.R.T and Yale Rep), Age of Iron(CSC, dir. Brian Kulick), Therese Raquin (dir. David Esbjornson), McGurk (Elevator Repair Service), Dictionary of the Khazars (Culture Project, dir. Erica Gould), Dinner Party (based on Plato's Symposium, dir. David Herskovits), Spy Garbo (3LD),Walk Across America for Mother Earth (Taylor Mac), New Islands Archipelago (dir. Paul Zimet), The Fourth Sister (dir. Lisa Peterson), Max and The Truffle Pig (NYMF, dir. Erica Gould), and Really Rosie (Maurice Sendak). Steven is the voice of "Dr Orpheus" on the popular animated television series "The Venture Brothers" (Adult Swim).

Haskell King recently played Isaac Newton in Ensemble Studio Theatre's Production of Isaac's Eye. He previously played James Watson in EST's production of Photograph 51; Other Off-Broadway credits include: Turnabout; PTSD; The Great Pretenders; Bitter Taste; Heaven Knows;Sweet Forgotten Flavor (Ensemble Studio Theatre); ReEntry (American Records); Brother(Paradise Factory); Afterclap (Rising Phoenix Rep); Take Me Out (Caldwell Theatre); Moons of Jupiter and Tales from the Schminke Tub (One Solo Arts Festival); Sweet Eros (Mary's Space, dir. Austin Pendleton); Elvis and Juliet (Abingdon Theatre with Fred Willard); Mother (The Wild Project with Buck Henry and Holland Taylor). Film credits include The Fly Room; Brother; Pagans; In Praise of Shadows (with James Franco, dir. Jay Anania); Jimmy Crane;Happy Hour (dir. Brian Devine) Cannonball Luke. Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and Terranova Collective.

Erica Gould is a director and fight & dance choreographer whose work includes the world premieres of Neil LaBute's plays autobahn andStand Up (with Mos Def), SpeakEasy by writers including Theresa Rebeck and Rajiv Joseph (Joe's Pub/Public Theater), Troilus and Cressida (NY Stage & Film), As You Like It for the Shakespeare Theatre's Academy of Classical Acting in DC, andDirty Paki Lingerie, which she developed with writer/solo performer Aizzah Fatima (Cherry Lane, 59E59, The Flea, John Jay, Toronto, Edinburgh, Pakistan, Turkmenistan through the US State Dept) and which has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CBC, BBC). Other director/choreographer credits include At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq with David Strathairn, Bebe Neuwirth, (Bleecker Street Theater/The Fire Dept), her adaptation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, the site-specific music-theatre pieces More Between Heaven and Earth with Campbell Scott and Melissa Errico, and Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land featuring Reg E. Cathey, all for Salon/Sanctuary. Most recently, she directed and choreographed Kander & Ebb's Curtains through the SDC Guest Artist Initiative, as well as performances of Dirty Paki Lingerie in London, and this spring she will be directing the East Coast premiere of Neil LaBute's In a Forest Dark and Deep. Teaching: Yale, NYU, Fordham, Pace, Bard, NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, O'Neill National Theatre Institute.

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