Well-Strung Joins New York City Gay Men's Chorus, at Town Hall in New York City
Well-Strung, the Singing String Quartet will be the special guests for New York City Gay Men's Chorus' "Xmas and Chill" concert at Town Hall on Saturday, December 17 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 PM. In NYCGMC's own words, the concert "will feature some of the coolest arrangements of holiday favorites, spine-tingling traditional choral pieces, many other fabulous performances, filled with the spirit of the season." Xmas & Chill promises to be "the ultimate holiday date night for the whole city, warm-hearted, funny, nostalgic, uplifting, and always with an incredible sound, this is guaranteed to be the one holiday show in NYC that truly sleighs." For tickets and more information, please visit http://www.nycgmc.org/xmas-and-chill/
Well-Strung, featuring Edmund Bagnell (first violin), Christopher Marchant (second violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello) and Trevor Wadleigh (viola), is a string quartet with a modern twist playing universally recognized classical pieces while singing pop music hits from the likes of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and other pop stars for a wildly engaging and unique experience.
Conceived by Mark Cortale and Christopher Marchant, the foursome has quickly gained international attention. Last September they performed at the Vatican in Rome and at a gala for President Obama. Their hit 'viral' music video "Chelsea's Mom," released last summer, led to a command performance for - and meeting with Hillary Clinton herself. The group has received critical acclaim at New York's prestigious Feinstein's/54 Below and well beyond, from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Leicester Square Theatre in London. They have performed recently at the NYC TrevorLIVE Gala, as well as appearances and performances on The Today Show and Watch What Happens Live. They have also performed with artists such as Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald and Deborah Voigt. This past July they were the opening act for Joe Jonas and his band DNCE at Pride Toronto.
Well-Strung recently released their second studio album titled POPssical, a celebratory blend of pop hits sung by the group accompanied by respected classical music. The album debuted at #8 in the Fall on Billboard's Classical Crossover Chart, and features ten tracks including renditions of "Blank Space (Feat. Bach)" and "Royals (Feat. Palladio)" as well as the infamous ode to Hillary Clinton, "Chelsea's Mom" as a bonus track. To celebrate the release of POPssical, the group surprised their fans with a bonus music video for the track "The Devil Went Down To Georgia (Feat. J.S. Bach)." In the new video, the group takes Bach's Double Violin Concerto and adds the southern charm of Charlie Daniels Band to create a unique sound all on its own. Well-Strung's new POPssical album is available now at iTunes or on CD at CDBaby.
Their first music video entitled Mozart Meets Kelly Clarkson initially caught the eye of the national press. BBC Radio host Jo Good called Well-Strung "absolutely amazing" after their on-air performance and interview for her show. In the States, they've also recently been called "the hottest thing with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games" by the New York Daily News, and were featured in their first magazine cover spread for Metrosource. For more information visit www.well-strung.com
About Mark Cortale Productions:
Mark Cortale (Artist Manager & Producer) is the Producing Artistic Director at The Art House in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the original home to the internationally acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House series hosted by Seth Rudetsky. In its sixth season this past summer, the series presented Broadway superstars like Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Matthew Morrison, Cheyenne Jackson, Megan Hilty and Vanessa Williams. The Broadway @ series also premiered in 2013 in New Orleans, in Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) with Megan Mullally and in London's West End with Patti LuPone at the Leicester Square Theater. The series has travelled to Fort Lauderdale (The Broward Center), Philadelphia (The Kimmel Center), San Francisco (The Nourse Theatre) and this summer it had its inaugural season at the Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center. He also co-founded Well-Strung, The Singing String Quartet and has produced their hit shows throughout the US, and in the U.K. and Australia. In 2012 Mark produced the feature film "Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads."
New York City Gay Men's Chorus is a world-class, world-renowned New York institution and a pioneering voice for the LGBTQ community. NYCGMC is comprised of more than 260 talented singers of various ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Together, we produce a vibrant sound and energy that audiences can feel and connect with. Through the power of this sound, and our spectacular performances, we are fearless champions for love, equality, and acceptance. Founded in 1980, NYCGMC has formed a strong bond with devoted followers and continues to make lasting connections with new and diverse audiences. We sing in every style from classical to pop, Broadway to gospel, and from cultures all over the world. As artists, we listen to the changing world around us and transform what we hear into music. We sing to challenge perceptions of the LGBTQ community, to combat fear and hatred, encourage compassion and human connection, and to thrill with the superb quality of our sound. Through our music, audiences mourn losses, cheer victories, find unconditional acceptance, and celebrate life. We perform in a variety of settings, including special, private, and corporate events, concerts, television appearances, festivals, Broadway/theatre productions, conferences, weddings, parties, fundraisers, and community events. We've also had the honor of performing with an amazing array of high-profile performers and artists including: Marilyn Horne, Roberta Peters, Barbara Cook, Elaine Stritch, Joan Rivers, Stephen Sondheim, Kelli O'Hara, Carolee Carmello, Victoria Clark, Martha Wash, Sia, Bruce Vilanch, Alan Cumming, and the New York Philharmonic-to name just a few. http://www.nycgmc.org/