BWW TV Exclusive: Konversations with Keeme: A Chat with Maestro Jonathan Yates
Fourteen year old Ajibola Tajudeen, better known as Keeme, is the host of New Paradigm Theatre's web series now in it's third season here on BroadwayWorld. "Konversations with Keeme" is show where Keeme interviews seasoned television and film professionals like Tamara Tunie of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Renee Lawless of Tyler Perry's The Have and the Have Nots, as well as Broadway veterans such as Emmy and Grammy winner, Paul Bogaev, and Broadway pros Christine Dwyer, Kelly Grant, Juwan Crawley and more.
The series follows Keeme's interviews as he receives advice on "the business", performing, and leadership from the pros in the performing arts industry. These interviews are directed and edited by 16 year old Jaden Bonfietti and are released weekly on BroadwayWorld.
New Paradigm Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through theatre arts education and productions. This series is one of the ways that NPT features their outstanding Youth Board of directors (all the production and on-camera work is facilitated by our Youth with some guidance from our Pros). Artistic Director and Broadway veteran, Kristin Huffman says, "New Paradigm is a theatre with a social conscience. We produce events and shows that not only entertain with Broadway pros, but that also connect directly to our community and teach youth leadership.
This third seasons leads right up to NPT and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra's co-production of West Side Story! This season focuses on Norwalk and the pros and partners involved in this glorious production with full orchestra.
This episode fetures Maestro Jonathan Yates, the conductor for New Paradigm Theatre and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra's co-production of West Side Story (Feb 23rd 2019) Jonathan Yates has been a driving force in reinvigorating the relationship between the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and the Norwalk community. The seventh Music Director of the Symphony since its inception in 1939, he made his professional orchestral conducting debut at age 23 leading the National Symphony Orchestra in a Millennium Stages Concert.. The following year he made his Carnegie Hall debut as a pianist in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop. Yates received his graduate degree in conducting from the Julliard School. He received his Masters in Music from SUNY Stony Brook, and his undergraduate BA from Harvard where he studied with Robert Levin. Jonathan also serves as the Music Director for the Norwalk Youth Symphony and has led this group on successful tours to Spain, Germany, Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood.