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Lincoln Park Quartet has brought together four world-class artists of the new generation. Each one of them is an accomplished soloist. As a string quartet, the four musicians mold together as one, channeling their musical energy into one beam, creating a unique concept based on four extraordinary individualities. Their innovative vision takes them well beyond the boundaries of classical music on a journey from Mozart to Piazzolla. Dmitri Pogorelov, violin A recent First Prize winner at the 2004 William C. Byrd International Young Artist Competition for Strings, Dmitri Pogorelov is already a prizewinning young virtuoso violinist and seasoned performer. The youngest member of a well-known family of outstanding musicians in his native Russia, Dmitri is a winner of the international violin competition held at the prestigious Gnessin School in Moscow and the International Competition for Chamber Music in St. Petersburg. Since coming to the United States three years ago, Dmitri has continued to garner prizes including top prizes at the 2004 Michael and Madelyn Savarick Music Scholarship Competition of the Mizner Centre of the Arts, the 2003 Strad Violin Competition and the 2003 Ludwig Spohr International Violin Competition in Germany. Dmitri has appeared in solo recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, and performed in most prestigious concert halls in Moscow and St. Petersburg, including the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Maly Hall of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Stadtskapella, among other venues. Following the performance with the Greater Palm Beach Symphony, the Palm Beach Daily news praised his 'stellar performance' of the Tchaikovsky Concerto, as 'an artist making his own statement ' with the skill and panache of a player twice his years'. Alexander Zhuk, violin Born into a celebrated musical family in Moscow, Russia, Alexander Zhuk began studying violin at age six at the Gnessin Special School for Gifted Children. He has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United states as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster of various orchestras throughout the world. He has appeared at many major music festivals such as Spoleto, Schleswig-Holstein, Tuscan Sun and many others. During 2000-2003 seasons Mr. Zhuk has served as one of the concertmasters of the Miami's New World Symphony, America's most elite orchestra for young musicians from around the world directed by Michael Tilson Thomas. 2003-2004 season for Mr.Zhuk will include membership in the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra and the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra. He will also appear as a soloist with the Renaissance Chamber Orchestra. Joy Fellows, viola Julliard graduate, Joy Fellows, has just recently become a member of the New World Symphony. She has begun a successful career as a violist in her early teens in her native Oklahoma appearing as a soloist with the Tulsa Philharmonic and other orchestras. She has won prizes and been a finalist in many prestigious competitions such as Corpus Cristi International Concerto Competition, Music Teachers National Association Competition and International Artist Rotary Crescendo Competition, to name a few. Before joining the New World Symphony Ms. Fellows has been a member in several professional orchestras as well as an artist in residence at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Ian Maksin, cello recent winner of the New World Symphony Young Artist Competition, he gave his first cello recital at the age of six in his native St. Petersburg, Russia. At fourteen he was the youngest member of the Red Fleet String Quartet of which he was a member of for two years. In 1991 he graduated from the Special School of Music For Gifted Children at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and came to study at the Manhattan School of Music as a recipient of full scholarship. Since then, he has performed as a soloist and as a part of chamber ensembles in Russia, France, England, Italy, Poland, and Germany. In the USA he has performed in New York City, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Miami, and other major cities. He has had the experience of performing chamber music with such artists as Paula Robison, Andrez Diaz, The Miami String Quartet, St. Laurence String Quartet, and members of the Orfeus Chamber Orchestra. He appeared in the chamber music series at the Spoleto USA festival in Charleston, Lyric Mountain festival in Pittsburgh, Summit Music Festival in New York, and the Norfolk Music Festival in Connecticut. Mr. Maksin has performed as a soloist with many orchestras throughout the United States and has also won prizes and been a finalist in the Montgomery Cello Competition, Springfield Young Artist Competition, Westmoreland Young Artist Competition and Krannert Center Performance Award. During 2000-2003 seasons he served as the rotating principal cello of the New World Symphony. He also performed with members of the London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland and San-Francisco symphony orchestras, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides classical music, Mr. Maksin has been part of many experimental projects including those with Cirque du Soleil, Meredith Monk, Phillip Glass, and Barry Gibb of the former Bee Gees.

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The Return of Jimmy Wright
Having lived in Europe for almost three decades, Jimmy Wright, alto saxophonist and vocalist has returned to the United States. A native of "The Big Windy City" Chicago, Illinois, one of the millions of real warriors, (veteran ) who was lucky enough to return to the United States with honor after serving many years overseas; from the far East to all over Europe. One of the persons responsible for the destruction of the Berlin Wall, the dismantling of the Russian Empire and the ending of the cold war as we know it. He survived with only minor wounds and disabilities. After nearly thirty years of living, and working in foreign countries, playing jazz music part time, owner of Jimmy's Jazz Club in Deutschland (Germany) he recognized that it was time to return to America, and Chicago to make his mark on the jazz scene and build a second career as a jazz patriot. Jimmy Wright has not returned to the Chicago jazz and blues scene empty-handed. After having spent many, many laborious hours' and years of wood-shedding with records, tapes, computers and jam sessions all over the world has made his proficiency as a player, and leader. He has also released a CD under his name entitled "Jimmy Wright meets the John Wright Trio" Main Stem Records, Inc (MSR) & North Country Distributors Redwood, NY. 13679. Having paid some heavy dues it is apparent that he has developed a razor sharp jazz vocabulary and a scalding competitive style. Some even might say controversial concept, (depending on if you are "Pro or Con" Jimmy Wright) but the facts are clear he is a very positive musical force, sovereign in his own right and has found many of the keys to the musical kingdom call bebop and blues. Following the direction and concept of the masters of the craft, who have passed this way before him' - Norwood 'Pony' Poindexter, Miles 'Dewey' Davis, Sonny 'String' Stitt, Dexter 'LTD' Gordon, Duke of Ellington, Gene 'Jug' Ammons, Eddie "Lock Jaw" Davis, John 'Trane' Coltrane and Charlie "Yardbird" Parker just to name a few of the great styles and the established schools of jazz saxophone playing. Jimmy Wright, while living in Germany, has had the opportunity to have many confidential conversations with and has learned from many of those Masters by examination one on one with them about style, concept, the various historical viewpoints and prospective of this our only true American art form Jazz. A majority of the masters always pointed out the importance of rhythm and that all God's children have it and you are suppose to use it liberally and with style. Never forgetting from whence the blues came and what you come here to do. Being ever mindful to walk upright before God and man, and to pass on a small token his mark for the entire world to see, because the keys of the kingdom are to be shared with those that are seeking knowledge and more light from the Great "I am that I am". YES! The arrival of Jimmy Wright has brought with it a very confident sound, very positive and ever expanding harmonic command over his alto and tenor saxophone. Adding to that outstanding vocal concept, abilities, there is no telling what Jimmy Wright will do any given night, under the right circumstances with a consistent rhythm section. We have not heard the sound or felt the warmth from his tenor saxophone, only because he has not had the chance to wield it yet. Is it warm and sweet or is it hot and brash' Beware! Nothing but hard work is ahead for Jimmy Wright, in shadows of the home bozy's in hometown Chicago, the story of his life it seems. This is the price one must always pay, the price for wanting to be the best that you can be. Using all the tools the Creator gave you. Jimmy Wright has made thousands upon thousands of fans and friends all over the European and African side of the planet, who know first hand the man, "Jimmy Wright" and President of The United Jazz Society of America, Inc. (USA-JAZZ) and the concept steeped in the rich modern tradition of the of the music called jazz. Jazz Society Band- & - Heaven and Earth Blues Band

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As seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Vertigo USA is the premiere U2 tribute band. U2's very own tour operator even hired Vertigo USA 15 times to perform at VIP events along the last U2 world tour, including the honor of performing in Hawaii for the tour finale. Members of Vertigo USA have appeared on national and international television, such as The Discovery channel, FOX, CBS, NBC, WGN, Australian and New Zealand news programs. Winner of the 2006 Nike Run Hit Remix Battle of the Bands, nominated "Best Tribute Band" and "Best Cover Band" in Suburban Nitelife Magazine 2005 and 2006, Runner up "Favorite Tribute band" 2006 Midwest Beat magazine, Vertigo has more than proven their place in the tribute band market. Vertigo USA is comfortable in all performance venues, from arenas and Irish pubs to private parties and corporate events, creating a memorable concert experience and more importantly a successful event for their clients. U2's tour operator chooses to work with Vertigo USA, shouldn't you?

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"The BUZZ" plays all your favorite classic hits of the 70's and 80's, plus 90's Alternative and today's Rock favorites. Featuring male and female vocalists, as well as optional DJ service for the ultimate variety! "If we don't play it... we can still play it!" We have played at Stage 83, the Blue Iguana, Goose Island, Navy Pier Beer Garden, Pheasant Run Resort, and summer festivals in Romeoville, Deerfield and Lake Bluff. We will entertain requests for specific songs as long as they work with our vocals. "The BUZZ" is perfect for your theme party, class reunion, birthday, bachelorette or club!