Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 7pm
An exploration of love in its various flavors,
“Since there was you: love lost and found” is a musical journey of search and discovery; a journey of unrequited love, jaded love, and love reimagined. Featuring versatile vocalist Jennifer Caraluzzi and song-writing piano duo The Barton Brothers, this program will charm you with classics from the American songbook and musical theater favorites from the Golden Age to today. Join us at the beautiful Taylor House in historic Jamaica Plain to share in this intimate, yet universal adventure.
50 Burroughs Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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Jennifer Caraluzzi, soprano
The Barton Brothers, piano duo
Hailed by Opera Today as a "polished, soaring soprano," Jennifer completed her masters at New England Conservatory. Proud to be part of the NEC community, Jennifer currently serves as voice faculty for the Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education. Now based in Boston, she is also a featured artist with Boston Opera Collaborative and the Boston chapter of Opera on Tap.
Jennifer performed as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theater St. Louis in the role of Frasquita in Carmen, and understudied Despina in Cosí fan Tutte. Highlights of her other roles include Cunegonde in Candide, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Angelina in Trial by Jury, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Lucy in The Telephone, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Jennifer also worked with Opera Theater St. Louis, Michael Cristopher, and Terence Blanchard on the world premiere of Blanchard’s first opera, The Champion.
Jennifer is also an AGMA and NATS member. Highlights of her awards and scholarships include: 2010 winner of the Jenny Lind Vocal Competition for Sopranos, touring the summer of 2010 in Sweden, the Florence C. Rowe Voice Scholarship at New England Conservatory, Sergio Franchi Music Foundation Scholarship, James Furman Memorial Music Award Endowment, Schoolmasters Special Scholarship at Western Connecticut State University, Connecticut Choral Society and a top-place winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Vocal Competition on three occasions.
Since they grew up under the same roof in Fort Collins, Colorado, this isn’t the first time that Dan and Jack have made music together. After all, when you share piano teachers, choir directors, stereos . . . bunk beds . . . it’s hard not to come out the other end with a matching set of tastes and skillsets. The Barton brothers have drawn parallel paths from the beginning, and collaboration almost seemed inevitable. Their first project bordered on coercive, when Dan surprised Jack with a bass guitar for Christmas (an instrument he didn’t play at the time), and a show just a week away (also a surprise). The band that grew from there, a piano-rock trio Copper String Theory, released a record and played across Northern Colorado from 2009-2011.
In 2012, Dan moved to New York with a composition degree, to make good on his starving artist destiny, collecting a portfolio of scores for short film, sketch comedy, and advertising. Meanwhile, Jack snoozed through a math degree while beginning a 1,567,234-show run of music theater productions at the Candlelight and Boulder Dinner theaters.
A pretty girl, New York burnout, and an open room led Dan to Boston in the fall of 2016, by which time the boys were both itching for a new scene and a new creative outlet. Thus began their long distance band-lationship. They began co-writing in 2016 and started to build a catalog of diverse, frustratingly catchy songs. The first 3 were recorded and released with 1,900 miles between them — an impressive feat, but not a viable long-term solution. So Jack also set out for New England in the fall of 2017 to pursue the project more seriously, piece together a live show, and accelerate the writing and recording process.
Over the years, their circle has grown to include professional opera singers, producers, multi-instrumentalists, and theatrical triple threats. Inspired by the collaborative spirit of hip hop and EDM, along with their tendency to write music that extends beyond their personal strengths, Barton & Barton try to utilize the talents in their circle to fill the needs of the project at hand. The songwriting duo has morphed into an indie-pop collective, and eventually they hope to gather everyone they know into this thriving creative community.
Working with such a variety of supremely talented people has allowed Jack and Dan to expand beyond the musical foundation laid by their parents. The house they grew up in revolved around the piano-rock greats: Billy Joel, Elton John, Jamie Cullum and Ben Folds; and those roots hold strong, though they’ve taken a millennial twist. It’s like Sara Bareilles and Harry Styles’ brainchild went and got a music degree.
The Barton brothers are products of public school music programs, and an educational and parenting philosophy that values art and music as the other half of the STEM equation. This long-instilled passion has driven one of their main goals for the endeavor: to promote and support arts education. With that in mind, Jack and Dan have devoted a portion of the proceeds from each release to various musical and educational non-profits. They hope to expand on this to actively involve themselves in the conversation surrounding arts education, and help foster the same communities that have helped Barton & Barton thrive so far.