Performing Arts

Lifelong classical guitarist Jonathan Coles is attempting to locate the musicians of the Class of 1968. We know of a few, but if you’re a composer, cello or flute player, singer or songwriter, and would like your work included here, please get in touch with Jonathan.

Mitch Silver

Mitch Silver was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island. He wrote doggerel à la Ogden Nash in elementary school. Wonderful Hoover Dam began, “O Mighty structure in the gorge/Brave as those at Valley Forge/Holding back tons of water, by George/ Wonderful Hoover Dam.” You get the idea.

Mitch played trumpet through high school and in Yale’s marching and concert bands (on the 1968 European Tour, he was locked into that youth hostel in Zurich). After Harvard Law (“I lasted three days. I know the law through Wednesday, but after that…”). Mitch became an advertising writer for several of the big New York agencies, living in Paris for a year with his wife, Ellen Highsmith Silver, while he was European Creative Director on the Colgate-Palmolive account. Click here to continue…

Jonathan Coles

Jonathan Coles was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela where he played the classical guitar from the time he was a boy. In 1964, he participated in Andres Segovia´s Master Class at UC Berkeley. At Yale, Jonathan played recitals at nearby colleges, while playing lead guitar with The Stains. Coles performed internationally with harpsichordist Abraham Abreu, Rodrigo Riera, and the Sinfonietta de Caracas. and has recorded a CD with each of these artists. He currently lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, where he has played actively with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet. He currently performs in various local area and other recitals on a regular basis.

Click for Jonathan’s album of 18 songs.

Ralph Kirshbaum

The distinguished career of Texas-born cellist Ralph Kirshbaum encompasses the worlds of solo performance, chamber music, recording and pedagogy and places him in the highest echelon of today’s cellists. He enjoys the affection and respect not only of audiences worldwide, but also of his many eminent colleagues and students. “Ralph Kirshbaum has wonderful tone, utter technical reliability and the imagination to make the music feel both spontaneous and well planned,” opined the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Click here to continue…

A sampling of his recordings:

Beethoven: Complete Sonatas & Variations for Cello & Piano
Bach: Cello Suites / Kirshbaum
The Romantic Cello: Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy
Shostakovich & Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas

Tony Schemmer

Tony Schemmer Tony

Tony Schemmer, born and raised in New York City, began composition and piano studies in early grammar school. He was graduated from Yale College with honors in Theory and Composition of Music. He subsequently studied jazz with George Russell and conducting with Richard Pittman at New England Conservatory and popular music at Berklee College of Music. Click here to continue…

Paul Machlin

Paul Machlin held the Bernhard Professorship of Arts and Humanities at Colby College in Maine, and was Professor of Music and Director of the Colby College Chorale from 1974 until his retirement in 2012, the longest-serving conductor in the ensemble’s history. He led the Chorale on numerous concert tours to Europe and South America, recorded five CDs with the ensemble, and conducted performances of masterworks of choral literature at Colby (ranging from Requiems by Mozart and Brahms and oratorios by Handel and Haydn to works by Rossini, Dvorak, Verdi, Stravinsky, and Bernstein, among others) as well as in England with the University of Keele Choral Society and Philharmonic Orchestra. Click here to continue…

Click for Paul’s collection of 10 songs.

Rick Miller

Clinton Frederick “Rick” Miller, MD was born with “musicophilia,” to borrow a term from the renowned neurologist, Oliver Sachs, MD. As a child, he listened so relentlessly to his parents’ recording of Rachmaninoff performing his own Second Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra as to wear the record out. He reports still being able to hear every nuance of Rachmaninoff’s performance in his mind’s ear! Click here to continue…

Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto Mvt. 1 Rick Miller

Grieg Concerto at The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH – photo by Richard N. “Dog” Gould

Click for Rick’s album of 11 songs.

Keith Marshall

Encouraged by Glyndebourne Opera’s George Christie, in 1973 I created a little “Glyndebourne on the Bayou” as part of an arts festival at Madewood Plantation House, an 1846 National Historic Landmark on Bayou Lafourche in Louisiana. Click here to continue…

Still from the opera “L’Ile de Merlin”

Still from the opera “Cabildo”