A Chorus Line: High School Edition

The JCC’s PAIJ Players present A Chorus Line: High School Edition

Saturday, June 2 | 8 pm
Sunday, June 3 | 2 pm

WHERE: The Berman Center for the Performing Arts

ABOUT THE SHOW: A Chorus Line changed musicals forever by giving audiences a glimpse into what makes a performer do what they do best.  It took Broadway by storm in 1975 and became the longest running show on Broadway until 1997 (Cats).

Now, the PAIJ Players are taking The Berman by storm with A Chorus Line – High School Edition.  This is a full-length version of the landmark musical, adapted for performance by high school students with family audiences in mind. A Chorus Line received 9 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976 and its success has secured it’s legendary status for generations to come.

Conceived, Originally Directed & Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirwood & Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrcis by Edward Kleban
Co Choreographed by Bob Avian

Original Broadway production produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer, in association  with Plum Productions, Inc.

Adaptation and support materials for the high school version developed by iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald. A CHORUS LINE – HIGH SCHOOL EDITION is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC. (560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022)


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Anastasia Rizikov: Piano

Sunday, April 29 | 3:00 pm 

At age seven, Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov made her orchestral debut with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Mykola Diadiura, after earning first place at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition. Now 18, Anastasia is already showing signs of being “one to watch”. With over 30 orchestral performances and 20 concerti in her repertoire, Anastasia has already played with such major orchestras as Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and City of Granada Orchestra, and has worked with such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Alain Trudel, and Bernhard Gueller, to name a few.

Competing and winning over musicians twice her age, Anastasia placed first in the following: the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, along with audience and best interpretation of E. Pozzoli prizes (Italy, 2015); the Jaén International Piano Competition, as well as the audience prize and two others for best interpretations (Spain, 2015); the 13th «Giuliano Pecar» International Prize for Piano Interpretation Competition (Italy, 2013); and the Rotary International Piano Competition (Spain, 2011), among others.

Anastasia’s concert schedules have taken her all over Europe, Asia, the United States, and Canada, where she has played in such prestigious halls and spaces such as Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Fazioli Hall, Hong Kong City Hall and the Kremlin. Always interested in diverse and exciting projects, she has had various performance opportunities:  In 2015 alone, Ms. Rizikov recorded a CD with NAXOS, and performed at the prestigious Verbier and Orford Festivals; in 2014, she tackled Rachmaninoff’s immense Piano Concerto No. 3 with Laval Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alain Trudel; while in the fall of 2013, Anastasia gave 20 performances over two weeks throughout all the Atlantic provinces of Canada as winner of the prestigious Debut Atlantic Award.

Adept in English, Russian, Ukrainian (and working towards mastering her French), Anastasia has given interviews for many major newspapers as well as live television shows. In 2017, she began studies at École Normale de Musique de Paris with Professor Rena Shereshevskaya, and from 2003-2017 she studied with Professor Maia Spis at the Nadia Music Academy, Toronto.  She has played in master classes for Sergei Babayan, Arie Vardi, and Robert Levin, and has worked with András Schiff, Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, and Olga Kern. Though moments away from piano are rare, she enjoys reading 19th-century literature, studying visual art, and listening to recordings of 20th-century performers. Being a person who loves and understands her audience, she dreams of being able to share her unique musical voice with the entire world.