TAKE3

& Company

With a flair for the wild and unexpected, the genre-defying trio, TAKE3, brings the refinement of a rigorous classical music background and infuses it with rock-star charisma. Known for their infectious and down to earth onstage personalities, this group leaves their indelible mark on captivated crowds around the country, performing their arrangements of top pop hits, Americana, and classical favorites. Under the leadership of violinist Lindsay Deutsch, TAKE3 has an impressive season lined up. No strangers to the stage as individuals, they have made an impact on the music scene as soloists, touring the world with Yanni, recording tracks for film and television, and as soloists in front of Symphony Orchestras. TAKE3’s core group includes violin, cello, and piano; dancers and vocals may also be included. TAKE3 & Company makes it their mission to impart their love, passion and joy in music-making to all who hear them, using their artistic ability as a conduit for storytelling. TAKE3 offers shows with full orchestra, small backup orchestra and percussion, or the trio only.

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Videos

QUOTES
"To say TAKE3 was a hit would be an understatement to be sure.  In all the years I've been associated with the Concert Association, I've never had as many compliments.  They were a smashing success!​" 
Chris Seidel, Palm Springs Community Concert Association
 
"We were blown away by their talent and their ability to communicate with the audience. I loved all the songs they played. We got loads of good feedback from the audience." Cindy Parks, Chisholm Trails Arts
 
"TAKE3 is burning hot with Passion, Fashion, and Excitement. A perfect assortment of the classics, pop culture and virtuosity."  Bahman Saless, Conductor of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra
 
"Consummate professionals who are also incredibly warm and personable. They put on an amazing show, and everyone gushed about the show." 
Yasuko Taoka, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Director of Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies, Wayne State College
"Due in large part to how well they connected with our audience,  our members without exception are calling this the best concert they can remember us hosting, and we go back 73 years."  Julius "Hap" Botelho, Indian Wells Community Concert Association
REVIEWS

 

TAKE3 Wows UNR Audience with Alluring Musicality - by Rylee Jackson - Nevada Sagebrush.

 

Accompanying a packed crowd at the Nightingale Concert Hall on Nov. 7, the TAKE3 performance was bound to be a memorable one filled with a clever intermixing of classical and modern music—and that it was.

Sporting a fiery red, sequined jumpsuit, Deutsch lit up the stage as she kicked off “Despacito,” the first song of the evening, which every one in the crowd instantly recognized. 

It was clear that the group has an affinity for intricate mashups. Backed by intense red lighting and the theatrical fog surrounding the stage, their combination of Imagine Dragons’ “Natural” and Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” truly felt like a rock-esque experience. It was incredible to hear how each little nuance was executed and how the intensity of the song heightened toward the end, which coincided with the showmanship of the group as their arms shot up right at the end—causing the crowd to roar with rightfully earned applause.

In between each song, Deutsch would interact with the crowd—telling stories regarding her love for classical music, which showed the group’s passion for all things music. As dramatic and emotionally dynamic the performances were, the trio balanced it out with their sense of humor as they discussed their retirement plans.

Steering away from the fierceness of the mashup, the group turned to a gorgeous rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which represented their impressive versatility.

The group went on to cram as many Bach and Beethoven hits into one collective song. During the mashup, the pianist jokingly played Mozart—turning into a cute bit where Deutsch stops and corrects him. The trio then transitioned into modern pop hits including the catchy “Sweet Alabama” and eventually, The Beatles’ “Yesterday”—surprising the audience as Deutsch and Metzler put their instruments down for a bit and sang the tune beautifully.

Toward the end of the night, the “Game of Thrones” theme song received the most vocal reaction due to the show being a worldwide phenomenon. The trio’s rendition of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” score was so convincing it made the audience feel like they were in the movie theaters themselves. 

Lastly, music from the hit film, “Pulp Fiction,” ended the intricate show on a high note—calling for a tremendous night of undisputed talent from some of the most passionate musicians around.

 

Guest Musicians Help Symphony Start Year in Style - by Gwenn Friss; Cape Cod Times

HYANNIS – Cape Symphony artistic director/conductor Jung Ho Pak introduced Wednesday’s guest performers as “four wonderful musicians who have a bridge to the past and a pathway to the future.” Nice words, but they could not prepare the audience for how exciting the New Year’s Day party would be.

There were dozens of moments worth mentioning, but each one had a common thread: The guest musicians were so accomplished in classical music that they could easily incorporate modern techniques and twists for a sound that evoked the original piece but also made it bigger.

Violinist Lindsay Deutsch kicked off the guest appearances, arriving on stage in a sequined jumpsuit that gathered every bit of light and cast it back into the audience. Even her flat-bottomed boat shoes were bedazzled. I never think of clothing mattering that much for symphony musicians, but this was a perfect metaphor for her performance style: She played like a column of fire – her head thrown back, her body an extension of the instrument.

During the difficult-to-play “Summer,” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” Deutsch moved stealthily on stage, leaning in to play a passage with the orchestra and then pulling back, like dipping one’s toe into the summer creek before fully immersing.

Cellist Leah Metzler and pianist Jason Stoll (of TAKE3) joined for mash-ups of “Natural” and “Despacito,” performances that really showed the potential for mixing music from different centuries.

PHOTOS

photo credit - Bruce Herwig

PROGRAMS

TAKE3 offers shows with full orchestra, small backup orchestra and percussion, or the trio only.

The Best of

A program consisting of their most popular and most requested songs.

 

Por Una Cabeza
Hallelujah 
Despacito
Libertango 
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Montagues and Capulets
Pirates of the Caribbean
Summertime

It Aint Necessarily So
Marry You
Oblivion
She's Always a Woman
Hey Jude
Isn't She Lovely
Game of Thrones

Mostly Classical

Bringing a modern sensibility and rock star  charisma to the classical masterpieces.

It Ain’t Necessarily So and Summertime 
Por Una Cabeza
Oblivion
Hallelujah 
Montagues and Capulets 
Primavera
Beethoven Medley 
Meditation From Thais
La La Land Medley
Prima
She's Always a Woman
Libertango
Yesterday

Despacito

Love, Love, Love

Songs by the Beatles, Beach Boys, Righteous Brothers, and more.

 

All You Need Is Love
God Only Knows
Unchained Melody
I Say a Little Prayer
Let's Stay Together
Something
One and Only
Your Song
My Girl
At Last
The Way You Look Tonight
Be My Baby
Sweet Caroline
Maybe I'm Amazed
The Way You Make Me Feel
Perfect
Love
Por Una Cabeza

Oldies

Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Hey Jude

Yesterday

Here Comes the Sun
Top of the World

Yesterday Once More

Ticket to Ride
Desperado
Bridge over Troubled Waters
The Best of Billy Joel 
Hallelujah
Don’t Worry be Happy
What a Wonderful World
RESPECT
Have You Ever Seen Rain
Candle in the Wind
Fire and Rain
Good Vibrations
ABBA Greatest Hits 
I Feel the Earth Move

More  programs available
Poetry and Passion – with live dancers
An Evening at the Movies

Program available with Vocalist

Together for the Holidays

A variety of holiday songs featuring guest vocalist, Lauren Jelencovich. This program includes holiday favorites including, O Holy Night, The First Noel, Silent Night, White Christmas, Let it Snow and many more. This unbeatable collaboration of holiday tunes, with Lauren Jelencovich and TAKE3, is a perfect way to usher in the holidays for you and your family.

OUR ARTISTS

Lindsay Deutsch

Violin

With her limitless enthusiasm and vast gifts as a performer and entertainer, American violinist, Lindsay Deutsch, is a charismatic and captivating presence on today’s music scene. She has thrilled audiences world-wide with her passion for music and brilliant display of technique and musicianship.

Lindsay is a much sought-after soloist and entertainer and is presently touring as solo violinist with Yanni - having toured with him in Saudi Arabia and the U.S.. Maestro Jung-Ho Pak, conductor and artistic director of the Cape Symphony Orchestra, says of Lindsay, “A conductor dreams about finding a soloist who understands the essential responsibility of helping change a large community’s view of classical music. In a time when every concert has to be unforgettable and a game changer, Lindsay can make that happen every time.”

Ms. Deutsch frequently appears as guest soloist with American and Canadian symphonies. Ms. Deutsch’s performance of Astor Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane, was selected for NPR’s Symphony Cast Program. Her movie credits include playing the solo violin sound track for the movie, “The Good Shepherd” starring Robert De Niro.

Ms. Deutsch received her education from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where she studied under Robert Lipsett. Lindsay Deutsch plays on an 1845 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin.

Lauren Jelencovich

Voice

Lauren has already garnered great acclaim for her affecting and sparkling portrayals of opera and musical theater roles throughout the United States and abroad. Lauren is currently on a World Tour with Yanni as his featured vocalist, and recently returned from Egypt, India, South America, China, Thailand, Russia and Dubai. She is featured on his album "Inspirato" alongside artists such as Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming. Additionally,  she performs on the DVD/ CD and PBS special: “Yanni: Live at El Morro!” Lauren is also featured on the PBS special "Yanni: World without Borders." In 2015, she performed and filmed in front of the Giza Pyramids in Egypt which was released as a PBS special.

Featured in People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People and Teen Magazine, Ms. Jelencovich was a grand prize winner on Ed McMahon’s Star Search and the recipient of Andrea Bocelli’s National Italian American Foundation World Scholarship. 

A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music (MSM), Ms. Jelencovich made her debut Off-Broadway in the world premiere of The Music Teacher by Wallace & Allen Shawn. Lauren recorded two albums.

Ruti Celli

Cello

Ruti Machnai (known professionally as “Ruti Celli” since 2013) began her musical journey at the age of 8, in Israel, her native country.


While gaining an extensive orchestral & chamber music experience, Ruti moved to the US in 1997 to complete her degree in Cello Performance with Prof. Laurence Lesser at the ‘New England conservatory of Music’ (Boston), after which she joined the prestigious ‘New World Symphony Orchestra’ in Miami, 2000.

In addition to being an avid performer, Ruti became involved in the field of music production in 2006, developing a unique cross genre between Classical, New Age, Acid Jazz, Lounge, Trip hop & Pop music. 


Since then, Ruti has worked extensively as a producer/ cellist composer on numerous musical projects. One of her recent composition projects won the ‘Best Soundtrack Recording Award’ at the ‘Indie Music Channel Awards’ of 2019, for the piece- ‘Separate Journey’ on the movie ‘Raceland’ (2018).
 

Arlen Hlusko

Cello

Grammy award-winning Canadian cellist Arlen Hlusko is a dynamic, versatile young artist who has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician across North America, Asia, and Europe. A laureate of numerous competitions, and recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Arlen is currently a member of Ensemble Connect (the resident ensemble of Carnegie Hall), and regularly performs with several ensembles based on the East Coast, including the Bang on a Can All Stars and Dolce Suono Ensemble.

 

Arlen has recently been featured performer with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, among others. She has also been on the roster of preeminent summer festivals including Music from Angel Fire, Tippet Rise, Spoleto USA, and Bay Chamber Concerts, among others.

 

Committed to using her music to serve her community, Arlen founded her own interactive chamber music concert series, Philadelphia Performances for Autism, and is involved with several communities in Philadelphia & NYC, including Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Connections” at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.

Leah Metzler

Cello

Leah Metzler is an accomplished and highly sought after cellist based in the Los Angeles area. Leah enjoys an active and versatile career performing and recording multiple genres of music on acoustic, electric, and baroque cello, as well as on the viola da gamba.

 

Leah’s musical career has included concerts throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, The Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. 

 

Leah is an active recording artist as both a solo and orchestral player. Her work can be heard on the scores of numerous movies, television series, albums, commercials, and video games. She has had the pleasure to work with artists such as Lady Gaga, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, John Williams, Andrea Bocelli, and David Foster.

 

Leah holds her B.M. in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied with cellist Darrett Adkins. She received her M.M. in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with former member of the Kronos Quartet, Jennifer Culp.

Mikala Schmitz

Cello

Hailed by San Francisco's Civic Center for her "...professional and highest caliber of playing," 
Los Angeles-based cellist Mikala Schmitz is an avid performer of many different styles of cello 
playing. Ms. Schmitz often finds herself crossing over into a variety of musical genres. From jazz 
and electronic to classical and baroque, Mikala continues to find new and fascinating 
collaborative avenues. 

 

Mikala's work with the English rock group The Last Shadow Puppets took her all over Europe, 
and you can hear her on their EP ​Dream Synopsis​. You can also hear her on television shows 
such as Netflix's ​Chef's Table​ and HBO's ​The Brink​. Ms. Schmitz will resume her award-winning 
tenure next Spring with Tim Robbins’s acting troupe, The Actors’ Gang, on a national tour of 
their production of ​The New Colossus​, an original one-act play written and directed by Tim 
Robbins and members of the cast, with original music by Ms. Schmitz and David Robbins. 

 

Ms. Schmitz holds a B.M. degree from Oberlin College Conservatory, where she studied cello 
with Darrett Adkins. Mikala also holds a M.M. degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, 
where she studied with The Cleveland Orchestra's assistant principal cellist. 

Jason Stoll

Piano

Southern Californian pianist, Jason Stoll, has garnered many praises and awards for his performances throughout his career. Concert highlights for the upcoming 2019-2020 season include a recital debut in Paris, chamber music, and concerti across the United States, and overseas. Mr. Stoll has also competed internationally and was named a Semi-finalist in the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition and Finalist in the 2013 American Paderewski Piano Competition. ​​

 

Mr. Stoll has served on the faculty of the Bronx Conservatory of Music for three years teaching private piano lessons.

Mr. Stoll holds degrees from California State University, Northridge, the Juilliard School, and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His principal teachers included John Perry, David Louie, Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, Dmitry Rachmanov, and John Roscigno. 

Currently, Mr. Stoll is a piano instructor and lecturer at California State University, Northridge, and is also a freelance pianist, masterclass presenter and adjudicator throughout the Los Angeles area. 

Soo Lee Biancalana

Piano

Soo Lee Biancalana has performed world-wide including the U.S., United Kingdom, and Australia.

 

She has won a number of competitions including the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition; Beverly Hills Concert Series; Phi Beta Music Scholarship Competition; MTNA Steinway Collegiate Artist Competition; Russian American Music Teachers Association Piano Competition; and IBLA International Piano Competition (Ragusa, Italy).

 

Soo Lee’s education includes Bachelor of Music​ ​magna cum laude​ at The Conservatory of Music at Lynn University, Master of Music​ at the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California,  Doctor of Musical Arts​ at the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California, and Professional Study Degree​ in Piano Performance at The Colburn Conservatory of Music.

 

Soo Lee currently teaches privately and her past teachers include John Perry, Norman Krieger, Roberta Rust, Victoria Mushkatkol, Choong-Mo Kang, Yong-Hee Moon.

Grace Han

Piano

At​ ​the​ ​age​ ​of​ ​12,​ ​California​ ​born​ ​pianist​ ​Grace​ ​Han,​ ​made​ ​her​ ​orchestral​ ​debut​ ​at​ ​Colburn’s​ ​Zipper​ ​Hall​ ​performing​ ​the Mendelssohn​ ​Piano​ ​Concerto​ ​No.​ ​1​ ​in​ ​G​ ​minor​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Torrance​ ​Symphony​ ​Orchestra.​ ​Among​ ​her​ ​awards​ ​are​ ​prizes​ ​with the​ ​Korea​ ​Times​ ​Piano​ ​Competition,​ ​Southern​ ​California​ ​Bach​ ​Competition,​ ​Music​ ​Teacher’s​ ​Association​ ​of​ ​California​ ​Piano Solo​ ​and​ ​Concerto​ ​Competition,​ ​and​ ​recently,​ ​the​ ​Rondo​ ​Young​ ​Artist​ ​Piano​ ​Competition​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York​ ​City.


She​ ​is​ ​equally​ ​active​ ​as​ ​a​ ​chamber​ ​musician​ ​and​ ​has​ ​coached​ ​and​ ​performed​ ​with​ ​Daniel​ ​Avshalomov,​ ​Alan​ ​Kay,​ David Krakauer,​ and Laurie Carney, ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​participated​ ​in​ ​chamber​ ​music​ ​programs​ ​such​ ​as​ ​the​ ​YMF​ ​Chamber​ ​Music​ ​Series, and Bard Music Festival. She has also assisted in musical directing for numerous Broadway singers and actors and participates in cabarets all around New York City. 

She​ ​is​ ​a​ ​teaching​ ​artist​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Bridge​ ​Arts​ ​Ensemble​ ​and​ ​maintains​ ​a​ ​private​ ​studio​ ​in​ ​NYC ​and​ ​New​ ​Jersey. 

Ms.​ ​Han​ ​holds​ ​a​ ​Bachelors​ ​and​ ​Master​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​Degree​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Classical​ ​Piano​ ​Performance​ ​Program​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Manhattan School​ ​of​ ​Music.​ ​She​ ​has​ ​studied​ ​previously​ ​with​ ​Dr.​ ​Louise​ ​Lepley,​ ​Dr.​ ​Solomon​ ​Mikowsky,​ ​Alexandre Moutouzkine, and Olga Kern. 

Wendy Prober

Piano

Wendy Prober has performed throughout the United States and Canada as a critically acclaimed chamber musician and soloist. She is the founding pianist of the award-winning Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble, and has served as Artist-in-Residence at Loyola Marymount University, the prestigious USC Composition Department, "Sunday's Live" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture (MAHMA), as well as the popular Los Angeles based, SPaCE Salon.

 

Highly sought after as an expert in the performance of new music, Prober recorded Morton Lauridsen's "Cuatro Canciones" on the RCM label.

 

She has served as Faculty-in-Residence for Loyola Marymount, and the University of Judaism, and for two seasons was Executive Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, with whom she continues to solo frequently. In addition, Prober has oft been a featured soloist with Robert Kapilow's wildly celebrated, "What Makes it Great," series.

 

Prober currently holds the Herbert Donaldson Piano Chair at the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture in Malibu, California.

Sean Ericson and Cindy Giannini

Dancers

Sean Ericson and Cindy Giannini have been dancing together for 5 years. They are active members of the Colorado tango community, performing with the Denver based tango company Parasol Arts; and learning from Colorado based tango masters Nick Jones and Diana Cruz, and Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne.

 

Sean and Cindy are committed instructors, teaching group classes and private lessons in Denver. They believe in teaching all aspects of Tango so that their students have not only a technical understanding of the steps, but have a connected and musical dance as well.

 

Sean and Cindy recently fell into the competitive aspect of tango, representing the United States at the Mundial de Tango in Buenos Aires after being named the official 2017 USA stage tango champions.

Sophia Barr

Dancer

Sophia Barr is a junior at Chapman University pursuing a BFA in Dance and BA in Strategic and Coorporate Communications with a minor in Peace Studies.

 

She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where she began her training in dance at age nine. Some of her previous experiences include the Backhaus Dance summer intensive, Complexions Contemporary Ballet workshop, and modern dance training in Israel this past summer with several companies like Batsheva and Vertigo.

 

Upon graduation, Sophia aims to go to Europe to develop a career in concert dance and social justice work. 

TAKE3 Community Engagement

Our outreach program is designed for students of all ages with our goal being to light a fire within the students that sparks their creativity. Whether they become active future listeners or even performers themselves, a visceral excitement for creativity is what we are after. We have a broad range of teaching and interactive performances that includes instruction in classical, pop, movie music, conducting and story telling.

Segment 1 – “Name That Tune!”- We will be playing short snippets of famous tunes from pop, Classical, movie soundtracks and video games! The moment of recognition is so exciting and everyone is invited to participate together.

Segment 2 – “Let’s Join Hands”- Our audience is invited to join hands in clapping or adding percussion to our performance with handheld instruments such as maracas, tambourine, shakers, mallets, etc... We will be giving a short instruction to students on when and how to include percussive sounds.

Segment 3 – “Once Upon a Time”- Musicians tell stories without words. As performers we create our own stories, but invite our audiences to imagine their own. In fact, we encourage our young audience to listen, feel, think let their imaginations go wild and write it all down. We will invite a few volunteers to come up and narrate their stories as we perform.

Segment 4 – “Picture Perfect”- Pictures are worth a thousand words. Some people see colors, images, scenes, or reminisce on past experiences when listening to music. Our Picture Perfect segment invites students to draw whatever comes to mind. This activity allows students to express themselves freely and provides an outlet for creativity.

For music students – Masterclasses are offered as well as discussions about “Career Paths In Music” and “Practice Techniques”.

Teachers: Please instruct students to be attentive and interactive! We want students to be vocal, active, creative, and imaginative. It would be great to have faculty who are just as interactive to allow students to feel more comfortable. We want everyone to have a great time and a memorable experience, but please do inform students to be respectful to performers and their fellow classmates during the entirety of our program.

Students: Be creative, be bold, listen, learn, laugh and share with friends and family about what you’ve learned!

Materials: Shaker-Mallets- can be pencils/pens against hard textbooks-Maracas-Anything that can create percussive sounds! Even just clapping!

Student activity: Clapping to simple rhythmic patterns-Being interactive during our “Name that Tune!” segment -Creating fun, short stories to the music we perform -Conducting-Drawing/coloring

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