Gospel & Brubeck

Dave Brubeck The Gates of Justice (1969)

Michael-Paul Krubitzer, Tenor
Eric McKeever, Baritone
The Joe Parillo Trio
The Mixed Magic Theatre Exult Choir, under the direction of Kimberly Pitts-Wiley


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Kimberly Pitts-Wiley


Michael-Paul KrubitzerTenor Michael-Paul Krubitzer has been featured with opera companies and orchestras from coast to coast. Described as possessing a voice that is “easy and unforced, with a ringing top that flows effortlessly” (New London Day), recent performances include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Don José in Carmen with New Rochelle Opera and the Duke in Rigoletto with Livermore Valley Opera, for which the San Francisco Classical Voice praised him as “honey-voiced.”

Eric McKeever: American baritone Eric McKeever has won consistent praise for his voice of “power and brilliance” (Chicago Tribune) and “considerable flexibility and a communicative presence enhanced by expressive, crystalline diction.” (Opera News) Mr. McKeever’s 2018-19 season includes Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Columbus, David inL’amico Fritz with Baltimore Concert Opera, Germont in La traviata with Pacific Opera Project and he joins Knoxville Opera as Enrico in excerpts from Lucia di Lammermoor. On the concert stage he will appear as soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth with the New Albany Symphony, perform Bernstein’s Songfestwith Skidmore College, returns to the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra for Messiah and debuts with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra in Dave Brubeck’s The Gates of Justice. An advocate for new music, he will perform excerpts from Aaron Siegel’s oratorio I will tell you the truth about this and sing and film The Promised Land: An Adirondack Folk Opera by Glen McClure.

Joe Perillo: Pianist, Grammy nominated composer, and Steinway Artist Joe Parillo, has performed in Brazil, Italy, Germany, New Zealand and most recently Taiwan. He has played nationally and internationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard as well as with his trio and in solo performances and master classes. Mr. Parillo was invited as a featured artist for the Steinway Artists Celebration performing at Symphony Hall in Boston to honor the 150th Anniversary of Steinway and Sons.  He holds a master’s degree in composition from New England Conservatory, has written and arranged music for theater and film. His most recent works have aired on WSBE-TV and the SciFi Channel’s “First Wave.”

Mixed Magic Theatre Exult ChoirRicardo Pitts-Wiley, formed the dynamic Exult Choir in 2006 to preserve and celebrate the great African-American tradition of gospel music. Since its inception, the Exult Choir, one of Rhode Island’s most popular and celebrated gospel choirs has played an important role in the Rhode Island arts community. Presenting four major concerts a year as well as numerous community engagements, the choir features an exciting repertoire of songs that cover the full spectrum of gospel and spiritual music in addition to classic, blues, soul music/R&B, contemporary and pop songs. 

The choir lead by director Kim Pitts-Wiley, has opened for Dr. Maya Angelou at the Providence Performing Arts Center and the RI Philharmonic during the Pawtucket Arts Festival. They were featured at the 2017 Pell Awards, performances at Waterfire, The Lily Pad Center and the prestigious 2018 Challenger’s Summit in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.


Saturday, June 1, 2019
Immaculate Conception Church, Cranston, RI