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Saturday, July 27, 2019
Doors 7:30 pm | Concert 8:00 pm

Featured Artist - Damon K. Clark

DAMON K CLARK

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Very few artists successfully cross back and forth from jazz to classical and back again: Wynton Marsalis, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau and Arturo Sandoval come to mind. But now add to the list Dallas vocalist Damon K. Clark. Already acclaimed for his unusual sensitivity, versatility and virtuosity, Clark is as much at home with Thelonius Monk’s “’Round Midnight” as he is with Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma.” The mellifluous tenor minimizes the aesthetic distance between the classical and jazz worlds.


While his tessitura and timbre could be described as Bobby McFerrin-esque, his approach to the material is unique. Clark’s scatting in particular exhibits a classical precision, while hinting at his affection for Ella Fitzgerald’s and Mel Tormé’s improvisational skills. Clark has performed with the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Jazz Collective and various jazz groups and classical ensembles/orchestras. Although Clark has performed in Europe, all over the United States, and in many venues in Dallas, including the Winspear Opera House, Dallas City Performance Hall, and the Dallas Museum of Art, he still considers Oak Cliff’s Kessler Theater to be his artistic home. Clark has also collaborated with many stellar musicians like Rachella Parks, Myles Tate III, Julie Bonk, Caleb McCampbell, and Bernard Wright. 


“Damon K. Clark is a jaw-dropping talent, a gifted vocalist whose talents are near-unmatched…” The Dallas Observer

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SPECIAL GUEST - MADELYN BRENE

MADELYN BRENE

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 Madelyn Brene is more than a singer, she is a powerhouse brand that spans music, fashion, self produced shows, education and entrepreneurship, but best known for her smooth soprano vocals steeped in a melodic, soulful sound. Dawning a new genre of music classical soul, this formally trained artist has spent over 20 years perfecting a progressive sound that is all her own. Her passion for music developed at an early age, leading her to study opera at Southern Methodist University. Realizing she had a gift that could lead her into her making a career of music, Madelyn has been able to perfect her craft, being able to effortlessly reach whistle-tone pitches and sultry lower register vocal styles. In addition to her formal training, the songstress has also had the opportunity to learn from many esteemed hands on experiences. Having been a featured vocalist for the likes Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Kenny Latimore, Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba, Jennifer Holiday, and many more. Madelyn has also had the honor to perform as the “2nd Lady” in Mozart’s DieZauberflote at the Almafi Coast Music Festival in Naples, Italy.


As a member of the Grammy Recording Academy, Madelyn’s passion for singing and songwriting has formulated countless crafted shows and independent recording projects set to release fall 2018.  Madelyn also believes in giving back to the community that has provided for her, countless times. Aside from her work as a dynamic performer, Madelyn also spends time as a music instructor and voice coach for children in low-income communities, as well as adolescents with learning disabilities in the role of CEO and founder of the Brene Brand Vocal Studio. It is truly through the power of music that Madelyn is able to extend her reach in the community through powerful organizations such as Genesis Women’s Shelter, Dallas Mavericks sports organization and Habitat For Humanity.

Madelyn Brene & Damon K Clark sing Invoice

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