Soon after graduating from Northwestern University, Kate Baldwin made her Broadway debut
in The Full Monty in 2000, followed by appearances in Thoroughly Modern
Millie and Wonderful Town. She frequently performs in regional theaters and
was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of Nellie Forbush in the 2002
Arena Stage production of South Pacific.
Ms. Baldwin played the role of Sharon in the 2009 Encores! concert production of
Finian's Rainbow. She reprised the role in the Broadway revival that brought the
Encores! production to the St. James Theatre in October 2009, earning her a Tony
nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She recently appeared at the Dallas Theater
Center in a new musical version of Giant, a co-production with the Public Theater;
the show featured music by Michael John LaChiusa with book by Sybille Pearson. Additional
credits include the national tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Opening
Doors in Zankel Hall, The Women at San Diego's Old Globe, Henry V at
the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and She Loves Me at the Huntington Theatre
Company and Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Ms. Baldwin has performed in concert with The New York Pops and the National, Chicago, and
Detroit symphony orchestras. Her television appearances include Law & Order:
SVU and Live from Lincoln Center.
In October 2009, Ms. Baldwin released her first solo album, Let's See What
Happens, a compilation of songs written by Burton Lane and E. Y. "Yip" Harburg. Her
second album, She Loves Him, was released in 2011 and exclusively features the
music of Broadway legend Sheldon Harnick.
Adam Swanson-who lives in the small town of Shenandoah, Iowa-is rapidly becoming known as
one of the world's foremost performers and historians of ragtime and early American popular
music. He has studied piano with Waleed Howrani of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a graduate of the
Moscow State Conservatory, and is currently in his second year of college under the
tutelage of Dr. Lisa Campi, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. His other mentors
include Max Morath, Jeff Barnhart, Bob Seeley, Terry Waldo, and Richard Dowling.
Although Mr. Swanson is only 19 years old, he has been a featured performer and lecturer
at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States. He is the youngest three-time
winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest, held in Peoria, Illinois.
Because he won the adult division of the contest three years in a row, Mr. Swanson was
required to "retire" at the age of 18. In 2007, he appeared alongside the late, great
Canadian pianist John Arpin at the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in Hungary. They were
the only two North American pianists invited; while there, Mr. Swanson was given an award
for cultural diplomacy by the US Ambassador to Hungary.
Mr. Swanson's first duet album was with legendary 1950s pianist and recording artist
Johnny Maddox, who has sold more than 11 million records. The two continue to perform
together each summer at the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado. Mr. Swanson has
also recorded with pianist Frederick Hodges of the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra and Ian
Whitcomb, a former rock star and ragtime entertainer.
Visit adamgswanson.com for more information.