Guest Artists for our Holiday Magic concert on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 8:00pm!
With a gift of changing vocal styles quickly and often, Mikki Sodergren’s vocal flexibility has afforded her many wonderful musical opportunities.
A lover of popular music and theater, Mikki has performed in many development readings of new musicals at NYU Tisch, BMI Lehmen-Engel, Disney Theatricals, and The National Theatre of Great Britain. She has performed as Eponine (Les Miserables), Aldonza/Dulcinea (Man of La Mancha), opposite Ron Raines, and has performed pops programs with the Jacksonville Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.
In 2019-2020, Mikki performs as the Mezzo-Soprano soloist on Haydn’s Te Deum for Empress Maria Therese and Harmoniemesse with the Cathedral Choral Society of the Washington National Cathedral (DC), performs a solo recital with string quartet and piano in Savannah, Georgia, as part of the Savannah Philharmonic’s Larsen Spotlight Chamber Concert Series, and again joins the Grammy®-nominated Clarion Choir for the Rachmaninoff Vespers. Mikki is most excited to return to the Tallahasse Symphony for her third consecutive season to present Star Crossed Lovers with her dear friends, Michael Maliakel and Joshua Gersen. Thank you Mandy, Melissa, Carrie and Mary for all of your help and generosity!
In 2018-2019, Mikki performed as the soprano soloist in Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living at Carnegie Hall, the Alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Johnstown Symphony, the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the Clarion Choir, the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in the Rachmaninoff Vespers with the Clarion Choir, and the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with Pro Arte Chorale, and REBEL. Mikki also toured internationally with the Clarion Choir and Harry Bicket’s English Concert, in their concert production of Handel’s Semele, to rave reviews.
Mikki currently serves as the Artistic Director of the American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, Georgia, where all styles of American music are celebrated equally. In 2019-2020 the organization launches a high school level vocal competition to mirror their twenty-seven year old, internationally acclaimed, professional singing competition. www.mikkisodergren.com
Indian-American actor and singer Michael Maliakel enjoys a diverse career spanning theater, classical music, and television. He is currently touring North America in the 25th Anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera as the understudy for Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny. Michael made his Off-Broadway debut in Anything Can Happen: The Songs of Maury Yeston at the Triad Theatre, produced by the Tony Award-winning composer himself. Other recent performances include Georg in She Loves Me (PlayMakers Repertory Company), Bernstein’s MASS with the Chicago Symphony (Ravinia Festival), Britten’s Curlew River with the Mark Morris Dance Group (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and the record-breaking world premiere of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Michael recently made his network TV debut on FBI, a new CBS crime drama from acclaimed Law & Order producer Dick Wolf.
Michael has performed as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles across the country including the Savannah Philharmonic, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Sebastians, the Aeolus String Quartet, the Greenwich Choral Society, and the Long Island Choral Society. He has received top awards from several prestigious organizations including First Prize in the American Traditions Competition, First Prize in the NATS National Music Theater Competition, Third Prize in the Lotte Lenya Competition, and a grant from the Gerda Lissner Foundation. An avid ensemble singer, Michael performs regularly with New York City’s top vocal ensembles including the Choir of Trinity Church – Wall Street, the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Musica Viva of NY, Voices of Ascension, and Musica Sacra.
A native of New Jersey, Michael received his earliest musical training at the American Boychoir School and did his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and the Peabody Institute of Music. Michael lives in Manhattan with his wife and their beloved, spunky betta fish, Buzz.
www.michaelmaliakel.com | @michaelmaliakel
Nat Zegree is a born entertainer. Gifted with an unbelievably precise musical ear, and trained with superior musicianship and an iconic sense of style, Nat can probably play and sing anything you would like to hear. Coming from a family of musicians, Nat was trained classically on the piano from the age of three until eighteen. Training his voice along the way, he discovered every other genre there was to offer. His father, Steve Zegree, gave him the gift of Jazz, Funk, and Classical orchestrations, while his Mother, Kellee Love Haselton, introduced him to Pop, Rock, and Musical Theatre. Both of them together offered an endless encyclopedia of musical knowledge.
Since moving to New York in 2014, Nat has been nominated for several awards, largely for his performances as the quirky Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet. Nat has performed the role at Maine’s Ogunquit Playhouse the Regional TONY®-winning Paper Mill Playhouse (NJ), Flat Rock Playhouse (NC), and Riverside Theatre (FL). In 2017, he returned to Flat Rock Playhouse to perform as W.A. Mozart in the musical, Amadeus. Of his performance as the great composer, the Tribune Papers wrote:
Zany Zegree is again hilarious on the FRP stage — to the Nth (nor Nat) degree. He reminded this writer of Hulce’s falsetto-giggling Amadeus when stealing scenes as another goofy show-off new talent — Jerry Lee Lewis — in FRP’s The Million Dollar Quartet last year. He spoke in a slow drawl as Cajun “Wild Child” Lewis, now often at uber-speed as maniacal hyena-laughing Mozart.
…A special treat is once more Zegree’s rapid-fire yet crisp piano licks. The bundle of energy again plays behind his back while chatting, and even when leaning upside down. He has also been heard in Pasek and Paul’s new musical Dear Evan Hansen, winner of six TONY® awards, a GRAMMY® award, and a Daytime EMMY® award. Other credits include: Henry (Next to Normal), Moritz (Spring Awakening), Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz), Rocky (The Rocky Horror Show), Feste (12th Night), Flute (A Midsummer Nights Dream), and Ralph (Lord of the Flies.) An avid writer and composer, Nat has written several musicals that are currently in development, both for stage and film, and he has also released a debut album, entitled Fly More Than You Fall. www.natzegree.com