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Pianist 1 - Robert
Studied Piano at University of Georgia
Went to Columbia High School
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Pianist and/or Synth Player · 2014 to present · Atlanta, Georgia
Played piano for "Harry Potter", "Jurassic Park", numerous touring shows with Broadway style singers; a couple with jazz/pop singer, played 2nd keyboard behind Michael Feinstein, Joan Rivers, The Fab Four, the "Simon & Garfunkel" sound-likes, various pops concerts, etc.
Music director · November 2010 to present
Center for Puppetry Arts
Music director · 2010 to present
Theatre Under The Stars
Conductor, Pianist · 2007 to present · Houston, Texas
I conducted Dreamgirls at Houston TOTS in 2007, and returned as a pianist in 42nd street in 2001.
Pianist · 2004 to present · Decatur, Georgia
I have really enjoyed playing with this group under the baton of Fyodor Cherniavsky in a number of concerts since 2004, mainly with my illustrious co-conspirer Libby Whittemore as well as Joe Gransden, and Francine Reed. For Libby, I was asked (and happily agreed!) to do many orchestrations! I completed around 50 such creatures and let's just say, they got better as I went along! It's an area I enjoy greatly!
Atlanta Pops Orchestra
Pianist · 1985 to present
I began to play with the Atlanta Pops in 1985 under Albert Coleman and under his baton, I performed "Rhapsody in Blue", "Warsaw Concerto", the 3rd movement of the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto, and many other celebrated piano pieces. I happily continue to work for this symphony to this day, conducted by Jason Altieri, and produced by Leonard and Dorothy Altieri.
Pianist/Accompanist · 1979 to present
A bunch of shows...
Pianist/Keyboardist/Percussionist · January 1975 to present
Alabama Symphony Ortchestra
2007 to 2012 · Birmingham, Alabama
Hired to play pianist or 2nd pianist for mostly pops concerts but did "Carmina Burana" and other "legit" works.
Pianist, House Music Director · July 19, 2000 to December 31, 2006 · Atlanta, Georgia
I enjoyed a very fun, 6 and a half year run with Atlanta Cabaret Star Libby Whittemore. I wrote (with Libby) between 25 and 30 2-hour cabaret shows and also played and musically directed for Carolyn Calloway, Bernardine Mitchell, Chandra Corelli, Dejie Johnson, the Southside Singers with Don Discenza, Robert Ray and the Rayettes, Pamela Gold, and many others.
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
Lobby Pianist · 1985 to 2002 ·
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Pianist 2 - Jeni
Jeni Michelson has been performing, singing and playing piano throughout the Atlanta area in the top restaurants and clubs for over 35 years. She is an internationally published songwriter who has also written numerous award-winning advertising jingles for radio and television. Jeni wrote and recorded title theme songs for three indie movies, the comedy horror, “The Vampire Who Couldn’t Bite”, 2003, “Expressions”, 2011 and “Dark Heart”, 2012 which explore complex issues such as childhood bullying and Goth teens. Expressions premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, May 2011, and then Dark Heart premiered at Cannes May 2012. Jeni ‘s newest title song for the movie, “Unshakeable” The true story about a spiritual group from Virginia who get caught in the crossfire of the Mumbai killings is expected to be released over the summer 2018.
In May of 2015, Jeni was honored with the distinguished “Composer of The Year Award” by the American Pen Women, which is a national creative arts society and a membership of 33,000 across the country. It was based on her body of work over the last 5 years.
Jeni has played for President Jimmy Carter and Governors’ Zell Miller, Roy Barnes and Sonny Perdue as well as performed for many fund-raising events for notable Atlantan’s ~ Mayor Shirley Franklin, Ambassador Andrew Young, Senator’s Saxby Chambliss, Sam Nunn and Mary Margaret Olive. Jeni has also performed for many prestigious organizations and events such Cystic Fibrosis, American Cancer Society, St. Joseph’s Hospital, The Atlanta Opera Guild, The Atlanta Symphony, The International Consular Ball 7 years in a row (where she sang in 10 languages).
Jeni Michelson’s band, Society Express also played for the Grand Re-Opening of the High Museum and the Grand Opening of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and most recently for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Opening night at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center 2014, the Smithgall Performing Arts Jazz Series, the Appleby Augusta Jazz series, the Dekalb Library Jazz series and the Jazz Journeys Jazz Concert series for the GA Aquarium. And most recently (May 2016) the AJFF Icon Awards honoring Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote screenplays for Stars Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Big Chill.
Growing up in a family full of professional musicians, Jeni started on piano at the age of three. She sings and plays completely by ear and does not read a note of music. Jeni mesmerizes audiences with her engaging vocals and she is well known throughout Atlanta as having, “the voice of an angel”. With elegant finesse or bossy belting, Jeni expresses emotions full circle. You can expect to hear shades of Patsy Cline, Diana Krall, Stevie Nicks, Karen Carpenter, Sara McLachlan, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Linda Rondstadt, and Nora Jones as this dynamic entertainer plays every style of music from jazz, blues, pop standards to Motown, R&B and classic rock n’ roll. With a strong repertoire of over 1500 songs.
Jeni has played for many interesting projects such as a Georgia Tech project where she musically interpreted the body language of whales and fish at the Georgia Aquarium in a study to make the Aquarium more accessible to the visually impaired. She also provided all the sound effects for a series of live “old time radio shows” produced by Lend An Ear Theater Company.
During the weekdays, Jeni provides a wide variety of creative musical programs for over 60 retirement communities including playing ballroom dance music for independent living residents and interactive therapy for memory care patients. While she performs frequently as a solo piano/vocal act, she also leads her 3-7 piece variety dance band, The Society Express Band, which plays for many social galas & weddings. Society Express received the honor of being voted one of the Hottest 150 bands in the USA by Modern Bride Magazine 2009, 2010 and 2011 and Wedding Wire’s Brides Choice Award in 2012