City Stages presents 12th year of music in downtown Charlottetown
For the twelfth year City Stages will present 100 hours of weekly music programming in downtown Charlottetown. City Stages, now a division of Always on Stage, is a summer music program with a mission to further the level at which young Canadian artists perform through the provision of education and employment in music. City Stages was founded by Chris Budhan in 1999.
City Stages has presented numerous internationally-acclaimed artists through its Artist in Residence program each year. These professional musicians mentor student musicians and perform on stage.
Ron Petrides is the Artist in Residence to August 18. Guitarist-composer Petrides is a faculty member at the New School University Jazz and Contemporary Music program. He has previously taught at the New York and Columbia Universities, and holds a Ph. D. in composition from NYU. During the last two decades, Petrides established himself on the New York jazz scene, having performed with many famous musicians, including Walter Bishop Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Ron McClure, Billi Hart, Duffy Jackson, Bob Mover, and many others.
Trombonist Paul Tarussov recently completed his M. Mus. at Julliard and is very active in the New York music scene.
Jazz trumpeter Thomas Heflin is a rising star in the jazz world. He has been featured or mentioned in Italy’s Jazz Magazine, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review and The International Trumpet Guild Journal among others. In 2005, he placed second in the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition in Seattle, WA. While Heflin’s style is unique and personal, it is firmly rooted in the traditions of jazz.