My first recollection of a visceral response to Music was being introduced to Beethoven Symphonies when in elementary school, as played by The National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.
My parents observed my accurate sense of rhythm when I listened to music while still in a playpen. And, like Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, as well as Danny Kaye, I was a highly energetic “conductor “ of Rossini Overtures and Offenbach’s “Gaiete Parisienne”!
Ultimately, it was Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts which absolutely enthralled me, and set me on my path towards a career as a musician, I believe.
My 7th grade music teacher assigned me to write a report on Gilbert & Sullivan when I was but a lad of 13- and my fate was sealed.
Gary Briggle, Singer, Actor, Director
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Rafael de Acha has enjoyed a distinguished career in the arts as a performer, stage director, producer, and educator. He was born and grew up in Cuba. At the age of 17 he moved to the United States to study Drama at the University of Minnesota, and later Languages at L.A. City College, Music at the Juilliard School of Music, at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and at the New England Conservatory of Music, from which he received the Master's degree. He has taught courses on the History of Music at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and at Florida International University, and contributed writings and reviews to Seen and Heard International (www.seenandheard-international.com ) and to this blog. He co-founded the award-winning New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida, where he produced and staged twenty seasons of classical and contemporary theater, including fifty world premieres of plays that went on to have international and national productions on and off Broadway, including Ana in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2002 and Tony Nomination 2003.) In 2006 he was presented with a citation from The Dade County Cultural Affairs Council for “trailblazing contributions to the arts in South Florida.”
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Dear Dale! My goodness, what a wonderful surprise. Heartfelt thanks for your very kind note. I’m blest to make a modest living doing what I love. Hope you’re happy and healthy too! And that our paths cross again one day. I’m at 301-807-8809. Perhaps we could chat sometime? You’re always in my loving thoughts and cherished memories, sweet friend. Thanks again! Xoxoxo
I’ve known Gary for 25 years, and absolutely no one in my experience is more deeply and lovingly aware of what music does for us. His passion as a singer, actor, stage director and teacher is to help anyone within his reach to discover within themselves how music inspires and enlivens kinesthetic awareness, emotional responsiveness and spiritual awakening. I’m blessed to be “within his reach” whenever I think of him. Inspiration knows no distance, no time. Anyone who knows him understands what I mean.
What a nice tribute from a great artist to another grate artist! Thank you, Ken!
I’m profoundly humbled, dearest Ken, and deeply grateful for your inspiring friendship and extraordinary artistry. I treasure all we’ve shared in the Singer-Actor Process, more with every passing year, and look forward to every opportunity to build on that nourishing foundation. Again, my sincere thanks!
Gary — it’s Dale Drewyer Sullivan. I was watching America’s Got Talent auditions just now, and your face and name came to mind. The articles that came up when I googled you are amazing– but not surprising. I am so happy for you, doing what you love AND doing it so well.
Hope this finds you hale & hearty!!
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