Horizontal TabsDescription You're invited to a night of world premiere music at the launch of "In the Chapel in the Moonlight!" Interlochen's own instructor of flute Nancy Stagnitta joins multiple Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Bob James for a stunning performance of works written and arranged for the duo by James, uniquely spanning the classical, jazz, and pop idioms. The project involves faculty and students, allowing Arts Academy students to contribute behind-the-scenes in preparing a recording in advance of their performance in Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio. James has performed to standing room only audiences in Kresge and Corson and throughout the world, but at this not-to-be-missed event he chose the intimacy of the Dendrinos Chapel. And the lucky attendees will have the privilege of taking home an autographed CD of the first copies of "In The Chapel in The Moonlight." This evening of great music will include several world premieres, written and arranged by James for this special collaborative performance with Stagnitta. Join us and be one of the first to hear this new music performed before a live audience. Praised for her "brilliance and beauty of tone" by the Baltimore Sun, Interlochen's Nancy Stagnitta was appointed as U.S.I.A. Artistic Ambassador to southern Africa, where she presented concerts and master classes in Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia. She has also performed at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Biblioteca Universitaria di Napoli, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and on the Voice of America Broadcast Network. Recently named a Powell Artist, Stagnitta is principal flutist with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and Artist/Faculty at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy. With 58 albums and numerous world tours in a career that has spanned five decades, Traverse City resident Bob James' storied career has included multiple Grammy awards and nominations, plus receiving the George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award and the State of Michigan International Achievement Award. His highly-acclaimed jazz quartet, Fourplay, was also nominated for the Best Group of the Year by the American Smooth Jazz Awards and tops the 2016 Billboard Smooth Jazz chart at #1 for "Silverado" from their 25th anniversary record, "Silver." James is arguably best known for his composition "Angela," the instrumental theme from the sitcom "Taxi." Artists Nancy Stagnitta Praised for her "brilliance and beauty of tone" by the Baltimore Sun, flutist Nancy Stagnitta is instructor of flute and chamber music at the internationally renowned Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, artist/faculty at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy, and principal flutist with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. She was appointed as U.S.I.A. Artistic Ambassador to southern Africa, where she presented concerts and master classes in Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia. She has also performed at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Biblioteca Universitaria di Napoli, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and on the Voice of America Broadcast Network. A two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Solo Artist Award and a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, she was recently featured on the cover of "Flute Talk" magazine. Stagnitta formerly served as flutist and piccoloist with the Sarasota and Baltimore Opera Orchestras, extra player with the Baltimore Symphony, and has performed as concerto soloist with the National Gallery Orchestra. She collaborates with Paula Robison and Judith Mendenhall to host the annual Interlochen Flute Institute, and has offered masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Panoramic Flutist Seminar in Colorado, Flutistry Boston, the University of Texas at Austin, and Colorado University at Boulder among many others. She also served as Artist/Faculty at the Montecito, Hot Springs, and Quartz Mountain Music Festivals. Also active as a jazz flutist, Stagnitta was featured jazz soloist at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, and has been invited to perform as both recitalist and jazz artist at NFA Conventions held in New York City, Las Vegas, San Diego, Anaheim, Kansas City and Washington, D.C. She has recorded the music of contemporary American women composers for Capstone records, and she released a jazz recording with Chamber Music America Jazz Composition Award winner Rob Levit. Her performances have been heard on National Public Radio's WETA in Washington, D.C. and KING FM in Seattle. Graduates of Stagnitta's flute program at Interlochen currently attend The Juilliard School, Colburn, Eastman, New England Conservatory, and many other highly regarded institutions, both in the U.S. and abroad. They have won top prizes at national and regional competitions, including first prize in the Young Artist Concert Guild Auditions in New York and six winners of the $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in seven years. Former students have recently won positions in the Milwaukee, Knoxville, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Huntsville Symphonies, and played with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. As a result of her holistic approach to teaching, and to an ongoing collaboration with the dance and physics departments at Interlochen, she was invited to present a lecture on the relationship between body alignment, resonance, and injury prevention at the 2011 Performing Artist and Athlete Science Symposium. The findings of this study were recently referenced in "Forbes" magazine, and will appear in the New England Journal of Movement Research. Stagnitta earned the degrees of bachelor and master of music from the Peabody Institute, where she received the Ashworth Prize. Her teachers include Robert Willoughby, Timothy Day, Mark Sparks, and Beatrice Keram. A Powell artist, she plays an all-10K Custom Powell flute and a 19.5K Powell Philharmonic style headjoint. Robert James Discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, James recorded his first solo album, "Bold Conceptions," that year for Mercury Records. 58 albums and innumerable awards would follow through five decades. He honed his skills working with Creed Taylor, working on albums for artists like Hank Crawford, Grover Washington, Jr, among others. While with CTI, James found great popular success overseeing significant hits for Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Maynard Ferguson, and Kenny Loggins. In 1974, James finally recorded his own album, "One," which launched a lifelong career of recording and performing live. After three more albums, James began his own label, Tappan Zee Records. This allowed him to spend more time in the studio, focusing on his own creative works. It was during this time that he recorded his own gold seller, "Touchdown," which included his composition, "Angela", the instrumental theme from the sitcom Taxi, and possibly James' best know work. Bob composed all the original music used in that television series for its entire run. "One On One," the first in three collaborations with Earl Klugh, was awarded a Grammy in 1980 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and has sold over a million copies. During this time, James set the standard for the smooth jazz sound in the late 1970s. A different aspect of the musical talent of Bob James was demonstrated on his three classical albums recorded for the CBS Masterworks division, the first of which was "Rameau" released in 1984, and followed by "The Scarlatti Dialogues" and Bach keyboard concertos with the Pekinel Sisters. In 1985 James moved to Warner Bros Records, and kicked things off with "Double Vision," a collaboration with David Sanborn, and produced by Tommy LiPuma. "Double Vision" was another Grammy winner, selling over a million albums. While recording his album, "Grand Piano Canyon" in 1990, James reunited with longtime friend, drummer Harvey Mason, Jr. It would also be the first time James would work with guitarist Lee Ritenour, and bassist Nathan East. This would be the start of something beautiful, as these early sessions ignited a spark which would engulf the Jazz world as Fourplay. Fourplay's first album was recorded and released in 1991. The Group would collaborate on a total of three albums, until 1998 when Ritenour left the group and Larry Carlton took over. This version of Fourplay continued the group's huge success for seven more albums. After 12 years, Carlton decided to delve further into his solo career, and the band brought in guitarist Chuck Loeb in 2010. A personal and professional highlight was the collaboration with his daughter, Hilary, on their "Flesh & Blood" album, which toured 15 U.S. cities. James continued collaborating on separate projects with Earl Klugh, ("Cool") and Kirk Whalum ("Joined At the Hip"). Both albums were nominated for Grammys. His solo career continued throughout the 90's, culminating with "Joy Ride" in 1999, and another Grammy nomination. In 2001, "Dancing On the Water" was released, once again showcasing James' creative versatility. The album includes performances with Keiko Matsui, Joe Sample, Dave Holland, and Chuck Loeb. Fourplay released "Heartfelt" in 2002, and spent much of the year touring across the globe. That same year, James released "Morning, Noon, & Night," whose title track went to #1 in Contemporary Jazz Radio. While appearing at New York's Blue Note, in February of 2003, James went into the Hit Factory with Billy Kilson, James Genus, and Ken Freeman on the board. The result was "Take It From the Top," a tribute to pianists who inspired James; Ahmad Jamal, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, and Oscar Peterson, among others. The very next year James was at it again, with Fourplay releasing "Journey" in 2004. Fourplay toured most of the year, culminating with a trip to South Africa in November of 2005 and a final tour stop in Bangkok, Thailand in December. This event featured the world premiere live performance of James' ‘The Angels of Shanghai.' This project encompassed several months in the Far East collaborating with students from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, who played ancient Chinese instruments, as well as James Genus, Nathan East, and Harvey Mason. This project finally toured the U.S. in 2007, and culminated with a performance later in the year at the prestigious Seongnam Art Center in Seoul, Korea, where James was also invited to have a solo exhibit of his art in conjunction with the performance. James stayed busy in 2006, releasing Urban Flamingo in February, and on April 7, was awarded the George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. Summer saw the release of Fourplay's tenth record, appropriately called "X." This tour literally took James around the world again with stops in Spain, London, California, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuala Lumpur, and Indonesia. In 2008, James released a Christmas album with Hilary James, and another Fourplay album, "Energy." "Energy" featured Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, and another Grammy nomination with the first single, "Fortune Teller." The year ended on a high note with James and close friend, the Tony award winning Broadway director Jack O'Brien, receiving the International Achievement Award by the state of Michigan. Bob has maintained a commitment to sophisticated production and arrangements, while stretching out in different and new directions. This culminated with another busy year in 2009 with the release of "The Very Best of Bob James." Not stopping there, James also released "Botero," a collaboration with Jack Lee, composed music for the Broadway play ‘Impressionism', and recorded "Across the Groove," a collaboration with Japanese sax player Masato Honda, all in the same year. This again led James touring across Asia, Europe, and the U.S. 2010 saw the twelfth Fourplay album released, "Let's Touch the Sky," which led to another world tour, culminating with an unforgettable collaboration with the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo in December. This premiered new orchestral pieces arranged specifically for this concert, and was Fourplay's first performance with a symphony orchestra. Fourplay was voted Best Group of the Year at the American Smooth Jazz Awards to wrap up a busy 2010. 2011 brought devastating natural disasters to Japan, and James, with a close relationship to the region, wanted to contribute to the relief efforts. This led to the "Jazz for Japan" benefit album, and the Iwate benefit concert, headlined by James. Then, in September 2011, "Altair & Vega," the Four-Hand piano duet collaboration with Keiko Matsui, was released. This unique collaboration which took nearly 10 years, resulting in several memorable live tour performances before being completed as a recorded album, along with a live performance DVD recorded at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild. Later that same year, James released a collaboration with Savannah guitarist Howard Paul with "Just Friends: The Hamilton Hall Sessions." All this while still touring with Fourplay, including headlining the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, and receiving the Oasis Contemporary jazz award for ‘Group of the Year.' James was also honored in his hometown of Marshall, MO, with the inaugural ‘Bob James Jazz Festival.' Fourplay joined forces again the following year with the release of "Esprit de Four." The album hit the charts, producing several successful tracks, including the powerful "Put Our Hearts Together," which featured vocals by Seiko Matsuda. The song was a tribute to the regions of Japan devastated by the natural disasters just months earlier, and spawned several benefit concerts, such as the Iwate Jazz Festival, and a full-length documentary of James' visit to the region. In 2013, "Quartette Humaine" was released. This was the first creative collaboration between James and alto saxophonist David Sanborn since their million-selling, Grammy-winning "Double Vision" album twenty-five years prior. 2015 brought the release of James' first live album, "Live at the Milliken Auditorium," which was captured on a magical night in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. This same year also brought the first release from James and long time collaborator Nathan East, "The New Cool," a masterful work of art which truly redefined the essence of cool. Still not finished, James and Fourplay came together for the group's 25th anniversary with the release of "Silver," which was recorded old school at Sunset Sound Studios, where the group recorded their first album 25 years earlier. While James is recognized as one of the progenitors of smooth jazz, his music has also had a profound effect on the history of hip hop, having been sampled often. Two of James' songs—"Nautilus" from 1974's "One," and "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" from 1975's "Two"—are among the most sampled in hip hop history. According to whosampled.com, "Nautilus" and "Take Me to Mardi Gras" have been sampled in thirty-two and forty-three hip-hop recordings, respectively. The title track from his 1981 album "Sign of the Times" was sampled in De La Soul‘s "Keepin' the Faith," and Warren G‘s "Regulate." His "Angela" was sampled in the track "Cab Fare" by Souls of Mischief, and the track "El Verano" from the 1977 album "BJ4" is used in the song "Blown Away" by the Cocoa Brovaz and also in the Masta Ace track "NY Confidential". N.W.A‘s "Alwayz into Somethin'" uses a sample of "Storm King" from the album "Three," and "Can't Wait" by Redman features a sample of "Caribbean Nights" from the album "Touchdown." English Drum & Bass pioneer Adam F extensively sampled "Westchester Lady" on his 1995 breakthrough release "Circles," and Röyksopp sampled his version of "You're as Right as Rain" for their instrumental track "Eple." In addition, James is mentioned in a verse by André 3000 on "Black Ice" from Goodie Mob's second album "Still Standing."