VIP Ticket Holders will enjoy live musical performances during their private VIP Reception!
Check out the schedule below!
Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Since his childhood, Blake has been a performer; building upon singing in choirs to acting on stage, to developing his own unique magic act. For eight years, Blake’s act was his magical profession, which took theaters, newspapers, and television by storm. But Blake’s singing pipes would not remain silent. As his magic act grew, more music was incorporated into his show, until finally he fully emerged as a singing sensation.
Inspired by legends like Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, Michael Buble, and Bruno Mars, his performances are incredibly versatile, and he is truly an entertaining chameleon. From the most intimate of cocktail parties, to the biggest weddings, to important fundraisers, to corporate grand openings – no stage is too big or too small for Blake’s shoes.
Friday, September 22nd, 2017
Joshua Samson is a neo-classical musician and composer whose works and talents have been recognized locally and internationally. Joshua has received several awards and recognitions, two of which are from the Spanish Royal Family and the late Pope Benedict XVI, for his compositions. Joshua was formally a violist for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and is a self-taught pianist and composer. Joshua has had the privilege of collaborating with orchestras for performances in the past, the most recent being the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra. Joshua continues to perform and compose today for audiences today. His known trademark of rhinestone shoes and glimmering hands while seated at the piano captivates the audiences eyes, as his music delights their ears. He’s known to quote himself: “If you want to hear music with a bit of glitz and glamor, listen to me play but watch my hands and feet.”
Gino De Luca
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
Gino De Luca is a “Chicago native who grew up during the 1970s and 1980s. This was a great time for a budding musician to grow up, as I was exposed to everything from commercial jingles (“Plop, plop, fizz, fizz” [Alka Selzer], “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” [State Farm Insurance]) to legendary movie music (Star Wars, Jaws, The Godfather, Funny Girl) to popular music by such artists as the Carpenters, Joni Mitchell, Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, and the Bee Gees.
When I was a child, my parents encouraged me in my talent, and provided accordion and piano lessons. Although they did not know a great deal about music, musicians, or musical careers, they always provided opportunities to learn, grow, and share my talent. After graduating from Quigley Preparatory Seminary North High School in Chicago, I ventured out into the professional music world. From solo and collaborative cabaret and theatre performances, to composing commercial jingles and children’s theatre scores, to serving as Music Director in the national tour of Into the Woods, to singing and dancing on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, to working as a Navy Pier Player, I was so fortunate to grow, develop, and fine-tune my musical talents.
Beginning in the year 2000, I ventured into academia and attended Webster University, where I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance at the age of 40. Having truly enjoyed my undergraduate studies, I attended graduate school, and earned both my Master of Arts degree (Voice Performance-University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory) and Doctor of Philosophy (Voice Literature-University of Iowa) degree (at the age of 50). The title of my PhD dissertation is The Genre of American Cabaret with an Original Cabaret Show by Gino De Luca. Throughout all of these educational experiences, I took away what was most valuable and applied them, first to performance and then to teaching undergraduate and graduate students.
I love to share my music with the world, and prolong that which I love most: Music. If you would like to listen to some of my music, you are welcome to check out my Demo Music. If you like what you hear, you may purchase individual tracks or my debut album, A Time to Heal.“