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Jennifer and Benjamin Shorstein

Fairy Tales

Madre Vaca Records
Release Date: June 21, 2024

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1 Prologue  
2 Rapunzel  
3 Beauty and the Beast  
4 Snow White  
5 Sleeping Beauty  
6 Hansel and Gretel  
7 Little Mermaid  
8 Cinderella  
9 Epilogue  
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Siblings Jennifer Shorstein and Benjamin Shorstein release their first recording with their Fairy Tales song cycle on Madre Vaca Records. The Shorstein siblings have been crafting songs together for years, with Jennifer writing the words and Benjamin the music. Benjamin Shorstein says “writing songs with Jennifer is a dream; she creates these beautiful, evocative scenes. It’s the most exciting thing to sit down at the piano with her lyrics and explore the musical terrain they inspire.” This recording is the culmination of years of collaborative tinkering. In 2012, early versions of songs from Fairy Tales were workshopped and performed at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. The instrumentation is soprano and tenor voices, piano, violin, cello, percussion, and clarinet. Four vocalists, including another Shorstein sibling, Rebecca, perform the piece with instrumentalists from the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble. Sopranos Rebecca Shorstein and Monica Pasquini, known to millions for their stunning duet rendition of Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria, bring an operatic palette to the recording, while tenor Jake McKenna and soprano Jennifer Anderson carry their musical theatre experience front and center with their expressive and dynamic voices. Members of the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble have performed under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Riccardo Muti and Courtney Lewis.

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