Judah E. Adashi has been honored with awards, grants and commissions from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP and BMI Foundations, Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum and the Aspen Music Festival, as well as three residencies at the Yaddo artist colony. Mr. Adashi’s principal composition teachers have been Nicholas Maw and John Harbison. He holds degrees from Yale University and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Adashi is also on the composition and music theory faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novels The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead and The Truth About Celia, the story collections Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer, and the children’s novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney’s, Zoetrope, The Oxford American, The Oxford American, The Best American Short Stories, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from the South. Brockmeier has received the Borders Original Voices Award, three O. Henry Awards (one, a first prize), and the PEN USA Award. He was named one of Granta Magazine’s Best Young American Novelists.
Oscar Hijuelos won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his book The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. The international bestseller was later adapted into the film The Mambo Kings starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas, as well as a Broadway musical. He is the author of several novels including Beautiful Maria of
My Soul, The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O’Brien, A SimpleHabana Melody, Our House in the Last World and the young adult novel Dark Dude. His books have been translated into 25 languages. His memoir, Thoughts Without Cigarettes (Gotham Books) will be released in June.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in Colombia in 1928. His many books include The Autumn of the Patriarch, Love in the Time of Cholera. No One Writes to the Colonel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, The General in His Labyrinth, the memoir Living to Tell the Tale, and most recently the novella Memories of My Melancholy Whores. Garcia Marquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. One Hundred Years of Solitude was first published in Spanish in 1967, and subsequently has been translated into thirty-seven languages, selling more than 20 million copies. This widely beloved novel has been awarded Italy’s Chianciano Award, France’s Prix de Meilleur Livre Etranger (Best Foreign Book Prize), Venezuela’s Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
Sonia Manzano is known to millions of children and parents through her role as Maria on Sesame Street, a character she has played since 1971. Her theatre credits include Love, Loss and What I Wore; The Vagina Monologues; The Exonerated and the original production of Godspell. She has won fifteen Emmy Awards as
a writer for Sesame Street, received the 2003 Hispanic Heritage Award, and in 2005 was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Notre Dame University. Closer to home, she is proud to have been inducted into the Bronx Hall of Fame. She has written for the Peabody Award-winning Nickelodeon series Little Bill, is the author of the picture books No Dogs Allowed! and A Box Full of Kittens. No Dogs Allowed! has been turned into a musical. She is currently working on two new books.
Esmeralda Santiago was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is best known for her memoir When I was Puerto Rican, published in 1993. Her other memoirs include Almost a Woman, which was adapted into a Peabody Award-winning film for PBS Masterpiece Theatre, and The Turkish Lover. Her first novel, América’s Dream, was published in six languages, and was an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild. She is also the author of the illustrated children’s book, A Doll for Navidades. She is a spokesperson on behalf of public libraries, and was awarded a Girl Scouts of America National Woman of Distinction Award in 2002 in recognition of her community activism. Her new novel Conquistadora will be published in July.
Quintet of the Americas is recognized internationally as a leading ensemble in the interpretation of contemporary and folk-inspired wind quintet music of the Western Hemisphere. The Quintet has toured throughout the Americas and to Eastern Europe. In New York, the group has performed for Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, Lincoln Center Inc., Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the 92nd Street Y. Major concerts include a Carnegie Hall debut recital, Carnegie Hall American Music Week series, Bermuda International Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Inter- American Festival in Puerto Rico, Bar Harbor Festival, Chautauqua Festival, Pan American Music Festivals at the Library of Congress and the O.A.S., Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Center Out-of-
Doors Festivals. The Quintet has recorded on the New World, CRI, Newport Classics, XLNT and MSR labels. Visit http://www.quintet.org for more information.