Music has inspired us to change the world!! On our Stonewall 50 festival cruise we are presenting a wonderful singer, Skip Potter from Barre Vermont, who has been singing and performing since he was a child, most recently playing the lead role in a production of The Mikado at the Unadilla Theater, and on the keyboards, his wonderful accompanist Isaac James to sing and play some of the songs that made us cry and helped inspire us to make the gay revolution!
Be it Judy Garland, (whose funeral happened the night before the Stonewall Riots) or Bette Midler, music was an important part of our growing consciousness and identity as an LGBT community … And so we sing!! as we end with a surprise sing-a-long at our closing cocktail party… you will be thrilled.
Tenor Skip Potter (left), and Pianist Isaac James (right)
Skip Potter, a tenor, was Music Director of the Brandon Baptist Church and is currently a sought after soloist, having both current and past engagements performing with The Vermont Symphony Orchestra,Vermont Philharmonic, Counterpoint, and Solaris. Skip was also the featured soloist for the Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities in Stanford, Ct. Classically trained, Skip has performed works by Vivaldi, Dietrich Buxtehude and Gounod; to name a few, and was recently the Tenor Soloist performing Shubert’s Mass No.2 in G Major.
Isaac James has performed Solo recitals, and with Chamber Orchestras on both Piano and Pipe Organ and has served as resident accompanist for community, symphonic and collegiate choral groups. He has also worked in very close collaboration with opera vocalist, Mezzo Soprano Evgeniya Krachmarova-Sotirov from Bulgaria and with violinist Dmitri Gastonovichkoff in Texas. Isaac made his Carnegie Hall debut in November of 2012. Isaac is the Director and Founder of the P. Owen Willaman International Piano Competition, which he named for his late friend and esteemed citizen of Watertown, New York.
Please join us for our opening cocktail party (right after we sail past the Statue of Liberty) on June 8th, with Women On A Roll and Pride of the Ocean’s tribute to Margarethe Cammermeyer followed by a few wonderful tunes by Skip and Issac. At our closing cocktail party, Skip and Isaac will bring it all together as we return to the port of New York with a sing a long as Pride of the Ocean marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising aboard the Norwegian Dawn. We are so pleased to be presenting Skip Potter and Isaac James!
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When he’s not creating, Ari can be found tickling the ivories wherever there is a piano nearby, and shaking a tail feather on pretty much any dance floor, so he’ll be a great friend to have on a cruise ship. Ari currently lives and works in Hell’s Kitchen, a vibrant New York City neighborhood with a storied past and an ever-changing future.