Through the Storm
There are two versions of this CD titled 'Through the Storm'. This one from 2009 is a re-release and has the original 11 tracks plus two new tracks for a total of 13 tracks. The new tracks are 'Mercy Street' by Peter Gabriel and 'Mangolia' by Richie Havens. Both are available on CD Baby. In recording "Through the Storm" (Expanded Version), I was inspired to capture the expressivity of the human voice with the cello. The songs are arranged for cello only, sometimes as a solo voice, sometimes for cello quartet and on several cuts, for cello orchestra. I play all the parts myself. My producer Alan Williams and I utilized pop recording techniques by multi-tracking without a conductor and often without a click track (metronome). People tell me that the cello is their favorite instrument. Because of this, I wanted to explore the tonal colors, resonance and beauty of the cello as a way of expressing something larger and more beautiful than just one woman playing the cello. I'm excited that this Expanded Version of "Through the Storm" has two additional tracks, "Mercy Street" by Peter Gabriel and "Magnolia" by Ritchie Havens. For more than twenty years Stephanie has toured extensively in North America; more recently, she has also performed in Europe and Southeast Asia. Stephanie has presented and performed at events for the World Bank, Harvard University, United Nations, IFC, Xerox, Tiffany & Co., and Commonwealth Bank of Australia as well as at universities in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Thailand. Her original take on listening was recently featured at both the American and British annual conferences on Servant Leadership. One of her artistic projects, 'Titanic Tales: Stories of Courage and Cowardice' was co-created with her husband Duncan McCargo, the British author and academic. Part theatre, part concert and part history, Titanic Tales was a special commission by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and had it's world premiere to a capacity house. Stephanie is known for her solo recording, Through the Storm (reissued 2009). Her TV credits include Oprah Winfrey Network, Saturday Night Live, and the 2008 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony with Richie Havens, which was broadcast worldwide to millions. Stephanie began her cello studies in the Levittown, NY public school system and went on to graduate from the Juilliard School Pre-college Division. She holds a BFA in classical cello performance from Purchase College and a MA in music education from Columbia University.