As an artist manager based in Pittsburgh, Linda Reznik knows the depth of talent the city’s performing arts scene has to offer.
But does the public know? And how often do people get an up-close-and-personal chance to see established up-and-coming artists in action in one place?
Ms. Reznik and colleague Jessica Marino, who make up River City Artists Management, are taking steps to aggregate local performers, including dancers, singers and musicians, and present them in new monthly sessions they’re billing as SundaySeries @ PointBreezeway, an intimate studio space situated a few blocks from the junction of Fifth and Penn avenues in Point Breeze. It debuts 2 p.m. Sunday, with showcases also slated so far for September and October.
“We thought together it would be nice to have an opportunity to showcase local artists and generate excitement for their upcoming performances,” Ms. Reznik says.
Throughout the year, her agency strives to attract attention and gigs for the companies it represents by taking them to national booking conferences, such as the annual APAP | NYC showcase in Manhattan. Although on a smaller scale, SundaySeries performances will have a goal similar to those larger performing arts conferences in that perhaps they will help Pittsburgh artists gain new followers and more chances to perform.
For now, the series will stick to regional artists, although performers from across the state might be incorporated in the future, Ms. Reznik says. She and Ms. Marino are in the process of exploring who they’ll invite to take part in the spring showcases when the series resumes in the new year.
“There’s so much to pick and choose from,” Ms. Reznik says.
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