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Violinist Samuel Marder, “Devils among Angels: A Journey from Paradise and Hell to Life.”

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SAMUEL MARDER was born in 1930 in Chernovitz, Rumania, now Ukraine. His music studies began at the age of six. At age ten he won a prize which made him eligible to study in Moscow. World War II interrupted Marder’s brilliant beginning, and life changed completely. Young Samuel and his family were soon deported to a Nazi concentration camp.

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Charles Blow: NYT, BNC, and “The Devil You Know”

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CHARLES M. BLOW has been a New York Times Opinion columnist since 2008. His column appears on Monday and Thursday. Mr. Blow joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. He is the author of “The Devil You Know” and “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” In May, 2021, “Prime with Charles Blow” premiered on the Black News Channel (BNC).

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Video Chat: Tony Succar — Musician, Composer, Arranger, Producer

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ANTONIO “TONY” SUCCAR (b. 1986) is a Peruvian-American musician, composer, arranger and producer. In 2010, Tony and his band were invited to perform al fresco at a Halloween party on Lincoln Road in the heart of South Beach. The invitation included a special request to play Michael Jackson’s classic Thriller. In considering how he would perform Thriller, Tony thought, “Why don’t I put it through a salsa filter.” And the moment provided a spark that ignited Succar on a five-year odyssey, culminating in the production and release of Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, featuring many of the world’s best Latin musicians and vocalists.

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Ivan Wilzig and his “UNSTOPPABLE” Father

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IVAN L. WILZIG is an American recording artist and songwriter who is best known for his pop-dance remakes of 1960s and early 1970s peace songs. He created The Peaceman Foundation, a non-profit organization that battles hatred, violence and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Wilzig’s father, Siggi B. Wilzig (1926–2003), came to the United States as a Holocaust survivor from Germany. Siggi B. Wilzig ultimately became Chairman, President and CEO of Wilshire Oil Company of Texas and Chairman, President and CEO of The Trust Company of New Jersey.

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Justin Trieger at the New World Symphony

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JUSTIN TRIEGER is an award-winning composer, sound designer and experienced multimedia engineer and producer. After formal training in the Music Technology department of the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, Justin relocated to Miami Beach, FL where he now manages all of the collaborative, internet-based projects of the New World Symphony. Justin currently serves as a Cultural Affairs Councilor for the Department of Cultural Affairs in Miami-Dade County.

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