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FORTE: Four Fabulous Female Vocalists Appearing Sat Jan 30th 2016 at 7:30pm

$18 in advance
$20 at the door


Liz Aiello
Carol Duermit
Katherine Sandoval Taylor 

Beverly Todd

Musical Direction by 
Jan Powell

A Fundraiser Performance for P.E.P. (Progressive Education Program of Buncombe County Schools)

A unique Cabaret Style Performance,   accompanied by a 3 piece band.  The show is  “filled with energy, passion, humor, and soul-stirring moments, presented by four inspiring women who’s personalities and backgrounds are as diverse as the music they sing.” 

LIZ AIELLO has had a long and wonderful career in the theatre including Broadway National tours: Les Miserables First National, Pump Boys and Dinettes, as well as several Off-Broadway musicals and plays from her years living in NYC. She has played leading roles in numerous plays and musicals at such Regional theatres as Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Virginia, Arkansas Rep, Northlight Theatre in Chicago, and Westchester Broadway Thearte, among others.

She has played Patsy Cline in one of her signature shows, Always…Patsy Cline at the Denver Center, Diana Wortham Theatre, ACT, during the Stampede in Calgary, University of Milwaukee, Parkway Playhouse, New American Theatre and in numerous other venues. She is currently a company member of Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre in Mars Hill, having performed in over 20 shows in many memorable roles, her favorites being: Mama Rose in Gypsy, Eva Peron in Evita, Margaret in The Light in the Piazza, Desiree in A Little Night Music, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, and most recently Millie in the pre-NYC run of The Stardust Supper Club.

 Liz is a recognized Voiceover Artist with years of experience doing National, Regional and Local Radio/TV commercials, Narrations, On-Hold Messages, Medical Narration, Political Spots, and e-learning. You can find her at

originally from Cincinnati, OH, quickly made a name for herself in NC with her powerful lead vocals in the rock bands Papa Joes’ Blues Review and The Atomic Sauce, where she performed in venues throughout WNC including Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. While serving as the front-woman for her various rock bands, Carol realized her love of theatre and has been participating in musical theatre and cabaret performances for the past 20 years. Favorite roles performed include Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress, Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense on the Showboat Majestic, and both Babylove in The Grass Harp and Ginger Brooks in 1940’s Radio Hour, both under the direction of Skip Fenker and nationally renowned composer and librettist Richard Oberacker. Locally she has been seen as David’s Mother in David’s Mother, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Golde in BARK! The Musical, written by David Troy Francis, as well as several cabarets at 35 Below. Most recently she and her writing partner Patton Cardwell produced their first album of original music under the duo name Orphan Tree.


described by the Boston Globe as "stunning," is an Asheville native and has has appeared in oratorio, concert, musical theater, cabaret, and opera performances throughout the country. She holds a MM in Vocal Performance from The New England Conservatory in Boston, MA and a BM in vocal performance from Furman University, in Greenville, SC.

Katherine has proudly worked with Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, The Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Bravo, The Nashville Opera, The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, as well as the internationally renowned vocal coaches Pierre Vallet, John Moriarty, and Stan Tucker, Metropolitan Opera soprano, Patricia Craig, and stage director to The Metropolitan Opera, Marc Astafan. She was most recently seen locally as Maria in The Asheville Lyric Opera's production of West Side Story, and nationally in the tour "The Wonderful Wizard of Song" a musical revue of the works by Harold Arlen.

Favorite roles performed include Anne in A Little Night Music, Clara The Light in the Piazza, both with SART, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Guenevere in Camelot, Anna and Tuptim in The King and I, Katherina Cavalieri in Amadeus, Cosette in Les Miserables, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Aurelia Havisham in the monodrama, Miss Havisham's Wedding Night and Nannetta in Falstaff. Also an experienced teacher, Katherine has taught voice and pedagogy throughout the country and currently maintains a private studio in the Nashville, TN area.

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is a proud Asheville native who started her performance career at age 15 when she won the title of Teen Miss NC. Upon graduating with her BA in Musical Theatre from Mars Hill College, she moved to NYC to study at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy and model for several shoe companies including 9west, Evan Picone, Bandolino, and Stuart Weitzman.

 After performing in several off-Broadway cabarets in NYC, including Broadway Salutes the Bard with Celeste Holm, Beverly left the US to perform in the European Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. Beverly has also appeared on the hit TV shows Baywatch and As The World Turns.

Since moving back to WNC, she has performed at the Grove Park Inn with the band Emporium, as well as in the female a capella group The Christmas Belles, seen throughout Asheville during the holiday season. Beverly has performed for over 20 years with Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, including the roles of Charlotte in A Little Night Music, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, and Signora Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza. Drawing from her personal experience as a full-time dance mom of her daughter Liza, one of Beverly’s favorite roles ever performed is Judy/Ginger in Ruthless.

(Musical Director/Composer/Arranger)
With the Antaeus Company Los Angeles: Mother Courage and Her Children, Trial by Jury, Patience, Bartleby the Scrivener & The Loves of Rosannah Ethelton and Alonzo Fitz Clarence, Of Thee I Sing and Fashion. With The Company Rep Los Angeles: World Premiere of Rosentrasse. Chicago: Jefferson Citation nominee for best new musical work, Trask & Fenn.

Winner of multiple ASCAP Special Awards and NEA grants for composing with his longtime collaborator, Ken Stone. Musical director for ASK Theatre Projects Composers Studio and The Virginia Avenue Project in Los Angeles. New musical, American Tales, written with Ken Stone premiered with the Antaeus Company and is published by Samuel French.

Musical director for The Threepenny Opera with The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and musical director/arranger for A Tale of Charles Dickens with LA Theatreworks & The Anteaus Company for radio broadcast on NPR’s The Play’s the Thing. With Temple Theatre in Sanford, NC: A Dash of Rosemary, Beehive – the ‘60’s Musical, Godspell, Winter Wonderettes, Once on This Island, Dames at Sea, Little Women, Beguiled Again, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and South Pacific. Asheville, NC with Occasional Theatre: Three seasons as composer, musical director and pianist for Sandy Mason’s play Return of an Angel. Musical written with Ken Stone and Brenda Lilly, The Ballad of Tom Dooley premiered at Parkway Playhouse.

With Immediate Theatre Project, composer and performer in An Iliad. Television work includes State of Grace for ABC Family Channel, The District for CBS and The Lizzie McGuire Movie for Disney Films. Jan has also served as musical director and instructor at UCLA and The University of Southern California. His newest plays include Falling in Love Again, which explores the lives and loves of the great Lieder writers from Schubert to Schoenberg with Mr. Powell writing the script and Mr. Stone writing new translations for the classic songs; and also with Mr. Stone The Drunkard, based on the 1840 American Play and adapted as a Christmas musical

 For a more comprehensive look at Mr. Powell’s career please visit his website