MUSE/IQUE, an innovative cross-genre music organization curated by noted artistic director/conductor Rachael Worby, continues its popular Uncorked Series with “Powerhouse from the Firehouse: The Legendary Tena Clark Backstage,” including special guests Patti Austin and Mary Wilson, on Monday, March 11, 2013, 7 pm, in an intimate setting on the Pasadena Civic Auditorium stage. In keeping with its mission to embrace the unexpected, MUSE/IQUE seats guests at cocktail tables and on risers and bleachers for a close-up musical conversation with Tena Clark, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer, who takes the audience inside the process of building a song from scratch, highlighted by performances by some of the artists who have been a part of her storied career.
Other special guests, in addition to Austin and Wilson, are the soulful Tamyra Gray, featured in season one of American Idol, Sara Niemietz, who played young Carol Burnett in the Broadway show Hollywood Arms, and Shelea Frazier, a rising songbird who, among other notable credits, performed at the White House as part of the 2012 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize festivities honoring Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Joining them are noted musicians Nathan East, bass, James Harrah, guitar, Ricky Lawson, drums, and Tim Heintz, keyboard.
Worby ties it all together with unique insights that shed light on Clark’s remarkable and varied star-studded music career that includes writing and producing hits for Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Holliday, Gladys Knight, CeCe Winans and Dionne Warwick, among others; programming music for Air Force One for Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama; composing NASA’s theme song, “Way Up There,” and the music for McDonald’s national advertising campaign “Have You Had Your Break Today”; and writing musical scores for film, television and stage. Clark, who manages her worldwide impact from Firehouse Recording Studios, housed in Pasadena’s original firehouse, has been described as “a dynamic firebrand” (Forbes) and “a rarity in the music industry” (Los Angeles Magazine). The evening begins at 7 pm with complimentary wine reception followed by the concert at 7:30 pm.
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, California 91101. Tickets are $60 per person. Tickets are also free with MUSE/IQUE membership, which start at $250 and includes a variety of special benefits. For tickets and membership information, please call 626-539-7085 or visit www.muse-ique.com.
What musical touchstone does President Barack Obama, the most powerful leader in the world, share with Aretha Franklin, crowned the greatest singer of the rock era by Rolling Stone Magazine? The answer is the music expertise of TENA CLARK. The company she founded, DMI Music & Media Solutions, programs the President’s music for Air Force One, and Clark also recently produced Aretha Franklin’s most recent album. Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Holliday, Gladys Knight, CeCe Winans, Dionne Warwick, Patti Austin, Stephanie Mills, Yolanda Adams and Rev. Shirley Caesar are also among the iconic recording artists for whom Clark has written and/or produced. She executive produced Natalie Cole’s GRAMMY-award-winning Still Unforgettable. Career highlights include penning award-winning country hits, contributing to multi-platinum movie soundtracks including Hope Floats, The Five Heart Beats, Where the Heart Is, and My Best Friend’s Wedding, writing for television shows like Desperate Housewives, and creating the instantly recognizable national campaign theme, “Have You Had Your Break Today,” for McDonald’s. In homage to her musical and spiritual roots, Clark produced Church: Songs of Soul and Inspiration that included classic soul artists like Patti LaBelle and Chaka Khan plus contributions from Pulitzer Prize-winners Dr. Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. A stratospheric anthem from this collection, “Way Up There,” written and produced by Clark (originally commissioned by NASA as its theme song) and performed by Patti LaBelle, was nominated for a GRAMMY award. Clark is composer-lyricist for Twist: An American Musical, which debuted at the prestigious Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA, and broke box office records at the Pasadena Playhouse. Clark was commissioned to create “I Believed,” a commemorative song to honor Former Secretary-of-State Hillary Rodham Clinton in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. The song was performed for an audience that included First Lady Michelle Obama, among other eminent guests, at the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards. Recent notable awards are C200 Entrepreneurial Champion Award and Mosaic Award at the Diversity Women’s national conference in Washington, D.C. Clark is CEO/Chief Creative Officer for DMI Music & Media Solutions, which is at the forefront of entertainment and music marketing, crafting strategies and activations for brands that include Build-A-Bear Workshop, Cisco, Delta Air Lines, General Mills, Kohl’s and Lucky Jeans. From creating a brand’s unique sound and driving audio strategy, to developing a brand campaign around a major entertainment property, DMI is a full service entertainment agency.