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Asolo Theatre: About Us
Ray Granito - Ray has a Bachelor's degree from NYU, a Master's degree from Columbia and did his Doctoral work at NYU in New York and Paris, all in the field of vocal music and the humanities.As musical director in New York, he directed Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The HMS Pinafore and was pianist in Oklahoma.Ray taught voice and choral music in New York and retired in 1991, but found life too sedentary after two months of sitting around the pool.Since he has been in Florida, he has been an accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera soprano Roberta Peters, appeared on stage in Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis and as musical director at Florida Studio Theatre he directed and performed in Jolson.Ray has been audition pianist for The Players, FST and the Asolo and has played piano for many benefits in town.He continues to appear as pianist/keyboardist/singer for various organizations and private parties, as well as vocal coach for singers in the area.He has also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman playing piano with Paul Shaffer and the band.Ray lives happily in Sarasota with his wife Diane, their two cats and his Steinway grand.He is delighted to be, once again, associated with the Asolo.
Venice Gondolier - 08/06/03
Soprano Irene Herman will sing Little-known Songs From Well-known Shows, accompanied by pianist Ray Granito, at 2 p.m. at the Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.
heraldtribune.com: Southwest Florida's Information Leader
Sarasota pianist Ray Granito will be the accompanist.
Stutts said that Coward's songs, like his
plays, "are rather dusty and very representative of a specific sort of time of greater innocence when England was supreme in the art of sophistication, the high seas.Those days are gone."
Last modified: January 27.2004 7:04AM
Scene Sarasota - Oldest Patriotic Group hosts a bonnet luncheon to fund scholarships
Entertainment will include pianist Ray Granito and vocalist Pat Shrope.