About the Author

"I have done over 500 TV and radio interviews on the Kennedys and Steven's questions are by far the best ones that I've, ever,ever been asked."- January Jones, Author of Thou Shalt Not Whine: The Eleventh Commandment and Jackie, Ari and Jack: The Tragic Love Triangle

"Steven has wisdom and a creative edge that defies a numerical designation. He has insight well-rooted in genius. Steven is cutting-edge, strong and yet poetic, and unapologetically daring." - Jude Southerland Kessler

I am a Republican with a flair for journalistic wit. I am a music major and am loving every minute of it. My blog, The Life and Times of a Young Republican, not only includes politics but also current daily events, book/movie/play/opera/concert reviews, opinions, ideas, rants, lots of gossip, investigative articles and all sorts of other goodies!

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Official Press Biography:

     Steven Krage  has become an accomplished bass-baritone, performing everything from the early music works of Monteverdi and Handel, to Mozart and even more modern composers such as John Adams, Philip Glass and John Harbison. He recently essayed the role of Figaro (Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro) in College of DuPage's Opera Workshop Recital, A Little Mozart Music. In addition to performing operatic and choral music, he has also written many essays on opera, focusing his study on often-forgotten characters and their origins. He also plays the Harpsichord. In addition, he is the recent recipient of the COD John Belushi Memorial Choral Music Scholarship (Spring 2012 and Fall 2012)

      He has also performed with many of the Chicago Suburbs most prestigious choral groups, including the New Classic Singers, a professional choral group of which he currently is a member. With the New Classic Singers, he has performed with such luminary guests as the Shanghai Women Entrepreneur Choir. In Fall 2012, he performed with NCS at the International Beethoven Project, including a performance of a choral work by Mikolaj Gorecki with the composer in attendance. At College of DuPage he has performed for several semesters in the auditioned Chamber Singers as well as the non-auditioned Concert Choir and DuPage Chorale. In May 2011 and May 2013, he performed at Chicago Symphony Hall, led in the Faure Requiem by Simon Carrington (of The King’s Singers) and the choral pieces of Z. Randall Stroope, led and composed. He is also the conductor/leader of the Glee Club at Cordia Senior Residence. He has also arranged and produced nine one-man cabaret shows, including the heralded Cocktails with The Titan series. In July 2013 he premiered in his first opera, Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (Noah/The Voice of God), at The Choral Music Experience Institute in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In Winter 2013 he performed the Bach’s Cantata 82 to great acclaim.

He is also a budding composer. His recent musical composition, Five Portraits of Rapture’s Best and Brightest (for Sprechstimme, flute, clarinet and piano) (2012), premiered in May to resounding success (A live recording of the work is available through the composer.) He has since written two pieces for piano, Waiting for Carrie (written in 2012) and Lament for Alma (premiered in November 2012), a piece for flute and piano, La Beltá (written in 2012), and a piece for trumpet and piano, Pathway of the Lonely (written in 2012) as well as two choral pieces, The Butterfly of the Faithful (written in February 2013) and the terror of betrayal (written in March 2013), four vibraphones and a piece for oboe and piano. He is currently working on a piece for solo alto, guitar and piano, Christmas Eve, 1970, and a piece for two solo voice and piano, based on translated texts by Bach, vale of tears.

In addition to his musical ventures, he is an avid Actor. He has recently appeared in productions of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Vinnie) and Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water (Axel Magee), as well as Thoroughly Modern Millie and Annie. He has also taken part in an Acting Class Showcase, which included an intense monologue from Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Past shows include Thoroughly Modern Millie (George Gershwin/Ensemble), Annie (Rooster Hannigan/Bert Healy) and Mother Courage and Her Children (Ensemble.) He has also acted as the narrator in Richard Strauss’s melodrama, Enoch Arden, which he performed with pianist Lee Kesselman throughout 2013.

He is also a successful journalist. His book of essays, The Mistakes of a Better World, was released in November 2013. Regarding the book, author January Jones commented, "The Mistakes of a Better World  by Steven Krage is truly one of the most exciting, energizing and eclectic books that I have ever read. I could not put it down and you won‟t be able to do so either” and author Jude Southerland Kessler commented, “Steven has wisdom and a creative edge that defies a numerical designation. He has insight well-rooted in genius. Steven is cutting-edge, strong and yet poetic, and unapologetically daring." In addition to writing essays and blogs, he is a playwright; his short play, Misfortune, was performed twice to great acclaim.  A lauded interviewer, his interviewing style was described by Author January Jones (Thou Shalt Not Whine: The Eleventh Commandment and Jackie, Ari and Jack: The Tragic Love Triangle) as such: "I have done over 500 TV and radio interviews on the Kennedys and Steven's questions are by far the best ones that I've, ever, ever been asked.”

 


 

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