Whitney Phoenix is a master of piano artistry. Along with his concerts and releases, fans continue to enjoy his music at Petrossian Bar at Bellagio Las Vegas. Marianne Phoenix has appeared in many shows both off and on the Las Vegas Strip. Along with being partners in life, the two will combine their musical talents in the show, “Just the Two of Us,” on Nov. 7.
Raised in Vermont, Whitney Phoenix was a musical prodigy studying piano since age 8. With formal training from Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, Whitney then served in Marine Corps for four years. He continued to serve his country and expand his love of music as a piano teacher in the Armed Forces School of Music. It was during this period that Whitney explored different musical genres including jazz, big band, R&B and pop while continuing his mastering of classical music. In Las Vegas, Whitney has performed as a solo artist at Caesar's Palace, Imperial Palace and MGM Grand.
Whitney has released five CDs including I Love a Piano, Expressions, Phantom by Request, Echoes of Eternity and A Christmas Heart. He also produced Marianne’s CD, “Lullabies and Other Love Songs.”
Marianne came from a musical family with her mother a singer and her father a bugler. Inheriting their talent, Marianne started to sing professionally since age 17. She has sung the National Anthem and performed with Debbie Reynolds and Wayne Newton.
The Gateway Arts Foundation is presenting “Just the Two of Us.” The foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, began in an older downtown neighborhood known as The Gateway to transform graffiti on its many buildings into murals and art. Along with visual arts, the foundation now also supports performing artists. Gateway provides Hattie’s House free of charge to music and theater teachers for recitals as well as performances. It was named Hattie’s House in tribute to the late mother of the president of the organization Camille Duskin.
Tickets are $15 at the door and seating is limited. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Gateway Scholarship fund for aspiring Las Vegas artists. For more information, call 702.255.0695.