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One Starry Night

by Julie Rivers

Intimate, relaxing piano music with lush orchestrations. Takes you on a romantic journey through the hours and moods of a starry night. "This album will beg to be listened to over and over again." Music Media Group
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1. Meridian Crossing
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2. Sunflower Fields
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3. Aphrodite
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4. Star Pool
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5. Astrid's Song
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6. Wishing
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7. Midnight Blue (Nocturne)
Julie Rivers, Frank Mantooth, Kim Park, Judy Tumlinson, Molly Wi
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8. Walk With the Moon
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9. Senorita de la Noche Estrellada
Julie Rivers, Peter Larsen
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10. Falling
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11. Soul Thoughts
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12. Spheres and Seraphs
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13. How the Sun Rose
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14. Wishing (reprise)
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Album Notes
"I am definitely a romantic, and I have always loved the stars as well as music. So, it was inevitable that they came together one starry summer night... Jupiter was in Sagittarius.

Cygnus, the Swan, was making his never-ending journey down the Milky Way, and the Summer Triangle sparkled overhead.The crystal-clear skies of that rare summer held black velvet nights of diamond-studded splendor that slowly turned towards autumn.

And song by song the music came..." Radio Kansas recently selected One Starry Night and its sequel, The Kiss of the Sun, for continuous rotation on their popular new age, Hearts of Space-type program, Night crossings, and recently, two of Julie's albums were listed simultaneously on the Hastings Books Music and Video "Top Ten." In St. Petersburg, FL, Julie won first place in the nation in the National League of American Pen Women composition contest with music from One Starry Night.

She was recognized by the Kansas Arts Commission with one of four state Fellowship Awards for composition and has received special awards from ASCAP 1998-2010. She is called a "treasured Kansas artist" by Linda Graves, First Lady of Kansas.

Classically trained, she has performed with the Saint Louis and Dallas Symphonies, among others, in addition to many pops, casual and intimate venues.
The daughter of a Swedish immigrant, she began playing the piano at age two. At the University of North Texas, where she graduated with high honors, she won all awards offered to pianists by the School of Music. She was Top Coed on Campus and is included in the 1998/1999 edition of Who's Who in Entertainment.

Julie plays solo piano concerts, performs with her trio, The Starry Night Trio, appears as soloist with symphony orchestras. She has two sons and lives in Topeka, Kansas, where she composes, performs, records and teaches.

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Jean D: Julie Rivers: One Starry Night


What a great CD! Every tune is a delight to listen to. Julie plays with such great interpretation and passion. She is a fantastic composer and musician. A superb CD!!!
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The Topeka Capital Journal

"Undeniably successful! A romantically relaxing journey..."
Undeniably successful! ...a romantically relaxing journey drawing on elements of classical, jazz, and romantic improvisational piano technique.
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Solo Piano Publications Online

Pianist Julie Rivers is an incredible find!...reminds me of some of Suzanne Cian
Pianist Julie Rivers is an incredible find! Playing since the
age of two, she won all the awards offered to pianists by
the School of Music at The University of North Texas,
where she graduated with high honors. With some of the
best chops in the genre, Julie seems completely at home
in the classical traditions as well as with jazz and blues.
An avid astronomer, the pieces tell the story of the hours
and moods of "One Starry Night" to the dawn of the next
day. The styles are varied, exhibiting Ms Rivers' versatility
as a musician and composer. Randy Wills provides
synthesized orchestrations, and Bob Bowman appears on
several pieces on bass. Several other musicians join Julie
on "Midnight Blue (Nocturne)", and Lars Peter Larsen
plays a mean Spanish guitar on "Senorita de la Noche
Estrellada".

My favorite track on this outstanding album is "Midnight
Blue (Nocturne)", a slinky bit of jazz ensemble playing.
The "band's" parts were composed by Frank Mantooth,
a noted arranger and musician, and a former college
classmate of Julie's. The album opens with "Meridian
Crossing", a piece that reminds me of some of Suzanne
Ciani's earlier work. Full of optimism and hope, it soars
to the heavens. "Sunflower Fields" is also full of warmth
and joy. "Aphrodite" shimmers as the Greek goddess of
love leads a flirtatious chase through the twinkling stars.
"Star Pool" is much more free-form and ambient,
reminding me just a little of Clara Ponty's work. The
piano dances and swirls on a backdrop of synth voices
and floating instrumental color - a very effective and
beautiful piece. "Senorita de la Noche Estrellada" is a bit
of a surprise with traditional Spanish rhythms and
phrasings. "Soul Thoughts" is a dark and bluesy piano
solo - great stuff! "Spheres and Seraphs" could only have
been composed by someone who has played lots of
Mozart and Haydn. A lighthearted romp, it goes from a
bouncy Classical era-styled theme to a sweet orchestral
variation on the theme to a thumping rock version and
back to a chamber group. Very upbeat and lots of fun,
this piece is bound to bring a smile!

Classy as well as classic, "One Starry Night" will beg to
be listened to over and over again. I can't wait to see
what Julie Rivers has up her sleeve for her next album!
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