CEO, Founder, Concertmaster
Felix Farrar is CEO, Founder and Director of Encore Artists Management representing Atlanta Symphoria orchestra, the versatile and accomplished Atlanta Symphoria Jazz Orchestra and the elite Encore Solo Artists. Farrar is also section leader of the First Baptist Church Atlanta Worship Orchestra, core member of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and a mainstay with the Chattanooga, Greenville, Tuscaloosa, and Augusta Symphonies.
Felix Farrar has extensive Broadway musical experience having performed My Fair Lady, La Cage aux Folles, Black Broadway, Showboat and Boys Choir of Harlem On Broadway. Farrar performed in the PBS documentary "Dreams Of Hope" which was a 2021 Southeast Emmy winner in the Musical Composition and Arrangement category.
Felix Farrar is a native of Newport News, Virginia and studied at the Manhattan School of Music with internationally acclaimed Carroll Glenn; and chamber music with Joseph Seiger and Artur Balsam. Farrar furthered his studies with Mary Lou Speaker, former assistant principal second violinist with the Boston Symphony.
Farrar's Encore Artists Management, contracts and commissions musicians throughout the USA for live concerts, touring projects, festivals and recording sessions. Farrar's hand selected Solo Artists number a Lang Lang Scholar, first American recipient of the Arturo Toscanni Int'l Conducting Competition, a MET and Vienna State Opera performer, a laureate of the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra Int'l Conducting Competition and artists award recipient from the United Nations, a recipient of the Bernard Aldestein Award in Trumpet and other elite performers. Farrar contracted the orchestra for and performed in SONY Playstation Video Game "Metal Gear - Sons of Liberty."
With extensive Broadway musical experience and motion picture soundtrack orchestras Farrar also performed on-camera for HBO, Tyler Perry Studios and Buena Vista Pictures; live with Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Temptations, Diana Krall, Mary J. Blige, Melissa Manchester; touring with Shirley Bassey and Stevie Wonder; recording for Wonder, Will Downing, West African artist Africando, McCoy Tyner, Lisa Lopes, the Atlanta Symphoria Orchestra and others.
Farrar's contracting credits also include the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Rock Hill Symphony, Dionne Warwick, Hannibal Lokumbe, Shirley Horn, the National Baptist Convention, 105 Voices at the Kennedy Center, Opera Ebony, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Hampton University, Delaware State University, Salisbury College, the National Association of Negro Musicians and Greenville Symphony.
Felix Farrar's future contracting projects include the Harare International Music Festival in Zimbawe Africa.
Publicist, Executive Producer
Saahara Glaudé was born in New York City & raised in Washington DC where she attended American and Georgetown Universities. As an entertainment correspondent for The Unicorn Times she became an original member of WPFW Pacifica Radio Station in 1976, becoming the first female Jazz Radio Host/Producer and serving as Assistant Music Director. She went on to work with Homeless Activist Mitch Snyder helping to organize “The Mothers March On Washington;” and later served as Community Affairs Director for a “The Kennedy Center/White House Salute,” precursor to the "Kennedy Center Awards." Certified by the prestigious WeistBarron Studios of New York (now WeistBarronRyan), she became an AFTRA Voice Over announcer. Glaudé worked for The Congressional Black Caucus and under the leadership of Congressman John Conyers had the privilege and honor of frequently escorting Mrs. Rosa Parks. She CoProduced and OffStage Announced “The Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Weekend Presentation Of Members.”
Glaudé became a seasoned PR player serving as Assistant to the Vice President of Public Relations for Georgetown University during the Patrick Ewing era. She went on to instruct Communications at Clark College (now Clark/Atlanta University) in Atlanta Georgia overseeing the programming of WCLK Radio Station and later broadcast on WSB - B98.5 FM. Recruited by Dr. A.G. Gaston for his historic WENN Radio in Birmingham Alabama, she achieved the highest arbitron ratings in the stations history. Hosting numerous TV shows: in the late 1980’s & 90’s she was the statewide host for the UNCF Parade of Stars and the only regional talent sent to Hollywood to tape with the legendary Lou Rawls; hosted a #1 video broadcast showcasing visiting national talent; hosted for retiring regional TV legend Tom York; and went on to broadcast on WERC Talk Radio and MAGIC 96 FM.
Glaudé taught Communications at Miles College; served on the programming committee for the first and subsequent “City Stages;” freelanced for The Birmingham Times Newspaper; served as Anchor and Reporter for the Alabama Associated Press; became the flagship talent and Community Affairs Director for KISS FM; and Head Producer for WDJC FM and startup talent for WYDE FM Talk Radio Station.
Under Glaudé Productions, Glaudé became a concierge media & pr provider offering multimarket media including web content design and the creation of online imprints while targeting the inner sanctums of promotional media. Employing knowledge of developing high level media appeal brand strategies for a wide range of clients, bookings and coverage, client's consists of Congresswoman Terri Sewell, CoFounder of the Cochran Law Firm, Attorney Jock Smith, Media Expert George Curry, Network Guru and founder of FrasierNet, George Frasier, Attorney and Businessman Michael Roberts, Former Mayor Of Birmingham Bernard Kincaid, Virtue Technology Entrepreneurs Jamila Brown and Cameron Hairston, Empowerment, Inc., Executive Producers for concerts and festivals and Conductor, Arranger, Producer and Educator, Dr. Henry Panion, III.
Glaudé penned an exclusive weekend exposé featuring Actor, Director Morgan Freeman in Clarksdale, MS. Serving as Producer, Associate Producer and Talent Coordinator for numerous conferences, symposiums and productions Glaudé worked on: 1) The Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Selma 50th “All Star Salute To Selma Alabama” featuring a host of renowned performers and actors which aired on network TV; 2) various concert headliners including The Clark Sisters, Smokie Norful, The Blind Boys of Alabama and American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard; and, 3) Publicist, Stage Manager and OffStage Announcer for various festivals throughout the US.
Glaudé secured a Congressional Record from former client Congresswoman Terri A.Sewell "Tribute to Birmingham's Musical Giants in Celebration of Alabama 200" recognizing the original Temptations, Lionel Hampton, Charles Barkley, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Dr. Herschell Lee Hamilton, the Blind Boys of Alabama and other notables.
In addition to Encore Artists Management, Glaudé consults for WJAH Jazz Hall Radio - 91.1FM a broadcast service of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham, Alabama - USA.