In 2005, Star Publish's Marketing Director, Janet Elaine Smith, "met" (via e-mail
and phone) Dino Kartsonakis, well known Christian pianist, who is sometimes called "the Liberace of the evangelical
world," after he appeared on a TV special, announcing that a life-long dream of his was about to come true. He was going to
perform at Carnegie Hall. He told Janet that he used to walk past the huge venue when he was a little boy, holding his mother's
hand, telling her that one day he wanted to play there. At last, he would be performing there on Dec. 15, 2005.
The following is from an article about his performance.
"On December 15 in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, enthusiasm was
high; it was evident that for many, the concert A Christmas Celebration, Starring and Hosted by Dino Kartsonakis, was a high
point in the holiday celebration. There was something for everybody.
Dino Kartsonakis, The Manhattan Pops Orchestra and Chorale, Bob Krogstad, Conductor,
and Special Guests Cheryl Kartsonakis, Dino’s wife, and the Christian Cultural Center Choir put on a show that lifted
everyone’s spirits. Cheryl’s accomplished voice gave extra meaning to the evening’s selections and her easy
repartee with Dino provided a backdrop of familiarity that charmed the audience. Several of the selections had piano arrangements
The evening was dedicated to Dino’s first muse, his mother, Helen Kartsonakis,
who always wholeheartedly supported his interest in music. Dino remembers his mother walking him from 63rd Street to 113th
Street in Manhattan every Saturday for his piano lessons. As his tenth selection, just before intermission, Dino played his
special arrangement of the moving hymn, Down From His Glory, her favorite.
What does that have to do with Star* Publish? If anyone were to guess, they
would probably imagine that two Star* authors, Lance Davis and Susan Meron, might have dreams of appearing on Broadway.
However, a funny thing happened on the way to Broadway. They published two books that compliment each other perfectly.
Lance has written Family Classics: Midsummer Night's Dream/The Mi$er, of
which he says, "My vision is to delight family audiences with one-hour professional broadstroke versions of classic plays,
adapted just for them, before they are bored to tears by grownup productions."
Susan, on the other hand, has written Your Name Here: A Writer's/Actor's
Guide to Solo Performance. She describes it as "an essential barebones guide to getting your own solo play into
the world. For actors, writers and public speakers of all kinds."