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The Queen's Cartoonists
Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 5pm
About the Show

The Queen's Cartoonists
Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 5pm
presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre


This performance will include one 15-minute intermission.

Dr. Joel "Sweet Sauce" Pierson: Piano
Mark "Dingo" Phillips: Woodwinds
Drew "Dranka" Pitcher: Woodwinds
Greg "Eggs and" Hammontree: Trumpet
Rossen "Chock Full" Nedelchev: Drums
Steve Whipple: Bass





Hello, I’m Dr. Joel Pierson, artistic director and pianist for The Queen’s Cartoonists. Can you imagine going to a concert with your parents, grandparents, kids, or grandkids and everyone having an equal amount of FUN? Every time we get on stage, this is our goal. Many of us got our first exposure to classical music from cartoons, but we rarely think about how amazing the music in those films is. 

So here we are. Without giving too much away (we love surprises), prepare yourself to hear a mixture of classical and jazz music set to a backdrop of famous cartoon characters. Think Cab Calloway & Betty Boop. Rossini & Bugs Bunny. Buddy Rich & Popeye the Sailor Man. You get the picture.

*Note: we can only guarantee that the first three rows will NOT get wet. Again, the only non-wet guarantee is the first three rows. Thank you.


The Queen’s Cartoonists play music from classic cartoons and contemporary animation. The performances are synchronized to video projections of the original films, with the goal of creating a concert of classical music and jazz for everyone — regardless of age, gender, or familiarity with the concert hall. Since their inception in 2015, The Queen’s Cartoonists have gone from playing in the New York subway system to selling out the Blue Note Jazz Club and opening for the New York Philharmonic. The six members, born on three continents, are now residents of Queens, NY. Expect the unexpected from repertoire that includes the Golden Age of Animation, cult cartoon classics, modern video pieces, comedy, and elements of a musical circus.

Artist Representation

The Queen's Cartoonists are represented worldwide by CAMI Music LLC.

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