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ARTIST PROFILE: Funerals, a wedding and a musical for MC Jadlos

June 1, 2018
By STEVE LESTER - Correspondent ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID-Memorable events can happen in bunches sometimes, but for MaryCatherine ("MC") Jadlos they're happening in what may seem like major landslides.

"This week was a whirlwind," she said.

Jadlos finished a two-weekend, seven-performance run in the musical "Annie" on Sunday, May 27 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts playing the role of Grace Farrell, personal secretary to billionaire Oliver Warbucks, who sends her out to choose a child from the orphanage to spend two weeks at his residence during the Christmas season of 1933. When she chooses Annie for him, he becomes so taken by her he decides to adopt her a week later.

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MaryCatherine Jadlos
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"It was just a wonderful introduction to the community to see how joyful it is with music," she said.

The Friday May 25 performance was a special one for her because her father, Greg Jadlos, was in the pit filling in on bass guitar while her fiance, Joey Izzo, was at the piano directing the nine-piece ensemble. She hadn't performed in a musical in 10 years, she said, and was content in the past to settle for just minor chorus parts. But she decided to audition for "Annie" after some gentle nudging from Izzo, who told her, "You have the ability to do this. You should try out for it," she said.

Next thing she knew she had a major role in a musical. After the show's final performance, she and Izzo had to rush off to the North Country School where he conducted a group ranging in age from 10 to 14 in their spring school recital.

"We went there right after 'Annie' on Sunday, and it was awesome!" she said.

That's just the beginning. Jadlos and Izzo have their wedding scheduled for this Saturday, June 2. The next day they're off to Italy to spend about a week together, after which they'll travel to Paris to meet up with Izzo's instrumental progressive fusion band, Arch Echo, for a European tour scheduled to run through the middle of July.

"I love watching him play. I love supporting that part of his life. He keeps joking that he wants me to run sound, so maybe I'll do that, too," she said.

As of now, her plans are to come back early.

"I'll be back June 20th, so I'm going with them through France, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Then they'll continue on the last leg through Germany, Italy, and the U.K.," she said.

Jadlos grew up in Potsdam in a family steeped in musical tradition. Her grandfather, John Jadlos, was a professor at the Crane School of Music who taught stringed instruments while her grandmother, Rosalie, taught elementary music in the public schools. Her mother, Marianne, majored in piano and voice at Crane.

Her father studied voice and stringed instruments there as well and led the orchestra program for a number of years at Indian River High School near Fort Drum. He is also an accomplished guitarist, and plays the bass guitar well enough to give a solid performance on it as a substitute without the benefit of a single rehearsal.

Jadlos said she remembers from age 8 sitting next to her father playing in such pit orchestras so she could turn pages for him and just be there to soak up the experience. She began studying violin at age 6, then launched her version of childhood rebellion by switching to flute at 10. During these years, she, her father and grandfather often played as a trio together in church.

"It was really fun," she said. "My dad was really big into the idea that if you have a gift then use it. Don't hide it. I was a little resentful at first, but then I learned to suck it up. And now I love it."

Jadlos graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh five years ago with degrees in audiology and speech pathology, but she still kept both feet in musical activities with her flute playing as well as her singing, which by this time was beginning to find her an unusual brand of steady employment.

"By the end of college, I was doing about two funerals a week," she said.

People would often express their condolences to Jadlos when she would say something like, "Sorry I can't make it. I have a funeral tomorrow."

"Then I'd have to explain that I don't know the deceased or the family. It's just a singing gig," she said. "I don't consider it morbid or anything. I really loved being able to serve people this way. If you're able to do it, and people enjoy it, then it's really good to share that with people."

Jadlos was doing so many funerals, she used to joke with a colleague about filling a niche market by publishing a music book titled "The Top 40 Greatest Funeral Hits of All Time."

By this time, Jadlos had known Izzo for a few years after meeting him when she was 19 while the two worked as counselors at Camp Guggenheim, a Catholic facility along Lower Saranac Lake.

"He was the head musician," she said of Izzo, who was 16 at the time. "If he asked me to sing I said yes. He has a real gift for helping people discover what they're capable of. I remember watching him at church and being very impressed with how he could make it such a full experience."

Although they didn't start dating until last year, which was seven years later, she said she felt she knew him well enough from just the camp experience to feel comfortable in an intimate relationship with him.

"Summer camp allows you to see every level of a person: the good, the bad and the weird," she said.

After college, Jadlos spent two years in Arizona in a program with AmeriCorps "working with pregnant women off the streets," she said. Then she spent two years in Ohio at Franciscan University of Steubenville, a private Catholic university, working as a residence director in one of the dorms.

While considering a move back to Arizona, Jadlos said Izzo coaxed her into moving to Lake Placid instead, "which I did a year ago this week," having quickly found employment as a case worker for children in foster care.

"We realized that we'd become such good friends for so long that it became a natural progression. So after I moved here things happened pretty quick," she said.

By this time, Jadlos had an epiphany about music in her life in that she needed more of it. It happened while touring through Austria with a friend where they took a "Sound of Music" tour. They were late for the bus, so they followed behind it in a private van where a soundtrack for the musical kept playing over and over.

"And that brought back so many memories I just said to myself, 'I need to find a way to bring music back into my life again,'" she said, "and not to say no to anything that's out of my comfort zone."

Jadlos was 24 at the time, so within three years she was performing her first major role in a musical at the LPCA with her fiance playing the piano and serving as the music director, and with their wedding scheduled less than a week after the show's final performance.

"To plan a wedding and work at the same time was nuts," she said, "but I feel like myself again musically, like I've really found my home. I don't think you need to have a degree in music to succeed at it. You just have to take it seriously and lovingly. And humbly."



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