Monday, December 17, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for December 16, 2018: "Endings & Beginnings"

It's our last Salon at Etcetera, Etcetera!  Thank you to those of you who joined us!  What a wonderful night -- our co-host was the fabulous Lennie Watts!  Lennie opened the night with the fantastic "I Just Wanted You To Know."  He opened the second set with the hilarious "Let It Go" parody, "Let It Snow," and closed the evening with the marvelous "It Goes Like It Goes" and the rockin' "Takin' It To The Streets."

The brilliant Mr. Watts is a multiple MAC, Bistro, and Nightlife Award-winner, and is also the Artistic Director and CEO of SINGNASIUM, "Keeping the arts ALIVE by helping vocal artists THRIVE in New York City."  No bigs.  For information on SINGNASIUM 2019 winter/spring classes, email Lennie at lwatts@singnasium.org.


Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

We're celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein!  Mark started the Corner by reading from Bernstein's script from the 1950s and '60s TV series Omnibus. It was on Beethoven's 5th Symphony, and is found in the book The Joy of Music.  And, coordinating with this script, today we are also celebrating 24 Beethoven's 248th birthday!

Mark told us that for this 1954 episode, Bernstein had the entire first page of Beethoven's 5th painted on the stage, with all of the instruments' individual lines painted out -- with the actual musician of their respective instruments on the front of their line!  Mark then read the script as it was read on the show.  And, as the pi├Ęce de r├ęsistance, Mark played the piano version, Franz List's, 1st moment of Beethoven's 5th.

Roster of performers for the evening (in order of appearance):
Click link to visit the performer’s website or other links, when available.
All piano accompaniment by Jon Weber unless otherwise noted.


Co-Host: Lennie Watts
Lynda Rodolitz
Louisa Lee Poster
Peggy Schwartz
Richard Eisenberg
Laurel Lockhart
Sarah, Kristen, and Margaret (with Matthew Russell on the piano)
Anna Bookstaber (with Stephen Cornine on the keys)
Stephen Cornine (with himself tickling the ivories)
Angela Leone
Candice Oden
Mauren Taylor
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
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Co-Host: Lennie Watts
Tanya Moberly
Allan Yashin
Marcia Roney (with Matthew Martin Ward on the 88s)
Bennett Silverstein
Christine Pedi (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
David Ballard

Special thanks to musicians Matthew Russell, Stephen Cornine, and Matthew Martin Ward,  David Ballard on lights and sound, and the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera.


Upcoming Shows: 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018: Lynda Rodolitz will be performing in "People You Should Know" at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th, NYC.

Thursday, December 20, 2018: Laurel Lockhart will be performing at the Actors' Home in New Jersey.

Thursday, December 27, 2019: Christine Pedi will present "Snow Business," the 11th Annual Holiday Show, at Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC.

Sunday, December 30, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano's #realjoy" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Saturday, January 5, 2019: Dawn Drew presents "My Ship" as part of APAP's showcase.

Saturday, January 12, 2019: Louisa Lee Porter is presenting her return engagement at The Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A, NYC.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (3pm): Candice Oden is presenting "B*tch Is Crazy" with The Seeing Place Theater at Paradise Factory, 64 E 4th St, NYC.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (7 pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 (5pm): Candice Oden is presenting "B*tch Is Crazy" with The Seeing Place Theater at Paradise Factory, 64 E 4th St, NYC.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 (7 pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC. 

February, 2019: Lynda Rodolitz will be presenting "Animal Magnetism" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC. 

NEXT SALON: 
Ring in the new year with us on January 6, 2019 at the first Salon at Don't Tell Mama! The theme is Coming Home, with Co-Host: Sidney Myer and Salon Spotlight: KT Sullivan!



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Monday, December 10, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for December 9, 2018: "Such a Lot of Livin' to Do," with co-host Bobbie Horowitz


Sunday, December 9, 2018


 With a fanfare from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," (played by Matthew Martin Ward), our Host, Mark Janas, took the stage.  And it turns out that a fanfare was in order, because there was plenty to talk about tonight. First order of business: a quick recording of "Happy Birthday," sung by everyone for the brother of Heather Cariou (wife of Len Cariou), who is struggling with cystic fibrosis. Today is his birthday.
Then, our producer, Tanya Moberly, made a momentous announcement:

         In 2019, Salon will be moving to Don't Tell Mama! 


We will be in the big room, with food from the restaurant, and they will take credit cards! Time change: sign-up starts at 7, and Salon will run from 7:30-10:30.

Tonight's Salon was a small but mighty group, and we were all able to relax and let our hair down.  As co-host Bobbie Horowitz took the stage, she commented that she could honestly say she loved everyone in the room! (And, it should be noted that probably a third of the songs performed tonight were written by composers who were in that room!)





Our Bobbie

Bobbie opened with her original song "Never a Freshman Again," which celebrates looking forward to getting older.
For her three-song set, Bobbie treated us to three more of her originals. She opened with a song about her beloved New York, "Planning a Vacation." Her second song was the lovely holiday ballad, "Lots of Love from Me to You." She closed the set on a serious note, singing a song she wrote after 9/11, "Together America." She commented  that the song is very appropriate for the country's current situation. Bobbie's evening closer was a less serious take on patriotism:  "Doin' it for America" describes how it's our patriotic duty to shop 'til we drop. (Well, that's a relief!).


Quick Wrap - Classical Corner


 Tonight's Classical Corner featured Deborah Stone singing the famous aria "Ombra mai fu," from Handel's opera Serse. Mark introduced the piece by telling us that, while the opera was not particularly successful, the aria, composed in 1738, is one of Handel's best known and most-performed arias. In fact, this aria was the first piece of music ever transmitted over the radio, in Canada in 1906.
For her second selection, Deborah sang the Italian art song "Che Fiero Costume", by the composer Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690), which is a comic-angry tirade by the singer against Cupid for propagating love in the world, and bringing such misery on us all.


 Roster of performers for the evening (in order of appearance):


Click link to visit the performer’s website or other links, when available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas unless otherwise noted.

Co-Host: Bobbie Horowitz (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Lou Iacovino
Michael Colby
Richard Eisenberg
Sally Darling (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (accompanying himself)
Janice Hall (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Marnie Klar
Deborah Stone

Classical Corner

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Co-Host: Bobbie Horowitz (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Tanya Moberly
Michael Colby
Lou Iacovino
Deborah Stone
Richard Eisenberg
Sally Darling (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Janice Hall (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (accompanying himself)
Bobbie Horowitz
 
Special thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, Videographer Ruben Olvera, and the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera.

Upcoming performances by guests of this evening's Salon: 


Ongoing Performances: 

Peaceable Hour: Join Janice Hall, Sarah Rice, and Mark Watson for an hour of beautiful, uplifting music; meditate, relax, or just be. St. Clements Church, 423 W 46th St, in the chapel, Tuesdays, 6-7 pm. FREE!

Upcoming Shows:

Monday, December 10, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Great Ladies Great Songs" with Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (7pm): See Janice Hall and Tanya Moberly in "Lennie Watts and Those Girls Holiday Spectacular," at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 402 W 42nd, NYC.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (7pm): Janice Hall and Matthew Martin Ward will take part in the opening night celebration of "Ten Years of Winter Rhythms," at Urban Stages Theater, 259 W 30th, NYC.

 Thursday, December 13, 2018 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz presents "Age is Just a Number" honoring Anita Gillette, Lynne Charnay and Sondra Lee (Matthew Martin Ward accompanying) at  Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 (7 pm): Janice Hall will display her classical chops as she helps celebrate operatic legend Jarmila Novotna, as part of Winter Rhythms, at Urban Stages Theater, 259 W 30th, NYC.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 (7pm):
Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.


Saturday, December 15, 2018 (3 pm): The music of Michael Colby and Bobbie Horowitz is featured in the Songwriters Alliance Showcase, at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, NYC.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 (3 pm): Special Encore performance of "Sally Darling Sings Beatrice Lillie," with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano, at Winter Rhythms, Urban Stages, 259 W 30th, NYC.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 (6pm):  Deborah Stone and Bobbie Horowitz will be featured in the Groovin' on a Sunday Holiday Show at 53 Above, 318 W 53rd St, NYC.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (9pm): Sue Matsuki presents "The Art of Cabaret," featuring Deborah Stone, at the Winter Rhythms Festival at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th, NYC.

Wednesday, December 20, 2018 (7-10  pm): Lou Iacovino will be the featured entertainer at Parnell's, 350 E 53rd St, NYC.

Friday, December 21, 2018 (7 pm): Sally Darling is part of the hilarity in The Best of Ricky Ritzel's Broadway, at Urban Stages Winter Rhythms festival, 259 W 30th, NYC.

Sunday, December 30, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Restaurant Row" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 (7 pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" returns in the new year at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 (7 pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" returns in the new year at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

NEXT SALON: 
Join us on December 16th for the final Salon of 2018, and the final Salon at EtCetera, EtCetera! Theme: Endings & Beginnings Co-Host: Lennie Watts



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