Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Salon Wrap-up for February 18, 2018: "Everybody Has a Hungry Heart"

What a wonderful theme to prepare for this week, as we welcomed songs related to, "Everybody Has a Hungry Heart." Some brought in songs of longing, some brought rock music, and some brought songs from Bruce Springsteen himself. This evening's Co-Host was the effervescent Leanne Borghesi, with Bryan Sommers on piano! Leanne started the evening with a swinging and powerful, "Mambo Haliano." For her mid-show set she started with a great story-song medley of "Tap Your Troubles Away" (from Mack and Mabel) and "Lighten Up" with some exciting vocals and fun audience participation. She then wooed and seduced us with a sensational rendition of "Bring On The Men" from Jekyll & Hyde. At the end of the night, Leanne asked Mark Janas to accompany her on her thrilling version of "Come Rain or Come Shine" which absolutely wowed the audience. We were so lucky to have this talent with is this evening!

Co-Host Leanne Borghesi!

Leanne will be at The Triad – 158 West 72nd St, NYC 10023 – in MOOD SWINGS on Monday, March 19th & Monday April 16th. Both shows at 7pm. For more information: www.thetriadnyc.com / www.leanneborghesi.com


Salon Spotlight

Our Salon Spotlight was lovely Lisa Viggiano! This sweet voiced soprano started her set with a medley of "Hungry Heart" and "Dancing in the Dark." She then took a departure from Bruce Springsteen to sing a delicate and tantalizing mix of, "Good Morning Heartache" and "Think." She finished her set telling a story about her history with Bruce before giving us a fun and nostalgia-inspiring, "Born To Run."

Lisa will be at The Duplex – 61 Christopher St, NYC 10014 – LISA VIGGIANO SINGS BRUCE ON CHRISTOPHER on Saturday, February 24th & Sunday, February 25th. Both shows at 6:30pm. For more information: www.theduplex.com

Salon Spotlight Lisa Viggiano!

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Mark Janas, who teaches at Manhattan School of Music, told us about his wonderful class in the current 2018 program. The students are charged with creating an opera blending musical theater and opera themes, in an effort to make opera more accessible to a wider audience. First, they started with the tunes of shows like, "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Hairspray", and then knew they needed to add something from opera. Mark was taken back to the time when he became familiar with a certain trio from the opera, Cosi Fan Tutte (which was featured prominently in the Glenda Jackson "Sunday, Bloody Sunday.") So they took inspiration from its aria, "Soave il Vento" (translated roughly as "O Gentle Wind Blowing") and added new lyrics to suit this new hybrid show. To illustrate, Mark invited Zach Wobensmith up to the piano who sang through the baritone line of the song. He also played through a few sections of the song while talking about elements of Mozart's music - including deceptive cadences that never resolve the way you expect them to! And to cap the segment, he plugged his phone into some speakers and played a version of the song fully orchestrated with 3 voices. It was wonderful!


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: Leanne Borghesi (with Bryan Sommers on piano)
Bryan Sommers (also on piano)
Kit
Rian Keating
Barb Malley
Carol Sue Gershman
Ira Lee Collings
Angela Leone
Sally Darling
David Auxier-Loyola
David Ballard
Erin Cronican
Zach Wobensmith
Co-Host: Leanne Borghesi (with Bryan Sommers on piano)
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Salon Spotlight: Lisa Viggiano (with Matt Scharfglass on guitar)
Tanya Moberly
Bobbie Horowitz
Bennett Silverstein
Joshua Lance Dixon
Sally Darling (encore)
Barb Malley (encore)
Rian Keating (encore)
Ira Lee Collings (encore)
Zach Wobensmith (encore)
David Ballard (encore)
Lisa Vigianno (encore, with Bryan Sommers on piano)
Bryan Sommers (encore, also on piano)
Co-Host: Leanne Borghesi (with Bryan Sommers on piano)

Special thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera, and our videographer Steve Bustamante.


Performances coming up by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Shows

Monday nights (7pm): Opera Open Mic at Shanghai Mong with Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward, 30 West 32nd Street, NYC.

Upcoming Shows


Thursday, February 22, 2018 (7pm): David Auxier-Loyola and Joshua Lance Dixon will be performing in "Hey, I Care!", a Cabaret Cares show, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 23, 2018 (6:30pm): Kit will be performing his show at 53rd Above, 318 West 53rd Street, NYC

Saturday, February 24, 2018 (6:30pm): Lisa Viggiano is performing her show, "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Christopher" (with Tanya Moberly directing) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 (6:30pm): Lisa Viggiano is performing her show, "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Christopher" (with Tanya Moberly directing) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Monday, February 26, 2018 (6pm): Erin Cronican is appearing in the fun cabaret "An Ode To Coffee"  at the Indian Road Cafe, 600 W 218th St, NYC.

Monday, March 5, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Mark Janas on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 9, 2018 (8pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (4pm): Angela Leone has a CD release party at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (8pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC

Sunday, March 11, 2018 (3pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC

Sunday, March 11, 2018 (5pm): Joshua Lance Dixon returns with "Pack of One" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC - 50% of proceeds will go to TBD charity.

Friday, March 16, 2018 (8pm) & Saturday, March 17, 2018 (2pm): Erin Cronican is going on for the role of Samantha in the Off-Broadway musical, THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS, at St Luke's Theater on West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue.)

Sunday, March 18, 2018: Matthew Martin Ward and Janice Hall in "Opera Show with No Opera" at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, NYC.

Monday, March 19, 2018 (7pm): Leanne Borghesi is bringing her show "Mood Swings" to the The Triad – 158 West 72nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward plays for the monthly MAC Open Mic at the Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, March 24, 2018: Matthew Martin Ward and Janice Hall in "Opera Show with No Opera" at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, NYC.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 (3pm): Bobbie Horowitz is hosting her next show, "It's Just a Number" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.


Monday, March 26, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ian Herman on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, April 6, 2018 (8pm) & Saturday, April 7, 2018 (2pm): Erin Cronican is going on for the role of Samantha in the Off-Broadway musical, THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS, at St Luke's Theater on West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue.)

Monday, April 9, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Jon Weber on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," premieres with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, April 13, 2018 (8pm) & Saturday, April 14, 2018 (2pm): Erin Cronican is going on for the role of Samantha in the Off-Broadway musical, THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS, at St Luke's Theater on West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue.)

Monday, April 16, 2018 (7pm): Leanne Borghesi is bringing her show "Mood Swings" to the The Triad – 158 West 72nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 16, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Steven Ray Watkins on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 (6pm): Sally Darling sings Beatrice Lillie with Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Sean Harkness on guitar at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (7pm): Rian Keating in "When You Go Down To The Sea" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (4:30pm): Sally Darling sings Beatrice Lillie with Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 30, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ritt Henn on bass at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (2pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

NEXT SALON!

This coming Sunday, February 18th, will bring about the theme "Everybody's Got a Hungry Heart" with Co-Host Lisa Viggiano! Hope to see you there to feed your heart with music, joy, and some great cocktails at Etcetera, Etcetera!

-Sierra Rein
Blogette for The Salon
Email me for corrections and thoughts!

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for February 11, 2018: "High Anxiety"

While the rain outside caused others to stress and fret, inside Etcetera Etcetera it was dry and warm, and a great environment to sing and talk about the things that make us go "unnnggggghhhh!" The theme was "High Anxiety," and our Co-Host for the evening was a 2018 Mama’s Next Big Act Finalist, Justin Nastro! In his black-rimmed glasses, shiny suit and black tie, Justin confidently stepped out on the stage to sing the title song "High Anxiety" from the Mel Brooks movie of the same name, complete with a palm-sweating panic attack in the middle. Justin is youthful, with a rich bari-tenor that fluidly expressed both his anxious emotions and his wry sense of humor. For the middle set, he went in an angsty and regretful "Again", then swung into "For Once in My Life," which matched his 50's eyeglasses and suit. With Valentine's Day coming up, Justin then crooned the ultimate 50's warning-to-the-silly-lovers with "Fools Fall in Love." To round out the evening, Justin brought us into his movie theater routine and belted out "Same Old Saturday Night."

Justin Dylan Nastro, courtesy of 54 Below
Justin Dylan Nastro's show "The Good Life" will take place on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (use the "JDN5" discount code!) at 9:30pm at Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 West 54th St, NYC 10019 – For more information: www.54below.com

Salon Spotlight

Bill Dyszel was the spotlight performer, although if you had ever read any of the "Microsoft Office for Dummies" books of the past, his name would already be familiar to you. Bill took to the stage to sing an excerpt of his show, "The Internet Ate My Brain," which revealed Bill's savvy humor and geek insights. After all, "when the Internet eats your brain, you're the last to know." Bill started his spotlight by taking a selfie before gushingly sang "What's the Fuss About?" in a deep baritone, all the while snapping shots of himself (and us!). It was clear what the fuss was all about after all those selfies! Bill had us get our cell phones out and admit to ourselves that we all have pretty strong feelings about them. So strong, they could also lead to love, as he admitted thru song that he fell in love with his "GPS Lady." We then texted him some of our feelings about our cell phones, and Emily won a big yellow "The Internet Ate My Brain" tote bag. Bill then went into the idea of online shopping, the ups and downs of it, and mainly into the kingly power- parody of "Camelot" called "King of Shopping."

Bill Dyszel stars in "The Internet Ate My Brain" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC, on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 4pm.

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Nothing creates high anxiety more than performing, whether one is in the creative arts, stepping up to the plate at a Baseball game, or giving a presentation in front of the CEOs. Anxiety can be experienced by singers and pianists and musicians and speakers alike for a number of reasons, including a lack of technique or lack of preparation. Mark Janas started the conversation by playing a simple section of a sonata which contained a series of double-thirds; while simple to hear, this opening few bars are actually quite anxiety-producing for a pianist. Mark went on to tell us about his experience at the LA Philharmonic workshop of conductors, which included Leonard Bernstein and Herbert Bloomstead, during which Mark naively raised his hand to choose to conduct Beethoven's 5th. This piece is written in 2/4 and allows only one beat per bar, meaning that the tempo has to be communicated by the conductor in 1 beat only! Mark exemplified this by trying to get us in the room to start the 5th with only a beat of introduction, and it was hard! Imagine getting 95 musicians together in one moment - it an indeed be anxiety-inducing! Matthew Martin Ward also chimed in about his anxiety-ridden leg that controlled the volume of the keyboard for "Blood Brothers" on Broadway. Mark also told us about some anxiety-filled story about one particular Julliard teacher who in practice played the Schuman Concerto beautifully, but when it came to performance, she played the piece (which starts in E with the orchestra and then features a cascading piano part) in a clanking of chords before fainting off the piano bench. Woof. Mark then gave us some great advice; in his knowledge, anxiety is almost always created when you fixate about how you're doing something, not why you're doing it. His advice was always to stay with lyrics, stay with the story, keep the imagination running, and be fully committed to what you're saying, singing and/or playing. Mark then performed a Mendelssohn scherzo piece in E minor (scherzo is a piece played quickly with no room for thought) which he has played since he was a small kid, but which nonetheless still gives him a bit of agita! Many of us recognized this work as the Flying Monkey Theme from "The Wizard of Oz" but we were thrilled to hear the intricacies played in full!

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: Justin Nastro
Bobbie Horowitz
Rian Keating
Ann Kittredge
Christopher Whipple
Frans Bloem
Angela Leone
Frances O'Flynn (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self at piano)
David Ballard
Sierra Rein
Marnie Klar
Salon Spotlight: Bill Dyszel
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Co-Host: Justin Nastro
Tanya Moberly
Joshua Lance Dixon
Emily Ellet (with Jeff Cubeta on piano)
Ruperta Nelson

Encores:
Bobbie Horowitz
Frans Bloem
David Ballard
Frances O'Flynn (with Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Angela Leone (with Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Sierra Rein (with Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self at piano)
Co-Host: Justin Nastro

Special thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, the amazing waitstaff - Joey and Alex - and management at Etcetera Etcetera, and our videographer Steve Bustamante.

Performances coming up by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Shows

Monday nights (7pm): Opera Open Mic at Shanghai Mong with Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward, 30 West 32nd Street, NYC.

Upcoming Shows

Saturday, February 17, 2018 (4pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories" (directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 (4pm): Bill Dyszel in "The Internet Ate My Brain" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 (4pm):
Bill Dyszel stars in "The Internet Ate My Brain" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 (7pm): Emily Ellet (with Jeff Cubeta on piano) brings "Uncharted" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 23, 2018 (7pm): Emily Ellet (with Jeff Cubeta on piano) brings "Uncharted" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 (6:30pm): Lisa Viggiano is performing her show, "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Christopher" (with Tanya Moberly directing) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 (7pm): Emily Ellet (with Jeff Cubeta on piano) brings "Uncharted" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 (4pm): Emily Ellet (with Jeff Cubeta on piano) brings "Uncharted" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 (6:30pm): Lisa Viggiano is performing her show, "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Christopher" (with Tanya Moberly directing) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Monday, March 5, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Mark Janas on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 9, 2018 (8pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (4pm): Angela Leone has a CD release party at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (8pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC

Sunday, March 11, 2018 (3pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC

Sunday, March 11, 2018 (5pm): Joshua Lance Dixon returns with "Pack of One" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC - 50% of proceeds will go to TBD charity.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (9:30pm): Justin Nastro's show "The Good Life"  (use the "JDN5" discount code!) at Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 West 54th St, NYC.

Tuesday, March 18, 2018: Matthew Martin Ward and Janice Hall in "Opera Show with No Opera" at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, NYC.

Monday, March 19, 2018 (7pm): Ann Kittredge at the Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward plays for the monthly MAC Open Mic at the Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, March 24, 2018: Matthew Martin Ward and Janice Hall in "Opera Show with No Opera" at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, NYC.

Monday, March 26, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ian Herman on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 9, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Jon Weber on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (7pm): Christopher Whipple's debut NYC show with Bill Zeffiro, MD, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," premieres with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 (7pm): Frans Bloem in "Beyond Borders" at The Triad, 158 W 72nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 16, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Steven Ray Watkins on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, April 20, 2018 (6pm): Christopher Whipple's debut NYC show with Bill Zeffiro, MD, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 (6pm): Sally Darling sings Beatrice Lillie with Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Sean Harkness on guitar at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (7pm): Rian Keating in "When You Go Down To The Sea" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (4:30pm): Sally Darling sings Beatrice Lillie with Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 30, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ritt Henn on bass at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (2pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

NEXT SALON!

This coming Sunday, February 18th, will bring about the theme "Everybody's Got a Hungry Heart" with Co-Host Lisa Viggiano! Hope to see you there to feed your heart with music, joy, and some great cocktails at Etcetera, Etcetera!

-Sierra Rein
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Email me for corrections and thoughts!
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