Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Salon Wrap-Up for July 6, 2014 - "You, Me & We"

July 6, 2014
Theme: “You, Me &We”

We had an amazing turn out as we welcomed The Salon back from its 6-week hiatus. Our talented and prolific Co-Host was 2-Time Bistro Award Winning & 9-Time MAC Award Nominated Singer/Songwriter Tim Di Pasqua! Tim just finished a run of JULES at Teatro LaTea and has 3 CD’s of his original music available on CD Baby and iTunes. For more information, look for Tim on Facebook.

Our Salon Spotlight featured Mary & Brianna! Mary & Brianna, 16 year old twin sister singer/songwriters, will be opening for Lee Brice and Tyler Farr at Boulders Stadium in Pomona, NY on July 9th at 6:30pm. For more information, look for them on Facebook.

Quick Wrap: Classical Corner

Mark started by translating the German word “lied” which means “song.” He talked about the theme, “You, Me & We” as being about collaborations - certainly, Mark has a relationship with his piano, but as he thought about what to present for Classical Corner, he wanted to think more about collaborations between artists. So, he started talking about how a pianist backs up a singer, which is not just playing the piano but swelling when the singer swells in the music and becoming more delicate when the singer adds more subtlety. This is where the German word, “lied” came in - the classic German art song.

Mark next talked about a song from Schubert’s Faust which featured a distraught woman named Gretchen who was sitting at her spinning wheel. He talked about the amount of emotion within the notes on the page of this song (including a repeated note which simulates the young woman’s quickening heart) - the emotion of the musical line and the pianist’s finesse of the music naturally enhances the emotionality of the singer’s performance - a true artistic collaboration.

With that, he brought up a young singer, Maria Fernando Brea, who he asked to sing Schubert’s “Gretchen At The Spinning Wheel” (English translation) from Faust. After the song was complete, he talked about how his piano was like a spinning wheel upon which the singer could play - a true accompaniment instrument. In contrast, he next had her sing Rachmoninov’s “Oh Please Do Not Sing To Me Again” (English translation), a song based on famous German poem, with a melodic line that sounds like a haunting, Russian folk song. After Maria sang this song so beautifully, Mark talked about how the second song was more of a volley - the singer and piano traded solos and melodies back and forth.

To complete Classical Corner, Maria sang and Mark played another Rachmoninov song, this one based on the Maria Dadidova poem “I Wait For Thee.” It was a glorious 3 songs set of art songs that has our audience roaring with appreciation!

Roster of singers for the evening (in order of appearance):
(click link to visit the singer’s website, when available.)

Tim Di Pasqua
Richie Eisenberg & Adam Shapiro
Michael Estwanik
David Ballard
Mary & Briana Ferraro
John Patrick Schuutz
Angela Leone
Roberta Jackson & Roy Feldhusen
Matthew Martin Ward
Bill Zeffiro

Special thanks to tonight’s pianists and musicians: Mark Janas, Tim Di Pasqua, Nick Levin, Bill Zeffiro, Roy Feldhusen, and Matthew Martin Ward.

And thank you to Gil Alexandre on lights and sound!

Upcoming shows:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - Mary & Brianna Ferraro are opening for country stars Lee Brice & Tyler Farr at Provident Bank Stadium in Pomona.

Monday, July 14, 2014 - Angela Leone is appearing in the MetroStar competition at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd Street, NYC.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Matthew Martin Ward is appearing with Christine Pedi at the Signature Theater in Washington DC.

July 17-August 2, 2014 - Bill Zeffiro’s play, Frame 313, is premiering at the Midtown International Theater Festival, 312 W 36th St, NYC (June Havoc Theater).

July 18-26, 2014 - Adam Shapiro is appearing in Wiki The Musical as a part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, 555 W 42nd St, NYC (Pearl Theatre Company.)

Sunday, July 27, 2014 (8pm & 10pm) - Elaine St George is debuting at The Iridium with in “Elaine St George sings Steve Goodman” at The Iridium, 1560 Broadway (at 51st St), NYC.

Last Week in July, 2014 - Candice Oden is appearing in a reading of a brand new musical at the end of July.

July 29-August 10, 2014 - Charles Baran is appearing in Hello Dolly at Interlakes Theater.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (9:30pm) - Amy Beth Williams is bringing back her show “Crazy To Love You” to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 (7pm) - Amy Beth Williams is bringing back her show “Crazy To Love You” to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 (7pm) - Ruth Carlin in “A Light in the Window: The ones of Judy Collins” at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (9:30pm) - Tanya Moberly is bringing back her show “I Love NY Songwriters” to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC.

Labor Day Weekend, 2014 - David Ballard is appearing in Into The Woods on Fire Island.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (9:30pm) - Adam Shapiro has his debut at 54 Below with, “Nothing Normal” at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 (7pm) - Bobbie Horowitz has a show of her songs, “Shows To Go Ya” at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd Street, NYC.

Monday, September 29, 2014 (7pm) - Bobbie Horowitz has a show of her songs, “Shows To Go Ya” at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd Street, NYC.

November 20, 2014 - Charles Baran in his new show at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd Street, NYC.

Next Week’s Salon

Next week our optional theme is ”Come As You Are: An Anything Goes Potpourri.” Our co-hosts will be Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano. We’ll see you then!

Erin Cronican
Blogette for The Salon
(Updates? Changes? Email me.)

No comments:

Post a Comment