Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Salon Wrap-Up for January 8, 2017 - "Second Chances"

We were welcomed back to the 2017 Salon Open Mic by our founder, Mark Janas. He said something so true and simple: "It's the start of a crazy year, but Salon will keep us sane." Yes it will!

Our theme tonight was "Second Chances" - a theme which inspires all kinds of ideas. It could be about second chances in love, work, or life, or giving a song a second chance, or repeating a theme. It was exciting to hear how many creative choices were brought to the table - how I love being a part of this amazing community!

Our Co-Host was the elegant Deborah Stone, with pianist Woody Regan! Deborah kicked off the night by charming us with "Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress. For her mid-show set, she started with a gentle and amusing, "Garbage." She continued with a delicate medley of "I'm Old Fashioned" with "Simple Little Things." She finished this set with the hilarious patter song, "Chief Cook and Bottle Washer." For the final song of the evening, Deborah sang a lovely and contemplative, "In My Life" while accompanying herself on the acoustic guitar. It was a fitting end to an inspiring evening.

Deborah will be at Don’t Tell Mama – 343 West 46th St, NYC 10036 – in STILL EXACTLY WHERE I BELONG on January 14th at 4pm. For more information:

Co-Host Deborah Stone
Our Salon Spotlight featured Sue Matsuki with Greg Toroian on piano! To start the three-song set, Sue wooed us with her velvety mezzo with, "Devil May Care." After the applause died down, Sue reminded us that in the wake of the tragedies and difficulties our world faces, every moment should be embraced, and then sang an apropos, "Here's To Life." She finished her set with a charming and swinging, "Too Young for the Blues."

Sue & Greg will be celebrating their 23rd year of making music together at Don’t Tell Mama – 343 West 46th St, NYC 10036 – in THE PILE OF TUNES ON THE SIDE OF THE PIANO on January 20th at 7pm and in LOVE STORIES on February 18th at 7pm. For more information:

Salon Spotlight Sue Matsuki!

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Mark started by playing the opening notes of "Almost Real" from The Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown (which I happened to sing this very evening.) He began to talk about how the beginning of this song has a distinctly classical feel, where JRB layers both classical and folk themes together and repeats them again and again. He said that it reminded him of the Italian "passacaglia" where the bass is repeated - a second chance of sorts!

To continue his point, he invited up Maria Fernanda Brea to sing Elvira's aria, "Qui La Voce" from Bellini's I Puritani. In the song she thinks that her lover has taken another lover and has deserted her. In the end she discovers she's incorrect - he has been away as a revolutionary. But by the time she discovers this she has already lost her mind - no second chance possible. It was a thrilling performance by this talented young lady.

Maria than sang several folk songs from her home country of Venezuela with the help of her father, Fernando, who accompanied her on the guitar. It was a heartfelt and stunning performance - we were so lucky to have her here with us again!

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: Deborah Stone (with Woody Regan on piano)
Rian Keating (with Woody Regan on piano)
Ira Lee Collings
Bob Diamond
Jerome Weinstein (with Greg Toroian on piano)
Joan Jaffe (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Charles Baran
David Ballard
Erin Cronican
Kathleen France
Salon Spotlight: Sue Matsuki (with Greg Toroian on piano)
Classical Corner: Maria Fernanda Brea (with special guest, Fernando Brea - her father - on guitar)
Co Host: Deborah Stone (with Woody Regan on piano)
Tanya Moberly
Bobbie Horowitz
Barbara Malley
Angela Leone (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Bill Zeffiro (also on piano)
Zach Wobensmith
Mikeala Simon
Amanola Bressler
Madeleine Blossom
Co Host: Deborah Stone (also in guitar)

Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas, Woody Regan, Greg Toroian, Deborah Stone and Bill Zeffiro.

And thank you to Gil Alexandre on lights and sound, and our amazing waitstaff who always handle the demands of a full house with grace and style, and James Eden, tonight's videographer.

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

Monday & Wednesday nights (8pm): Bill Zeffiro performs weekly at La Rivista, 313 West 46th St, NYC.

Upcoming Shows:

Thursday, January 12, 2017 (6:30pm): Bill Zeffiro's musical, "Houdini Among The Spirits" is being presented as a reading at Five Angels Theater, 789 10th Avenue, NYC.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 (4pm): Deborah Stone is presenting her show "Still Exactly Where I Belong" (with music director Woody Regan) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, January 16, 2017 (7pm)Bobbie Horowitz is continuing her series, "It's Just a Number" at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Friday, January 20, 2017: Sue Matsuki is beginning a monthly series, "Coming Home to Mama" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, January 20, 2017: Ira Lee Collings is appearing in "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (7pm): Bob Diamond is bringing back, "The Gift of Love" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (7pm): Bob Diamond is bringing back, "The Gift of Love" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 18, 2017: Sue Matsuki is continuing her monthly series, "Coming Home to Mama" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 25, 2017: Joan Jaffe is appearing in Parnell's Spotlight Night (with music director Bill Zeffiro) at Parnell's, 350 E 53rd Street, NYC.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (7pm): Barbara Malley is bringing back her show, "OMG! Am I a Diva?" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017: Kit is appearing for one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

We will be back next week with the theme,"By The Book" with your Co-Host, Tommy J Dose. 

See you then!

Erin Cronican
Blogette for The Salon

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