If the Met can do it…

September 26, 2009

Interesting profile of Peter Gelb, head of the Metropolitan Opera from this Sunday’s New York Times.  My favorite quote: “And then he presided over a dinner for high-rolling Met donors under a tent in Damrosch Park. If he was smarting over the opera’s reception, he didn’t show it. Referring to the Zeffirelli version, he said to the guests, “After 25 years we must move forward by offering new productions that will startle our imaginations and will demonstrate that our art is not locked in the past.””

Stephen Holden on Karen Akers

September 24, 2009

The NYTimes reviews the chanteuse currently appearing at the Algonquin: “Karen Akers has what used to be called perfect elocution. Whether singing or speaking, every syllable of every word from her lips is elegantly turned. This refined enunciation gives song lyrics an extra weight, because you sense every verbal nuance. And when the lyricist is Cole Porter — Ms. Akers is paying homage to him in her new cabaret show at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel — the music buried in his words becomes almost as pronounced as the actual melodies.”

Stephen Holden on Barbara Carroll

September 24, 2009

The NYTimes reviews the revered institution: “An empathetic love affair that deepens over time: that’s one way to describe the chemistry of the pianist Barbara Carroll with the music of George Gershwin. Classically schooled but with jazz roots in the bebop era, Ms. Carroll, now in her 80s, is in full possession of an impeccable technique along with a far-sighted historical perspective.”

This Weekend at Germano’s

September 23, 2009

Baltimore School for the Arts Second Annual Cabaret Kick-off

Sep 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Come wine and dine and see our students shine!

Germano’s is proud to host the Second Annual Baltimore School for the Arts Cabaret Kick-off, featuring performances by BSA students (Lawrence Bryant, Rachel Winder and Alessandra Fabiani), faculty (Dr. Chris Ford, Becky Mossing, Amy Klosterman and Kathryn Locke ) and alumni (Kerri Jill Garbis, currently in production for a new Broadway musical “Angels” that will launch next year, and Becky Mossing).

Tickets cost $75 and the proceeds benefit the school.

Included is a buffet menu of Antipasto Classico, Crespelle, and Bruschette ; Insalata Mista; Penne Arrabiata, Osso Buco, Grilled Salmon in aromatic herbs, seasonal vegetables; Bongo Bongo, Cheesecake and Tiramisu. Wine, soft drinks and coffee.

This event celebrates the launch of the 2009-10 BSA Cabaret Series of twelve fabulous cabaret performances by the students, alumni and faculty at Cabaret at Germano’s. A 12 show and 6 show subscription is offered at $100 and $50, respectively, and individual tickets redeemable at any of the shows are also available.

For tickets to the fundraiser, order online at http://www.bsfa.org or call Carter Polakoff at 410.347.3043 or Germano’s at 410.752.4515. For subscriptions and tickets to individual shows, call Germano’s at 410.752.4515. Seating is limited to 85 for this event so reserve now.

Have a great time for a great cause!

Carolyn Black-Sotir Sings “By George! By Ira! By Gershwin!”

Sep 25, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Experience Gershwin like never before as Carolyn Black-Sotir & Company present the award-winning By George! By Ira! By Gershwin! You will not want to miss this unforgettable evening of Gershwin classics and discover the stories behind the music as Germano’s celebrates the songs of George Gershwin on the eve of his 111th birthday. On a mini-Maryland tour, Carolyn & Co. will also be appearing at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Thursday, September 24, at Germano’s on September 25—Carolyn & Company are rejuvenated by that great Italian food and cozy ambience—and then move on to the Chesapeake Arts Center on September 26. You may note a special excitement in the air as Carolyn, Tim, and Tom are reunited for this special musical series. (Carolyn convinced Tom to fly all the way from Phoenix to play these gigs; her secret weapon—Gershwin jazz and Germano’s red beet ravioli!)

With a standing ovation from the inspired audience, By Gershwin! was a smashing success.
–Nordwest Zeitung , Germany

Tickets and information

GERMANO’S TRATTORIA — 300 South High Street, Little Italy, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Maris Wicker at Germano’s

September 23, 2009

Maris Wicker sings @ Germano's by DCMatt.OK, sorry I’m a little late with this.  Maris Wicker appeared at Germano’s on September 11, and Matt Howe took some stunning photos.  Here’s more!

DCCN Bucchino Songbook Salon

September 22, 2009

The DC Cabaret Network held its first Songbook Salon on Sunday.

In an idea stemming from George Fulginit-Shakar, the DC Cabaret Network decided to focus on the songs of John Bucchino from his new songbook It’s Only Life.  Participants were each assigned a song (or in the case of some of the longer numbers, part of a song) in advance, usually based on vocal range.  Members then sang their songs at the workshop, with a discusssion of the material following each song. 

It was a terrific way to get introduced to a bunch of new material.  And in addition to the terrific performances, it was espcially gratifying to hear a variety of informed opinions about the material in question, because there are so rarely the chance to have informed discussions about material at this level.

I have to admit that I cheated a little.  When this project was assigned  I requested/demanded the song Playbill which has been in “meaning to learn” queue for about 3 years.  I was also the only person there not to sing the song in the key it was written in.  Which increases my admiration for the amazing other performers who performed their numbers in the written keys with much less development time with such amazing talent and panache.

Special thanks for George for hosting, to Alex Tang who also played (and set up the transposing keyboard that I was the only one to use), to Alex Tang and Bob Bagnall for hosting, to Cindy Hutchins and Eileen Warner for all that they did to make the afternoon work so well, and to the DC Cabaret Network for sponsoring the event.

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Bitter, Bitter, Bitter…

September 22, 2009

Another year, no MacArthur award.