Kerrytown Concert House’s Parisian Soiree Cabaret Show Designed To Dazzle

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. September 25, 2013 (AP) This May 3, 2013 file photo shows Willie Nelson performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Gerald Herbert, file/AP Photo A missing toy armadillo with a connection to Willie Nelson has sparked a search in the New York suburbs. A stuffed armadillo beloved by a member of Nelson’s crew was stolen from the stage at The Capitol Theatre, in Port Chester, after a Nelson concert last Thursday, theater general manager Tom Bailey said. Grainy video shows a woman walking onto the stage as the crew packs up, boldly grabbing the armadillo and sauntering off with it, he said. The critter is known as Ol’ Dillo, he said, and is a treasured possession of Nelson’s monitor engineer, Aaron Foye. Theater workers looked through more video on Tuesday in hopes of identifying the woman, Bailey said. A posting on Nelson’s Facebook page asks for help finding the thief. And a commenter says, “We hang armadillo thieves in Texas.” Nelson’s publicist, Elaine Schock, told The Journal News she was unaware of Ol’ Dillo and didn’t know it had been filched. “When you go to a Willie Nelson show,” she said, “the last thing you notice is an armadillo.” Nelson, singer of such hits as “Always on My Mind” and “On the Road Again,” postponed his Wednesday concert in Carmel, Ind., according to his website, which didn’t cite a reason. Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.

PHOTO: This May 3, 2013 file photo shows Willie Nelson performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans.

for second day By Angel Jennings September 24, 2013, 6:48 a.m. Drivers who dealt with the traffic mess caused by a partial closure of Hollywood Boulevard for Paul McCartney s concert Monday night would do well to remember an alternative route for Tuesday. This time, the stage will belong to Justin Timberlake. The free concerts are being put on by Jimmy Kimmel Live! outside the shows studio, closing down a roughly quarter-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. Thousands of fans who were able to secure tickets for the outdoor staging area turned out Monday to hear McCartney play a mix of classics and fresh material as the ex-Beatlepromotes a new album. Timberlake, also promoting a new album, is set to take the stage Tuesday evening. Fans interested in seeing Timberlake up close can still get on a waiting list online.For those who dont secure tickets, fans can still line the sidewalks, as many did for McCartney Monday night. As for the street closure, crews plan to tear down the staging and reopen Hollywood Boulevard in time for the Wednesday morning commute. ALSO:

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28, the house breaks out the bubbly mais oui! theres champagne and brings in a belle collection of local artists to celebrate all things musically Paris. Many of these people have deep histories at the concert house, said KCH founder Deanna Relyea, and this show highlights who we are and what we do. Marion HaydenCourtesy photo The Parisian Soiree, which is KCHs season opener, is a cabaret variety show, designed to dazzle and swirl. It veers from classical to jazz, from serious to effervescent and comic, and croons in French and English remember all those great French-inflected songs from American musical theater and the American songbook? And French melodies, music hall chansons and the blues will yield the stage instrumental music of all kinds. This year, some program numbers pay homage to French composer Francis Poulenc, who died 50 years ago. His music — ranging from art song, solo piano music, chamber music, oratorio, choral music, opera, ballet music, and orchestral music — is quintessentially French: witty, tender, full of life. If the show is French in character, it is decidedly local in its personnel. And loaded with KCH regulars. That includes KCH staff, starting with Relyea, who brings her dark mezzo-soprano voice and comedic and dramatic flair to the proceedings. The houses operations staff Theyre very good musicians, said Relyea also participate. Allison (Halerz) and Priscilla (Johnson) are coming up with something. So look for the two on piano (Halerz) and violin (Johnson). Kevin BylsmaCourtesy photo Halerz is among several pianists to perform: Soiree regular Kevin Bylsma is a backbone of the show; Michele Cooker is another regular. And pianist Maurita Holland is there with her longtime partner, bass-baritone Roger Chard. For years, they did an annual benefit for KCH at the start of the season.

Singing celebration — Concert offers tribute to Verdi, Wagner

Wagner, a German, has a rougher history, with a reputation for being an anti-Semite, womanizer and often in debt. He spoke disparagingly of the grand operatic style in which Verdi composed, although that does not mean his works were quiet or reserved. Though not as opulent as Verdis operas, Wagners works were quite ambitious, so much so that they arent as frequently and widely performed today not because their mastery is any less recognized, but because of their sheer difficulty. His style was Gesamkuntswerk roughly translating to all things coming together for one objective meaning that he controlled every aspect of his operas, from writing the words and the music to having a heavy hand in the staging, venue and other details usually left up to others. Though both are known for elaborate operas, which do not easily condense down for chamber music performances, both did produce some repertoire that can be performed on a smaller scale. Osinchuk said she dug out some solo pieces for piano by Verdi and Wagner, and they have been practicing various art songs from each composer, with just a vocalist and piano accompaniment. Whereas Verdi and Wagners operas are epic stories with multiple roles set to elaborate orchestration, these compositions are simple poems set to music. The art songs lack the pomp and spectacle of the operas but retain the audible stamp of their composers, offering an intimate perspective on Verdi and Wagners styles. Photo provided. Juliana Osinchuk, piano. The sound will be familiar to people who love Verdi and Wagner, because it is the composers who wrote them, but it will feature works people probably will not have heard thus far, Osinchuk said.

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