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June 19 and July 24: The Operatic Tease at Duane Park, NYC
Prepare yourself for a titillating evening of opera classics sung by delightful daintily clad divas (and one handsome young man), with me at the piano. Let us seduce you with stunning costumes that slink away to reveal the gorgeous female form. Dripping in glitz and glamour, The Operatic Tease will bring you some of New York's sexiest opera singers in one of the sexiest venues around. There will even be an aerialist!
June 23: Karen Gross at the Studio of Ben Solowey, Ottsville, Pa.
Starring Karen Gross
In conjunction with the Studio of Ben Solowey's latest exhibition, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: The Early Work of Ben Solowey, Karen will present an enchanting evening of songs from the 1920s in an intimate art-gallery-meets-cabaret setting. The program will include beloved, timeless favorites by the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Hoagy Carmichael as well as sassy, lesser-known gems from this vibrant era in American art, music, culture, and revelry. Karen will weave in anecdotes about Ben Solowey's life and work, the surrounding artwork in the gallery space, and the musical legacy of the 1920s, transporting guests back nearly 100 years. The venue is a beautiful farm property in Bucks County; the studio is dedicated to preserving the work and workplace of artist Ben Solowey.
The show will begin at 8 p.m., with a pre-show reception, croquet, and an opportunity to tour the Studio of Ben Solowey starting at 7 p.m. The ticket includes a complimentary glass of bubbly courtesy of La Marca Prosecco. 1920s period attire is welcome.
October 14: Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus at Merkin Concert Hall, NYC
Binyumen Schaechter, conductor
The Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus (JPPC) presents "To Everything There Is a Season: The Year in Yiddish Song." This program shines a brand-new musical light on some traditional holiday tunes ("Dayeynu" and "Khad-gadyo" will never be the same!) and celebrates secular holidays as only the JPPC can ("Auld Lang Syne" and a Labor Day medley -- in Yiddish!). On a more serious note, a moving new arrangement of the "Partisan's Hymn" (a world premiere) honors Yom HaShoah.
The JPPC is a 40-member ensemble praised in The Jewish Week for its "upbeat Broadway bounce." The chorus sings exclusively in Yiddish and captivates the house with its vocal skill and expressive delivery. Conductor Binyumen Schaechter provides engaging and informative introductions to each song, ensuring that this annual spring event is "heymish" even for the Yiddish-challenged. The printed program contains lyrics and full translations.