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The Chagall Suite

A commissioned 8-movement piano piece inspired by Marc Chagall's artworks, and a tribute to Chagall and Elvis


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August 2-6: Ben, Virginia, and Me (the Liberace Musical) at the Acorn Theatre, NYC

Music, lyrics, and concept by Barbara Carole Sickmen
Book by Roger O. Hirson

Before Liberace entered the world of glitz and glamour, the legendary showman crossed paths with history's most notorious gangster and his girlfriend, forming a unique bond. Featuring a lavish original score, this world-premiere musical explores the phantasmagorical life of the iconic performer and his nearly career-shattering struggle to maintain privacy with respect to his sexual orientation. Friendship, love, and the quest for redemption play out for one of showbiz's most unique trios in the telling of this remarkable story. I'll be the musical director for this production, which is part of the New York Musical Festival.

When Wednesday, August 2, 8 p.m.
Thursday, August 3, 1 p.m.
Friday, August 4, 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 5, 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 6, 5 p.m.
Where Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street, New York City
(Directions via Google Maps)
Tickets $29.75, via OvationTix
More New York Musical Festival site

August 8: L'Opera Burlesque at Duane Park, NYC

See New York's premier all-singing, all-dancing burlesque troupe in their TONY "Critic's Pick" show, voted one of the top five things to do in New York City! Enjoy a visual feast of stunning women and gorgeous costumes as the Hot Box Girls seduce and chanteuse their way into your heart. Constantly evolving -- never the same show twice!

When Tuesday, August 8, 8 p.m.
Where Duane Park
308 Bowery, New York City
(Directions via Google Maps)
Tickets Show is complimentary with dinner in the dining room or drinks at the bar
Reservations on-line for parties of up to 7 people; otherwise at duanepark@earthlink.net or (212) 732-5555
More L'Opera Burlesque site
Duane Park site

August 12: Opera Under the Stars at Diliberto Winery, Jamesport, N.Y.

I'll be the pianist for spinto soprano Jodi Keogan, tenor John Tiranno, and baritone Rod Gomez in an evening of classical favorites, with a little musical theatre thrown in. Join us in the vineyard and enjoy some wine, pizza, and Italian specialties as well! Hosted by vineyard owner and winemaker Salvatore Diliberto.

When Saturday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.
Where Diliberto Winery
250 Manor Lane
Jamesport, New York
(Directions via Google Maps)
Tickets $75 including a glass of wine ($60 for wine-club members)
Reservations: July 15 or August 12
More Diliberto Winery site