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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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June 11: Yiddish and British on Broadway at Symphony Space, NYC
The Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus performs works by Gilbert & Sullivan (in Yiddish) and Mordecai Gebirtig and songs from the Second Avenue Yiddish Theater, including "Ikh hob dikh tsu fil lib" ("I Love You Much Too Much"). Detailed English translations provided. Conducted by Binyumen Schaechter with cantor Joel Caplan and Temma Schaechter as guest soloists; I'll be at the piano.
July 11: 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!
July 15 and 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.
August 2-6: Ben, Virginia, and Me (the Liberace Musical) at the Acorn Theatre, NYC
Music, lyrics, and concept by Barbara Carole Sickmen
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.