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A commissioned 8-movement piano piece inspired by Marc Chagall's artworks, and a tribute to Chagall and Elvis
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July 24 and August 21: 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!
July 25: "Keep the Home Fires Burning" at the Players Club, NYC
A Light Opera of New York production
Songs from 100 years ago! Join us for a salute to the music of the World War I era: war songs, popular songs of the day, love duets...and singalongs! Come hear favorites such as the rousing "Over There," the suggestive "If You Don't Want My Peaches (You'd Better Stop Shaking My Tree)", the sweet and glorious "The Roses of Picardy" and "Will You Remember?", and other tuneful melodies from the era.
August 17: "Keep the Home Fires Burning" at the Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, England
A reprise of the above concert, presented during the 25th International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. Cast and repertoire slightly different, but the idea's the same!
August 25: "Opera Under the Stars" at Diliberto Winery, Jamesport, N.Y.
With Jodi Keogan, soprano
Come out for a beautiful evening of opera arias, duets, Italian songs, and a little musical theatre, hosted by Salvatore Diliberto himself. Let us transport you to a music salon in Italy for a night of music, wine, and pizza a la Sal!
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.