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Vocal Virtuosos

 

 

 

Remember “Don’t Worry, Be Happy?” Afraid that the mere mention of that unreasonably upbeat tune will get it stuck in your head for the rest of the day? Well, don’t worry—sorry, we couldn’t resist—a capella guru Bobby McFerrin is back with a whole slew of new songs not yet overplayed like his former ’80s radio hit. This month, the jazz vocalist is joined by his “Voicestra,” a group of 12 accomplished singers, in exploring different vocal styles from around the world, including African chants and Indian ragas. To hear their a cappella creations, head to The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College on April 15. With a taste of their intricate harmonies, you’re assured to toss away your worries and just be happy.

 

5 Questions for…

Carly Rose Sonenclar, Young Cosette in Les Misérables on Broadway

 

The little girl dressed in rags and covered in dirt who sings the hauntingly beautiful “Castle on a Cloud” in Les Miz? That’s Carly Rose Sonenclar, a second grader at F.E. Bellows Elementary School in Mamaroneck who turns eight this month.

 

Carly, who alternates the Young Cosette role with two other youngsters and plays Young Eponine in certain other performances, made her professional stage debut last September in The Night of the Hunter at the New York Musical Theater Festival. She also will be appearing in the upcoming film, The Nanny Diaries.

 

1) How’d you get into performing?

“I always loved to sing; I started when I was two. Then, when I was in an acting and singing class at Star Kids in White Plains, they told my mom I should get an agent. I got signed by J. Mitchell Management last spring and they sent me out on all kinds of auditions. The first thing I was cast in was The Night of the Hunter.”

 

2) What’s the best and worst part of being on Broadway?

“The best is getting to know the other cast members; it feels like one big family. It’s also exciting being in front of an audience. The worst part is getting up in the morning. Sometimes I am so tired. I get home around 10:30 at night and have to wake up for school at 7:45 in the morning.”

 

3) Do you watch American Idol?

“Yes. It’s kind of sad. They don’t really care about how the people feel. I don’t think the judges know how it feels to be talked to like that.”

 

4) How was filming The Nanny Diaries?

“Very fun and very long. The good thing is there was a food room with snacks, a vegetable plate with carrots and stuff, and also I got to meet Scarlett Johansson; she was really nice and really pretty.”

 

5) Who are your acting and singing idols?

“Ali Ewoldt—she plays the grown-up Cosette. And I also like Hilary Duff.”

—Laurie Yarnell

 

Tarrytown Unplugged

 

 

Fusion trio Medeski, Martin, and Wood forged their loose, experimental style in postage-stamp-sized New York City venues like the Knitting Factory, CBGB’s Gallery, and the Village Gate. They quickly outgrew these sites, however, as the gigs and subsequent albums attracted a cult following that included everyone from jazz-loving Miles Davis fans to jam-band-following Phish heads. Medeski, Martin, and Wood will return to their humble, small-club beginnings on April 26 with an all-acoustic performance  at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Sure to be on the set list are songs from 2006’s Out Louder, an album recorded with jazz favorite John Scofield. Listen for a cover of the Beatles’ “Julia” and the improv-heavy “Down the Tube.”

 

People In Glass Houses

 

 

World-renowned architect Philip Johnson once remarked, “When people come into my house, I say, ‘Just shut up and look around.’” (To be fair, he had been more eloquent at times, but who wants to hear that he believed, “All great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the person in that space?”) Now, for the first time in more than 50 years, you have the opportunity to shut up and look around his former private residence, the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is offering limited-capacity tours throughout the months of April and May, and in early June, before its official opening in late June. In addition to the modernist house, the 47-acre site also features a major contemporary art collection and meticulously sculpted landscape. For more information about the house and its tours, visit www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org.

 

The Sound of Silent Films

 

 

Silent films? Hardly. This month, the Tarrytown Music Hall continues pairing silent films with exciting live accompaniment. Delivering the over-the-top scores for the sweeping cinema are husband-and-wife team of pianist Donald Sosin, a Rye native, and Joanna Seaton, a singer and actress. The pair has scored many silent-film DVDs together including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Nosferatu. They’ll appear at the Music Hall for screenings of Peter Pan on April 14, Speedy on April 15 (Sosin only), and Son of the Shiek on April 19. In addition, Westchester resident David Schwartz, chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, will be on hand to give an introduction to each of the films.

 

The Great White Way…In Stamford

 

Perhaps you caught Broadway diva Patti LuPone in her Tony-nominated performance in the acclaimed Sweeney Todd. Or perhaps you’ve seen her award-winning turns in Evita or Anything Goes. But you’ve certainly never seen her in Hair, Funny Girl, or West Side Story—she’s never been cast in any them. This month, LuPone gives audiences a glimpse of what could have been with her one-woman concert titled Patti LuPone: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda In it, she’ll take on the big Broadway tunes she’s never had the opportunity to perform before—along with the songs that have made her famous. Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda takes place on April 27 at the Stamford Center for the Arts.

 

You Go, Girls!

 

Head to Manhattan’s legendary Birdland jazz club to hear four young chanteuses (including Bronxville’s Kelly McCormick, far left) celebrate the work of such significant female songwriters as Billie Holliday (“God Bless the Child”), Carole King (“Natural Woman”), Edith Piaf (“La Vie en Rose”), and Katherine Lee Bates (“America, The Beautiful”). Co-produced by Rye Brook resident Barbara M. Fisher, Her Song is a dazzling 75-minute revue showcasing some of the most memorable music of the 20th century. Other artists whose work is featured include Donna Summer, Marilyn Bergman, Peggy Lee, Dorothy Fields, and Carly Simon. For more information, call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.instantseats.com/birdland.

—Laurie Yarnell

 

Getting a Little Work Done

 

Who doesn’t love settling in to the intimate Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck for an up-close-and-personal concert or theater performance? Well, sometimes even the coziest of theaters can use a bit of a change. Or a big change. The Emelin has announced it will undergo a major $10-million renovation, dubbed “The Next Stage,” that will outfit the theater with a gussied-up stage for theater and dance productions, a brand-new film screening room, and a 60-seat “black box” theater for experimental productions, readings, and more intimate performances. “We love what the Emelin stands for: culture, enlightenment, excitement and great entertainment for young and old,” says founding board member Emily Grant. “It’s become a magnet for all who love the performing arts. We want to make sure it will be here for generations to come.” Keep an eye open for great things in the future. For more information about the renovation, visit www.emelin.org.

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