A benefit performance is under way entitled “Hidden Treasures: The Songs of Larry Kerchner” (Grammy Award Nominee) for two important charities – – Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Initiative and The Mabel Mercer Foundation. It is scheduled on Monday evening, November 5th at the Theatre at St. Peter’s – The York, 7 pm.
Scheduled to appear: Ann Hampton Callaway, Kevin Spirtas, Laurel Masse, Hilary Kole, Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, Sidney Myer, Karen Oberlin, Stacy Sullivan, Jill O’Hara, La Tanya Hall, Raissa Katona-Bennett and many more suprises!
Tickets are available by calling 212 938-5820 or online at http://www.yorktheatre.org/hidden-treasures.html Ticket Prices: $50/$75
York Theatre at St. Peter’s – Lexington/54th Street
Michael Feinstein’s Songbook Initiative is a remarkable organization that, among other projects, brings the music of the Great American Songbook to young people today to preserve it for future generations. Through a competitive audition process, students from across the country participate.
Winners from these regional events travel to the Indianapolis area for a five-day comprehensive “boot-camp” on interpreting and performing the music of the Great American Songbook. Led by local and national celebrity performers and professionals, workshops cover topics ranging from breathing and microphone techniques to one-on-one coaching and master-classes. The classes are intended to prepare finalists for the Final Competition performance.
The first place winner receives $3000 and the chance of a lifetime: a trip to sing in New York City with five-time Grammy Award nominee, world-renowned performer and recording artist, and co-founder of the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, Michael Feinstein.
Second place receives $2000 and third place $1500 towards continuing music education.
The Mabel Mercer Foundation was created by Donald F. Smith in 1985 as a not-for-profit arts organization, The Mabel Mercer Foundation serves to both perpetuate the memory and spirit of its legendary namesake and to stimulate and promote public interest in the fragile and endangered world of cabaret.
The small and dedicated Foundation staff works on a daily basis to develop and solidify a community of cabaret artists, producers, and audience members. Aside from its day-to-day efforts to strengthen support for the art of cabaret, The Foundation sponsors performances and broadcasts by both new and established singers and entertainers. Most dramatically, The Mabel Mercer Foundation presents the annual New York Cabaret Convention at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz At Lincoln Center.
Since its inception in 1989, the Convention has hosted more than a thousand performers, all of whom work in their own ways to keep alive the tradition of cabaret in this country and abroad. Its current Artistic Director is KT Sullivan.