Music news: Sara Bareilles, Santino Fontana, Karen Mason and Jesse Harris

This Thursday, October 6, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will perform at the legendary Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. The show is a benefit concert marking the 30th anniversary of the Pace Women’s Justice Center (PWJC) for building and protecting the rights of victims of domestic violence.

Bareilles’ self-proclaimed “piano soul pop” and powerful lyrics give voice to the difficult journey from victim to survivor for PWJC clients. “It’s exciting that Sara Bareilles is collaborating on our benefit concert to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence,” says Cindy Kanusher, Executive Director of PWJC. “At a time when the rights of so many are in question, it is imperative that we continue our work, protecting the rights of women and victims of abuse.”

Pace Women’s Justice Center is a nonprofit legal center located at Pace University. The self-funded center provides legal services to more than 3,500 victims and survivors of domestic violence. PWJC provides services, community partnerships, education and outreach.

For more information on the benefit concert and for tickets, visit the Capitol Theater website

Tony Award®winner Santino Fontana is back in New York for his first live show celebrating everything from Rodgers and Hammerstein to James Earl Jones to Ryan Gosling. Fontana has established himself as one of Broadway’s favorite leading men. Fontana was last seen on Broadway in her tour de force dual role in Tootsie for which he received the 2019 Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards.

He is perhaps best known to audiences as the voice of the villainous Prince Hans in the Oscar-winning Disney film. Frozen. Viewers saw it on the final season of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ and recognize him in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, “Shades of Blue”, “Mozart In The Jungle”, “Fosse/Verdon”, “Royal Pains”, “Nurse Jackie”, etc.

His other Broadway credits include Hello, Dolly!, Act 1, Cinderella, The importance of being serious (Clarence Derwent Prize), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Drama Desk Award), Billy Elliotand Sunday in the park with George. He also received Lortel and Obie awards for his off-broadway performance in Stephen KvArabs Son of the Prophet.

Santino Fontana plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on November 14, 16 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. Karen Mason brings back 30… And it counts November 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. This encore celebrates his thirty-year artistic collaboration with musical director Christopher Denny. Mason performed his first gig with Denny on August 5, 1992 and they have continued to work together to this day. A few years later, director Barry Kleinbort was added to the mix, and this triad of talent has been creating brand new arrangements and performances ever since. This evening will highlight some of their favorite arrangements, including “Help/Being Alive”, “Watch What Happens/I Will Wait for You” and “Finding Wonderland”, along with many more surprises. Tom Hubbard joins on bass.

Karen Mason was recently seen playing Mrs. Marsh in Ryan Murphy’s “Halston” on Netflix. On tour, she was last seen as Madame Giry at the North American premiere of Love never dies (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic sequel to The Phantom of the Opera). On Broadway, she starred as the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland and originated the role of Tanya in Mama Mia! (2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress). Her other starring roles include Norma Desmond in sunset boulevard on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; Velma von Tussel in the Broadway Company of hair spray; Singer of “Monotony” and Mazeppa in Broadway by Jerome Robbins. At the Regional Theater, Karen starred in chasing rainbows (Playhouse Stationery), A Christmas story as Miss Shields; white christmas (Opera Saint-Louis Muny); Side by side near Sondheim (Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida); Gypsy (Sundance Theater in California); Company(Huntington Theater in Boston). Off-Broadway, she won the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in And the world spins around.

She has won the MAC Award 14 times and was the recipient of the 2019 MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also won 3 Bistro Awards. His eight recordings include the single ‘It’s About Time’, written by Paul Rolnick and Shelly Markham; its 2009 MAC award Here Now, The sweetest of nights, When the sun comes out, Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!, Better days(featuring the 1998 Emmy Award-winning song “Hold Me); and Not so simply Broadway. Also, Wonderland (original cast); the film Jeffrey (Varese Sarabande); wonderful city (JAY Records); the cast album of And the world spins around (RCA Victor). www.karenmason.com

On October 13 at the Roxy Cinema in New York, Jesse Harris – the Grammy-winning songwriter who has worked with Norah Jones, Bright Eyes, Lana Del Rey, Maya Hawke and more – will debut a series of video accompaniments for his new album silver ball (released October 21) inspired by the avant-garde film from Jonas Mekas and Warhol to Chris Marker (The Pier).

Using Super 8 film, still photographs and digital cameras, Harris and his silver balloon Collaborator Kenny Wollesen shot and edited it all himself, creating a visual companion to the album that emphasizes its fleeting, supernatural collision between man and machine – a retro-futuristic fantasy of sight and sound. Harris and Wollesen will do a short Q&A with Program Director Illyse Singer after the films and perform a few songs from the album.

Recorded over 8 days with collaborator and drummer Kenny Wollesen (Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Bill Frisell) at Harris’ home studio, silver balloon uses vintage Turkish harmonizers and synthesizers to create a technologically mediated world of waltzes, folksongs and new experimental jazz standards.

Using a loose, all is well approach, Harris and Wollesen were able to capture serendipitous moments of genius throughout Silver ball. Whether it’s smoky minimal blues (“On This Lonely Night”) or raised flare songs with pixelated distortion and robot-processed saxophone (“Hummingbird”), these 10 exquisite songs invite you to examine their inner workings again and again, just to understand what exactly drives them.

New single “Yankee” is a drum machine-powered bossa nova that paints a portrait of a character whose days of wandering seem to be coming to an end, though the seething percussion and slightly ominous chord changes don’t. not allow us to know if it was a reluctant retirement. or premature demise. It’s a seductively written sketch, filled with sci-fi mystery befitting a project that Harris says was written amid a deep fascination with Philip K. Dick.

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