Glenridge Performing Arts Center February 2015 Classics, Comedy, and Jazz
[Sarasota, FL: January 14, 2014] In true cabaret style, the Sarasota’s best intimate theater, the Glenridge Performing Arts Center, hosts a variety of shows in February starting with a new spin on the solo classical piano recital with Michael Brown, 8pm on Friday, February 13; a critically acclaimed Manhattan cabaret act tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with vocalist Scott Coulter 8PM, Wednesday, February 18; a side-splitting lampoon of theatrical comedy by Dan Kamin, the man who taught Robert Downey, Jr. and Johnny Depp their comedic moves, 2PM, Sunday, February22; and acclaimed jazz singer Giacomo Gates, 8PM, Saturday, February 28.
Tickets for all shows are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.GPACTix.com, or by calling the GPAC Box Office at 941-552-5325.
MICHAEL BROWN, Classical Pianist
Friday, February 13 at 8:00PM
Tickets: $20/$15 GPAC Family
The New York Times declared Michael Brown “a young piano visionary” and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” Equally committed as a pianist and as a composer, Mr. Brown is the First Prize Winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. As a composer, The New York Times called him, “a confident young composer with a talent for precision” and described his work as “darkly alluring.”
Brown’s unique artistry stems from this composer/performer duality, and is reflected in his creative approach to programming, where he often interweaves the classics with contemporary works and his own compositions.
“FELLA SINGS ELLA” with SCOTT COULTER
Wednesday, February 18 at 8:00PM
Tickets: $27.50/$22.50 GPAC Family
Lauded for his soaring high notes, purity of tone and way with a lyric, Scott Coulter has been called “the male Ella Fitzgerald.” No, Coulter’s not singing in drag or doing an impersonation, but this multi-award-winning vocalist dedicates an entire evening to the First Lady of Song and lovingly puts his own stamp on Fitzgerald classics from the Great American Songbook. Shedding light on the life story of the greatest female jazz singer of all time, this alluring program features “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Mack The Knife,” “Embraceable You” and many more favorites. It’s an unforgettable musical tribute you won’t want to miss.
Scott Coulter’s exceptional cabaret performances earned him both the 2001 Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Award, as well as the 2001 Bistro Award for Outstanding Male Vocalist.
Comedy in Motion with DAN KAMIN
A Cheap Evening of Expensive Theatre
Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2:00PM
Tickets: $20 /$15 GPAC Family
A couple of years ago Dan Kamin showcased Charlie Chaplin’s classic comedy at Glenridge in Funny Bones. Now he’s back to showcase his own twisted comic ideas in Comedy in Motion—A Cheap Evening of Expensive Theatre. Dan trained Robert Downey Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance in Chaplin and created Johnny Depp’s comedy moves for Benny and Joon. In Comedy in Motion he takes you on a hilarious tour of the performing arts, lampooning everyone from pompous opera singers to sleazy magicians. It’s a wicked evening of satirical fun by a “demented, charming, and brilliant” performer.
GIACOMO GATES, Jazz Singer
Saturday, February 28 at 8:00PM
Tickets: $30/$25 Jazz Club and GPAC Family
Blessed with a full-bodied and mellifluous voice, extraordinary rhythmic precision and an unerring sense of lyricism, Giacomo Gates’ total command of the vernacular, boundless creativity and exuberant passion of jazz sets him apart from nearly every other vocalist on the scene.
Gates is truly an entertainer, delivering music for all ages and styles along with witty patter and stories about the music so that every performance becomes a fun lesson in jazz history. With repeat engagements at major clubs in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, D.C., LA, New Orleans, and San Francisco, Gate’s enormous appeal and popularity are obvious.
He sometimes vocalizes as an instrument – trombone, trumpet, bass, and improvising bass lines or drum sounds in support of the piano solos. Giacomo states “Some of my favorite singers are Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster and Lester Young. They were singing through the horn. If that isn’t singing, I don’t know what is!”