Tony Z and Stef: "The Roller Coaster of Love"
Friday evening, July 17, 2015
Little Italy, Baltimore
Is there anyone who is a total stranger to the
emotional peaks and valleys of romance? Poets have been musing over
this phenomenon for centuries, and the lyrics of many songs involve metaphors
for the mercurial aspects of love, including hot vs. cold, high vs.
low, exuberance vs. despondence, clarity vs. bewilderment, supernatural
trance, intoxication, the symbolism of the seasons, and the sheer madness of
the “dizzy, dancing way you feel.” Witness the Icarus-like imagery in
“The Shadow Of Your Smile”: “Our wistful little star was far too high
...” And imagine a young Sinatra, who once had “the world on a
string” but later lies awake “in the wee, small hours of the morning,”
thinking about the girl and undoubtedly feeling “bewitched, bothered and
bewildered.” Paradoxically, as Rodgers and Hart point out, the lover
can even be “glad to be unhappy”!
Join vocalist Tony Ziesat and incomparable jazz pianist
Stef Scaggiari aboard the roller coaster. Fasten your seatbelt!
Ticket price: $15.
Tickets may be purchased online at: www.germanospiattini.com
Phone: (410) 752-4515
Cabaret dining room opens at 6:00 pm. Music
begins at 7:30
Hairspray at Sitar Arts Center
July 30 - Aug. 2
Sitar Arts Center
From DCCN member Maris Wicker: "For the fourth summer, I am serving as vocal coach for
the summer musical at Sitar Arts Center in Adams Morgan. (1700 Kalorama Road,
NW) This means that, for 5 days a week for 6 weeks, I will be guiding our
cast of 35 plus young people, including interns who come to us through DC's
Summer Youth Employment Program (and a few oldsters as well) through all of
the signing in "Hairspray." What a great show - and it couldn't be
more timely. And I also get to play the gym teacher and prison matron! Sitar
does a terrific job in its summer productions, and this one is really exciting.
Performances are Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m.; Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m.; Saturday,
Aug. 1 at 2.30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 2 at 2.30 p.m. Tickets are
free and go fast. To reserve a ticket, call 2020797-2145 on the magic day of
July 6. www.sitarartscenter.org."
Classes, Workshops, and Instruction
COACHING WITH GEORGE FULGINITI-SHAKAR
George Fulginiti-Shakar offers private
vocal coaching sessions and is also teaching a performance class at Studio
Theatre Acting Conservatory. George has worked with many singers helping them
to develop vocal technique, audition material, cabaret acts, piano
arrangements and transpositions of songs in the "right" key.
Daytime and evening times are available.
Email to GeoFulShak@aol.com
or call 202-332-7570.
VOCAL & PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUE WITH CINDY HUTCHINS
Cindy Hutchins is currently offering
private lessons in vocal & performance technique for teens and adults.
Learn the basics of healthy singing;
increase your knowledge of music theory/sightsinging, and discover new song
repertoire for auditions, cabaret shows, or just for fun. Cindy is an
experienced performer, teacher, and producer.
Afternoon and evening times are
available. Dupont Circle location accessible to metro.
Email: email@example.com or
for more information.
VOICE INSTRUCTION & VOCAL COACHING/ACCOMPANYING
WITH JAMES K. McCULLY
James K. McCully offers Professional Level Training for
Opera, Musical Theater & Cabaret.
James is a former National Endowment for the Arts'
Opera Musical Theater Fellow & On-Site Evaluator of Professional
Opera and Musical Theater Companies and their Emerging Artists Training
Programs across the nation.
He has taught on the voice faculties of Catholic
University of America & National Conservatory. His students
perform with AGMA Opera Houses/AEA Theatres,
National/International Tours, PBS, The White House for Presidents
& Her Majesty, The Queen, National Cathedral, and the Armed Forces.
Washington DC Eastern Market Metro Vocal Studios:
Northern Virginia Vocal Studios: www.VoiceLessonsNoVA.info
THE VOCAL STUDIOS OF JAMES K. McCULLY www.JamesKMcCully.org
Voice (202)683-7874 or (703)354-8623
Backstage with… DC Cabaret performer Justin Ritchie!
Q. Justin, how did you come to the DCCN?
A. I took a class at the Theatre Lab with
some friends. The class was taught by Judy Simmons and George
Fulginiti-Shakar and they told me about the DC Cabaret Network. I
started going to open mic nights and then I took more classes with other directors
and music directors. I fell in love with cabaret and the DC Cabaret
Network has been a huge part of my life since I first found it.
Q. You are much admired for your song
choices. How do you find material that's right for you?
A. Everyone will tell you that you need to
be attracted by the lyric first. I think that’s true for the most
part. However, I’m always attracted to a beautiful or interesting
melody first. I sort of work backwards compared to most people.
Most of the time I hear the melody first and then I explore the lyric.
If the lyric isn’t something I feel the need to say or a story I need to tell
then I set the song aside and keep looking. I never sing a song that I
don’t feel personally connected to or compelled to sing. I’ve tried to
sing a beautiful song that I wasn’t invested in (on several occasions) and it
doesn’t work. It’s just a beautiful song, but the energy in the room
doesn’t change in the way it does when you sing a song with your heart.
Q. Where will we see and hear you next?
A.I’m still singing shows and promoting my
first CD, “Feels Like Home”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/feels-like-home/id881095683
I also have dates in DC and NYC later this year - the
DC Cabaret Network will be the first to know as soon as I have the dates