Kate Baldwin, Victoria Paterson and Georgia Stitt to Reunite in 'ALPHABET CITY CYCLE' at SubCulture Next Month
On March 9th at 8 pm at SubCulture soprano Kate Baldwin, violinist Victoria Paterson and composer Georgia Stitt will reunite to perform "Alphabet City Cycle." Originally recorded in 2009, the song cycle with lyrics by Marcy Heisler consists of five songs about women alone in New York City.
Also on the evening's program is the world premiere of two songs Stitt composed for soprano Rebecca Luker, as well as performances by Bradley Dean and Andréa Burns of song settings of poems by Christina Rossetti, Derek Walcott, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Shakespeare, and Henry William Hutchinson, and a song Stitt wrote with poet Howard Schwartz for her wedding to composer Jason Robert Brown.
As a special treat, Stitt programmed the very first two art songs she ever wrote, with texts by William Blake and William Wordsworth, performed by Kevin Simmonds, who premiered them nearly twenty years ago. Stitt will play piano for the evening, along with violinist Paterson and cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf.
The original recording of ALPHABET CITY CYCLE is available from PSClassics and can be purchased on iTunes.
GEORGIA STITT: Alphabet City Cycle and Other Songs plays at SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street, NYC) on Monday, March 9th, 2015. There is a $40 General Admission charge. Tickets and additional information are available at subculturenewyork.com or by calling 212-533-5470.
MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Georgia Stitt wrote the original musicals The Danger Year; Big Red Sun (Arlen Award winner with playwright John Jiler); Samantha Spade, Ace Detective (for TADA Youth Theater with Lisa Diana Shapiro), Mosaic (for Inner Voices with Cheri Steinkellner); and The Water (with Jeff Hylton and Tim Werenko). She has released three albums of her music: This Ordinary Thursday: The Songs Of Georgia Stitt, Alphabet City Cycle and My Lifelong Love. Her songs and arrangements are represented on the solo albums of Susan Egan, Lauren Kennedy, Kate Baldwin, Robert Creighton, Stuart Matthew Price, Caroline Sheen, Daniel Boys, Kevin Odekirk and composer Sam Davis. Her choral piece with hope and virtue (using text from President Obama's 2009 inauguration speech) was featured on NPR as part of Judith Clurman's Dear Mister President cycle, and her most recent orchestral piece, Waiting for Wings, co-written with husband Jason Robert Brown, was commissioned by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and premiered there with conductor John Morris Russell. Georgia has degrees from Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music and NYU's Tisch School for the Arts. She is on the theater faculty at Pace University the Board of Directors for The Lilly Awards. Other fun credits include being the music supervisor of the Anna Kendrick/Jeremy Jordan film The Last Five Years, conducting Little Shop of Horrors on Broadway, writing arrangements for Tony Bennett's 80th birthday party and playing a nun in The Sound Of Music Live! on NBC with Carrie Underwood and Audra McDonald. www.georgiastitt.com
Kate Baldwin most recently starred as Pistache in Can-Can at the Papermill Playhouse. Broadway: Big Fish, Finian's Rainbow (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critic's Circle Award nominations), The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wonderful Town. NY: Giant (Public, Drama Desk nomination), Fiorello! (Encores). Concerts: New York Pops, Detroit Symphony, Lincoln Center's American Songbook, the Kennedy Center, Feinstein's, Birdland, and 54 Below. Current: john & jen for Keen Company. kate-baldwin.com
Andréa Burns is a Drama Desk Award winner having delighted Broadway audiences as the saucy "Daniela" in the Tony Award-winning musical, In The Heights. Broadway credits also include The Nance, Beauty and the Beast, The Fully Monty, and The Ritz. Off-Broadway she starred in the original cast of Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World as well as Stephen Sondheim's Saturday Night. National Tours: Parade (National Broadway Award nomination), The Fully Monty, Company. A versatile actress, Andréa has played a variety of roles across this country ranging from Dot in Sunday in the Park with George (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination) to Eva Peron in Evita to most recently, Diana in Next to Normal. Television credits include The Electric Company, Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me. Andréa's debut solo album, A Deeper Shade of Red was described by Playbill.com as "superb on all counts."
Bradley Dean has appeared on Broadway opposite Bernadette Peters as Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music, as Sir Galahad in Spamalot, Bobby in Company, Don Quixote in Man Of La Mancha, and Juan Peron in Evita with Ricky Martin. Other Broadway credits include The Last Ship, The Story Of My Life, Jane Eyre, and currently Doctor Zhivago, which opens at the Broadway theater this Spring. He was seen as Giuseppe in The Most Happy Fella at Encores, and on PBS in Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson and the New York Philharmonic. Off Broadway, Bradley appeared as El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Walmartopia at the Minetta Lane, and The Big Time at NYMF. He has toured nationally as Che in Evita directed by Hal Prince and internationally as Dr. Frank. N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show performing that role in over a dozen countries. Regional highlights include Arthur in Camelot at Goodspeed Opera House, Marvin in Falsettos at Barrington Stage, Captain Hook in the world premiere of the Broadway bound musical, Fly, at the Dallas Theater Center, and as the title roles in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Phantom, and Macbeth at such theaters as La Jolla Playhouse, Papermill Playhouse and The Alliance. As a composer/playwright, his musical Sextet was presented at SOPAC with the Midtown Direct Repertory Company where he also recently directed Doug Cohen's new musical, Helen Of Troy. Bradley lives in South Orange, New Jeresy with his wife, Eileen and their children, Oliver and Emma.
Three-time Tony Award Nominee for Mary Poppins, The Music Man and Showboat, Rebecca Luker has also appeared on Broadway in Nine, The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden, The Phanton of the Opera, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. She was most recently seen in the world premiere of Ahrens and Flaherty's Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center, directed by Susan Stroman. Off Broadway: Maury Yeston's Death Takes a Holiday, X (The Life and Times of Malcolm X), The Boys from Syracuse (Encores!), Indian Blood (Primary Stages), Can't Let Go (Keen Co.), The Vagina Monologues. Regional:
Passion (Kennedy Center Sondheim Festival); She Loves Me (Reprise!); Time and Again (Old Globe). Film: The Rewrite (with Hugh Grant; Dir., Marc Lawrence), Not Fade Away (Dir., David Chase) and Cupid and Cate (CBS Hallmark).TV: The Good Wife (CBS), Law & Order-SVU, Boardwalk Empire. Solo Recordings: I Got Love; the songs of Jerome Kern, Greenwich Time, Leaving Home, and Anything Goes: Rebecca Luker Sings Cole Porter.
Kevin Simmonds is a writer and musician originally from New Orleans. He's performed throughout the US, UK, Japan and Singapore at such venues as Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, South Bank Centre, Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Black Theater Festival. His books include Mad for Meat and Bend to It and he's received commissions and awards from Creative Work Fund, Fulbright, San Francisco Arts Commission and the Pulitzer Center.
SubCulture is a music and performing arts venue located in the historic NoHo neighborhood of downtown Manhattan. Founded by brothers and lifelong music lovers Marc and Steven Kaplan, the venue was designed to foster an intimate connection between artists and the audience by incorporating the absolute best in sound and lighting technology into a room with naturally strong acoustic and architectural features. SubCulture's programming bridges genres, featuring curated performances that engage, provoke, and inspire. SubCulture has received praise from The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Time Out New York for its exquisite sound, comfortable aesthetic, and unparalleled hospitality for guests and artists alike. www.subculturenewyork.com