AN EVENING OF COLE PORTER Set for Barn Theater, 2/28
Marin County Singer, Actor, and Writer Noah Griffin is pleased to announce the establishment of The Cole Porter Society, a non-profit organization that aims to preserve the musical legacy of Cole Porter by working with music departments in schools and universities to introduce students to the composer and the importance of his music to the shaping and understanding of American culture. A concert celebrating the new non-profit, An Evening of Cole Porter, will take place on Friday, February 28 at 8pm at the Barn Theater, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA 94957. Ticket prices for this inaugural benefit concert are $50 general admission ($25 of which is tax-deductible) and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets www.brownpapertickets.com/event/567203 . For more information call 415-421-6272. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Cole Porter Society and Ross Valley Players. www.noahgriffin.com
"My goal in launching The Cole Porter Society is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the legacy of Cole Porter," said Noah Griffin, Founder and Artistic Director of The Cole Porter Society. "I want to ensure that future generations know and appreciate his music and his unique contribution to the American Song Book, so much of which is sadly unknown to today's generation."
Griffin plans to give concerts and lectures focusing on Cole Porter's life, his legacy and the lyrics which perfectly compliment the music he has left us.
"I want students to be able to access an emotional vocabulary achievable through song by appreciating Cole Porter's music. He could write with wit, sophistication, longing and unabashed passion. It would be great if they could be exposed to that level of communication. I want to plant the seed, even though the time of harvest may be in the future as they age."
Cole Porter was an American composer and songwriter best known for his work, writing songs for the Broadway musical stage. Unlike many Broadway composers, Porter wrote the lyrics as well as the music for his songs. In 1949 he won a Tony award for his most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate. Porter's other musicals include Fifty Million Frenchmen, DuBarry Was a Lady, Anything Goes, Can-Can and Silk Stockings. Some of his hit songs include "Night and Day", "I Get a Kick Out of You", and "I've Got You Under My Skin". He also composed scores for films from the 1936 to 1957 before passing away in 1964.