57 Main Street, Upstairs, Norwalk, CT 06851 [Map]
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Open Song Surgery
Regular Seat - $20 (in advance) $30 (at the door)
High Stool - $20 (in advance) $30 (at the door)
+$20 Food & Beverage Minimum
Musical Medical Experts Dr's Michele Grace and Chris Coogan perform "OPEN SONG SURGERY". Join us as we scrub up for an exploratory surgery to enhance the well being, functionality and outcome of our song selection. We will be examining, diagnosing and dissecting our material at the "operating theater". The Magnolia Room in Norwalk on November 15th - the procedure begins at 8:00pm. This is an opportunity to get a check up on your own 5 senses: Taste and Smell fabulous food, Hear beautiful music, See a terrific Connecticut Cabaret Room, and Feel a glow in your heart. Your prescription will be at the door, all you have to do is get your ticket!
Do you ever wonder how A song can be delivered? Or how a song can be acted? In this lively cabaret we will explore some of the issues involved in performing as a singer, actress and musician. Join Michele and Chris in his discovery of what it takes to put a song over. This cabaret will have aspects of a lecture and demonstration of many aspects of the artistic process. Including, what is the role of acting in singing. What are some of that main things the singer needs to know to deliver a song. What are some of the main components of accompaniment with a singer.
Michele Grace is a professional singer, actor, playwright, teacher, voice-over talent, vocal coach and music entrepreneur who has performed all over the US and abroad. Michele played the role of Shirley with Tim Daly in the play “The Fifth of July”, opened for Bobby Short at NYC’s the Carlyle, sang with Fast Fingers Orchestra at Madison Square Garden, played Peter Pan at the Arvada Center for the Arts in Colorado, has been a featured singer at popular venues like New York’s Le Cirque and the Yale Club, as well as performed at the Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, among many more. An expert vocal coach, teacher and director, she served as a Musical Theatre Professor at Connecticut’s prestigious Regional Center for the Arts and taught at New York’s renowned theatrical HB Studios, where she studied acting with the legendary actress Uta Hagen. Michele has written children’s musicals performed at Connecticut’s Polka Dot Playhouse and the U.K’s famous Edinburgh International Festival. Currently, Michele performs with Chris Coogan at local political, fundraising and entertainment events and as a featured vocalist with the Fairfield Counts Big Band. For the past eight years, Michele has written and directed the original musical productions for Connecticut Playmakers. Directorial credits include Peter Pan at Curtain Call (Stamford). Michele conducts theatre arts workshops where she passes on her lifetime of experience to her ever-growing legion of students.
Chris Coogan has spent a lifetime astounding audiences with his jazz and gospel music. The N.Y Times calls him “a masterful pianist”. Winner of the John Lennon song Writing Competition, he has recorded 8 CDS featuring his original jazz and gospel music. He has performed at Manhattan’s Blue Note and Montreaux Jazz Festival and shared the spotlight with musical legends Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Paul Shaffer, Stevie Van Zant, Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love, Mavis Staples, Phoebe Snow and Lesley Gore. Chris has entertained Bill and Hillary Clinton, Paul Newman, Martha Stewart and Whoopi Goldberg. His TV credits include Celebrity Jeopardy, the Arsenio Hall show, a PBS documentary on evangelist Amy Semple McPherson, BBC America’s series “Copper” and four national spots for The Humane society. As a gospel artist, Chris has performed with Take 6, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Maya Angelou and Richard Smallwood. As a writer/arranger Chris founded and directs the good news Gospel Choir. He performs regularly at churches, festivals and fundraisers. Most weekdays you will find Chris teaching Jazz piano and gigging with his quintet. “I see myself as a catalyst who uses the medium of music to bring people together.”