Cabaret sensation KT Sullivan pairs with NPR’s “Piano Jazz Rising Star” host and acclaimed pianist Jon Weber in a dynamic performance of wit, sparkle, style and musical dexterity that recounts Sullivan’s experiences on and off Broadway.
“Some singers excel with their voices. Some get by on personality. Others shine in lyric interpretation. The delightful KT Sullivan touches all the bases with high style.” – William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guide
(Sarasota, Florida) Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents KT Sullivan and Jon Weber performing “Colored Lights,” KT Sullivan’s effervescent autobiography told through songs and hilarious anecdotes, Saturday, December 7, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 8, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $25 to $45 and can be purchased online at www.artistseriesconcerts.org or by calling the Historic Asolo Theater box office at 941-360-7399. Discounted student tickets are available at the box office one hour before the performance; call the box office for prices and more information. For more information about this show or the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota’s 2013-2014 season, visit www.artistseriesconcerts.org or call 941-306-1202.
“KT Sullivan turns her experiences on and off Broadway into an upbeat and dynamic performance of wit, style and musical dexterity,” says John Fischer, executive director of Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota. According to Fischer, Sullivan makes great use of her signature comedic style and rich soprano voice as she recalls the ups and downs of her time on and off Broadway with a solid show that includes tender love songs and comic material from nearly 100 years of stage gems. “Colored Lights” also celebrates her passion for classic material, with one remarkable segment of the show covering 29 songs all published in 1929. Sullivan is an annual headliner at the Oak Room of New York’s Algonquin Hotel. Liza Minnelli presented her with the Manhattan Association of Cabaret & Clubs’ Outstanding Female Vocalist Award and Sullivan received the top award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation for her achievements. In April 2012, Sullivan became the artistic director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation.
Sullivan’s accompanist, Jon Weber, was called “the most assured cabaret pianist to come this way in quite a while” by The Times of London. His brilliantly crafted spontaneous orchestrations easily place him in the rarefied company of today’s elite jazz musicians. CNN, CNBC, Black Entertainment TV, Bravo/Arts, National Public Radio, and Voice of America have profiled Weber’s unique musical depth and vast knowledge of his craft. Weber has recorded with numerous artists worldwide, as well as releasing five solo CDs.
Since 1996, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota has presented an ever-expanding annual season of concerts by globally renowned and celebrated emerging artists. The 2013-2014 season runs through June 2014 and includes six concerts in its “Classical Recital Series,” four concerts in its “Pop Series,” one concert in its “Soiree Series” and five special concerts. Three “Lunch, Look and Listen” events are also scheduled. For more information about the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota’s 2013-2014 season, visit www.artistseriesconcerts.org or call 941-306-1202.
The 2013-2014 Season at a Glance
2013-2014 Classical Recital Series
· “Crossover” with the Rastrelli Cello Quartet performing works from Saint Saéns and Tchaikovsky, along with popular music classics by Dave Brubeck, Hoagy Carmichael, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Astor Piazzolla, and Leroy Anderson. November 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m. At Historic Asolo Theater; 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
· “Zing Went the Strings” with Augustin Hadelich, violin, and Joyce Yang, piano, performing works from Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Janacek and Previn. January 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m. At Historic Asolo Theater; 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
· “Great Music versus Superbowl” with the Ritz Chamber Players performing works by Hailstork, Piazzolla and Williams. February 1 at 7:30 p.m. and February 2 at 7:30 p.m. At Historic Asolo Theater; 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
· “Trios Anyone?” with the Tempest Trio performing works by Beethoven, Bernstein and Dvorak. March 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m. At Historic Asolo Theater; 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
· “88-Key Salute” with Alexander Schimpf, piano, performing works by Bach, Brahms, Debussy and Kapustin. April 12 and 13; 7:30 p.m. At Historic Asolo Theater; 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
· “Opera and More!” with Jeffrey Hill, tenor, Richard Ollarsaba, bass-baritone, and Lee Dougherty Ross, piano, performing solos and duets from operas, including Carmen, Baby Doe, La Boheme, and The Pearl Fishers. May 31 and June 1, 7:30 p.m. At Historic Asolo Theater; 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
2013-2014 Pop Series
· “Colored Lights” with cabaret singer KT Sullivan and Jon Weber, piano, performing works from The Threepenny Opera, Sondheim’s Follies, and other musical theater hits. December 7, 7:30 p.m., and December 8 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. At Historic Asolo Theater; 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
· “You Made Me Love You” with Jennifer Sheehan, cabaret/theater singer with James Followell, piano, celebrating 100 years of the Great American Songbook and including songs by Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Jule Stein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Stephen Sondheim, Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mercer, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and more. March 15, 7:30 p.m., and March 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. At Historic Asolo Theater; 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
· “The Merry Widow” with Susana Diaz, soprano, Lindsay Russell, soprano, Gregory Schmidt, tenor, Andrew Garland, baritone, Joseph Holt, piano, and the Gloria Musicae Singers performing highlights from Franz Lehar’s masterpiece operetta. May 10, 7:30 p.m., and May 11 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. At Historic Asolo Theater; 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
2013-2014 Special Events
· The Dave Bennett Quartet, with Dave Bennett, clarinet; Tad Weed, piano; John Miller, bass; and Scott Blum, drums, performing such popular favorites as “Moonglow,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” January 26 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. At Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail. Sarasota.
· Mary Wilson, soprano, and Jason Ferrante, tenor, with Lee Dougherty Ross, piano, performing classical songs, popular operatic excerpts, selections from Broadway and more. February 16, 7:30 p.m. At Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail. Sarasota.
2013-2014 Soiree Series
· Jason Stearns, baritone, with Lee Dougherty Ross, piano, performing Broadway favorites, including favorites from “Carousel” and “Kiss Me Kate!” the “Toreador Song” from Bizet’s “Carmen,” and “The Desert Song” from Romberg’s operetta. April 20, 2:00 p.m.; April 21, 7:30 p.m. At the Weisenborne/Fischer residence.
2013-2014 Lunch, Look and Listen
· Featuring Sassy, an award-winning barbershop quartet with Denise de la Cal, baritone, Donna Hill, lead, Betty Meinholz, bass, and Chelsea Young, tenor, performing a delightful program, including ”Fit As a Fiddle” from Singing in the Rain, “Til There Was You,” from The Music Man, “Someone To Watch Over Me,” from Oh Kay, and more songs of romance and relationships. February 20, 11 a.m., performance; 12:15 p.m., luncheon. At Michael’s On East, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota.
· Featuring Leo Adamov and Eliot Lawson, violin duo, performing works by Prokofiev, De Beriot, and Wieniawski. March 20, 11 a.m., performance; 12:15 p.m., luncheon. At Michael’s On East, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota.
· “Vivaldi and Verdi” soprano Michelle Giglio, violinist Margot Zarzycka, and pianist Lee Dougherty Ross. April 17, 11 a.m., performance; 12:15 p.m., luncheon. At Michael’s On East, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota.
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota was formed in 1996 as the Artist Series of Sarasota. The group is a non-profit corporation based in Sarasota, FL, that prides itself on presenting several major national and international varieties of concert, opera, orchestral, Broadway and film performances throughout their season. The majority of the performances are staged at the restored Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling.