Jennifer Sheehan has become one of the most sought-after new voices in the concert and cabaret world. She and pianist James Followell will enchant audiences with songs by Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Johnny Mercer and more.
“The beauty of Ms. Sheehan’s voice is refreshingly unvarnished and devoid of circus tricks. Drawing from a deep well of feeling, she interprets lyrics from the point of view of someone who knows who she is and conveys empathy in a voice that glows with insight. Young, good-looking and very astute, Ms. Sheehan gives you hope.”
Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“Her voice soars, swoops and scats, leaping octaves with slippery ease, peeling emotional layers from big, teary ballads like an onion.”
(Sarasota, Florida) Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents critically acclaimed vocalist Jennifer Sheehan with James Followell, piano, in “You Made Me Love You” celebrating 100 years of the Great American Songbook, Saturday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 16, 2:00 and 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. The program will include songs by Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Jule Stein, Stephen Sondheim, Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mercer and more. Tickets are $25 to $45 and can be purchased online at www.artistseriesconcerts.org or by calling 941-360-7399.
Jennifer Sheehan has become one of the most sought-after new voices in the concert and cabaret world. Critically acclaimed for her refreshing vocal style and riveting stage presence, Sheehan has performed in esteemed venues across the country, including Carnegie Hall as the guest of Michael Feinstein, the Savannah Music Festival, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Juilliard in Aiken Festival, and at Jazz at Lincoln Center and many of New York City’s prestigious clubs. She is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the Johnny Mercer Foundation’s “Margaret Whiting Award,” the Noël Coward Foundation’s “Noël Coward Cabaret Award,” and the national Glenn Miller Vocal Scholarship Award.
James Followell has worked as a music director, accompanist and arranger with many Broadway and cabaret luminaries. Theater credits as musical director include the Off-Broadway production of Jerry Herman’s Showtune (vocal and piano arrangements), and The Best of Times (featured pianist/vocalist) at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. He also served as music director/pianist for the Off-Broadway hit, Forever Plaid, and was the conductor/pianist for the international tour of Little Shop of Horrors. He is the recipient of the 2005 Dick Gallagher Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation.
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. For information about group and student discounts, call 941-306-1202.
The 2014 Season at a Glance
2013-2014 Classical Recital Series
· “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
· “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
· 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.
· 2014 Scholarship Competition. Artist Series Concerts will be presenting over $22,000 in awards to the most promising young pianists in Florida. March 29, 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. At Neel Performing Arts Center 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.
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.