“We Are Women: A Bernstein Cabaret” with Jamie Bernstein due at Colonial Theatre

We are Women: A Bernstein Cabaret Plays at The Colonial Theatre for a Limited Engagement

Jamie Bernstein. We Are Women: A Bernstein CabaretAt The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, August 09–12, 2012. Photo: Steven j. Sherman.

Pittsfield, MA – Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein, alongside a stellar cast, brings We are Women: A Bernstein Cabaret to The Colonial Theatre August 9-12. Sponsored by Stuart M. Fischman Esq. and Lee Bank.

Tickets to We are Women: A Bernstein Cabaret are $20-$40. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444 or the Stockbridge Campus Ticket Office at 83 East Main Street, by calling 413-298-5576. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain. All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.

Leonard Bernstein

From Jamie Bernstein and Michael Barrett comes We are Women: A Bernstein Cabaret. Devised from many of Bernstein’s songs for or about women, evolves the story of a mother and daughter who navigate the tricky terrain of their love lives, and, along the way, learn to accept themselves and delight in the love of others.

Rather than telling the story in a fully fleshed-out manner, the narrative unfolds in a more abstract, universal way through a narration, while letting Bernstein’s music fill the space between the lines. Because Bernstein’s music has such emotional depth and color, this material readily lends itself to this structure.

Leonard Bernstein’s choice of lyricists over the years also gave the creators a rich trove to choose from. Comden and Green’s lyrics for Wonderful Town and On the Town are witty and acerbic, yet always leave room for subtext. Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics for the love songs in West Side Story are among the most ardent in the genre, and therefore were ideal for conveying those emotions in the women of this story. And Leonard Bernstein himself was a superb lyricist in his own right. In the latter work, Bernstein created some of the most heartbreakingly articulate words and music to be found anywhere, describing the anguish of an intimate relationship in decline, while creating the perfect palate with which to paint a beautiful musical.

An impressive cast of Broadway veterans performs this array of Bernstein songs, including tunes from his hits On the Town, Candide and West Side Story, with music direction by Michael Barrett of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. This evening of humor, heart and memorable melody brings the glorious sounds of Leonard Bernstein back to his beloved Berkshires.

Featured songs include “We Are Women” from Candide, “Tonight” from West Side Story, “Who Am I” from Peter Pan, “Conversation Piece” from Wonderful Town, “The Winner” from Trouble in Tahiti and “I Can Cook Too” from On the Town.

The cast includes Jamie Bernstein, narrator, Michael Barrett, music director & pianist, Philip Cutlip, baritone, John Feeney, contrabass, Alan R. Kay, clarinet, Jeffrey Picon, tenor, Elizabeth Shammash, soprano and Lauren Worsham, soprano.

Bios:

Jamie Bernstein (Narrator) is a narrator, writer and broadcaster who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with others. She grew up in an atmosphere bursting with music, theatre and literature. Her father, composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, together with her mother, the pianist and actress Felicia Montealegre and their legions of friends in the arts, created a spontaneous, ebullient household that turned Jamie into a dyed-in-the-wool cultural enthusiast. Jamie’s symphony pops concert, Bernstein on Broadway, produced with conductor Michael Barrett, has enjoyed success with the Vancouver Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic among others. An evening of Leonard Bernstein’s music for Broadway, the Bernstein on Broadway program features Jamie’s concert narration performed live with orchestra and vocalists. Replicating her father’s lifelong compulsion to share and teach, Jamie has written and produced several concerts for families and young people on the music of Copland, Mozart, Bernstein and others. In her role as a broadcaster, Jamie has produced and hosted numerous shows for radio stations in the United States and Great Britain. In addition to hosting several seasons of the New York Philharmonic’s live national radio broadcasts, Jamie has presented several series for New York’s classical station, 96.3 FM WQXR, including annual live broadcasts from Tanglewood. Most recently, Jamie presented a series for BBC Radio 3, Fast Machine, about the music scene in New York City. In addition to writing her own scripts and narrations, Jamie writes articles and poetry which have appeared in such publications as Symphony, DoubleTake, Town & Country and Gourmet.

Michael Barrett (Music Director & Pianist) known for his imaginative programming, is completing his 10th and last season as Chief Executive and General Director of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, where he has programmed numerous new works, world premieres, American premieres and Caramoor commissions. Mr. Barrett assumed his position at Caramoor in 2003, building on a reputation established following more than twenty-five years of programming and performing experience in the arts. He is responsible for the administration and year-round programming at Caramoor, including the world-renowned Caramoor International Music Festival and acclaimed programs known for breaking down barriers between musical genres, reflecting today’s musical currents and attracting the greatest musical talents from the U.S. and abroad to Caramoor. Mr. Barrett looks forward to returning to Caramoor in 2013 as a pianist and conductor.

Philip Cutlip (Baritone) In 2012-13 Philip Cutlip sings the title role in Eugene Onegin (Edmonton Opera); Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (Virginia Opera); Messiah (Minnesota Orchestra, Oratorio Society of New York and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra); returns to Toledo as the title role in Don Giovanni and debuts with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Carmina Burana. Recent highlights include Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (Cal Performances); Guglielmo in Così fan tutte (New York City Opera); Handel’s Alexander’s Feast (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra); Brahms’ Requiem (Spokane Symphony); Carmina Burana (Memphis Symphony); Splendiano in Bizet’s Djamileh (American Symphony Orchestra); Haydn’s The Seasons (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra); title role in Philip Glass’ Orphée (Portland Opera, recorded for Orange Mountain Music, first performed for Glimmerglass Opera); Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles (Minnesota Opera); Ariodate in Serse (Houston Grand Opera); Maurice Bendix in The End of the Affair (Seattle Opera); Bach cantatas (Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century at Concertgebouw); de Falla’s Suite from Atlantida (Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Dvořák’s Te Deum and excerpts from The Jacobin (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). His appearance as Joseph de Rocher in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, with Joyce DiDonato and Frederica von Stade for Houston Grand Opera, has been released on Virgin Records.

John Feeney (Contrabass) principal double bass of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the American Classical Orchestra, also appears as principal with Sinfonia New York and Opera Lafayette. A chamber musician and soloist of international renown, he is a frequent guest with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Four Nations ensemble and Artek. He won first prize in the Concert Artists Guild and Zimmerman-Mingus International Competitions and was a medalist-prizewinner in the Geneva and Isle of Man Competitions. His 2010 world premiere performance of Dragonetti’s Concerto in D with the American Classical Orchestra was hailed by the New York Times: “a skilled, passionate performance……played with flair.” In 2009 he founded the DNA Quintet, recording and publishing the premieres of chamber music by Domenico Dragonetti. The Strad declared “accurate, muscular and impressively controlled playing of John Feeney…..an important disc… I recommend it with enthusiasm.” An avid Viennese violonist, In 2010 John co-founded the Serenade Orchestra and the Serenade Quartet both featuring music from 18th and 19th century Vienna.

Alan R. Kay (Clarinet) Based in New York City, clarinetist Alan R. Kay has traveled worldwide as co-principal clarinetist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and with his distinguished wind quintet, Windscape. He is Principal Clarinetist of New York’s Riverside Symphony, the Little Orchestra Society and the Queens Symphony, appearing regularly as a guest with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Symphony, American Ballet Theater Orchestra and the New York City Opera. Vastly experienced as a chamber music performer, Mr. Kay appears frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Trio Solisti and with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music, Yellow Barn and a wide variety of other summer festivals. Mr. Kay is widely recorded on numerous labels, most recently for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Samuel Baron’s adaptation for wind quintet and string quartet of Bach’s Art of Fugue. Winner of a 2003 Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, Mr. Kay teaches on the faculties of Juilliard, the Manhattan School and Stony Brook University.

Jeffrey Picon (Tenor) Tenor Jeffrey Picon has proven his versatility as a concert and opera singer in a diverse selection of repertoire. Highlights of recent seasons include his New York City Opera debut in performances of Carmen, Cendrillon, Madama Butterfly, and Tosca. Debuts with The Rochester Philharmonic, Long Island Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and The United States tour of Bernstein On Broadway with The Israel Philharmonic conducted by Michael Barrett and featuring Leonard’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein. His Arizona Opera debut in Zemire et Azor, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Opera Company of North Carolina; both Ramiro in La Cenerentola, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Trouble in Tahiti with the Caramoor Festival; Fenton in Falstaff with Mississippi Opera; and Tony in West Side Story with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival. Mr. Picon began his professional career as one of the youngest members to participate in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, and impressed audiences there with performances in Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni. Other engagements for the native Texan have included Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, L’Orfeo, and Arianna with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Dallas Opera; and roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and Il barbiere di Siviglia with Portland Opera Repertory Theatre; Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Wolf Trap Opera; Les Contes d’Hoffmann with the Opera Company of Philadelphia; The Rape of Lucretia for Opera Festival of New Jersey; Il barbiere di Siviglia and Semele for Anchorage Opera; Falstaff and Salome with Pittsburgh Opera; and the national touring production of Don Giovanni with Western Opera Theatre. Recently Mr. Picon was part of the Emmy Award winning production of Madama Butterfly for New York City Opera’s Live from Lincoln Center. He is a graduate of The University of North Texas and The Curtis Institute of Music and is an adjunct professor of voice at Oklahoma City University.

Elizabeth Shammash (Soprano) Elizabeth Shammash’s work in opera has taken her to major roles with companies including Glimmerglass Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Berkshire Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv and the Beijing Music Festival. Concert appearances have included the China National Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Los Angles Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Boston Baroque, Early Music Vancouver, Tanglewood and Marlboro. She has recorded extensively for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music on the Naxos label and the role of Dinah in Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti for Newport Classic. Ms. Shammash holds a Master’s degree in Music and Voice Performance from Manhattan School of Music, an artist diploma from Boston University’s Opera Institute and a B.A. in Italian Studies from Brown University. She received investiture and a Master of Sacred Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in May 2007.

Lauren Worsham (Soprano) NY/Tours: Amy in Where’s Charley (City Center Encore’s!); Lisa in Dog Days (NYCO’s VOX); Pitti-Sing inThe Mikado (Carnegie Hall); Cunegonde in Candide (NYCO); Olive in Spelling Bee (1st National Tour). Regional: Lili in Carnival! (Goodspeed); Cinderella in Into the Woods (KC Rep); Sophie in Master Class (Paper Mill); Clara in The Light in the Piazza (Weston Playhouse). Concert work: Oregon Bach Festival, Joe’s Pub, Galapagos Art Space. Upcoming: Dog Days at Montclair Peak Performances and Turn of the Screw with NYCO.

We Are Women: A Bernstein Cabaret
narrated by Jamie Bernstein
conceived by Michael Barrett & Jamie Bernstein

Performance Dates

August 09 Thursday 8pm
August 10 Friday 8pm
August 11 Saturday 8pm
August 12 Sunday 2pm

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