ADAMS, MA. The Friends of the Adams Free Library welcome the Berkshires’ beloved musical duo, Ron Ramsay & Samantha Talora to share “An Evening of Song” on Saturday, October 21st at the Adams Free Library, 7:30pm in the beautiful Memorial Hall located on the library’s second floor. Joining Talora & Ramsay are violinist Eileen Markland and Michael Gillespie on woodwinds. The group last performed to a sold-out crowd at the Library in October of 2015 and were most recently all seen together for the “Night at the Oscars” concert in February 2017.
Best known for their eclectic musical styles and patter, the evening will offer a variety of vocal selections from the Broadway repertoire, the American Songbook and popular and classic standards spanning several decades; highlighting songs from musicals and movies that are based on popular novels in homage to the beautiful library setting!
The duo has just completed a summer series of Saturday Night Cabaret Trains with Berkshire Scenic Railway between Adams and North Adams; set to return in Summer 2018. Talora’s powerful and versatile vocals along with Ramsay’s musical depth and experience as a veteran of the New York City night club scene infuse their performances with lighthearted exuberance and sophistication.
The Adams Library is located at 92 Park St., Adams. Suggested donation for this concert is $20.00. Proceeds will benefit Friends of the Adams Free Library. Tickets are available at the Library or can be reserved by calling Carleen Butler at 413-281-0089 or Pat Catelotti at 413-743-1207. For more information about Talora & Ramsay visit www.samandron.com.
With such performances as “Our Time”, “Cheek to Chic” and “Heart Song,” Talora & Ramsay have been met with sell-out crowds and rave reviews at Whitney Center for the Arts, Ventfort Hall, Mr. Finn’s Cabaret and countless private and charitable events. Their eclectic music series, spanning a wide array of genres, has delighted audiences with special programs such as “A Sondheim Trilogy” and “The Chairman”- a tribute to Frank Sinatra in 2015 marking his centennial birthday celebration. These, along with their popular holiday programs for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas (and more), have quickly become the ideal destination for a romantic date night, or a fun night with family and friends. These performances and musical selections allow you to rise and fall with every emotional turn they take. With stellar musicianship, passionate performances, and witty storytelling, this pair will make you laugh and cry and always leave you wanting more!
A Berkshire native, Ron Ramsay attended the High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas Texas and the Manhattan School of Music in NYC, making NYC his home. Classically trained, Ron crossed over to the Broadway and Cabaret scene in NYC. His cabaret nightclub acts have sold out such rooms as the Algonquin, Feinstein’s, Town Hall, Lincoln Center’s Rose Room and Judy’s Chelsea as well as venues in such locales as London, Paris and Mykonos. The New York Post raves of past performances “unusually well stocked and thoughtful, high quality songs …always a sublime Songbook”. Backstage and Theatermania.com “one of the most well rounded and extraordinary shows in recent memory”. Ron is also currently the Director of Music Programs at St. Ann’s Church in Lenox, MA.
Samantha Talora studied theater, voice and received a B.S. in Arts Administration from Wagner College in New York. She has travelled and performed in various venues throughout the United States, including the Isaac Stern Auditorium at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. Samantha has had the pleasure of performing as a solo artist and guest artist in such local venues as The Red Lion Inn, Canyon Ranch, Kimball Farms, The Berkshire Museum, Searles Castle, The Colonial Theater and Barrington Stage Company.
Michael Gillespie has been a woodwind performer and teacher in Berkshire County for 14 years. Holding degrees from Penn State University and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Mr. Gillespie is currently the high school and middle school band director in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District. He offers private woodwind lessons and was a member of the Massachusetts Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Malcolm W. Rowell. Mr. Gillespie has performed with M. Daniel Yoder, Chris Vadala, Yusef Lateef, and Jeff Holmes, among others.
Eileen Markland carries a wide range of experiences in fiddle and violin education and performance. She was appointed by the U.S. Department of State as an “American Cultural Specialist” and traveled the globe with Project Troubador, a non-profit organization that builds cultural bridges through music and the arts. She later went on to perform at the UN Peace Summit in Switzerland and organized and led “Operation World Harmony”, a cross cultural music and education tour in Niamey, Niger. Her passion for music education is shared with students from age 3 to age 83. She received her early formal training at The Crane School of Music and earned a degree in Music Performance at Ithaca College. Her Suzuki Teacher Training was at The Ithaca College Suzuki Institute and The Hartt School of Music. She is the Director and Co Founder of The Suzuki Music School of Troy and implemented Suzuki String Programs at Berkshire Music School and Montessori School of the Berkshires.