Coming Out of the Pit, Music Directors Show off Their Own Tunes, April 21 at Symphony Space

News   Coming Out of the Pit, Music Directors Show off Their Own Tunes, April 21 at Symphony Space New Voices II, the second in a concert series devoted to musical directors who are also composers, will be heard 8 PM April 21 at the Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space, in Manhattan.

The sold-out evening features theatre performers including Rebecca Luker, George Dvorsky, Andrea Burns, Dan Reichard and Jill Geddes singing music by Steve Marzullo, David Friedman (known for writing songs including "Help Is on the Way" and "Listen to My Heart"), Jenny Giering (The Mistress Cycle) and Paul Loesel (Six of One). Some pieces were written especially for this concert.

Friedman, a well-known songwriter and musician whose anthemic songs were sung by the late cabaret singer Nancy LaMott, will present art songs rather than his popular cabaret tunes.

Loesel, a respected pit keyboardist and Jonathan Larson Award-winner, will offer cabaret songs (and he's writing a new song for the concert, with Larson-winning lyricist Scott Burkell, his collaborator on the dawning musical, Six of One, which had a Manhattan reading a week ago).

Marzullo is the Broadway musical director-pianist (Once On This Island) whose composition work has been sung by Audra McDonald; expect art songs with cello sweetener.

Giering is a singer, pianist and composer (she's also a Jonathan Larson winner for The Mistress Cycle). Her theatre songs will be heard in the concert. As a special exercise, all four composers are setting Edna St. Vincent Millay's "I Know I Am But Summer to Your Heart."

New Voices II is the second evening in the New Composers Collective/New Voices series, which presented a sold-out inaugural concert in January.

The songs are in a wide range of styles, from new American art songs to cabaret songs to songs from theatre pieces currently in development.

Grant Wenaus will once again be at the piano, with Peter Sachon on cello, Ed Matthew on clarinet, and Roger Butterley on guitar.  The evening will be hosted by actor Danny Burstein, and the show is directed by Annette Jolles.

For $25 ticket information (and possible cancelations), call (212) 864-5400 or visit the Symphony Space box office, located at 2537 Broadway, on the corner of 95th Street.

For more information, visit www.symphonyspace.org.