Over There: Greatest Hits of the Great War celebrates the 100th Anniversary Commemoration of World War I
This hour-long cabaret-style collaboration of soprano Brett Kroeger, who lives in Riverside CT, and Broadway arranger/pianist/
The chart-topping song selections include many familiar favorites along with forgotten musical gems, interspersed with brief contextual remarks. The history of America can be traced through its music, Irving Berlin once said, and this is no less true of the history of the Great War years, 1914 to 1919, which the program showcases. The war inspired more than 35,000 copyrighted songs.
For a more localized view of the period, there is the current exhibition at the Greenwich Historical Society, "Greenwich Faces the Great War," which continues through March 22, 2015. The Society is also offering several war-themed lectures and workshops along with two musical performances next year.
“Popular music is a powerful way to experience the meaning of history for our lives today,” said Debra L. Mecky, the historical society’s executive director. Similar to the Kroeger-Denny “Over There” program this December 13 at the Arts Council, Stephanie Kies and her troupe will interweave narratives into a performance of popular songs of the war’s first year, 1914-15. These will be performed at the Historical Society’s Bush-Holley Historic Site in Cos Cob on Feb. 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. and again March 1, 2015 at 4 p.m.
"Over There" will have a private preview performance for members of the New York University community at Liederkranz in New York City the week before the official premier at the Greenwich Arts Council. Other one-night engagements are being planned, including one next May at the East Hampton NY Library.
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Attached: Greenwich Arts Council poster
About Brett Kroeger
Brett Kroeger has appeared with Troupers Light Opera in the role of Edith for the company’s April 2014 production of Pirates of Penzance and as Gretchen, the mayor’s daughter, in The Red Mill in 2013. She sang with the Taconic Opera in its 2014 premier production of the Dan Montez oratorio, Jonah. Among her many concert performances in New York and Italy, she was the featured vocalist at La Fenice in Venice for Hebrew University’s European conference on “The Song of Songs.” In New York, she has sung the roles of Flora and Annina in La Traviata (LDTS Temple, Bill Schuman Presents) and Tisbe in Cenerentola and Micaela in Carmen (New York Consulate of Argentina). For the Manhattan Opera Repertory Company, she performed Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Sandman/Dewfairy in Hansel and Gretel, and Marguerite in Faust.
About Christopher Denny
Christopher Denny has served as musical director, arranger and pianist for such theater, cabaret and opera luminaries as Julie Wilson, Karen Mason, Brent Barrett, Gregg Edelman, Rodney Gilfry, David Campbell, David Burnham, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Loudon, Tammy Grimes, Judy Kaye, Teri Ralston, Ron Raines, Jeff Harnar, Steven Brinberg and Tommy Femia, earning two Back Stage Bistro awards and four Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs awards for Outstanding Musical Direction. He has performed in all of New York’s major rooms and many across the country and world. Film work includes producing recording sessions of Placido Domingo for Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge.” Favorite New York theatrical credits include musical direction for the “Songs of Kurt Weill,” starring Kitty Carlisle Hart, among numerous others. He has recorded some 30 CDs.
Yvonne M. McCormack
Talk of the Town PR
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