Elias’ own warmth, smile, and gentle narratives of her homeland drew anticipation for the music we were about to experience. As she introduced each song, she frequently connected interesting anecdotes about the song’s setting, rhythm, composer, and lyrics. She inexorably drew the audience into the virtual world of each song, inspiring sentimental musings about the dance, beauty, charm, and romance of Brazil.
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This American Symphony Orchestra masterfully employed a sumptuous mix of 19th century symphonic intones and swing band idioms, commanding energetic themes, instrumental soloists as jazz tradition demands, rich tone colors, and moments of sublime beauty with lush strings, harp, flute, cello solos, and Ellington’s beautiful melodies.
Our rising star arrived on the stage with smiles and panache, an enthusiastic audience welcoming the charming young chanteuse. Pinero greeted and thanked her adoring fan base for attending, reflecting on the excitement of creating her debut album, and the challenges of remote recording. She shared personal thoughts about her life and segued into her opening number, Stand Tall by Donald Glover.
Chanteuse Ann Kittredge performed before a spellbound audience in her widely acclaimed show, Movie Nite, at The Birdland Theater in NYC. She sang, swayed, and danced, intoxicating her audience, guiding them on a romantic tour of glittery gold movie star glamour.
Amanda Green and Friends opened the show with a monologue of suggestive and comical jokes, which brought the crowd’s enthusiasm to a roar, and she followed with a song from her long list of repertoire. She has a pleasant voice and throws in just enough indecent words to keep you laughing. Green told the audience she had written all the lyrics for the songs that were performed during the evening, so her special talents were on display for over an hour by the various guests who shared her words.
House lights dimmed as Young approached the stage, looking sharp in a black satin suit, black tie, and crisp white shirt. A beguiling, gentle, and familiar musical intro began for Young as he set the mood with I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You. Many swooned as Young displayed his flawless range, finesse, and poignancy. For the rest of the evening, his poise, confidence, and communication encouraged the audience to participate and experience each song with him.