Thanks to the unprecedented success of Seneca Community Players’ “Rhapsodies” in January (each of its three nights sold out), the Smith Opera House introduces “The Cabaret Sessions” – an ongoing series of acoustic musical performances in the lower-level cabaret – this month.
Returning to one of the core ideas from the cabaret’s initial conception – that of an intimate coffee house atmosphere with smaller musical acts performing – the theater is dedicating the second Thursday of each month to this new project.
Keegan O’Malley kicks it off on March 13. O’Malley has dabbled in song writing since he first taught himself how to play the guitar, and although he has written, sketched and created a wide assortment of art since he was a young child, he hasn’t written music with as much confidence, intensity, and conviction as he has since the summer of 2000. His debut album, “Return to Innocence,” is a series of saving graces created between 2001 and 2002, signifying a continuing spiritual journey of an artist in search of meaning, truth, and most of all, himself.
Frankie Leigh takes over on April 10. A native of West Virginia and the daughter of a seamstress and a coal miner, Leigh’s first musical influences were her parents playing music around the kitchen table with friends and relatives. When she was 17 she started singing in local taverns and later joined a group called “Wild Nik West.” She now performs with the band “Wildfire.” Recently selected to be a U.S. representative in the 2003 World Championship of Performing Arts, she will soon go to Hollywood to compete with 250 contestants from over 30 countries.
On May 8, folk singer/songwriter Jason Vatter debuts downstairs. Vatter’s latest album, “These Friends of Mine,” is a cohesive collection of character sketches and narratives set to the backdrop of acoustic guitar and harmonica. A 2002 SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) nomination as “Best New Artist” recognized his artistic growth and contribution to the vitality of Syracuse’s musical community.
Tickets to “The Cabaret Sessions” are $5 each and are on sale exclusively at The Smith box office. Seating in the cabaret is extremely limited. Coffee and pastries will be available for purchase.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.
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