Tuesday, June 07, 2005

...a little of this...

I had the good fortune to be able to see "Spamelot" on Broadway this weekend. It was a hoot from the opening announcement to turn off cell phones to the final curtain. Being a Monty Python fan, I wasn't expecting highbrow theatre, and I certainly didn't get it. What I did get was more than 2 hours of pure, unadulterated silliness, great music, dancing, and costumes, and, of course coconut shells. Tim Curry was in great voice as King Arthur and was supported by David Hyde Pierce (Frazier)and Hank Azaria (The Simpsons). The female lead took the day off - probably to save herself for her performance at the Tony Awards that evening. I will be sure to order this soundtrack when it is released. Look for it in the next few weeks.

Speaking of live performances, our very own reference and language librarian, Eileen Pollis, will be performing "Music for the Soul and Heart IV" in the library auditorium on Saturday, June 18, at 2 pm. Eileen is a veteran of the library's stage and has a large fan base that never fails to fill the room. So get there early to insure a seat. The Divine Ms.P will be covering a wide range of the musical spectrum from Opera to Broadway. She will be accompanied by Charles Levi on piano and will be joined for part of the program by her sister, Patricia Ponte.
If you can't be there in person, videotapes of some previous concerts are part of the library collection (VR 782.3 Mus).

Watching and listening to live music is a real treat - on the Broadway stage, the local library auditorium, or at your favorite "watering hole." The interaction between audience and performer is something that can rarely be captured fully on a recording. It is important to support your local artists. They feed on your approval.
So whether its a local band covering Dave Mathews Band tunes at a bar "down west," or a lyric soprano librarian singing from Kiss Me Kate, get out there and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.


Blogger Eileen said...

Thank you for your posting. I was born and raised in Long Beach. The library and this community has been a very important part of my life. I lived and worked in our family business, which gave me all the strength and abilities to live a "The Good Life" as Plato would say. I have performed in local hospitals, schools and nursing homes since I was a child. I also dreamed as a young person that one day I would like to work in our Library never ever thinking that someday my dream would come true. "Music for the Soul & Heart" is a creation of my love of familiy, community, & music. From my heart to your soul.
Peace & Joy

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