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Thursday, December 5th - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
An Evening with Cole Porter
with Julie Harris & Stephen Roane
The Harris/Roane Duo, featuring song stylist Julie Harris and guitarist Stephen Roane, will perform “An Evening with Cole Porter,” the story of the life of one of America’s most famous composers. Beginning in Peru, Indiana and ending in Hollywood, this performance will feature fascinating anecdotes starring some of show business’s most famous names. The narrative is accompanied by some of Porter’s most beloved songs, including “Night and Day” and “Begin the Beguine” with some delightful surprises for good measure.
Julie Harris began her professional singing career in 2002 in the home of jazz - Kansas City. She has performed at the Blue Room in the Historic Jazz District in KC, as well as the world-famed Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. She returned to Connecticut in 2007 and four years ago formed the Harris/Roane Duo with her Music Director, guitarist/bassist Stephen Roane. Julie specializes in The Great American Songbook and is particularly fond of the music of Gershwin, Porter, Ellington, Arlen and Mercer, and also writes her own songs. Her voice has been described as, “smoldering,” and “a cross between Julie London and Peggy Lee.” The Duo recently recorded their second CD, “I Turn a Corner,” which provides the background for their website, julieharrismusic.com. Space is limited. Registration is required. Click Here to Register
Tuesday, December 17th
7:00 - 8:30 p.m
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Thursday, December 19th
7:00 - 8:30 p.m
Songs of the Season
with OWL Friends
Did you know that Silent Night was originally sung to guitar music in 1818 because the Austrian church organ had “issues?” That the funeral for the composer of Do You Hear What I Hear? was only 40 miles south of Litchfield at Saint Mary’s Church in Ridgefield, Connecticut? That Winston Churchill first heard Oh Little Town of Bethlehem while staying at the White House as FDR’s guest?
Join us for an evening of holiday music and its history. Researchers will tell you the stories of how these songs were composed. Many familiar Christmas carols and holiday classics will be presented. You’ll learn who wrote the words and melodies, the circumstances, the geographic locale, time setting, and how they have been enjoyed through the ages and throughout the world.
Listen or sing along to the accompaniment of Litchfield musicians and vocalists, most of them familiar to you from last year’s OWL presentation of the staged radio play of Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Space is limited. Registration is required. Two Performances. Please note which date you are selecting.