Sensational Summer Schedule

From a Deana Martin tribute to her father Dean,
to the hilarious comedy of Uncle Floyd,
there’s something to please everyone this summer in Dix Hills

Friday, July 5 at 7:30 pm, the Center opens the summer season with the sensational “Bennie and The Jets: A Tribute to Elton John.” Come hear the world’s premiere Elton John tribute band led by vocalist Greg Ransom and backed by an incredible band of musicians. The show is replete with authentic staging and costumes, creating an authentic Elton John experience. Tickets range from $35 to $60.

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Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 pm, the Center presents “Deana Martin: Deana Sings Dino, Memories Are Made Of This.” Come hear Dean Martin’s daughter as she pays tribute to her legendary father, taking the audience on a musical journey as she performs many of her father’s greatest and enduring hits and shares personal reflections and private recollections. Tickets range from $35 to $60.

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Friday, July 12 at 7:30 pm, “The Music of Eric Clapton with Chronicles and Janis Joplin with Joplin’s Pearl.” The Clapton Chronicles will chronicle the progression of EC’s career from Cream to his current solo career. Seeing Amber Ferrari perform is to see history’s greatest rocker of them all, the legendary Janis Joplin. When Amber steps out on stage dressed as Janis herself and begins to sing you will feel as if you stepped back in time. Tickets range from $25-$35.

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Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 pm,“The Jetsetters, saluting Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons” will take center stage. Produced by Broadway’s Aaron Gandy, the show will also include favorites by ‘60s icons The Temptations, The Hollies, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Turtles and others. Tickets range from $35-$60.

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Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 pm, the Center brings “Rockin’ With The Dolls: A 1950s and ‘60s Revue” to Long Island.Rockin’ With The Dolls is an all-girl group featuring the sweet harmonies of the ‘50s and ‘60s – a time when girl groups were the new sound of rock’n’roll. Get up and dance as we relive the America Bandstand years! Tickets range from $20-$35.

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Friday, July 26, at 7:30 pm, the Center will present: “A Tribute to the Music of Santana with Milagro, and the Music of the Allman Brothers with Seven Turns.” Milagro recreates the sounds of Carlos Santana’s searing lead guitar and Latin rhythms. Seven Turns is an eight-piece band paying tribute to the Allman Brothers’ unique sound and style of jamming. Tickets range from $20-$35.

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Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 pm,“Disco Unlimited in A Disco Night to Remember” gets audiences on their feetas they capture a time in music that, to this day, has not been matched. Disco Unlimited is known for their powerful vocals, tight harmonies and their dance grooves. Come get transported back to the Disco era! Tickets range from $20-$35.

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Sunday, July 28 at 2:00 pm, the Center brings back Pianist Judith Alstadter, this time in “Women Composers: Romantic to Ragtime” in a not-for-women-only performance. Enjoy a unique, upbeat musical and educational program of works by 19th and 20th European women composers.Tickets range from $15 or $10 for seniors and students.


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Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 pm, its “Julie Budd in Show Stoppers: Those Great Musical Moments.” Come see why The New York Times hails Julie Budd as “the consummate performer.” Julie will reprise some favorite musical moments from such musicals as “Gypsy,” “West Side Story,” “Wicked,” “Phantom of the Opera” and more. Tickets range from $30-$60.

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Friday, Aug. 9 at 7:30 pm “A Tribute to the Ladies of Motown with Reflections.” Dr. K of the Motown Revue will present a tribute to the female artists of the famed Motown record label with his group Reflections. Among the iconic songs included in this tribute to the Motown era will be “My Guy,” “Heatwave,” “Baby Love” and “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” among others. Tickets range from $20-$35.

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Saturday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 pm, DHPAC is pleased to once again present “The Hilarious Comedy of Uncle Floyd.” Back by popular demand, with jokes, songs and stories, television’s one and only Uncle Floyd will once again entertain Long Island audiences. Uncle Floyd is always a Dix Hills favorite! Tickets range from $20.

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The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College is one of Long Island’s most vibrant cultural organizations, combining the finest in world-class music and performance education in our acoustically superior theater. Five Towns College, founded in 1972, as a community resource for jazz/commercial music education, and today’s Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, provide entertainment, education and inspiration for more than 20,000 Long Islanders each year.

The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center is located at Five Towns College, 305 North Service Road, Dix Hills, New York, 11746-5857. For more information and ticket sales, please contact the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center box office at (631) 656-2148 or visit online at http://www.dhpac.org/ *Become a fan on Facebook (Dix Hills Performing Arts Center).

7/27 ~ Celebrating Springsteen with Tramps Like Us

Get ready for one powerful musical experience!  The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center  presents, hands down, the number one Bruce Springsteen tribute band, ”Tramps Like Us.”  The Tramps are a dedicated group of inspired and incredibly well-honed musicians that will explode into the night, with an amazing repertoire of more than a hundred songs!  For over two decades, this passionate band has earned its great recognition by displaying a spirited style and energetic stage presence.  With true distinction, this band really captures the essence and raw intensity of the “Boss” himself.  You will embark on an electrifying journey as you reminisce over the classic and signature sounds of one of rock-n roll’s greatest performers, Bruce Springsteen. These guys are really on fire so gather together with some friends and reserve your tickets in advance because they are definitely going to bring down the house!!

Are you ready to be reminded of some fine times and ‘Rock History”?!?  Please allow me to mention the classic songwriting of the legendary Bruce Springsteen. The songs of his true dedication, passion, and fire that have defined his career and have enriched our hearts throughout the years:  “Born in The U.S.A.” “Dancing in the Dark”, “Glory Days”, “Born to Run”, “E Street Shuffle”, “Tenth Avenue Free-out”, “Thunder Road,”  And this list goes on and on…

The “Boss” is a true master of his craft…  With an astounding career of high voltage, rock concerts, & arena stadium sell-out performances.

“Tramps Like Us” was formed in 1990. They have been distinctively recognized, and given high praise by dozens of publications, radio stations, & music industry personal, including former “Springsteen” producer and manager, Mike Appel, and the official Springsteen Radio Station: E Street Radio/Sirius XM.  Tramps were also honored as the ONLY tribute band to be endorsed by members of “The Springsteen Camp.” This is a first time appearance on Long Island for “Tramps Like Us,” so let’s raise the roof and give them a huge welcome!  This will be one amazing night to remember for you & your friends …and the “Tramps!”

 

By LJC

We are honored to welcome this ‘Band of Thunder’
in their very first Long Island appearance

Experience our featured night with some friends
Right here at The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

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Date & Time:  Friday July 27 • 7:30p.m. • $35, $30, $25

7/21 Comedian & Impersonator, Tom LaGravinese

Join us for a special night of fun-filled entertainment with this multi-talented national performer. The Dix Hills Performing Art Center is proud to welcome the very talented Tom LaGravinese, back by popular demand!  Tom is an extraordinary entertainer, comedian and singing impressionist that will bring you all of the joy and the inspiration of the most legendary performers in the world. Tom is known for thrilling his audiences countrywide with a bouncy style.  He delivers a variety of songs and antics of the greatest singers and comedians that have defined the ‘history of classic entertainment’ over the years. Included in this evening of excitement and laughter will be the art of Tom LaGravinese depicting sounds and styles of well-loved singing sensations like  Elvis, Tom Jones Dean Martin, Neil Diamond and Frank Sinatra. In addition to this amazing roster of names will be Tom’s flawless impersonations of the most sought after comedic wonders. You will be bellowing with laughter as you are reminded of the edgy and humorous banters of the hilarious George Burns, Grouch Marx, and Jerry Lewis.

 

This is a classy evening of fine entertainment, with a real seasoned pro!  Make sure to put this date on your calendar, and get some friends together for a really delightful night of vibrant entertainment at The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center. Hope to see you there, laughing loud and hearty.

Tom LaGravinese is known to be a sell-out show, so make sure to reserve your seats in advance!!

 

By LJC

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Date & Time:
Saturday, July 21 • 7:30 p.m. • $50, $40, $35, $30

7/20 Tributes to Eric Clapton & Santana with The Clapton Chronicles & Milagro

The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center has a wonderful evening of very cool music in store for you. The Clapton Chronicles are a group of finely tuned musicians that will keep you mesmerized with songs that will stir up many of the incredible Rock History memories from the 1960′s & 1970′s. Honoring the famous sounds of the amazing Eric Clapton. This night of tribute will include a repertoire of most acclaimed song titles from Clapton’s early career… remembering the best of  ’Cream’, ‘Blind Faith’ & ‘Derek and The Dominos’. This night of tribute will also feature the very talented group of musicians Milagro, dedicated to bringing you their interpretations of music by another legendary giant band, Santana.

 

Rock Guitarist Carlos Santana became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered rock, salsa and jazz fusion. The band’s sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas which are not generally heard in rock music. Recognizing the highly identifiable smooth guitar styles of Carlos Santana with songs like “Black Magic Woman”, ” Evil Ways,” “Maria, Maria”, “Taboo” and many more.

 

Eric Clapton has had an amazing and profound impact on our Music History. He has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time!  The legendary group Cream brought Clapton to famed recognition in the United States bringing us songs including “Cocaine” and “Badge”, of which Clapton co-wrote with another well-known artist, George Harrison of the Beatles. A friendship that lead Clapton to become the featured guitarist on the very famous Beatles tune, “While my Guitar Gently Weeps”. In 1969, the group entitled Blind Faith was the creation of just one very special album, adding to our Rock History the song, “Layla.” Just a little trivia: did you know that Steve Winwood was also a member of Blind Faith?!  In 1970, Derek and The Dominos was formed to create a heavily blues-influenced album of which Clapton collaborated on tunes with such music icons and artists like Dr. John, Leon Russell, Billy Preston and Ringo Starr. Also featured in the lineup was Duane Allman on slide guitar.

 

Clapton’s solo career skyrocketed in 1974, with the release of his own version of Bob Marley’s, “I Shot the Sheriff,” which became a #1 hit! This helped bring the origin of the song’s ‘Reggae’ sound to mass market as well.

 

Don’t miss out on this incredible night of music, magic & Rock History Check for ticket availability, this show is sure to sell-out fast!

By LJC

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Date & Time:
Friday, July 20 • 7:30 p.m.  * $35, $30, $25

Julie Budd in a Tribute to Gershwin

Please join us at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center as we welcome The Sensational Julie Budd in a Tribute to Gershwin.  Julie Budd is highly acclaimed for being one of the most exciting singers on the scene today..!  Julie began singing professionally at the tender young age of twelve.  Her credits range from television and film, to the New York Stages to Symphony Concerts and performances in the most well-known and lavish Casinos & Showrooms all over the country…  She has also appeared on over 100 Merv Griffin Shows, The Tonight show, Entertainment Tonight and every major television show.  Now that is a heck of a resume!  She has had quite a diverse and exciting musical career, and there’s more…  Julie has also had the honor of co-starring with such legendary performers as Frank Sinatra, Liberace, Joan Rivers, Carol Burnett and many others.

As we pay tribute on this evening of honor, please allow me to remind you of some of the most memorable songs of the legendary team of masterful composition and craft of music and lyrics…  Our beloved George and Ira Gershwin… Remembering tunes so lush and melodic…  “Embraceable you”, “My One and Only”, “Someone to Watch Over me”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Crazy for You”, “Kiss Me Stupid”, “Shall we Dance” and so much more…

This is one talented woman, won’t you come see for yourself and be thoroughly entertained with her seasoned & lovely stage presence, and professional style, as she delights you with her dedication to the fabulous song craftsmanship of George and Ira Gershwin in a Tribute to Gershwin. Simply some of the greatest songs ever written, need I say more?!  Enjoy this very special evening of class and distinction…

By LJC

 

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Date & Time:
Saturday July 14 • 7:30 p.m. • $50, $40, $35

Three Summer Evenings with Dean Karahalis & The FTC Concert Pops

Three Summer Evenings

with

Dean karahalis & The Concert Pops

     Please join us at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center for these three nights of explosive and dynamic performances by the “Concert Pops”.  This very talented group of musicians will impress you with colorful arrangements and  skillful solo’s that will be sure to fulfill your expectations of musical selections that are familiar and classic.  Under the exciting direction of Dean Karahalis once again leading these fine musicians to reach high notes as they present an amazing and professional showcase.  Come and be a part of the appreciation in your local Theatre, on three separate summer evenings…

     The Concert Pops is a professional Concert Band and Orchestra that performs music from popular Classics, Broadway, and beyond. The ensemble is made up of New York’s finest musicians, many of whom regularly perform with Broadway and The Metropolital Opera. The Pops serves private communities and performs free public concerts supported by Friends of the Pops and corporate sponsors such as Conn-Selmer, Inc., Astoria Federal Savings Bank, State Bank of Long Island, Roslyn Savings Bank, Chase and Citibank, and others. Enjoy the benefits of being a Friend of the Pops by  joining today!

By LJC

Call now to be a part of this summer music celebration…!

631-656-2148

Dates & Times: 

 Thursday June 14th @ 7:30 p.m.  *$10

Thursday July 19th @ 7:30 p.m.  *$10

Wednesday August 8th @ 7:30 p.m.  *$10

Once Upon A Time…Music of Charles Strouse From Broadway to Hollywood with Musical Direction by Arnie Gruber & Marie Danvers

Once Upon A Time… Music of “Charles Strouse”

From Broadway to Hollywood

with

 Musical Direction

 by

“Arnie Gruber” & “Marie Danver”

    

     The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center proudly presents and evening of dedication to the incredibly music history of Charles Strouse.  Arnie Gruber and Marie Danver have collarborated their skillful knowlege in efforts to prepare this very special showcase, which will feature musical selections from the vast catalogue of Strause’s famously known works from Broadway to Hollywood..!

     Strouse has won Emmy Awards for music in television adaptions of Bye Bye Birdie and Annie. He is also the recipient of the  ASCAP Foundation Richard Rogers Award and the Oscar Hammerstein Award.  He is also a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and the  Songwriters Hall of Fame.

     Strouse’s first Broadway musical was the 1960 hit  Bye Bye Birdie, with lyrics by  Lee Adams, who would become his long time collaborator. Strouse won his first Tony Award for best score for this musical, which is considered the precursor of the  Rock musical.  Strouse’s next show,  All American, with a book by Mel Brooks and lyrics by Adams, came in 1962 and produced the standard “Once Upon a Time” (recorded by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin, among others).  Following this was Golden Boy (1964, also with Adams), starring Sammy Davis Jr. and It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman (1966, based on the popular comic strip) which introduced the song “You’ve Got Possibilities” sung by Linda Lavin.

     In 1970, Applause (starring  Lauren Bacall, with book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and lyrics by Adams) won Strouse his second Tony Award. In 1977, Strouse adapted another comic strip for the stage, creating the hit Annie, which garnered him his third Tony Award and two Grammy Awards.  Other Strouse musicals include Charlie and Algernon (1979),  Dance a Little Closer (1983, with lyrics by  Alan Jay Lerner, Rags Alan Jay Lerner), (1986),  Nick & Nora (1993), and  An American Tragedy (1995, with lyrics by David Shaber).

     Strouse also wrote a number of musical revues, many with Adams.Strouse’s film scores include the classics  Bonnie and Clyde (1967), There Was a Crooked Man…(1970, with  Henry Fonda and Kirk Douglas), The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968, with Adams) and the popular animated movie  All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989). He and Adams also wrote the theme song “Those Were the Days” for the television show  All in the Family. Strouse’s songs have been heard on the radio throughout his career and have run the gamut from girl-band pop to hip hop. In 1958, his song “Born Too Late” was number one on the Billboard charts, and in 1999 the quadruple platinum Hard Knock Life Ghetto Anthem by artistJay-Z (which sampled “It’s The Hard Knock Life” from Annie) was the winner of a Grammy for Best Rap Album of the year & the Billboard R&B Album of the Year.

     Strouse’s writing also extends into orchestral works, chamber music, piano concertos and opera. His Concerto America, composed in 2002 to commemorate 9/11 and the spirit of New York City, premiered at The Boston Pops in 2004, and his opera Nightingale (1982), starring  Sarah Brightman, had a successful run in London, followed by many subsequent productions. In 1977, Strouse founded the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in New York, through which many young composers and lyricists have found a forum for their work.

By LJC

At the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center…

Where you can experience 

 ’Incredible Music History’

 of the most

‘Legendary Composers & Songscrafters’

Call now for Tickets..!

631 656-2148

Date & Time:  Friday June 29th @ 7:30 p.m.  *$10

A Johnny Cash 80th Birthday Celebration with Tom Cavanagh

A “Johnny Cash”

80th Birthday Celebration

with

Tom Cavanagh

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     The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center proudly presents, “Walking the Line” in the Johnny Cash Tribute.  This touring production has a special retrospective show in store for you, with an evening of celebration honoring the 80th birthday of Johnny Cash, featuring Tom Cavangh as Johnny Cash.  ”Walking the Line” is without question the most authentic sounding and looking recreation of the music and style of the legendary Johnny Cash.  A fabulous portrayal of character awaits you upon this special presentation, as we will take a journey on the fierce but humble country road that reflects his extraordinary concert career.  This accurately portrayed production will enrich your appreciation and astound you with an array of vintage costumes, period guitars, drums and basses…  

     This exciting show is a grand production that will include a complete repertoire of Cash’s first singles right to the very last with all of the incredibly memorable songs throughout the years as well as a few rare gems..!!   You will be filled with warmth and joy when you hear that rich, familiar voice that is haunting and memorable; highlighting his country soul roots that will live on and on… “Ring of Fire”, “Bird on a Wire”,”Blue Suede Shoes”, “A Boy Named Sue”…

      * Singer-songwriter Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, AR. In 1950 Cash joined the Air Force and trained in Texas where he met his first wife. After his service and discharge, he formed a band and landed a record deal. By the early 1960s, he was a musical superstar. In 1967 he married June Carter. He recorded his last track of his final album a week before his death in 2003.*

     Tom Cavanagh is recognized as a Long Island legend himself..!  With credits that include “Lita Ford”, “The Backseat Devils”, and Broadway’s “Rock of Ages” to mention a few… Tom  has virtually captured not only the look and sound of Johnny Cash’s vocal tone quality, but his style and mannerisms actually trsansform him into the great Johnny Cash.  This Seven piece band of dedicated and gifted musicians is amplified by the three “Carter Sisters”…   Noted Long Island trio of richly talented musicians, these lovely ladies will enhance this evening of honor by weaving and blending harmonies that display skillful performances on guitar, drums and bass.  Johnny Cash lives on with this amazing tribute from “Walking The Line” …!

By LJC

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Date & Time:  Saturday, June 16 7:30 p.m. $35, $30, $25

“The Jetsetters” Salute… Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

“The Jetsetters”

 salute…

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

Produced by

 Aaron Gandy

 Musical Director of the Lion King on Broadway

 

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      Let the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center put a huge smile upon your face with this evening of high energy music performances; as we present, The Jetsetters..! We invite you to celebrate this up-beat collection of music with their recreation of the amazing songs made famous by The Four Seasons, The Temptations, The Hollies, The Monkeys, The Beach Boys, The Turtles and other ‘guy groups’ that have truly defined the feel-good musical catalogue of the 1960′s. This unique show emphasizes the high point of American music, taking you on an escapade throughout the days of bright and melodic vocal harmonies. The Jettsetters will deliver performances that precisely define the style and essence of the most memorable tunes from a decade which has marked an indelible imprint in our musical history. 

     Some amazing song titles to entice you… by the Four Seasons…”Why do fools Fall In Love”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Rag Doll”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” , “Walk Like a Man”. The Temptations…  “Cloud Nine”,”Old Man River”, “My Girl”, “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone”, You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me”.  Beach Boys…  “Crocodile Rock”, Good Vibrations”, “In The Still Of The Night”, “Surfin’ USA”, “Tell Me Why”.  Monkeys…  “Last Train To Clarksville”, “I’m a Believer”, “Daydream Believer”. The Hollies…  “Set Me Free”, Blowin’ in the Wind”, “Stand By Me”, “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother”.  The Turtles… “Happy Together”, “Let Me Be”, “She’s My Girl”.  I bet you’re smiling already..!

     Get ready for explosive vibrations and richly arranged vocal harmonies by these talented guys..!  In this finger snapping presentation The Jetsetters will engage you with their dedicated versions of these famous melodies that we cherish and love, including; a fully-choreographed show with their own renditions that have been known to create a truly authentic experience for their audiences.  You won’t want to miss a beat…  Step in time with the Jetsetters, and don’t hesitate to reserve your seats for this sell-out show..!  

By LJC

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Date and Time:  Saturday, July 7th 7:30 p.m. * $50, $40, $35, $30

The Sensational Julie Budd in a Tribute to Gershwin

The Sensational Julie Budd

 in a

 Tribute to Gershwin

    

     Please join us at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center as we welcome The Sensational Julie Budd in a Tribute to Gershwin.  Julie Budd is highly acclaimed for being one of the most exciting singers on the scene today..!  Julie began singing professionally at the tender young age of twelve.  Her credits range from television and film, to the New York Stages to Symphony Concerts and performances in the most  well known and lavish Casinos & Showrooms all over the country…  Appearing on over 100 Merv Griffin Shows,The Tonight show,Entertainment Tonight and every major television show.  Now that is a heck of a resume..!  She has had quite a diverse and exciting musical career,  and there’s more…  Julie has also had the honor of co-starring with such legendary performers as Frank Sinatra, Liberace, Joan Rivers, Carol Burnett and many others. 

      As we pay tribute on this evening of honor, please allow me to remind you of some of the most memorable songs of the legendary team of masterful composition and craft of music and lyrics…  Our beloved George and Ira Gershwin… Remembering tunes so lush and melodic…  “Embraceable you”, “ My One and Only”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Crazy for You”, “Kiss Me Stupid”, “Shall we Dance”… And so very many more… 

     This is one talented women, won’t you come see for yourself and be thoroughly entertained with her seasoned and lovely stage presence and professional style as she delights you with her dedication to the fabulous  song craftsmanship of George and Ira Gershwin in a Tribute to Gershwin…  Simply some of the greatest songs ever written, need I say more..!  Enjoy this very special evening of class and distinction…

By LJC 

Call to reserve tickets now… 631-656-2148 

Date & Time:  Saturday July 14 7:30 p.m. * $50,$40,$35,$30