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Monday, Jul 13, 2009

Hyde holds cabaret performances as part of Season of Degas

The Hyde Collection will team up with Cradle to Crone Productions to hold two special cabaret events this summer as part of the Season of Degas events at the Museum. The first, titled Chanson Serenade will be held on Saturday, July 18. The second, called Degas: His Life, His Women and His Art is scheduled for Friday, August 28, 2009.

Companion events to The Hyde’s Degas & Music exhibition, the performances highlight cabaret - a musical genre immortalized on canvas and paper by French Impressionist Edgar Degas. Both performances will be held at 7:30 pm in the Museum’s Helen Froehlich Auditorium.

In Chanson Serenade, created by Catherine Reid and Laura Roth, Reid on piano will be accompanied by vocalists Debbie Gecewicz, Vanessa Sterling, Charlotte Pines, Patrick Doyle, and Julie Delfs. Included in the performance will be songs that represent the many aspects of cabaret, such as Broadway tunes, the blues, and popular music, as well as the French and German cabaret that Degas knew so well.

In the August 28 performance, Reid and Roth will present songs from contemporary shows, as well as an original ballet composed by Reid to highlight important moments, relationships, and aspects of Degas’ life. Doyle will portray Degas as an old man reviewing his life, Pines will play fellow Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt, and Delfs and Gecewicz will play other figures in the artist’s life.

General admission for these special performances is $15 per person, and seating is limited so reservations are suggested. Call 518-792-1761, ext. 20.


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