Thursday, October 22, 2009

Angelina Reaux comes to California Stage

California Stage presents DECEMBER SONGS: A CELEBRATION OF LOVE, LIFE AND THE HOLIDAYS conceived & performed by Grammy nominated artist Angelina Reaux

Soprano/chanteuse Angelina Réaux will perform her concert-cabaret in a five week run at Sacramento’s intimate California Stage. The concert runs from November 27 through December 31, culminating in a special New Year’s Eve cabaret gala.

This luminous soprano "with the velvet and diamonds voice" (VILLAGE VOICE) and "singing actress of the very first rank" (New York Times) is offering up a cornucopia/cabaret set in 1960’s suburbia where she takes us on a musical journey while preparing and recovering from her annual holiday party, singing a cornucopia of American standards and beloved holiday songs. Ms. Reaux will be singing songs of the holiday season, from Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and Kurt Weills’ “The Saga of Jenny” to Tom Leherer’s “I’m Spending Chanukah in Santa Monica.” Be prepared for any song with the words snow, bell, tree, manger, virgin, love, joy, dreidel, or ding-dong— there's something for everyone! So come and enjoy Angelina Réaux's gift to you— an evening of joy and love, laughter and inspiration.

On December 31st, California Stage presents a New Years Eve Gala Concert entitled: "What are you doing New Years’ Eve?" There will be two shows that evening with one performance at 7:00 p.m. and one at 11:00 p.m.. Champaigne and refreshments are included with the special price of $60.00 a couple, $35.00 an individual.

Ms. Réaux has sung on the stages of opera houses, concert halls, cabarets, and theatres around the world, singing everything from Italian Opera to OKLAHOMA! She has won wide recognition for her performances of French and German Cabaret and "The American Songbook." She has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, John Mauceri, Kent Nagano, Marin, Alsop, and Ned Rorem; worked with Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Stephen Wadsworth, Tony Taccone, Tony Kushner, sung with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Boston Pops, and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia; and with the Santa Fe Opera, Washington Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera.

Internationally acclaimed for both her performances and recordings of the works of Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein, Ms. Reaux has also worked on and off-Broadway, toured nationally with SWEENEY TODD, and has been presented by some of the world's leading theatres and concert houses. In California alone, Ms. Reaux has been featured with the Ojai and Cabrillo Festivals, Sinfonia San Francisco, Sacramento Symphony, Long Beach Opera, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Stage Santa Barbara, the Marin Theatre Co., and at San Francisco's Plush Room.

Her discography includes the Grammy-nominated LA BOHEME (Deutsche Grammaphon), Blitzstein's opera REGINA and Weill's STREET SCENE (London), Berg's LULU SUITE and Weill's SEVEN DEADLY SINS (Teldec), her two-CD set of Weill songs STRANGER HERE MYSELF (Koch Classics),Roberto Rodriguez's FRIDA (CRI), KURT MASUR AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC (Teldec), and two discs of song cycles by William Mayer and Ned Rorem (Newport Classics).

"Réaux is America's most dramatic singer. She can sing with a disarming sweetness, gentle longing, passionate regret, deep anguish, white-hot rage, engaging wit, high hopes and worldly-wise cynicism, the voice of innocence and the voice of experience--often in the course of a single song." (Boston Globe)

“December Songs” plays on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m., Tickets for “December Songs” are $20 general; $15 students, seniors, and actors. Tickets for the New Years Eve gala are $35 each, two for $60. For reservations or more information, contact California Stage at 916-451-5822 or Online Ticket sales on California Stage Theater is fully accessible.

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