A Salute to Veterans Oldies Night features Bobby Rydell Oct. 7

A Salute to Veterans Oldies Night, featuring headliners Bobby Rydell, Lou Christie and The First Ladies of Soul, plus a nine-piece band, will take place on Oct. 7 at 7 pm at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 North Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA.

The show will be hosted by radio personality Lou Costello of “Cruisin’ 92.1, WVLT FM” and Mayor Tom Micozzie will recognize local Veterans to kick off the show.

“This is an incredible night of music that will take people back to the late ‘50s and early ‘60s when early Rock ‘n Roll, Doo-Wop, and Teen Idol Crooners was all the rage and the music we listened to on our transistor radios,” said Harry Dietzler, Executive Director of UD Performing Arts Center.

“To have three headliners of this caliber at this affordable price is a treat for the members of the community and beyond. Part of the ticket proceeds will help to jump start a Veterans Memorial within Upper Darby Township,” added Lou Ballezzi who is producing the show and who produces and performs with The First Ladies of Rock ‘n Soul.

Bobby Rydell came onto the scene in 1959 at the age of 17 with the smash hit “Kissin’ Time” followed by “Volare” in 1960. Other million selling singles include “Wild One,” “We Got Love,” “ Swingin’ School,” “Wildwood Days,” and “Forget Him,” selling a combined total of over 25 million records. In 1963, Bobby starred with Ann-Margret in the iconic movie “Bye Bye Birdie.” Ann-Margaret once said of Rydell, “He’s a triple threat. He’s an actor, singer, and a dancer.”

Lou Christie’s falsetto was among the most distinctive voices in all of pop music, he was also one of the first solo performers of the rock era to compose his own material, generating several memorable hits of the mid-’60s including “Two Faces Have I,” “Lightnin’ Strikes,” “Rhapsody in the Rain,” and “I’m Gonna Make You Mine.”

The First Ladies of Rock and Soul will start off the evening by turning the clock back to a time and place in music history that only comes around once. Their performance includes hits from the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Shirelles, The Marvelletes, and Mary Wells. With a musical line-up that includes “Da Do Ron Ron,” “Going to the Chapel,” “Be My Baby,” “Too Many Fish in the Sea,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “The Locomotion,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” audience members will enjoy an electrifying performance by this “girl group.”

Tickets are $40 for reserved seating and Veterans save $5. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 610.622.1189 or by visiting www.udpac.org.

Chamber Music Concert Features Original Compositions By Jeremy Desiderio

The Delaware County Symphony (DCS) will present the first chamber concert of the 2017-2018 season onSunday Sept. 24, 2017 at 3 pm in the Meagher Theatre of the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center at Neumann University, One Neumann Drive, Aston, PA ( ¼ mile west of Concord Rd. and Rt. 452) The DCS chamber music series is under the direction of Dr. Robert Whalen who serves as Chamber Music Director and Associate Conductor.

For this concert the DCS is delighted to present two original chamber works composed by DCS violinist Jeremy Desiderio. Mr. Desiderio will perform his Violin Sonata and DCS cellist, Emily Carroll, will perform his Cello Sonata. Both performers are accompanied on piano by Han Nah Son. The concert will include a brief discussion and explanation of the pieces by the composer. Come experience the excitement of world premiere performances!

Concert tickets are $15 or $12 for seniors/students. Children under 12 (one child per paying adult) are admitted free. Upon presentation of the Delaware County or Montgomery County Library card two tickets may be purchased for the price of one regular admission ticket the day of the concert. There is ample free parking adjacent to the theatre and the Life Center is handicapped accessible. For information call610-879-7059 or visit www.dcsmusic.org

Kathleen Turner makes her cabaret debut in ‘Finding My Voice’ at Philadelphia Theatre Company

Movie, theater, and television star Kathleen Turner makes her cabaret debut in Finding My Voice at Philadelphia Theatre Company for one night only, Monday, September 25.  Performances at 7 pm and 9 pm are at Philadelphia Theatre Company’s home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets).  Tickets are available by calling the PTC Box Office at 215-985-0420 or visiting PhiladelphiaTheatreCompany.org.
“In Finding My Voice,” Turner brings her trademark husky voice to the American songbook, performing classic songs, interwoven with personal anecdotes, with her band, led by Mark Janas.  The evening, directed by Andy Gale and designed by Ed McCarthy, situates the audience at cafe tables, as the PTC stage becomes an intimate setting for the launch of Ms. Turner’s cabaret career.
“I am very excited to venture into the world of cabaret and look forward to returning to PTC where I have a history of introducing new work,” said Turner.
Kathleen Turner appeared at Philadelphia Theatre Company in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, one of the most popular productions in PTC history. She starred on Broadway in High, Indiscretions; The Graduate; and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, for which she received Tony nominations for Best Actress. On television, Ms. Turner appeared on Showtime’s hit series, Californication.  Recently, Turner has turned her attention to directing.  In addition, Turner released her 2008 autobiography titled Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on my Life, Love, and Leading Roles, which secured a position on the New York Times Best-Seller List.