Saturday, February 11, 2023

Cancelled – An Evening of Jazz and Julia

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Jazz and Julia

About Cancelled – An Evening of Jazz and Julia

Spend the evening with someone special and celebrate a local legend with an evening of music, food and fun!

Mezzo-Soprano Vanessa Schukis portrays twentieth-century culinary icon Julia Child in composer Lee Hoiby’s BON APPÉTIT! Ms. Schukis is a recognized actress and a character mezzo who will keep you laughing with her fast-paced rendering of Julia Child in the kitchen. The 25 minute one-act operetta, accompanied by pianist, Scott Nicholas, is based on two episodes from Julia Child’s popular cooking show in which she concocts a chocolate cake. This witty, warm-hearted opera premiered in 1989 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with actress Jean Stapleton originating the role of Julia Child. The title, of course, is based on Child’s signature close of each of her EmmyTM Award- winning broadcasts from a kitchen that now resides in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History.

The event will take place in The Dewey Family Gallery at deCordova. Tickets include Julia Child inspired snacks and beverages. Doors open at 4:30, with jazz guitar, followed by “Bon Appetit”.

Please note: In case of inclement weather, the performance will be rescheduled for Sunday, 2/12.

About the performers

Ms. Schukis has had a multi-faceted career as a character mezzo, actress, standup comedian, stage director, choreographer, vocal coach, educator, author, and administrator. She has sung a wide variety of operatic, oratorio and broadway repertoire to great critical acclaim and has performed roles with the Boston National Company of Nunsense starring Pat Carroll and Alice Ghostley, Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Providence, New England Light Opera, Intermezzo Chamber Opera, Raylynmoor Opera, Wheelock Family Theater; Lyric Stage Company of Boston; New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative, Opera New England, Longwood Opera Company, Northeastern Repertory Theater, Boston Publick Theater, The Greater Boston Stage Company, Fine Arts Chorale in Weymouth and Newton Symphony.

Ms. Schukis has been a soloist/section leader for the historic Old North Church, Boston, Massachusetts for 32 years and continues to perform in theater, opera and concert engagements throughout the United States and has performed in Austria. Special performances that deserve mentioning are: National Anthem at a Boston Red Sox Game at Fenway, National Anthem on the U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides) turn around, National Anthem at New England Dragway, Epping, NH and the National Anthem at Lebanon Valley Speedway, MA and a televised performance with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Salt Lake City, UT.

Joining Ms. Schukis on the concert is master jazz guitarist, jazz
educator, composer, recording artist, Frank DiBussolo, who has been
playing professionally, with just about everyone in the business, for
more than five decades. Along the way, he’s backed the likes of Bucky
Pizzarelli, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Vicky Carr and Tony Bennett,
among many others. As an educator, he served on the faculties of
Lehigh University, Moravian College, Swarthmore College, and was
the President of Philadelphia’s Combs College of Music. For over 20
years, DiBussolo was a producer of the International Association of
Jazz Educators annual convention. His artistry will take you on a flight
of emotion and leave you wanting more!

Based in Boston, Scott Nicholas is an accomplished pianist known as much for exceptional sensitivity to the performers he accompanies as for his technique. With a repertoire spanning classical and musical theater, Scott has appeared throughout the U.S. and internationally in solo and chamber performances and has accompanied such preeminent singers as Nancy Armstrong, Robert Honeysucker, and Jessica Cooper. In addition, he has served as the rehearsal and performance pianist for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Borromeo String Quartet, the US Airforce Clarinet Ensemble, Longwood Opera, the Minnesota Opera, the Boston Secession, the Concord Women’ Chorus, Boston Lyric Opera; outreach programs and the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition, among others.

Scott has recorded several works by Graham Gordon Ramsay, most recently “Six Piano Preludes,” part of a collection of solo instrumental works from Albany Records (2013). He has also recorded frequently with E.C. Schirmer; Philovox Ensemble and performed on WGBH-FM and WBUR-FM in Boston. An experienced music director, he has served in that capacity for several organizations including the New England Conservatory Opera Workshop, Central Square Theater, Franklin Performing Arts Company, Suffolk University, and Emerson College. Scott’s affiliations with Suffolk University and Emerson College extend to teaching. He is on the faculty at Emerson and is a senior lecturer at Suffolk, where he teaches piano and coaches opera and music theater. He is also a faculty member at Encore Music Academy, offering instruction in piano, theory, and vocal coaching. He holds a B.A. in music education from The College of New Jersey and an M.M. in accompanying/coaching from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with and was inspired by Margo Garrett.

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