The Millay Sisters – August 23

To celebrate her 100th anniversary, I will be performing a “Cabaret” show in Stonington, about Edna St. Vincent Millay July 23rd. I am music director and will be at the piano, for the first time in public for a really long time. The music is from the period and jazz standards with a few classical things thrown in. I am performing with 2 wonderful actresses, Margi Sharp Douglas and Rachel Murdy who I met at Camp when I was 15 years old. Isn’t that amazing!

Margi Sharp Douglas and Rachel Murdy as Norma and Vincent

Margi Sharp Douglas and Rachel Murdy
as Norma and Vincent

She walks into the first rehearsal meeting and I think, “you look really familiar.” I went home and I remembered who she reminded me of. When we met again I asked her if she went to camp in NH, she goes “Oh My God! PETER!” I am so glad to have reconnected with her. Both her and Margi are incredible actresses and sirens.

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Burt Dow — August 9 – 19

We are having a revival of Opera House Arts’ original musical version of Robert McCloskey’s classic Deer Isle tale. Book and music by Maia Aprahamian and area students, featuring a community and professional cast of all ages. I am working with the same great artistic staff from the original production, with Joan Jubett directing, Kelley Hayes choreography, David Barber set design, and Debra Otte costumes design.

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Water Music — July 21

I will be conducting a FREE CONCERT in Brooklyn Bridge Park with VPR (weather permitting) on July 21st at 7:30pm. There is this really amazing granite stairway in the park that will be our stage right on the edge of the water. The view will be spectacular! The stage concert will include some of the best parts of William Bolcom’s “View From The Bridge,” Puccini’s “Il Tabarro” and Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffman.”

Granite Staircase

It will be fun staging the Barcarolle on this!

The amazing Branch Fields and Glen Seven Allen will be reprising their roles, Marco and Rodolpho, from our studio production of “View from the Bridge” and Kevin Courtemanche will reprise the role of Hoffmann! We will be accompanied by Sasha at the keyboard and the entire VPR chorus will be joining us as well.

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