Meet Corinna Sowers-Adler, the Artist-in-Residence at the Oakeside Mansion.
Sowers-Adler is a singer and performer with roots in Broadway, classical and cabaret theater. Residing in Bloomfield since 2008, she is the host of the popular Music at the Mansion concert series which takes place the last Sunday of the month at Oakeside. Join her this weekend, when she hosts Gerry Mastrolia, Fran Leonardis, and Sean Harkness.
“Cabaret fits me. I love the intimacy of it,” she says with a smile, sitting outside the mansion grounds on recent afternoon. She has just performed at the annual gathering, A Taste of Bloomfield, where she regaled her rapt audience with a variety of classic cabaret tunes. “I love that I can create a show and tell a story. And I just love the interaction with the audience.”
Falling in love with performing at the age of nine, Sowers-Adler has spent a lifetime honing her craft (“there are people who just know what they’re meant to do, and I guess I’m one of them.”) She and husband Nick Adler, a manager at Jazz at Lincoln Center, have devoted themselves to developing music programs and teaching children.
“I was the Artistic Director of the children’s program at the Buck’s County Playhouse,” she says. “I moved here in 2008. I did it kicking and screaming but it was the best move of our life to come to Bloomfield. We’ve met incredible people and I couldn’t be in a more beautiful place.”
Sowers-Adler is proud to show off her studio on the second floor of the mansion, where she teaches voice. It is a romantic and feminine room filled with light, photographs, posters of Broadway shows and her beloved piano.
“My studio is Mrs. Oakes’ private dressing room. They say she haunts the place,” says Sowers-Adler cheerfully. “I teach voice based on a classical technique created by Herbert Ceasari, a form of Bel Canto that can be applied to every form of music. Primarily I work with teens, but my youngest is eight. I have 22 private students now, and several are adults.”
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Private, 1-hour lessons for ages 10-adult and held at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center. Sowers-Adler is accepting students now for the Fall semester, which runs August 20-December 20.
NiCori Studios & Productions is a company Sowers-Adler runs with her husband. She is also the at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts.
Though her students range in ability levels from beginner to advanced, she believes, “Everyone can improve. They can be the best version of themselves that they can be.”
In addition to teaching, she performs at the Metropolitan Room (on 22nd Street in Manhattan, between 5fth and 6th Avenues) Fiensteins at the Lowes Regency Hotel, The Duplex and the Triad, an off-Broadway theater.
But Music at the Mansion is one of the projects she is most devoted to, because it gives her the opportunity to showcase the work of other artists.
Not only does she love hosting events at the beautiful Oakeside Mansion (“It reminds me of the history of European house concerts, that were performed in solariums”) Sowers-Adler says she feels enriched by developing a strong connection among other artists.
“Nick and I produce it. We have three performers for each show, which take place on the last Sunday of the month,” she explains. “I host it and sing a song and then the other artists perform. We have coffee and dessert afterwards. For ten bucks you get New York performers and you can speak to them afterwards. It’s a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon!”
Sunday, July 29, 2012 / 3 p.m.
Oakside Bloomfield Cultural Center
240 Belleville Avenue
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
“Music at the Mansion” is a series showcasing talented performers from NYC and NJ. The series is hosted by NYC Cabaret singer and Bloomfield resident Corinna Sowers-Adler and features Deborah Martin on piano.
Ticket Information: 973-429-0960
$10 general admission includes performance and light reception. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
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