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Music at the Mansion

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NiCori Studios and Productions in association with Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center announces a new installment in the monthly concert series, "Music at the Mansion", on Sunday, November 25, at 3pm.  Due to hurricane Sandy's canceling of October's Music at the Mansion, there will be five performers in the November performance.  Performers to include Jazz Cabaret Duo Ann Osmond & Dennis Yerry, singer Stearns Matthews, singer Jim Speake, Singer/Songwriter Clare Cooper and Musical Director/Singer John DiPinto.

Ann Osmond is a singer and actor with roots in the theatre and Dennis Yerry is an accomplished jazz pianist and composer. Their compelling arrangements of jazz standards, The Great American Songbook and more - and a vocal blend that is a rare treat - add up to a signature sound that brings fresh energy to much-loved songs. The duo, formed two years ago, has built an enthusiastic following, performing to sell-out crowds throughout the Hudson Valley. They made their NYC debut at the Metropolitan Room earlier this year. They were featured guests on WAMC’s “Dancing on the Air”, whose broadcast audience includes much of the Northeast.

Stearns Matthews is a two-time MAC Award Nominee for his solo cabaret shows, "This Will Be..." (2011, Best Male Vocalist) and "I Was Here" (2009, Best Male Debut). Stearns studied Music Theater at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey under the tutelage of Dr. Christopher Arneson and Nova Thomas. He has performed regionally in musicals with College Light Opera Company, Philadelphia Music Theatre Works, Women's Theatre Company, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Favorite appearances include Albert Peterson in Bye, Bye, Birdie!, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, and Man 1 in The World Goes 'Round.  In addition to his MAC-nominated solo shows, Stearns has presented critically acclaimed duet performances with Jeremiah Downes (2008) and Megan Candio (2009). In the summer of 2008, he placed as first runner-up in the Metropolitan Room's first annual MetroStar Talent Challenge, despite being the youngest contestant to enter. In 2010, Stearns was one of twelve candidates selected to audition for the first annual Noel Coward Cabaret Competition, presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation and also appeared in the Mabel Mercer Foundation's 21st Annual Cabaret Convention, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Jim Speake is an actor/ singer living in New York City.  Jim has been cast in a number of Off Off Broadway productions in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He has also been in cabaret shows at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT as well as Birdland, The Encore, Don't Tell Mama, the Duplex and The Metropolitan Room in NYC.

Clare Cooper is a singer/songwriter/keyboardist who performs as a solo artist, band member and musical director. A graduate of Berklee College of Music and winner of the Songwriter's Guild of America President's Award and Abe Olman Scholarship, Clare has released two CDs, “Northern Drive” and “Valentine” and is composer for musical comedy “How To Marry A Divorced Man.” She has performed as musical director for Off Broadway, cabaret and school productions, entertained in hospitals and nursing homes, and is currently studying Creative Arts Therapy at The New School.

John DiPinto is a musician, singer, songwriter, actor, musical director and arranger. He has worked extensively in the NY theatre and cabaret scenes. In 2011 he was musical director for I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking it On The Road as part of the York Theatre’s' MUFTI series. He was also musical director and arranger for NYMF 2010’s production of Trav’lin’, a new musical featuring the songs of composer J.C. Johnson. He has conducted on Broadway (Footloose) and Off-Broadway (Langston In Harlem, Altar Boyz). He and his singing partner Mary Foster Conklin have performed their shows Maybe It’s Because Of Love and Down For Double at various cabaret venues, to rave reviews. John was the house pianist/ bandleader for the long-running Metrojam open mike at the Metropolitan Room and has served as musical director for many of New York’s finest singers.

John is currently an Adjunct Professor at New Jersey City University, and works as a musical director for NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program. He has composed original music for the University of Pennsylvania’s Mask & Wig shows, as well as an eclectic variety of vocal and instrumental music. He is currently compiling songs for his first CD.

"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. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door.  Seating begins at 2:30pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center is located at 240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ.  For more information, please contact info (at) corinnasings.com or call Oakeside at 973-429-0960.  Making beautiful music in a beautiful place with beautiful people...

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