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Pittsburgh Song Collaborative Presents ‘The Art of Cabaret’

Audience members at the next Pittsburgh Song Collaborative (PSC) performance will be treated to a little bit of history and a lot of music as the Mary Pappert School of Music ensemble presents The Art of Cabaret.

Slated for Saturday, Jan. 14, the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. with a relaxed nightclub atmosphere in the Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation in the music school at Duquesne University.

“In cabaret, the singer is right there, face-to-face with their audience, often telling stories from their lives as a way of setting up the songs they sing,” said Dr. Benjamin Binder, pianist and coordinator for the PSC. “It’s very chummy and very conversational.”

Songs by Steven Sondheim, Kurt Weill, William Bolcom, Marc Blitzstein, Randy Newman and Tom Lehrer will be performed during The Art of Cabaret, which will feature Binder accompanying mezzo-soprano Liza Forrester Kelly and baritone Daniel Teadt.

During The Art of Cabaret, the trio will give a historical explanation of cabaret, focusing on three specific “heyday” periods of cabaret—late 19th century Paris, France; Weimar-era Berlin, Germany; and mid-20th century New York City.

The second half of the concert will feature the timeless theme of love and relationships, and will include songs normally heard in cabarets of our own day. “Our singers will tell stories from their lives and share their thoughts on the songs they’ll perform and why they find them personally meaningful,” said Binder.

General admission is $10, and wine, sparkling wine and soft drinks will be available during the concert. A small reception will follow.

For more information, call 412.396.6083 or visit http://duq.edu/pghsong.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.