Backed once again by Judy Webber on piano and Jeff Webber on woodwinds, this will be Rich’s fourth appearance in the Space. Drummer Noah Golden will also join him in this set. Besides his solo gig here last October, Rich had previously appeared with soprano Christine Gill in a program of movie songs from the Great American Songbook and in a review of the compositions of Oscar Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim titled “Oscar and Steve.”
This time, he’ll, once again, bring his neo-traditional approach to iconic standards that have remained popular through the generations. He’s prepared an all new set of eclectic material from lyricists and composers such as Rodgers and Hart, Henry Mancini, Cole Porter, Burton Lane and others, including lesser known songwriters such as Rube Bloom.
As he’s done in his previous shows, Rich will intersperse informative commentary about the music between many of the selections. He’s found this to be popular with his audiences as they learn the story behind many of the songs that they have heard on the radio or in concert or at the movies through the years. Rich, himself, enjoys learning tidbits about the songs while he and Judy research and sort through potential new material to play, Listening to American Songbook themed radio programs such as Jonathan Schwartz’s “High Standards” on Sirius FM and Will Duchon’s locally broadcast “The Night Café” on WMNR FM inspires him and turns him on to hidden gems within the repertoire and interesting arrangements of more classic tunes. In addition to being a listener, Rich occasionally sits in for Will Duchon as a guest host of “The Night Café” on Friday nights. That gives him the opportunity to showcase many of the great new recordings of the American Songbook made over the last few years by contemporary artists.
Rich is a Hamden resident and Orange native. In addition to his concert work, he is a seasoned musical theater actor having appeared on stages from Orange to Suffield. Judy is the well respected music director of numerous productions throughout the New Haven area. She is currently in rehearsal in Hamden for the Whitney Players’ August production of Shrek. She is often joined by Jeff in the orchestra pit for her programs. Both Judy and Jeff are retired area teachers and longtime Guilford residents. Noah is a writer, actor, and musician who recently graduated from Quinnipiac University.
Rich, Judy and Jeff are excited to kick off a series of appearances in the New Haven area this summer with their show in the Performing Space on the 19th.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:
• Thursday, June 13. INDIE ROCK: THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS
• Wednesday, June 19. CABARET: RICH MORAN
• Thursday, June 20. INDIE POP: THE FURORS, AL HOWARD
• Wednesday, June 26. INDIE ROCK: THE JELLYSHIRTS
• Thursday, June 27. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO
• Wednesday, July 10. ACOUSTIC FOLK: SHELDON CAMPBELL
• Thursday, July 11. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS
• Wednesday, July 17. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE
• Wednesday, July 18. CLASSICAL GUITAR: ORPHÉE RUSSELL
• Wednesday, Aug. 7. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA featuring JEFF FULLER & ISABELLA MENDES
• Thursday, Aug. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND