Music: Rich Moran sings classics from the Great American Songbook Thurs., Oct. 25

In August, vocalists Rich Moran and Christine Gill presented “Oscar and Steve” featuring the music of Oscar Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim in our performing space. It was the second of two musical revues they created especially for the Best Video and Coffee & Wine Bar. On Thursday, Oct. 25, Rich returns to give an intimate solo performance showcasing music from the “Great American Songbook.” Once again, he will be backed up by the husband and wife team of Jeff Webber on saxophone and Judy Webber on piano. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a selection from our array of wine, beer, coffee, and non-alcoholic beverages while you listen to Rich’s inventive take on iconic standards. Classic songs from tunesmiths such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, and Hoagy Carmichael will be showcased. In between numbers, Rich will provide insightful commentary on the origin and history of many of the songs including where some of them can be found amongst the movies in the Best Video catalog.

A Hamden resident, Rich has performed in the New Haven area for over twenty years. In addition to his concert work, he has played a number of leading roles in musicals produced throughout the state. He is also an occasional guest host on Will Duchon’s “The Night Cafe” program featuring music from the Great American Songbook on Friday nights at 10 PM on WMNR Fine Arts public radio.

Jeff and Judy Webber first met while each were playing popular music in the New Haven club and restaurant scene. Judy is one of the busiest music directors in the New Haven area theater community. She directed this past summer’s Whitney Players production of “Hairspray” and is currently working on Sacred Heart Academy’s production of “White Christmas” to be performed at the Shubert Theater in late November. Jeff often joins her on woodwinds in the orchesteral pit for her shows. Rich, Judy, Jeff have been playing together for several years. In addition to “Oscar and Steve” in late August, they have collaborated recently for all standards concerts at the Guilford Public Library and the Hearth at Gardenside in Branford.

The Best Video Coffee & Wine Bar will be open with a fine selection of delicious snacks and refreshments, including Willoughby’s coffee. The Best Video Coffee & Wine Bar is now also licensed to sell wine and beer. The cover charge for this sow is $5.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

Sunday, Oct. 28, 6 PM. A Program for Kids of All Ages: Family Halloween Film Screening

Thursday, Nov. 1, 8 PM. Jazz: David Chevan

Monday, Nov. 5, 7 PM. What Would You Do? Film Series: “Brigham City”

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 PM. Wildlife Stories: Ann Prum

Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 PM.Indie Psych/Pop: MT Bearington