‘American Songbook’ concert on May 9

By Submitted May 01, 2014 12:08 pm

The music and songs of America’s favorite composers — George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jimmy Webb and Stephen Foster — will be performed by acclaimed singer Christine Williams and guitarist Ed Dunsavage on Friday, May 9, in Brookings, Ore.

The concert, presented by Stagelights Musical Arts Community, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave.

Tickets are $15 and available at the Curry Coastal Pilot, 507 Chetco Ave. in Brookings.

The Ashland-based duo will present a program entitled “American Songbook,” featuring introspective and sensitive renderings of music by American songwriters and composers.

Dunsavage described the pair’s first recording together, “Lazy Afternoon,” as “an eclectic blend of highly expressive music, concerned more with emotion than with craft or virtuosity; a genre-blind music that mingles strains of jazz, pop, classical and folk.”

“This is music that touches the heart and soul of the listener,” Dunsavage said.

Williams is a singer and actor whose performance credits include productions at regional theaters and on concert stages across the country and around the world. She has performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Barbican Centre in London, the Aspen Music Festival and the Grotowski Institute in Poland. 

With eclectic tastes and a wide stylistic range, Williams is a frequent collaborator with jazz, folk and classical musicians, experimental theater and movement artists and has developed her own form of “concert cabaret.” 

Dunsavage, recently voted Ashland’s favorite musician in the Sneak Preview readers poll, has been performing throughout the Pacific Northwest for more than 24 years. 

He has performed at many venues and festivals in the area including the Upper Sacramento River Jazz Festival, the Umpqua Jazz & Wine Festival, the Medford Jazz Festival, the Newport Oregon Jazz Festival, and the Britt Festival.

Dunsavage has shared the stage with many wonderful artists including vocalists Bernadette Peters, Greta Matassa, Leslie Kendall; guitarists Mimi Fox and John Stowell; reed players Paul McCandles, Ken Peplowski, Dave Ellis and Charles Neville.

He also works as artistic director for the Siskiyou Music Project, a nonprofit, arts and education organization based in Ashland, Ore.

For more information and videos of Williams and Dunsave, visit www.stagelights.us. For more information call Stagelights Musical Arts Community at 541-373-3727.