Hidden Treasures: The Songs of Larry Kerchner benefited Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Initiative and The Mabel Mercer Foundation
On November 5th at 7 pm, the York Theatre at St. Peter’s Theatre on Lexington Avenue at 54th Street was charmed with songs of Larry Kerchner (“Somewhere in Time”) sung by some of today’s most formidable singers: Hilary Kole, Laurel Masse, Kevin Spirtas, Stacy Sullivan, Jeff Harnar, Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, Karen Oberlin, La Tanya Hall, Sidney Myer, Raissa Katona Bennett, Jill O’Hara, Randie Levine-Miller and a host of others. Musical Director is Tex Arnold. The event was produced by Sandi Durell.
Photography: Barry Gordin
The Benefit evening provided funds for two charities that support singers. Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Initiative that brings the music of the Great American Songbook to young people today, to preserve it for future generations by creating vocal competitions nationwide, winners attending the Songbook Vocal Academy and given an opportunity to not only receive scholarship funds to continue their studies, but also appear with Michael on one of his shows. The Mabel Mercer Foundation serves to both perpetuate the memory and spirit of its legendary namesake, Donald F. Smith, and to stimulate and promote public interest in the fragile and endangered world of cabaret.
"For me, the music of Larry Kerchner is an oasis of joy in a world where most music comes and goes very quickly. His songs embody the essence of the classic writers in a contemporary fashion. It is lovely to be associated with him" . . . Michael Feinstein
Tickets are $50 and $75. Reservations available at www.yorktheatre.org/hidden-treasures.html or by calling 212 935-5820