Mister D: I remember on the Today Show (I think), Bette was talking to Katie Couric about Laura Nyro. Bette said if she had to do another songbook she would like to do a tribute to Laura Nyro. So this might be of interest to some of you who live in the New York area.
An Event of Note: Laura Nyro Memorial Concert
On April 28th there is to be a beautiful evening of Lauraâ€™s songs in Ithaca, New York commemorating the 10th anniversary of Lauraâ€™s passing.
Hosted and organized by her brother, Jan Nigro, you are invited to join him for a celebration of Lauraâ€™s extraordinary music. Jan has enlisted the talent of a number of singers/musicians to perform nearly 30 legendary songs written by Laura that span the four decades of her working life.
Jan Nigro worked with his sister playing guitar on â€œSmileâ€ and â€œMotherâ€™s Spiritualâ€ in addition to composing for National Geographic and Disney. He is the co-founder/songwriter and performer with the award winning group, Vitamin L and is currently composer-in-residence for the Hangar Theatreâ€™s â€œProject Fourâ€.
Margaret Dorn has performed with more artists of fame than can be reported in full, however among them are: Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, Lionel Ritchie, Donald Fagan, Michael Bolton, Boz Scaggs, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross and the Chieftains. In short, a lot of heavies.
Diane Garisto toured extensively for many years with Laura as one of her cherished â€œHarmoniesâ€, as Laura named her back-up singers. Additionally, Diane sang on Billy Joelâ€™s â€œRiver of Dreamsâ€ and Paul Simonâ€™s â€œGracelandâ€. She toured with Steely Dan and recorded with Laurie Anderson, George Benson, Donald Fagan, Carly Simon to name a few notables.
Margaret Wakeley has worked throughout the United States and Europe. She made her NYC debut at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre with â€œAn Evening of Perfect Relationshipsâ€¦and Other Romantic Fantasiesâ€ which drew such praise that the club extended her debut. She is an award winning songwriter and recording artist.
Molly MacMillan is a well known musician residing in Ithaca. She has been a featured pianist at many jazz festivals including Ottowa, Montreal, Buffalo and the Thousand Islands, and Corningâ€™s Crystal City. Molly plays a beautiful piano with her tasteful comping and her melodic solos.
Where: Ithaca, N.Y. at the Ithaca High Schoolâ€™s Kulp Auditorium – 1401 N. Cayuga St.
When: April 28th 8 p.m.
Cost: $15.00 at the door.