It seems like the Labor Day Parade was just a few days ago, and already we are looking towards the November edition of The Flagpole Radio Café.
I am so excited about our next guest artist Deborah Henson-Conant. How shall I describe Deborah Henson-Conant? I know, I’ll lift some artfully worded phrases from her press materials:
Deborah Henson-Conant: a prolific composer, a revolutionary harpist and a performer of irrepressible spirit.
Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated artist who sings and plays the harp, tells stories and composes symphonic music that runs the gamut from bombastic to tender. She has been described as “the wild woman of the harp” by bandleader Doc Severensin. Her playing ranges from raucous to delicate and her performances blur the line between musical performance and theatrical event.
Deborah herself is impossible to categorize. She has made her own path, composing musical theater since the age of 12, first studying classical harp, then developing her own version of swing and Latin jazz and finally synthesizing all three elements into a new genre of musical performance. Her shows mix jazz, folk and flamenco with a theatrical narrative of storytelling and humor.
If you visit our website: www.flagpoleproductions.org you can link to her website where there are clips of her extraordinary performances and her fascinating biography.
Here are some quotes (I especially like Doc Severensin’s praise).
San Francisco Examiner
“She set the crowd afire … Strong fingers, quick mind… [she] puts harp and soul into it.” Phil Elwood
“You play the !@#%! out of that thing!”
“With her cobalt-blue electric Irish harp slung around her neck, she gives Celtic bardery a new image.” John Dilberto
“… a night with Henson-Conant is some enchanted evening … although the sound that comes out is still heavenly, it’s a far more sensual notion of heaven than the ones we learned from Sunday school or Saturday morning cartoons … with a presence that seems to combine Carly Simon and the comedian Catherine O’Hara, Henson-Conant commands the intimate setting … from the outset …” Ed Siegal
“Henson-Conant is a creature of fantasy in appearance: her long braids interwoven with colored ribbons hanging down her back, short black dress, one red shower of stars for an earring and silver-spangled cowboy boots. The lyrics are delivered in styles ranging from poetry to scat, as if there’s nothing a harp and its mistress cannot accomplish together … you must see the infinite possibilities Henson-conant brings to the instrument.” Iris Fanger
(I know Ed Siegal and Iris Fanger personally. . .they hate almost everything so when they like someone this much, it’s really, really good).
I don’t want you to miss this extraordinary performer. Plus, you can count on Jim and the band for plenty of great music and The Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre will try to be funny this time.
One more thing. The holidays are just around the corner. Why not give the gift of music to your friends and loved ones. A pair of tickets to see Deborah Henson-Conant make a swell gift. Patty Larkin and Livingston Taylor are just around the corner. Share the fun of our show with the special people in your life.
Don’t forget your teachers either. When I was teaching dramatic literature at American University, I’d hate it when the class moms collected money to give me Dunkin’ Donuts cards for my holiday tribute. I bet your children’s teachers are tired of that too. Why not chip in and buy them a pair of tickets to see The Flagpole Radio Café instead?
As always, please pass this along to anyone you know who might enjoy this offering. I look forward to seeing you at the next show.