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American Songs: An evening with Christine Williams and Ed Dunsavage
Friday, May 9 • 7:30 p.m. Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave., Harbor.
Tickets are $15 and available at the door or the Curry Coastal Pilot, 507 Chetco Ave., Brookings.
Stagelights presents and evening with critically-acclaimed vocalist Christine Williams and guitarist Ed Dunsavage, who will present “American Songs,” a program of music by composers from the Great American Songbook.
The Ashland-based duo will perform introspective and sensitive renderings of music by songwriters such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jimmy Webb and Stephen Foster, Dunsave said.
He described their 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 theatres 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 theatre 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 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 non profit, arts and education organization based in Ashland, Oregon.
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.
Saturday, July 5:
Taarka (Americana/gypsyjazz string music). Tickets $15. Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave. Info:541-373-3727.