From Door County to New York and Back

Mezzo soprano Cythia Stiehl will perform October 17 at Birch Creek.

Cythia Stiehl is taking a trip to New York to see Michael Feinstein, the American singer and pianist who, for six-years in the 1970s, resurrected, catalogued, and archived the repertoire of Ira and George Gershwin. His extended efforts resulted in The Great American Songbook, propelling a Gershwin revival.

Stiehl will attend a limited engagement of Cheek to Cheek, on stage at Feinstein’s Manhattan nightclub, Feinstein’s at Lowe’s Regency, a showcase for cabaret performers.

Why is mezzo soprano Stiehl interested in a cabaret performance?

“It’s homework!” Stiehl exclaimed. She and pianist Judith Jackson have been rehearsing for their October 17 concert, “Cabaret Songs,” at Birch Creek. “Seeing this performance will inform our work,” Stiehl continued. “Cabaret songs deal with love and life in a very conversational way. It’s important to see the total experience in an intimate space.”

When she returns to Door County, Stiehl will resume her rehearsals with Jackson for “Cabaret Songs,” which will be held in Birch Creek’s Juniper Hall, three miles east of Egg Harbor. Concert selections will include pieces by Cole Porter, American composer William Bolcom, and musical theatre composer and pianist Richard Pearson Thomas.

The evening will feature a pre-concert social hour with hors d’oeuvres. Dessert and coffee will follow the concert. The social hour begins at 5:30 pm and is sponsored by Birch Creek’s volunteer organization, The Associates. Tickets are $45. Seating is limited; reservations are required by October 12.

For more information and/or to make reservations call 920.868.3763.