As part of the Songbook Concert Series, The Goodwill Theatre will present Standard Time, a tour through the great American songbook, with Lina Koutrakos & Rick Jensen on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. The Goodwill Theatre’s 2012-2013 Songbook Concert Series is sponsored by Mondorf & Fenwick CPAs.
The Schorr Stage welcomes back old friends Koutrakos and Jensen, who previously performed together at the Firehouse in 2008 with Koutrakos’ critically acclaimed cabaret Torch. Jensen also appeared at the Schorr Stage in 2010 with singer Susan Winter. The concert highlights some of the best songs of the 20th century, more affectionately known as “the great American songbook.” You could go to Manhattan and see Koutrakos or Jensen perform. Now you can save yourself the trip (not to mention the battle to find a parking space and even the standard two-drink minimum of NYC cabaret hot spots) and see them at the Schorr Stage!
Lina Koutrakos, has been heralded by Billboard as “the real thing” and by the Village Voice as “white hot!” She has repeatedly sold out the legendary Bottom Line and sang to standing room only at Manhattan’s B.B Kings. She won the 2007 MAC Award for ‘Best Female Artist of the Year’ in New York City. Koutrakos has been featured in The New York Times, Billboard Magazine and Mode Magazine in addition to receiving hundreds of rave, high profile reviews and interviews in many of New York City’s major periodicals. Says Billboard Magazine, “New York-based Lina Koutrakos is beyond simple comparison with her overwhelmingly expressive voice, capable of explaining crisis in soft, pained whispers, then turning at the song’s peak into a big earthy mama begging for her discarded man’s return.”
2008’s release of her long waited CD/DVD double disc The Low Country features her emotive vocals, production by the bands guitarist Jean-Pierre Perreaux and her award winning original (ASCAP awarded) material. (She was given the Certificate of Merit from the American Songwriter Magazine for a song written with co-writers Dan Gross and Johnny Rodgers) Her first independent CD – Leave A Little Something has sold thousands of copies. More of Koutrakos’ original material is being played on television nationwide and radio stations throughout the world, most notably the BBC. Her unique, passionate voice was featured in the critically acclaimed America Undercover HBO documentary Telling Nicholas. She wraps up this moving 9/11 film with her own sensitive and flawless rendition of its heartrending closing theme song.
Koutrakos was chosen out of hundreds of her peers to be part of ASCAP’S Advanced Songwriting Workshop. Koutrakos/Gross and Perreaux’s song Love Grows Here is being sung by the Gay Men’s Chorus of New York, as well as being recorded and sung by other singers and groups and performed throughout the United States.
As a lyricist, Koutrakos’ words become paintings that allow us a nearly visual glimpse as her melodies are spun into “hooks” that leave you singing them over and over. She is the recipient of the Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabaret Award, the Village Voice Award for Best Rock Newcomer and France’s prestigious Petite Piaf Award all for Best Female Vocalist.
Koutrakos takes center stage with a command and presence reminiscent of many rock and roll legends. She is an entertainer, an inspiration, an authentic experience and a one-in-a-million voice. She will stand you up in energetic applause and knock you down with emotional passion…. all at the same time
Accompanist/Singer/Songwriter Rick Jensen’s compositions have become standards on the New York City Club circuit, garnering him critical praise and a sizeable collection of awards. He has been seen in venues as diverse as Downtown’s legendary Duplex Cabaret to the stage of Carnegie Hall. Other solo appearances include Washington DC’s Source Theatre, The Roslyn Spectrum Theatre in Arlington, VA, The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Convention at Town Hall, Symphony Space, and The Metropolitan Room. The Advocate said of Spring Harvest, the debut CD on which he performs his original material, “there’s a new genius in the room…Cole Porter, Peter Allen, Tom Lehrer, and Nancy Lamott must be beaming down on their collective progeny.” Lee Lessack, Lina Koutrakos, and the late Nancy Lamott are just a few of the well-known artists to have recorded a Rick Jensen tune.
Beyond his solo work he is frequently found musical directing, accompanying, arranging, producing, and even singing back up for a number of Musical Theatre and Cabaret luminaries including Jason Graae, Liz Callaway, Barbara Fasano, Jeanne MacDonald, and Tovah Feldshuh. With Feldshuh, he toured extensively culminating in an appearance at London’s famed Savoy Theatre where they raised over eight million dollars for charity. He will be a featured performer on Composer Carol Hall’s upcoming CD.
In 1996 Jensen formed his own recording company, The Doctor Is In Music to record and distribute not only his own albums, but the albums of those performers whose work inspires him. The company has produced numerous acclaimed CD’s.
His work has earned him five Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs MAC Awards, Two Backstage Bistro Awards, Two National GLAMA awards, and the cover story of Cabaret Scenes October 2005 issue. He is currently at work in the studio writing and recording his next set of releases.
Tickets for Standard Time with Lina Koutrakos & Rick Jensen are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students. You can purchase tickets on their website: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.
Cabaret Workshop Added:
As an added bonus, Lina Koutrakos has agreed to teach a Cabaret Workshop on the morning following her performance. A great opportunity for local singers, this intensive workshop takes place at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The $45 workshop fee includes a ticket to the March 8 concert.
The workshop is limited to ten participants. Singers should come with 4-5 pieces of music, with at least 2 songs that are memorized and ready to work. All are asked to bring 2 copies if the music is not memorized. At least one ballad and one up tune are recommended. Students will receive feedback on the internal (what the songs means to you) and external (how the song is received by the audience) focus of the song through personalizing the work. Singers should arrive warmed up and ready to sing. Please wear comfortable clothes plus the shoes you perform in. Don’t forget to bring your sheet music! Coffee, tea and water will be provided.
Koutrakos, just recently called “A walking Master Class,” has taught performance workshops throughout the United States for over 10 years now. She teaches the already seasoned singer to make the most out of their live performances. She helps them find their own authenticity to set them above and apart from just another “great voice”.
Koutrakos was on staff at both The Eugene O’Neill and Yale programs for performances of this nature. She has won both New York’s MAC Award (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) and the BACKSTAGE BISTRO Award for “Best Director”. For the past 7 years Koutrakos has coupled up with fellow director Lennie Watts to do their program Summer in the City/Manhattan’s Cabaret Intensive. She does master classes throughout the year and teaches a steady 9-month a year advanced performance workshop in New York City with Rick Jensen at the piano. Koutrakos and Jensen have just recently begun their now annual 4-day performance workshop intensives in many American cities: Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Palm Springs, Santa Fe, Minneapolis, Saint Louis and more.
To reserve your space in the Cabaret Workshop, please call us at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301 or visit us online at www.goodwilltheatre.net.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility. It is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, and a new lot along the side of the building, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre. For more information, interested persons can contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: www.goodwilltheatre.net