Sep 9, 2013
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Music as Hot as Stamford's Downtown Scene at the Palace Theatre This Fall

Music as Hot as Stamford's Downtown Scene at the Palace Theatre This Fall

Hilary Kole will perform at the Palace Nov. 13 with Freddy Cole.

Great music is one highlight of the Palace Theatre's schedule this fall, and the performers at the Stamford landmark range from Broadway pros to regional musicians who will be integrating the landmark theater into the downtown scene with shows from the Upper Lobby.

As the Broadway, Cabaret & Jazz series continues Oct. 18 with Christine Pedi and Johnny Rogers, the Palace is also launching the new Showcase 61 venue for emerging regional artists.

"On any given Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night, the streets, restaurants, and bars of downtown Stamford are buzzing with activity," says a release announcing the series. "The Palace will be a regular part of that buzz starting Sept. 27 when they launch a new series called 'Showcase 61' – a series of performances in the Upper Lobby featuring artists from in and around Fairfield County. The first artist to perform as part of this new series is Norwalk singer/songwriter Karen Zimmer. Admission is free for Palace Theatre Members and just $5 for the general public." Tickets may be purchased online at www.SCAlive.org.

The event will feature a relaxed atmosphere, food from a few of the fantastic restaurants in downtown Stamford, the release said, along with Oktoberfest beers, wine, and the live music of Zimmer, who blends elements of folk, blues and country with a hint of pop to create her unique sound. Growing up with a love of music, she spent most of her younger years studying jazz and playing the clarinet and some piano. When she was 25 years old, she bought a guitar on a whim and fell in love. She is currently working on an album at the Factory Underground Studios in Norwalk, the release said.

“We have a wealth of talented people living and working in the area,” said Executive Director Michael E. Moran, Jr. in the release. “We wanted to offer the residents of downtown and beyond a unique evening. You will see artists with a local flavor, and our Sept. 27 event will feature a few Oktoberfest beers, in addition to our regular offerings of wine and soda.”

Palace Theatre Members are admitted free – call the Box Office to reserve your tickets at 203-325-4466.  Tickets for Showcase 61 featuring Karen Zimmer may be purchased online at www.SCAlive.org or charged by phone with major credit cards by calling the Palace Box Office at 203-325-4466. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Palace Theatre box office in downtown Stamford, CT. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The 2013-2014 season is made possible by Palace Theatre’s Season Sponsors Seaboard Properties, Inc. and the Whittingham Family.

Meanwhile, the Palace's popular Broadway, Cabaret & Jazz series continues with signer and comedienne Pedi joining pianist, Broadway star and singer-songwriter Rodgers Oct. 18, followed by jazz vocalist Hilary Kole, who  will replace Cyrille Aimée at the Nov. 13 performance with Freddy Cole.  The performance is a part of the Courtyard by Marriott Stamford Broadway/Cabaret/Jazz series “Perfect Pairs at The Palace,” which is also being sponsored by Norman Drubner.

Hilary Kole was the youngest artist ever to perform at the legendary Rainbow Room and has appeared at the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and The Blue Note, a release on the show says, adding "Ms. Kole has recorded and/or performed with such legends as Dave Brubeck, Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, John Pizzarelli, and Freddy Cole among many others. The New York Times’ Stephen Holden wrote she is “swinging...sultry...sexy with a sharp-edged hint of brass in her voice."  Ms. Kole makes her return to The Palace after performing for the F.D. Rich Awards in June of 2006."

The series is hosted by Darien resident and Palace Theatre Board Member Lynn DiMenna, and featured Judy Carmichael & Steve Ross on this past weekend. It finishes in 2014 with cabaret legend Marilyn Maye and jazz saxophonist Houston Person on Jan. 22.

Subscriptions, which feature discounted tickets, for the Broadway/Cabaret/Jazz Series may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 203-325-4466. Single tickets can be purchased online at www.SCAlive.org or charged by phone with major credit cards by calling the Palace Box Office at 203-325-4466. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Palace Theatre box office in downtown Stamford, CT. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The 2013-2014 season is made possible by Palace Theatre’s Season Sponsors Seaboard Properties, Inc. and the Whittingham Family.

The vision of the Palace Theatre is to be the regional arts center for exciting entertainment that enhances and enriches the cultural, educational, economic, and social life of the community.  The Palace strives to achieve this vision by demonstrating integrity in all work and relationships, providing service and quality in all activities, fostering and promoting diversity of thought, ideas and culture, providing stewardship for the Stamford Arts community, emphasizing outreach in our community, and offering creativity in all endeavors.  Major funding is provided by the Department of Economic & Community Development and the Office of the Arts.  Programs made possible in part by the Fairfield County Community Foundation.

Music as Hot as Stamford's Downtown Scene at the Palace Theatre This Fall

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