A Century of Cole Porter

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 7:30 pm

Cole Porter’s debut musical, See America First, received its premiere performance at Schenectady’s Van Curler Opera House in 1915, and now Proctors, in collaboration with Lincoln Mayorga and Sheri Bauer-Mayorga and friends, is celebrating the centennial of See America First with a new musical program.

Cole Porter, who, unlike his contemporaries, wrote alone, is responsible for standards like “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “You’re the Top,” “Love For Sale,” “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” “It’s De-Lovely” and “Don’t Fence Me In,” all of which will be featured in A Century of Cole Porter, as will the delightful Gilbert & Sullivan-influenced “I’ve A Shooting Box in Scotland” (taken from the score of See America First).

Lincoln Mayorga, an internationally recognized pianist, composer, arranger and recording artist, known for his brilliant interpretations of the great American songbook, will be joined by his wife, vocalist and pianist Sheri Bauer-Mayorga, along with drummer Ted MacKenzie and bassist Otto Gardner. Vocalists on the program will include Jean Leonard, Derek Stannard and Claudia Bruce, with MC Cheryl K. Masterson.

In addition to offering selections from Porter’s considerable catalog of hits, the Mayorgas will play an original two piano arrangement of Porter’s 1923 one-act ballet sketch, “Within the Quota,” and the singers will join in duets and ensembles.

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