O Sole Trio, one of New York City's leading cabaret acts, with soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, vocals; and David Shenton, piano and violin; will be bringing their exhilarating and unique show that captures the essence of Italy and features a program that showcases a cornucopia of beloved Italian opera arias, popular Neapolitan songs as well as jazz standards made popular by such singers as Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee and Rosemary Cloney, to various venues throughout New York and New Jersey.
Their program, performed in Italian and English, is an eclectic mix of songs arranged by David Shenton with highlights including "O Sole Mio," Puccini's " O mio babbino caro," "Mambo Italiano," a medley of "Figaro" paired with "That's Amore," to "Time to Say Goodbye" made famous by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli. Also not to be missed is David Shenton's virtuosic instrumental performance of the Neapolitan song "Torna a Surriento" played simultaneously on both the violin and piano.
Don't miss your chance to hear O Sole Trio with performances surrounding Columbus Day (Monday, October 8) festivities at the following venues: September 30, Sunday at the Mercer County Italian-American Festival, West Windsor, N.J. O Sole Trio will be a featured act at the 13th annual Mercer County Italian-American Festival. This festival, that takes place in New Jersey at the Mercer County Park in West Windsor, was created to celebrate Italian and Italian-American Heritage and Culture, and features food, Italian and Italian-American hand crafted products and entertainment on two stages. O Sole Trio will be performing from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Roma Bank Stage. For travel directions and a complete schedule visit www.italianamericanfestival.com.
October 6 and 8, Saturday and Monday at the Metropolitan Room, New York City O Sole Trio returns to one of New York City's premier cabaret rooms, the Metropolitan Room, located at 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues). Shows take place at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 6 and 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 8. For tickets and show information contact www.metropolitanroom.com.
October 11, Thursday at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center, New York City O Sole Trio presents a show "From Prima Donna to Post-Madonna How Italy and Italian-Americans influenced American Popular Music." The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium, the Frieda and Roy Furman Stage, part of Target's FREE Thursdays.
Erin Shields with her lush soprano possess a vocal versatility that allows her to perform in numerous genres from opera arias to Broadway show tunes to jazz charts. She is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music later studying classical voice in Vienna, Austria. During the past five years she has appeared with numerous opera companies and music festivals. Among roles that she has performed include Musetto in Puccini's La bohéme, Ramiro in Mozart's La finta giardiniera; Gianetta in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, as well as Eliza in My Fair Lady and the Baker's Wife in Sondheim's Into the Woods. In addition, Erin was featured singing back-up vocals for Rodrigo Ferreria's Brazilian recording, Voz.Pianoe Detalhes. She has worked with many leading Broadway performers including John Treacy Egan, appearing with him on his CD, On Christmas Morning, and in venues throughout the tri-state area. In 2010, Erin released her debut CD, "I'd Rather Be Lonely." She has appeared in her jazz show, "The Great American Songbook Retold" at New York City jazz and cabaret clubs including the Iridium, The Metropolitan Room and the Somethin' Jazz Club. In August 2011, she was a featured artist at Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival and this past May performed the role of Marina Vlady in the world premiere of "Let Us Fly," the life and music of Vladimir Vysotsky, at New York's 92nd Street Y working with TONY Award winner Larry Hochman and director Moni Yakim.