CVSM schedules cabaret, March 21

March 21, 2002|BY KEVIN CLAPP

Performer John Brink knows right away if a song he hears will fit into his repertoire.

"I've got to love it," the 50-year-old Chambersburg native says. "You've got to love it. If I don't like it in the first 35 to 40 seconds, I probably won't do it. If it hasn't grabbed me, how can I fool an audience?"

Particularly in a cabaret setting, where artist and patrons can rub elbows in close quarters. After all, life is a cabaret, old chum.

And on Saturday, it'll be easier to come to the cabaret as Cumberland Valley School of Music hosts its latest Musicale series performance, a cabaret in the Beistle Co. Atrium in Shippensburg, Pa.


"There's a lot of neat music that goes with that, and it's something we haven't done before," says CVSM program director Paula Hepfer about choosing to stage a cabaret. "We've done Broadway and jazz, and those torch songs and a club setting seemed interesting."

Brink will be there, as will the Songbirds, a trio of juniors at Chambersburg Area Senior High School made of singers Lindsey Shoap, Ashley Hopkins and Linh Truong.

Lindsey's parents, Richard and Patricia Shoap will serve as hosts for the evening. Normally the musicale is held in hosts' homes, but the opportunity to attract more people led to taking the show on the road. Proceeds from the Musicale series benefit CVSM, which provides music and arts opportunities for more than 600 students.

"We're going to try to recreate that cabaret atmosphere," Richard Shoap says. "We just thought it would be fun to do this type of event."

Performing in a cabaret setting, Brink says, provides more of an opportunity to connect with an audience than other venues such as stage or variety shows.

"You try to give each person (attention), to a certain extent make them feel you're singing just to them," he says.

Which is why his show will include titles from as far afield as George Gershwin and country performer Steve Warner.

The diversity suits Brink well, allowing him to mix up his sets with songs both up tempo and brooding accompanied by either guitar or piano. And he's always got his ear tuned to picking up new selections.

"There's always that next great song coming out. It's never all going to be written. With the infinite patterns of music and notes, we'll never be finished," Brink says. "You just never know what's going to come around."

If you go . . .

Evening at the Cabaret, a Cumberland Valley School of Music fundraiser featuring John Brink and the Songbirds

Saturday, March 23

6:30 p.m.

Beistle Co. Atrium

Shippensburg, Pa.

Tickets cost $30. Reservations are required.

For information or reservations, call 1-717-261-1220.

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