American Classics Come Alive
September 8th, 2016
Omaha, NE — A Broadway performer returns to Nebraska to sing some of the countryâ€™s best-known songs.
The Brownville Concert Series brings the talents of Broadway performer T. Oliver Reid performing â€œDistingueâ€™…The Song of the Saloon Singerâ€ from Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th. The show features Reid performing selections from the American Songbook in an evening that hearkens back to the musical stylings of Bobby Short. Reid said itâ€™ll be an evening Short wouldâ€™ve been proud of.
â€œItâ€™s all those songs that were some of his favorites; the classics from the American songbook,â€ Reid said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael. Then, thereâ€™s also some newer songwriters as well because a huge part of what he did was that he was always listening to new performers and new songs. So, thereâ€™s some new things being added to the show by some more current songwriters as well.â€
This will be Reidâ€™s third performance on the Brownville stage. He visited a couple times in the past five years as a singer in some of the Arts Associationâ€™s Christmas shows. For him, performing in intimate venues like the Brownville Concert Hall provides a great juxtaposition from some of Broadway’s cavernous venues.
â€œItâ€™s much more personal,â€ he said. â€œFor me, itâ€™s always about having a connection with as many audience members as possible. When youâ€™re seeing a Broadway show, it can be more about the spectacle of the show no matter who is on stage. A lot of times you may be going to see a particular star and youâ€™re hoping the show is good. But, for me, itâ€™s more that I am a conduit for the music than saying, â€˜Everything needs to be about the performer!â€™ It really is about the songs, the lyrics, and the music.â€
Reid said he enjoys digging into some of the countryâ€™s greatest songs, embracing the lyrics and finding his own unique touch to them. He hopes audiences will come and enjoy their own favorites and maybe discover a new way to experience them.
â€œPeople are touched by songs theyâ€™ve known forever,â€ he said. â€œTheyâ€™ve hummed the tunes forever. But, when you slow down, change the tempo or change the phrasing, all of the sudden the song opens up an entirely new avenue for them.â€
T Oliver Reid will perform Songs from the American Songbook from Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th in Brownville Nebraska. For more information on the event, visit www.brownvilleconcertseries.com.
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