About This CD
Broadway musicals have always been about love in its infinite forms. This has resulted in a huge crop of wonderful love songs - joyous, sad, flirtations, angry, passionate, mischievous, touching. They range from the deeply serious to the out-and-out hilarious, as. come to thing of it, does love itself.
So in this recording, West Side Story's Maria proclaims her joy in "I Feel Pretty" and South Pacific's Nellie Forbush displays similar feelings in "A Wonderful Guy."
We also have Guys & Dolls's Adelaide singing "Adelaide's Lament" about the cold she's developed because of the frustration of a 14-year engagement to Nathan Detroit that seems destined never to result in a wedding.
Pal Joey's Vera, a sophisticated "older" woman, who knows Joey isn't worth it, sings about finding herself nonetheless "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered."
Of course, Kate of Kiss Me, Kate in no uncertain terms announces "I Hate Men," while Oklahoma's irrepressible Ado Annie sings "I Cain't Say No."
On the Town's lady taxi driver, Hildy, tries to convince us of her total desirability with the madcap seduction of "I Can Cook, Too," while Sally of Follies sings of her total immersion in her love in one of Broadway's most touching love songs, "Losing My Mind."
As you may have guessed, the hardest part was limiting the number of songs to what could be scrunched into a single CD.
We hope you enjoy them.
Eileen Mager, soprano
Eileen studied voice with Marie S. Kraft at the Cleveland Institute of Music, with Julia LeVine in Chicago, and now works with John Merwin in Scottsdale. She began singing professionally in Chicago, moved with her husband to California, and then to Arizona in 1982. She is one of that rare breed: a recitalist. She is a leading performer for the Arizona Vivaldi Festivals, sings with the Arizona chamber choir Cantemus, and is a frequent solo performer in Arizona churches and concert venues. She was Artistic Director for the 2000-2001 Arizona Vivaldi Festival. Her repertoire is very broad - from opera to jazz, Broadway to folk, classical religious works to spirituals and gospels - and her performances have included works of more than 80 composers, in 15 languages.
Ellen Brown, piano and keyboard
Versatility is the word to use when describing Ellen Brown. A native of Ohio, she was educated in classical music and holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mount Union College, and the Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, but her musical tastes go far beyond the classics. She has performed in a wide variety of musical venues, including doing two-piano jazz concers with her husband Glenn Brown, accompanying for opera stars, jazz singers, Broadway shows, and classical organ concerts. She has arranged and accompanied for the McGuire Sisters, and for Metropolitan and New York City Opera singers Robers Hale, Richard McKee, and Patricia Miller. She is currently a professional church organist and choir director, and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Phoenix College.