BOSTON — The New England Light Opera (NELO) is opening its 10th season with a brand-new revue of the timeless songs of Cole Porter, called “Night and Day: A New Cole Porter Celebration.” NELO’s performance on Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m. is being presented by the Andreassian Music Fund (AMF) at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 15 Newbury St.
“Back in 2004, we presented a new Porter revue we had created called ‘Night and Day,’” says NELO Artistic Director and Co-founder Mark Morgan. “It went to have several runs and was our most successful show to date. For this, our 10th anniversary, we decided to revisit Porter —there were so many great songs we couldn’t include the first time.”
The new show features an en almost entirely new song list including such standards as, Begin the Beguine, Just One of Those Things and You’re the Top as well as rarities, such as, Heaven Hop and I’m Yours. The show is tied in with reminiscences of Porter in his own words.
The original cast of “Night and Day” returns for this new show, including: June Baboian, choral director of Armenian Memorial Church; Kaja Schupper, a NELO audience favorite; award-winning cabaret singer Brian DeLorenzo and Morgan. Joining the cast for the first time at the piano will be Margaret Ulmer.
The AMF which is in its seventh year has collaborated with NELO with several of its shows, including “My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration,” “Fascinating Rhythm: A George Gershwin Revue” among others. In addition, the AMF has presented classical artists such as, violinist, Emil Altschuler, and guitarist, Gerome Moufe, (AM Duo) in concert, pianist, Karine Bagdasarian, as well as violinist, Sargis Karapetian, and pianist, Noune Hacopian.
As with other events hosted by the Andereassian Music Fund, the room will be set up with candlelit tables accommodating six to eight individuals. The cost of admission will include wine served during the performance and an elaborate post-performance dessert reception.