Summer 2017: Flower Piano Returns

Hello Everyone! I am preparing collaborations with several wonderful musicians (and the amazing painter Peggy Gyulai) for the 3rd annual Flower Piano Festival in Golden Gate Park, starting July 13. Below is a link to the schedule, and also a detailed list of the concerts I will be presenting.

Pianist Allison Lovejoy is a featured performer at 4 Flower Piano events at
SF Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park.. (see schedule below)

Don’t miss this incredibly magical event in the beautiful gardens with pianists in all areas of the arboretum. Concerts are both weekends of July 15/16 and July 22/23.
Pianos are available for guests to play at all other times!! bring picnics and sweaters, and enjoy pianists play classical, jazz, sambas, tangos, blues and more…..watch children dance, listen to poets with birds accompanying!

$8/ free admission FOR SF residents

http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/flowerpiano/

SATURDAY, July 15: 12-2 pm Zellerbach Garden

Piano and painting with pianist Allison Lovejoy and artist Peggy Gyulai
Special guest soprano Helene Zindarsian performs works by Strauss and Faure

Nature-inspired compositions by Ravel, Debussy, Rachmaninov, and Villa-Lobos

SUNDAY, July 16: 12-3 pm Exhibition Garden

12-1 pm: Esther Eschenbach and Benjamin Gribble
DUO PIANOS: 1- 2 pm: Pianists ALLISON LOVEJOY, KYMRY ESAINKO,
SERENE HAN and ELEKTRA SCHMIDT

Two-Piano works by Ravel, Milhaud, Poulenc, and Rachmaninov and others.

A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE of “CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS” by Saint-Seans-
With members of the Classical Revolution, Santa Rosa Symphony and Marionettes!!

SATURDAY, July 22: 7:30-10:30 pm “NightGarden Piano”
This special ticketed event features 6 pianists performing concerts in the gardens at night. Heat lamps, beverages, and romantic piano music provided.

I will be performing works from my collections of “Nocturnes for Piano” by composers Chopin, Satie, Bizet as well as original works by myself and local composers.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2983976

SUNDAY, July 23: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Allison Lovejoy with Emil Miland, cellist

Don’t miss this program of Impressionist and Romantic piano works
and guest cellist Emil Miland of the SF Opera Orchestra performing music by Lou Harrison, Candace Forest and Rachmaninov!!!!

SUNDAY, July 23: 4:00- 6:00 pm Casulo
I’ll be joining Paulo V. Sultanum and the wonderful Brazilian music ensemble on a few tunes, including one of my original compositions!

The 7 Deadly Pleasures CD Release

Hello Friends,
We are celebrating the release of selections from the original Cabaret Rock-Opera by Allison Lovejoy and Geoff Ball on Sunday June 25, 730 pm!
This show has thrilled sold-out audiences at the SF International Arts Festival and the A.C.T. Costume Shop in San Francisco

Original Cast and Band Members will be performing selections from this stunning recording of hit songs! Cabaret style seating and limited edition CDs are for sale, of course!

WHERE: Community Music Center at 544 Capp St, San Francisco.
(near 21st and Mission St.)
WHEN: 7:30 pm (doors) 8:00 pm (show)
$10 Admission $20 Admission + CD
https://www.facebook.com/events/152661005276028/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%22106%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

APRIL CONCERTS and PROJECTS

Hello friends,
It has been an exciting spring so far, times of change, rebirth, and moving forward, Finishing old projects, starting new ones… I just finished recording Arne Oldberg’s solo works for piano and am preparing the release of The 7 Deadly Pleasures cast album this June, as well as Premiering new songs and solo works for piano this season.


Here are my concerts for this month:


THURSDAY, APRIL 6 7:30 pm and SUNDAY, APRIL 9 4:00 pm

I will be accompanying this wonderful ensemble in a Faure composition. The program includes new choral works, and I will be performing my original Nocturne “Remembrance”, commissioned by Susan McGarry.

http://pacificedgevoices.org/concerts/

FRIDAY, APRIL 14 7 PM-9 PM Friday Nights at Charlie’s Cafe, Folsom street at Precita Park, SF
Allison Lovejoy plays jazz, originals, and more… with Randy O’dell on drums and Bing Nathan on bass

SUNDAY, APRIL 23 3 PM COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO, 544 CAPP ST.

I will be premiering an original new Nocturne and “Nocturno de la Ventana”, composed by CMC faculty member Chus Alonso for my “New Nocturnes” recording.

NIGHT MUSIC- CMC FACULTY KEYBOARD MARATHON

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 8:00 PM “12 PIANOS” FILM PREMIERE at THE CASTRO THEATRE!!!

Sunset Piano- The Film

FINALLY! The amazing film by Dean Mermell featuring Mauro Ffortissimo and the many pianists who made this incredible movement into a film.. not to be missed.
I recorded tracks for this film, have a few appearances (one with dolphins, another with whales!!) and was Music Consultant! It is a remarkable film, and it was an honor to be a part of it!

More to come soon!!

Link

Hello Friends!

This March is moving forward with exciting musical events!

Here are a few I’ll be performing in this coming month:

Thursday, MARCH 2nd, BIRD and BECKETT BOOKS in Glen Park, San Francisco 8-10 pm

Allison Lovejoy and friends: original cabaret and classical

with Randy Lee Odell on drums, Bing Nathan on Bass, and Greg Stephens, trombone

Saturday, March 11, 2 pm http://concert4kids.brownpapertickets.com/
CONCERT for KIDS, ages Eight to Eighty Family concert
I’ll be Performing Chopin’s Andante Spianato with the Golden Gate Symphony,
Urs Leonhart Steiner, conductor.

RECORDING PROJECTS:

I’ll also be in the studio February 28 and 29, recording works of early 20th century Swedish-American composer Arne Oldberg. This music, composed from 1900-1920, has influences of late Romanticism and classicism, with lovely melodic content and interesting harmonies.

The fabulous producer Jim Greer of Rondo Brothers fame will be recording and producing that album, and he has also finished the edits and mastering of the long-awaited 7 Deadly Pleasures cast album! Look for these releases late spring/early summer!

Onward and Upward!!!!

Fall 2016 Shows and Projects

Hello friends!

I am currently finishing up the tracks for the cast album of THE 7 DEADLY PLEASURES with the help of fabulous producer/composer Jim Greer of the Rondo Brothers. The cast and band sound fabulous! I can’t believe we did this recording in just a day! It’s due for release by the end of 2016!

As we get close to the final mix, I’m preparing a selection of wonderful late Romantic piano compositions by Jim’s grandfather, ARNE OLDBERG, who lived in Chicago and taught at Northwestern. We’ll be recording these by the end of the year.

UPCOMING SHOWS:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 8:00 – 10:00 PM The Lucky Horseshoe (453 Cortland Ave)
CABARET and More! with special guest Ted Savarese of the Tedtones

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 SATIE-ric SALON Private event

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 9-12 pm SOLO PIANO and cabaret
THE RITE SPOT (Folsom/17th)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 DADA WORLD’S FAIR 8-12 PM ODDFELLOW’S HALL(MARKET/7TH)
http://www.dadaworldfair.net/devil-in-the-details/

Upcoming Shows in November

Hello friends,

I will be participating in a few really fun and interesting shows over the next week!

This Friday, November 13th at 7:30 pm:  Cabaret Comico  

https://www.facebook.com/events/1747256008830762/

The Wild Women Collaborative will be premiering some original music of mine from the Best Bad Things, our new show about women of the Barbary Coast!! Very exciting, funny and saucy material! it’s especially funny because these stories are true!! There are so many good tales of fabulously daring women in San Francisco history that you think I made them up!

Vocals and additional lyrics by Alexis Lane Jensen, Candace Forest, Beth Wilmurt, Natalie Greene and Claudia Landivar.

ALSO:    Songbird Presents: A Winter Salon with Allison Lovejoy and Friends

  Wednesday, November 18th, 8 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/699282243505992/

A wonderful Mission District location.  Original cabaret music, performances by La Peche, and film showings with live music!

please rsvp for venue location!  this is a special place and show you will not want to miss!

New CD Release and New musical Showcase this Fall!

Dear Friends,

I have just finished the recording and mastering of a new CD of Nocturnes by Ukraine-French composer Georges Rubissow. These deeply beautiful pieces were given to me by his son, George.  Taking from Ukraine and Russian folk music, Romantic and 20th century language, with his unique dramatic style, they reflect both times past and present.

Look for this release on ITunes, CdBaby and my website, and for upcoming concerts featuring these works.

This will be the fourth in a series of Nocturnes-  the next one has some very exciting composers included. I am just gathering the scores and beginning to learn the new pieces.

Also, November 13th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.,  I will be joining the cast of Cabaret Comico in a night of comedic song with a stellar cast of performers. We will be featuring original music by myself and the Wild Women of San Fransisco in our new show The Best Bad Things.

https://www.facebook.com/CabaretComico

Thanks for listening, and please share with your friends!

All the best to you!

Allison Lovejoy