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Renée Fleming VOICES: Nellie McKay

Friday, February 8, 2019 7:30 PM

Renée Fleming VOICES

The always-unpredictable singer-songwriter Nellie McKay is impossible to categorize, from doing Brecht on Broadway to creating tributes to the likes of Doris Day and Joan Rivers. Part cabaret, part sparkly pop, her music is as tuneful and clever as the best of the Great American Songbook.

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The always-unpredictable singer-songwriter Nellie McKay is impossible to categorize. She has won a Theatre World Award for doing Brecht on Broadway with The Threepenny Opera, opened for Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall, sung Woody Allen movie songs at the Hollywood Bowl, performed on A Prairie Home Companion, created tributes to the likes of Doris Day and Joan Rivers, and taken part in the Kennedy Center’s 2011 Swing, Swing, Swing celebration. McKay has also released several wildly acclaimed recordings of original music; her debut album was hailed by the New York Times as a “a tour de force from a sly, articulate musician who sounds comfortable in any era.” Part cabaret, part sparkly pop, her music is as tuneful and clever as the best of the Great American Songbook. But beneath the charming and melodic surface is a wit that cuts and a sharply tuned social conscience.

Watch Nellie McKay's spellbinding performance of Hank Williams's "Half As Much," live at Joe's Pub in New York City.

Performance Timing: Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

Renée Fleming says:
“I admire any artist with the strength of vision to chart and follow her own creative path, and it’s hard to imagine a better example than singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay. Her sweet voice and innocent demeanor mask a singular ability to wield the catchiest popular music idioms of the last century in the service of a fiercely independent intellect. Her performances are thought-provoking, emotionally affecting, and fun, and I’m pleased that we are bringing her to the Terrace Theater.”

NOTE: Nellie McKay will sign CDs following the performance, in the States Gallery outside of the Terrace Theater.

Watch and Listen

Nellie McKay - Half As Much