When Harry Met The Duke is a evening of music and stories by and about two of America’s greatest composers: Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington. Both men lived and contributed great works of music during the age of the Cotton Club and each in their own way influence the music that we still enjoy today. Loar and Ponzio have put their own stamp on the music with their emotional and musical and often humorous jazz arrangements.
Rosemary Loar has been a cabaret artist for over 30 years and last year was awarded MAC’s coveted Hansen Award for continuing excellence as a performer. She has sung at Birdland, The Iridium, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Don’t Tell Mama, Town Hall (Cabaret Convention), Symphony Space, Upstairs at Sardi’s, Hotel Pierre, in LA at the Gardenia and MBar, in Chicago at The Tambourine Room and most recently in Paulo’s Munich. Ms. Loar has released two cabaret recordings: The Quando Swing and a live recording of her critically acclaimed show Sting, Stang, Stung! Swingjn’ The Music Of Sting
Ms. Loar has four national tours and five Broadway credits to her name including CATS (Grizabella), Sunset Boulevard, and Once Upon A Mattress. She was awarded a Phoebe Award for her portrayal of Ivy Rowe in Fair And Tender Ladies. Rosemary also created the role of Gladys Fritts in the off-Broadway musical, Radio Gals.
Rosemary was the featured vocalist for Lyrics and Lyricist series at the 92nd Street YMCA, the PBS-TV production, New Year’s Eve With Guy Lombardo. at Town Hall with Prairie Home Companion and at Carnegie Hall (concert version of the Broadway show Chess) and has sung with the North Carolina, Orlando, Nelson Riddle and Peter Duchin Orchestras.
This past July Rosemary and Robert Atwood their new musical Spoolie Girl was selected to be a part of Midtown International Theater Festival. Rosemary is also a rock/pop composer and has released 4 CD’s of her original music on the Atlor Music label. For more info go to www.rosemaryloar.com
Frank Ponzio, jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, has performed and collaborated with a variety of well-known artists, including Ben Vereen on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, David Amram, Phil Donahue, Joe Beck, Nancy LaMott, Baby Jane Dexter and Aisha Morris (Stevie Wonder's daughter). Frank has enjoyed a 15 yearlong association with Jacques d'Amboise’s National Dance Institute as Music director and as a teacher and composer. He also worked as vocal coach at the New School's Actors Studio for three years as well as the William Riley Vocal Studio. He has created original scores for The Silver Swing, a film directed by Martha Parker, and for a production of David Mamet's radio play The Water Engine and for the full-feature film A Level Field. In television and radio, he has written music for several commercials including Dunkin' Donuts, Kmart, and Campbell’s Soup. Recent recordings include, Sting, Stang, Stung, Swingin’ The Music Of Sting and Quando Swing, featuring the vocalist Rosemary Loar, A Song About Forever, Songs of Kurt Weill, and Duo Piano Concert, featuring Alex Wu and Frank Ponzio (All4One Piano duo).