Concerts and Performances

NYC Cabaret singer & pianist Ron Ramsay and vocalist Samantha Talora, both Berkshire natives, present “Cheek to Chic,” harkening back to the magic of the musical salons of the Gilded Age on Sunday, June 28 at 4:00 pm

Returning to Ventfort Hall after a successful debut on Valentine’s Day weekend with “Affairs of the Heart”, this dynamic duo bring us back to the glamourous gilded age when popular composers of the day were weekend guests who performed and entertained for high society notables.

The walls of Ventfort Hall will be enriched with the songs and stylings of its heyday as Ramsay & Talora perform songs in a “salon” setting much like that of the entertainers of the Gilded Age.

Arguably some of the greatest songs ever written, these witty, wry, and sometimes schmaltzy lyrics from such composers as Jerome Kern, the Gershwin brothers, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and such London star composers as Ivor Novello and Noël Coward will be performed by Ramsay & Talora, who share a six octave vocal range which settles and stirs nicely in this poignant music.

Tickets for the 4:00pm program are $20, which includes light stationed hors d’oeuvres. Wine will also be available for purchase. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.

REVIEWS

Since the beginning of their collaboration in the Spring of 2014, Ramsay & Talora have been performing throughout the Berkshires, captivating audiences with their series of sold-out performances of “Our Time”, “An Evening of Song”, “Metaphor”, “Affairs of the Heart” at Ventfort Hall in Lenox, MA; benefit concerts “Ron Ramsay & Samantha Talora w/Friends” for the Lee Food Pantry at Lee Congregational Church, Lee MA; and the May 8th Co-Act Concert to benefit “Barbara’s Place”, at the American Legion, Pittsfield as well as the duo’s most recent project – A Sondheim Trilogy: Celebrating the Master of Musical Theater.

Radio personality, Bill Sturgeon acclaims “Talora & Ramsay knocked it out of the park…their combined talents make one think that they are sitting in a club in a major city anywhere in the world.”

Berkshiregirlonline raves of “tunes that were touching and meaningful…the two captivated the audience with their remarkable voices…elicited laughter…thought provoking…make for a perfectly rounded show.”

BIOS

A Berkshire native, Ron Ramsay studied voice, piano and organ at the High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas, Texas and then voice at Manhattan School of Music in NYC, finally making NYC his home base. As a teen he musical directed & performed throughout Berkshire County in many churches, theaters and concerts groups including the Berkshire Lyric Theater, Berkshire Opera Company, Williamstown Theater Festival and Tanglewood. Classically trained, Ron eventually crossed over to the Broadway and Cabaret scene in NYC. His cabaret nightclub acts have sold out major clubs in NYC as well as venues in such locales as London, Paris and Mykonos. The New York Post raves of past performance “unusually well stocked and thoughtful, high quality songs …always a sublime Songbook”. Backstage and Theatermania.com “one of the most well rounded and extraordinary shows in recent memory”. Ron has performed as a back-up singer for such pop stars as: J Lo, Marc Anthony, Bette Midler, Deborah Cox and RuPaul. He is currently the Director of Music Programs at St. Ann’s Church in Lenox, Ma and a Music Director at Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield.

Samantha Talora was born and raised in the Berkshires, attended high school locally, and Wagner College on Staten Island, NY from which she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration and studied extensively in both theater and music; travelling and performing in various venues throughout the United States, including the Isaac Stern Auditorium at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. Since returning to the Berkshires over a decade ago, Talora has had the pleasure of working as a solo artist as well as being a featured guest artist with many talented artists and ensembles including the Berkshire Concert Choir and Stockbridge Festival Chorus; and in such venues as The Red Lion Inn, Canyon Ranch, The Berkshire Museum, The Berkshire Music School, Searles Castle, The Colonial Theater and Barrington Stage Company.