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Back by popular demand, NAS puts on another cabaret fundraiser

Despite freezing temperatures, some of NAS's finest were able to warm up midtown with an exciting evening of great food and lively singing. Check out the photos from all the fun we had on February 8, 2014. Many thanks to our singers (from left): Robin Beckhard, Nathaniel Granor, Barbara Zucker-Pinchoff, Michael Milton, and Kate Leahy, with Paul Greenwood on piano.


I Feel a Song Comin' On!

Our reporter: Nina Reiniger

On two recent evenings, I had the pleasure of seeing a lot of hard work pay off. Thirteen members of New Amsterdam Singers performed in a cabaret revue, organized by Mike Milton and myself, at Don’t Tell Mama in the theater district to full houses of our friends and family. We wanted to give the opportunity to a number of NAS singers to take to the stage and show us what they’ve got – and boy, did they ever! Mike Milton acted as MC for the evening and charmed the audience with his well-honed stage presence and humor, as well as his singing. Max Blum provided a hauntingly beautiful rendition of a song from Floyd Collins about a man contemplating mortality. Elspeth Strang, who brought Eliza Doolittle to life on stage, and Jay Pott, with her soulful rendition of “Suppertime,” were both new to cabaret, though you would never have known it from their engaging performances. We had several new NAS members bring their talents to the stage including Charlotte Levitt, who sang a funny, quirky song entitled “Amor,” and Megan O’Neil, who beautifully harmonized in the all women’s quartet piece, “And So It Goes.”


The members of Uptown Rhythm: Nina Reiniger, Dana Crowell, Megan O'Neil, and Ellen Stark.



NAS singers Kate Leahy, Robin Beckhard, Barbara Zucker-Pinchoff and Rick Bonsall repeated their cabaret performance on January 31 especially for NAS members. Jay Pott graciously volunteered her living room, which offered a more intimate cabaret-style setting and a baby grand piano.

Kate, Robin, Barbara and Rick looking lovely!


Side by Side - Fun at NAS' Cabaret Fundraiser

On January 26th, in a lovely space on West 57th Street, NAS hosted a cabaret/fundraiser featuring four NAS singers: Robin Beckhard, Rick Bonsall, Kate Leahy and Barbara Zucker-Pinchoff. The audience had a great time enjoying the music and the NAS-prepared finger foods!

Robin, Rick, Barbara and Kate singing away!

Kate and Robin warming up

Barbara's turn to warm up

Enjoying the desserts after the show

Play the slideshow of the preparations


NAS at the White House ... Again!

Under Clara Longstreth’s direction, a group of 25 singers appeared at the White House on December 15, 2012. We sang traditional holiday songs and selections from our concert repertoire in the Grand Foyer of the State Floor, in view of portraits of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. After performing, we had the opportunity to tour the exquisitely decorated rooms and see more paintings of presidents, including the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington, which was saved from destruction during the War of 1812 by First Lady Dolley Madison. Our awesome afternoon at the White House was a return engagement for NAS – we first performed at the White House in December, 2010. A third invitation would be splendid!

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