The “Not Quite Paris Cabaret” was not a Berlin or Paris style cabaret like those seen at the Folies Bergère. Rather, we wished to present a “salon” or “palm court” cabaret with classic songs by a number of European and American songwriters and lyricists.
“It’s not quite Paris, is it?” The program title arose out of a conversation Gerald had with a Parisian tourist, sitting only a few yards away from this windmill in the tiny village of Tecopa Hot Springs, CA. The windmills of the Moulin Rouge were recalled, as were many French songs and the music of the traditional European salon.
Our first performance was a benefit concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale. We then took the show to mid-town Los Angeles at the invitation of the Music@MiMoDa concert series. Audiences in both locations were enchanted by the mixture of musical styles, languages, voices, and instrumental colors.