Thursday, January 24, 2008

Close to you....New Haven and the Carpenters

Elm City Express will publish news releases about various New Haven events, leaving the items largely intact as prepared by the sender. We do edit lightly, for style, but the first of the releases, below, shows that we will publicize your events, and use your words when possible and make sure everyone knows they are your words, not ours.

In a news release, the New Haven Museum & Historical Society has announced that the program “Yesterday Once More: New Haven Remembers the Carpenters” - A New Haven Heritage Salon, will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Valentines Day, Feb. 14
The event will be held at the Museum Auditorium, 114 Whitney Ave. Call Maureen Montross (203) 562-4183, ex. 10 or or email to register
Cost per person is $15 for members, $20 for non-members and includes desserts and "libations."
The New Haven-born and raised, the Carpenters - Richard and Karen - had more hit singles and sold more records than any American recording artist of the 1970s, museum officials said in the release. Praised by everyone from John Lennon and the Cranberries to Madonna, they rose from the obscurity of their East Shore neighborhood – having attended Nathan Hale School and Wilbur Cross High - before relocating to California where they catapulted to overnight fame on the back of the iconic hit single “Close to You," the release says.
The Valentines Day celebration and performance of Carpenters hits, by New Haven cabaret singer Anne Tofflemire and pianist Andrew Rubenoff will follow a spirited multi-media presentation by museum director Bill Hosley, the release says. "Together we’ll honor hometown heroes responsible for some of the most renowned love songs of the 20th century," it says.

Biographer Ray Coleman notes, "Karen and Richard's work strikes a chord in all who cherish beautifully honed compositions set amid rich melodies and lush arrangements. And there will always be that stunning voice. The combination of Richard's extraordinary abilities to recognize or write a great song, arrange the material, produce the records, and Karen's magical God-given voice, gave the world a sound that will always be remembered."

The program will recount the odyssey of artists who overcame contrary fads and fashions to create a new and distinctive genre of music (dubbed soft rock). Scorned by rock critics and radicals for their unapologetic mainstream appeal, they ultimately proved the most radical of all by their originality and devotion to their vision and art. Richard Carpenter’s melding of jazz, rock and classical influences and instrumentation produced a sound that has been sampled, covered, and broadcast continuously since it was first released almost 40 years ago.
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To guarantee a seat call, email, Paypal, or mail check payable to the New Haven Museum: (203)562-4183 x 10,, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven, 06510
Directions: The museum is located near the intersection of Trumbull Street and Whitney Avenue in downtown New Haven. Abundant on site parking with overflow parking available at Yale Lot #23 on the opposite site of Whitney Avenue, just south of 155 Whitney Ave.
Bill Hosley, the executive director of the New Haven Museum, has lectured throughout the country and served as a content specialist for PBS, BBC and CPTV film documentaries and has written numerous books and articles on aspects of Connecticut art and history.
Andrew Rubenoff has been amusing New Haven for decades, on and off stage with revues, musicales, sing-alongs, private celebrations, and smart cocktail music at swell places. He performs regularly at Stillwater American Bistro in New Haven.
AnneTofflemire, New Haven’s favorite vocalist, made her New York cabaret debut in 1991, won numerous awards and made countless appearances in cabaret and musical productions from London and San Francisco to Chicago, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Anne teaches at the Neighborhood Music School and the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
New Haven Museum & Historical Society is the Elm City’s premiere civic museum and research library. Exhibitions on New Haven Illustrated, Amistad,, and New Haven & the Sea, local art and decorative arts, with collections associated with Eli Whitney, Winchester, Yale, East Rock, Noah Webster, Benedict Arnold and more, plus changing displays on the Federal Art Project in New Haven, Men in Uniform and the New Haven County Bar Association. We’re open Tuesday – Friday, 10 to 5 and Saturdays, 12 to 5. Admission $4 adults, $2 students & youth. Located a block south of Yale Peabody Museum at 114 Whitney Ave off I-91 exit 3. Downtown. On-site parking. Call (203) 562-4183 or

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