TPTC PRESENTS, WE3 PERFORMS
THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
The Phoenix Theatre Company presents local trio We3
for a musical celebration on September 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Above, left to right: Nicole Pesce, Renee Grant Patrick and Suzanne Lansford.
In appreciation for keeping The Phoenix Theatre Company (TPTC) going over the past few months…and over the past 100 years, TPTC extends its thanks by inviting its supporters to join them on Friday, September 18 for a complimentary live-streaming event, celebrating the best of musical theater and the best of Phoenix-based talent.
“Our faithful patrons are the reason we remain hopeful we’ll be back together soon for live performance,” says Karla Frederick, director of production at The Phoenix Theatre Company. “To thank our patrons, we’re collaborating with three of the Valley’s finest musicians for an evening of healing, joy and comfort.”
Rediscover the work of some of America’s most beloved composers as local trio We3 perform The Great American Songbook. We3 is a Phoenix-based, all-female trio with pianist Nicole Pesce, vocalist Renee Grant Patrick and violinist Suzanne Lansford. The trio will perform The Great American Songbook, which encapsulates the work of the most influential composers of jazz and show-tune music of the last century.
On September 18 dive deep into a freshly curated batch of songs from George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter, reimagined as only We3 can. With the celebrated trio members as your guides, immerse yourself in the best of American popular music with this lush and intimate performance.
“Music is something we need now more than ever—it uplifts, inspires and builds empathy,” says Nicole Pesce, pianist of We3. “This set list is meant to give us a sense of comfort. We’re celebrating these iconic composers. And even more so, it’s a reason for us to come together and enjoy the music we all know and love.”
The Great American Songbook is a free digital event streaming live on September 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Visit www.phoenixtheatre.com/americansongbook to reserve your FREE ticket.
Phoenix Theatre will then send you a streaming link.
ALL ABOUT WE3
The Phoenix-based, all-female trio We3 include vocalist Renee Grant Patrick, violinist Suzanne Lansford and pianist Nicole Pesce. When vocalist Renee Grant Patrick, daughter of the late George Grant, who traveled the world singing lead tenor for the Ink Spots in the 80’s and 90’s, lost her father in January of 2016, she combined talents with violinist Suzanne Lansford and pianist Nicole Pesce to pay tribute to some of their favorite Ink Spots’ songs, one of them being “We Three”. When these three powerful talents come together, attendees will enjoy rediscovering the most influential composers of jazz and show tunes from the past century.
THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG BOOK
The Great American Song Book is the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century that have stood the test of time in their life and legacy. Often referred to as American Standards, the songs published during the Golden Age of this genre include those popular and enduring tunes from the 1920s to the 1950s that were created for Broadway theater, musical theater, and Hollywood musical film.
Although several collections of music have been published under the Great American Songbook title, the term does not refer to any actual book or specific list of songs. The Great American Songbook includes standards by George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Lerner and Loewe, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, and Richard Rodgers among others.