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Concert to Celebrate Women Broadway Writers

During Fifth Season of The Bijou Orchestra in Bay City Michigan.

September 6, 2007       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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The work of often sung but rarely named women is the focus of the opening concerts for the fifth season of The Bijou Orchestra in Bay City Michigan. The Concert Spotlights Pioneer Women Composers and Lyricists of American Popular Music.

Note Able Women will be given Saturday, September 22,2007 at 8PM and Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 2PM at the beautifully restored Mayan State Theatre - 915 Washington, Bay City.

Note Able Women is the first of three concerts in the Thelen Auto Group "Bijou Series at the State."



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The work of five artists will be featured during the concert.

  • Composer and pianist Dana Suesse wrote My Silent Love and You Ought to Be in Pictures.


  • Ann Ronell's first song was Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? and one of her most lasting was the jazz standard Willow Weep for Me.


  • Like Ronell, Kay Swift was a friend of George Gershwin. Her most famous songs include Can This Be Love? and Can't We Be Friends?


  • Dorothy Fields was one of Tin Pan Alley's most prolific lyricists, penning over 500 songs including I'm In the Mood For Love and On the Sunny Side of the Street, and several complete shows including Sweet Charity.


  • Betty Comden and her partner Adolph Green collaborated on a variety of shows including On the Town with Leonard Bernstein.


  • Two guest artists will join The Bijou for the show:
    Kathy Wagner has appeared with The Bijou several times in the past. Her singing career has taken her to stages all over the country. A recipient of numerous awards, she was notably the silver medalist at the prestigious American Traditions Singing Competition in Savannah, Georgia. Symphony concerts include West Shore, Elgin, Saginaw, Bay Area, Kalamazoo, Lafayette, and the Grand Rapids Symphony featured artist in the LA World Premiere of Love Handles, and The Lambs Theatre in New York Kathy has opened for The Drifters, The Platters, The Shirelles and Little Anthony and Bob Newhart.

    Kurt Miller made his debut with Bay Musical Arts in the summer of 2006 in The Big Bang, and is making his concert debut with The Bijou Orchestra with this program. His long performing career has included roles as varied as Thomas Moore, Oscar Madison and Bay Masterson. He has been heard in a wide variety of musicals and reviews.

    All seats for Note Able Women are reserved and cost $30, $25 and $20 depending upon location. Student tickets are $10. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.BijouOrchestra.org or by phone at (989) 892-4200 or in person at the Bay Musical Arts Box Office: 917 Washington Avenue, Bay City, Michigan, 48708. Box-office hours are 1-5PM Tuesday through Friday. Tickets are also available at the door.

    Note Able Women is part of the Downtown Divas Celebration that is being held in Bay City from September 20 through 23. The event provides a focus on the goods and services available in Bay City, which are of particular interest to women.



    The Bijou Orchestra takes its name from the Bijou Theater, one of the earliest Bay City theaters, which later became known as the Bay and eventually the State. The ensemble is composed of thirteen outstanding musicians drawn from Michigan and beyond to perform in this challenging medium in which every player is a soloist.

    The orchestra is supported in part by grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Kantzler Foundation, the Russell H. & Maxine E. Smith Foundation, and the Bay Area Community Foundation. Major corporate contributors include the SC Johnson Corporation, Dow Corning, Bay Regional Medical Center, OmniSource and Thelen Auto Group.


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