AmiciMusic, the award-winning chamber music organization based in Asheville and dedicated to high quality performances in intimate venues, will present a show entitled “Elaine Stritch: A Broadway Baby” at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.
This one-woman show, featuring singer Carol Duermit along with pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser, was conceived and directed by Francis Cullinan.
A portion of the proceeds from the show will go to the Cavalry Episcopal Food Pantry, which served over 17,000 people in 2018. Tickets for the show will be available at the door for $25 or you can buy discount seats in advance at www.amicimusic.org (click on the link to Asheville Concerts). Snacks and drinks will be available for small donations.
Elaine Stritch was one of the last grand dames of Broadway whose career spanned almost 70 years. A true Lady of the American Theater, her brassy powerful voice was often compared to Ethel Merman, for whom Stritch was the understudy in the 1952 show, Call Me Madam.
Carol Duermit, an Asheville favorite who has performed in numerous theater productions in the region, is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to North Carolina in 1996. She has lived in both Hendersonville and Asheville and has been involved in the music scene in both places. From fronting blues and jazz bands as a lead singer to doing community theater, both musicals and non-musicals, she embodies Ms. Stritch’s larger-than-life, sassy and brassy persona.
The Calvary Food Pantry opened in April of 2009 in an effort to help local residents in need of food. In 2011, the Food Pantry was incorporated as a non-profit organization. On opening day in 2009, five people came in need of food. In 2018, the Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry served a total of 4,896 households and 17,081 individuals with weekly averages of 96 households and 335 individuals. They provided 147 turkeys at Thanksgiving and 150 turkeys at Christmas in 2018. AmiciMusic hopes to help raise funds for the Food Pantry in order to help them continue to serve this very needy community during these difficult times. To donate directly to them, please visit https://www.calvaryfletcher.org/food-pantry.