'Get Jazzed' As The Darien Arts Center Celebrates Music Of Alan Menken

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Joel Martin (right, seen here with Alan Menken) will be performing on June 28 in the Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road in Darien to benefit the Darien Arts Center.
Joel Martin (right, seen here with Alan Menken) will be performing on June 28 in the Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road in Darien to benefit the Darien Arts Center. Photo Credit: Jimmy Williams

DARIEN, Conn. - In its only fundraising event of the year, the Darien Arts Center is hosting "Get Jazzed!" an evening of music that will celebrate the songs of Academy Award-winner Alan Menken.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. June 28 at the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road.

The fundraiser, featuring world renowned Joel A. Martin’s Jazzical Trio and vocals by Liz Callaway, will include cocktails, hors d’oevres and a silent auction.

Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchasedat darienarts.org. For more information about ‘Get Jazzed’ or the Darien Arts Center call 203-655-8683 or visit its website.

Those unable to attend the event can bid and secure auction items by going to darienarts.org through June 27. 

Martin, a pianist, composer and producer, is the creator and trademark owner of Jazzical, a marriage of classical and jazz. He has performed his innovative Jazzical compositions around the world and recently released his seventh CD in his highly acclaimed Jazzical catalog, entitled "Jazzical Meets Menken," a tribute to Alan Menken.

Menken, who has composed some of the most beloved songs and musical scores of our time, has won eight Academy Awards, including best song and best score for four Disney animated movies: "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and "Pocahantas." He has earned 19 Academy Award nominations, a Tony, 11 Grammy Awards and seven Golden Globes.

Performing with Martin will be Liz Callaway, a Tony nominee and an Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. Callaway received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in "Baby," and for five years won acclaim as Grizabella in "Cats." She has also starred in the original casts of "Miss Saigon," "The Three Musketeers," and "The Look of Love." She recently collaborated with Martin on his "Jazzical Meets Menken" CD.

The evening of jazz is the only fundraiser in 2014 for the Darien Arts Center, which is solely funded by private donations, grants, tuition fees and ticket sales. Founded in 1975, the DAC is dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community and offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Music and Theatre, and live theatre performances by DAC Stage, its community theatre group.

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