Concert Preview: THE SORTING ROOM SESSIONS (Six-Event series from The Wallis in Beverly Hills)

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by Tony Frankel on November 18, 2020

in Concerts / Events,Music,Theater-Los Angeles,Virtual


One of the benefits of events being streamed during COVID is that we get to partake in film festivals and events from around the world. And then there are programs that ARE local, but always sell-out. Such is the case with The Sorting Room Sessions, a nightclub series presented by The Wallis in Beverly Hills. The title “Sorting Room” comes from the fact that The Wallis is a gorgeously restored Art Deco Post Office. The six cabarets this year include pop, jazz and classical artists, as well as jaw-droppingly fun magicians. Catch these digital events on Saturday evenings at 8pm PST from December 5, 2020, to January 23, 2021. You can view one show or subscribe to the entire series. Stage and Cinema just received the line-up, and it looks awesome:

Barbara Morrison: Standing on Their Shoulders
Saturday, December 5, 2020, 8:00 PM

Jazz and blues legend Barbara Morrison displays her stunning two-and-a-half-octave range and rich, soulful, musical interpretations in Standing On Their Shoulders, a musical tribute to the iconic jazz and blues singers Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, and the songs they helped popularize.

A Night of Holiday Magic
Magicians Elizabeth Messick, Michaelann Awesome,
Patricia Magicia and Simone Turkington
Saturday, December 12, 2020, 8:00 PM

Musical, funny and enchanting, the four LA-based magicians here are elite Magic Castle members, Elizabeth Messick, known as “The Siren of Magic,” enchants with her vintage flair; Michaelann Awesome weaves humor and mystery into her slight-of-hand performances; French magician Patricia Magicia mesmerizes adults and children alike with her uncanny abilities; and Simone Turkington infuses the sights and sounds of the 60s into the visual, card and mentalism effects that comprise her repertoire.

Audra Mae: Songs of Joy and Peace with keyboardist Dylan Meek
Saturday, December 19, 2020, 8:00 PM

Powerhouse vocalist Audra Mae, great grandniece of Judy Garland, and keyboard wizard Dylan Meek infuse the yuletide season with music from classic holiday films. The show is presented in association with For The Record Live, acclaimed for its a genre-bending form of live entertainment turning the soundtracks of iconic filmmakers into thrilling immersive theatrical concerts.

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and Pianist Fabio Bidini
Saturday, January 9, 2021, 8:00 PM

Meyers and Bidini herald in the New Year with a musical journey to France. The program includes Gounod’s Ave Mari, Massanet’s gloriously dramatic Méditation from the opera Thais, a sublime cornerstone of the violin repertoire, and Ravel’s exuberant jazz-inflected Sonata No.2 in G Major.

Richard Shelton in Sinatra: RAW
Saturday, January 16, 8:00 PM

British actor and singer Richard Shelton presents a cabaret version of his hit show, Sinatra: RAW, a gritty portrayal of Sinatra at his final public performance in Vegas that will have you floating on air. Warning: This performance contains strong language.

Sheléa: A Tribute to Alan & Marilyn Bergman
Saturday, January 23, 8:00 PM

Singer/songwriter/keyboardist, Sheléa has transcended the boundaries of musical classification with her versatile and distinctive voice. For this show, Sheléa will perform songs written by the great Alan and Marilyn Bergman, the Oscar-winning married couple known for their lyrics to songs such as “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life,” “Pretty World” and “Smile.”

photos courtesy of The Wallis

The Wallis’s On Demand Performances
each show runs approximately 45 minutes
for tickets, call 310.746.4000 (Tue.-Fri. 9:30 am – 2:30 pm) or visit The Wallis
$25.00 for each on demand single show per household
$60 for choice of three shows
$96 for all six performances
access from 8pm the evening of the show until 7:59pm the following day

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