“About Love” – A Benefit Cabaret Concert for the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

Saturday, November 12, 2022 @ 2:00 pm / VBI Theatre – 12 Vassar Street

Tickets: $25 General Seating & $60 Premium Seating (NOTE: Premium Seating includes Post-Performance Reception/Limited Availability) /

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The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center proudly presents About Love – a Benefit Cabaret Concert featuring professional stage performer/baritone vocalist John North, accomplished keyboardist Colin Rose, and acclaimed bassist Cary Brown. Artistically crafted and conceived by John North, this delightfully NEW and fun-filled cabaret is an homage to love and showcases some of the best classic Broadway Showtunes, Ballads, Standards and Pop Songs. Event Sponsors of About Love are Vassar Brothers Institute, Central Hudson and A. Page & Associates. Post-Performance Cocktail Reception Sponsors are Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse, Sugar & Spice Cafe/Spice Catering, Simply Gourmet, The Derb, Milanese Italian Restaurant and Adams Fairacre Farms. Posters printed courtesy of Prime Print Shop.

John North is a professionally trained singer, dancer and actor who was born and raised in Ulster County, NY. He began his professional vocal training at the age of 13 and received a BA in Dance/Theatre from Hope College (Holland, MI) with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. Moving to NYC in the mid-1980’s, John pursued his theatrical career performing in over 20 regional, summer stock and dance productions and choreographing an array of musicals. Some of his favorite leading roles have been in regional/summer stock productions of My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Brigadoon, and Godspell.  As a choreographer he has staged musical numbers for Their Playing Our Song, Guys and Dolls, On The Town, Stars, and Fiddler on the Roof. In addition to performing on the stage, John has had a successful administrative career employed by such notable organizations as the New York City Ballet, School of American Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Pentacle DanceWorks, Gloucester Stage Company, Lema Production as assistant to the producer Jessica Levy, and working for producer Martin Richards of the Producers Circle Company on the Broadway production of Sally Mahr and Her Escorts starring Joan Rivers. His foray into the cabaret scene began when he wrote and starred in two solo cabaret shows – The Best of Broadway and A Jolly Jazzy Christmas – and an instructional cooking stage show entitled Easy Cooking With John! A Culinary Musical.  In 2018 he originated the role of Detective Sherlock Tracy, The Singing Detective in Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center’s Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presentation reprising it again in 2019.

Colin Rose began playing the piano at age three and never stopped.  A Hudson Valley native, he trained in classical concert style throughout childhood and eventually decided to pursue music on a professional level.  He attended Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT, where he graduated in 2014 with a major in piano performance and a minor in music history. Since then, Colin has been employed at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase as a staff accompanist for both ballet and modern dance classes.  He has also provided musical accompaniment for classes and masterclasses for The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Limon Dance Company, American Academy of Ballet Summer School of Excellence and Youth America Grand Prix.  Colin enjoys playing in all styles performing with numerous rock and country bands, choirs, chamber ensembles and orchestras.  

Cary Brown has always had an affinity for all styles of music – classical, jazz, rock, and film scores – ever since he was a child. Attending the Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester and graduating with a double degree in Piano Performance and Film Studies, he has studied classical piano with master Jeffrey Marcus, Barry Snyder and Elier Suarez, jazz arranging and film scoring with the legendary Rayburn Wright, and jazz piano Harold Danko and Donald Brown. Upon graduation from college, he embarked on a performance, recording and touring career playing alongside The Skatalites, New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble (co-founder/composer), Sloan Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus Wainwright, John Scofield, Levon Helm, Yonrico Scott, Clark Gayton, Tony Mason, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Chuck Leavell, and saxophonist Matt Garrison. Cary has also been quite active as a pianist/composer in the dance world, holding the position of Dance Musicians’ Coordinator/Staff Pianist for the prestigious Purchase College Conservatory of Dance since 2000, and playing master-classes for American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Mark Morris Company, and José Limón Company to name a few. Additionally, since 1995, he has served as the Musical Director for the Steffi Nossen School of Dance composing and recording an annual dance suite. When not providing musical accompaniment or performing live his own acoustic piano trio, The Cary Brown Trio, Cary devotes time to his thriving piano and guitar teaching practice in Westchester, NY.