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Cranford Senior Center to Host Grammy Winning Musician

Peter Schickele will perform his piece, "Songs About Life and Other Embarrassing Moments."

Engel Center, the Senior Social Day Care Center located in Cranford NJ,  is hosting a free concert on March 6th at 2p.m. at 505 South Ave East. 

The event will be feature five-time Grammy award winner Peter Schickele in a concert called, "Songs About Life and Other Embarrassing Moments."

Schickele reveals another side of his musical personality, offering a casual evening of original songs about his wife, kids, cats, friends, vain attempts to lose weight, life on the road and sundry other subjects, serious and comic. 

Drawing inspiration from the works of Franz Schubert and the Everly Brothers, among others, Mr. Schickele has been writing songs since the 1950’s. His settings of famous Shakespeare speeches to 1950’s-style rock ‘n’ roll music must be heard to be believed.  Mr. Schickele, soprano Michèle Eaton and tenor David Düsing perform a selection of songs with Mr. Schickele at the piano, introducing them as he goes along.

Schickele has received commissions from the St. Louis Symphony, the National Symphony, the Canadian Brass and Pilobolus, as well as numerous other organizations and individual musicians.  His output ranges from symphonic, choral and chamber music to movie and television scores.  As the perpetrator of the highly debatable P.D.Q. Bach, he has performed in virtually every state and province in North America, and he is the winner of five Grammy Awards.

He arranged one of the musical segments for the Disney animated feature film, “Fantasia 2000.”  He also created the musical score for the film version of Maurice Sendak’s children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” issued on videocassette along with another Sendak classic “In the Night Kitchen” (Weston Woods), which Mr. Schickele narrates.

RSVP Required by March 1, for more information call 497-3900.

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