|L to R: Amanda Borsack Jones, John Tepper Marlin and|
Valerie diLorenzo. A rousing show.
The event, titled "Ladies of Liberty", celebrated the 100th anniversary of the right of women to vote being recognized by the male voters and government of the State of New York.
The musical director was Amanda Borsack Jones. An East Hampton native, she accompanied Valerie on the piano, provided occasional background music for the commentary between songs, and sang the alto part for some of the songs.
The full audience at the Southampton Arts Center joined in singing four songs that were included in the program. I thought "The Right of Every Woman" (sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic") was especially effective, and also "Claim Our Liberty" (to the tune of "My Country 'Tis of Thee").
Among the series of solos, especially memorable was "You Don't Own Me".
Valerie is a versatile singer and raconteur, comfortable at the microphone. She has sung the national anthem for the Mets for more than 15 seasons. Her list of singing and acting credits is long.
It was a fun evening and after the event I got to spend some time with friends:
- The Fensterers, musician Janet and singer Victoria, who recently got married.
- Cathy Peacock, who helped organize the event.
- Other officers of the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons.