Get ready for a cornucopia of Italian opera arias and popular Neapolitan songs, double-instrument solos, smile-inducing anecdotes, amusing crowd interactions, and a hilarious ballad about a little oyster who defies death.
O Sole Trio is arguably the best cabaret act in New York City right now. The members — soprano Erin Shields, baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, and pianist/violinist David Shenton — perform around the world during the year, but they always return to their hometown to offer a free holiday concert at Sunnyside Reformed Church. (This year it’s on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.)
The program should include an eclectic mix of songs in English and Italian. Spoletini might bust out with “Figaro,” while Shields might use her vocal versatility for a Broadway show tune or a jazz standard. Meanwhile, Shenton might play the violin and piano at the same time. Or the British musician might perform a track from “Sunnyside Blues,” the CD that he produced in honor of the Queens neighborhood where he settled after coming to the United States.
This year, the audience can expect O Sole Trio to bring out some favorites from its newest show, “Heart & Sole,” which features unique arrangements of classic pieces, a creative mashup of “Vesti La Guibba” and “Send in the Clowns,” and even their takes on songs such as Journey’s “Open Arms” (in English and Italian).