Carpenters Tribute Concert
with Sally Olson & Bill Reed
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7:00pm
50 San Remo Drive
South Burlington, Vermont 05403
Bill Reed, piano/keyboard
Arthur DeQuasie, bass
Chanon Bernstein, drums
“Sally is the epitome of tribute acts. You will find it hard to believe that you are not actually watching and listening to Karen Carpenter performing! Her talent, hard work, and dedication has yielded an uncanny resemblance.” ~ Lane Gibson – producer, engineer and owner of Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering in Charlotte, VT
Starring Sally Olson and her all-star band, Carpenters Tribute Concert is the definitive show celebrating the music and history of the famed brother-sister duo. You will enjoy the signature hits “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “(They Long To Be) Close To You,” “Rainy Days And Mondays,” “Superstar” and many more. Sally also offers commentary on the history behind the Carpenters’ music, as well as Karen Carpenter’s rise to fame and her sudden and tragic death at the age of thirty-two.
Sally has been lauded by Dennis Delaney, Vermont Public Radio Commentator as “absolutely delightful” and Carpenters fans claim that she is the “closest thing to Karen!”. Sally is unsurpassed in her uncanny representation of Karen Carpenter, and her voice, appearance and stage-presence will have you believing that the 1970s songstress lives on! Sally’s stunning vocals combined with state of the art video projection, vintage costumes, historical commentary and lovely arrangements and a live band lead by music director Bill Reed, will take you on an incredible journey into the world of the Carpenters.
- This is a BYOB event
- Tickets: $10 – available at the door and online at eventbrite.com. Click here to purchase tickets in advance.
All proceeds go toward the Bill Reed Musical Theatre Summer Intensive Scholarship Fund.
To listen to audio clips, please visit: www.carpenterstributeconcert.com/music
Sally Olson is the Managing Director at Bill Reed Voice Studio. She is a singer, actress and artist. Sally debuted her Carpenters Tribute Concert in 2015. Sally has been told that her voice, appearance and stage-presence bear and uncanny resemblance to that of Karen Carpenter. She accepts this wonderful compliment and feels deeply honored to be able to pay tribute to the Carpenters through her singing. Sally has a strong affinity for the music of the Carpenters and feels as though she and Karen are kindred spirits. Sally relates to Karen and her soulful voice quality and sincerity. When Karen sings, it sounds likes she is experiencing everything for the first time. Through her tribute show, Sally desires to honor Richard Carpenter’s musical genius and Karen Carpenter, one of the greatest female singers of all time. For more information about Sally’s Carpenters Tribute Concert, please visit www.carpenterstributeconcert.com
Sally was born in Rutland, VT and is a graduate of Rutland High School, class of 1999. She attended Middlebury College, class of 2003, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Studio Art and French. Sally continued her art education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PafA) in Philadelphia, PA and completed the Post-baccalaureate program with a focus on painting, as well as the summer session at the Florence Academy of Art (FAA) in Italy. She has participated in various art exhibitions, completed numerous art commissions, and has artwork on display in Middlebury College’s permanent collection (www.sallyannolson.com). Sally has been acting and singing since childhood. She is an alumna of the Circle in the Square Theatre School’s summer musical workshop. Sally can be seen in local/regional commercials, theatre, and singing in cabaret performances.
Bill Reed has dedicated his professional life to guiding singers in their quest to realize their potential as performing artists. Bill was born into a show business family, the son of Vernon Reed of the Buffalo Bills (the acclaimed barbershop quartet). He began his vocal music education at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree. (Bill is a proud member of the Badger Ice Hockey Hall of Fame). He completed his studies at Columbia University, where he earned a doctorate in vocal music education. After a busy and rewarding career as a college choral director, studio voice teacher and concert singer, Bill established a private voice studio in New York City near Lincoln Center, and began his twenty-five year career as singing teacher at the renowned Circle in the Square Theatre School. For over thirty years, he was privileged to work with singers from all over the world, whose specialties ranged from opera to pop and rock, and Broadway to folk and country. He has consulted on a number of Hollywood movies and commercial recordings, and his students have performed at the Metropolitan Opera, City Opera, many European opera houses, and in hundreds of Broadway shows and national tours. Bill’s students have won Oscar Hammerstein, MAC, Drama Desk, Emmy and Tony awards.
In Vermont, Bill’s adult students have had leading roles in numerous local community and professional musical theater productions. His college and school-aged students have performed extensively in school productions and have gone on to study singing and musical theater at many of the most prestigious colleges, universities, and conservatories in the country. A number of Bill’s Vermont students are working professionals and have recently performed in leading roles at the New York City Opera and on Broadway. Bill is in demand nationally as a clinician, and has been invited to give workshops at many colleges, universities, and meetings of professional organizations.
Art DeQuasie began his musical life at age 10 with the electric bass, an instrument he still loves to play. At age 16 he started piano lessons. His introduction to the music of Frederic Chopin would become one of the first experiences to inspire him to make studying the piano a lifelong endeavor. He started studying the double bass two years ago and has found it to be an excellent experience which draws upon and expands all aspects of the musicianship he has so far worked to gain. Art is the Director of Operations of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association and lives in Burlington, VT.
CHANON BERNSTEIN – Drums
THE CARPENTERS were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter. Together, they produced a distinctively soft musical style, later becoming one of the best-selling music artists of all time. During their 14-year career, the Carpenters recorded 11 albums, thirty-one singles, five television specials, and a short-lived television series. They were ended in 1983 by Karen’s death from heart failure brought on by complications of anorexia. Extensive news coverage surrounding the circumstances of her death increased public awareness of eating disorders.
The duo’s brand of melodic pop produced a record-breaking run of hit recordings on the American Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, and they became leading sellers in the soft rocks, easy listening and adult contemporary genres. Carpenters had three No. 1 singles and five No. 2 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and fifteen No. 1 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart. In addition, they had twelve top 10 singles. To date, Carpenters’ album and single sales total more than 100 million units.
One of the elements that made the music of the Carpenters distinctive was Karen’s use of her low register. Though present in jazz and country music, there were few contralto singers in popular music at the time. However, Karen had a wide vocal range that spanned about three octaves.As a result of a decided lack of enthusiasm all around for Karen’s “head voice”, they mostly concentrated on her lower range, i.e. “chest voice” (or her “basement”, as Karen called it). “Both Karen and I felt the magic was in her ‘chest voice’ (a.k.a. ‘basement’). There is no comparison in terms of richness in sound, so I wasn’t about to highlight the upper voice”, states Richard in the “Fans Ask” section of the Carpenters’ official website.
Because Karen’s magic was in the “basement”, Richard always rearranged cover songs and his own songs in a key that would suit her. Many of the Carpenters’ songs are in the keys of D (“You”, “There’s A Kind of Hush”), E flat (“Only Yesterday”), E (“Hurting Eachother”, “Yesterday Once More”), F (“I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”), and G (“And When He Smiles”, “Reason To Believe”, “For All We Know”, “You’ll Love Me”).
Although he played many keyboard instruments during the band’s existence, including grand piano, harpsichord, Hammond organ and synthesizer. Richard is best known as an endorser of Wurlitzer’s electric pianos, whose sound he described as “warm” and “beautiful”. He would often double his acoustic piano parts with a Wurlitzer in the studio to thicken the sound. From the mid-1970s Richard also used Fender Rhodes pianos, often having an acoustic grand as well as both Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos on stage for different songs.
Apart from being a singer, Karen was also an accomplished drummer, and often played the drums on their pre-1974 songs. According to Richard, she considered herself a “drummer who sang”. Karen was rarely visible behind the drums during live performances. Although unwilling, she and Richard eventually reached a performance compromise: during the ballads she would sing standing and through the lesser known songs she would sit. As the years progressed, demand for Karen’s vocals began to overshadow her drumming time, and gradually she played the drums less. By the time their album A Kind of Hush was released in 1976, Karen did not play the drums at all.
Most of the Carpenters’ arrangements (which, with few exceptions, were done by Richard) are classical in style, with many strings, and sometimes brass and woodwinds (“Call Occupants of Interplanetary Crafts” used over 160 singers and musicians). Music critic Daniel Levitin called Richard Carpenter “one of the most gifted arrangers to emerge in popular music.”