NORWICH – Tickets are currently on sale for the Chenango County Council of the Arts’ first show of the 2006/07 season.
The Piano Men starring Jim Witter is a musical celebration of the 1970s – year by year, hit by hit – from the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John. The show is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday in the Martin W. Kappel Theater at 27 West Main Street, Norwich.
Dove Award nominee and Canadian Juno Award nominee Jim Witter and his band lead an expertly crafted tour of an entire decade that begins with “Your Song” and winds us along on a musical time machine, saluting two of the century’s most popular contemporary songwriters. Utilizing rear-screen projection, we return to the newspaper headlines, the automobiles, the people, the events, the toys and even the TV shows that shaped a decade. Along the way, the sounds of “My Life,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Rocket Man,” “Just the Way You Are,” and many more classic hits create an evening that’s just too much fun to let it end. By the time you hit 1979, you’re begging these musicians to just move back to 1970 and start all over again. With Witter at the grand piano and his sizzling musicians on keyboards, guitar, bass, flute, sax and drums, the music is not an attempt to recreate or mimic the evening’s long list of familiar hits. Instead, Witter unleashes his golden tenor on hit after hit to recreate fully-formed mental and emotional return visits to specific landmarks in a pop culture timeline.