January 25, 2013 at 8:28 PM
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- She’s performed in a dozen plays on Broadway. She’s released five albums. She’s been critically acclaimed in the New York Times as well as numerous other publications. And now, for the first time, Jessica Molaskey will take the stage at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.
Molaskey, the renowned singer of show tunes and jazz standards, makes her SOPAC debut on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. But she will not be alone. Jazz double-bassist Martin Pizzarelli (who also happens to be her brother-in-law) and a special surprise guest will be joining her for what promises to be a memorable night of music.
Tickets for the public cost $35, $45 and $55, while member tickets cost $30, $40 and $50.
Though she has never played at SOPAC before, Molaskey is looking forward to the experience.
“I heard it’s a lovely, intimate space,” Molaskey said. “I have a lot of fans who live in that area of New Jersey, so I’m happy to come out. In this cold weather hopefully we’ll have a nice, warm, intimate evening.”
Molaskey said her performance will consist of a combination of standards from 50 years ago as well as jazz-inflected takes on songs from a wide range of artists including George Gershwin and Tom Petty. While she listed the work of Stephen Sondheim and some of the Joni Mitchell tunes among her favorites that she will be performing on Saturday, Molaskey added that she has a deep fondness for every song she sings.
“I don’t ever sing a song unless I kind of fall in love with it,” she said. “If it doesn’t really resonate with me on a deep level, I won’t perform it.”
As a singer of classic pieces, Molaskey said she tries to honor the original songwriters as much as possible while also making the songs fresh.
“I don’t believe in old music or new music,” she said. “I just believe in good music.”
The most important thing to Molaskey regarding her music, however, is that the audience goes home satisfied.
“We try to provide a service and make one-of-a-kind performances,” Molaskey said. “I’m more concerned with the fact that (my music) means something to other people than it means something to me.”
To purchase tickets call 973-313-2787 or visit http://www.sopacnow.org/507/2013-jessica-molaskey-with-martin-pizzarelli. For more information about Jessica Molaskey go to http://www.jessicamolaskey.com/.
The reporter is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.