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'Cosmic Cabaret'

July 20, 2014

By Tom Lavis, The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.



July 20--JOHNSTOWN -- A person won't have to be a physicist to enjoy Max Fedore's "Cosmic Cabaret."

Fedore, a 2012 graduate of Richland Senior High School, will present "Cosmic Cabaret" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

He will reunite with vocalist Emily Felton of Davidsville to present a concert that will feature two distinct acts, including an original cabaret-style performance.

The first part of the show will offer patrons an intimate cabaret experience with Fedore, Felton and Dan Philibin on piano.

The second act will feature a band of local musicians who will play contemporary hits and groundbreaking music from the '70s and '80s.

"I open with a well-known song, 'Cabaret,' followed by eight of my own original works," Fedore said.

The original music is presented as a self-contained, one-act play.

"There is no dialogue and the act is theatrical rock," Fedore said.

"I describe it as a mini-rock operetta."

The first act is a half-hour, but Fedore wanted to explore new territory and offer something different to the people of Johnstown.

He wanted to challenge himself and thought the time was right to share his own ideas. He wrote the lyrics and collaborated with Philibin to create the musical arrangements.

Fedore is a junior at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in Film and Television Production. He also appeared as part of a singer's showcase at the Duplex Cabaret Theater in New York City.

He recently made his Big Apple debut in an independent theater company workshop, acting and contributing an original song.

"That was the impetus to keep me writing," Fedore said.

"I feel like the time is right to unveil some of my music, and we will see what happens," he said.

Fedore is a classically trained tenor of The Charlotte Aubrey Studio of Voice in Richland Township.

Felton will be a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania this fall, majoring in safety sciences. She has appeared alongside Fedore for the past two years at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

Some of her previous dramatic roles have included Velma Kelly in Pitt-Johnstown's production of "Chicago," Dolly Levi in "Hello Dolly" and Millie in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Conemaugh Township Area High School.

Felton is pleased to be part of Fedore's production.

"Max's original music is phenomenal," she said.

"I'm amazed that he found the time to write a mini-rock opera, but once I heard his first lyric, I couldn't wait for the next line."

Felton has dabbled in writing her own music, but found it grueling.

"I couldn't find the words," she said.

"It is much more difficult than people can imagine, and Max makes it look easy."

Philibin, a musician, a Web developer and entrepreneur from Johns-town returns home to perform at the grand piano.

He and Fedore have been collaborating on projects for the past few years.

In the second act, the two singers will perform some of the most famous rock ballads of the '70s and '80s.

They will be accompanied by Michael Bodolosky on drums, Philibin on piano, Nathan Santos on bass and Joe Tirpak on guitar. Tirpak is new to the band this year and will perform electrifying solos.

Fedore will lend his dramatic flair to legendary music. He will perform Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "The Show Must Go On" and David Bowie's "Space Oddity."

In keeping with the theme, he also will perform "Cosmic Love" by Florence & The Machine.

Felton will soar through Fleetwood Mack's "Rhiannon," Pink's "Glitter in the Air" and Sia's "Chandelier."

While studying writing and directing at NYU, Fedore continues to infuse his filmmaking with his love of music.

With two years of school remaining, he has two additional films to complete.

"I hope to make a name for myself and the films may be my calling card to break into the movie industry," he said.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance by calling 269-7981. Tickets also will be available at the door.

"Last year we had an audience of over 700 people and I'm hoping we can push that number even higher this year," Fedore said.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Tom Lavis covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @Tom LavisTD.

Performance

What: "Cosmic Cabaret."

Where: Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Tickets: 269-7981 or at the door.

Cost: $15.

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