Mailed 11/21/96


Upton, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory will present a "Classical Cabaret" featuring soprano Jody Karin Applebaum and pianist Marc-André Hamelin on Sunday, December 8, at 2 p.m. in the Laboratory's Berkner Hall. The concert is open to the public and admission is charged.

Ms. Applebaum, together with her husband, Mr. Hamelin, have delighted audiences in the U.S. and Canada with their innovative programming and impeccable musicianship. They earned their Master of Music degrees from Temple University, and both went on to become critically acclaimed musicians in their own right. At Brookhaven, they will perform cabaret as it was originally conceived in Europe over a century ago, as well as the way it has been interpreted by such modern composers as George and Ira Gershwin.

Ms. Applebaum is adept at using her powerful, operatic voice in unusual repertoire, as demonstrated in her debut recording, Masterpieces of Cabaret. Last year, Ms. Applebaum first performed at the Newport Music Festival, and she made her debut recital in England. This season, in addition to keeping a busy concert schedule, she plans a compact disc recording of music by German cabaret composer Friedrich Hollaender.

First-prize winner of the 1985 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition, Mr. Hamelin has won the favor of critics from the U.S., Canada and Europe.

He has recorded more than 25 compact discs, and his recording of Charles-Valentin Alkan's Concerto for Solo Piano received 1994 nominations for both the Grammy and Gramophone Record of the Year. A native of Canada, Mr. Hamelin has received several major music awards from the Canada Arts Council.

The program for the "Classical Cabaret" at Brookhaven includes late 19th and early 20th century French cabaret songs, such as Aristide Bruant's "Ballade du Chat Noir," as well as German cabaret songs, like Arnold Schoenberg and Hugo Salus's "Der genügsame Liebhaber." Cabaret songs from modern American composers will also be included, such as Ira Gershwin's "Sing Me Not a Ballad," and Stephen Sondheim's "I Never Do Anything Twice."

Tickets may be purchased at the door on the afternoon of the performance. No seats are reserved, so arrive early for the best seats. Tickets cost $14 general admission, $9 for seniors, and $5 for students and youths under 18.

For more information about the concert, including any possible cancellation due to inclement weather, call (516) 344-3550 for a recorded message. To speak to someone in person, call Brookhaven Lab's Public Affairs Office at (516)344-2345, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.