I walked past the corner of the Bowery and Houston Street in NYC a few days ago and thought of this Sol Prom photo called “Shadows 1,” which he took at that same corner in 1937.
After I returned to my apartment I went through a number of Prom’s photos. Prom was a member of the Photo League between 1936 and 1939 and worked with the League on a number of projects including “Dead End: the Bowery,” from which this photo is taken.
Every time I look at Prom’s photos I think of one song…native New Yorker Yip Harbug wrote the lyrics and Jay Gorney the music….“Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” sung here by Al Jolson (1932).


I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be part of the cast of Read650’s Genealogy show, “Who, Me?” on Sunday, Jan. 22, at City Winery, a very cool restaurant and concert venue on the Hudson River.

I wrote a five-minute story, which I’ll be performing, about an event that took place one-hundred years ago and connected me to my family history in a way I hadn’t imagined. It became the portal into which I entered the collective memory of my family’s past…and mine.

I’ll be performing with an ensemble cast of talented writers, sharing their personal stories about their families and their ancestry.

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Here’s what Columbia Free-Times said about Baron Fenwick, who will be performing in “WWII and NYC: Connecting Time and Place,” at the Cell Theatre, on February 11 and 12, 7:30pm: “Brilliant…. His driving rhythm, virtuosic technique, musical treatment and careful attention to the ensemble were all stunning. Put two or three more years on this young man, and we might well have a major star.” – Columbia Free-Times.

Baron was an enormous hit in a show I created two years ago, “From Carnegie to The Cell.” If you missed that show, here is your chance to hear why Baron was such a sensation.

Awarded the Silver Medal in the 2019 Sendai International Music Competition, Baron has emerged as a leading pianist of his generation. At 27 years old, he regularly performs with orchestras around the world, including the Flint Symphony, the South Shore Symphony, the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and the Sendai Philharmonic, among others. He performed with the Mannes Orchestra after winning the 2018 Mannes Concerto Competition and he recently made his debut in Carnegie Hall’s “Weill Hall.

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I’m working with some wonderful talent in my show, “WWII and NYC: Connecting Time and Place,” including the show’s music director, David S. Goldman. Click here for tickets and information.

David is an award-winning and world-traveled multi-lingual singer/songwriter who performs in a wide variety of genres and languages including Blues, Latin, Acoustic Rock, Pop/Jazz, and World. His versatile and moving, melismatic voice gains him fans wherever he goes. David currently has an international musical under development with the Cell Theater in NYC encompassing his college journey to India and multi-ethnic background. It will first be a podcast and audio release and then a live performance

In December of 2021, David and his co-writer American Dreamer Daniella Vieira released their song “Alien (Revisited)” on 11Million Records, distributed by DistroKid on all media platforms. Daniella received a Grammy Certificate in 2019 for American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom by John Daversa Big Band. “Alien (Revisited)” powerfully expresses Ms. Santos’ feelings about her experience as an immigrant.

David has also frequently worked with me as co-producer, music director and performer at various NYC venues from 2015 to the present-day. His latest release, “Going To America” is a song of hope for the country’s founding ideals and diversity.

“David Goldman has a gift for channeling his love of the whole wide world of music into well-crafted songs, and he has the voice to do those songs justice.”—John Platt, WFUV 90.7FM

Click here to visit David’s website


I first heard tenor Robert Anthony Mack performing the role of Bartell D’Arcy in the Irish Repertory Theatre’s production of The Dead, 1904. He was fabulous. Robert is the male vocalist—Clare Maloney the female vocalist—in my upcoming show, “WWII and NYC: Connecting Time and Place.”

Robert has performed on Broadway in Smokey Joe’s Café and 3 with Mo’ Tenors. He has received glorious reviews for his powerful but sweet lyric tenor voice, throughout the US and Europe with Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Budapest Opera, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, The Royal Danish Opera, Opéra Française de New York, Nashville Opera, Opera Carolina, The Springfield Symphony, The Paris Bastille, The Teatro Real in Spain, and has spent several seasons on the roster of The Metropolitan Opera. He has been the tenor soloist in The Verdi’s Requiem, and other notable oratorios.

With Clare Maloney/vocals, Baron Fenwick/piano and Sara Caswell/violin. Music Director David S. Goldman

The Cell Theatre, NYC, Feb 11 and 12, 7:30pm.

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I’m thrilled that Internationally acclaimed vocalist and musician, Clare Maloney, will be performing in a Charles R Hale Production, “WWII and NYC: Connecting Time and Place,” at the Cell Theatre in NYC, Feb 11 and 12. Click here for tickets

Clare has shared the stage with members of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Allman Brothers Band, Hall & Oates, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Hot Tuna, The Tubes and The New Riders of the Purple Sage. Her interpretations of the folk and rock favorites of the 60s and 70s era have gained her a loyal following for her powerful voice and her ability to move effortlessly between Grace Slick’s “White Rabbit” and Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock.”

Before transitioning to Rock and Roll full-time, Clare trained extensively and toured as an opera singer, appearing on some of the most famous stages in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Symphony Space, 92ndY, National Sawdust and at concert halls throughout Europe and Asia. A uniquely versatile artist, Clare is an in-demand studio session vocalist, having lent her voice to numerous studio projects including jingles, TV theme songs, national ad campaigns, and new music by composers writing for Broadway, Jazz, Opera and the concert stage.

Since 2018, Clare has toured as the vocalist for The Englishtown Project – a tribute to the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage and The Marshall Tucker Band. Since the music industry reopened in 2021, playing over a dozen shows for the reopening of the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, and assembling her own band, Clare Maloney & The Great Adventure, which recently played to sold-out crowds at the Bitter End in NYC.


New York, New York, a “helluva town” during WWII. The city witnessed three million soldiers and sailors passing through, waiting to be shipped out to an uncertain destiny. 

Nightclubs and theaters opened their doors to the droves of servicemen passing through. Broadway’s leading actors and actresses entertained servicemen at the Stage Door Canteen in Midtown. New Yorkers filled the theaters and the Times Square movie houses. They listened to songs that hailed American optimism at a time of national testing…and they listened to “slush songs”, sentimental songs of loss and loneliness. 

Charles R. Hale’s “WWII and NYC: Connecting Time and Place” recalls the electricity of the wartime home front, while recounting the significant role New York played in the national war effort. The show weaves the era’s vivid personalities, music and stories into an exciting tapestry of a city overcoming the greatest challenge of the twentieth century.

Charles R. Hale/Creator and Narrator

David S. Goldman/Music Director

Gertjan Houben/Lighting Designer

Clare Maloney/Vocals, /Sara Caswell/Violin, Robert Anthony Mack/Vocals and Baron Fenwick/Piano


February 11 and 12, Cell Theatre, 338 West 23rd St, NYC

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Charles R. Hale Productions​, Musica Solis​ and Nancy Manocherian’s “the cell” are pleased to announce another season of ​Classically Exposed. This season is called ​”Musical Crossroads,” in honor of the confluence of musical genre that we are presenting. Our goal is simple: To present outstanding music at a great value; accordingly, w​e have assembled a fabulous collection of artists who will performing a variety of musical genre including classical, jazz, theatrical, rock and more. ​Based on the comments we received after our last series, it’s fair to say “this is a one-of-a-kind” series here in New York.

Tickets and season subscriptions will be on sale shortly for the following shows:

November 20: The Anderson Brothers/Benny Meets Artie.

December 18: Igor Lipinski/Piano Illusions

January 8: Rossano Sportiello/Stride Piano Master

January 29: Empire Wild

February 11 and 12: Charles R. Hale’s/WWII and NYC:Connecting Time and Place

February 26: Mark Dover and Jeremy Jordan/Port Mande


Great to be back at the Cell again last night for Janey Choi’s Chamber Music PIck Up session. Quite a number of friends showed up for an event in the Cell’s “garden,” for a great night of music.

So good to see many friends at this wonderful event. I’m really looking forward to the “Cell” series that Seunghee Lee and I are producing beginning in November, “Classically Exposed: Musical Connections.” More details to follow shortly.  


On Nov 14, 1943 Bruno Walter was scheduled to conduct the New York Philharmonic but fell ill. Twenty-five year old Leonard Bernstein, who just weeks earlier had been named Assistant Conductor, was called on to step in. Waiting by the stage as the manager informed the audience that Walter would not be conducting that afternoon, Bernstein recalled hearing “groans.” Some people left. But once the music started the audience was in Bernstein’s corner…by the final chords of the Prelude to Wagner’s Die Meistersinger the audience was on its feet shouting.

The concert, which was broadcast live across the country, was widely successful and Bernstein became an instant success. 

Bernstein appeared another 427 times at Carnegie Hall, becoming one of the most frequently heard conductors on the Carnegie Hall stage.

Bernstein hadn’t intended to be a conductor, but rather a pianist and composer. He, however, met conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos at Harvard who guided him toward conducting. The rest, as they say, is history….and Bernstein is now, very much, a leading figure in “the musical history of New York City.”