ellen cherry performs at Mendelssohn April 13

Staff Report

Singer/songwriter/historical fictionist ellen cherry will perform as part of Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Charlotte’s Web concert series at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at the new Mendelssohn Hall (formerly First Presbyterian Church), 406 N. Main St., Rockford.

Six weeks ago, this Baltimore-based singer/songwriter’s car was struck by a drunk driver while she was on tour through Texas. After a few nights in the ICU, a surgery to repair her broken collar bone, and many weeks back in Baltimore recuperating, she is hitting the road again for a very short, very special tour of the Midwest that she is affectionately calling the “Lucky Break” tour.

Once a character in a novel, ellen cherry sprang from the pages of a book in 1997, and began her life as a living, breathing, dynamic performer. Mixing equal parts of pathos and humor throughout her songs, ellen cherry is mysterious and powerful on stage. She seamlessly fuses her love of history, poetry and literature with the usual suspects of love, loss and despair, with a powerful, commanding voice and a command of power chords on her guitar.

cherry’s music has been labeled “eloquent, intimate, elegant pop music for smarty pants,” and her shows include hilarious banter between heartfelt ballads that reveal a whimsical and curious mind. On this tour, she’ll be playing a series of libraries and listening rooms, connecting with new audiences and playing selected works from her last two albums, Please Don’t Sell the Piano (2012) and (New) Years (2010).

In addition to being a full-time working musician, ellen cherry is the co-producer of Mobtown Moon, a collaborative music project involving more than 40 Baltimore musicians to create a new interpretation of Pink Floyd’s classic album The Dark Side of the Moon, just in time for its 40th anniversary. She has been nominated for an Emmy for her songwriting and was also awarded the UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence (the nation’s highest puppetry award) for her work on a shadow puppet piece called Alonzo’s Lullaby. She recently was awarded a Washington Area Music Award for her most recent album.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, visit www.mendelssohnpac.org or call (815) 964-9713.

From the April 10-16, 2013, issue

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