Let the Sunshine In is a celebration of the vast musical contributions of Galt MacDermot. Originally created by Eric Svejcar (New York-based Music Director and Composer) and Tamara Meneghini under the support and guidance of MacDermot himself, Svejcar and Meneghini weave together a journey of Galt MacDermot’s unique place in music history. In the words of MacDermot: “Eric and Tammy perform with the vigor and enthusiasm that music from the sixties need but with expertise and insight that is unique and gives the songs new life.”
Best known for composing the rock musical, HAIR, Galt MacDermot’s career spanned more than 50 years, beginning with a Grammy award in 1960 for his song, “African Waltz”. He moved to New York in 1964, beginning his legendary Broadway career with HAIR. He wrote numerous other musicals including Isabel’s a Jezebel, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Tony Award and Drama Desk Award), Dude, Via Galactica, and The Human Comedy, to name a few. He contributed to numerous film scores and also performed regularly with the band he formed, New Pulse Jazz Band, which performed and recorded his original music. With MacDermot’s passing in December 2018, Svejar and Meneghini have revived a tribute to the master composer and celebration of songs that embody the joy, energy and “funk” that is truly his style.
The newly formed “Sunshine Funk Band”, includes locally based master musicians, Rick Pruitt on guitar, Pete Hennig on bass) and Paul Smiddy on drums. Eric Svejcar will lead the group as the music director, arranger, keyboard and vocals. For the past 20 years, Svejcar has been the “go-to” guy in New York when it comes to MacDermot’s lesser known work. Together with Meneghini, they crafted this celebration of a truly original composer and hero – Galt MacDermot.
April 19, 7:30pm
April 20, 2:00pm & 7:30pm