Renowned pianists featured

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Updated Wednesday, May 7, 2014 8:50 am

Friends of Waccamaw Library (FOWL) are hosting a Musical Evening on May 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Church in Pawleys Island.

Renowned piano duo Gretchen Downer and Jackie O’Neil will perform exciting selections from Broadway musicals and popular films.

These talented pianists, who now live on the Waccamaw Neck, have performed professionally throughout the US and Europe.

For FOWL’s Musical Evening, Downer and O’Neil will play songs from such favorite shows as My Fair Lady, The King and I, South Pacific, Les Miserables, and Phantom of the Opera. During intermission, delectable desserts, tea, coffee, and wine will be served, followed by a sing-along of ‘40s classics, timeless standards, “beach music”, and patriotic melodies.

Gretchen Downer, a classically trained pianist, has played in clubs and in concerts from South Carolina to Spain. She has recorded several individual CDs, as well as a CD of duets with her musical partner, Jackie O’Neil. Gretchen extends her love of music to the community by serving as President of Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art.

Jackie O’Neil’s musical career began in Charlotte and carried her to New York, where she played for such Broadway musicals as Cats, A Chorus Line, and Peter Pan. She also played for the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall and for the Ice Capades, before moving to Los Angeles, where she accompanied such luminaries as Carol Burnette, Patti LuPone, and Sonny and Cher.

Tickets are $12.50 and include wine, coffee, tea, and desserts.

All proceeds will go to help FOWL provide furnishings, computers, landscaping, new books, and other valuable support for The Library Center – Waccamaw, opening in December 2014 on Willbrook Boulevard.

To reserve tickets contact Diane Stern at d.stern26@gmail.com, phone: 908.310.2953 or Kathy Gramet at kgramet@aol.com, phone: 315.952.5813.

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