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ARTIST OF THE MONTH – KATE BECKMAN: Flavors of Life Benefit – APR 27

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End Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm


Location: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd, Greenvale, NY 11548

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Singer-Actor-Director Kate Beckman,

Kate Beckman has developed a reputation as a versatile performer and an audience favorite. She puts her personal touch and unique style into programs that combine the best of the musical theatre, concert, and cabaret venues. The press has reviewed her as, “The most compelling performer…Her deep rich voice coddles her songs. More important, she invests each with emotional urgency.” Audiences have said, “Each new show outdoes the last.” “She puts you in the palm of her hand and never lets go.”


See Ms. Beckman’s benefit performance..

Critically acclaimed vocalist Kate Beckman brings her show Flavors of Life to the Hillwood Recital Hall in the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. on the campus of LIU Post, Brookville, NY. She will be joined by her musical director, Eric Baum.

This benefit performance support’s LIU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Jerrold Mark Ladge Speech and Hearing Center, located on campus.

Flavors of Life is a cabaret with songs and stories that look at the experiences and memories that we associate with food and includes favorites such as Come On-A- My House and Java Jive as well as new gems.

Tickets are $30 general seating, $25 Seniors 62+, $10 youth and students to age 18, and $10 for students with college ID. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance by visiting Any remaining tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance – cash only. Enter through Hillwood Commons.

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Kate has worked as a producer, artistic director, director, stage manager, designer, actor, and vocalist. Her work has taken her throughout the United States and England with favorite projects and roles in Carmen, Kiss Me Kate, Tintypes, A Moon for the Misbegotten, A Little Night Music, and Nunsense.

Kate enjoys a busy concert and cabaret schedule including Danny’s Skylight Room, Odette’s, Theatre 315, The Oak Room at Carlyle on the Green, the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra, Dystonia Medical Foundation, Sponsors’ Event for the East End Food and Wine Awards, Town of Oyster Bay Distinguished Artists Series, Patrons of the Arts, The Cabaret Club at the deSeversky Center, and Penn State Men’s Glee Club. She created the role of Nan Edwards in the world premiere of a new musical, Fair Liberty’s Call and can be heard on the cast recording. In July 2006, Kate reunited with her original company members to perform in a thirtieth anniversary production of The Bicentennial Wagon Train Show at Fort Roberdeau in Pennsylvania. She was a member of one of the original companies that toured the United States as part of the Bicentennial celebration.

At Perry Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, CO, Kate was one of twelve artists selected nationwide for the Art of Cabaret Workshop. There she studied and worked with Barry Kleinbort, Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason, and Teri Ralston. Ms. Marcovicci has described Kate’s work as, “A sensational performer whose dedication to the American Popular Song makes her a must must-see.” With the goal of expanding cabaret on Long Island, she is the owner of Beckman Productions LLC and works to develop venues, audiences, and new artists to the art of cabaret. She received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program to create and perform a cabaret entitled What Is This Thing Called Cabaret?

Kate has spent over thirty-five years teaching theatre and speech on the faculties of LIU Post, Hofstra University, St. John’s University, Nassau Community College, Molloy College, and NYIT. In addition, she has held the positions of Director of Theatre, and Assistant Director/Interpretative Coach for a nationally ranked forensics team. Kate has mentored interns in the research, development, and portrayal of 19th century characters as part of the living museum at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. As an educator, she has been honored by her students in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, the Primo V. Amato Memorial Award, Teacher of the Year Nominee, Who’s Who of Women in Education, and Who’s Who in Collegiate Faculty.

Kate is a personal speech consultant and frequent guest speaker presenting master classes and workshops in communications and the performing arts to organizations including the Nassau County Library Programmers Association, the Suffolk Y JCC, the Molloy Institute for Lifelong Learning, the Nassau Community College Faculty Roundtable, and the American Association for Training and Development.

Eric Baum – Musical Director

In addition to his New York City work as an arranger/keyboard player for musical revues, recordings, and cabaret artists, has over the past 25 years directed 42 productions and musically directed 127, including 36 on Long Island. Originally from Pennsylvania, where his tenure as a teacher and coach of an award-winning drama program culminated in training the East Coast winner of the International Thespian Society’s Finney scholarship, his commitment to education has found a Long Island home as the adjunct musical director at Five Towns College and a seven-year stint as a Guest-Artist-in Residence with the Hofstra University drama department.

The 1984 winner of the Asher Competition and an alumni of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, his work as a composer has been featured in off-Broadway productions of Ivanhoe, The Prisoner of Zenda, Twelfth Night, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and The W.W.O.W Radio Mystery Hour as well as in commissions from Pennsylvania’s Fulton Opera House (Pieces) and Hofstra University (Two Noble Kinsmen: Shakespeare Revued, and The Birds).


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