New York cabaret star Leslie Orofino comes to Weston

The Weston Historical Society’s new archive building will be transformed into a romantic cabaret venue for one night only — this coming Saturday, May 19.

While it seems like a long way from the Algonquin’s Oak Room or the Plaza Hotel in New York City where she frequently performs, to the Weston Historical Society, the star of the show is full of praise for Weston’s newest cultural location.

“This gorgeous venue has been transformed into a beautiful little nightclub,” said Leslie Orofino, who will be presenting her show, Affairs of the Heart, at the archive this Saturday at 8 p.m. “With the cabaret setting and the tent outside, it will be the perfect way to spend a spring evening. I am delighted to be performing at the new building.”

Ms. Orofino’s show combines her comedic, acting and singing talents as she brings together a mix of songs, with an emphasis on the music of the ’30s and ’40s, to tell a story.

“This show is about things that make my heart beat a little faster. And I love the cabaret format because it allows us to weave them in to a story,” she said.

“I have always loved the music of the ’30s and ’40s, mainly because my dad filled our home with his gorgeous tenor voice singing those songs and passed his love of them on to his first born of four daughters — me,” Ms. Orofino said. “I love performing and was so blessed to have appeared across the country and for a few years had the honor of having my darling dad as my very special guest singer at the Algonquin’s Oak Room.”

For her one night engagement at the Weston Historical Society, Ms. Orofino will be accompanied by multi award-winning musicians, Daryl Kojak on piano and Boots Maleson on bass. The evening will be a memorable mix of comedy, jazz, rock and tender ballads, through the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Harry Warren, Fats Waller, Rodgers & Hart, Alberta Hunter and many others.

Ticket prices are $60 per person, and cash, check, or credit card payment may be made at the door beginning at 6:30, or for reservations, call the Weston Historical Society at 203-226-1804. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Ms. Orofino’s performance will begin at 8.

The event is being jointly hosted by the Weston Historical Society and Weston Kiwanis Club.

Also at the archive

Cabaret attendees will also have a chance to view local artwork on display at the archive building. The art show and sale is in honor of longtime Westonite and artist Paul Heifetz, who died last year.

A selection of Mr. Heifetz’ paintings are for sale at the show. The show is being held in conjunction with ArtWhirl, a diverse group of professional artists, all based in Fairfield County, whose members’ work has been displayed in museums and galleries throughout New England.

ArtWhirl artists whose work is represented include Doug Leigh, Bobbi Eiken Mullen, Andy Neilly, Wendy Pieper, Ellin Spadone, Liz Ward and Laura Wilk.

Other events planned for the archive over the coming year include a quilt show, an Americana Festival on June 2, and an antique car show and appraisal in the fall.


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