Author and composer Patricia King Haddad will discuss the inspiration for her story, La Giara (The Water Jug), her artistic process and how she adapted the book into a compelling musical production that creates a rich and unique musical narrative at The Press Club’s February 13th luncheon at Ariano, 114 S. Olive Street, Media Pa., at 11:30 a.m.
Based on a true story, the original musical memoir merges Italian Folk and Opera with Brazilian Choro and Jazz, telling the story of a family’s emigration from Sicily to Philadelphia. Comprised of dramatic and comedic compositions, La Giara expresses themes relevant to gender oppression and cultural losses that immigrant families transcended while adapting to a new world.
Composer, pianist, vocalist and writer, Patricia King first stepped on stage at age seven to perform in various musical theater productions. After years of singing, acting and dancing, Patricia went on to focus her studies at North Carolina School of the Arts as a voice major. Equally passionate about composition and jazz piano, Patricia became involved with jazz and future husband – Brazilian composer, Orlando Haddad. Their marriage and music partnership evolved into several decades of performing, writing and recording six CDs of original music for their Brazilian ensemble, Minas.
The public is welcome to all Press Club events. Cost for February’s event is $20 for Press Club members with advance reservations; and $25 for non-members, walk-ins and guests. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.facebook.com/delcopressclub/ by responding going to the event. Payments can be made by cash or check at the door.