Shelly MacArthur gave a beautiful, elegant performance on Valentine’s Day.
She was gorgeous and proved to be more than a jazz stylist. Backed by The City Lights Orchestra and two pianists her range was most impressive from opera to pop to jazz. The staged was filled with red roses galore.
The concert was held at The Murphy Auditorium on Erie in the River North Community. It was restored by Richard H. Driehaus and is one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets and most beautiful buildings. It is a small, quaint hall made for intimate settings and is used today for private parties and weddings.
Top Chef, Charlie Trotter, inspired the fabulous food and drink and was on hand with Chicago’s VIP’s.
The show was beautiful as she asked and answered the profound yet simple question, "What is this thing called Love" . . .. Her choices of songs lead the musical discussion.
Roderick Dixon joined her onstage as did Alfreda Burke. The duets were powerful and spellbinding. This was a special performance for Valentine’s Day, a beautiful package of love songs.
Shelly does not perform often, but I am hopeful that this performance brings her out more. She will play to popular demand. The audience reception was warm and lovely. It was a fundraiser for the Joffrey Ballet. Perhaps this will be an annual event. Perhaps the venue will be larger next time. Perhaps we will see more of beautiful Shelly.
I hope so. Bravo Lady Shelly, Bravo.