Sinatra with Sonata: A Seeds Event

Thursday
23
May

A Benefit Supporting Seeds of Literacy

Ticket information

All benefit guests receive a salad, selection of dinner options, dessert, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, and a drink ticket. The Silent Auction is open to all attendees. Items to be announced.

Three Levels of Tickets

    • Chairman of the Board $100 Ticket ($25 tax-deductible)
    • The Voice $250 Ticket ($175 tax-deductible): 1/4 page program ad, name included on program sponsor page
    • Ol’ Blue Eyes $500 Ticket ($350 tax-deductible): 1/4 page program ad, name included on program sponsor page, preferred seating for 2.

     

Sponsorship Opportunities

A variety of sponsorship packages are available. To purchase a sponsorship for this very special event, please visit Seeds’ Event Page.
 

Schedule

6:00pm Doors Open for Networking & Silent Auction
6:20pm Dinner
6:45pm Performance part 1 featuring Michael Sonata as Frank Sinatra
7:30pm Silent Auction
8:00pm Performance part 2 featuring Sonata as Sinatra
8:45pm Auction Check-Out
9:00pm Event Concludes
 

 

Event Description

Crooner Michael Sonata is one of the most sought-after Sinatra tribute artists in the country. He brings the sights, sounds, and simple sophistication of Ol’ Blue Eyes to the stage. On May 23, he’ll perform at this very special event, complete with dinner and silent auction, in support of Seeds of Literacy. By the end of his set, you won’t be strangers in the night any longer.

What People Say About Sonata’s Performances
“His voice is superb, his body language and posture are so similar to Frank Sinatra that it was if Old Blue Eyes had been resurrected!”

“We thought certainly it must have been a CD… but it was actually HIM rehearsing! My husband and I were floored!”

“Listening to Michael’s performance took me right back…He even LOOKED the part — the bow tie, the fedora, and even the ’40s-looking microphone!”
 

Michael Sonata Bio
Actor and singer, Michael Sonata, was born and raised in Canton, Ohio in a wonderful Irish Catholic family. The eldest of seven children, Michael graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School and went on to earn a Business Management Degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree in Speech from Kent State University. Throughout his educational life, he was always involved in various aspects of performance by participating in plays, choirs, and the University of Notre Dame Glee Club where he traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe.

After school, Michael pursued acting professionally, working in theaters in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Chicago for about seven years. He eventually came back to the Canton area to work in his family’s lumber and construction business. He made the Canton Players’ Guild his home base and was seen in many leading dramatic, comedic, and musical roles including the Guild’s annual rendition of A Christmas Carol.

In 2004, Michael decided to make a career change and to go back into the performing arts for a living. He auditioned for a role in a local murder-mystery play called The Contraltos by Jan H. Kennedy. Being a spoof of the hit HBO series The Sopranos, it called for a character loosely based on the “Chairman of the Board” himself.

Michael’s preparation for that role led him to reinvestigate Sinatra’s music and unique style of singing. And with weeks of research, meticulous observation and rehearsal, he came up with a very life-like recreation of “Old Blue Eyes” himself. Audiences wondered aloud if Michael was really singing or merely lip-syncing to Sinatra’s classics.

After the show closed, a local music producer suggested that he should expand his repertoire of Sinatra and work up a one-man show to take around to local venues. And after a couple of months of more intense rehearsal, research and preparation, Michael’s Tribute to Frank opened to amazed and very appreciative audiences in March of 2006. His shows reflect a wide range of Sinatra’s styles: the young innocence of The Columbia years, his swinging revival of The Capitol years, and the supreme confidence of the Chairman during The Reprise years.

Michael’s repertoire now includes over 100 songs that Sinatra recorded with more being added all the time. This helps to keep the show fresh and also allows him to often take requests from the audience. He has also evolved to using professional musicians rather than the backing tracks for his shows. A jazz keyboardist, jazz trio, 12-piece or 17-piece Big Band can now be provided for a more exciting all-live show.

Michael and his lovely bride Lisa still reside in Canton. They have one child, their son Brendan who recently graduated from The University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio. Their love and support mean all the world to him.

 

Why Seeds of Literacy?

In the city of Cleveland, 66% of adults are functionally illiterate. This means they are struggling with bus schedules, medication instructions, public transportation routes, understanding utility bills, coupon math, and helping their kids with homework. In some neighborhoods, that rate is a staggering 95%!

Literacy is a root cause of poverty. The percentage of adults without a high school diploma who live in poverty is TWICE that of those with one, and adults without a diploma earn 42% LESS over the course of their lives.

Our innovative, award-winning program fights those statistics by providing FREE high school equivalency preparation to adults in the Greater Cleveland area. We are open 12 hours a day, 4 days a week, 49 weeks a year – with morning, afternoon, and evening one-to-one tutoring sessions.
Unlike other adult ed programs, Seeds accepts students at any skill level. With weekly registration, there’s no wait time to start. Because our program has no set end-date, each student works at their own pace, at their own schedule, graduating when THEY are ready.

Our service is 100% FREE for students thanks to our 200+ volunteer tutors and the financial support we receive at events like this. Learn more about how you can get involved at seedsofliteracy.org

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