On July 30 and 31, the Westhampton Beach Project brings a weekend of free dance and music performances to Westhampton Beach, showcasing both emerging talent from around the world and a tribute to Frank Sinatra.
This is the third annual event, which began in 2018, and was created by artist and President of the Musical Mime Theater Steven Colucci, who has been working in the arts for over 45 years and worked closely with the famous Marcel Marceau. A Westhampton resident, Colucci has made it his personal mission to expose the younger generation to some of the art forms he has spent so many years of his life dedicated to studying.
“I wanted to provide all these amazing performers with a real platform to showcase their undeniable talents after a year of devastation to our community of dancers, artists and singers,” said Colucci.
The project will kick off on Friday, July 30, with a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra starring vocalist Steven Maglio, who will be accompanied by The Maglio Orchestra. Since 2004, Maglio and his 11-piece orchestra, has performed his Sinatra tribute show at The Carnegie Club which is currently the longest-running nightclub act in New York City. Maglio has also shared the stage with notable vocalists including Frankie Valli, Wayne Newton, Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson and Jordin Sparks. Also taking the stage that evening will be West African and French American singer-songwriter Eva Sita with the Eva Sita Band and Dancers, who will perform multiple songs in three different languages. Sita will also sing alongside Maglio in featured Sinatra duets.
The following evening, Saturday, July 31, guests can enjoy performances by soloist dancers from American Ballet Theater including Luciana Paris, Jonatan Luján, Michael de la Nuez, Jose Sebastian, Javier Rivet, Isadora Loyola, and Aaron Smyth. Also offered will be choreography by Alison Cook Beatty Dance Company, a New York City based non-profit modern dance company. Dancers will include Vera Paganin, Miranda Stuck, Aurélie Garcia, Mariah Anton, Asia Bonilla, Jaryd Farcon, Charles Scheland and Austin Kelly.
The two-day Westhampton Beach Project will be hosted on the Great Lawn on Main Street in Westhampton Beach with performances both days beginning at 8:30 p.m. To support the event, guests interested in making a charitable donation of $25 or more will receive a VIP seat on the Great Lawn for the event. All proceeds will go toward The Musical Mime Company, Inc., the not-for-profit organization dedicated to assembling artists in all areas of creativity and collecting information on corporal movement and furthermore on art in general. For more information, visit whbproject.com.