The Sanctuary Concerts present David Wilcox and Susan Werner together in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the .
Wilcox has been a working musician for over 20 years, releasing 16 albums between 1987 and 2011. His music, according to Sanctuary Concerts head Scott Sheldon, "is soulful, poetic and engagingly philosophical." His signature, Sheldon said, is his "harp-like open-tuned guitar."
Wilcox has performed at Carnegie Hall and done worldwide tours to great critical acclaim in his years as a singer, songwriter and performer. He has also performed much closer to Chatham in a benefit concert in Westfield for Coffee With Conscience in spring 2008.
The Los Angeles Times raved about Wilcox's "comforting, James Taylor-like voice" and said his songs "probe scenarios with volatile emotion." The New York Daily News said Wilcox "[turns] a smart phrase and [matches] it to a melody compelling enough to give sensitive singer-songwriters back their good name."
Susan Werner is an accomplished folk singer and songwriter. Trained in opera and classical music, she used her training to write and perform "whimsical, offbeat jazz-influenced songs," according to Sheldon.
With titles such as "If I Wrote Cole Porter," "Last of the Good Straight Girls" and "Let's Regret This In Advance," Sheldon said Werner "brings all the wit and effervescence of Great American Songbook composers ... to her own sophisticated, playful songs."
Tickets for the concert may be purchased for $25 by contacting the Sanctuary Concerts, via telephone at (973) 376-4946, via email or via the concert series website. Tickets include dessert and coffee at the intermission.
The Sanctuary Concerts have teamed up with Chatham Patch to offer one pair of free tickets to see David Wilcox and Susan Werner in concert Saturday. To enter to win, answer the trivia question below:
Socially-earnest songwriter David Wilcox and witty, irreverent performer Susan Werner, who perform a rare duo concert this Saturday at , have very different approaches to music. But they have one thing in common: Both became folk songwriters late in life. Tell us either why David did not start playing guitar until his college days, or why Susan turned from her training in opera singing and classical composition to become a songwriter.
Think you know the answer? Email Chatham Patch Editor Laura Silvius at Laura.Silvius@Patch.com for the chance to win two free tickets to see Susan Werner and David Wilcox Saturday.