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Emery revises tribute to Leonard Cohen

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WHO: Paul Emery presents

WHAT: “A Thousand Kisses Deep, the Songs of Leonard Cohen”

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11

WHERE: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

TICKETS: Tickets $25; information and order by phone at The Nevada City Box Office at the Miners Foundry, 530-265-5462; BriarPatch Co-op, 530-272-5333; Yabobo, 530 470-9114; online at http://paulemerymusic.com

INFO: http://paulemerymusic.com

The second and final performance of “A Thousand Kisses Deep, the Songs of Leonard Cohen,”` at the Nevada Theatre will be tonight. The concert features an all-local lineup of 15 musicians and singers and is produced by Paul Emery.

Emery first conceived of the show about four years ago after seeing Cohen live on stage at a concert in San Jose.

“In my mind, I kept thinking, ‘We can do that,’” Emery recalls.

So he put the show together, arranged the music, then went after the performers he wanted for the theater-like production. Emery plays guitar and sings during the show.

This year’s production features vocalists Anni McCann, Eleanore MacDonald, Kimberly Bass, Lea Hume and Shay Dillon. Arthur Gould plays cello, Ben Gillespie plays keyboards, Mark McCartney plays drums, Rick Kirkpatrick plays guitar and Tom Schmidt plays woodwinds. Peter Wilson and Stephen Holland play guitar and sing. Local poet Molly Fisk will take the stage, as well as music director Pat Jacobsen on bass.

“It’s remarkable to get so many fine players committed to the project,” Emery said.

Emery first produced the show for The Center for the Arts in April of 2011. It has played at the Nevada Theatre before and the 24th Street Theatre in Sacramento.

Leonard Cohen is a Canadian Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist.

His work often explores religion, isolation, sexuality, and interpersonal relationships.

Cohen has been inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor.

In 2011, Cohen received the Prince of Asturias Award for literature. In 2008, during a speech at Cohen’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lou Reed described Cohen as belonging to the “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters.”

Emery moved to Nevada City in 1976 but began producing shows in the area as early as 1972. He has 30 years of live performance under his belt and was the former executive and artistic director at The Center for the Arts. These days he is the news director at KVMR radio and produces events part time.

“I don’t perform that much these days, but this is special and it’s real pleasure to play these wonderful songs with such great musicians,” Emery says.

Learn more at http://paulemerymusic.com/13/13-05-10-leonardcohen.html.

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