Samantha Talora & Ron Ramsay Present “A Night at the Oscars”

PITTSFIELD, MA – The dynamic Berkshire duo is back with the sequel to last year’s A Night at the Oscars – by popular demand. Stepping out with Oscar-winning and nominated songs from movies, past and present, Samantha Talora & Ron Ramsay offer a pre-Oscar celebration of song on Saturday, March 3rd at the American Legion, Post 68 in Pittsfield.  The pair will be joined by the popular Eileen Markland on violin and Michael Gillespie on woodwinds with special guest vocalist, Karen Cellini.

The category for “Best Original Song” was introduced to the Academy Awards in 1934.  Sam and Ron will guide you down memory lane of award winners through the years. Beloved movies engrained in your memory and other, more fleeting, selections from composers ranging from Jerome Kern and Henry Mancini to Stevie Wonder and Barbra Streisand.  How many will you remember?   Test your movie knowledge in this fun evening of great music, leading up to Hollywood’s biggest night.

The American Legion, Post 68 is located at 41 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield.   Tickets are $20.00 which includes post-show sweets.  Show begins at 7:30pm, Doors open at 6:45pm. A full bar will be available for purchase.  Reservations can be made by calling 413-212-4459 or e-mailing  For more information about Talora & Ramsay, please visit  Produced by RER Pro Music.

Talora & Ramsay’s eclectic music series, spanning a wide array of genres, has delighted audiences with special programs such as “A Sondheim Trilogy, Parts I, II & III,” Affairs of the Heart and The Chairman.  These, along with their popular holiday programs for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas (and more), have quickly become the ideal destination for a romantic date night, or a fun night with family and friends.  Catch them this summer for their third season with the Berkshire Scenic Railway on Saturday Night Cabaret Trains, running from June to September. More details can be found at   With passionate performances, and witty storytelling, this pair will make you laugh and cry and always leave you wanting more!

Ron Ramsay attended the High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas Texas and the Manhattan School of Music in NYC, making NYC his home. Classically trained, Ron crossed over to the Broadway and Cabaret scene in NYC. His cabaret nightclub acts have sold out such rooms as the Algonquin, Feinstein’s, Town Hall, Lincoln Center’s Rose Room and Judy’s Chelsea as well as venues in such locales as London, Paris and Mykonos.  The New York Post raves of past performances “unusually well stocked and thoughtful, high quality songs …always a sublime Songbook”.  Backstage and “one of the most well rounded and extraordinary shows in recent memory”.  Ron is also currently the Director of Music Programs at St. Ann’s Church in Lenox, MA.

Samantha Talora studied theater, voice and received a B.S. in Arts Administration from Wagner College in New York.  She has travelled and performed in various venues throughout the United States, including the Isaac Stern Auditorium at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.  Samantha has had the pleasure of performing as a solo artist and guest artist in such local venues as The Red Lion Inn, Canyon Ranch, Kimball Farms, The Berkshire Museum, Searles Castle, The Colonial Theater and BSC.

Eileen Markland carries a wide range of experiences in fiddle and violin education and performance.   She was appointed by the U.S. Department of State as an “American Cultural Specialist” and traveled the globe with Project Troubador, a non profit organization that builds cultural bridges through music and the arts.  Her passion for music education is shared with students from age 3 to age 83. She is the Director and Co Founder of The Suzuki Music School of Troy and implemented Suzuki String Programs at Berkshire Music School and Montessori School of the Berkshires.

Michael Gillespie has been a woodwind performer and teacher in Berkshire County for 15 years.  Holding degrees from Penn State University and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Mr. Gillespie is currently the high school and middle school band director in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District. He offers private woodwind lessons and was a member of the Massachusetts Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Malcolm W. Rowell.   He currently performs with Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay at their cabaret shows around Berkshire County.  He also performs regularly at Canyon Ranch Resort and at St. Ann Church in Lenox.

Karen Cellini is a multidisciplinary live performance artist, producer, writer and activist whose work has been seen at Amnesty International Human Rights Arts Festival, LaMaMa, Dixon Place,  Alice’s Fourth Floor Pasadena Playhouse, Four Seasons Hotel of Tokyo, Japan,  California Institute of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence College and internationally in a starring role in Aaron Spelling’s television drama Dynasty. She co-produced the iconic Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding and its 25-year Anniversary revival, Cafe A Go-GoThe Life and Times of W.E.B. Dubois, Berkshire Theatre Festival and the feature film Seriously Twisted where she also played a lead role. She was a producer on the Broadway musical, Doctor Zhivago, Broadway Theatre and is Vice President of Corcoran Productions.

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