Local performers honor Oscar with Picture House concert of nominated and award-winning songs (with slideshow)

Mojo played “Live and Let Die.”

The Pelham Picture House hosted its first-ever “Music that Made the Movies: The Oscars!” on March 10. Inspired by the theater’s previous “A Not So Silent Night” holiday concert, the show featured local musicians performing songs that were either nominated for or won Oscars during the 95-year history of the awards.

The band Collateral Damage accompanied all of the performers during the event.

“When I heard the band first play the bridge and the build up for ‘Let It Go,’ that was very chilling,” Grace Kiamie said of the song from “Frozen” she would be singing. “I’ve never heard it played that way before, and the arrangement is so great, and I think that everyone is going to love it.” Kiamie performed the same song three years ago in “Frozen Jr.” when it was produced at Pelham Middle School. “‘Frozen,’ in general, is such an empowering movie for women because the characters don’t rely on men, and they don’t have to wait for someone. They are going out there and doing everything by themselves.”

During the event, the Picture House was full of community love and laughter.

“I’m just here cause they say I look like Bradley Cooper,” said Warren Banholzer, who sang “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” along with Janine LaManna. Both are Pelham residents.

“I had my knee replaced three weeks ago, so this is kind of my first time out, and you know, it feels really good to get out there and give back to the community and to sing, and it’s really fun, especially local events,” said Valerie Lemon, who performed a Marvin Hamlisch tribute with her accompanist, Dan Radzikowski. “You really bond with everyone.”

To conclude the event, LaManna sang a medley of Bond film songs. “What I love about being here in my hometown is that there is such a sense of community among us—we all know each other really well and now we are doing more and more concerts together,” she said. “We are fundraising for the Picture House, and we get to hang out with everybody and get music out in this community.”

While the event is new, Picture House Programming and Business Development Director Clay Bushong is confident that it will only become bigger and better in years to come. “It’s the first event of its kind that we have done, but I feel good,” he said. “I feel a lot of people really enjoyed it, and they will go and say good things, and the next one will have more people.”