Dan Kennedy Sunday, June 11, 3pm DanKennedy’s commitment to Contemporary Instrumental music goes back to the 1980s. Conservatory trained, he got his start playing evenings of improvised piano music at Oberlin’s Cat-in-the-Cream Coffeehouse. Heard on over 250 radio stations, as well as Pandora, Spotify, and Music Choice, his music has been in rotation on Sirius XM Satellite Radio ever since 2009. His debut EP LANTERN was produced by the legendary Will Ackerman, producer for George Winston, Michael Hedges, and Liz Story. His third and latest album BLOOM ROAD (2015) provides a scintillating coffeehouse-style set of piano driven music. It features guest artists Charles Neville on sax (The Neville Brothers, Ray Charles, B.B. King), David Rose on Native flute, and Greg Loughman (Patti Page, Philip Aaberg) on bass. BLOOM ROAD went to #7 on the ZMR Top 100, an American chart, and to #4 on the OWM Top 100, a British chart, where it also received nominations for 2015 Album of the Year and 2015 Piano With Instrumentation Award.
Dan is a professional pianist who has played 100 engagements in the last three years. In 2015, Dan was proudly elected to both Whisperings and to the Enlightened Piano Artist Network, putting him among the top 300 contemporary solo pianists in the world.
In Radiance Sunday, June 18, 2pm
In Radiance is a vibrant group of five flutists who strive to bring a variety of musical genres to life through their arrangements and performances of music for their chamber group. The members each perform on piccolo, concert, alto, and bass flutes, and can also even be found beatboxing! In Radiance helps create new repertoire for its unique instrumentation through commissions or via their own arrangments. The quintet has been performing together since 2014 and is at home in every kind of venue from formal concert halls to intimate house concerts.
As certified Teaching Artists, the members of In Radiance have extensive experience giving experiential performances and workshops that reach out to the audiences of all types and bring them into the creative process. From senior centers to concert halls, they enjoy the connections these kinds of performances provide. In Radiance seeks to redefine the traditional concert experience by engaging its audiences and sharing the laughter and joy experienced in rehearsals and performances with everyone.
Holy Cross Chamber Music Friday, June 30, 1pm
The Chamber Music Institute at Holy Cross is an intensive immersion program for talented, high-school and college aged violinists, violists, cellists and pianists, focused on the art of chamber music as well as individual musical development. The high caliber faculty has a rich national and international background and participants are coming from all over the United States, and internationally from as far away as Chile. The program will feature selections by Mozart, Schumann, and Brahms.
Kalifa and KolibaAfropop
Sunday, July 16, 2pm Koliba blends the traditional music of West Africa with the contemporary sounds of America. Bringing together musicians from Africa and America, this Afro-pop band presents a unique blend of traditional and modern styles including West African Rhythms, Hi Life, Reggae, Ska, Zouk and more. Audiences don’t just attend performances of Koliba, they experience Koliba.
Bandleader Mohamed Kalifa Camara is a Professor at Berkley College of Music in Boston and has traveled the world playing Traditional West African and Afro-Pop music. Kalifa takes the audience on a journey from ancient Africa to modern, urban America with a sound and beat that brings the audience to their feet dancing and singing along.
Arco-Mano Guitar Duo
Sunday, July 30, 2pm Violinist Marcio Candido and guitarist Felipe Garibaldi formed Arco-Mano Duo to promote a blend of the classical and popular traditions including the music of Latin America. Their program will include works by Paganini, Mahle, Piazzolla, and Barrios.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Candido is an active performer. He served as concertmaster of the Longy Chamber Orchestra, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony and the Jamaica National Orchestra. Since 2009, Candido has been a faculty member at Thayer Performing Arts Center, in Lancaster, and more recently was appointed as violin faculty at Boston University for non-major students. Most recently, Candido performed as soloist with the New England Repertory Orchestra.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Garibaldi was awarded the prize of “Classical Music Interpreter” at the “20th Programa Nascente” of the University of São Paulo. He has made several premiere recordings of guitar works by Brazilian contemporary composers for the Cultura FM de São Paulo Radio, several recordings and arrangements on the Sony Music label, and also national premiere performances on chamber music by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer.
Seele Musicale Chamber Music Ensemble
Sunday, August 6, 2pm Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble returns to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden with a program of predominantly Baroque music for voice, strings, recorder and flute. The ensemble will perform works by Bach, Pergolesi and Handel, as well as a premiere of a piece by the late 20th century composer, Alan Hovhaness. “Seele,” pronounced “Zayla,” is the German word for “souls” and refers to the soul of the music as well as the souls of the composers and the musicians.
George Crotty Trio
Sunday, August 27, 2pm George Crotty is a crossover cellist focused on reimagining the role of the cello. Born in Toronto, Canada, he traces his lineage to Irish fiddlers in Co. Clare, and a family of proud Jewish musicians, traceable back to Felix Mendelssohn. A recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he looks to cello pioneers like Eugene Friesen, Mike Block, Natalie Haas, Rushad Eggleston, Jacob Szekeley, Rufus Cappadoccia, Mark Summer, and Erik Friedlander, among others, for inspiration. An active freelancer and performer in Canada and the United States, George aspires to forge a new linguistic path for the cello, integrating elements from Eastern, Celtic, and Jazz traditions.
Reverie Cello Duo
Sunday, September 17, 2pm “Reverie” harmonizes the soulful lyrics of the cello with the angelic voice of the harp. Cellist Christine Tsen and harpist Kathy Burmeister perform classical and Celtic compositions while adding their own signature interpretations.