Category Archives: Concerts

August 1 – Sharon Playhouse @ Music Mountain

Saturday, August 1, 6:30PM

Sharon Playhouse
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The Sharon Playhouse
Broadway at Music Mountain
It’s Saturday night on Broadway! Join a host of performers (bios listed below) currently appearing at the Sharon Playhouse as they sing show tunes from the popular musical theatre repertoire of yesterday and today! TriArts Sharon Playhouse is a not-for-profit summer stock theatre, located at the foot of the Berkshires in Litchfield County, CT. It is a place where musical theatre is celebrated and tomorrow’s generation of actors and audiences is born. Novice actors of all ages are trained and mentored, experienced actors find opportunities to enhance their careers and emerging writers showcase their work.

Pre-Concert Dinner*
at the Falls Village Inn (Limited to 70)
*Dinner (5:00 p.m.) & Concert (6:30 p.m.): $65
Concert Only: $30 at the door. $27 in Advance
Must Reserve for Dinner by Friday, July 31.

Tonight’s performers include:

SharonPlayhouseAnnalieseVanDerPolAnneliese Van Der Pol – from Broadway’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and TV’s THAT’S SO RAVEN

Ryan Vona – from Broadway’s hit production of ONCE

Brandon Michael Nase – from the acclaimed Dallas Theatre Center production of LES MISERABLES

Jason SweetTooth Williams – from the recent Weston Playhouse’s production of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES

Directed by John Simpkins, Artistic Director at Sharon Playhouse

Anneliese Van Der Pol made her Broadway debut in 2007 as the final Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. She starred for six years and in 100 episodes of the highly successful Disney Channel show THATS SO RAVEN  as Chelsea Daniels. Other theatre credits include; Emma in JANE AUSTEN’S EMMA (Arizona Theatre company) Millie in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLE (Prism Theatricals) Esther in MEET ME IN ST LOUIS (TUTS) Marian in THE HEIRESS (Pasadena playhouse) Kathy in VANITIES (Second Stage) and Eva Peron In EVITA (Buena Park Civic Theatre) Anneliese had recorded numerous songs for Sony and Disney records and was lucky enough to film the movie, VAMPIRES SUCK in Shreveport LA.

Ryan Vona is a New England native and excited to make his Sharon Playhouse debut with Little Shop of Horrors! Regional credits include The Valentine Trilogy (Circuit Theatre), Rent, Kiss Me, Kate (Penn State Centre Stage). Most recently seen on Broadway in the final company of Once.

Brandon Michael Nase is a native of Texas and a versatile performer of repertoire ranging from Musical Theatre to Pop, R&B, Jazz and Opera. He has recently been seen in Man of La Mancha (Cervantes/Don Quixote), Bloomer Girl (Pompey), and The Student Prince (Dr. Engel). Brandon spent the summer of 2014 performing in the Dallas Theatre Center’s highly acclaimed production of Les Misérables (Feuilly/Ensemble) under the direction of Liesl Tommy. He also recently performed in a new musical, Beatsville (Lou/Bop Cop), written by Glenn Slater and Wendy Leigh Wilf, under the direction of John Simpkins. Equally adept on the concert stage, Brandon has performed across the United States and abroad as both a soloist and chorister. Most notably he has served as a soloist in Puccini’s Messae di Gloria, Jenkins’ The Armed Man, and Telemann’s Gott sei mir Gnädig.

Jason SweetTooth Williams is a musical theatre performer and writer, having just starred in the Weston Playhouse production of Pump Boys and Dinettes.  Other recent credits include The Black Suits (SPF- The Public Theater), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (TheatreworksUSA), Things to Ruin (2nd Stage/ le Poisson Rouge), ReWrite (Urban Stages), and the Drama Desk Nominated Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), all written by Joe Iconis.  Other favorite theater credits include Crossing Brooklyn (Transport Group), The Disappearing Man (Cloud City) and The Trouble With Doug (TheatreWorks, Palo Alto).

August 2 – Penderecki Quartet with Matt Haimovitz

Sunday, August 2, 3 PM

Penderecki w Haimovitz
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Penderecki String Quartet
Matt Haimowitz, Cello
Dedicated to the memory of Michael Janeway
Bach: Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor BWV 1008 (1717-1723) (1)
Beethoven: String Quartet in C Sharp Minor Opus 131 (1825) (16)
Schubert: Cello Quintet in C Major, Opus 163. D. 956 (1828) (25)

The Penderecki String Quartet has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation. The four Penderecki musicians bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Toronto, Globe and Mail). Recent appearances include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Academy for the Arts in Hong Kong, and the Adams Festival in New Zealand. The Penderecki Quartet continue as active members of the Faculty of Music at Laurier University where they have built the string program to be one of the top programs in Canada, attracting an international body of students.

Renowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt Haimovitz has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses. He has performed on the world’s most esteemed stages, with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic with Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Mehta, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin. Mr. Haimovitz brings a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, champions new music and initiates groundbreaking collaborations — he was the first classical artist to play at New York’s infamous CBGB club. In 2006, Mr. Haimovitz received the Concert Music Award from ASCAP for his advocacy of living composers and pioneering spirit, and in 2004, the American Music Center awarded Mr. Haimovitz the Trailblazer Award, for his far-reaching contributions to American music.

August 8 – Early Music with Gevert, Belluscio & DePaolo

Saturday, August 8, 6:30PM

Gevert, DePaolo, Belluscio
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Italian & German 17th & 18th Century Music
for Soprano, Baroque Trumpet & Harpsichord

Christopher Belluscio, Baroque Trumpet
Alicia DePaolo, Soprano
Christine Gevert, Harpsichord

Featuring some of Boston’s finest young Early Music performers joined by Christine Gevert, Artistic Director of Crescendo, on harpischord, the program will include Arias, Cantatas, Sonatas and Toccatas by composers Alessandro Scarlatti, Arcangelo Corelli, Johann Sebastian Bach, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Giovanni Bonaventura Viviani and Alessandro Melani.

Christine Gevert, organist, harpsichordist, and conductor has lived and worked in South and  North America and in Europe. She is an Early Music specialist and also has developed a career performing, improvising, arranging and composing traditional and contemporary sacred music and a fusion of classical music with pop, rock and folk. In 2003 she founded her own music organization in the U.S., Crescendo, composed of an auditioned amateur chamber choir with a professional core group of singers, a chamber orchestra of period instruments and smaller vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Early brass instrument specialist Christopher Belluscio‘s insatiable passion for original instruments has lead to performances on Baroque trumpet, cornetto, keyed trumpet, keyed bugle, and English slide trumpet. He has worked with a wide variety of ensembles including Cambridge Concentus, Helios Early Opera, Rebel, The Arcadia Players, Connecticut Early Music Festival Orchestra, The Weckmann Project, and Grand Harmonie. Christopher holds degrees from Boston University, The Hartt School, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Soprano Alicia DePaolo has appeared as opera soloist in the United States, Canada and Italy. She is currently soprano soloist and section leader of St. Mary’s Choir in Holliston MA.



August 9 – St. Petersburg Quartet, Pamela Mia Paul

Sunday, August 9, 3 PM

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St. Petersburg String Quartet
Pamela Mia Paul, Piano
Sulkhan Tsintsadze: 5 Miniatures on Jewish Folk Tunes for String Quartet (1990) (3)
Arensky: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35 (1894) (4)
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 (1945) (26)

The St. Petersburg Quartet is one of the world’s most esteemed chamber ensembles. Their current season includes performances at Carnegie Hall, BargeMusic Series, and the Los Angeles Music Guild in addition to tours of England and France, and concerts in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Idaho and Mexico. In 2009 the St. Petersburg Quartet launched the St. Petersburg International Music Academy, an intensive summer program for students, which they bring to various campuses and festivals in the USA and Mexico. In 2010 St. Petersburg Quartet was appointed the inaugural Quartet in Residence at Wichita State University.

Pamela Mia Paul is both a brilliant performer and a dedicated teacher. On stage, she has performed with the world’s great orchestras (New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops) and given concerts throughout the United States (Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall), Europe (Konzerthaus, Vienna; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam), South Korea and Turkey both as soloist and as chamber musician. In the studio, or in the setting of a masterclass, Ms. Paul is an internationally sought-after pedagogue – her students hold teaching positions throughout the United States and Asia, and have won prestigious international piano competitions. Ms. Paul is currently Regents Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas.

August 15 – Galvanized Jazz Band

Saturday, August 15, 6:30PM

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**With Dancing**

Don’t forget your dancing shoes on Saturday evening when The Galvanized Jazz Band returns for their eagerly anticipated annual visit to Music Mountain! Recognized by Connecticut Magazine as “Best Jazz Band in the State”, the Galvanized Jazz Band has thrilled generations of fans since 1971! A dynamic group of Connecticut musicians, they perform at Jazz Festivals from Maine to New Orleans and throughout Europe. Devoted to the energetic performance of hot dixieland, New Orleans jazz, blues, rags, stomps, struts, spirituals, swing, and classic popular songs from the past century, they never disappoint a crowd!