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August 29 – Michael Berkeley & Friends: The Best of Broadway

Saturday, August 29, 6:30PM

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MICHAEL BERKELEY & Friends
No Tune Like A Show Tune: The Best of Broadway
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Michael Berkeley with his extraordinarily talented guests offering a musical celebration of “The Best of Broadway” – with music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rodgers & Hart, Jerry Herman, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, ​Andrew Lloyd Webber – and so much more! Broadway veteran and cabaret singer Wanda L. Houston, Diva soprano/actress Amy LeBlanc, singer and nationally-acclaimed tapper Heather J. Holohan, and multi-talented singer/comedian Frank Fasano join singer/songwriter, musical director/arranger Michael Berkeley, for 90 minutes of Broadway’s greatest hits. With Michael Berkeley at the piano, No Tune Like A Show Tune will offer a fast-paced, dynamic evening of musical theatre.

Michael Berkeley has directed/musical directed more than 40 shows for TriArts Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT, serving as Resident Musical Director for nine years and then as Artistic Director from 1999-2012. As an educator, Michael has worked extensively with youth theatre programs — teaching workshops, and serving as an artist-in-residence and director/musical director. In 2004, he helped establish a musical theatre program at the Region One high school in Connecticut, where he has directed/musical directed students for the past twelve years.

(Underwritten by an anonymous donor)

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, August 28.
(860-824-7126)

August 30 – Dover String Quartet with Alexander Fiterstein

Sunday, August 30, 3 PM

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Dover String Quartet
Alexander Fiterstein, Clarinet
Dutilleux: Ainsi La Nuit (1976) (3)
Dvorak: String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 “American” (1893) (24)
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 (1789) (14)
The Dover String Quartet has catapulted to international stardom becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The quartet’s current season has the ensemble performing more than 100 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe. In 2013-14, the Quartet became the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to their extensive touring schedule, the Dover String Quartet is an active member of Music for Food, an initiative to help musicians fight hunger in their home communities.

The quartet will be joined by guest artist Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet. Alexander’s playing combines flawless technique and consummate musicianship with graceful phrasing and a warm soulful tone. He is considered one of today’s most exceptional clarinet players.

September 5 – Shanghai String Quartet

Saturday, September 5, 6:30 PM

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Shanghai String Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Opus 20, No.4 (1772) (12)
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor, Opus 95 “Serioso” (1810) (33)
Penderecki: String Quartet No. 3 “Leaves from an unwritten diary” (2008) (2)
Beethoven: String Quartet in B Flat Major, Opus 18, No.6 (1798-1800) (30)

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai String Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. The Quartet has a long history of championing new music and juxtaposing traditions of Eastern and Western music. They regularly tour the major music centers around Europe, North America, and Asia travelling to Poland, France, Colombia, and Seoul. The Shanghai Quartet currently serves as Quartet-in-Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, New Jersey, Ensemble-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and visiting guest professors of the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in Beijing.

September 6 – Shanghai String Quartet, Gilbert Kalish & Jonathan Yates

Sunday, September 6, 3 PM

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Labor Day Benefit Concert &
Reception: All Tickets: $75 Buy Tickets Online
(Includes a Voucher for any Regularly Priced 2015 or 2016 Concert)
Shanghai String Quartet
Gilbert Kalish, Piano
Jonathan Yates, Piano
Brahms: Selected Waltzes for Piano, 4 Hands, Opus 39 (1865) (1)
Beethoven: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3 (1806) (39)
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 (1864) (45)

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai String Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. The Quartet has a long history of championing new music and juxtaposing traditions of Eastern and Western music. They regularly tour the major music centers around Europe, North America, and Asia travelling to Poland, France, Colombia, and Seoul. The Shanghai Quartet currently serves as Quartet-in-Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, New Jersey, Ensemble-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and visiting guest professors of the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in Beijing.

Pianist Gilbert Kalish has become a major figure in American music making through his activities as performer and educator. He is a frequent guest artist with many of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a pioneering new music group that flourished during the 1960’s and ’70’s. As educator he is Leading Professor and Head of Performance Activities at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Jonathan Yates has earned high praise as a conductor, solo pianist and collaborative artist for his musicianship, intellect and the remarkable variety of his musical endeavors. As a chamber musician Mr. Yates has performed at the 92nd Street Y, Bargemusic and Merkin Hall. His solo concerts have brought him throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He currently serves as conductor of the the Norwalk symphony and the Norwalk Youth Synmphony and is also now the Musical Director of Music Mountain.

September 12 – Spuyten Duyvil

Saturday, September 12, 6:30PM

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THE FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
PRESENTS
SPUYTEN DUYVIL

**With Dancing**

The Hudson Valley based band, Spuyten Duyvil will electrify the crowd on Saturday evening! Their brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. Led by song-writing couple, Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this six-piece powerhouse brings barn burning energy to venues throughout the Northeast and Midwest.