Tag Archives: Avalon Theatre

MUSIC CONCERT

Jan 9 – MUSIC CONCERT-Elizabeth Loker Concerto Competition Final Round by Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. 7pm. Avalon Theatre, Easton. www.midatlanticsymphony.org or 888-846-8600.

HOLIDAY JOY CONCERT

Dec 6 – HOLIDAY JOY CONCERT by Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. 7pm. Avalon Theatre, Easton. www.midatlanticsymphony.org or 888-846-8600.

MUSIC CONCERT

Dec 6 – MUSIC CONCERT-Holiday Joy: A Salute to the Great Pops Orchestras by Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. 7pm. Avalon Theater, Easton. www.midatlanticsymphony.org or 888-846-8600.

FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 15 – WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL by ShoreRivers. Cocktail party, Tidewater Inn, Avalon Theatre: 5:30pm, $100/person. Avalon Theatre: 7:30pm, $30/person. www.shorerivers.org.

TALBOT GOES PURPLE

Sept 4 – TALBOT GOES PURPLE-w/premiere of “The American Opioid Crisis”. 6-9pm. 6:30pm-movie; 7:30pm-Walk of Solidarity w/Recovery for Shore & Mariah’s Mission Fund. Avalon Theatre, Easton.

Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition Announces Finalists for One of World’s Largest Chamber Music Prizes

CCM-2014-Gold-Winner---Wasmuth-1 CCM-2014-Silver-Winner---Kenari-1Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition Announces Finalists for One of World’s Largest Chamber Music Prizes

Five world-class ensembles competed for one of the world’s largest chamber music prizes at the recent 2014 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition held at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD.  The five Competition finalists, selected from 54 applicants representing some of the finest young chamber music performers in the world, were the Aizuri Quartet, Trio Kanon, the Kenari Saxophone Quartet, Trio Cleonice, and the Wasmuth String Quartet. The Wasmuth String Quartet was awarded the Gold Medal prize of $10,000 and the Audience Appreciation Award, and the Kenari Saxophone Quartet was awarded the Silver Medal prize of $5,000.

Since it formed in 2012 at Indiana University, the Wasmuth String Quartet has had a residency at the Beethoven House in Bonn, Germany.  The quartet won a silver medal at the 2013 Fischoff National Competition and is the student quartet in residence at Indiana University.   The quartet comments, “Our success at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition has boosted our commitment to pursuing a career in chamber music. We will continue to aspire towards the highest musical level, and hope to share our passion for music with as many people as possible. We were deeply inspired by our interactions with the audience, as well as the jury and board members at the competition. We are excited to be a part of such an incredibly devoted musical community and we look forward to a deepening musical relationship with Chesapeake Chamber Music.”

Members of the Kenari Saxophone Quartet perform and study at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Dr. Otis Murphy. The members’ individual accomplishments include a Silver Medal in the Senior Winds division at the 2011 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, a performance at Carnegie Hall, and recognition for composing from ASCAP and the Tribeca New Music ensemble.

Past winners of the CCM Competition have included the Calidore String Quartet (2012 Gold Medal Winner), which is a featured “Young Artist-in-Residence” on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” The Reading Eagle praised the Russian Trio (2012 Silver Medal Award and Audience Appreciation Award Winners) as “thrilling . . . a miracle of control and passion combined.” The group has emerged as one of the most promising young chamber music groups today performing at the Kennedy Center and throughout the globe. Since winning the 2010 Silver Medal Award and Audience Appreciation Award, The Harlem Quartet had a highly successful tour of South Africa in 2012, and their most recent recording, “Hot House,” with jazz master Chick Corea and percussionist Gary Burton, was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner.

The Chamber Music Competition, which is sponsored biennially by Chesapeake Chamber Music, draws qualified applicants from all corners of the world.  The average age of an ensemble must be under 31, and some have included members as young as 21. Following the Competition, each finalist group presented an individual public concert at a local venue the next day.  The Gold Medal prize winner will be further honored with additional concerts, including a featured appearance on Friday, June 13 at 8 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre during the 2014 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. For further information, visit ChesapeakeChamberMusic.org or call the CCM office at 410-819-0380. The Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition is underwritten by private benefactors.

Photo #1: The Wasmuth String Quartet from Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, was awarded the Gold Medal prize of $10,000 and the Audience Choice Award at the recent Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition in Easton, MD. Pictured left to right are Jonathan Ong on violin, Brendan Shea on violin, Warren Hagerty on cello, and Abigail Rojansky on viola. (Photo by Jerry Michael)

Photo #2: The Kenari Saxophone Quartet from Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, was awarded the Silver Medal prize of $5,000 at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition in Easton, MD. Pictured left to right are Steven Banks on baritone saxophone, Corey Dundee on tenor saxophone, Durand Jones on alto saxophone, and Robert Easton on soprano saxophone. (Photo by Jerry Michael)

 

 

Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition Announces Finalists

aizuriquartet2-lr-(1024x692)Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition Announces Finalists for One of World’s Largest Chamber Music Prizes

Five world-class ensembles will compete for one of the world’s largest chamber music prizes at the upcoming 2014 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, to be held at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD, on March 29, 2014, starting at 1 p.m.  The five Competition finalists, the Aizuri Quartet, Trio Kanon, the Kenari Quartet, Trio Cleonice, and the Wasmuth String Quartet, were selected from 54 applicants representing some of the finest young chamber music performers in the world. Applications were received from Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and the United States. The finalists will compete for the Gold Medal prize of $10,000 and the Silver Medal prize of $5,000.

The members of the Aizuri Quartet, which derived its name from “aizuri-e,” the Japanese art of indigo woodblock printing, studied together at The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Individual members of the quartet have won top prizes in such competitions as the Primrose International Viola Competition and Astral Artists National Auditions and they have appeared throughout North America and Europe. The quartet gave its debut performance in 2013 in the Tertulia Chamber Music series in New York City.

Trio Kanon arose from the friendship between three musicians of different origins, building their repertoire under the guidance of the Trio di Parma at the Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music School in Duino, Italy.  The trio has performed throughout Italy and abroad, receiving great success with the public and critics. Members of the Trio Kanon received awards in national and international competitions.

Members of the Kenari Saxophone Quartet perform and study at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Dr. Otis Murphy. The members’ individual accomplishments include a Silver Medal in the Senior Winds division at the 2011 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, a performance at Carnegie Hall, and recognition for composing from ASCAP and the Tribeca New Music ensemble.

Trio Cleonice has been delighting audiences across the country with their innovative programs, including performances at Jordan Hall in Boston and a debut at the Kennedy Center as a part of the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project. The group has held the prestigious Graduate Piano Trio residency at the New England Conservatory since the fall of 2011, and will be the first ensemble to hold this position for a third year.

Since it formed in 2012 at Indiana University, the Wasmuth String Quartet has had a residency at the Beethoven House in Bonn, Germany.  The quartet won a silver medal at the 2013 Fischoff National Competition and is the student quartet in residence at Indiana University.

The Chamber Music Competition, which is sponsored biennially by Chesapeake Chamber Music, draws qualified applicants from all corners of the world.  The average age of an ensemble must be under 31, and some have included members as young as 21.

A preliminary judges’ panel of eight notable musicians headed by Marcy Rosen, artistic director of Chesapeake Chamber Music, pared the field of 54 down to five finalists in a blind review of applicant CD submissions.  Rosen comments, “We had an outstanding pool of applicants for the preliminary rounds of the Competition and the five ensembles chosen for the finals are all immensely accomplished performers and musicians. After finding out their identities, I did some research and each ensemble has an impressive track record! I know we are going to hear an exceptionally high level of performing at the Competition.”

The five finalists will be judged by J. Lawrie Bloom, head finalist judge, founder, and artistic director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival and the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition; Cynthia Raim, renowned piano soloist; and Carmit Zori, founder of the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society. The audience attending the Competition on March 29 will also have an opportunity to judge each ensemble at the end of each concert.  The winner of that judging will receive the Audience Choice Award, announced along with the Gold and Silver Prizes at the end of the evening.

Following the March 29 Competition, each finalist group will present an individual public concert at a local venue on Sunday, March 30, 2014.  These include concerts at 1 p.m. at Temple B’nai Israel on 101 West Earle Street in Easton, MD; at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Methodist Church on Peach Blossom Road in Easton, MD; and at 4 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church at 601 Church Street in Cambridge, MD. The Gold Medal prize winner will be further honored with additional concerts, including a featured appearance during the 2014 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. Tickets to the Chamber Music Competition are $10 per person and free to students.  Tickets will be sold at the door at the Avalon Theatre on March 29, 2014, beginning no later than 12:30 p.m.  The program starts at 1:00 p.m. For further information, visit ChesapeakeChamberMusicCompetition.org or call the CCM office at 410-819-0380. The Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition is underwritten by private benefactors. 

Photo: The Aizuri Quartet, which derived its name from “aizuri-e,” the Japanese art of indigo woodblock printing, studied together at The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School and gave its debut performance in 2013 in the Tertulia Chamber Music series in New York City.

 

Sam Amidon Comes to Easton, 9/29

Nonesuch Records released Sam Amidon’s label debut, Bright Sunny South, this spring to critical acclaim. The Wall Street Journal said, “At once archaically rootsy and savvily refined…the album includes airy adornment from trumpet and flute… [but] remains rooted in the voice of a 31-year-old who sounds decades, if not centuries, older.” Produced by Amidon with his childhood friend and longtime collaborator Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) and legendary English engineer Jerry Boys (Buena Vista Social Club, Vashti Bunyan, R.E.M.) and recorded in London, the record features a band made up of Bartlett and multi-instrumentalists Shahzad Ismaily and Chris Vatalaro. Jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler also makes a cameo. On September 24, Bright Sunny South will be released on vinyl with a download of the album and a bonus 7” disc featuring two previously unreleased recordings; it is available to pre-order now at nonesuch.com. Amidon will tour North America throughout September including two nights at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Bill Frisell (full calendar on next page).

The Vermont native/London-based Amidon is known for his reworking of traditional melodies into a new form. In addition to country ballads and shape-note hymns, Bright Sunny South features interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs, including Tim McGraw’s “My Old Friend” and Mariah Carey’s “Shake It Off.” The record also includes a version of “Weeping Mary,” a shape-note hymn that his parents, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, recorded with the Vermont-based Word of Mouth Chorus for Nonesuch Records on the 1977 disc Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns From the Sacred Harp Tradition.

Bright Sunny South follows 2010’s critically acclaimed I See the Sign, which earned Amidon praise from SPIN for his “quirky alchemy…contrasting pretty sounds with violent lyrical undercurrents” and Pitchfork, which said, “[Amidon’s] interpretations are so singular that it stops mattering how (or if) they existed before.”

Prior to I See the Sign, which was released on the Iceland-based label Bedroom Community, Amidon released But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted (Plug Research, 2007) and All Is Well (Bedroom Community, 2008). In addition to his solo albums, Amidon has collaborated on performances pieces with musical polymath Nico Muhly, toured as part of Thomas Bartlett’s group Doveman and the Brooklyn band Stars Like Fleas, collaborated with Beth Orton, and embarked on a series of live shows with the guitarist Bill Frisell.

Sunday, September 29, Avalon Theatre, Easton, MD

Waterfowl Chesapeake Presents…Bayou, Blues & Birds: Tab Benoit and the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars in Concert

VOW_JazzFest 2012 (400 x 197)Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. is proud to present legendary Louisiana musician Tab Benoit and the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars in concert on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre in Easton.

More than just a bluesman and roots music expert, Grammy-Award nominee Tab Benoit is an indefatigable conservation advocate. He is the driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands (VOW), an organization working to save Louisiana’s and the nation’s wetlands. To achieve this mission, Benoit has assembled a stellar ensemble of fellow New Orleans musicians to bring attention through music to the environmental challenges faced by our declining wetlands. The All-Stars band includes Grammy Award-winning Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers, 2012 Blues Music Award Winner Johnny Sansone, premiere drummer Johnny Vidacovich, fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and bassist Corey Duplechin.

As wetlands are a critical habitat for Chesapeake Bay waterfowl, VOW and Waterfowl Chesapeake are teaming up to raise awareness and funds for habitat creation, restoration and conservation. A ticket to the show gives guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience these renowned musicians performing together and support the conservation mission of Waterfowl Chesapeake.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars to Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” comments Judy Price, Waterfowl Chesapeake executive director. “We encourage the community to join us for a world-class performance not to be missed and to learn more about the important role wetlands play within our ecosystem as habitat for waterfowl.”

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Waterfowl Chesapeake’s mission to create, restore and conserve waterfowl habitat throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. Tickets range in price from $50 – $110 per person and may be purchased by visiting www.waterfowlchesapeake.org/voiceofthewetlands or calling 410-822-4567.

About Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc.
The mission of Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. is to create, restore and conserve waterfowl habitat throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and nearby coastal bays by engaging in collaborative, strategic initiatives with organizations, governments, corporations, foundations and individuals.Waterfowl Chesapeake focuses exclusively on waterfowl and wildlife habitat conservation, and is the primary beneficiary of the proceeds from the annual Waterfowl Festival. Since1971, proceeds from this yearly event have provided more than $5.3 million for waterfowl habitat conservation, education and research. Through Waterfowl Chesapeake, the organization will now continue to raise support through annual appeals, grants and major gifts. For more information and to donate, please call Waterfowl Chesapeake Headquarters at 410-822-4567 or visit www.waterfowlchesapeake.org.

 

Mickey Hart Band To Perform With Special Guests The African Showboyz at the Avalon Theater in Easton, MD on 5/13/13

Two time Grammy winner, Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead) will perform with his band the Avalon Theater in Easton, MD on 05/13/13 with special guests, The African Showboyz from Ghana, as part of the 2nd leg of the Worlds Within Tour. The African Showboyz are four brothers from the northern part of Ghana who fuse a unique blend of West African rhythm, dance, and raw energy. 100% of the ticketing fees sold through Mickeyhart.net will go to fund Musical Therapy Research at UCSF. The show will feature brand new material from the Mickey Hart Band’s new album Mysterium Tremendum, as well as selections of Hart’s greatest hits and Grateful Dead songs.

On Feb 5th, 2013, the Mickey Hart Band has released a new song, “Jersey Shore,” to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. 100% of the proceeds of “Jersey Shore” go to Clean Ocean Action, who have organized over 3,800 volunteers since November 2012. To download the song and and read more, go to http://www.mickeyhart.net/jersey.

The band is currently in the studio working on the follow up to Mysterium Tremendum. The Worlds Within Tour has provided great opportunity for the band to test out new material, including songs co-written by Hart and Robert Hunter. “We have traversed the macro, the stars, the planets, now we journey into the micro,” says Hart. “This band is truly a living, breathing organism.”

The Mickey Hart Band recently released three free live tracks from their 3/6/13 Solana Beach, CA show including the brand new song, “The Sermon” featuring lyrics by Robert Hunter. “The Sermon”, along with Grateful Dead classics “Ramble On Rose” and “Playing in the Band”, is available at http://www.mickeyhart.net/download.

Hart commented on the progression of the band in a recent interview with the Tahoe Daily Tribune. “We played 100 shows last year and it really tells when we get on stage,” said Hart. “The band is on fire. We are ready to play and this is going to be a great year for us.”

Hart’s latest album entitled Mysterium Tremendum, his first in five years and follow up to the 2007 Grammy award winning Global Drum Project, was released on April 10th, 2012. With Mysterium Tremendum, Hart is pushing the boundaries of what we know as music, creating a genre of his own. “I have always thought of life, the world at large, as music,” says Hart. “This work is a representation of that notion. I have combined sonic images of the formation of our universe with sounds drawn from musical instruments. It’s all about the vibrations that make up the infinite universe. In this case, they began as light waves and these light waves are still washing over us. Scientists at Penn State, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, and Meyer Sound have transformed these light waves into sound waves. These musical excursions transport me to wonderful and strange new places filled with rhythms for a new day. The combination of music from the whole earth and the sounds of the planets, the stars, the events that formed our universe isintoxicating and points toward an awareness of what music is, could be, and where it comes from. ”

On Mysterium Tremendum, Hart joined with long time Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. “Hunter is a bold visionary writer who knows where I am going with this music,” says Hart. ” He is indispensable to the weave of this story. The way he writes, the imagery and mythology, are perfect for this project. Nobody writes like Robert Hunter.”

The Mickey Hart Band consists of Grammy winning percussionist and longtime band mate Sikiru Adepoju, Tony Award winning vocalist Crystal Monee Hall, singer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Bagale, drummer Greg Schutte, guitarist Gawain Matthews, and keyboardist/sound engineer Jonah Sharp. JamBands.com gave the band’s recent tour stop in NYC rave reviews stating that “Mickey Hart is nothing short of a musical genius and it shines through in everything he does. Whether he’s working with George Lucas, NASA, or throwing together a unique group of musicians for a band, its apparent that Mickey isn’t satisfied doing the same old thing…”.

Originally discovered by Grammy-winning virtuoso, Babatunde Olatunji, the African Showboyz have shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Fela Kuti, Fema Kuti, Arrested Development, and many others.