Performances

Thursday, October 12

9:00 am-11:00 am

MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS: FESTIVAL ENSEMBLE—

STEPHEN ROBERTS, COMPOSER

STEVEN ROUTMAN, NARRATOR

A.W. Cox Elementary School

Calvin Leete Elementary School

The Hedgehog, Tommy the Mouse, Yellow Crane, The Beautiful Rabbit and Humpty Dumpty Bounces Back are sure to delight every young listener. Not open to public.

3:00 pm-4:00 pm

BACH AROUND TOWN—YALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC

First Church of Christ, Scientist

49 Park Street

Violinist Katherine Arndt, who has performed as a featured soloist with several orchestras, will play Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonata No 1 in G minor, Adagio, Fugue, Sicillienne, Presto. Cellist James Rosamilia, a graduate of the Yale School of Music, will play Bach’s Suite No 1 in G major.

6:30 pm-7:30 pm

CONNECTICUT COALITION OF POETS LAUREATE

Guilford Free Library

67 Park Street

The Poets Laureate of Guilford, Canton, Middletown, Norwalk, Old Saybrook and Wallingford will each read three poems. Preceding these featured poets, there will be an open mic invitation to accomplished and aspiring poets of all ages to present one original composition to a live audience.

 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

MUSIC IN THE MARKETPLACE: WITCHCRAFT, AN AUTUMN CABARET—HARRIS/ROANE DUO

The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center

77 Whitfield Street

Song stylist Julie Harris and guitarist Stephen Roane will perform fall favorites from the Great American Songbook, starting with “September Song” with autumn favorites and tunes about goblins and ghosts including the title tune made famous by Frank Sinatra. Limited seating.

 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

VIVID BALLET

Nathanael B Greene Community Center

32 Church Street

Vivid Ballet, a professional dance company, will perform excerpts of their upcoming December production of Handel’s Messiah. The company’s Messiah is an original ballet set to Handel’s renowned score.

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

LARA HERSCOVITCH

Bittersweet Barn

316 Little Meadow Road (in rear)

Lara Herscovitch, a modern American singer-songwriter-poet-performer, will play and discuss her own original songs and the people, places and stories that inspired them. Her music is masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences that Sound Waves Magazine described as “expertly written prose…songwriting at its best…good for your ears AND your soul.” All with a voice Performer Magazine called, “clear and smooth like expensive liquor.” Limited capacity. For an invitation, send an e-mail to mail@williamboughton.com.

7:00 pm-9:00 pm

GHS VOICES AND JAZZ ENSEMBLES

Christ Episcopal Church on the Guilford Green

11 Park Street

Two Guilford High School groups come together in concert: GHS Voices, directed by Kevin Buno, Director of Choral Ensembles; and Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tom Boates, Guilford High School Music Department chair.

7:30 pm-8:30 pm

OUTCASTS AND INNOCENTS—MADISON LYRIC STAGE

First Church of Christ, Scientist

49 Park Street

Tenor Marc Deaton will present a compilation of what he believes are some of Benjamin Britten’s best moments on stage. Together with a pianist, French horn and guest soprano, he will perform excerpts from Peter Grimes, The Turn of the Screw, The Rape of Lucretia, Billy Budd, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and the “Canticles,” among others.

Friday, October 13

 9:00 am-11:00 am

MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS: FESTIVAL ENSEMBLE—

STEPHEN ROBERTS, COMPOSER

STEVEN ROUTMAN, NARRATOR

Guilford Lakes Elementary School

Melissa Jones Elementary School

The Hedgehog, Tommy the Mouse, Yellow Crane, The Beautiful Rabbit and Humpty Dumpty Bounces Back are sure to delight every young listener. Not open to public.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm

BALLROOM DANCE WORKSHOP

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

11 Water Street

Dust off your dancing shoes! Arthur Murray and staff will conduct a ballroom dance workshop featuring many different styles and genres for all ages and abilities.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm

CIRCLE CONSORTIUM

Guilford Free Library

67 Park Street

Circle Consortium performs music from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras, ragtime and music of today.

 3:00 pm-4:00 pm

BACH AROUND TOWN—YALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC

First Church of Christ, Scientist

49 Park Street

Dae Hee Ahn, violinist, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No 2 in D minor, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue, Chaconne. A member of the New Haven Symphony, she began her studies at the age of five and first appeared on stage as a soloist two years later. Since then, she has won numerous competitions and awards. Jiyoung Choi, a cellist from Seoul, Korea, and winner the Yale School of Music 2017 chamber music competition, will perform Bach’s Suite No 2 in D minor.

3:00 pm-5:00 pm

WRITE IT OUT: A COLLABORATIVE SONGWRITING WORKSHOP—

LAURA CLAPP

Guilford High School

605 New England Road

Write It Out is a collaborative workshop focused on an introduction to the mechanics of songwriting and an interactive exchange of ideas culminating in the construction of the framework of a song.  Students are asked to brainstorm on a series of topics as a whole and are then broken into smaller groups to allow for the development of ideas. They will be guided as needed, and will then come together to share their songs with the group.

6:30 pm-8:00 pm

ORIGINAL SONGS FOR PIANO AND GUITAR—LAURA CLAPP

The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center

77 Whitfield Street

The program will feature two songwriters from the afternoon workshop, Write It Out: A Collaborative Songwriting Workshop. Limited seating.

6:30 pm-8:00 pm

THE BEST OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN—OPERA THEATER OF

CONNECTICUT

First Church of Christ, Scientist

49 Park Street

Professional singers from Opera Theater of Connecticut (OTC) will present The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein, a concert of highlights from Broadway hits, such as OklahomaCarousel, South Pacific and The King and I. The performance includes witty and informative narrative by OTC Artistic Director Alan Mann.

7:00 pm-8:00 pm

LEGACY THEATRE ACTING WORKSHOP

Nathanael B Greene Community Center

32 Church Street

This interactive class will acquaint students of all ages to improvisation, acting and reacting, exploring subtext and creating short scenes. Come and join the fun with Legacy Theatre Artistic Director Keely Baisden Knudsen. Open to all levels and abilities. www.LegacyTheatrCT.org

 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

FOLK IN THE BARN: GUILFORD RAMBLERS—PHIL ROSENTHAL

Bittersweet Barn

316 Little Meadow Road (in rear)

Led by acclaimed Guilford musician Phil Rosenthal, a former Connecticut State Troubadour and lead singer in The Seldom Scene, the Guilford Ramblers perform a lively program of folk and bluegrass music, featuring songs from traditional and contemporary sources, harmony singing and expert picking on banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, bass and other stringed instruments. We regret that no more seats are available for this performance. However, Phil Rosenthal will also give another performance, Songs of Woody Guthrie, on Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Guilford Free Library.

Saturday, October 14

9:30 am-10:30 am

DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

The Dudley Farm Museum

2351 Durham Road

Dudley Farm String Band brings together bluegrass, traditional and progressive styles, playing old-timey standards, as well as progressive folk or rock and roll sets. They pull tunes and styles from Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Doc Watson, Bela Fleck, Pink Floyd, Irving Berlin, Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, and have also developed original tunes. The five band members are Mat Crowley, mandolin; Irv Hagwood, banjo; Stan Hershonik, harmonica; Brian Young, guitar; and David Ladd, bass.

10:00 am-4:00 pm

STEPPING SOUNDS—JARROD RATCLIFFE

Guilford Free Library

67 Park Street

Stepping Sounds is an interactive sound installation, fun for everyone, but primarily for young children. Sensors placed on the floor trigger sounds when walked on. A participant or group of participants can choose from varied sounds, including musical instruments, animals, weather and outer space.

11:00 am-12:00 pm

SKUNK MISERY RAMBLERS

Bishop’s Orchards Guilford Farm Market & Winery

1355 Boston Post Road

The Skunk Misery Ramblers are an all-ages, all-abilities, old-time acoustic music club that gets together almost every week to learn new tunes and techniques. They play for local nursing homes, fairs and wherever they’re tolerated. The accent is on fun, as well as on learning. They play a mix of bluegrass, Irish, Canadian and old-time music. Want to know more? Click the Skunk Misery Ramblers Fiddle Club tab at fireinthekitchen.org.

11:00 am-1:00 pm

COMMUNITY BAND WORKSHOP

Nathanael B Greene Community Center

32 Church Street

New to your instrument? Haven’t played for a long time, but want to give it another shot? Ever wanted to be part of the band? Come enjoy a workshop with members of the Guilford Town Band, and then be part of the afternoon performance. This experience will be geared toward instrumental musicians of all ages and abilities. Novice musicians are welcome. Mark Gahm, director of the concert band and the wind ensemble at Guilford High School, will conduct the workshop. Register at http://bit.ly/2xgtvq8.

11:00 am-1:00 pm

INSTRUMENT DISCOVERY ZONE—NEIGHBORHOOD MUSIC SCHOOL

First Congregational Church, Education Building

110 Broad Street

If you’ve wondered what it’s like to play a particular instrument or thought about music lessons for yourself or your children, come to the Instrument Discovery Zone and experiment. Meet the Piano demo classes will start at 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 12:30 pm; pre-registration is not required. All ages are welcome, and everyone is guaranteed to have a musical good time. Stop in, play around, and pick up a voucher for a free introductory lesson.

11:00 am-4:00 pm (Performance 3:30 pm) WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE CANCELLED

CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE OF VIVALDI’S GLORIA—KEVIN BUNO

Guilford High School, Chorus Room

605 New England Road

Kevin Buno, Director of Choral Ensembles at Guilford High School and Director of Music Ministry at St. George Church, will conduct a choral workshop, followed by a group performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. All festival attendees are invited to the performance. A minimum of 30 people is required for this workshop, including at least five or six who have experience with the Gloria score. Register at http://bit.ly/2yfg4n3.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm

THE PERFORMER’S SURVIVAL GUIDE: STAYING HEALTHY DURING REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES, AN INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION—DIANA HARRIS

Nathanael B Greene Community Center

32 Church Street

This workshop is designed to promote greater health awareness among all types of performers. It will concentrate on staying healthy despite the demands of rehearsals and performances. The discussion will focus upon using food as a fuel and making healthy choices for snacks and meals. The workshop will provide suggestions for staying healthy, deal with balanced eating, the effects of sugar and the need for proper hydration. It will also explain body awareness and will close with a constructive rest meditation. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring a yoga mat or towel.

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

SONGS OF LOVE AND LAMENTATION—SIR CHARLES PRODUCTIONS

First Church of Christ, Scientist

49 Park Street

Sir Charles Productions presents soprano Jillian Swanson and tenor Thomas Heilman, along with Elm City Consort, in a short program of songs, arias and duets by the early 17th-century Italian composers Cavalli, Monteverdi, Caccini and d’India. The music represents their interpretation of how Greek theater was originally performed, which eventually evolved into the beginnings of modern opera.

2:00 pm-3:00 pm

GUILFORD TOWN BAND

Nathanael B Greene Community Center

32 Church Street

Bring along your musical instrument and join Mark Gahm and other members of the Guilford Town Band in an afternoon concert.

1:00 pm-9:30 pm (dinner break 6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

SANDY CONNOLLY PRESENTS THE ROCK ROOM

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

11 Water Street

Sandy Connolly and Ted Ervin emcee The Rock Room with Steve Juliano providing sound for the following:

1:00 pm—THE RED PLANET DUO

Pete Blossom and John Hurley deliver straight-up, no-nonsense jam that covers a variety of classic tunes from The Dead, Dylan and The Band to Johnny Cash and other roots-based, countryfied, Americana-type standards. Their laid-back, sittin’-on-the front porch, let’s-have-fun attitude gives way to tightly worked-out performances, rich with interwoven instrumental unity, guitar pyrotechnics, vocal harmony, group dynamics and flat-out enthusiasm.

              2:00 pm—BOB CRELIN

Co-founder of New Haven’s renowned Catwalk, Guilford’s Bob Crelin steps up to the mic with his own brand of blues-infused, acoustic rock/Americana. Strong melodies over chunky guitar stew with a few covers, too.

3:00 pm—CHERRY PIE

Piece of pie with some jive, swing, rockabilly, Latin and a few sultry ballads thrown in just for fun. With Jilian Grey and the boys, Cherry Pie serves up a fresh twist on tradition with just enough retro sprinkled on top for a sweet-stepping good time, and it sounds delicious.

4:00 pm—ALMOST THE WHOLE DAMN TRIO

Hailing from the Madison/Guilford area and covering Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, Queen, David Bowie and The Allman Brothers Band, among others, the acoustic ensemble will also play some original songs written and arranged by all three members. They are Stu Jones on lead vocals; Courtney Seely (One and Done), keyboards, guitar, vocals; and Tyler Seely (Doublethink), bass guitar, guitar, vocals.

5:00 pm—NATURAL LAW

Natural Law is a new high school rock band from Guilford, pulling influence from classic artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Van Halen while putting their own original, modernized spin on the classic sound. Band members include Hayden Carter, bass; Mike Scialla, lead guitar; Hunter Singewald, drums; and Joran Nelson, rhythm guitar.

7:30 pm—THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

An eclectic, electric indy rock collective playing original music with an offbeat aesthetic, besides occasional covers both obscure and neglected, from introspective to apoplectic. Performers are John Liebler, electric ukuleles and vocals; Jack Liebler, bass guitar; Steve Shelton, lead acoustic and electric guitars; Justin Paglino, keyboards; Pete Magnotti, drums; Sarah Prown, mandolin, bouzouki, melodica and soprano saxophone. www.TheRacketDownstairs.com

8:30 pm—SANDY CONNOLLY BAND

Blues, jazz, jazz fusion, folk and heavy rock musicians from the Guilford, Branford and Madison areas join forces to back Guilford singer/guitarist Sandy Connolly. Covering deep tracks from Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt, and The Little Willies, among many others, Connolly will be joined by Sam Bradford, lead guitar; Justin Paglino, keys; Mark Rabuffo, bass; and Dean Kosh, drums. www.SandyConnollyBand.com

3:00 pm-4:00 pm

BACH AROUND TOWN—YALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC

First Church of Christ, Scientist

49 Park Street

Join two string musicians for a Johann Sebastian Bach concert: Rachel Ostler, violinist, Sonata No 2 in A minor, Grave, Fugue, Andante, Allegro; and Jenny Kwak, cellist, Suite No 3 in C major.

4:00 pm-5:00 pm

ANOTHER OCTAVE—CONNECTICUT WOMEN’S CHORUS

Christ Episcopal Church on the Guilford Green

11 Park Street

Spend an hour with Another Octave enjoying standard concert pieces, as well as traditional and contemporary music reflecting women’s lives, as they take you

from Broadway to the back porch, from close jazz harmonies to favorites off the pop charts, from quiet love songs to rousing spirituals.

4:00 pm-5:00 pm

TUXEDO JUNCTION: THE SOUNDS OF SWING—PAT TODD

Nathanael B Greene Community Center

32 Church Street

Tuxedo Junction: The Sounds of Swing presents an hour of the Great American Song Book, keeping our midcentury musical heritage alive and well.

6:30 pm-7:30 pm

BROADWAY SQUARED—CARLY CALLAHAN, SUSAN YANKEE, ERIC DILLNER AND DAN HAGUE

First Church of Christ, Scientist

49 Park Street

Enjoy an evening of your favorite Broadway hits as duets, trios and quartets celebrate 42nd Street to Whitfield Street, including songs from Kiss Me Kate, The Secret Garden, Into the Woods and Cabaret.

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

GEORGE MANSTAN BIG BAND

Nathanael B Greene Community Center

32 Church Street

Live or relive the elegance of the 1940s as you listen to the music of the Kings of Swing—Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw—and many others. Cathy Stewart of Guilford, recruited by Manstan as the only female member of the original group, leads the band.

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

FOLK IN THE BARN: BUSKER STORIES, BLUES AND BRASSENS—

JOE FLOOD

Bittersweet Barn

316 Little Meadow Road (in rear)

Songwriter Joe Flood will tell in story and song how playing blues, old-time jazz, rock and roll and folk music on the streets of the world’s great cities led him to translate the songs of legendary songwriter Georges Brassens and how he met some of America’s music greats along the way. Limited capacity. For an invitation, send an e-mail to mail@williamboughton.com.

7:00 pm-9:00 pm

DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE

Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society

297 Boston Post Road, Madison (formerly East Guilford—just over the border)

Join hands and form a circle to sing, dance and meditate. The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multicultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and to recognize it in others.

Sunday, October 15

 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

A JAZZY LUNCH—GARY GRIPPO

Quattro’s Italian Restaurant

14 Water Street

Spend a lazy hour on Sunday afternoon listening to Dr. G, orthopedic surgeon and jazz musician.

 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

FESTIVAL OF DANCE

Nathanael B Greene Community Center

32 Church Street

Four dance companies, Limelight Dance, Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Starship Dance and Shoreline Ballet will offer a fall program and workshop suitable for all ages. Program highlights include The Carnival of the Animals and “Halloween Waltz.” Young audience members are encouraged to wear their favorite costume.

2:00 pm-3:00 pm

SONGS OF WOODY GUTHRIE—PHIL ROSENTHAL

Guilford Free Library

67 Park Street

Phil performs songs written by legendary folk musician Woody Guthrie (1912-1967). Guthrie’s compositions, many now classics, tell of his early years in the Oklahoma dust bowl (“Dust Bowl Refugee,” “So Long It’s Been Good to Know You”), his travels across the country (“Hard Travelin,’” “Ramblin’ Round”), his concern for the poor and downtrodden (“Deportee,” “Pastures of Plenty”) and his love for his homeland (“Roll On Columbia,” “This Land Is Your Land”). Phil explains the events that inspired each song.

4:30 pm-5:30 pm

NEIGHBORHOOD DOSO DANCE BAND

Nathanael B Greene Community Center

32 Church Street

Find your rhythm. Enjoy social dancing to the live music of the Neighborhood DoSo® Dance Band, a pan-generational group whose musicians range from teens to seniors.

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