Schedule

Sep
27
Fri
Arthur Murray Dancers: Ballroom Dance Class @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Arthur Murray Dancers: Ballroom Dance Class @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Event details to come!

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Joe Flood @ Bittersweet Barn
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Joe Flood @ Bittersweet Barn | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Joe will play music from his large catalog of original songs, informed by his diverse influences in folk, country, blues, cajun, rock and other music.

Artist Bio

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Flood has worked the streets of Paris with the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band, written songs with Levon Helm of The Band and won a gold record for his work with Blues Traveler. He’s released five albums under his own name; played with tap dancers in New Orleans, Cuban musicians in Key West, gypsies in France and Italy; and had on-stage and studio encounters with Pinetop Perkins, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and John Sebastian. Shall we go on … ?

Here’s the music video for the song Wildflower, which Joe co-wrote with Jono Manson. It’s on Jono’s 2016 release The Slight Variations.

 

Bittersweet Barn

Sep
28
Sat
Schuyler Beeman: Three Bags Full @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Schuyler Beeman: Three Bags Full @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Guilford native Schulyer Beeman performs Three Bags Full, his new cabaret show, which takes audiences on a roller coaster ride of his life, flipping between jobs of handling animals on stage for the theatre and sheep farming. The show serves up a large helping of touching and funny storytelling, with songs from musical theatre, standards and pop to pull everything together.

Artist Bio

Schuyler Beeman is a singer, dancer and actor with a passion for sheep farming. He’s brought these all together as an animal handler for the stage, and has been on tour with Isabella Rossellini as her dog handler and puppeteer in the whimsical show, Link Link Circus. The show explores animal cognition and communication—which is also something of the theme of the cabaret show/dramatic memoir Three Bags Full, that he’ll perform at the festival. A Guilford native, he performed his solo cabaret show Home for the town’s 375th birthday celebration in 2013.

First Congregational Church

Guilford Town Band @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Guilford Town Band @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A performance by the Guilford Town Band, 100 musicians ranging in age from 15 to 80.

Artist Bio

The Guilford Town Band is directed by Mark Gahm, director of the concert band and wind ensemble at Guilford High School. Musicians, many of whom perform professionally, come from Guilford and surrounding towns. Founded in 2002, the band performs at Guilford’s annual summer picnic and gives a winter concert at Guilford High School every year.

7/13 Guilford Town Band Summer Concert on the Green

THIS SATURDAY July 13th! 5PM on the Guilford Green, come hear the Guilford Town Band in our annual summer concert! We will be featuring some incredible local talent, including GHS Alum Sara Trenner on this beutiful aria from Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia."

Posted by Guilford Town Band on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Guilford Community Center

Shoreline Jazz Quartet @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Shoreline Jazz Quartet @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

SJQ provides its interpretations of classic and modern jazz, from the Great American Songbook to Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie and Joshua Redman.

Artist Bio

This four-piece band led by saxophonist Dr. Cyril D’Souza plays a mix of classic and modern jazz. Drummer Mike Bimonte, bassist Adam Anderson and guitarist Stephen Wood round out the ensemble, which plays regularly along the Shoreline at such places as the Elm City Market in New Haven, Chamard Vineyards in Clinton and Quattros restaurant in Guilford.

SJQ at Medad Stone Tavern

It was our second time playing for the Guilford Keeping Society at the Medad Stone Tavern and we had a blast! Great food, wine, and a great cause. We're looking forward to coming back in the fall for their beer tasting!

Posted by Shoreline Jazz Quartet on Sunday, April 28, 2019

First Congregational Church

Wheel Life Theatre: That’s Just Me @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wheel Life Theatre: That's Just Me @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Wheel Life Theatre performs That’s Just Me, in which actors who ambulate via crutches or wheelchairs create real-life situations and riff on them, improv-style.

Artist Bio

Keely Baisden Knudsen, artistic director of Legacy Theatre, created Wheel Life Theatre Troupe to provide an acting outlet for people who ambulate with crutches or use wheelchairs, and their family members. The troupe, which has members of all ages and range of mobility, performed at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in June. Interested new members should contact info@LegacyTheatreCT.org.

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Battle of the Big Bands-Round 1 @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Battle of the Big Bands-Round 1 @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The joint’ll be jumping as two of the Shoreline’s most popular swing bands—Tuxedo Junction and The String of Pearls—face off in round one of a two-round Battle of the Big Bands, with the audience crowning the winner by applause.

Artist Bios

For more than 20 years, the 17-piece String of Pearls Big Band has performed a wide repertoire of jazz standards, early rock ’n’ roll and dance tunes featuring the cha cha, waltz, Tango and swing. Musical director Dick Campo toured with Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra and played with Sammy Kaye and Vaughan Monroe. The band plays extensively along the Shoreline.

New 5 Minute Demo

View our new 5 minutes demo tape

Posted by String of Pearls Big Band on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuxedo Junction is an 18-piece, Shoreline-based swing band with a full brass section, bass, drums, piano, guitar and and vocals. Formed in 1989 by Pete Jacobs as a Dixieland band, it’s now run by Patricia Todd. It’s been a staple at Bill’s Seafood Restaurant in Westbrook for 21 years and performs often in New Haven, Wallingford, Avon, and at the Guilford Rotary’s LobsterFest.

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Proud Duo @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Proud Duo @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A combination of original new works for oboe and saxophone, and arrangements of compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Poulenc, Musgrave and others.

Artist Bio

Oboist Teodora Pejasinovic Proud, from Serbia, and saxophonist Joseph Proud, from Connecticut, form a contemporary classical duo that explores diverse cultural terrain. Doctoral graduates from the University of Alabama, the pair actively commissions new works for oboe and saxophone while also performing transcriptions of pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Poulenc, Musgrave and others.

Here’s Proud Duo performing Stanislava Gajic’s Maiden’s Dance for Oboe and Saxophone:

 

 

First Congregational Church

Battle of the Big Bands-Round 2 @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Battle of the Big Bands-Round 2 @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The joint’ll be jumping as two of the Shoreline’s most popular swing bands—Tuxedo Junction and The String of Pearls—face off in the second round of a two-round Battle of the Big Bands, with the audience crowning the winner by applause.

Artist Bios

For more than 20 years, the 17-piece String of Pearls Big Band has performed a wide repertoire of jazz standards, early rock ’n’ roll and dance tunes featuring the cha cha, waltz, Tango and swing. Musical director Dick Campo toured with Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra and played with Sammy Kaye and Vaughan Monroe. The band plays extensively along the Shoreline.

Tuxedo Junction is an 18-piece, Shoreline-based swing band with a full brass section, bass, drums, piano, guitar and and vocals. Formed in 1989 by Pete Jacobs as a Dixieland band, it’s now run by Patricia Todd. It’s been a staple at Bill’s Seafood Restaurant in Westbrook for 21 years and performs often in New Haven, Wallingford, Avon, and at the Guilford Rotary’s LobsterFest.

Check out The String of Pearls’ latest demo:

New 5 Minute Demo

View our new 5 minutes demo tape

Posted by String of Pearls Big Band on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Here’s Tuxedo Junction’s demo video:

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Duo Beltenstrum: Songs from the Time of Hamilton @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Duo Beltenstrum: Songs from the Time of Hamilton @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Songs From the Time of Hamilton will present music from the period of the American Revolution, interspersed with talks and a Q&A about the history of the composers and music. The repertoire will be familiar (Mozart, Bellini, Schubert) as well as obscure.

Artist Bio

Duo Beltenstrum is guitarist Hideki Yamaya and mezzo-soprano Sara Henry, a duo that specializes in late 18th-century and early 19th-century song repertoire. The duo’s focus is to revive works that are often forgotten, but also to perform well-known pieces by famous composers. Yamaya is a specialist in historic performance on lutes and early guitars. Henry is an acclaimed singer who has performed in more than 40 operas.

Here’s Yamaya performing Alessandro Piccinini’s Toccata XIIIa on theorbo:

First Congregational Church

Phil Rosenthal & The Guilford Ramblers @ Bittersweet Barn
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phil Rosenthal & The Guilford Ramblers @ Bittersweet Barn | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A cherished “hometown” band in these parts, The Guilford Ramblers perform a lively program of folk and bluegrass music.

Artist Bio

Led by acclaimed Guilford musician Phil Rosenthal, a former Connecticut State Troubadour and lead singer in The Seldom Scene, the Guilford Ramblers perform Americana, 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.

Bittersweet Barn

Sep
29
Sun
Just One Sip: A Caffeinated Musical @ First Congregational Church
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Just One Sip: A Caffeinated Musical @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A contemporary pop musical created by high-school and middle-school actors, singers and musicians, Just One Sip is a coming-of-age-story with humor, romance and drama, set in a local coffee shop.

Artist Bio

Writers Gaby Onorati and Carlin Steere, sophomores at Madison’s Daniel Hand High School, are interested in the different ways kids mature into young adults. Just One Sip, their original, 17-song musical, had its first public stage reading in Guilford in 2018, and it’s been reworked for performance at the festival.

Here’s that full, first staged reading, from May 2018:

First Congregational Church

Festival of Dance @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Festival of Dance @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Three dance companies—Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Shoreline Ballet and Starship Dance—combine to present a showcase of each company’s latest repertoire.

Artist Bios

Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) has been one of Connecticut’s premier dance schools since 1992. Offering a curriculum that includes ballet, pointe, modern, character and jazz for students of all ages, ECB provides high-caliber training that challenges students to reach their full potential. Executive Director Lise Reardon and Artistic Director Gloria Govrin offer professional, New York City-level instruction to aspiring dancers and bring joy to thousands every year with live performances.

Shoreline Ballet provides students with the highest quality dance education and an environment where every student is valued and respected. It offers training in classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance, musical theatre and tap, and adult barre fitness. Director Kathryn Contessa danced professionally with the Cincinnati Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Amaranth Contemporary Dance Company, Peter Sparling Dance Company and Jacobs Campbell Dance.

Sneak peek of just one of the dances from our Greatest Showman camp, these girls are looking awesome! #workingit #greatestshowman #theotherside #summerdance #summercamp #summerdancecamp #shorelineballet choreography credit @thepatrickjohn

Posted by Shoreline Ballet on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Starship Dance Studio offers superior technical dance training in an atmosphere that fosters creativity, motivation and a positive self-image. Its dance company comprises students as well as professionals and performs original children’s ballets in schools and other venues throughout the Shoreline. Artistic Director Joyce DiLauro studied at The American Ballet Theatre School, The American Ballet Center and Luigi’s Broadway Jazz Center. She has also studied modern dance, African dance and belly dancing, and is a certified Yoga teacher.

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Julie Fitzpatrick: 77 U-Turn @ First Congregational Church
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

77 U-Turn is a fully staged theater piece that uses poetic storytelling and song to reflect on coming home, parenting, love, loss, confusion and what happens when we turn around and look back before moving forward. Keely Baisden Knudsen of Legacy Theatre directs and Bill Speed plays piano. Talkback follows.

View or download show playbill.

Artist Bio

Julie is an actress, acting coach and writer who also works in her family’s car dealership. She recently returned to her hometown of Guilford after 15 years working as an actress in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania and California. She’s a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and went to the American Conservatory Theater for her MFA. She’s been working on 77 U-Turn, about her return to Guilford, for approximately a year.

First Congregational Church