Dinner on the Guilford Green @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 26 @ 6:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Dinner on the Guilford Green @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Join us under the tent as we officially open the 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival with an exclusive celebration for festival patrons and guests.

DATE: Thursday, September 26, 2019
TIME: 6:15 pm
PLACE: Historic Guilford Green

The night will feature a farm-to-table dinner with wine, beer, a signature festival cocktail and live music by the Afro-Bop Alliance Latin Jazz Sextet and the Joe McCarthy-Sandy Stoddard trio.

Seating is extremely limited with admission by donation to the festival of $150 or more per person, or purchase of Silver or higher-level festival sponsorship.

Can’t make it? Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Guilford Performing Arts Festival. The show can’t go on without your help.

Thank you, and see you in September!

Meg Smith & Simone Gell
2019 Dinner on the Guilford Green Co-Chairs

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Sandy Stoddard Trio @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 26 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Sandy Stoddard Trio @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Sandy, drummer Joe McCarthy and bassist Jim Tutunjian perform music from the Great American Songbook, bossa nova and straight-ahead jazz—part of Dinner on the Green, a benefit event for the Guilford Performing Arts Festival.

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Afro Bop Alliance Latin Jazz Sextet @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Afro Bop Alliance Latin Jazz Sextet @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The Afro Bop Alliance Sextet, a subset of the Latin Grammy-winning Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, will play an evening of Latin-inflected jazz music, riding Afro-Cuban rhythms, a driving horn section and the exquisite drumming of bandleader Joe McCarthy. This performance is part of a benefit for the Guilford Performing Arts Festival. You can reserve your space, at $150 per person, here.

Artist Bio

Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro Bop Alliance is an Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble based in New York. It received Latin Jazz Album of the Year at the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2008 for the recording “Afro Bop Alliance, featuring Dave Samuels,” which was released on the Heads-Up label. The recording was also nominated for a Grammy in the same category that same year. The band was founded and is led by drummer Joe McCarthy, who lives in Madison, Connecticut. The band is comprised of first call jazz and Latin jazz players from New York and New England.

Afro Bop’s music has long been inspired by the great be-bop tradition, married to the rich rhythmic stylings of Afro-Caribbean music and is composed by the members of the band and arranged by Vince Norman. Afro Bop Alliance has been featured at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, The Silver Spring Jazz Festival, The Provincetown Jazz Festival, The WC Handy Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Rams Head On Stage with Paquito D’ Rivera, The Jazz Educators Network International Convention, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, The University of Florida, Georgetown University, George Mason University, University of Maryland, West Chester University, Rowan University and The Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Series, among many others.

Herstory Theater: Panic in Connecticut @ The Hyland House Museum
Sep 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Herstory Theater: Panic in Connecticut @ The Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Herstory Theater will present Panic in Connecticut: Accused Witches Have Their Say, a one-woman, costumed performance that brings to life the stories of women were accused of witchcraft in 17th-century Connecticut. An audience Q&A will follow.

Artist Bio

Actress and playwright Virginia Wolf founded Herstory Theater to produce three shows about little-known women in American history: Panic in Connecticut, Accused Witches Have Their Say; Katy Leary and Mark Twain; and Mary Rowlandson, Indian Captive, about a 17th century woman held captive by Native Americans from the Wampanoag Tribe during King Philip’s War. Herstory Theater has since become a home for other projects about lesser-known women in history, including works written by other Connecticut playwrights and staged by ensemble casts.

The Bassless Trio: Bad Children @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Bassless Trio: Bad Children @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The group will perform Bad Children, an entertaining and eclectic collection of music that uses original librettos by adults and children, and celebrated poetry, to explore the dark meanings behind some of the most popular children’s stories in history.

Artist Bio

The Bassless Trio is an innovative classical/contemporary chamber ensemble featuring world-class musicians who explore traditional and new music, untapped instrumentations and genres. The soprano voice of Lisa Williamson, cello of Cara Cheung and saxophone of Joshua Thomas combine in an unexpected way, bringing fun and thoughtful music to the stage.

Christ Episcopal Church

FOCUS Teen Improv @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
FOCUS Teen Improv @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The 15 talented kids of FOCUS Teen Improv conjure stories out of thin air, using improvisational theater to spark a spontaneous, interactive relationship with their fellow performers as well as the audience. Structured improv games provide the foundation for a creative, fun and unpredictable afternoon of collaborative dramatic play.

Artist Bio

FOCUS Teen Improv is a group of Shoreline kids, ages 12-16, who study improvisational theater with Lara Morton, founder/director of Handful Productions of Madison. Lara is passionate about the power of theater to transform lives and has been working professionally in theater for more than 20 years.

Check out this promo for the group’s spring 2019 classes.

Christ Episcopal Church

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

Conn Artists: Contemporary a Capella @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Conn Artists: Contemporary a Capella @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

From Ellington to madrigals to Sting, the Doobies and doo-wop, plus a dose of comedy and satire, this men’s a cappella singing group does it all—defying audiences’ preconceived ideas of what an a cappella show should be.

Artist Bio

The Conn Artists is a highly acclaimed, seven-member a cappella singing group based in Fairfield County, Connecticut. It’s a genre-defying ensemble that, in spite of the fact that none of its members are professional musicians, placed second in the New York regionals of the national a cappella competition Harmony Sweepstakes. The members are Martin Brayboy, bass; Gary Schanzer, really low bass; John Carlson and Doug Rollins, baritones; and Charlie Dear, Peter Sachner and Dave Callahan, tenors. Each of them sang with one of the top collegiate a cappella groups, including the Princeton Tigertones, Amherst Zumbyes, Williams Ephlats, Trinity BMOC and New Hampshire Gentlemen. They’re talented, fun and unpredictable. And if you need a lawyer, orthodontist, financial planner, wealth manager, insurance policy, marketing plan or organic garden …

Christ Episcopal Church

Madison Lyric Stage: From Broadway to the Met @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Madison Lyric Stage co-founders Marc Deaton and John Johmann, plus members of the company’s Emerging Artists Program, will perform selections from the musicals Sunday in the Park with George, Parade, The Secret Garden, Pippin and Phantom of the Opera; from the operas Der Rosenkavalier, Pearlfishers and Madama Butterfly; and from the company’s upcoming October production of Hansel and Gretel.

  View or download From Broadway to the Met playbill

Artist Bio

Madison Lyric Stage is a professional theater company that presents high-quality entertainment from the worlds of opera, musical theater and drama. Founder and Artistic Director Marc Deaton is a producer, director, playwright, actor and tenor who has appeared with leading opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. His performance in the title role of Tristan und Isolde, recorded with the Bulgarian Festival Orchestra, was released by Centaur Records, as was his solo CD of excerpts from Wagner recorded with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra. He has played key musical theatre roles including Che in Evita, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Tony in West Side Story and the title role in Candide on leading stages in Europe. Past Madison Lyric Stage productions include A Little Night MusicAgnes of God, Blithe SpiritCompanyEvita, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, MacbethPeter GrimesSalome, The Glass Menagerie and The Turn of the Screw.  

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Lexie Smith: Bread in the Public Square @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lexie Smith: Bread in the Public Square @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Watch, experience and taste this bread-making demonstration and conversation, while Smith bakes over an open fire and onlookers eat the results fresh from the flame. Conversations about bread and its place in history and culture extend the performance beyond the palette.

Artist Bio

Lexie Smith is a New York-based baker, writer and artist who utilizes bread as a way to explore culture and society. Smith believes bread is essential to a large slice of human experience, and that there is nothing more telling than the way people engage—or don’t engage—with bread. Her publishing platform, Bread on Earth, is a “bread web,” built to support the diverse dialogues that stem from our relationship to grain. Smith recently collaborated on Landing Pages, a two-month literary performance project in a defunct Hudson News at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. She was named to the 2019 list of Forty under Forty by the New York Food Policy Center. Her writings and recipes have appeared in many online and print publications, and she has exhibited in galleries and conducted residencies around the world.

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Drumming Circle with Peter Hawes @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Drumming Circle with Peter Hawes @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Be the music in this all-ages workshop/class/celebration of rhythm, drumming and improvisation led by Peter Hawes, percussionist/teacher and team-building facilitator. We’ll use voice, body percussion, movement, drums and other instruments to make a joyous, heartfelt and synchronous racket on the Guilford Green—while learning about the rhythmic traditions and music of West Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and elsewhere. Instruments provided; bring your own if you’d like. Drums and percussion instruments provided, or bring your own.

Artist Bio

Peter has studied West and North African, Middle Eastern, Japanese and central Asian drumming, as well as music improvisation, and is a certified Music for People teacher of improvisation as a mode of self-expression, creativity, communication and collaboration. A former member of Framework Percussion Ensemble, he’s led community drumming circles throughout the Northeast and facilitated drumming- and improvisation-based team-building programs for USAA Financial Services, Silicon Graphics, Oppenheimer Funds and the American Society for Training and Development. He’s taught at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rowe Camp and Conference Center, and Norwalk Community College.

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Pilobolus: Come to Your Senses @ Guilford High School
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The internationally acclaimed dance company will present Come to Your Senses, a sensuous, multisensory experience featuring live performance and transmedia digital creations.

View or download Come to Your Senses playbill.

Artist Bio

Pilobolus is among the world’s most innovative and rebellious dance companies—presenting unusually expressive works with otherworldly costuming and stunning theatricality. Pilobolus has tested the limites of human physicality for more than four decades, exploring the beauty and power of connected bodies and nonverbal communication through performance, education and facilitated experiences.

Check out the trailer for Come to Your Senses:


Guilford High School Performing Arts Center

Susan Cinoman: Guenevere @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

* Note: This show is intended for mature audiences. Some content is not appropriate for children under 16.

Susan will hold a staged reading of her full play Guenevere, which she completed with the support of a 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Award. The work uses the King Arthur legend to illuminate the struggle for power and control between women and their closest male friends, in love, at work and at play.

View or download show program

Artist Bio

Susan Cinoman is a playwright and screenwriter who has written for the ABC television shows The Goldbergs and Schooled. Her one-act plays Cinoman and Rebeck and Gin and Bitters were produced off-Broadway at the Miranda Theatre in New York. Her short play Cat and Dog Watch the Tonys was staged at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles. Susan was the recipient of the inaugural Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Award in drama.

Christ Episcopal Church

Storyteller Jonathan Kruk @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Storyteller Jonathan Kruk @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk presents a theatrical and highly interactive performance of classic and original Faerie tales featuring varied voices, characterization and period garb.

Artist Bio

Jonathan Kruk grew up on tall tales and daydreams. He acted in a teen travel camp, told stories to his younger brother, and in 1989 turned his passion into a career, leaving a job watering Henry Kissinger’s office plants to become storyteller in residence at Freeport Schools on Long Island. Since then, he’s performed at hundreds of schools, libraries, historic sites and festivals, and has appeared on The Today Show, the Travel Channel and BBC. Probably best known for his The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Christmas Carol shows, he performs work whose subjects span Greek mythology, regional history, Medieval stories and Hudson Valley lore. His newest book is Legends and Lore of the Hudson Highlands.

Hyland House Museum

Argyle Sax Quartet @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Argyle Sax Quartet @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The quartet will perform a selection of works, from light and fun to intricate, pensive and intense, drawing from classical, jazz, contemporary and movie music. 

Artist Bio

The Argyle Sax Quartet performs a repertoire that spans genres from classical, jazz and waltzes to contemporary music and movie themes. Comprised of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, the ensemble highlights the instrument’s wide range and tonality.

Here’s the ensemble at a 2016 performance at Branford’s Blackstone Library:

Christ Episcopal Church

Les Tordus @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Les Tordus @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Les Tordus will perform and teach traditional music from Québec, Appalachia and Scandinavia. Learn the history, rhythms, music and instrumentation of this old-time dance music—and the toe-tapping reasons for its resurgence in popularity today.

Artist Bio

Les Tordus are four Shoreline musicians who play traditional, upbeat Québécois and American old-time music, along with a smattering of tunes from Scandinavia and elsewhere. “Tordus” is French for bent, crooked, or off-kilter … and so is the band’s music, which is sure to get your toes tapping! The band features Guilford High School student Rosalie Coleman on fiddle; John Zachos on guitar; Sarah Prown on whistles, mandolin and banjo; and Ken Karpowicz on accordion, tenor banjo and foot percussion.

Hyland House Museum

U.S. Coast Guard Band @ Guilford High School
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Coast Guard band will play a broad spectrum of music, from wind ensemble classics to swinging jazz, highlighted by a side-by-side performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sea Songs, and Bigelow and Swearingen’s Our Director March with the Guilford High School Wind Ensemble.

  View or download Coast Guard Band Concert playbill

Artist Bio

The 55-member Coast Guard Band, based at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, was founded in 1925. It was the first American military band to perform in the Soviet Union and has played in Canada, England, Japan and Taiwan. A mainstay of high-level government ceremonies, it has performed at the inauguration of every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover.

French Horn Highlights/Compilation

French horn licks are fun to listen to. Here are a few from your US Coast Guard Band French Horn Section. MUCS Brian Nichols MU1 Bryce Nakaoka MU1 Timothy Bedard MU1 Matt Muehlmiller.

Posted by United States Coast Guard Band on Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Guilford High School

The Skunk Misery Ramblers @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
The Skunk Misery Ramblers @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The Skunks will play a set of old-time tunes drawn from both American and immigrant culture. Got an old fiddle or guitar in your closet? Dust it off and join the fun.

Artist Bio

The Skunk Misery Ramblers is a loud, fun, old-time string band made up of players of all ages and abilities. It evolved from the Fire in The Kitchen Concerts and Workshops, which brings some of the world’s greatest string players to the Shoreline. The Ramblers play a mostly Celtic repertoire and want everyone to get up and dance. Better yet, they want you to grab a fiddle or guitar and join in, no matter how new or rusty you are.

Hyland House Museum

Open Old-Time Musicians’ Jam with Sarah Prown @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Open Old-Time Musicians' Jam with Sarah Prown @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

With probably half of the fiddlers in the Western Hemisphere already present at the Hyland House for the Skunk Misery Ramblers’ performance, rosin up your bow, grab your guitar, your horn, your whatever and join the fun. Sarah Prown, who plays in the Skunks, Les Tordus and The Racket Downstairs, plus plays almost every instrument ever made, leads a musicians’ jam based on the age-old tradition of community music making. All ages, all instruments and all levels of experience welcome!

Artist Bio

Sarah Prown plays almost every instrument ever made: guitar, bouzouki, flute, saxophone, fiddle, mandolin; we could go on. She heads the band Les Tordus, which performs Quebecois, American and northern European old-time music, plus plays in the Skunk Misery Ramblers and The Racket Downstairs.

Hyland House Museum