DJ Snake to Release Single — “You Know You Like It” With AlunaGeorge on December 8th

FANS CAN VISIT NEW WEBSITE TO UPLOAD AND SHARE SELFIE SINGLE ART

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — French DJ and producer DJ Snake, AKA William Grigahcine, will release single, “You Know You Like It,” with UK Garage duo AlunaGeorge, on December 8th via Island Records UK/Interscope Records. The track will be available across all digital and streaming platforms. A video for the song will be released in December.

DJ SNAKE TO RELEASE SINGLE - "YOU KNOW YOU LIKE IT" WITH ALUNAGEORGE - ON DECEMBER 8TH

Fans can now visit http://www.djsnake.fr/youknowyoulikeit/ and take a “selfie” using their web camera, in essence recreating the “You Know You Like It” cover art with their own likeness. Users will be given the option to submit the photo and share it to Facebook and Twitter.

In addition, fans can now snap a selfie at bus stops featuring the “You Know You Like It” poster, which has a mirror in the center, in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Miami and share it to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #YouKnowYouLikeIt.

For “You Know You Like It,” DJ Snake teamed up with London’s AlunaGeorge, which is singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid. Since being posted on DJ Snake’s SoundCloud, “You Know You Like It” has received over six million plays.

The Grammy-nominated producer and artist’s previous single “Turn Down for What,” with Lil Jon, climbed to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and Rhythmic charts and No. 4 on the Hot 100, and has sold more than five million copies in the U.S. alone. The music video for “Turn Down For What,” which won an MTV VMA for “Best Direction,” has racked up more than 141 million views on VEVO.

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DJ SNAKE TO RELEASE SINGLE - "YOU KNOW YOU LIKE IT" WITH ALUNAGEORGE - ON DECEMBER 8TH

 

DJ SNAKE TO RELEASE SINGLE - "YOU KNOW YOU LIKE IT" WITH ALUNAGEORGE - ON DECEMBER 8TH, FANS CAN VISIT NEW WEBSITE TO UPLOAD AND SHARE SELFIE SINGLE ART


VIOLINIST PETER WINOGRAD OF THE AMERICAN STRING QUARTET PERFORMS TO BENEFIT THE HARTT COMMUNITY DIVISION

Concert Benefits the Arthur and Betty Winograd Scholarship Fund of the Hartt Community Division

 

West Hartford, CT – October 10, 2014.  The Hartt School Community Division, with The Musical Club of Hartford, presents violinist Peter Winograd and friends, who will perform a benefit concert on Sunday, November 9, at 4 p.m., in Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, Conn. Admission is $15 with discounts for seniors and students. Please call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or visit hartford.edu/hcd to purchase tickets.

 

Peter Winograd, alumnus of the Community Division and now first violinist of the American String Quartet, will be joined by Wolfram Koessel (American String Quart) on cello and David Westfall (The Hartt School) on piano to perform Brahms Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, the monumental Schubert B-flat Major Piano Trio, and a collection of other pieces for piano and violin.

 

In addition to the concert, the Musical Club of Hartford is sponsoring a free masterclass led by Peter Winograd and Wolfram Koessel on Saturday, November 8, at 2 p.m. in Berkman Recital Hall at The Hartt School. Pre-college and college chamber groups will be coached by Winograd and Koessel during the 2 hour class. There is no admission charge to observe and the public is welcome, though space is limited.

 

The Arthur and Betty Winograd Fund at the Hartt Community Division Supports scholarships and financial aid to encourage, nurture, and develop chamber music playing in pre-college musicians. Arthur Winograd’s extensive career began in 1946 as the original cellist of the world renowned Juilliard String Quartet. He left the Juilliard Quartet in 1956 to pursue a career in conducting. From 1964-1985, he was conductor and music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Upon his retirement from the symphony, he joined the chamber music faculty at The Hartt School. Betty Winograd, an accomplished pianist in her own right and graduate of Juilliard, served for years on the piano faculty at The Hartt School and The Hartt School Community Division. Their son, Peter Winograd, who will be featured in this benefit concert at The Hartt School, continues the family legacy as a violinist and long-time member of the acclaimed American String Quartet.

 

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The University of Hartford’s Hartt School Community Division (HCD) is a comprehensive community arts school that annually provides performing arts instruction to more than 2,500 students. HCD offers a variety of lessons, classes, and performance opportunities in music and dance for students of all ages, experience levels, and abilities. For more information about The Hartt School Community Division, visit www.hartford.edu/hcd.

 

The University of Hartford’s Hartt School is a performing arts conservatory that offers innovative degree programs in music, dance, and theatre. Founded in 1920, Hartt has been an integral part of the University of Hartford since its charter merged the then Hartt School of Music, the Hartford Art School, and Hillyer College to create the University in 1957. Hartt marked its 90th year of providing world-class performing arts education to students in Greater Hartford and around the world in 2010. With more than 400 concerts, recitals, plays, master classes, dance performances, and musical theatre productions each year, performance is central to Hartt’s curriculum. For more information about The Hartt School, visit www.hartford.edu/hartt.

 

The University of Hartford, centrally located in Connecticut, provides a distinctive educational experience across seven schools and colleges for one of the most diverse student bodies in New England. Hartford’s faculty are attracted by the opportunity to challenge and support students as they pursue degrees in more than 100 programs in the arts, humanities, science, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions. Chartered in 1957, Hartford has more than 5,000 undergraduate and, 1,600 graduate students from 48 states and 63 countries, and 75,000 alumni worldwide. Visit www.hartford.edu for more information.

 

JOSH KAUFMAN Performs in the Musical Revival of “PIPPIN”

2014 WINNER OF NBC’S “THE VOICE”

JOSH KAUFMAN

WILL NOW BEGIN PERFORMANCES ON OCTOBER 31 IN

THE TONY-WINNING BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

PIPPIN

FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

Now Playing on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre

www.PippinTheMusical.com

Josh Kaufman, who in May of 2014 was announced as the winner of Season 6 of NBC’s hit show “The Voice” as a member of Usher’s team, will now make his Broadway debut earlier than previously announced. Kaufman will step into the title role in the Tony Award winning PIPPIN for a limited engagement beginning Friday, October 31 and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 4, 2015. Kyle Dean Massey is set to perform the role on Broadway through Wednesday, October 29. PIPPIN is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street).

 

Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz’s Tony Award winning musical comedy PIPPIN is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers).

 

The current cast also features Carly Hughes as Leading Player, Tony Award nominee John Dossett as Charles, Tony Award nominee Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada, Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine and Lucie Arnaz as Berthe. Other members of the company include Mike Schwitter, Eli Tokash, Ashton Woerz, Kristin Allen, Mackenzie Bell, Colin Cunliffe, Ariana DeBose, Andrew Fitch, Lauren Joy Herley, Naël Jammal, Nicolas Jelmoni, Kai Johnson-Peady, Sam Lips, Richard Maguire, Brad Musgrove, Adam Roberts, Masha Terentieva, Kristen Beth Williams, Lara Seibert Young.

 

PIPPIN is the winner of four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Diane Paulus). The show is also the recipient of four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Diane Paulus) and Outstanding Choreography (Chet Walker and Gypsy Snider). The production also led the winners of the Outer Critics Circle Awards with seven wins including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Diane Paulus), Outstanding Choreographer (Chet Walker) and Outstanding Lighting Design (Kenneth Posner). PIPPIN received the Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and two Fred and Adele Astaire Awards including Outstanding Choreographer of a Broadway Show (Chet Walker) and Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show (Charlotte d’Amboise).

 

With a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, PIPPIN features music supervision and arrangements by Nadia DiGiallonardo, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Tony Award nominee Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by Tony Award nominees Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm. Casting by Telsey + Company.

 

Barry & Fran Weissler and Howard & Janet Kagan present the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) production of PIPPIN with Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, A&A Gordon/Brunish Trinchero, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, Joshua Goodman, Steve McManus, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Hugh Hayes/Jamie Cesa/Jonathan Reinis, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Ben Feldman, Square 1 Theatrics, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein, Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney.

 

Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his “corner of the sky.” The original production of PIPPIN, directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977. This production of PIPPIN made its debut at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, where Diane Paulus serves as Artistic Director; December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”

 

PIPPIN is now playing a U.S. National Tour. Productions are also planned for London, Australia and Amsterdam in 2015. The New Broadway Cast Recording for PIPPIN is now available on Ghostlight Records.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for PIPPIN are available through www.telecharge.com/pippin, by calling 212-239-6200, and in person at the Music Box Theatre box office (239 West 45th Street). Tickets range in price from $157.50 to $69 (all prices include a $2.00 facility fee). Premium seating is available.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm, Wednesday & Saturday @ 2:30pm (note the curtain time), Sunday at 3pm

For more information, visit www.PippinTheMusical.com

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Internationally Acclaimed Oboist and Educator Andrea Gullickson Will Perform at Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, CT — Internationally acclaimed oboist and educator Andrea Gullickson will perform in Webb Hall 110 at Eastern Connecticut State University at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Gullickson received her bachelor’s degree in music from Michigan State University in 1981 and later earned her master’s degree in music from Northwestern University. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa in 1993.

Gullickson has released three solo albums, the most recent of which is titled, “Oboe Celebrations: Music to Lift the Spirits and Set the Imagination Dancing.” She is also one of two founding members of what is considered to be one of the world’s most well-known reed ensembles, “WiZARDS! A Double Reed Consort” along with Mark Weiger. She is a native of North Dakota and has performed with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, one of the longest running symphonies in American history, and has played in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall.

In addition to her passion for the oboe, Gullickson is a professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and was the former chair of the Department of Music at Butler University.

Tickets for this event are available are free for all students. They will also be made available to the public for $10; reserve by calling (860) 465-0036 or e-mailing tickets@easternct.edu.

SEASON OPENING Fri. Oct. 17, 7:30pm BEETHOVEN TCHAIKOVSKY HAYDN Kathleen Schiano

 

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REMINDER:
Fall Gala Dinner Celebration Fundraiser
We also hope that you will join us on October 10th at 7 p.m.
at the Country Club of Farmington for the Fall Gala Dinner,
a festive celebration of the Virtuosi’s 2014-2015 season.
Please RSVP by contacting us  us at info@thevirtuosi.org,
or by phone at (860) 351 3135.

Season Founder’s Package
$5000 Includes 16 Gala tickets, and:
full-page advertisements in all 2014/15 Virtuosi publications,
on-line logo(s) listings on web page and all e-mail blasts,
10 complimentary tickets to all ticketed events.

Season Sponsor’s Package
$3000 Includes 10 Gala tickets, and:
half-page advertisements in all 2014/15 Virtuosi publications,
on-line logo(s) listings on web page and all e-mail blasts,
5 complimentary tickets to all ticketed events.

Patron Tickets
$1,000 – Includes 6 Gala tickets
$ 500 – Includes 4 Gala tickets
$ 300 – Includes 2 Gala tickets

Single Tickets
$125 single / $225 couple
Questions and RSVP to:

info@thevirtuosi.org | Phone: (860) 351 3135

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Tamar Braxton Returns With New Single “Let Me Know” Featuring Future

“Let Me Know” is the first single from her highly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s chart-topping, Grammy Award-nominated Love and War [Streamline/Epic Records]. Once again, her instantly recognizable voice shines with striking power, carrying honest and heartfelt lyrics over captivating R&B production. At the same time, Future adds an otherworldly spark to the track for their very first collaboration.

You’ll know it’s Tamar as soon as you hear it…

Following Love and War‘s massive impact with three 2014 Grammy nominations and a sold out headlining tour, the singer, songwriter, host, and television producer is primed to kick off another banner year. She currently co-hosts and produces the popular new talk show The Real on Fox and BET. Moreover, she stars on Braxton Family Values, and her celebrated series Tamar & Vince begins its third season Thursday, October 23 at 10pm ET on WE tv. She’s been hard at work on her new album though, and it promises to continue the traditions she established on Love and War with a few surprises.

“Let Me Know” begins the next chapter of Tamar. Get ready for one of the most important R&B albums of the year.

Tamar remains one of R&B’s leading divas. Love and War became the #1 R&B album upon debut, selling 400,000 copies since its September 2013 release. In support of the record, she performed to packed houses across the U.S. on a 30-city tour supporting John Legend, engaged in a whirlwind European promo run, and even picked up two 2013 Soul Train Awards, after performing at the event in Las Vegas. She also released her very first holiday album, Winter Loversland. Love and War hit #2 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release, making for 2013’s highest debut from a female R&B artist. Meanwhile, it also topped the Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart and iTunes Top R&B Albums Chart.

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instagram.com/tamarbraxtonher

SEASON OPENING Fri. Oct. 17, 7:30pm BEETHOVEN TCHAIKOVSKY HAYDN Kathleen Schiano – cello

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REMINDER:
Fall Gala Dinner Celebration Fundraiser
Join them on October 10th at 7 p.m.
at the Country Club of Farmington for the Fall Gala Dinner,
a festive celebration of the Virtuosi’s 2014-2015 season.
Please RSVP by contacting us  us at info@thevirtuosi.org,
or by phone at (860) 351 3135.

Season Founder’s Package
$5000 Includes 16 Gala tickets, and:
full-page advertisements in all 2014/15 Virtuosi publications,
on-line logo(s) listings on web page and all e-mail blasts,
10 complimentary tickets to all ticketed events.

Season Sponsor’s Package
$3000 Includes 10 Gala tickets, and:
half-page advertisements in all 2014/15 Virtuosi publications,
on-line logo(s) listings on web page and all e-mail blasts,
5 complimentary tickets to all ticketed events.

Patron Tickets
$1,000 – Includes 6 Gala tickets
$ 500 – Includes 4 Gala tickets
$ 300 – Includes 2 Gala tickets

Single Tickets
$125 single / $225 couple
Questions and RSVP to:

info@thevirtuosi.org | Phone: (860) 351 3135

The April Verch Band – Oct 16 – Buttonwood Tree Perf Arts Ctr – Middleton CT

The April Verch Band
October 16
Buttonwood Tree Perf Arts Ctr
8pm / $15 / $18 door
New Album - Bright Like Gold
All Ages
April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her own skin than she does now. She seamlessly blends the traditions of roots music and step-dancing with her own artistic voice and vision in a high-energy show that puts her award-winning fiddling and songwriting talents out front.
Her newest album Bright Like Gold, captures a woman who’s fleshed out her
identity and is in full command of her gifts, a woman who’s grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist—one of music’s most unforgiving public transitions—with grace and grit to spare.
The April Verch Band—rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a Masters in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory— is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that’s not soon forgotten when they depart the stage. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing—and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns—at once.
Listen to Bright Like Gold - request review copies by replying to email
THE HUFFINGTON POST
“It’s hard to believe she’s so talented at such a wide range of fiddling. I’ve seen her do it live, though. Believe it or not, she’s really that good.”
CMT EDGE
“Verch is a dynamic performer who incorporates step dancing into her show, and it
always brings down the house.”
THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION
“The world-renowned fiddler and step dancer continues to impress with her skills as an artist, adding songwriter to her credits with thoughtful and captivating lyrics.”
THE NEWS & OBSERVER
“One of the most versatile artists of traditional music’s new breed…Verch sings with a stark intensity that seems to echo the fire in her fiddle.”
Or Phone 615-500-4315

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Brand New On Your Desk!

RW Hampton

This Cowboy

In 1917, American artist Charles Russell famously told a friend in a poem “The West is dead.” It’s a bold claim that doesn’t quite hold up, says award-winning Western singer-songwriter RW Hampton. “The West lives on,” Hampton argues and he makes a strong case on his new This Cowboy.  This Cowboy is an album sure to please anyone who likes an honest Western song polished just enough to make it shine.

— Charley Engel / American Cowboy

www.rwhampton.com

Ingrid Gerdes

High Priestess

In a way, Ingrid Gerdes’ new album, High Priestess, is a throwback to days when a recording artists approached a new project as a complete package — a song cycle —  built around a particular theme.  Every track was written and produced and sequenced in a way that would convey a certain emotion or experience for the listener.  Ingrid took an old-school approach to her new release, High Priestess, choosing instead to attempt to create an experience for her fans through a complete collection.  Brought together by her unique blues-rock sensibilities, the result feels like summer in the South.  It is at times both cool and hot, breezy and still, and imbued with a shot of sass to Gerdes’ hot buttered soul, Dusty-in-Memphis delivery.

www.ingridgerdes.com

Eileen Rose

Be Many Gone

Eileen has drawn comparisons to the likes of Lucinda Williams (Time Magazine).  She recently wrapped up a successful tour of Europe.  “…Be Many Gone exudes the confidence of a singer and band that have honed their craft with hour upon hour of hard work… Rose’s finest to date.” (R2 Rock ‘n’ Reel)  “With a long and illustrious musical pedigree, the Americana-influenced Be Many Gone ranks among Eileen Rose Giadone’s best work!” (Press Association (UK))

www.eileenrose.com

Bill Wence

Songs That Make Me Think About You

Bill has worn many hats in the music business — a sideman for such artists as Bobby Bare and Wanda Jackson, a popular radio promoter for such artists as Johnny Rivers, and a recording artist.  His latest, Songs That Make Me Think About You, is a collection of songs (“Decades after beginning his career, Wence is still out there playing piano behind Bobby Bare and Wanda Jackson. Also, in addition to being a prolific record promoter, he is still making records, himself. This title tune to his latest is a jaunty, beach-y bopper.” (Robert K. Oermann / Music Row)

http://www.billwencepromotions.com/

Mike & Doris Merritt

Detours

The Cowboy Way of Life has always been a strong magnet for Mike and Doris Merritt.  Sure, there’s the romantic view of the West as seen in Hollywood movies, but for the Merritts it’s more than just riding horses across the wide open country under a great, big sky. “There’s a certain code of ethics and values that remain out here,” says Mike, who grew up in Texas.  “Not that everyone here is perfect, but the underlying, unspoken rule of thumb is that the Western way of life is more about how you live, not where you live.”  Now based in Oklahoma, the Merritts bring a fresh, positive message to their first ever duo album, Detours.

http://merrittcowboyministries.com/

Swamp Donky

Redneck Revival

One part country, one part rock, and all parts Southern probably best describes the band from North Louisiana known as Louisiana Swamp Donky. They spend their days in the oilfields, on the farm and driving trucks to provide a living for their families. They each have a work hard, play hard attitude and when it comes to their music, there is no denying their Southern roots.  Earlier this year, their authentic Southern Rock sound caught the ears of famed Southern Rock icon Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters.   The result.. foot-stompin’, Southern-fried Rockin’ country! 

DON’T FORGET

Dale Watson

The Truckin’ Sessions Triology

Praise is being heaped on Dale for his newest collection of Truckin’ Sessions songs.  Red River Entertainment put the 14 new tunes together with Dale’s previous two truckin’ albums for The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy.  “The third installment of hardcore troubadour Watson’s truck-driving albums — think 18 wheels, not tailgates — is so full of romanticized life-is-a-highway anthems that, by record’s end, you’ll want to dial the number for your local big-rig school.” (Rolling Stone / Country)

www.dalewatson.com

Dan Cohen

Bluebird

A Nashville-base session guitarist, Dan’s new collection is filled with wonderful, eclectic songs.  “Cohen represents himself as a fine pop provocateur, a singer/songwriter with a keen sense of melody and an easy accessibility. A fine support crew — among them, Brad Jones, Matt King,  Jace Everett and Doug Powell, each a superior artist in his own right — help out, allowing  Bluebird to soar to unexpected heights.” (Lee Zimmerman / NoDepression)

http://www.westonboys.com/artists/dan-cohen/

John Flynn

Poor Man’s Diamonds

Poor Man’s Diamonds transcends any single genre – although bluegrass, blues, folk and burnished narratives make up the mix – and yet, his determined stance and authoritative presence ensures an instant connection.” (Bluegrass Situation)

http://www.johnflynn.net/

To schedule an interview with any of these artists, for review copies or more information, contact  Lance Cowan • LCMedia

(615) 331-1710 • lcmedia@comcast.net 

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Joe Ely

B4 84

One of the first – ever recordings using an Apple Computer, B4 84 became Hi Res, which to date is the only Joe Ely CD not still in production.  Basically, Joe recorded that album and  submitted it to MCA execs, who insisted he re-record it using traditional recording studios.  These particular recordings are available for the first time — the “Director’s Cut” if you will — and it’s amazing how great they sound.  Liner notes by Steve Wozniak.

Joe Ely

Reverb: An Odyssey (a novel)

Review copies of Joe’s first-ever novel are available in pdf or Word format by request only.  Same for physical copies, which should be available next week.  

Michael Martin Murphey Continues Tradition of
Cowboy Christmas Ball

Christmas is a season of tradition, and no one knows that better than Michael Martin Murphey. The iconic musician has worked diligently to keep alive the spirit of the first Cowboy Christmas Ball for more than two decades.

This year, he launches into the next 20 years with his popular Cowboy Christmas Tour.  Sponsored by Spalding Fly Predators, Murphey and his acclaimed Rio Grande Band will spread Holiday Cheer through nearly 20 cities including a stop in Anson, Texas, where the Cowboy Christmas Ball originated in 1885.

“The first time I came to the annual Cowboy Christmas Ball in Anson, Texas, where the community has celebrated the holidays with this event every year since 1934, I was floored that the community had worked so hard to keep it going,” Murphey said. “I fell in love
watching the older couples dance and the dances being passed on to the younger people. It reconnected me to the tradition.”

Arriving in Anson, Texas on Christmas night, 1885, native New Yorker Larry Chittenden chronicled a dancing spectacle unparalleled in those days by composing the rhythmic, rollicking lines of The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball, a six stanza verse that still remembered and anthologized many times in print and song.

Modeling a show after the annual Anson event, Murphey took the celebration on the road, and has over the past two decades, performed the ball in such prestigious venues as Bass Hall (Ft. Worth, TX), The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, OK), the National Hispanic Cultural Center Journal Theater (Albuquerque, NM) and The Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University (Austin, TX).

This year’s tour begins on Nov. 21 in Colorado Springs and will continue through December. Visit www.michaelmartinmurphey.com for a complete listing of stops on the tour.

“The Cowboy Christmas Ball is steeped in everything I hold dear of growing up in Texas at Christmas time,” Murphey said. “All the old dances are here… the waltzes, the mazurkas, the Paul Jones, the Virginia Reel… all these dances are still done here. The women make their own costumes and clothes and the men still wear string ties and frock coats. It’s a family reunion of friends.

“This is my favorite season of the year,” Murphey continued. “We remember our fathers and mothers. We celebrate our children and we treasure our friends and the many blessing given by our Lord. It really brings out the very best in all of us.”

KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS PEELED!!!

Bryan Hayes

Still Just A Man — 10 Years Later

Bryan Hayes crafts personal narratives with a novelist’s eye (“Soundtrack”) and an alchemist’s precision (“Mississippi”). Proof: The Memphis area resident’s seamless Still Just a Man….10 Years Later. Hayes’  recently re-recorded debut album spotlights a youthful songwriter in early peak form (“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”). “Ten years is a big milestone for me, an independent songwriter and traveling musician,” Hayes explains. “We felt like going back in and revisiting some of those songs was a way to say thanks to the folks who have been with us this entire time.”

http://www.bryanhayesmusic.com

New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s October Events

The Season Begins with Beethoven’s Fifth!

Beethoven & The Don
Thursday, October 2 at 7:30pm – Woolsey Hall

Spend Opening Night with a Latin lover, a true romantic, and a tortured genius in a program featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Strauss’ Don Juan, and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Led by NHSO Music Director William Boughton, the concert will include a special guest performance by American-Russian violinist Yevgeny Kutik.

Take the #B5 Challenge!
Inspired by the NHSO opening night program, music director William Boughton has issued the “Beethoven Five Challenge” on Facebook to raise awareness for music education in this community. After singing the opening notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Boughton challenged prominent community members to record their own performance and challenge their friends to do so as well. Participation is growing and has included video posts by the new NHSO principal pops conductor, board members, and members of the media.
Click here to view the videos and to learn more about issuing a #B5Challenge.
Introducing Chelsea Tipton, Principal Pops Conductor
Maestro Tipton Opens the Pops Oct 11 & 12

Join Chelsea Tipton for his debut as Principal Pops Conductor at “Best of Broadway” October 11 & 12. Featuring Broadway stars Carol Dusdieker and Nat Chandler and music from My Fair Lady, Carousel, Phantom of the Opera, Sound of Music and more, we hope you will join us in welcoming Maestro Tipton to the greater New Haven community at this Pops Series kickoff!

Click here for tickets and information.