Five Exceptional Musical Performances: Klezmer, Classical, Blues and Gospel

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Contact: Susan Davies, PS21 Administrative Director, 518.392.6121, susan.davies@ps21chatham.org

PS21 Presents Five Exceptional Musical Performances: Klezmer, Classical, Blues and Gospel

[CHATHAM, NY] PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents an exceptional lineup of music performances in a variety of musical traditions this July. The season kicks off on Saturday, July 15 with PS21’s Opening Night Celebration featuring Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express. Classical music is next. Lincoln Mayorga performs Chopin and Candlelight and pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs the Goldberg Variations for The Twelfth Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert. Rounding out the program will be Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend, featuring The Campbell Brothers, the Sisters of Slide: Rory Block and Cindy Cashdollar, and a Gospel Choir Fest.

PS21 is located at 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the village of Chatham. Visit ps21chatham.org or call (518) 392-6121 for more information. To order tickets, please visit our website or call (800) 838-3006.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

PS21 Opening Night Celebration: Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express
Saturday, July 15, 8:00 pm
Celebrate the opening of PS21’s 12th Season under the Tent with this joyful performance by the world’s leading Klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals, accordionist Lauren Brody, and double bassist Brian Glassman. Svigals is a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics and has written for Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, and playwright Tony Kushner among others. $35/$30 members/$18 students (school ID required for college students)

Lincoln Mayorga: Chopin and Candlelight
Sunday, July 16, 2:00 pm
A musical and dramatic presentation. Brilliant pianist, arranger, producer, and composer Lincoln Mayorga will perform Chopin’s Twenty-six Preludes, illuminated by the correspondence and diaries of the composer and his lover, George Sand. Actors Nancy Rothman and Martin Anderson read Chopin and George Sand’s letters. Tickets are $30/$25 members/$18 students (school ID required for college students)

The Twelfth Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert: Simone Dinnerstein performs the Goldberg Variations
Saturday, July 22, 8:00 pm
American pianist Simone Dinnerstein gained an international following with the remarkable success of her 2007 self-financed recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. It ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart and was named to several “Best of 2007” lists. Dinnerstein’s performance schedule has taken her around the world since her acclaimed New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall. $40/$35 members/$20 students (current school ID required for college students)

Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend

The Campbell Brothers
Friday, July 28, 8:00 pm
The African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a twist: the growling, wailing, shouting, singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar. Chuck Campbell, pedal steel guitar, Phillip Campbell, electric guitar, bass, Darick Campbell, lap steel, Carlton Campbell, drums.
$25/$20 members/$12 students (current school ID required for college students)

Slide Guitar Workshop with Rory Block
Saturday, July 29. 10:00-11:30 am
An inspiring workshop on the use of the bottleneck to create the soulful slide guitar sound. $20/$15 PS21 member/$10 student. ChurchLIVE at The Old Methodist Church, 8 Church Lane, Chatham Center, NY

Sisters of Slide
Saturday, July 29, 8:00 pm
Two beloved masters of slide offer an exceptional evening of the blues: five-time blues music award winner Rory Block has been heralded as “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists; and Texas Music Hall of Famer Cindy Cashdollar was the first woman to be inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame. $25/$20 members/$12 students (school ID required for college students)

A Gospel Choir Fest
Sunday, July 30, 2:00 pm
A gathering of four local gospel choirs is being hosted by Chatham’s own Payne AME Church Choir and Rory Block at ChurchLIVE. Gospel choirs from Shiloh Baptist Church, Hudson, St. Mark Chapel AME Church, Kingston, First Israel AME Church, Albany will share music of worship and celebration. The public is invited to attend a reception with refreshments after the show. Donations accepted. ChurchLIVE is located at The Old Methodist Church, 8 Church Lane, Chatham Center, NY

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PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization in Chatham, NY, dedicated to the performing arts and to serving a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming and cultural education opportunities for all ages.

Thank you to our 2017 season sponsors and supporters: New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo & the New York State Legislature, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, MetzWood Insurance, Ed Herrington, Inc., Main-Care Energy, and the Lofgren Agency.

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CAPTION: PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents an exceptional lineup of music performances in a variety of musical traditions this July. The season kicks off on Saturday, July 15 with PS21’s Opening Night Celebration featuring Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express. Classical music is next. Rounding out the program will be Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend.

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