Arts Around Town

Arts Around Town: Fundraiser features jazz artist Cécile McLorin Salvant

She's a mesmerizing storyteller who, at the age of 27, has already garnered a Grammy Award for best jazz vocal album in 2016 ("For One to Love," Mack Avenue Records). She's classically-trained jazz phenom Cécile McLorin Salvant, who returns to the Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College in Easton on Friday at 8 p.m., as part of the 31st annual Easton Jazz Festival "Boys and Girls Club of Easton Celebration."

M.C.S. Industries and the Boys and Girls Club have partnered with Lafayette College to present this fundraising concert as the 2017-2018 season opener at the Williams Center, 317 Hamilton Street.

Cécile's interest lies in the history of American music, and the connections between jazz, vaudeville, blues, and folk music. Her repertoire sometimes reveals rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong stories. Her second album, "Woman Child," was nominated for a Grammy in 2014. Her third album, "For One to Love," was recorded in 2015 with Aaron Diehl on piano, Paul Sikivie on bass, and Lawrence Leathers on drums.

Her current tour includes The Village Vanguard in New York City. She'll be performing in Europe in October and part of November before returning to the United States. Her new album, "Dreams and Daggers," recorded in part at The Village Vanguard, is due to be released on September 29.

Cécile, born and raised in Miami, Florida, of a French mother and a Haitian father, studied classical voice privately and later with Edward Walker at the University of Miami. In 2007, she moved to Aix-en-Provence, France, to study law as well as classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. Upon meeting reedist and teacher Jean-Francois Bonnel, she started learning about jazz and sang with her first band. In 2009, she recorded her first album, "Cécile," with Bonnel's Paris Quintet and a year later won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington, D.C.

For further info: eastonpabgc.org

 

ARTS ROUNDUP

The Arts Community of Easton (ACE) is sponsoring the 21st annual Riverside Festival of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Scott Park and Riverside Park on Larry Holmes Drive along the Delaware River in Easton, with more than 65 fine art and craft exhibitors.

This year's official poster was designed by graphics artist Kristina Angeloni who, according to the festival website, described her design as "inspired by color palettes of the sky and the water on a beautiful sunny day." She said she wanted to incorporate the river and the bridge into the design by using perception of watercolor.

"The color palettes of blue, green, yellow and orange catch attention and the texture of paint adds just the right detail to catch the viewer's interest," she said.

Festival activities will include art demonstrations and workshops; Native American crafts and cultural area; juried arts gallery; plein-air contest; hair as art sculpture competition, and tattoo art competition. Children's activities include poetry readings; interactive Crayola arts tent, and a healing arts workshop with focus on special needs. In the way of dance and theater, there will be Tap Ties Company, and spoken word performances.

A special "After Riverside" concert from 5:30 to 7 p.m. will be performed by the James Supra Band and Sarah Ayers.

For further info: eastonriversidefest.org

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The Martin Sisters – Emily, Melissa and Christy – will be performing at the 34th annual Lyons Fiddle Festival on Sunday at 10 a.m., at Lyons Community Park, 15 Park Avenue, Lyons, Berks County. Hours for the festival are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The sisters have been playing fiddles since age 5, beginning in classical and broadening to Celtic, bluegrass and jazz. They've won grand championships of the Berks and Lyons fiddle competitions. They are part of the band, the Celtic Martins, have appeared as guest musicians with several local recognized bands, and now enjoy performing as the Martin Sisters Band.

Also performing at Sunday's festival will be Far From the City; Hurricane Hoss (Sarah Larsen, 2015 grand champion); The Hillbilly Gypsies; The Kreider Trio, and Caroline Reese.

For further info: lyonsfiddle.com

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For the third year, Genesius Theatre in Reading will present its free outdoor performance, this time with the Motown-inspired musical, "Dreamgirls," on Sunday at 2 p.m., in the courtyard in downtown Reading. Genesius had a run of the production in August at its theater to sold-out audiences.

Sunday's performance is being presented in cooperation with the Reading Downtown Improvement District (DID), and the city, and is made possible by a special grant from the Berks Arts Fund of Berks County Community Foundation.

The courtyard, opening at 1:15 p.m., is located behind the building at 601 Penn Street, between Sixth Street and the railroad tracks and Penn and Court streets. Parking is in the Reed and Court garage.

The public should bring a lawn chair or blanket since there are no grassy areas. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held in a ballroom at the nearby Santander Performing Arts Center and chairs will be provided. The public can visit the Genesius Facebook page or the website listed below, since Genesius will post its decision for a change of location at 10 a.m. on the day of.

For further info: genesiusdifference.org

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The 41st annual Old Allentown House Tour, celebrating history and preservation, will be held Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., in the Old Allentown Historic District and will feature homes and businesses that have been completely refurbished, homes in the process of being rebuilt into one, and others in the process of being restored to their historic grandeur.

The tour also will feature the adjacent areas of redevelopment in Allentown, including the historic Liberty Bell Museum at Zion Reformed Church; Trexler Estate, now Elias Funeral Home, and the Allentown Preservation Association. Trolleys will offer transportation throughout the district to guide guests directly to the sites on tour.

Tickets are available at: Albright's Hardware, C. Leslie Smith, South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County; Civic Theatre, Liberty Bell Museum, Allentown; Moravian Book Shop, Bethlehem; Syb's Deli, west end Allentown, and Weil Antiques, south Allentown. House tour booklets will be available at the Old Allentown Preservation Association Office, 147 North 10th Street, (corner of Turner and 10th), on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For further info: oldallentown.org

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The Talisman Players, Kutztown's community theater, will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning musical comedy, "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying," Friday through Sunday at Schaeffer Auditorium at Kutztown University. Director is Christine Storch.

The cast includes Tom Nardone, Brock Rabenold, Megan Laudenslager, Vicky Diehl, Porter Holt, Crede Cooper, and Andy Brett.

For further info: talismanplayers.com

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As its 29th season opener, KU Presents! Broadway, film and television actor, Aaron Tveit, in concert on September 21, 7:30 p.m., at Schaeffer Auditorium, Kutztown University.

Tveit originated the role of Gabe in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, "Next to Normal" and starred as Frank Abagnale Jr. in the stage version of "Catch Me If You Can." Other Broadway and national tours include "Rent," "Hairspray," and "Wicked." He has appeared in TV's "Gossip Girl," "Graceland," "BrainDead," and as Danny Zuko in "Grease: Live." In 2012, he portrayed Enjolras in the film adaptation of "Les Miserables." His most recent album, "The Radio in My Head: Live at 54 Below," features rock and pop mixed with musical theater.

For further info: kutztownpresents.org

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The Gryphon Trio will perform on Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Moravian College's Foy Concert Hall in Bethlehem, as part of the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem's season offerings.

Artists-in-residence at the University of Toronto, where individual members also serve on the music faculty, the Gryphon Trio is nearing its quarter-century mark together, while constantly evolving in performance and recordings of classical, world, Latin, pop, and folk music genres.

The trio has commissioned and premiered more than 75 new works and will be playing one of them for the Lehigh Valley concert -- Dinuk Wijerante's 2013 piece, "Love Triangle."

The Canadian ensemble, twice a winner of Canada's Juno Awards, has violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, a graduate of Indiana University and the Curtis Institute, and pianist Jamie Parker, who earned his master’s and doctor’s degrees at Juilliard. Both are artistic advisors to Ottawa’s annual Chamberfest, for which cellist Roman Borys serves as artistic director.

For further info: cmsob.org

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Star of the Day presents "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical," based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson, beginning Friday and continuing through September 30, at McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 South Main Street, Quakertown, Bucks County.

Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde will be portrayed by Brady Love, who appeared as the Beast in Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre's spring production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast." Lucy Harris will be portrayed by Lauren Jardine, a graduate of Southern Lehigh High School. The cast also features Joey Moray as John Utterson; Kelly Moray as Emma Carew; Benjamin Ruth as Simon Stride; Matthew Hoffman as Spider; Lisa Anne Sims as Nellie; John Corl as Sir Danvers Carew; Dara Connelly as Lady Beaconsfield; Cindi Surovi as Lady Savage; Rosemary Pandolfo as Poole, and Connor Roberts as Sir Archibald Proops.

Director is Daniel Petrovich, musical director is Oliver Blatt, choreographer is Kirsten Almeida, and stage manager is Alexis Leon.

For further info: staroftheday.org

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An evening of conversation and audience Q&A comes to the State Theatre in Easton on Tuesday at 7 p.m., when living comedy legend, John Cleese, tells stories of his life and career following a screening of the film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

On TV, Cleese is known for his work on "Cheers," "3rd Rock from the Sun," "Will & Grace," and the Emmy Award-nominated TLC documentary, "The Human Face with John Cleese." Film credits include "Silverado," "The Out-of-Towners," "Rat Race," and Kenneth Branagh's "Frankenstein."

For further info: statetheatre.org

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