Brooklyn Heights Blog » Music http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:33:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84530 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84530#comments Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:33:21 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84530

It’s an almost all Beethoven weekend at Bargemusic. On Friday evening, August 25, at 8:00 pianist Asiya Korepanova will play works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Liszt. On Saturday evening, August 26, at 6:00 and again at 8:00 the St.Petersburg Piano Quartet (photo) will perform works by Beethoven and Schumann. On Sunday afternoon, August 27, at 2:00 and again at 4:00 (these are separate concerts and require separate admission) pianist Philip Edward Fisher will perform the seventh in a series of concerts presenting the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84493 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84493#comments Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:00:41 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84493

This will be an almost all Peskanov weekend at Bargemusic. It starts on Friday evening, August 11, at 8:00 with pianist Alexander Peskanov playing works by himself, and by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann. On Saturday evening, August 12, at 8:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, August 13, at 4:00, the Semplice Players are joined by Alexander Peskanov on piano, Lu Ann Peskanov on flute, and Mark Peskanov on violin, to perform works by J.S. Bach.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84457 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84457#comments Thu, 03 Aug 2017 01:56:53 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84457

Bargemusic’s weekend begins at 8:00 on Friday evening, August 4 with cellist Julian Schwarz (photo) playing works by Boccherini, Poulenc, Schwarz, Brahms, Liebermann, and Saint-Saens.

On Saturday evening, August 5 at 8:00 violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Jeffrey Swann will perform the third of their “Tale of Two Titans” series of concerts presenting the complete Beethoven and Handel sonatas for violin and piano.

Pianist Philip Edward Fisher is performing all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas in a series of concerts, each of which will include three sonatas. On Sunday afternoon, August 6 at 2:00 and again at 4:00 he will play the sixth in this series of concerts (the same sonatas will be played at both performances).

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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String Orchestra of Brooklyn Presents Summer Concert at St. Ann’s This Saturdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84446 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84446#comments Tue, 01 Aug 2017 03:10:24 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84446

This Saturday evening, August 5 at 8:00 the String Orchestra of Brooklyn will present a summer concert at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church. On the program are Mozart’s Symphony Number 41, “Jupiter” and Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” his musical adaptation of James Agee’s prose poem of the same title, featuring the soprano Kristina Bachrach (photo). Admission is a suggested donation of $15, but no one will be turned away. There’s more information here.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84372 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84372#comments Thu, 27 Jul 2017 03:02:22 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84372

Pianist Olga Vinokur (photo) gets the weekend going at Bargemusic on Friday, July 28 at 8:00 by playing works by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Verdi/Liszt.

On Saturday evening, July 29 at 6:00 and again at 8:00, violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Doris Stevenson will perform works by Mozart, Paganini/Schumann, Piazzolla, Stravinski, Ziegler, Kreisler, and Sarasate.

Pianist Philip Edward Fisher is performing all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas in a series of concerts, each of which will include three sonatas. On Sunday afternoon, July 30 at 2:00 and again at 4:00 he will play the fifth in this series of concerts (the same sonatas will be played at both performances).

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekend: Tango On Saturday!http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84312 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84312#comments Thu, 20 Jul 2017 02:57:15 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84312

This Friday evening, July 21 at 8:00 Bargemusic presents pianist Soyeon Kate Lee playing works by Schumann.

On Saturday evening, July 22 at 8:00 tango master Pablo Ziegler (photo) and accompanying musicians, including guest violinist Mark Peskanov, will play Ziegler’s works, along with those of the tango great Astor Piazzolla.

On Sunday afternoon, July 23 at 4:00 cellist Jeffrey Solow will perform the second in his series of concerts presenting the six solo cello suites by J.S. Bach, with commentaries.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84257 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84257#comments Thu, 13 Jul 2017 01:54:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84257

On Friday evening, July 14 at 8:00 pianist Steven Beck (photo) will play six suites by J.S. Bach. On Saturday evening, July 15 at 8:00 violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Jeffrey Swann will perform the second of their “Tale of Two Titans” series of concerts presenting the complete Beethoven and Handel sonatas for violin and piano. On Sunday afternoon, July 16 at 4:00, pianist Philip Edward Fisher will perform the fourth in a series, “Fisher Plays Beethoven,” of concerts presenting all 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

Steven Beck photo: Euro Pianos Naples.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84231 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84231#comments Thu, 06 Jul 2017 02:57:17 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84231

This Friday evening, July 7 at 8:00, Bargemusic presents pianist David Kaplan (photo, from website) playing works by Beethoven, Ligeti, and Brahms. On Saturday evening, July 8 at 8:00 violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Jeffrey Swann will perform the first in a series of concerts presenting the complete Beethoven and Handel sonatas for violin and piano. On Sunday afternoon, July 9, at 2:00 and again at 4:00 (these are separate concerts and require separate admission) pianist Philip Edward Fisher will perform the third in a series of concerts presenting the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84177 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84177#comments Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:58:50 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84177

Tomorrow evening (Friday, June 30) at 8:00 Bargemusic presents pianist Bobby Mitchell (photo © Jiyang Chen) playing works by Schumann, Rzewski, and Cornelius Cardew. Saturday evening, July 1 at 8:00 violinist Mark Peskanov, cellist Evan Drachman, and pianist Doris Stevenson will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, and Dvorak. On Sunday afternoon, July 2 at 4:00, cellist Jeffrey Solow will perform the first of a two part concert series presenting the six solo cello suites by J.S. Bach.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84111 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84111#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:27:10 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84111

This Friday evening, June 23 at 8:00 Bargemusic will present pianist Irena Portenko (photo, by Irina Mednik) playing a “Here and Now” selection of works by contemporary or recent composers, including Israel Kremen, Michael Zeiger, Volodymyr Runchak, Toshimitsu Tanaka, Heinrich J. Hartl, Arik Shapira, Waleed Howrani, and tango king Astor Piazzolla.

On Saturday evening, June 24 at 8:00, violinist Mark Peskanov, cellist Adrian Daurov, and pianist Olga Vinokur will perform works by Brahms, Schumann, and Beethoven.

On Sunday afternoon, June 25 at 4:00, there will be a “Sunday with Mozart” concert featuring pianist Jeffrey Biegel.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84071 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84071#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 02:36:12 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84071

On Friday evening, June 16 at 8:00 Bargemusic will start the weekend with a concert of music by the American composer Lewis Spratlan (photo), played by Elizabeth Chang on violin, Nardo Poy on viola, Julia Lichten on cello, Romie de Guise-Langlois on clarinet, and Alissa Leiser on piano.

On Saturday evening, June 17 at 8:00, clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and pianist Michael Brown will perform works by Beethoven, Stutchevsky, and Brahms.

On Sunday afternoon, June 18, there will be two concerts, one at 2:00 and one at 4:00, both in a series presenting all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. These will be played by Philip Edward Fisher.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84027 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84027#comments Thu, 08 Jun 2017 02:10:58 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84027

On Friday evening, June 9 at 8:00 Bargemusic will present violinist Rolf Schulte (photo, by Christian Steiner) and pianist James Winn, who will play works by Hanns Eisler, Webern, Schönberg, Donald Martino, and Busoni. On Saturday evening, June 10 at 8:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, June 11 at 4:00, members of the Manhattan Symphonie, joined by Mark Peskanov on violin, will perform works by Bach and Mendelssohn.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83971 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83971#comments Fri, 02 Jun 2017 02:41:35 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83971

Tomorrow (Friday, June 2) evening at 8:00 pianist Donald Berman (photo) will play works by Haydn, Mauricio Kagel, Dániel Péter Biró, Scott Lindroth, and Ives (certainly an eclectic mix!). On Saturday evening, June 3 at 8:00, violinist Igor Pikayzen, joined by his mother Tatiana Pikayzen on piano, will perform works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, and Waxman. On Sunday afternoon, June 4 at 4:00, violinist (or, as he calls himself, “aussifiddler”) Benjamin Breen, cellist Wendy Sutter, and pianist Natasha Paremski will perform works by Brahms, Prokofiev, and Arensky.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

Donald Berman photo by Gil Gilbert.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83926 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83926#comments Thu, 25 May 2017 05:06:47 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83926

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock or visiting North Korea for a while, this is the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper. To celebrate, this Friday evening, May 26 at 8:00, Bargemusic will present pianist Jed Distler playing pieces by himself, Lois V Vierk, William Schimmel, Friedrich Gulda, and Frederic Rzewski, all inspired by the Beatles album that made “art” and “rock” utterable in one breath.

On Saturday evening, May 27, at 8:00 the Fine Arts Quartet will perform works by Schubert, Del Tredici, and Ravel. On Sunday afternoon, May 28, there will be two piano concerts. At 2:00 Ursula Oppens will play works by Beethoven, Nancarrow, and Schumann. At 4:00 Jerome Lowenthal will play works by Schubert and Chopin.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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“Fourth Window Concert” Sunday Afternoonhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83891 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83891#comments Thu, 18 May 2017 17:23:24 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83891

The annual “Fourth Window Concert,” always a Brooklyn Heights delight, will take place this Sunday afternoon, May 21, starting at 4:00, at the corner of Henry and State streets. It will feature original arrangements of music made famous by the Eagles, the Grateful Dead, Queen, the Who, the Allman Brothers, Billy Joel, the Cars, the Beatles, Cole Porter, and more, performed by piano students whose ages range from seven to seventeen.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83879 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83879#comments Thu, 18 May 2017 13:15:06 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83879

On Friday evening, May 19, Bargemusic presents two concerts. At 7:00, violinist Stefan Jackiw (photo), cellist Jay Campbell, and pianist Anna Polonsky will perform works by Haydn and Schubert. At 9:00 that same evening, the same trio will play works by Haydn and Dvorak. Note that these are separate concerts and require separate tickets.

On Saturday evening, May 20, at 9:00, pianist Marika Bournaki, “the Celine Dion of classical” (HuffPo), will play works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Chopin.

On Sunday afternoon, May 21, at 2:00 and again at 4:00 (separate concerts; separate tickets required), pianist Gerald Robbins will play works by Beethoven.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Willowtown Fair This Saturday, May 20http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83861 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83861#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 03:40:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83861

This year’s Willowtown Fair will be this coming Saturday, May 20, from noon until 5:00 PM, on Willow Place (between Joralemon and State streets). It will feature food from Iris Cafe, live music by the Willowtown Bluegrass Band, face painters and a bouncy castle for the kids, a raffle, baked goods, plants, and boutique items for sale, and information about historic houses. If like past events, it will provide an opportunity to meet and talk with local elected officials. Admission is free.

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Repast Baroque Ensemble Presents Latin American Baroque at First Unitarian Friday Eveninghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83857 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83857#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 02:45:11 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83857

This Friday evening, May 19 at 8:00, at the McKinney Chapel at First Unitarian Congregational Church, 116 Pierrepont Street (between Monroe Place and Clinton Street; concert venue fully accessible), the Repast Baroque Ensemble (photo) will present “Latin American Baroque.” The concert will include music from Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, and Spain. The musicians of Repast will be joined by soprano Nell Snaidas, violinist Theresa Salomon, and classical guitarist Charles Weaver.

Tickets are $30; $20 for seniors or $10 for students with valid ID. Reserve tickets here (a small service fee is added), or by calling 1-800-838-3006. You may also buy tickets at the door.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83795 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83795#comments Thu, 11 May 2017 17:18:02 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83795

On Friday evening, May 12, starting at 8:00, Bargemusic presents “A Beethoven Odyssey,” featuring pianist Yael Weiss (photo) playing works by Beethoven, Paul Schoenfield, and Paul Chihara. On Saturday evening, May 13, at 8:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, May 14, at 4:00, the Semplice Players, along with violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Nina Kogan, performing works by Bach, Boccherini, and Mendelssohn. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Some Highlights of the Brooklyn Folk Festival: Part III, Sunday, April 30, Including the Banjo Toss!http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83751 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83751#comments Thu, 11 May 2017 14:58:16 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83751

Early Sunday afternoon, April 30, your correspondent took the F train to the Smith-9th Street station, the highest elevated station on the New York City rapid transit system – it crosses the Gowanus Canal and had to provide clearance for ships to go under it – to participate in the fabled Banjo Toss Contest. After descending several flights of stairs and escalators, I emerged at ground level, and was greeted by an impromptu jug band (photo). The washboard player was Eli Smith, organizer and emcee of the Brooklyn Folk Festival. Once we were sure everyone had arrived, Eli led us to a parking lot overlooking the Gowanus, and demonstrated the proper technique for hurling a (cheap replica) banjo into the questionable waters. The “banjo” was attached to a rope with marks to show how far each toss had gone.

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Eli made the first toss. It went a respectable distance.

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Your correspondent in the warm-up circle, preparing for the toss. Mine went a puny nineteen feet. Photo by Julianne, who was next in line.

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Julianne makes her toss, which went a good way further than mine.

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Meanwhile, back at St. Ann’s, just as I walked into the Parish Hall, the Gotham Jazzmen launched into “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, a jump blues classic made famous by Big Joe Turner, later covered in a bowdlerized version by Bill Haley and his Comets.

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On the main stage, the Down Hill Strugglers were joined by old time music legend John Cohen (second from right in the photo), of the New Lost City Ramblers. They led off with a stirring performance of “Casey Jones,” which appealed to this train buff.

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Later John showed his skill on banjo and as a vocalist with “Buck Creek Girls.”

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Meredith Axelrod. who had accompanied Jim Kweskin on Friday evening, did a solo set in which she sang the blues classic “Baby Please Don’t Go,” as well as the haunting folk song “East Virginia,” which I learned from my first Joan Baez album.

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The Last Poets formed during the cresting of the Black Power movement in the late 1960s. Their recitation of poems over musical accompaniment seems an obvious precursor to rap and hip-hop; the Guardian piece linked above says they also influenced such artists as Mick Jagger and David Bowie. They concluded their Sunday evening set with a rousing, “If We Only Knew What We Can Do!”

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Eva Salina and Peter Stan did a set of folk songs from the Balkan and Romani traditions. Eva’s voice is compelling, and Peter’s accordion work inventive and captivating.

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The festival ended on a profound note with a set of Indian classical music by flautist Jay Gandhi, sitarist Abhik Mukherjee, and tablaist Ehren Hanson. It was a fitting conclusion to and event that was superb both in quality and diversity.

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Some Highlights of the Brooklyn Folk Festival: Part II, Saturday, April 29http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83692 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83692#comments Mon, 08 May 2017 02:58:45 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83692

The eighth annual Brooklyn Folk Festival continued on Saturday evening, April 29, at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church.

I first knew of Peter Stampfel as part of the Holy Modal Rounders (you can hear them here). On Saturday afternoon, April 29, Peter (second from right in the photo) took the stage with his group, the Ether Frolic Mob. Their set was full of wonderful Stampfel goofiness, including “Killed by the Car,” a paean to the joys of eating roadkill, and “Demon in the Ground,” a takeoff on “Spirit in the Sky”, a 1969 hit for Norman Greenbaum (I remember a WRKO Boston DJ playing that song, then saying, “At least he didn’t change his name to Rex Wonderful, or something like that.”)

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Jalopy Records has released an album, on vinyl only, of the late Clarence Ashley, recorded live at Gerdes Folk City in Greenwich Village in 1963. To celebrate the album’s release, the Folk Festival included in its Saturday afternoon schedule some songs done by Clarence Ashley. In the photo above are Peter K. Siegel on banjo, who was responsible for making the recordings of Ashley at Gerdes, and Eli Smith on guitar, organizer and emcee of the Festival. They did several Ashley songs, including one that Siegel described as “absurd” (but in a delightful way), “I’m the Man That Rode a Mule Around the World.”

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Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton also did an Ashley song, “Walkin’ Boss.” He returned to the stage Saturday evening to do a complete set of songs spanning the blues, Appalachian, and ragtime traditions.

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Also on the Saturday evening program were Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, who did several lively, Gospel-style numbers, climaxing with “End of the World.”

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Some Highlights of Last Weekend’s Brooklyn Folk Festival: Part I, Fridayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83675 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83675#comments Sun, 07 May 2017 04:06:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83675

The eighth annual Brooklyn Folk Festival began Friday evening, April 28 at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church with the poet Anne Waldman (photo) reading her poems, accompanied by her nephew, Devin Brajha Waldman on saxophone. She closed her set by singing a poem by William Blake that had been set to music by Allen Ginsberg.

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Ukrainian Village Voices sang folk songs of that land in spine-tingling harmony.

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Jim Kweskin has been a constant on the folk scene since the mid 1960s. He has an eclectic style that ranges from jug band through blues, jazz, and pop standards. In the photo above, he opened his set, along with Meredith Axelrod (more about her in Part III), doing “Eight More Miles to Louisville.” Among the other songs he performed, with various other singers and musicians, were a new (to me) version of the blues and R&B classic “Staggerlee” and the pop standard “Swing on a Star” set to a ragtime tempo.

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One of the acts appearing in the Parish Hall instead of the Main Stage (the chancel area of the church) was St. Louis barrelhouse piano ace Ethan Leinwand.

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The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers performed dances from the traditions of various Native American nations. The photo above shows a dance of the Iroquois, who lived in what is now the northeastern United States.

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Anna and Elizabeth are Anna Roberts-Gevalt (at right in the photo above), a Vermont native and now Brooklyn resident, and Elizabeth LaPrelle, a native and still resident Virginian. Their repertoire includes songs from both the northern (New England and the Maritimes of Canada) and southern Appalachian traditions. Their harmonies are breathtaking.

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On several of their songs, Anna and Elizabeth augmented their music with a combination steampunk and techno video display. In the photo above, Elizabeth cranks a device that makes an artistic image roll across the front…

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…while a digital camera captures the image and transmits it to a screen. The photos above show imagery that accompanied “Farewell to Erin,” an Irish song about emigration to America that Anna learned from her grandmother.

This covers Friday night’s action. Come back for coverage of Saturday and Sunday, including the Banjo Toss!

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83650 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83650#comments Thu, 04 May 2017 02:12:35 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83650

On Friday evening, May 5 at 8:00 Bargemusic presents pianist Gleb Ivanov (photo) playing works by Haydn, Schubert, and Schubert-Liszt. For you lovers of things Scandinavian, on Saturday evening, May 6 at 8:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, May 7 at 4:00, violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Alexander Peskanov will perform works by Grieg. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Grace Chorale Of Brooklyn Presents “Songs of Spring” at First Unitarian Friday Eveninghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83603 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83603#comments Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:09:31 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83603

Grace Chorale of Brooklyn, an 85 member choral group based here in Brooklyn Heights, is celebrating forty years of presenting fine choral music. They take their name from Grace Church, where they began rehearsing their music many years ago, but do not have any affiliation with the church or any other institution. This Friday evening, April 28 at 7:00, they will present a concert, “Songs of Spring,” at the First Unitarian Church (Pierrepont Street at Monroe Place). There’s a full concert program here and you may buy tickets here.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83599 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83599#comments Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:38:42 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83599

This Friday evening, April 28 at 8:00, pianist Olga Vinokur (photo) will perform works by Barber, Gershwin, Rzewski, Wild/Gershwin, Adams, and Bolcom. On Saturday evening, April 29 at 8:00, Ms. Vinokur returns to play works by Debussy, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Rachmaninoff/Kreisler, and Schubert/Liszt. On Sunday afternoon, April 30 at 4:00, the Apollo Trio will perform works by Shostakovich and Brahms. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church April 28-30http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83478 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83478#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:08:56 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83478

The ninth annual Brooklyn Folk Festival will be at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church (Clinton and Montague streets) from Friday evening, April 28 through Sunday evening, April 30. Your correspondent has attended the last two festivals–see here and here and enjoyed them enormously. This year’s promises to be even better, given the superb roster of musicians–some veterans, some new–who will be performing.

On the bill for Friday evening are Anna and Elizabeth, who are Anna Roberts-Gevalt, a Vermont native who now lives in Brooklyn, and Elizabeth LaPrelle, a native of Rural Retreat, Virginia who still calls it home. They’ve managed to combine the Southern and Northern Appalachian traditions in spine-tingling harmony. I heard them for the first time on March 11, at a Celtic Appalachian Celebration. In the clip above they do “Lovin’ Babe,” a song from the Southern tradition.

Also on the schedule Friday is Jim Kweskin, shown in the clip above singing “Blues in the Bottle” on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion in 2009. Kweskin has been a fixture on the folk scene since I was in law school during the Cretaceous Period late 1960s. Friday’s lineup also includes, among others, Native American dancers and Ukrainian vocalists.

One of the performers Saturday afternoon will be Peter Stampfel, whom I first knew of as part of the Holy Modal Rounders, described some years ago as “the originators and sole exponents of the genre known as acid folk.” In the clip above he does a frenetic version of the pop standards “I Will Survive” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”

On Saturday evening Delta blues fans, of which I’m one, can enjoy the music of Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, shown in the clip above doing “Mississippi Bottom.” Others performing that evening include The Calamity Janes, from Waxahachie, Texas, and Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.

Among the performers Sunday afternoon will be Meredith Axelrod whose set was, for me, one of the highlights of last year’s Festival. In the clip above she sings “Nothing in Rambling” in front of the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Red Hook. Jalopy is the organizer of the Festival. Others on the Sunday afternoon bill include local kid favorites (but also loved by adults) the Deedle Deedle Dees, and the old time music masters, the Down Hill Strugglers, joined by the many talented John Cohen, formerly with the New Lost City Ramblers and the Putnam String County Band. At 1:00 PM Sunday, on the banks of the Gowanus (take the F train to Smith and 9th), there will be a banjo toss contest. The winner gets – you guessed it – a banjo.

The Last Poets formed in the late 1960s, doing poetry to conga accompaniment. As such, they have been credited with inspiring rap and hip-hop. The clip above shows them doing “This is Madness” accompanied by the great jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. The Last Poets are among the performers on the Festival’s final, Sunday evening concert. Among the other performances Sunday evening will be of music from the Balkans and from India.

The performances described above will all take place on the Festival’s Main Stage, the chancel area of the church, viewed from the pews in the nave. There will be other performances in the Parish Hall, including opportunities to do salsa dancing Saturday evening and square dancing Sunday afternoon. In the Workshop Room there will be book readings and discussions, films, a kid friendly instrument building workshop, and singing instruction, among other things.

There’s a complete schedule of events here, and you may buy tickets here.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83540 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83540#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:26:13 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83540

Bargemusic’s weekend begins on Friday evening, April 21 at 8:00 with pianist Lara Downes (photo) playing a concert with the title “I’ve Known Rivers,” featuring works by Ned Rorem, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Margaret Bonds, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Henry Mancini, Arthur Hamilton, Jerome Kern, Frederic Rzewski, and Chopin. On Saturday evening, April 22 at 8:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, April 23 at 4:00, a string quartet consisting of Johnny Gandelsman and Mark Peskanov on violin, Yuri Gandelsman on viola, and Karen Ouzounian on cello, performing works by Beethoven. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Earth Day Celebrated on Montague Saturdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83508 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83508#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 03:36:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83508

This coming Saturday, April 22, there will be an Earth Day celebration on Montague Street, all the way from Court Street to the Promenade entrance. The events will begin at noon, with music by the Brooklyn United Marching Band until 1:00. Immediately following that, from 1:00 until 4:00 PM, there will be other music and entertainment.

Given the time needed for set up and take down, it appears traffic will be banned from Montague all day Saturday. Parked cars may need to be moved. We’ll give you further information when available.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83496 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83496#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 02:29:10 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83496

Bargemusic gets the weekend going on Friday evening, April 14 at 8:00 with a concert of Chopin by pianist Jeewon Park (photo). On Saturday evening, April 15 at 8:00 works by Bach, Peskanov, Schubert, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Peskanov/Lourdes Lobo will be performed by Lu Ann Peskanov on flute and Alexander Peskanov on piano. The Sunday afternoon concert, April 16 at 4:00, will feature Edward Arron on cello, with Ms. Park returning on piano, to play works by Schumann, De Falla, and Beethoven. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83457 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83457#comments Thu, 06 Apr 2017 02:30:59 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83457

On Friday evening, April 7 at 8:00 Bargemusic presents the wife and husband team of Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss (photo) doing four-handed piano performances of works by Schubert, Liszt, Chopin, and Barber. On Saturday evening, April 8 at 8:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, April 9 at 4:00, violinist Mark Peskanov, cellist Julian Schwarz, and pianist Marika Bournaki will play works by Handel/Halvorsen, Brahms, and Mendelssohn. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

Photo: Seattle Times.

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