Carpe Diem Arts and SMCC Present “A Winter’s Eve of Revelry”

Carpe Diem Arts and St. Michaels Community Center join together again in presenting the second annual “Winter’s Eve of Revelry” at St. Michaels Auditorium on Sunday, December 17 at 3 pm.

Enjoy Scandinavian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian song and dance in celebration of the holidays. Talented musicians include Andrea Hoag on fiddle with Melissa Running on nyckelharpa (a traditional Swedish keyed fiddle); Jonathan Een Newton on the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, with singers Molly Hickman and Corinne Ducey; Lyuti Chushki Bulgarian Ensemble; the Slaveya vocal ensemble, along with members of the St. Michaels Middle High School Chamber Choir under the direction of Amy Effler.

Gerdan: Soul of Ukraine features the world-renowned duo of Andrei Pidkivka (flute) and Solomia Gorokhivska (violin and vocals).

As an additional attraction, the St. Michaels Middle High School chapter of the National Art Honor Society will be selling greeting cards along with small prints of student artwork in an effort to raise funds for our Artist-in-Residence Program. Student artists will be present to share their artwork and enthusiasm about the SMMHS program and its school-wide impact.

The St. Michaels Auditorium is located at 200 Seymour Ave. at St. Michaels Middle and High School.

Tickets are $10-25 (general admission, sliding scale: pay-what-you-can) and are available for purchase at the door. The event is FREE for children and students ages 18 and under.

More info: www.carpediemarts.org/celebrations-at-st-michaels-auditorium or contact busygraham@carpediemarts.org 

This concert is presented with support from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Artistic Insights Fund, Dock Street Foundation, and Carpe Diem Arts individual contributors.

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Diana V. Saez & Friends

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Diana V. Saez & Friends: Hispanic Heritage. The event will take place at Talbot County Senior Center on October 10, 2017, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

A native of Puerto Rico, Diana V. Saez is a widely renowned singer and musician, choral director, and champion of the arts. She founded and for 25 years directed Coral Cantigas and presented an acclaimed series of concerts celebrating diverse song traditions. Diana has received numerous awards in recognition of her outstanding achievements. Director of the World Bank-IMF Choral Society, and co-founder of the children’s music group Cantaré, Diana V. Saez knows how to create fun, entertaining experiences for audiences young and old. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with Diana and Friends!

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, and by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF), Dock Street Foundation, Brookletts Place, the Artistic Insights Fund, and by individual contributions to the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund/MSCF.

These monthly 45-minute performances are FREE and open to the public. 
Lunch is available at 12 noon with advance reservations for $2.75. RSVP: 410-822-2869 / jneal@uppershoreaging.org

More information: busygraham@carpediemarts.org or 301-466-0183
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Summer Solstice Concert on June 25

Building on the success of the first annual Winter’s Eve of Revelry in December 2016, Carpe Diem Arts and St. Michaels Community Center join forces again to present the first annual Summer Solstice Concert at St. Michaels Auditorium on Sunday, June 25, at 5pm.

Featured will be Anne Watts and the internationally renowned 8-piece band BOISTER, described by Tom Hall of WYPR and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society as “a band with an international profile that defies categories… performances that are intriguing and packed full of unexpected delights…. Beautiful… haunting, ethereal, compelling.”  The band’s film scores have been hailed by critics, and Watts was named “Best Pop Composer” by Baltimore’s City Paper in 2014.  Band members are: Anne Watts from Cambridge, Maryland, J. Warren Boes, Craig Considine, John Dierker, Jim Hannah, Lyle Kissack, Chas Marsh, and Glenn Workman. Instrumentation includes guitar, trombone, bass clarinet, hand percussion, drums, bass, piano/keyboard, accordion, and vocals.

Boister band

Opening for Anne Watts and Boister will be the acclaimed Lena Seikaly Trio, frequent performers at the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival; also featured with Ramzi Aburedwan and Dal’ouna Ensemble from Palestine.  Lena Seikaly is a fresh voice on the national jazz scene from Washington, D.C., and has been called “one of Washington’s preeminent jazz singers” by the Washington Post.  She is already making her mark as both a revivalist of traditional jazz vocals, as well as an innovator in contemporary vocal jazz styles.  Lena’s voice and style are perfect for her concerts in celebration of Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday this year.

The St. Michaels Auditorium is located at 200 Seymour Ave. at the St. Michaels Middle and High School.  Tickets are $10-25 (general admission, sliding scale: pay-what-you-can) and are available for purchase at the door.  The show is FREE for children and students ages 18 and under.

This concert is presented with support from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Artistic Insights Fund, Dock Street Foundation, and Carpe Diem Arts individual contributors.

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Howard Bass & Barbara Hollinshead

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Howard Bass & Barbara Hollinshead in “Birds, Bees, Flowers & Trees: An Elizabethan Celebration of Mother Earth.” The event will take place at Talbot County Senior Center on May 9, 2017, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

A delightful program of music for lute and voice from the 16th and 17th centuries in celebration of Mother’s Day and Mother Earth. Recent performance highlights for Howard Bass and Barbara Hollinshead include the Italian Embassy, the National Gallery of Art, and the Washington Early Music Festival. The duo is also renowned for their many highly acclaimed recordings, and are active members of other ensembles: Artek (Barbara) and Trio Sefardi (Howard).

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, and by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF), Dock Street Foundation, Brookletts Place, the Artistic Insights Fund, and by individual contributions to the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund/MSCF.

The monthly 45-minute performance is FREE and open to the public. 
Lunch is available at 12 noon with advance reservations for $2.75. RSVP: 410-822-2869 / jneal@uppershoreaging.org.

More information: busygraham@carpediemarts.org or 301-466-0183
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Carpe Diem Arts Presents Le Vent du Nord

Adored by audiences worldwide, the Quebecois band LE VENT DU NORD is an inspirational force in progressive folk — capturing the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party.  The event will be on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m, at Contemporary Tapestry Studio & Gallery, 5592 Poplar Lane, Royal Oak (near the Bellevue landing of the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry).

Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord have become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and devoted fans across Europe, Oceania and America. The quartet has performed over 1,600 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canadas Grammy’s), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and Artist of the Year at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The band delivers catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire while others are original compositions. The group includes rich and varied instrumentation (fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, accordion, hurdy-gurdy), well-polished musical arrangements, and wonderful vocals.

“The quartet Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in (Quebec’s) progressive folk movement, and they leaven their hard-driving soulful music (a close cousin to Celtic music) with New Orleans polyphony and R&B. Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.” – Boston Globe

Join us after the performance for a wine & cheese reception with the artists — and enjoy the beautiful tapestries on display in Ulrika Leander’s studio and gallery.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $7 for students, and are discounted for groups or those who request assistance. Space is limited. For tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2844738.

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BusyGraham@CarpeDiemArts.org or call 301-466-0183

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick

Please join us for a delightful one-hour concert of classic swing, jazz and blues instrumentals and vocals, featuring master musicians Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick. The event will take place at Contemporary Tapestry Studio & Gallery, 5592 Poplar Lane Royal Oak (near the Bellevue landing of the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry) on April 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Their repertoire is fresh and original, yet also deeply rooted in the rich legacy of the classic jazz age — ranging from an obscure Ellington tune, a Gershwin classic, a complex Jelly Roll Morton arrangement, to a rollicking blues number and a dazzling Sousa march.

Together as a duo for more than thirty years — longer than most marriages — Guy and Billy have performed in concerts, clubs and festivals all over North America and Europe. You may have heard them as frequent guests on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” or on one of numerous film and television soundtracks.

Their music is based around Guy’s innovative finger-style guitar wizardry, and his uncanny ability to play bass lines, chords and melodies all at the same time. With his daring imagination, breathtaking technique, and his wonderful musicality, Guy has become an inspiration for guitarists all over the world.

Novick’s ever-inventive and soulful clarinet playing provides the ideal complement to Guy’s guitar. With his vast knowledge of the classic jazz era, his dazzling improvising skills, and his entertaining vocals, Novick is able to add a melodic and dynamic spark to Guy’s guitar.

Billy Novick also earned major acclaim recently for his compositions and arrangements for Washington Ballet’s acclaimed productions of “The Great Gatsby” and “The Sun Also Rises.”

Join us after the performance for a wine & cheese reception — and enjoy the beautiful tapestries on display in Ulrika Leander’s studio and gallery.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $7 for students, and are discounted for groups or those who request assistance. Space is limited. For tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2843968.

For more information, visit www.CarpeDiemArts.org/music-in-the-gallerywww.ctw-tapestry.com, email BusyGraham@CarpeDiemArts.org or call 301-466-0183.

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Karim Nagi

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Karim Nagi in “ARABIQA! Drums and Dances from the Arab World.”

Join Egyptian-American Karim Nagi on a fascinating musical journey through the rich traditions of Arab and Muslim culture. The event will take place at Talbot County Senior Center on April 25, 2017, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Karim engages his audiences with humor, stories, and invites participation as he enlightens us about a real world beyond the headlines. He tours internationally and has recorded music for artists as diverse as Alicia Keys and The Urban Griot Project. His Arabiqa program seeks to raise appreciation of Arabic culture through music and arts instead of religion and politics.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, and by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF), Dock Street Foundation, Brookletts Place, the Artistic Insights Fund, and by individual contributions to the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund/MSCF.

The monthly 45-minute performance is FREE and open to the public. 
Lunch is available at 12 noon with advance reservations for $2.75. RSVP: 410-822-2869 / jneal@uppershoreaging.org

More information: busygraham@carpediemarts.org or 301-466-0183
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Carpe Diem Arts presents Shannon Dunne & Alex Boatright

all-irelandCarpe Diem Arts presents “Erin Go Braugh!” featuring Shannon Dunne & Alex Boatright.

Join us for a delightful taste of Ireland in this celebration of St. Patrick’s Day featuring dancer-musician Shannon Dunne and cellist Alex Boatright. Experience old-style sean nós dancing, singing, and the sounds of traditional instruments. The event will be on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12:15-1:00 p.m., at Talbot County Senior Center at Brookletts Place.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, and by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF), Dock Street Foundation, Brookletts Place, the Artistic Insights Fund, and by individual contributions to the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund/MSCF.

The monthly 45-minute performance is FREE and open to the public. 
Lunch is available at 12 noon with advance reservations for $2.75. RSVP: 410-822-2869 / jneal@uppershoreaging.org

More information: busygraham@carpediemarts.org or 301-466-0183
www.CarpeDiemArts.org / Facebook: Carpe Diem Arts on the Shore

Carpe Diem Arts: Shannon Dunne & Alex Boatright with Josh Dukes

Carpe Diem Arts presents “Erin Go Braugh! A Celebration of Irish Music and Dance.”

Please join us for a delightful taste of Ireland in a one-hour celebration of St. Patrick’s Day featuring dancer-musician Shannon Dunne and cellist Alex Boatright with special guest guitarist Josh Dukes. Experience old-style sean nós dancing, singing, and the sounds of traditional instruments. The event will be on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m, at Contemporary Tapestry Studio & Gallery, 5592 Poplar Lane, Royal Oak (near the Bellevue landing of the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry).

shannon dunne, alex boatright, josh dukesWidely renowned for her percussive dancing and concertina playing, Shannon Dunne has performed at theaters and festivals all over North America and Ireland. She is the founder/director of Camp Shenanigans, a performing arts program for children on Capitol Hill, and Shannon Dunne Dance, a multi-generational sean nós dance group dedicated to preserving the steps and values of the dance form.

Cellist Alex Boatright is a multiple All-Ireland medalist and is also one of the premier concertina and harp players in the United States. She has performed as a soloist with the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and in several string quartets and orchestras in the D.C. metro area.

Josh Dukes is an All-Ireland champion accompanist and a highly sought after music teacher in the Baltimore/D.C. area. A multi-instrumentalist whose talents embrace the ceili drums, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran, flute, and tin whistle, Josh has established a reputation for providing sensitive, tasteful support for traditional Irish music.

After the concert, there will be a meet-the-artist reception and refreshments. Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful tapestries on display in Ulrika Leander’s gallery.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $7 for students, and are discounted for groups or those who request assistance. Space is limited. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2844089

www.CarpeDiemArts.org/music-in-the-gallery
www.ctw-tapestry.com
BusyGraham@CarpeDiemArts.org or call 301-466-0183

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Gerdan on February 14

Free-Lunch Time Performance Series by Carpe Diem Arts presents Gerdan: Soul of the Ukraine. The concert will take place at Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton, on Tuesday, February 14, 12:15pm-1:00pm.

The acclaimed husband and wife duo of Andrei Pidkivka and Solomia Gorokhivska will take us on an unforgettable journey through their native Ukraine and other neighboring countries, exploring the rich classical and folk music traditions of Eastern Europe. Andrei’s exotic flutes, from the small ocarina to the large fujara, are accompanied by Solomia’s violin and vocals.

gerdanThis program is made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, and by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF), Dock Street Foundation, Brookletts Place, the Artistic Insights Fund, and by individual contributions to the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund/MSCF.

The monthly 45-minute performance is FREE and open to the public. 
Lunch is available at 12 noon with advance reservations for $2.75. RSVP: 410-822-2869 / jneal@uppershoreaging.org

More information: busygraham@carpediemarts.org or 301-466-0183
www.CarpeDiemArts.org / Facebook: Carpe Diem Arts on the Shore