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Spring Strings

The Community String Project (CSP) presents its Student Concert on Tuesday, June 5th at 7pm in the auditorium at Mt. Hope High School on Chestnut Street in Bristol.  The concert is free and open to the public – this is a great opportunity to learn more about this wonderful local music group!

And next Saturday, June 16th at 6pm the CSP cordially invites you to attend their Gala benefit concert featuring cellist Michael Reynolds:

Reserve your tickets at Paper, Packaging & Panache on Hope Street in Bristol, or at DISH on Water Street in Warren, or visit the CSP website to download an RSVP form.  Reservations are requested by June 8th for this special concert event!

Winding Down

We’re coming to the end of another school year, and after a gorgeous weekend like the one we just had, summer’s so close you can almost taste it!  But, as I keep trying to explain to my kids (and remind myself), there’s still a month of school left, and still a few things to accomplish before we dive into summer vacation.  And a few things still to look forward to, like this week’s concerts:

On Tuesday, May 22nd at 7pm the Mt. Hope High School bands and choruses will present their Spring Concert in the high school auditorium on Chestnut Street in Bristol.  Performing will be the MHHS Concert Band directed by Robert Arsenault; the Chorus directed by Vicki Boyle and accompanied by Melissa Woolverton; the Vocal Ensemble; and the Symphonic Band directed by Christopher Lambert.  The combined bands and choruses will present “An American Songbook”, arranged by Douglas Wagner.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 for adults (free for children, students, and senior citizens).  Call 254-5980 ext. 3164 for more information.

On Wednesday, May 23rd at 7pm the Kickemuit Middle School 6th Grade Band, 6th Grade Chorus, and KMS Jazz Band will perform in the middle school auditorium on Child Street in Warren.  The 6th grade band and jazz band programs are directed by Jeffrey Brackett, and the choral program is directed by Andre Arsenault.  Songs featured in this performance will include “Clarinet Blues”, “Rock Around the Clock”, “Dynamite”, “Empire State of Mind”, and “Hey, Soul Sister”.

On Thursday, May 24th at 7pm the Kickemuit Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Chorus and the 7th and 8th Grade Bands will perform in the middle school auditorium on Child Street in Warren.  The choral program is directed by Andre Arsenault, and the 7th and 8th grade band program is directed by Melissa Labonte.  Songs featured this evening will include music that these groups will be performing at the Great East Festivals in Derry, NH on June 1st, such as “The Song That Nature Sings”, “Jubilate Deo”, and “As Twilight Falls”.  Ensembles will also perform music from the movies “Titanic”, “Star Wars”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, and “Beauty and the Beast”.

Donations to support the middle school music program will be gratefully accepted at the door.

A Week of Music and Dance

After a weekend whirlwind of theatre and art, this week is filled to the brim with music and dance!

Roger Williams University Instrumental Ensemble performs on Monday, May 7th at 7:30pm in the Barn/Performing Arts Center.  This spring, the music of Leonard Bernstein and Ralph Vaughn-Williams form the heart of the program, while there’s plenty of lighter fare as well: Chuck Mangione’s “Land of Make Believe”, a Brazilian samba, and a good dose of American jazz. Join the students, faculty, staff, and community members who make up the ensemble for this free concert.

Roger Williams University Dance students will perform ‘A Casual Interaction’, a site specific piece on campus to display their exploration of movement related to the architecture and environment around them.  The piece will be performed on Wednesday, May 9th, at 12:30pm.  The dancers will utilize the spaces in front of the University Library, the Gabelli School of Business, and the School of Engineering.  Michael DeQuatro, composer and accompanist for the Performing Arts Center, will be playing his own original sound score for the site specific piece right alongside the dancers.  Eighteen Dance majors; all junior and senior students, have studied site specific dance in their Performance Lab and Movement Analysis class.  Site specific dance is a piece that occurs outside of the conventional theatre space.  It was first explored in the 1960‘s during the post-modern dance movement and has been developing ever since.  Click here for more information.

Roger Williams University Chorus in concert on Thursday, May 10th at 7:30pm in the Barn/Performing Arts Center.  The free performance is focused around the theme of love songs, featuring the “Neue Leibeslieder” (“New Love Songs”) Op. 65 by German composer Johannes Brahms.  The remainder of the program will consist of love songs from a variety of time periods, from the Renaissance through the present day.  The chorus is an ensemble of 30 singers and is directed by Jonathan Richter.

The Bohemian Quartet will perform in concert on Friday, May 11th at 7:30pm in the Colt School Auditorium on Hope Street in Bristol.  Prior to the concert, members of The Bohemian Quartet will conduct a free workshop with a group of musicians from the Community String Project – participants in the afternoon workshop will perform with The Bohemian Quartet in the evening concert!  Ticket prices for the general public are $10 ($5 senior citizens; free for CSP students and family members), and all proceeds from ticket sales will be used for the benefit of the Community String Project.  The afternoon workshop and evening concert are sponsored by the RI State Council on the Arts.

Friday night also marks an Open Mic Night at The Coffee Depot on Main Street in Warren; Michael Troy is the featured artist on Friday, May 11th, beginning at about 7pm.

And to cap off the week you’ll have to make a choice:

Stone Church Coffee House in Bristol presents an evening of music on Saturday, May 12th at 7:30pm featuring Anne’s Cordial, a musical cocktail of folk, blues & jazz, and bluesy alternative folk artist Jacob Haller and the Running Commentary.  Tickets are $15 (students are half-price and children 5 and under are free); doors open at 6:45pm.

Church Street Coffeehouse in Warren presents Atwater-Donnelly on Saturday, May 12th at 8pm.  The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, olf-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian Mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limber jacks and other surprises.  Tickets are $10 at the door and refreshments are available with a small donation.  Doors open at 7:30pm.

Ah, springtime!

Happy springtime, everyone!  The birds are chirping outside my window, a truly welcome sound, and I’m preoccupied with thoughts of cleaning up the garden beds and the studio (and the kitchen and the deck and the kids’ rooms…).   You too?  I get it, but when the urge hits to get away from the house, here’s a rundown of upcoming arts events happening in Bristol and Warren through the end of March:

●Robbie O’ Connell is giving a concert at Linden Place on Friday, March 23rd at 7:30pm.

●An opening reception for the new exhibit, “Reveal and Conceal” is at the Bristol Art Museum on Friday, March 23rd from 7pm ’til 9pm.

●Bristol Art Museum is hosting “An Afternoon of Reading with Rhode Island Poets and Writers” on Saturday, March 24th from 3pm ’til 5pm.

●Americana singer/songwriter Amy Black will be performing on Saturday, March 24th at 7:30pm at Bristol’s Stone Church Coffee House; doors open at 6:45pm.

●The Roger Williams University Theatre presents “Endgame” by Samuel Beckett on Friday and Saturday, March 23rd & 24th at 7:30pm.

●Internationally-renowned mandolinist Marilynn Mair will join plucked-string chamber orchestra Enigmatica in a free performance at Roger Williams University on Sunday, March 25th at 2pm.

Bestselling author Dava Sobel will speak at Roger Williams University on Tuesday, March 27th at 7:30pm, as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

●After much anticipation, Art Night kicks off on Thursday, March 29th with free trolley service running from 5pm ’til 8pm.  Explore 20 galleries in Bristol & Warren and meet featured artists, air sculptor Janice Lee Kelly and painter Debbie Gonville Miller, in their studios for an inside peek at how they create their works of art!

●The Mt. Hope High School Annual Throw-A-Thon is on Friday, March 30th.  This is an all day event taking place in the Ceramics Room at MHHS.  Students spend the entire day throwing pots, plates, and cups on the wheel, which will be glazed and sold to benefit the Women’s Resource Center in Warren. Contact Lauren Enjeti at EnjetiL@bw.k12.ri.us for more details.

Blithewold’s Winter Concert Series welcomes Opera Providence for “Murder & Mayhem” on Friday, March 30th at 7pm (and again on Sunday, April 1st at 3pm).

●IMAGO Gallery is hosting an opening reception for its new “Spring Invitational” exhibit on Friday, March 30th (call 245-3348 for time).

●The Stage Company Variety Show at Roger Williams University will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 30th & 31st at 7:30pm.

●Warren Art Spot is holding an art workshop, “Fun with Paper and Books!”, on Saturday, March 31st from 9am ’til 12noon, for children ages 6 – 10.  Fold, cut and collage with paper and create your own handmade books!

and this isn’t even everything … I didn’t mention 2nd Story Theatre’s current production, “August: Osage County”, which is performing to standing-room-only audiences!  Visit our Theatre page for more information; check out our other Pages to stay on top of the latest arts events happening in Bristol and Warren.  And as always, The Arts Room welcomes you to Contact Us to let us know about more arts news & events happening in our community!