Music Matters on YouTube: Schumann Chamber Duos @ La Grua Center Tickets
Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm
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Schumann Chamber Duos

Prerecorded at La Grua Center and aired on our YouTube channel. A private link to the concert will be shared with ticket holders and subscribers approximately 2 hours before the start of the event and again approximately 15 minutes prior to the concert.

Maksim Shtrykov, 19th-century-style boxwood clarinet
Misuzu Tanaka, piano

MM 9 Recital I – Clara & Robert Schumann, on boxwood clarinet
Clara Schumann Drei Romanzen, Op. 22
Robert Schumann F-A-E Sonata 2. Intermezzo (boxwood)
Schumann Adagio & Allegro, Op. 70
Schumann Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Recital II – Robert Schumann, on boxwood & grenadilla clarinets
Drei Romanzen, Op. 94 (boxwood)
F-A-E Sonata 2. Intermezzo (grenadilla)
Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102 (boxwood)
Klavierstücke, Op. 85 12. Abendlied (boxwood)

each recital lasts ca. 30′

It is a true pleasure to welcome extraordinary clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov and sensitive pianist Misuzu Tanaka back to La Grua. Not only are they to record Robert Schumann’s original duos with clarinet, they will introduce insightful transcriptions of music long familiar in its original oboe and violin versions. Schumann’s incomparable chamber music has been at the very heart of the repertoire for 150 years. These duos are among the most beloved of all.

Maksim has immersed himself profoundly in clarinet repertoire. He and teacher-mentor Charles Neidich have been returning the haunting clarinet soundscapes for which 19th-century composers wrote to stage and disc. Maksim will play his newly-commissioned replica of an expressive, emotionally powerful boxwood clarinet of the Schumann-Brahms era. We’ll peer over Maksim’s and Misuzu’s shoulders as they rekindle this intimate, touching sound world. The first program posts this October. The second will follow at an interval to be determined.

Clarinetists and aficionados of the instrument will delight in comparing performances of the same movement on a modern grenadilla clarinet (Recital II) and the 19th-c. boxwood instrument (Recital I).

This is the second concert in our (still virtual) 2020-2021 season. Sumptuous video with resonant, natural stereo. As you no doubt know, ticketed viewing on La Grua’s YouTube channel is very modestly priced.

Ticket $10. Visit our website to purchase. Please note, ticket sales end approximately 1/2 hour prior to start of the event.

The Roots of Black Music in America @ Waterford Public Library Tickets
Feb 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
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Karlus Trapp’s delightful, educational, and entertaining presentation “The Roots of Black Music in America” is a 100 year journey back through time to hear, experience anew, and learn about the music of America’s black musical giants. It is a joyful show that encourages and comes alive through audience participation and interaction with singing, dancing, call and response and percussion playing. If you view this show, you may find yourself uncontrollably smiling, singing or humming for hours afterward! All ages welcome! Register online in advance for this Zoom meeting. Zoom Link available on our Calendar of Events at www.waterfordpubliclibrary.org.

Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie @ Garde Arts Center Tickets
Mar 13 @ 8:00 pm
Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie @ Garde Arts Center | New London | Connecticut | United States

For over 50 years, Judy Collins has thrilled audiences with her unique blend of interpretive folk songs and contemporary from the 60’s to the present. Arlo Guthrie’s timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs carry on the Guthrie family legacy with his singular voice as both a singer-songwriter and social commentator.

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960’s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 55-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

Arlo Guthrie made a name for himself in the 60’s with the iconic “Alice’s Restaurant” and provided perhaps the most often repeated phrase from Woodstock (“The New York State Thruway is closed, man.”) With over 30 albums in his discography, an Arlo Guthrie show delivers an astounding time capsule from the works of his dad, Woody Guthrie, to the present day.


Dave Mason @ Garde Arts Center Tickets
May 1 @ 8:00 pm
Dave Mason @ Garde Arts Center | New London | Connecticut | United States

with very special guest John Mayall

Rock n’ Roll Hall-of-Famer Dave Mason first found fame with the rock band Traffic. Over his career, Mason has played, recorded and/or performed with many well known and notable musicians, including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Michael Jackson, Steve Winwood, Fleetwood Mac, Leon Russell, Delaney Bramlett, Cass Elliot and, most recently, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, among others. Mason was one of the featured performers at the recent “Tribute to Joe Cocker / Mad Dogs and Englishmen” event, curated and organized by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.

Often referred to as “The Godfather of British Blues,” John Mayall has an impressive musical career that spans over 50 years. The English blues singer, pianist, harmonica player, guitarist, and songwriter founded the band, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in the 1960s – a band whose members included many celebrated blues and blues rock guitarists, such as: Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington.