Aoife O’ Donovan and Noam Pikelny Tuesday, November 4, 7:00pm
Strings is excited to welcome Grammy-winning banjoist, Noam Pikelny with Aoife O’Donovan. Perhaps the greatest banjo player in a growing movement of young and upcoming bluegrass musicians, Noam is a founding member of the hugely successful bluegrass group the Punch Brothers, and was previously in Leftover Salmon as well as the John Cowan Band. Aoife O’Donovan is best known as the lead singer for the progressive bluegrass band Crooked Still and a member of the female folk-noir trio, Sometymes Why. Aoife (pronounced “ee-fuh”) has also recently written songs for Alison Krauss, and toured with Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour.
Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pros’ top banjo picker,” Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which The Boston Globe calls “a virtuosic revelation.” In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.
Aoife O’ Donovan is known as the lead singer of Crooked Still and Sometymes Why, and for singing on the 2013 Grammy winning The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan. The stunning versatility and appeal of her voice has brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names across roots, classical, bluegrass, and jazz, from Alison Krauss and Punch Brothers, to the Boston Pops and Dave Douglas.
Under the Streetlamp Holiday Concert Tuesday, December 23 Tickets go on sale Nov 4, Donor Presale 2015 begins Oct 21
Under the Streetlamp is a quartet of dreamy-voiced lead singers, all four of whom were leading cast members of the Tony Award –winning musical Jersey Boys. Individually, all four have been featured on Broadway, in film and on television and showcased on The Tonight Show, Emmy Awards and the Oprah Winfrey Show. They will perform classics from the American radio Songbook as well as much loved holiday favorites. Their repertoire features doo-wop, old time rock ‘n’ roll, Motown-era soul classics and exquisite harmonies, including all of your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Four Seasons and many others. Theirs is a set list that often provokes the audience to sing along. After all, you know the words; songs include “Rock ‘n’ Roll is Here to Stay,” “At Last,” “Pretty Woman,” “Sh-Boom,” “Devil in Disguise,” “Blue Moon,” “Twist and Shout,” “Since I Fell For You,” and many more. Each song is delivered with tight harmonies and slick dance moves that evoke an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars, and martini shakers.
“Under the Streetlamp proves great music is timeless…with exceptional style and remarkable confidence, their act goes down as smoothly as a perfectly dry martini served up in the glamorous nightclub of your nostalgia-fueled dreams.” ~ Broadway World
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! Holiday Youth Concert Sunday, December 28 Tickets go on sale Nov 4, Donor Presale 2015 begins Oct 21
by Allison Gregory, adapted from the books by Barbara Park, directed by Casey Stangl Barbara Park is the author of the delightful Junie B. Jones chapter book series. She has received more than 40 awards for her books, including 25 Children's Choice awards. While she is most likely best known for her Junie B. Jones books, she has also authored a number of other books, including a picture book and 13 middle grade novels. In fact, some of the characters that are most meaningful to her she created in some of these other books, such as Mick and Phoebe Hart from Mick Hart Was Here and Jake and Skelly Moon from The Graduation of Jake Moon. When asked how she learned how little kids' minds operate, Barbara Park responds, "Believe it or not, I've actually been a little kid myself." She grew up in Mount Holly, New Jersey, and spent much of her time in the summers on Long Beach Island. She now lives in Arizona with husband. Allison Gregory's plays for young audiences have been seen at some of the country's leading theatres, and include Go, Dog. Go!, adapted from the P.D. Eastman book and co-written with Steven Dietz; Even Steven Goes to War ("Zoni" Best New Script Award, AATE and UPRP awards, Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices series); Peter and the Wolf (Footlight Award, Best New Play; National Tour with Childsplay, Inc.), Brementown Musicians and Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!. Her plays for adults include Forcing Hyacinths (Julie Harris Playwrighting Award, South Coast Repertory's California Playwright's Award); Fall Of Night(Garland Award, L.A.); Cliffhouse; Burning Bridget Cleary (Footlight Award, Best New Play, Seattle). She has received commissions from South Coast Repertory, ACT in Seattle, The Skirball-Kenis Foundation, Seattle Children's Theatre and Childsplay, Inc. Along with her husband, playwright/director Steven Dietz, and her two children, she splits her time between Austin and Seattle.
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Friday, January 16 Tickets go on sale Nov 4, Donor Presale 2015 begins Oct 21
Béla Fleck, a 15-time Grammy winner, and his wife Abigail Washburn have each toured with original projects throughout the years, but this is their first performance to embrace the intricate art of the duet. Though they have played as a duo since they first met, trying impromptu duets at picking parties, doing a few tunes at benefits and occasional radio shows together, they never took their act on the road until now. With the birth of their little boy Juno and deciding that the best way to stay together more would be to play together more, Fleck and Washburn began developing their duo as a real touring act, employing the relatively rare three-finger and clawhammer banjo duet to create boundless and beautiful music.
“What can I say about my wife Abby, except that the first time I listened to a CD of her music, I started driving so fast that I got pulled over for speeding and was made to walk the line by the men in blue!”
“Abby and I have played as a duo since we first met, trying impromptu duets at picking parties, doing a few tunes at benefits, and occasional radio shows together, but we never took our act on theroad – til now.”