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Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Returns

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The festival’s home of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church hosts the 2013 concert. Photo courtesy Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.

The festival’s home of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church hosts the 2013 concert. Photo courtesy Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.

By Sam Mason-Jones

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival returns to the East End this summer to mark its 31st consecutive season, with this year’s series highlighted by the debut of “A Palace Upon the Ruins” by Howard Shore, who composed the score for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

The 12 concerts, which will be hosted by a variety of Bridgehampton venues new and old over a four-week run, features an array of high-profile performances and will debut with a free concert on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society on Wednesday, July 30.

Mr. Shore is well known for his film scores, particularly that of the “Lord of the Rings,” for which he received three Academy Awards. As well as scoring many other motion pictures, he has also written an opera, “The Fly,” based on the David Cronenberg’s 1986 film of the same name.

Mr. Shore has been commissioned to create a piece of chamber music, with the result being unveiled to the public at the festival. The world premiere of “A Palace Upon the Ruins” will form the heart of the program “Colorful Explorations” on Sunday, August 10, at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Shore has composed “A Palace Upon the Ruins” for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello, piano, harp and percussion. The rising young mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano will be the soloist, singing the accompanying words written by Elizabeth Cotnoir. The piece will be complemented on the night by the work of French composer Gabriel Fauré.

The BCMF, which prides itself on its combination of established and emerging artists, will hear a number of other recent works too. Interwoven with classics from the likes of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and Schubert, the schedule features performances of Eric Ewazen’s “Bridgehampton Suite,” Phillippe Hersant’s “Heliades” and Kevin Puts’s “Four Airs,” among others.

The core of the festival is made up of the “Classic Six” concerts, which are held in the home of the BCMF, the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. The 19th century building boasts excellent acoustics and superb architecture.

Alternate venues, such as the Bridgehampton Historical Society, Atlantic Golf Club and Channing Sculpture Garden host the other half of the performances. These shows, set outside, offer a unique experience to hear classical music.

Some of these newer contributions will have a new home too, as the festival has entered into a new partnership with the Parrish Art Museum. The museum’s new building on Montauk Highway in Water Mill will be the site of a concert by Brooklyn Rider, a young string quartet New York City. Known for its intriguing and unconventional style, the group has won many plaudits for its contribution to contemporary classical music.

On Saturday, August 9, the quartet will perform new work from Gabriel Kahane, Evan Ziporyn and Aoife O’Donovan at two separate shows. First will come a concert at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church at 6:30pm, before it will adjourn to the Parrish Art Museum for a second performance at 9 p.m.

Speaking to this point, Marya Martin, the festival’s artistic director, noted, “We are thrilled to grow the festival in partnership with the Parish Art Museum, adding not only a new concert venue, but also providing easy access to a BCMF concert to those in Southampton and Water Mill.”

Ms. Martin is also the festival’s sole flutist, and will perform in all but two of the 12 concerts. Joining her on the 2014 artist roster are a number of musicians familiar to past festival attendees.

This year violinist Ani Kavafian, having performed at the very first festival in 1984, returns to Bridgehampton, as does pianist Joyce Yang, who makes her return after originally performing at the festival in her early teens. Regular string-players Cynthia Phelps, Carter Brey and Donald Palma are also set to return.

This familiarity is essential to Ms. Martin for the creation of what she describes as “the electricity of good friends making music together.”

Festival debutants violinist Anthony Marwood, cellist Antonio Lysy, harpist Bridget Kibbey and percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum complete the mix of more than 40 musicians.

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival of 2014 will close on Sunday, August 24, with “A Serenade to the Season” at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. A reflective collection of music, it will feature Mozart’s “Eine Kliene Nachtmusik” and Brahms’s “Serenade No.1.”

A comprehensive concert schedule, as well as a ticket outlet, can be found at www.bcmf.org. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased by phone at (212) 741-9403 or from the box office at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church at 2429 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton.

Perlman Music Program Performs Annual Family Concert

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PMP Summer Music School Students perform chamber music selections at the Annual Family Concert


PMP Summer Music School Students perform chamber music selections at the Annual Family Concert, photo courtesy of the Perlman Music Program.

The Perlman Music Program, which is currently celebrating its 20th year on the East End, will be hosting the annual Family Concert and Instrument “Petting Zoo” on Sunday, July 13, at 11:30 a.m.

The concert, which will be held at the Perlman Music Program’s Shelter Island Campus on Shore Road, is free and open to families with children of all ages. Merry Peckham, along with students, faculty, and fellows of the program, will introduce classical music and string instruments with musical skits and performance.

Following the concert, there will be an “Instrument Petting Zoo” for the younger audience members, where children can try out youth-sized instruments with the help of Perlman Music Program students. Children of all ages will also be given coloring books and juice boxes.

The Perlman Music Program also hosts “Works in Progress” Concerts throughout July and August. Performed by the students of the Summer Music Program, these classical concerts are free.

For more information, call 212-877-3230 or visit www.perlmanmusicprogram.org.

Pierson Cast of “A Chorus Line” Wins “Best Ensemble” on the East End at the 2014 Teeny Awards

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Pierson's production of "A Chorus Line" took home the highest award, "Best Ensemble," at the 2014 Teeny Awards.

Pierson’s production of “A Chorus Line” took home the highest award, “Best Ensemble,” at the 2014 Teeny Awards. Photo by Zoe Vatash.

By Tessa Raebeck

A testament to both their talent and their teamwork, the cast of “A Chorus Line” at Pierson High School took home the highest honor at the 2014 Teeny Awards, “Best Ensemble.”

Held Sunday, June 8, at Longwood High School, the Teeny Awards are put on by the East End Arts Council to recognize the talent of local actors, musicians, technicians and all other artists of the theater.


Photo by Zoe Vatash.

“As ‘A Chorus Line’ is a musical about the ensemble–about them as individuals, who make up the chorus as a unit–this is the ultimate compliment to our group,” Pierson Theatre Director Paula Brannon said. “It means we did it right.”

“As their director, I am extremely proud of these young thespians for not just their talent, but [their] dedication and extremely hard work as a unit,” said Ms. Brannon. “They were truly an ensemble and we are honored to have been recognized for that work.”


For a full list of the Teeny Awards taken home to Sag Harbor, click here.

To read more about Pierson’s production of “A Chorus Line,” click here.

CMEE Hosts 2nd Annual Music Fair

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A child enjoys the instruments at the CMEE Music Fair last year. Photo courtesy of CMEE.

By Genevieve Kotz

The Children’s Museum of the East End will host its second annual Music Fair on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The fair, which is free and open to families with children of all ages, will let kids learn about music with hands-on, interactive programs and well-known East End performers.

At the fair, attendees will be able to join an improvisational mural painting alongside artist Bob Crimi and musician Jim Turner and join a sing-along with Inda Eaton.

Mr. Turner has recorded albums, played on TV and radio, and appeared in musicals both on and off Broadway as well as being a regular sight at on the East End music scene.

Ms. Eaton is a singer-songwriter and educator who co-founded Ideas to Inspire, which is a music-infused supplemental education program that explores inspiration, song writing and self-expression.

Kids will also be able to jam Ina Ferrara of Music Together by the Dunes, enjoy a Catherine Shay production, create their own tin drum and rain stick, get their face painted and explore instruments throughout the museum grounds.

For more information on CMEE, visit its website at cmee.org.

Bay Burger Jam Session

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Trombonist Ray Anderson (left, photo by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe) and trumpet player Alex Sipiagin (right, photo courtesy of alexsipiagin.com) will join the Jam Session on June 12.

By Genevieve Kotz

Trombonist Ray Anderson and trumpet player Alex Sipiagin will join the jam session with the Thursday Night Live Band as part of the Special Guest Series at Bay Burger on Thursday, June 12, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Anderson, who began playing the trombone in the fourth grade and has been doing so for over three decades, has played in many jazz groups, trios and duos, including the Slickaphonics, BassDrumBone and Alligatory Band. Mr. Anderson has composed nearly 100 tunes and is currently the director of Jazz Studies at Stony Brook University.

Mr. Sipiagin, who was born in Yaroslavl, Russia, has been playing the trumpet since the age of 12 and was first introduced to jazz when he was 15. Mr. Sipiagin has toured throughout Europe and Asia and has recorded 13 solo albums, as well as played on a number of Grammy-winning recordings.

This will be the first time that there will be two guests for the Jam Session Special Guest Series.

For more information, visit thejamsession.org.

Bridgehampton Local Jake Patterson Making a Name for Himself in the Art World—and the Rap World, too

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A still shot of Bridgehampton native and up-and-coming performance artist Yung Jake, from his latest music video, "Look."

A still shot of Bridgehampton native and up-and-coming performance artist Yung Jake, from his latest music video, “Look.”

By Genevieve Kotz

Yung Jake, an up-and-coming artist/rapper from Bridgehampton, having recently had an exhibition of his work at Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles, is quickly gaining recognition for his contributions to both the art and rap music worlds.

Yung Jake, also known as Jake Patterson from Bridgehampton High School’s class of 2008, received his BFA from CalArts in Los Angeles.

At the Steve Turner Gallery, Jake showed “Drawings,” a series of screen installations with a lone computer mouse moving on each screen.

Yung Jake also premiered his iPhone-filmed music video “Look” at the exhibition, which ran until May 31 and was featured in the Huffington Post.

In a similar theme to his visual art, Yung Jake’s music videos are internet-inspired, featuring HTML code, YouTube clips and colorful pixels.

“The young artist speaks and lives in the language of the net, telling stories as complex, multivalent, frivolous and raw as infinite material lurking in your browser,” said the Huffington Post. “Sometimes it feels like Yung Jake wasn’t born on the internet, he is the internet.”

To see more of Yung Jake’s work and videos, visit his website at yungjake.tumblr.com.

Reggae and Steel Drum Music at the Parrish Art Museum

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The Next Level Band will perform at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill Friday, June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Next Level Band will perform at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill Friday, June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

By Tessa Raebeck

As part of its ongoing Sounds of Summer series of live music on the outdoor terrace, the Parrish Art Museum presents the five-piece reggae and steel drum group The Next Level Band Friday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The band is an eclectic group of American, Caribbean and European musicians, playing authentic reggae favorites and their own calypso-infused arrangements of classic songs. Tyrone Parris of Barbados is on the guitar and steel drums while his wife, La Dawn Parris, who has performed with Anita Baker and the Temptations, among others, sings.

“Our summer music program brings together performers of diverse musical persuasions and encourages all ages to dance, dine, socialize or just enjoy the fresh air,” said event organizers Andrea Grover, curator of special projects at the museum, and Amy Kirwin, visitor services and museum programs manager.

Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the show, which costs $10 or is free with museum admission. The Sounds of Summer series continues with Mambo Loco on July 4 and Edith and Bennett on August 1. For more information, visit parrishart.org.

Sounds of Summer Series Kicks off at the Parrish Art Museum with the HooDoo Loungers

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The HooDoo Loungers. Photo courtesy Joe Lauro.

The HooDoo Loungers will perform at the Parrish Art Museum Friday, May 23. Photo courtesy Joe Lauro.

By Stephen J. Kotz

The Parrish Art Museum’s second annual Sounds of Summer series will get off to a decidedly, if unseasonably, Mardi Gras theme when the HooDoo Loungers take to the stage on the museum’s covered terrace on Friday, May 23.

“It’s all New Orleans-inspired stuff. It’s all in that vein,” said bassist Joe Lauro, the co-founder of the nine-piece ensemble and a self-described aficionado of American roots music. “We started off doing covers, but now we do about half originals. It’s a stompin’ band.”

The concert, which takes place at 6 p.m., is the first in a series of five that have been scheduled over the next three months. Also appearing in the series will be the Next Level Band, which performs steel drum and reggae, on June 6; Mambo Loco, which performs Latin-inspired jazz, on July 4; Edith and Bennett, who perform old-time folk music, on August 1; and the Ebony Hillbillies, a bluegrass band whose performance will include a barbecue for attendees, on September 5.

The concerts are free with museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for children under 18 or students with an identification card.

“On Friday nights we are open late and we have this beautiful, west facing terrace …that can be used for live music, films, that sort of thing,” said Andrea Grover, the Parrish’s curator for special projects. “This program is really geared toward reveling. It’s the kind of music that is intended to get people up and dancing. Or, if you like, you can go out on the lawn with your kids and let them run around and jump up and down.”

Mr. Lauro is well known among Sag Harborites for the occasional music film series he hosts at Bay Street Theatre, using footage owned by his company, Historic Films, as well with his past, and still occasional, performances with the Lone Sharks, Gene Casey’s rhythm and blues-based band.

Besides Mr. Lauro, the Loungers’ lineup includes a pair of vocalists, Dawnette Darden and Marvin Joshua (who recently joined the band), David Dietch, on keyboards and accordion, Michael Schiano on guitar, Dave Giacone on drums and a three-member horn section made of Brian Sears on tenor and baritone sax, Ed Leone on trombone and Gary Henderson on trumpet that, Mr. Lauro said, handle the majority of the solos.

“Every band out there—all they have is guitars,” he said. “We said, ‘Let’s do something different!’”

Mr. Lauro said that Mr. Dietch handles the group’s arrangements and tries to keep fresh the classics the group plays as well as provide an authentic New Orleans feel to its original songs. “We write to the theme,” he said.

A documentary filmmaker who branched into the world of film archiving, amassing an incredible collection of vintage music footage, from Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker, through Elvis Presley, the Beatles and later rock groups, Mr. Lauro said he was bitten by the music bug at an early age.

“The Beatles,” he responded when asked his inspiration for taking up the bass. “But I had two lives as a kid. I also had this secret life of loving vaudeville singers like Al Jolson and Eddie Kantor. So I was listening to that and completely loving the Beatles and all the stuff that was coming up.”

Thanks to groups like the Beatles that covered ’50s R&B and rockabilly, Mr. Lauro said he learned about the likes of Carl Perkins, Fats Domino and Little Richard by working his way backward. “Eventually you learned that Paul McCartney could scream, but not like Little Richard.”

After moving east more than 30 years ago, Mr. Lauro hooked up with an old high school bandmate, Mr. Schiano, in the Moondogs. Later, he joined Mr. Casey’s Lone Sharks for several years.

He and Mr. Dietch formed the HooDoo Loungers about four years ago. “When I left the Lone Sharks, I wanted to do a New Orleans project. But I thought we’d be more of a show band, and do a whole retrospective show for corporate parties and that sort of thing. Pretty soon we started doing original stuff, but we still do lots and lots of old New Orleans stuff.”

Mr. Lauro said he hoped that some of the infectious joy that imbues the spirit of life in New Orleans comes through in the band’s playing.

“Partying isn’t something they do on Saturday night. They live that the whole year,” he said. “They celebrate joy through music. That kind of works for me.”

For more information about Sounds of Summer and other Parrish events, call 631-283-21118 or visit parrishart.org.


Jazz en Plein Air Series at the Parrish

The Parrish Art Museum will also once again hold its Jazz en Plein Air series, on the first Friday of each month from May through August.

The series starts on Friday, May 30, at 6 p.m. with an appearance by jazz drummer Eliot Zigmund, who has played behind the likes of Chet Baker and Bill Evans. The series continues with Nilson Matta on June 27, Iris Ornig on July 25, and an act to be announced for August 29.

Seating is limited and reserved for guests ordering food and beverages from the museum café. However, guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music from the terrace and lawn.

Sag Harbor Elementary School Small Chorus Sings National Anthem for the Long Island Ducks

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Conductor Gavin Lahann leads the Sag Harbor Elementary School small chorus in the national anthem before the Long Island Ducks baseball game Sunday, May 18. Photo courtesy Gavin Lahann.

Conductor Gavin Lahann leads the Sag Harbor Elementary School small chorus in the national anthem before the Long Island Ducks baseball game Sunday, May 18. Photo courtesy Gavin Lahann.

By Tessa Raebeck

Decked out in orange, green and gold, the Sag Harbor Elementary School Small Chorus sang the national anthem before the Long Island Ducks baseball game versus the Camden Riversharks Sunday, May 18.

Music teacher and chorus conductor Gavin Lahann led 27 students in delivering the anthem before a large crowd at the Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip.

“Thank you to the students that made the Duck Game National Anthem [sic] such a special occasion,” Mr. Lahann wrote on his page of the district website. “They sounded amazing in front of the thousands in attendance. They should feel extremely proud.”

The Small Chorus is a voluntary club that meets on Tuesdays after school. The Sag Harbor Booster Foundation sponsored the event for the second year in a row.

“The Booster Foundation wanted to work with the Elementary School music program and small chorus to promote an interest in participating in music at an early age,” said Robert Evjen, president of the foundation. “We wanted to make it fun.”

“This is such a wonderful experience for me and the kids because it is a collection of singers who wish to work hard and experience amazing music,” writes Mr. Lahann.

The Ducks ultimately lost the game 10-6, but not for lack of musical inspiration.


Here is a link to a video of the Small Chrous’ performance, courtesy of Jay Flanagan:

Singers Showcase at the Southampton Cultural Center

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By Tessa Raebeck

The Southampton Cultural Center is hosting a Singers Showcase Friday, an evening of song featuring the talents of East End residents.

Singers from the Center’s Center Stage Singing Program taught by Valerie diLorenzo and Peter Pece will be on hand. Songs from Broadway, pop music and the Great American Songbook will be performed by local singers John Balzer, Bethany DellaPolla, Jillian Lyons, Joan Lyons, Jenna Mate, Nancy Picone, Mitchell Robin, Mary Sabo, Emily Selyukova, Robert Stafford, John Tusa, Susan Wojcik and more.

The evening will be hosted by Valerie diLorenzo with piano accompaniment by Peter Pece.

The Singers Showcase is May 16 at 7:30 p.m. on the stage of the Levitas Center for the Arts, 25 Pond Lane in Southampton. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. For reservations and information, call the Southampton Cultural Center at 287-4377.