A Midsummer Night's Dream by Actors' Shakespeare Project
May 10 - June 4th, 2017
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Patrick Swanson
“The course of true love never did run smooth.” Dashed expectations force flummoxed lovers into the mystical wilderness where enchantment and confusion await, all for our gleeful benefit. “Let me play the lion too. I will roar that I will do any man’s heart good to hear me.”
Director Patrick Swanson’s production will celebrate the creative center of dreams, and how the spirit world can interfere with mortal destinies.
Likely first performed as a formal entertainment at the wedding of Queen Elizabeth the First’s godchild, Shakespeare’s hilarious and hallucinatory A Midsummer Night’s Dream is also his most enduringly popular play. In Patrick’s remix, we are guests at a wedding celebration that has been going strong for 400 years. Set in a hideaway location, this is a rave that celebrates the sublime and the ridiculous. Boasting the sweetest and most vicious love scenes, and music that both stimulates and soothes the savage beast, this is the party to crash!
2017 River Festival
Jazz, World Music , R&B Stage
The Art of the Trio - Celebrating the Rhythm Section in Jazz Music
Saturday, June 3, 2017 from Noon - 6 PM
FREE! Presented by the Jazz Club at the Multicultural Arts Center with Stage Host Executive Director Shelley Neill
NOON – 1:15 PM: John Kordalewski Trio
Music reflecting the jazz traditions of three continents, John Kordalewski (United States), Carlos Pino (Colombia), and Kesivan Naidoo (South Africa) speak a common language as jazz musicians, and it is enriched by the inflections that each musician brings. Expect some 'straight ahead jazz' as well as Colombian and South African compositions.
Personnel: John Kordalewski - piano; Carlos Pino – acoustic bass; Kesivan Naidoo – drums
1:30 – 2:45 PM : The Rebecca Cline Trio
The Rebecca Cline Trio celebrates the rich heritage of American music, taking inspiration from the classic jazz piano trios of the U.S., and from the popular music of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. She has performed or recorded in the US and Caribbean with such artists as Giovanni Hidalgo, Pedrito Martinez, Paulo Braga, Romero Lubambo, Jerry Gonzalez, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Charles Neville, and Alex Acuña.
Personnel: Rebecca Cline – piano; Gregory Ryan – acoustic bass; Mark Walker – drums
3 – 4:15 PM: The Kevin Harris Project
When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection? Jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroad. On drums is the always in demand and always swingin’ Yoron Israel, and on acoustic bass virtuoso Will Slater.
Personnel: Kevin Harris – piano; Yoron Israel – drums; Will Slater - acoustic bass
4:30-5:45 PM: Yoron Israel Trio
The Yoron Israel Trio, led by renowned drummer Yoron Israel, with longtime friends and bandmates Laszlo Gardony - piano and Ron Mahdi - bass, promises to deliver an elegant, adventurous and energetic set of music. Collectively these musicians have amassed over 20 acclaimed recordings as leaders in their own rights, including Yoron Israel’s recent project "This Moment” and “Visions – The Music of Stevie Wonder” and Laszlo Gardony’s “Live in Real Time” and "Signature Time.” Their combined musical experiences read like a who’s who in Jazz; performing, touring and recording with such luminaries as Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Joe Lovano, David “Fathead Newman” and Roy Haynes to name just a few. The Trio performance will be premiering a number of new original compositions, along with works by Mary Lou Williams and Hank Jones.
Personnel: Yoron Israel – drums; Laszlo Gardony – piano; Ron Mahdi – acoustic bass
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