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NOVEMBER 2014

NOTE: If a show at BRT has an advance price & a day-of-show price it means: If you pre-pay OR call in your reservation any time before the show date, you get the advance price. If you show up at the door with no reservations OR call in your reservations on the day of the show, you will pay the day of show price.

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, CALL BRT AT: 401-725-9272
Leave your name, number of tickets desired, for which show, your phone number and please let us know if you would like a confirmation phone call.



Every Monday in NOVEMBER, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM
ZUMBA CLASSES WITH APRIL HILLIKER

Free class after you take 10!

Saturday, November 15, 8 PM, $15.00
KIMBERLEY FRASER & TROY MACGILLIVRAY
Kimberley Fraser was born on Cape Breton Island and nurtured within its rich musical heritage. She first began to impress audiences at the age of three with her step-dancing talents. Soon after that she took up both the fiddle and the piano. Like many in Cape Breton, music is not new to Kimberley's family... she proudly owns the fiddle of her great great grandfather, spanning the musical tradition within her family over a hundred years. Though still in her early twenties, Kimberley's career is already a distinguished one having played with Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser, Lunasa and Martin Hayes. A master at the trio of fiddling, step dancing and piano, Kimberley is a much sought after teacher for all three and has been a long-time instructor at the renowned Gaelic College in Cape Breton. Her CD "Falling on New Ground" won the 2008 East Coast Music Award for best "Roots/Tradtional Album of the Year." Having moved back to Cape Breton two years ago, we are thrilled to have Kimberley return!

Raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia, fiddler, pianist, stepdancer Troy MacGillivray's musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was already impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13 he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne's, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, has spent four years in a stringed orchestra and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University. For generations, the MacGillivrays on his father's side and the MacDonalds on his mother's side have been proprietors of the Scottish Gaelic tradition in his home province of Nova Scotia. With 5 CDs to his credit, Troy balances traditional Celtic tunes with his own internationally-acclaimed compositions. His CD, "Live At The Music Room" was the 2008 East Coast Music Association's Instrumental Recording of the Year and the 2008 Music Nova Scotia Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year. His recording, "When Here Meets There" was a unique collaboration with Canadian & US National Fiddle Champion Shane Cook and won the 2009 East Coast Music Association's Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year.

Thursday, November 20, 7 PM, FREE
Ajax - A Greek tragedy by Sophocles

presented by Providence College and Salve Regina University
This free play, set during the Trojan War, will be followed by a community forum on veterans' issues and seeks to bring audiences face-to-face with the emotional scars faced by soldiers who must relive their experiences on the battlefield. The goal is to bring together recent veterans, future soldiers (e.g., ROTC cadets), faculty, students, and the larger community in the region for conversations about how best to assist soldiers returning from multiple tours of duty. The performances are free and open to the public. To register, please visit the Eventbrite page on AjaxInRI.eventbrite.com. "Ajax" in Rhode Island is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of NEH's "Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War" special initiative, which supports veterans-related programming within each state and encourages a national network of humanities programming for America's military, veterans, and their communities.

Saturday, November 22, 8 PM, $15.00
CHANTERELLE - Music of the French in America
JOSEE VACHON, DONNA HEBERT, ALAN BRADBURY & MAX COHEN
Josée Vachon and Donna Hébert have embodied traditional and original Franco-American fiddle and song all their lives. Twenty years ago they met and became musical partners, forming Chanterelle with former guitarist Liza Constable and bassist Alan Bradbury. Alan returns with Josée, Donna and her guitarist, Max Cohen, for another wonderful show celebrating French culture in America. Born in Lac Megantic and raised over the border in Brownville ME, singer-songwriter Josée Vachon is beloved of Franco audiences, who regularly sing along in French. Her unabashed 'joie de vivre' is infectious. Josée's long stint hosting "Bonjour" on cable in the Northeast brought her to many Franco-American homes, and she has continued to record and tour. A recipient of awards from the keys to the city of Woonsocket, to a spot on NEA traditional touring rosters like "The Women's Singing Traditions," Josée is an icon within the Franco-American culture. Western Mass. fiddler Donna Hébert, named an Artist Fellow in Franco-American fiddling by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, was recognized by Governor Deval Patrick in 2009 for "outstanding artistic achievement." A fiddle instructor at Smith and Amherst Colleges, Donna performs in a fiddle/guitar duo with Max Cohen (who joins them on this tour), Celtic trio Mist Covered Mountains, and the new Panache Quartet with fiddlers Andrea Beaton, Veronique Plasse and Jane Rothfield. Alan Bradbury's Cajun group, Magnolia, are the mainstay of the region's Cajun music and dance scene. Alan's bass, accordion and vocals just make Donna and Josée so happy that it's always a homecoming to play Chanterelle gigs with him. Max Cohen is one of the best kept secrets in the guitar world, the true musician's musician (producer, engineer, arranger). Max also accompanies folksinger Priscilla Herdman, who says, "Max is one of those rare guitarists able to create an atmosphere that supports and cradles the voice with both tenderness and strength." Donna adds that he "rocks like crazy!" Not to be missed...

Saturday, November 29, 7:30 PM, $20.00
BRT HOMECOMING CONCERT AND SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER
featuring Atwater-Donnelly, Eastern Medicine Singers, Phil Edmonds, Bertrand Laurence, Robbie O'Connell, Pendragon, Mary Ann Rossoni & Rick Bellaire
With family and friends in town for Thanksgiving, BRT's 14th annual fundraiser features some of the best of Rhode Island's homegrown talent as well as others who now live in the Ocean State. Starting at 6:30 p.m. and during intermission, Blackstone River Theatre will also hold a silent auction featuring CDs, jewelry, original artwork, Christmas items and gift certificates. 100% of the proceeds from both the concert and the silent auction will go to support Blackstone River Theatre's programming and operating expenses. Says BRT executive director Russell Gusetti, "this is not only BRT's one big fundraiser for the year but it also serves as an excellent sampler as audiences get to see seven different acts in one evening, all who will be performing full concerts in the coming months." Pendragon will act as hosts this evening and will perform a set of their Celtic-inspired music joined by Irish step dancer Erika Damiani. Other featured performers, who are all donating their time, include Atwater-Donnelly who will perform Appalachian, original and Celtic-inspired folk music and clogging, acoustic blues musician Bertrand Laurence, whistle and accordion player Phil Edmonds of the Gnomes, and celebrated Irish singer-songwriter Robbie O'Connell. Mary Ann Rossoni and Rick Bellaire will perform a set of original folk/pop/rock music and the Eastern Medicine Singers will present Algonquin and Native American song, drumming and dance.



DECEMBER 2014

  • There will be no BRT classes offered in December except for Zumba on Mondays.
  • Blackstone River Theatre will shut down for the holiday season starting December 15 and will reopen again on January 10. We wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season with best wishes for a peaceful new year!
  • Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to BRT before the year ends!
  • Blackstone River Theatre gift certificates make a great gift for friends and family!

NOTE: If a show at BRT has an advance price & a day-of-show price it means: If you pre-pay OR call in your reservation any time before the show date, you get the advance price. If you show up at the door with no reservations OR call in your reservations on the day of the show, you will pay the day of show price.

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, CALL BRT AT: 401-725-9272
Leave your name, number of tickets desired, for which show, your phone number and please let us know if you would like a confirmation phone call.



Every Monday in DECEMBER, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM
ZUMBA CLASSES WITH APRIL HILLIKER

Free class after you take 10!

Saturday, December 6, 9 AM to 3 PM, Free admission!
7th annual BRT HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND FESTIVAL
Blackstone River Theatre invites the community to our 7th annual Holiday Craft Fair and Festival fundraiser! Please come out and support BRT programming as well as area craft vendors and home-based businesses while you do your holiday shopping locally! We will have 26 vendors on site and the event will also feature continuous live music by members of Pendragon, The Broad Street Fiddlers, and The Swamp Meadow Victorian Carolers plus raffle prizes, a bake sale table, refreshments and more. Door prizes will be raffled off from each vendor with the raffle proceeds to benefit BRT's programming. Think out of the box (store!)

Vendors will include: SoulQuest Designs (handcrafted jewelry), Scentsy (warmers, armomatic wax and personal care items), Shaker Shoppe (beautiful wooden goods), The Opulent Squid ("posh and peculiar handmade jewelry"), Ann Lilley Designs (bags & totes made from recycled materials/seasonal decor), Thirty-One Gifts (organizational items for home and accessories for on the go), Laura Travis Carving (Celtic stone carving, rubbings, and Brigid Crosses), Tastefully Simple (Easy-to-prepare foods to help people spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the rest of their lives), BoydHolms (whimsical handmade birdhouses and sculptures), Mary Kay Cosmetics, Ducharme Creations in Wood (handmade wooden ornaments and more), SilverLeaf Studios (handcrafted jewelry in Sterling silver and copper and repurposed vintage items), Tree's Creations (cancer awareness earrings and bracelets), Starlite Jewelry Designs, Reclectic Design (handmade sterling silver jewelry with natural stone and sea glass and silk and hemp hand bags), The Glass Heron (hand crafted stained glass), Pretty Useful Things (fabric jewelry), Bright Edge Candles & Photography, Tom & Alice Apiaries (honey and related products), Moosup Valley Design (custom jewelry, scrimshaw, artwork and more), 3U Design Studios (custom bracelets), Doodle Paintings, Uncle J's Monsters (prints of "monsters who don't know they are monsters" mounted on wood panel boxes), LnKDesigns (hand-carved wooden LED Star Lights, crystal jewelry, novelty soaps), and Xeph Ink (Original Celtic tapestries, cloaks & more).

Sunday, December 7, 2 PM and 5 PM, $12.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
3rd annual IRISH DANCE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR featuring TIR NA NOG IRISH DANCE

Both performances are fundraisers for the 2015 BRT Summer Solstice Festival
We hope you'll join us for what has become a tradition at BRT as we again will host a fun afternoon and evening of Irish dance, and live Celtic and Christmas music from members of Pendragon. All dances have been choreographed and taught by instructor Erika Damiani and will be performed by dancers from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, based out of Blackstone River Theatre. As she did the past two years, Erika has chosen to make these shows a fundraiser for the 2015 Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival where Tir Na Nog Irish Dance will perform. The shows will be filled with Christmas cheer, beautiful traditional and modern Irish dancing, live Celtic music, guest performers, and will conclude with a visit from our friend from the North Pole! The show will be sprinkled with the magic of Christmas and the love of Irish dance demonstrated by all of the dedicated dancers and their parents. Tir Na Nog Irish Dance is run under the direction of Erika Damiani and is based at Blackstone River Theatre. Tir Na Nog Irish dancers are very dedicated to learning Irish dance traditions and have a great deal of fun while doing it. Erika wants Tir Na Nog to grow so she can continue to spread her love of Irish dance to many students for years to come! If you are interested in Irish Dance classes at Blackstone River Theatre, call 401-725-9272 or visit http://tirnanogirishdanceri.com/RI_Irish_Dance.html

Two Holiday performances!
Saturday, December 13, 8 PM, $18.00 advance / $20.00 day of show
AND
Sunday, December 14, 7 PM, $18.00 advance / $20.00 day of show
BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Sponsored by Navigant Credit Union
Blackstone River Theatre will present our 7th annual Christmas Celebration featuring Aubrey Atwater, Erika Damiani, Elwood Donnelly, Bob Drouin, Kevin Doyle, Russell Gusetti, Josh Kane, The Miller Family, Mary Lee Partington, Torrin Ryan, and the Swamp Meadow Victorian Carolers. Audiences can expect the unexpected - familiar and unfamiliar songs, high energy clogging and step dancing, ancient carols, spoken word, jokes and more - as musicians and dancers perform in varied combinations or join together on beautiful Christmas and winter-themed pieces. "That's one of the nicest thing about this show," explains Russell Gusetti, BRT executive director. "We all get a chance to perform with each other in several different configurations, something audiences simply do not get to see at any other point in the year." Special guest performers will include the Swamp Meadow Victorian Carolers from Foster, BRT's Irish step dance instructor Erika Damiani, award winning 20-year-old Irish bagpiper Torrin Ryan, from Attleboro, and music and step dancing by the dynamic Miller Family - Ruby May, Evelyn and Samuel.



UPCOMING CONCERTS IN 2015
(More to be announced!)

Saturday, January 10, 8 PM
THE KROPPDUSTERS

Saturday, January 17, 8 PM
MATT & SHANNON HEATON

Saturday, February 7, 8 PM
OCCIDENTAL GYPSY

Sunday, February 15, 7 PM
FULLSET

Saturday, February 21, 8 PM
ROSSONI

Saturday, February 28, 8 PM
THE GNOMES

Sunday, March 1, 7 PM
RUNA

Saturday, March 7, 8 PM
ROBBIE O'CONNELL / CAITLIN NIC GABHANN & CIARAN O MAONAIGH

Sunday, March 15, 7 PM
PENDRAGON - Celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 21, 2 PM
EASTERN MEDICINE SINGERS

Saturday, April 18, 8 PM
THE MAIRTIN O'CONNOR TRIO

Saturday, April 25, 8 PM
BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY

Saturday, May 2,
BIKE & BLUES THE BLACKSTONE

Saturday, May 2, 8 PM
GYPSY STAR

Saturday, May 16, 8 PM
ATWATER-DONNELLY TRIO