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MARCH 2014

  • We will continue our popular Monday Zumba Toning classes at 5:30 p.m. and Zumba classes at 6:30 p.m. with April Hilliker. We have also added a Zumba for Beginners/Seniors class on Thursdays (except 3/6 and 3/27) at 6:30 p.m. with Lori Senno!
  • A new 8-week session of Irish step dance classes with Erika Damiani begin on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 9.
  • Beth Johnston will have an exhibit of recent paintings in the BRT Art Gallery through April 13.

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.



ONGOING
Mondays in March, $5.00 per class, 5:30-6:15 PM
ZUMBA TONING CLASSES WITH APRIL HILLIKER
Class combines Zumba, Zumba Toning and Core Workout

AND
Mondays in March, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM
ZUMBA CLASSES WITH APRIL HILLIKER
(Note: $8.00 if you take both classes on the same day)

Thursdays in March (except 3/6 AND 3/27), $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM
ZUMBA CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS / SENIORS WITH LORI SENNO


Saturday, March 29, 2 PM, $12.00 ($7.00 children)
EASTERN MEDICINE SINGERS

Sponsored by Navigant Credit Union
The Eastern Medicine Singers are an Algonquin drum group from Providence, RI, dedicated to keeping the eastern woodlands native american culture alive. The drum group is made up of RI, NY, NJ & Southeastern Massachusetts Tribes and they take pride in drumming and singing in the language of Massachusett & Wampanoag dialect. The Eastern Medicine Singers create new music and combine stories and culture into the drum experience. Eastern Medicine Singers started in 2008 to support the NAPEWA Native Youth Program at the RI Indian Council in Providence. They have played at the 2013 Summer Solstice Festival, the Providence Art Club, RI Department of Tourism, RI State Council on the Arts, NH Intertribal Council Powwows, Ramapough Nation, Mashantucket Pequot Nation, Nipmuc Nation, Woonsocket Autumnfest, and many others. A great afternoon of drumming, song, stories and culture for the whole family!

Saturday, March 29, 8 PM, $12.00
THE JOBE / REDFEARN PROJECT
The Jobe/Redfearn Project brings together the aesthetics of two contrasting but complementary Rhode Island composers: Steven Jobe and Alec Redfearn. Jobe spends most of his time writing operas, his current work being "The Legend of the Fairy Melusine," presented at BRT in 2012. He also presented his opera "Joan of Arc" at BRT in 2010. Redfearn (leader of the band The Eyesores) is recognized on both sides of the Atlantic for his prolific originality. The Jobe/Redfearn Project features colorful instrumentation - accordion, violin, viola, cello, hurdy-gurdy and percussion - performing music that is eclectic and extremely hard to classify, the influences too many to name. Selections range from a Satie-like melody by Jobe entitled "O'Reilly's Waltz," to a characteristically twisted selection by Redfearn, "Tramadoliday." Tonight's show will see featured guest vocalists Ellen Santaniello and Gillian Chadwick, and three other amazing musicians - Laura Gulley on violin, Rob Bethel on cello, and Matt McLaren on drums in addition to the large hurdy-gurdys that Jobe has become known for. This is sure to be an evening of extraordinary music, featuring two innovative composers, a host of talented musicians, and a wild assortment of "big instruments," including the amazing Bosch Hurdy-Gurdy. The hurdy-gurdy is a medieval stringed instrument played by turning a rosined wheel with a crank and depressing keys connected to tangents on the strings. The design and construction of the giant 10-foot long Bosch Hurdy-Gurdy was funded by a New Works grant from the Rhode Island Foundation in 2002. It is based on an image from a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, "The Garden of Earthly Delights." With a full range of sounds in the bass and contrabass range, the instrument has been integral to Steve Jobe's work since its completion in 2006. This is sure to be an evening of extraordinary music, featuring two innovative composers, a host of talented musicians, and a wild assortment of "big instruments." Join us for something completely different!



APRIL 2014

  • We will continue our popular Monday Zumba Toning classes at 5:30 p.m. and Zumba classes at 6:30 p.m. with April Hilliker. We have also added a Zumba for Beginners/Seniors class on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. with Lori Senno!
  • Irish step dance classes with Erika Damiani continue on Saturdays and Sundays in April (except 4/20 and 4/26)
  • An 8-week session of five levels of fiddle classes with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins April 1 and April 2 (no class 4/22 and 4/23)
  • A clogging workshop will be held April 12 for all levels with Aubrey Atwater.
  • A three-week session of two-hour classes for both beginner and continuing mountain dulcimer players will be offered April 5, April 19, and May 3 with Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly.
  • Beth Johnston will have an exhibit of recent paintings in the BRT Art Gallery through April 13.
  • Bruce Kaplan will have a photography and painting exhibit in the BRT Art Gallery April 19 through May 31.

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.



ONGOING
Mondays in April, $5.00 per class, 5:30-6:15 PM
ZUMBA TONING CLASSES WITH APRIL HILLIKER
Class combines Zumba, Zumba Toning and Core Workout

AND
Mondays in April, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM
ZUMBA CLASSES WITH APRIL HILLIKER
(Note: $8.00 if you take both classes on the same day)

Thursdays in April, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM
ZUMBA CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS / SENIORS WITH LORI SENNO


Friday, April 4, 6:30-9 PM
PRIVATE ZUMBA EVENT

Saturday, April 5, 8 PM, $12.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
MATT & SHANNON HEATON / LISSA SCHNECKENBURGER - Double CD release!
Boston's powerhouse duo and BRT favorites Matt and Shannon Heaton have once again assembled an album of smartly-arranged traditional ballads with deep Irish roots and fresh, modern sensibilities. "Tell You in Earnest" is their fifth duo CD and features well-traveled "dialogue ballads" (each song is a conversation between two people, fitting for a husband-and-wife duo). As always, there is bright instrumental work and traditional-style singing from the Heatons. Unexpected additions include mild Thai spices (from the Thai music Shannon learned in school in Suphanburi), a whisper of reverb-drenched electric guitar (from Matt's work with The Electric Heaters) and harmony singing and rootsy Americana rhythms. Shannon (Live Ireland's Female Musician of the Year 2010 and 2011) has been compared to Alison Krauss and Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh for her combination of vocal grace and instrumental prowess (Irish flute, button accordion). Matt is a 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant recipient and provides a firm foundation on the guitar and bouzouki. Like Richard Thompson, Donal Lunny and Bill Frisell, he's always searching for the perfect chord. Since their move to Boston in 2001, the Heatons have become an integral part of Boston's vibrant Irish music and neo-Celtic Acoustic scenes.

Vermont fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger returns to BRT as a solo act tonight and she is also celebrating the release of a new CD. The traditional music of New England can be as warm and comforting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as a summer thunderstorm. Lissa is a master of both moods, a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and carefree joy of dance tunes old and new. Lissa's fiddling is uplifting and lively, and her singing is gentle and evocative. Both in concert and in the studio she is regularly accompanied by some of New England's best musicians. In 2001 she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in contemporary improvisation, and since then has been performing around the US and internationally for a growing audience of enthusiastic listeners. "Schneckenburger's playing is... quietly virtuosic... her voice is pure and clear, full of simple emotion" says the All Music Guide.

Friday, April 11, 8 PM, $13.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
CELTIC ROCK WITH TEMPEST - 25th anniversary tour!
Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 25 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area-based act release 15 critically-acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. The band has also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member. This will be their only New England show and features their newly-released live CD, 'The 25th Anniversary Concert,' dedicated to all the fans and friends who have faithfully supported the band for over a quarter of a century. Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award-winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. Newcomer Caith Threefires is from Boston. He has a strong background in both Rock-n-Roll and traditional folk music. Gregory Jones is the latest in a long line of Tempest guitar greats. His fiery licks and hard-rocking approach to the instrument, combined with his experience and understanding of Celtic music has made him a fast favorite with fans, new and old alike. Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band's sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming.

Saturday, April 12, 8 PM, $12.00
MARJORIE THOMPSON and CHRIS MONTI
When Marjorie Thompson takes the stage, tiny and blonde and bearing a smile that carries just a hint of shyness, her demeanor scarcely prepares her audience for what comes next. The audience can be forgiven for wondering almost at once how so much power - in guitar playing, in singing, in the songs themselves - could erupt from such a small package. Touring has taken her around the U.S., as well as Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Though she usually headlines her own performances, she has shared the stage with Acoustic Hot Tuna, Chris Smither, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Geoff Muldaur, Jorma Kaukonen, Lori McKenna, Paul Geremia, Richard Shindell, and numerous others. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, perhaps most notably being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and her CDs have found an audience on scores of radio stations. Much has been made of the fact that in addition to her musical accomplishments, Marjorie has her academic career and is the mother of seven children. But with a modest smile she downplays those things. "People don't come to see the singing dean, or the mother who writes songs," she says. "They come to hear... and I owe them good music. The music has to succeed or fail on its own. I think it's succeeding." Chris Monti is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player whose original songs are influenced by Rock and Roll, Country-Blues and Old-Time Fiddle Music as well as music from West Africa, Egypt and India. Chris has toured the East Coast, opened many times for country-blues great Paul Geremia, played with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, and recently played the world's largest hurdy gurdy for "Hurdy Gurdy Pallooza 2014." Marjorie and Chris will both do solo sets and also join together on a few songs.

Friday, April 18, 7:30-10 PM
PRIVATE PIPING EVENT

Saturday, April 26, 8 PM, $12.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
INTERNATIONAL STRING TRIO
The International String Trio was founded in 1999 by its musical director and guitarist, Slava Tolstoy. The band also features Ippei Ichimaru on acoustic bass and Ben Powell on violin. During the last 10 years the group has performed at more than 1000 venues across the USA and has gained national recognition for its distinct sound and stylistic diversity. The International String Trio is a group of exceptionally talented musicians, all alumni of Berklee College of Music, Boston, Mass. The group prides itself on its stylistic diversity, delivering Gypsy jazz, Appalachian folk, acoustic world music (Irish, Klezmer, Russian, Italian, French, Bluegrass, and more), virtuosic classical arrangements and popular songs from movie sound tracks. The International String Trio enjoys using the diverse cultural backgrounds of its members - hailing from Russia, Japan and England - to influence its stylistic diversity and unique performance aesthetic. The group's latest CD release, "Appalachia," is an acoustic collection of refined and articulate arrangements, exclusive to this rare instrumentation. Such collective proficiency, both instrumental and conceptual, is seldom seen or heard in today's ever growing market of gimmicks and one dimensional music making. Don't miss their BRT debut!



MAY 2014

Friday, May 2, 6:30-9 PM
PRIVATE ZUMBA EVENT

Saturday, May 3, 8 PM, $15.00
THE ATWATER-DONNELLY BAND

Friday, May 9, 7 PM
SHOWCASE DANCE PRODUCTIONS CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE

Saturday, May 10, 8 PM, $20.00 advance / $24.00 day of show
MARTIN HAYES and DENNIS CAHILL

Sunday, May 18, 10 AM-3:30 PM
PRIVATE ZUMBA EVENT

Saturday, May 24, 8 PM, $15.00
CHORO DAS 3 - Music of Brazil

Saturday, May 31, 4-8 PM
BIKE AND BLUES THE BLACKSTONE




JUNE 2014

Saturday, June 7, 10 AM
PRIVATE EVENT - PAINTBOX PRESCHOOL GRADUATION

Saturday, June 21, 11 AM to 7 PM, (Rain date: Sunday, June 22)
4th annual BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL
at Diamond Hill Park, Rte. 114, Cumberland, RI
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, children $5, kids under-5 free!
Five entertainment stages plus food and craft vendors!
Cantrip • Aoife Clancy • The Gnomes • Robbie O'Connell • Panache • Pendragon • Irish step dance featuring Tir Na Nog Irish Dance and Showcase Dance Productions and many more to be announced!
Call (401) 725-9272 for information or visit www.riverfolk.org/brtssf