Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blackstone River Theatre - Gypsy music with the Bohemian Quartet!



This year's Solstice Fest was our biggest yet... stay tuned for more on the 2015 festival set for June 20! 

Zumba with April Hilliker on Mondays, 6:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 27, 8 PM
Film on Romany culture at 7:30 p.m. sponsored by R.I. State Council on the Arts  

Oct. 4 and 5 
Celtic stone carving class

Saturday, October 4, 8 PM 

Oct. 9 
6-week session of tin whistle and 5-string banjo classes begin with Aubrey Atwater

Saturday, October 11, 8 PM 

Friday, October 17, 8 PM 

Oct 25 
Beginner/Continuing beginner mountain dulcimer session begins

Saturday, October 25, 8 PM 

Saturday, November 1 
Flynn Cohen & the Deadstring Ensemble / Kathleen Conneely &
Mark Roberts

Saturday, November 8 
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Dear Steve,


This we bring back the wonderful Bohemian Quartet for an evening of Gypsy and Romani music... then two great bands from Scotland will perform in early October - NORTH SEA GAS

Lots of great classes coming up too ... Celtic stone carving (just 2 spots left) and dulcimer, whistle and 5-string banjo with Aubrey Atwater!

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Hope to see you soon...
Russell Gusetti, Executive Director  


The mission of keeping a rare musical flame alight is a noble and often challenging one, but The Bohemian Quartet is more than up to the task. In this case, the acclaimed Rhode Island-based ensemble featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass specializes in music of the "Romany" or "Gypsy" tradition, along with related Eastern European folk styles.

The Bohemian Quartet was formed in 2005. Violinist Stan Renard, a composer and virtuoso player with an impressive list of credentials, assembled the group with the idea of preserving the tradition and indulging in the virtuosic playing of classic gypsy music. Renard recruited like-minded and ambitious friends: Christine Harrington on cello, Nancy Richardson on viola, and Dave Zinno on upright bass. Together, they've made a commitment to the genre, and aspired to performing it with both reverence and adventure. Indeed, like every good curator, the ensemble embraces tradition, and still wanders off in newer, unpredictable directions.

The name "Bohemian Quartet" was borrowed from the original Bohemian Quartet (also known as the Czech Quartet after 1918), a string quartet of international repute that was founded in 1891 and disbanded in 1934. Both groups share a passion for the deep-rooted authenticity of the Romany tradition, as well as the ability to play that historic repertoire with extraordinary joie de vivre. On the aptly titled "Beyond Tradition," the quartet's 2010 recording, the group's intentions are on full display. The project was recorded live at Blackstone River Theatre and St. Paul's Church in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. They released a new studio CD in 2013 entitled "Silhouette."

There will be a pre-concert film on Romani culture/musical styles at 7:30 p.m. made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 
  Event Info
Saturday, September 27, 8 P.M., $15.00
at Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, R.I. 
Call 401-725-9272 for reservations


As part of our Heritage Arts Studio initiative, Blackstone River Theatre will offer a two-day class in Celtic relief stone carving in limestone for beginners with instructor Laura Travis, outside, behind the Blackstone River Theatre. Teenagers (age 16 and up), college students and adults are all welcome and no experience is required. A maximum of 10 students will be allowed... ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT! The course fee is $125 plus a separate $12 materials fee which is payable directly to instructor Laura Travis (includes several pieces of stone, sandpapers, and access to finishing tools.) For additional information, visit the instructor's site,
Relief carving is a satisfying and useful skill which has numerous applications for gardens, landscaping, and creative expression. The saga of The Celt and The Stone is as old as time. If you have seen a photo of the High Crosses in Ireland and Scotland, or British well-shrine covers, you've seen Celtic relief carving in stone. In this 12-hour introductory-level course, students will use manageable scraps of limestone and carve them with an initial, a knot, or an animal motif - bring your own idea or utilize teacher references - and in the process learn something of one of the signature arts of the Celts. Included will be plenty of stone lore, tips for scrounging up materials and tools for practically nothing, and information about techniques including polishing and finishing.

Laura Travis has been carving for more than 22 years, bringing her knowledge and love of Irish and Celtic traditions firmly into her work in stone. As an artist, Laura walks between the worlds of fine and folk art, utilizing traditional iconography in some very contemporary contexts. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and maintains a studio in Rhode Island. She's also known for originating and hosting the Irish traditional music radio program, In The Celtic Realm, for the past 32 years on WRIU-FM. 

  Event Info
Saturday, October 4 & Sunday, October 5,
9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
$125.00 plus $12.00 materials fee
at Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, R.I. 
Call 401-725-9272 for reservations

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