With the wide variety of acts, there is something for nearly every venue and every audience during this year’s conference showcases. The schedule is subject to change, and events are not in the order of performance. Artists are listed in the order they are currently scheduled to perform. The schedule, however, is subject to change.
All showcases are open to the general public and are free.
Thursday, June 6, 1:45–4:15 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, Sutton Hall
Broadway, television, and Academy Award nominated film star John Astin offers an eclectic evening of excerpts from well-know works by Edgar Allan Poe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others combined with anecdotes and film clips from the popular TV series The Addams Family.
Since the release of their debut, award-winning CD, Kaleidoscope Songs #1, this group of fun-loving musicians has been captivating kids and adults alike with their fresh approach to music for young audiences.
Through emotionally evocative, artistic concerts and immersive community programming, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble awakens audiences to songs from the old Sephardi communities of Sarajevo, Salonica, and Jerusalem. Epic tales of love lost to the seas and the intrigue of kings abound in arrangements that crackle with vivid musical storytelling.
A comedian, magician, and Guinness world record-holding balloon sculptor. John’s “Balloon Freak Show,” with its own unique mixture of comedy, magic, and “really weird things with balloons,” has received rave reviews.
Featuring music influenced by travels with the Gypsies of Spain, refugee camps during the Balkan War, surreal “cowboy” TV specials in the Soviet Bloc, and Saturday morning “Cartoon Classics,” Neil pushes the limits of this traditional folk instrument while forging Gypsy, Celtic, Balkan, and Classical influences into new American music.
The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world’s only professional ensemble specializing in “America’s Original Music”—the exhilarating sounds of early Broadway, “silent” movies, and of bandstands and ballrooms. Founded at the Juilliard School in 1986, PRO has performed in more than 700 U.S. concert halls, including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Chautauqua.
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