Liam Kaplan is an award-winning pianist and composer who has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tenri Cultural Institute, Steinway Hall, Klavierhaus, Merkin Hall, and many other venues across the United States.
Kaplan is currently a third-year student at Oberlin Conservatory where he studies piano and composition. He recently won Oberlin’s Rudolph Serkin Prize for the Outstanding Sophomore Pianist.
This year, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Opera. What began as a fundraising effort has continued to bring spectacular up-and-coming opera talent to the hilltowns each year. Eve Queler, Music Director Emerita of Opera Orchestra of New York and part-time Blandford resident, is the force behind this longstanding event. Please join us for this enjoyable à la carte performance – a wonderful taste of opera.
The Trio will perform a sparkling and witty early trio by Beethoven, an effervescent and sometimes sassy trio by the great French woman composer, Germaine Tailleferre, and Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s passionate and deeply ironic Op. 67 Piano trio. The trio members, Kathleen Thomson (violin), Mary Wooten (cello), and Marcia Eckert (piano), are each accomplished musicians who have performed individually in such notable locations as London’s Leighton House, Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.
The Bad News Jazz & Blues Orchestra is an 18 piece Big Band playing favorites and classics from the Big Band Era, from Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington to the Blues Brothers and Earth, Wind and Fire. This Holyoke-based group made its debut at an outdoor concert at the Florence Community Center in 2012. Since then, it has appeared throughout Western Massachusetts.
Sponsored in part by the Blandford Cultural Council
Lauded by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as a “truly fine musician” who “knows how to let the music’s beauty stand out and speak for itself and she executes it superbly,” Dr. Lynelle James has performed at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall in New York City, and in concert halls across the United States, Italy, Canada, New Zealand and the Caribbean.
Sponsored by the Blandford Cultural Council
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Sevenars and in homage to a similar program concept of her father Robert Schrade, Ms. Schrade has selected a program of famous and lesser-known composers with “R” names – Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Rameau, Respighi, Ries, Rodrigo, and Roussel.TICKETS: $20 / 16 & Under FREE
With influences ranging from the coastal music of Jimmy Buffet & Kenny Chesney, touching upon the country of Dierks Bentley & Willie Nelson, and reaching to the songwriting of Aaron Lewis, Stephen Kellogg & Will Hoge, Jon’s music covers many genres that appeal to a wide listening audience. TICKETS: $20 / 16 & Under FREE
Eve Queler, Music Director Emerita of Opera Orchestra of New York and part-time Blandford resident, brings spectacular up-and-coming opera talent to the hilltowns each year in an enjoyable àla carte performance. This year’s artists are sopranos April Martin and Jessica Sandidge, tenor Matthew White and (returning for the third time) baritone John Viscardi. TICKETS: $35