Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sundilla Presents Tokyo Rosenthal Friday, 9/20/2013

The Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series is presenting Tokyo Rosenthal on Friday, September 20, 2013, at 7:30 PM at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The address is 450 E. Thach Avenue, Auburn. Admission is $12 at the door and $10 in advance at Mama Mocha's Coffee, Spicer's Music, and on the series' website, www.sundillamusic.com.

Rosenthal's lyrics are sometimes storytelling and sometimes political, and seem to have a common thread of being inspired by struggle. His voice reminds me of Roy Orbison's, and his honest craft keeps true to the time-honored tradition of rabble-rousing American folk musicians. His song, "Love Won Out," a great blues with a strong hook, deals with gay marriage and is a good example of this. UPDATE (9/18/2013): I stumbled on this tweet and followed it through to Italian guitarist Manguss's ReverbNation page. Looks like he'll be supporting Rosenthal Friday night.

Below is the beginning of a post about Rosenthal on Sundilla's website. There's a link for the rest of it. While on the site, read singer Dan Navarro's case for support. The series is unique, not only to our area, but also to those who perform for it. Like the art music I usually write about, most of Sundilla's performers are dedicated to the sound and preservation of a particular genre of music, in this case folk, though not always that, specifically. Artistically, Sundilla is an institution worth whatever we can do to make it stronger.

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“Rosenthal can draw you into his lyrics much the same way that James Taylor and Don Henley can”.

“Take Jackson Browne’s personal confessions and wrap them in Kris Kristofferson’s world weary tales of broken relationships and you have an idea of what to expect from Tokyo Rosenthal.”

“This is Americana with real teeth in the lyrics.”

This and more is what the critics are saying about Tokyo Rosenthal. But it wasn’t an overnight trip. Hardly, as “Toke” has spanned the music scene for three decades. But it was in 2007 when recognition finally reached him through the recording of his CD, ”One Score And Ten”. Read more...

UGA's Connie Frigo to Perform for A Little Lunch Music, September 19, 2013

On Thursday, September 19, 2013, from noon to 1:00 pm, saxophonist Connie Frigo will perform with pianist Greg Hankins at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art as part of its A Little Lunch Music series. I know Connie because of her association with the New Century Saxophone Quartet and its Artist in Residence position at the Wildacres Saxophone Retreat led by my teacher and mentor James Houlik. I have heard Connie play with tremendous power and with equal finesse. She holds great respect in the concert-saxophone community, and I am overjoyed that she is coming to play for us. Her performance is being sponsored by Marvin and Susan Price. For more about the series, click here.

Connie Frigo
Saxophonist Connie Frigo has worn many hats as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, columnist and founder of festivals. Highlights of her career include six years with the premier U.S. Navy Band; seven years touring nationally with the New Century Saxophone Quartet; a Fulbright scholarship to the Netherlands; and faculty positions at the Universities of Tennessee and Maryland. In 2011, she joined the University of Georgia as saxophone professor. At UGA, she is working with psychologists from the Torrance Center for Creativity to measure creativity’s impact on classical music performance. In 2012, Connie formed the ROC Ensemble, a 9-piece band with the purpose of performing in non-traditional settings such as corporate business meetings, to demonstrate how musicians and business professionals can benefit from each other’s insights and work. Her performance degrees are from Ithaca College, University of Illinois, Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the University of South Carolina.

Greg Hankins
Greg Hankins, a Virginia native, is an active freelance collaborative pianist based in Athens, Georgia. He has performed with members of the Atlanta Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Sotte Voce Quartet, Georgia Brass Band, and faculty of the University of Georgia. As a jazz pianist, Greg has performed in venues such as the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and at festivals such as the University of Northern Colorado’s Jazz Festival. He serves on the faculty of the New York State Summer School of the Arts’ School of Choral Studies in Fredonia, New York. His teachers include Richard Zimdars, Eric Ruple, Joseph Trivette, Gabriel Dobner, Chuck Dotas and Wells Hanley. He earned a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, both in piano performance.