EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Don Braden "Trio of Liberty"
Sep
30
7:30pm 7:30pm

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Don Braden "Trio of Liberty"

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Don Braden "Trio of Liberty"

Tickets $25.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $30.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $15.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear these accomplished jazz musicians in an historic intimate setting! This program is partially underwritten by Arthur Rovozzo host of WECS Saturday Jazz Program, "Musical Myriad". Aurthur's generous support serves as an appreciation to his loyal listening audience and support for the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm.

Don Braden is a Jazz musician of the highest caliber.  For over 30 years he has toured the world leading his own ensembles on saxophone and flute, as a special guest, and as a sideman with Jazz greats Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, and many others.  He has composed music for ensembles ranging from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings (including 20 CDs as a leader and over 80 as a sideman), film, and the television networks NIckelodeon and CBS. 

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Braden is a leading arranger of contemporary standards, and has built a solid collection of newer American songs into his Jazz repertoire.   He is also a world renowned educator, having spent over two decades giving master classes at countless schools and universities, and running first class educational programs such as the Litchfield Jazz Camp, NJPAC's Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens, and most recently, the Harvard University Monday Jazz Band. 

He is an imaginative, technically excellent, soulful saxophonist, and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication give him a unique approach to improvising as well as composing and arranging.  Most important of all: he has a beautiful sound, and he swings!  All this combines with his joyous yet disciplined personality to make him one of the most important musicians working today. (Don Braden)

Don will be joined by Don will be joined by Joris Teepe on bass and Gene Jackson on drums forming the renown "Trio of Liberty"!

Join us for this rare opportunity to see and hear these jazz legends! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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Fall 2017 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Oct
1
12:00pm12:00pm

Fall 2017 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Fall 2017 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

[Free Admission - To give us an idea how many folks will be attending, please click the button below to obtain your free ticket. Thanks!]

Come join us on Sunday, October 1st, from Noon to 5:00pm for the Fall Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Live performances in The Packing House with singer / songwriter Peter Lenhdorff and poet Brian Sneeden.

Visit with resident artists Chris Gunderson, Carol Maciewicz, Kim Pumiglia, and special guest artists.  Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Fall Season with us at this local historic landmark.

Explore the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and learn about EC-CHAP membership opportunities, and how you can become a CHAP! All activities are free to the public.

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SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

1:30pm-2:15pm: Singer / songwriter Peter Lehndorff

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PETER LEHNDORFF writes folk and jazz songs about everyday life. Some are humorous observations about everyday life, life in a small town and life in Massachusetts. In addition to his slice of life songs, Peter is now mixing the funny with the serious; the romantic with the eccentric. Some new songs reflect his experiences as a caregiver for his late wife.

He has appeared at coffee houses and venues throughout New England. In the 90s he was a finalist in the Boston Acoustic Underground competition and performed on three of the Folk Next Door concert compilations at the University of Hartford CT. Several of his car related tunes were on NPR’s “CarTalk” radio show. He has opened for many artists from Tom Paxton, the late Bill Morrissey and Robert Earl Keen to Arlo Guthrie and Dar Williams.

2:45pm-3:15pm: Poet Brian Sneeden

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Brian Sneeden’s first collection of poems, Last City, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press (2018). His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and translations of his poems have been published in international magazines in Greek, Albanian, and Serbian. His translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s collection, Homerica, is forthcoming from the inaugural series of World Poetry Books (2017). Brian received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is the senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.

3:30pm-4:15pm: Singer / songwriter Peter Lehndorff

NOON TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS COMMUNITY - RESIDENT ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS: Christopher Gunderson, Carol Mackiewicz, Summer Sun Photography,  and Brian Sneeden. St. Paul Church

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

EASTERN CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR HISTORY, ART, AND PERFORMANCE (EC-CHAP)

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

Please check back for  a detailed description of activities and times. For more information, please call 518-791-9474. 

The Mill Works is located at 156 River Road, Willington, CT 06279.

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
Oct
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

"Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

[Free Admission - To give us an idea how many folks will be attending, please click the button below to obtain your free ticket. Thanks!]

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, September through May.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic setting before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided (Please - No full drum kits unless prior arrangements have been made).

If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent. Invite everybody you know!

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

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Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Keyboard Artist Bob Malone (Rock/Blues/Jazz)
Oct
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Keyboard Artist Bob Malone (Rock/Blues/Jazz)

Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Keyboard Artist Bob Malone (Rock/Blues/Jazz)

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door/ Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

EC-CHAP is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to host Bob Malone at The Packing House this season! Bob is simply an incredible keyboardist and musician receiving highest praises from some of the most notable and credible publications in the music industry. It is a true pleasure to present to you, An Evening with Keyboard Artist Bob Malone!

BOB MALONE has toured the world as a solo artist for two decades and has played keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty since 2011. Classically trained, with a degree in jazz and a lifetime playing rock & roll clubs, theatres, and arenas, Bob’s sound is a one-of-a-kind hybrid of rock, blues, and New Orleans R&B, delivered with high-energy piano virtuosity and a voice all his own.

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Born and raised in New Jersey, he has lived in New York City, New Orleans and Boston, and is currently based in Los Angeles. As a solo artist, Bob plays around 100 shows a year in the US, UK, Europe and Australia - including sets at Glastonbury Music Festival (UK), Colne Blues Festival (UK), Long Beach Bayou Fest (US), Falcon Ridge Folk Fest (US), Blue Mountains Music Fest (AU), and Narooma Blues Fest (AU). He has been featured twice at WWOZ Piano Night in New Orleans, and has opened for Boz Scaggs, Subdudes, The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, BoDeans, Dr. John, Marcia Ball and many others. As a member of John Fogerty’s band, he has played with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, and Alan Toussaint.

Malone’s 2015 album, Mojo Deluxe, has received a long list of rave reviews, spent months on the Living Blues, Relix/Jambands.com, Roots Music Report and Americana Music Association (AMA) radio charts in the US, and reached #1 on the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association (IBBA) chart in the UK. Videos from Bob’s upcoming Mojo Live DVD have recently been premiered by Relix Magazine and Alternative Root Magazine.

Bob’s music is heard regularly on Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight and The Rachel Ray Show, and he has appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman and The View with John Fogerty.

Kurzweil Music Systems chose Bob to make the demo videos for their new Forte digital piano, and he is endorsed by QSC Audio, Hammond Organ and Fishman Acoustic Transducers. (Bob Malone)


Mr. Malone has recently posted the following video in an effort to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Please consider purchasing "The River Gives". 100% of all proceeds from the sales of this song go directly to the Houston Red Cross to assist hurricane victims . Buy the MP3 at http://www.bobmalone.com/store/#therivergives. 

This song was originally written for the Rebuild West Virginia Telethon, to help the victims of last year's historic flooding in West Virginia, which killed 23 people and rendered thousands homeless.


“Pulsating, roaring keyboard work that grabs you and shakes you until you cry for mercy.” Keyboard Magazine

“This is hard-edged rock ‘n’ roll with New Orleans flourishes – “Chinese Algebra” is a quirky delight.” Offbeat Magazine

“With Malone’s latest offering, he has found his mojo delivering a superbly produced blues rock album packed with funk and oozing with soul.” National Rock Review


Join us for this rare opportunity to see and hear this "Keyboard Wizzard" (The New Yorker))! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza - you won't go wrong! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet
Oct
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

Its an honor and privilege to have the Greg Abate Quartet return to The Packing House for their fall performance! Greg, Ben, Matt, and Nat continue to amaze our audiences with their seamless interactions and improvisation.

Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz / Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe.

In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years. In 1978 Greg formed his group 'Channel One' which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87.

Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia.

June 18, 2016 ~ Greg Abate quartet boppin' hard at the Lizard Rodeo Lounge in the Range Cafe in Bernalillo, NM. John Rangell on keyboards.

A live album, Kindred Spirits, released in 2016 (Whaling City Sound) featured The Greg Abate Quintet with Phil Woods, and the Tim Ray Trio. This 2-CD set was recorded live at Chans in Rhode Island (read more).

His most recent recording, Road to Forever, was released earlier this year on the Waling City Sound label (read more). The project includes ten original tunes written by Greg and features members of his working trio Tim Ray Trio, Tim Ray (piano), John Lockwood (bass), and Mark Walker (drums).  [NOTE: The Tim Ray Trio will be performing at The Packing House on Saturday, November 4th].

Greg will be joined at The Packing House on October 14th by Matt deChamplain on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Ben Bilello on drums. (Greg Abate)

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this jazz great in our intimate historic setting. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza - you won't go wrong! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

The Artists:

Greg Abate

Greg Abate recorded his first CD Live At Birdland NYC in 1991 on the Candid Jazz Label with the trio of James Williams, Rufus Reid and Kenny Washington. To tdate Greg has recorded over 17 other recordings as leader.

Greg is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with co. sponsorship from the Conn-Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad.

This year, Greg was inducted into the RHODE ISLAND MUSIC HALL OF FAME (2016).

What some say about Greg Abate:

“I sleep a lot better knowing there are alto players like Greg! It was a joy to make music with him and he writes good songs that are challenging.”  Phil Woods

"Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs and standard chord progressions. Rather, the sharp angularity of his phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” –Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“…Abate’s musical style can be seen as a distillation of swing’s easygoing vibe and bop’s
more animated groove. He has developed a unique voice. –METRO San Jose,

“Greg Abate is an absolute powerhouse who will absolutely not let hard driving bebop die.
One of the most exciting players around today, Greg’s commitment to the music is total…” –W. Pickowitz, Jr., The Jazz Messenger

“Multi-saxophonist Greg Abate is a prime example of the ‘rear back and blow’ school of contemporary bop-based players. The tunes he writes or chooses are based on the kinds of changes that harmony-oriented jazzmen have favored since the beginning and he swings through them with and eager and easy virtuosity.” –David Franklin, Jazz Times

“Greg Abate is one of the most appealing saxophonists on the scene today. He is mature with an abundance of gentle self-confidence. The result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring.” –Jim Merod, New Jazz Recordings

 

Matt deChamplain

Matt deChamplain grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut attending the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts during high school, obtaining his bachelors degree from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music and graduated magna cum laude with his masters from the University of Toledo in Ohio in 2012. He has opened for Wynton Marsalis’ Quintet, Dave Brubeck and Hank Jones, played with Dave Brubeck, Shawnn Monteiro, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Javon Jackson Jose Feliciano, Paul Keller and Jon Hendricks and has appeared at the JVC Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and jazz clubs such as the Regatta Bar in Boston, Smalls in New York City and Yoshi's in San Francisco.

                                                                                                                                              Matt was selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program where he engaged in a two week intensive composition and performance workshop led by Dr. Billy Taylor and Curtis Fuller culminating with three performances filmed live from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has participated in the Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris, France, toured New Ross, Ireland with bassist Nat Reeves, and released two albums as a leader, "Stride Bop" and "Pause". He has also been featured on guitarist Norman Johnson's album "Get It While You Can" (2011), jazz violinist Jason Anick's album "Tipping Point" (2012) and recorded several songs with vocalist Jon Hendricks for "Holiday Wishes II: River of Stars" (2013). Matt currently holds a faculty position at the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford), teaches piano at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and is a visiting clinician for the Glastonbury High School Jazz Ensemble. While maintaining an active performance schedule, he continues to teach and compose.

 

Nat Reeves

During the past 30 years, Nat Reeves has been one of the top bassists in jazz. His supportive and stimulating playing has uplifted a countless number of sessions and recording dates (most notably with the great altoists Jackie McLean and Kenny Garrett) and he has led his own CD State of Emergency. Both as a performer and an educator, he has made a strong impact on the jazz world.

"Noted for his artful articulation, time, tone, taste and irrepressible sense of swing and fluid invention, Reeves has always been a favorite of all kinds of instrumentalists, but a particularly special favorite of super saxophonists. His resume included work with an array of top performers at gigs world-wide from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, in famous venues ranging from the Village Vanguard to the Montreaux Jazz Festival." - Owen McNally, The Hartford Courant

Nat began teaching part-time at the University of Hartford (The Hartt School jazz   program was organized and run by Jackie McLean) and the Artists Collective (an arts organization founded by Jackie and his wife Dollie). In 2001 Nat began a full time teaching career at The Hartt School where the African American Music Studies Program had been renamed the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz. “I build on what my students already know and try to convince them to be more aggressive with learning. I’ve learned a lot from my students particularly about technology. I often teach what I want to learn. I love helping the students. I think of teaching similar to playing a gig: being well organized, accomplishing goals and solving problems. It is a lot of fun and it makes me a better musician.”

During the past year, Nat Reeves has traveled the world including performing in India and Japan, at the San Francisco, New Orleans, Detroit and Atlanta Jazz Festivals, and with Pharoah Sanders at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center.

 

Ben Bilello

Ben Bilello received his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies at the Hartt School of Music, where he studied with Ben Toth, Glen Velez, Michael Carvin, and Tony Leone.  Since graduating from Hartt, Ben has performed and recorded with Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Henderson, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Javon Jackson, George Cables, Joe Wilder, Anthony Braxton, Charles Flores, Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery, Dezron Douglas, New Jazz Workshop, and Shelton “Fatman” Laster, among many others.

In addition to performing with noted jazz musicians, Ben has toured with the South American folk groups Viva Quetzal and Markamusic. At this time, Ben can be seen performing with his own trio, Josh Evans and The Connection, bassist Jeff Fuller, and Earl MacDonald’s New Directions Ensemble, as well as many others.

 

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EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Oct
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, both located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, and artist in residence opportunities are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

We have scheduled monthly "Informational Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization. These meetings are free to attend.

Please join us on:

Thursday, October 19th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided. To accommodate those interested in attending, we ask that you please register by clicking on the link below:

Register Here

For more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "A Great Day in Harlem / The Spitball Story" (NR)
Oct
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "A Great Day in Harlem / The Spitball Story" (NR)

EC-CHAP - Friday Night Film Series: "A Great Day in Harlem / The Spitball Story" (NR)

Suggested Donation $5.00

We are pleased to have Mr. Arthur Rovozzo provide an introduction to this important documentary film showing. Arthur, has served as DJ of the Saturday afternoon jazz program, "Musical Myriad", on WECS 90.1FM radio for nearly three decades. Mr. Rovozzo possesses significant expertise in the evolution of jazz and blues, specifically during the period spanning 1944 to present day.

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A Great Day in Harlem

A documentary by Jean Bach, Co-produced with Matthew Seig, Editied by Susan Peehl. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature  in 1995. 

"Art Kane, now deceased, coordinated a group photograph of all the top jazz musicians in NYC in the year 1958, for a piece in Esquire magazine. Just about every jazz musician at the time showed up for the photo shoot which took place in front of a brownstone near the 125th street station. The documentary compiles interviews of many of the musicians in the photograph to talk about the day of the photograph, and it shows film footage taken
that day by Milt Hinton and his wife." - Written by Daren Gill (IMDB)

This is a radio interview I conducted in 1995 with Jean Bach who directed the 1994 film, A Great Day in Harlem, nominated in 1995 for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature. In this interview, Ms. Bach discusses the background behind the documentary and some insights about the
photo.

The Synopsis
Back in 1958 New York City clubs boasted nightly performances by the greatest players in jazz. Their music and their lives spanned four decades and linked styles and origins from across the country. This is the story of a moment from that era that brought dozens of these giants to a single frame.

A Great Day in Harlem is an hour-long documentary film that brings to life a remarkable moment in the history of jazz - a moment in which dozens of America's jazz legends unexpectedly gathered together for a photograph that would become emblematic of the golden age of jazz. By illuminating this single, historic event, A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM is a window to an unprecedented era in music history which addresses broader issues of
creativity and community in our own time.

It was a Summer day in New York City, 1958. A young photographer paced nervously in front of a Harlem brownstone. He had spread word that he hoped to take a picture for a special edition of Esquire magazine commemorating the golden age of jazz. Yet it was ten in the morning, long before most jazz players were up, and a meager turnout was feared. To everyone's surprise, scores of musicians assembled to create what is now a world-famous, "class photograph" of America's jazz legends.

A Great Day in Harlem zooms in and out of this astonishing photograph, interweaving archival performance footage, remarkable never-before-seen home-movie footage of the photograph being taken, and rare interviews with jazz masters present that day such as Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey. Other interviewees include the photographer, Art Kane, who had never before taken a picture as a
professional but who would quickly rise to the top of the field, and the Esquire graphics editor, Robert Benton, who speaks of what he learned that day that he would later use as a three-time Academy Award winning filmmaker. Finally, we hear the stories of some of the neighborhood kids who snuck into the frame to be photographed alongside their musical heroes.

Through this photograph, viewers will come to know some of the century's most influential musicians. We meet such luminaries as Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Marian McPartland, Gerry Mulligan, Mary Lou Williams, Maxine Sullivan, and Thelonious Monk. The result is a richly textured recreation of the event and the presentation of a cross-section of people and musical styles that comprised the evolution of jazz in the 20th century - and beyond.

As important, A Great Day in Harlem captures the spirit of an era when New York City was the center of the jazz world, when music history was constantly being made, and when creativity was fostered by an intense and nurturing community of musicians and fans. 

It was indeed a great day when musicians met and joked with friends, family, and community residents - in one instance even blowing a few jazz riffs - on a side street in Harlem in 1958. Like the photograph it documents, A Great Day in Harlem is a vivid portrait of a unique community. (http://www.a-great-day-in- harlem.com/synopsis.html)

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Here's the full list of musicians in the photo:  Hilton Jefferson, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Wilbur Ware, Art Blakey, Chubby Jackson, Johnny Griffin, Dickie Wells, Buck Clayton, Taft Jordan, Zutty Singleton, Red Allen, Tyree Glenn, Miff Molo, Sonny Greer, Jay C. Higginbotham, Jimmy Jones, Charles Mingus, Jo Jones, Gene Krupa, Max Kaminsky,
George Wettling, Bud Freeman, Pee Wee Russell, Ernie Wilkins, Buster Bailey, Osie Johnson, Gigi Gryce, Hank Jones, Eddie Locke, Horace Silver, Luckey Roberts, Maxine Sullivan, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Thomas, Scoville Browne, Stuff Smith, Bill Crump, Coleman Hawkins, Rudy Powell, Oscar Pettiford, Sahib Shihab , Marian McPartland, Sonny Rollins, Lawrence Brown, Mary Lou Williams, Emmett Berry, Thelonious Monk, Vic Dickenson, Milt Hinton, Lester Young, Rex Stewart, J.C. Heard, Gerry Mulligan, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie (https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/amazing-photograph-jazz-history/). Click here for more info about each of these artists.

As of August 2017, only two of the 57 musicians who participated are still living (Benny Golson and Sonny Rollins).


The Spitball Story

Jean Bach, director of the remarkable A Great Day in Harlem, utilizes the same techniques of oral history and thumbnail jazz portraiture to tell the story of why Dizzy Gillespie was fired from the Cab Calloway band and how this transformed his career. This isn’t on the same level as Bach’s previous film, but it’s still a precious document, especially for its footage of Gillespie shortly before his death. 21 min. (Jonathan Rosenbaum)

And it all went down during the summer of 1939 when the band had gone up to do three Sunday shows at the State Theater in Hartford. Complete details can be found here.


This film is a part of The Packing House Friday Night Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

 

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Fiction Writing Workshop with Felix Giordano
Oct
21
to Dec 9

Fiction Writing Workshop with Felix Giordano

Fiction Writing Workshop with Felix Giordano

Registration $95.00 in Advance (online) - Six Sessions

Workshop Schedule

This workshop consists of six sessions to be held in The Packing House. Each session is scheduled on Saturday morning from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Workshop dates are as follows:

  • Session-1: October 21st
  • Session-2: October 28th
  • Session-3: November 4th
  • Session-4: November 11th
  • Session-5: December 2nd
  • Session-6: December 9th

Maximum number of workshop participants - 12. Please check the website for any changes or cancellations. 

Workshop Description

This course, intended for those who have had previous writing experience, will focus on short story writing, novels, and novellas. Aspiring writers are most welcome, as are those who have a current project in various stages of completion. We will use the Iowa Writing Workshop approach to facilitate critiques and commentary constructive to the writer’s work and goals.

Students should bring enough copies (max of 12) of their writing project (no more than 10 double-spaced pages) with them to the first class. The other students will receive these copies and bring them home for critique where they will then be the subject for group discussion at the next class. This will be the weekly class format for the remainder of the course.

Finding and recognizing your voice, outlining, structuring the plot, establishing the story arc, giving your characters depth and roundness, evoking the scene through description and detail, experimenting with points of view, and rewriting beginnings and endings are ongoing issues for exploration throughout the course as will any other pertinent topics that may evolve during class time.

About the Author:

Instructor: Felix F. Giordano is the successful self-published, award winning, internationally best-selling author of the Jim Buchanan Novels Series. His first two books, Montana Harvest (2015) and Mystery at Little Bitterroot (2016) have achieved more than 1.1 million Kindle Edition Normalized Pages Read and have sold more than 4,000 copies. His most recent novel, The Killing Zone (2017) was just published this April. His books are available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and Audible versions.

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: An Evening with Jacqui Naylor and Art Khu
Oct
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: An Evening with Jacqui Naylor and Art Khu

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: An Evening with Jacqui Naylor (vocal) and Art Khu (piano)

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

It is a privilege to present an evening with Jacqui Naylor and Art Khu! Jacqui has been a favorite jazz vocalist for years - and the opportunity to collaborate with her is an true honor. Please join us for a very special performance with these outstanding artists.

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Jazz vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor makes her debut at The Packing House following sold-out shows in the United States, Europe and Canada in support of her 2017 release, her ninth recording, Q&A. Her albums have made the “top-ten” lists of USA Today, Jazziz and The Washington Post and she is recognized for her wide vocal range and ability to mix and “smash” multiple genres and generations of music. She is equally at ease singing the music of Johnny Mercer and David Bowie as she is her own original music, with several compositions used in national advertising.

"Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around. " JazzTimes

"She excels as a sensitive song interpreter with unerring intonation. " DownBeat

At her concert expect music from Naylor’s recently released duo recording, Q&A, featuring multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer, Art Khu. The two have worked together for over a decade, recording and touring regularly with Naylor’s quartet. On Q&A, classic jazz standards like Jerome Kern’s  “The Way You Look Tonight and Hoagy Carmichael’s  “The Nearness of You” sit comfortably next to the duo’s original music like “This Is How It Starts” and “Here We Are At Last.”

These artists are perhaps best known for an arranging technique they coined “acoustic smashing” where she sings the melody and lyrics of a jazz standard over the groove of a well-known rock anthem or vice versa. Check out their version of the Rodgers and Hart classic “My Funny Valentine” over ACDC’s “Back In Black.” Naylor has likewise been praised for fresh takes on contemporary tunes like the David Bowie anthem “Space Oddity” and a popular Bossa Nova version of REM’s “Losing My Religion.” The recording was featured on So You Think You Can Dance for a tango competition.

Naylor’s many recordings are available throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and she tours regularly in these regions at esteemed venues and festivals, including Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, SFJAZZ Festival, Women in Jazz Germany, Ronnie Scott's London, Jazz Standard New York, Jazz Alley Seattle, Snug Harbor New Orleans, and the Blue Note jazz clubs in New York, Milan and Tokyo. (Jacqui Naylor)

Please join us for this rare opportunity to see and hear these incredible musicians! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kris Adams and Tim Ray with Special Guests
Oct
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kris Adams and Tim Ray with Special Guests

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kris Adams (vocal) and Tim Ray (piano) with Special Guests

 

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Possessing an innate sense of time and a voice rich with the echoes of the masters, vocalist Kris Adams is truly a unique artist in the world of jazz. For over 30 years, she has sung at venues and given educational instruction worldwide, and has shared stages, recording studios, and teaching clinics with such luminaries as Joe Lovano, Luciana Souza, Gregory Hutchinson, Billy Drummond, Wayne Escoffery, Michelle Hendricks, and Paul Bley. Kris also has three solo albums to her credit, as well as multiple guest appearances and featured turns on a variety of jazz recordings and projects. She has adjudicated at many national music festivals, as well as participated in conferences around the world.

After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 1982, Kris began performing professionally all over the northeast, and subsequently joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Extension Division. There, in addition to her role as instructor, she pursued and received a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies in 1993, studying with respected jazz artists Paul Bley (keyboards), Jimmy Guiffre (reeds), and Dominique Eade (vocals), as well as participating in workshops with such luminaries as Sun Ra, T.S. Monk, Jr., and Claire Fischer. Upon completion of this degree, she joined the faculty at Berklee, and is currently a full-­‐time professor in the Harmony, Voice, and Ensemble departments. She is also a member of the Performing Music faculty at Wellesley College. (Kris Adams)

Kris is also a successful author, publishing her book “Sing YourWay Through Theory – A Music Theory Workbook For The Contemporary Singer” (Gerard & Sarzin) in May of 2011.

“Longing,” her latest album, is available from CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon.com, and Spotify.

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Kris will be joined by jazz pianist Tim Ray on piano and special guests Paul Del Nero on bass and Fernando Brandao on flute. Tim will be returning on Saturday, November 4th with his Trio.

Join us for this rare opportunity to see and hear these outstanding jazz musicians! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Glenn Kendzia (Indie / Folk)
Sep
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Glenn Kendzia (Indie / Folk)

Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Glenn Kendzia (Indie / Folk)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

We are extremely pleased to have Kala Farnham return to The Packing House to begin our 3rd Season. She is an incredible musician, writer and poet, whose reflective words and song connect and stay with you... Once you experience her performance, you'll just want more. Please join us for this outstanding artist.

Kala Farnham is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter hailing from the Quiet Corner of CT. Kala's signature songwriting has been described as a reinvention of the folk tradition made popular by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.

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She has been praised for her classical undertones and playful dose Broadway theatricality onstage, and a lyricism that springs to life with creative storytelling, cultural references, and rich metaphor. Her first full-length studio album, "Anahata: Wake Up Your Heart", was nominated for "Best Americana Album" in RI's Motif Music Awards alongside a nomination for "Best Female Americana Vocalist".

In 2015, she was selected to be an Official Showcase Artist in Folk Alliance International's SERFA Music Conference. October 2016 marked the release of her 2nd studio album, "Samadhi: Home Is Where You Are" as well as another Motif nomination for Best Americana Album. Kala is an alumni of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project and the winner of the 2017 Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriter Contest. (Kala Farnham)

Kayla will be joined by Glenn Kendzia, songwriter and frontman of the alternative rock band Wild Sun, The release of their debut album, produced by Bryce Goggin (Phish, Pavement) in 2015 on American Laundromat Records found their music in Top 200 rotation on the national college radio charts.

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The band has shared the stage with national acts such as Eve6, The Wombats, Rubblebucket, And The Kids, Quiet Life, and others. In 2016, the band has been mentioned by Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, and their debut album “Little Truths,” was named one of the Top 20 Albums of 2015 by Motif Magazine alongside Wilco and Kendrick Lamar. With "Passion that could be felt shining through the performance." (Pancakes & Whiskey, NYC)

Join us for an evening of original works by these two outstanding artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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Film Showing: "The Doors" (R)
Sep
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

Film Showing: "The Doors" (R)

Film Showing: "The Doors" (R)

Suggested Donation $5.00

The Doors (1991), directed by Oliver Stone, staring Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan. Duration: 140-minutes.

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. (IMDb)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Summary Written by Denise P. Meyer <dpm1@cornell.edu>)

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that the problem with American lives is that they have no second act. The problem with Jim Morrison’s life was that it had no first and third. His childhood was lost in a mist of denial - he never quite forgave his father for being an admiral - and his maturity was interrupted by an early death, caused by his relentless campaign against his own mind and body. What he left behind was a protracted adolescence, during which he recorded some great rock ‘n’ roll. (Roger Ebert)

This film is a part of The Packing House Friday Night Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

 

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EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Sep
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, both located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, and artist in residence opportunities are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

We have scheduled monthly "Informational Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization. These meetings are free to attend.

Please join us on:

Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided. To accommodate those interested in attending, we ask that you please register by clicking on the link below:

Register Here

For more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Lee with Kate Copeland (Folk/Bluegrass/Indie)
Sep
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Lee with Kate Copeland (Folk/Bluegrass/Indie)

Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Lee with Kate Copeland (Folk/Bluegrass/Indie)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

A masterful and engaging multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Eric Lee has performed in countless settings, from southern roadhouses and festival stages to pit orchestras, London pubs, and the theaters of Beijing. Most recently, Lee performed on the main stage of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

His songs are a hybrid of poetic lyric with a singular melodic sense strongly rooted in the folk, bluegrass, and Irish traditions. Having accompanied such legendary artists as Eric Andersen, John Gorka, Peter Rowan, the Nields, Dave Navarro, and Tom Rush, Lee has drawn inspiration from these legendary artists, and is making a name for himself in a new generation of songwriters and balladeers.

The music of Eric Lee is a chimera of genres and influences; an ever-evolving world of sonic exploration with stand-alone melodies always at it's core. His new EP traverses a range of emotion, from the unbridled joy of love in "Miles Above the Ground" to the wrenching pain of Eros in "To Write you a Song"; the unflattering honesty of coping with loss ("Life Without You") to the cosmic petition to the ancient powers in "Hands of Fortune" (Eric Lee). Eric will be joined by Kate Copeland.

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Kate Copeland is an award-winning singer/songwriter composer/arranger based out of New York City. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory's composition program, she has worked in the studio with a variety of artists in
addition to putting out her own music. 

Some recent production credits include Abakis' "I'm One Too" (2014), General Mojo's "How Hollow A Heart" EP (2016), and Mike O'Malley's "Growlers" EP (2016). She released her first solo album, "recollection room," in June 2015, and her follow-up EP "Red and Blue" in May 2016. Most recently ASCAP declared her this year's winner of the prestigious Robert Allen Award. (Kate Copeland)

Come join us for some original music, awesome fiddlin', and overall great musicianship  by these talented artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" "The Packing House" pizza - you won't go wrong! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
Sep
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

"Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent


[Free Admission - To give us an idea how many folks will be attending, please click the button below to obtain your free ticket. Thanks!]

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, September through May.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic setting before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided (Please - No full drum kits unless prior arrangements have been made).

If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent. Invite everybody you know!

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

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CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE - Special Local Artist Performance - Ed Smith & Friends
Sep
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE - Special Local Artist Performance - Ed Smith & Friends

CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE - Special Local Artist Performance: Ed Smith & Friends

TICKETS $8.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $10.00 AT THE DOOR

EC-CHAP is proud to provide opportunities for local artists to share their unique work and talent. We begin our Third Season at The Packing House with a new "Special Local Artist Performance Program". Specific performances that comprise this Program typically evolve from our Talent Showcase series (the 2nd Wednesday of the month) and will be added to our regular performance schedule. This inaugural show features the many sides and shapes of Edmund Smith.

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The following according to Ed:

Ed Smith aka Fast Daddy Ed is a Brooklyn-born singer songwriter whose repertoire ranges from conventional song forms to experimental and theatrical soundscapes a la Frank Zappa and John Cage.

Ed began his musical meanderings in his basement home in Brooklyn, where he helped
assemble a ragtag band of adolescents known as the Pig Sisters. The song, 'It's Time to Revolt' was among their several excursions to fall asleep in the basement that summer. After that, Ed took to classical guitar and also began building cacophonous percussion instruments, mainly out of plumbing materials, which later came to be known as cancaphones. These instruments are featured in many of Ed's shows to this day.

Aside from the first juvenile attempt at ensemble work, Ed has been in such groups as Brain Taste, Horseshoe Crab, Target Cactus, Menage a Twang, the Milledge People, and now the Presuminati.

Ed was joined by his young daughters in Athens, Georgia to form 'the Wild Sunflowers', playing at the Human Rights Festival, among other venues. Over the past 40 years, he has recorded hundreds of recordings, many available in cd form at his shows. Of late, he has modified many of them to add tracks and effects that render them even more strange than they were to begin with. But they are not all strange!

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Besides working in several musical genres, Smith as published in local publications in Seattle, Miami, Boston, Athens, and Northeast Connecticut. He at one time wrote poetry under the pseudonym 'Noam Poemsky' for a zine called Seditious Delicious. Presently, he has 2 books on Amazon, ' Lastly, I Wish to Mention' and Voluminous Rex. He has helped found the Think and Do Philosophy Club , which is enjoying its 3rd year. His articles appear monthly in Neighbors magazine. He has a personal life, but it's personal.

Join us for some interesting local art forms. There's plans for original music, visual arts, literature, dance, and more... you never know what you'll see and hear with Edmund Smith! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. If you're feeling sassy, SPECIFICALLY ask for "The Packing House" pizza! You won't go wrong. Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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Acoustic Artist Series: Libby Johnson with Chris Riffle and Jimi Zhivago (Folk / Indie)
Jun
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

Acoustic Artist Series: Libby Johnson with Chris Riffle and Jimi Zhivago (Folk / Indie)

Acoustic Artist Series: Libby Johnson with Chris Riffle and Jimi Zhivago (Indie / Folk)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Artist, Libby Johnson, a familiar name as founding member of indie folk outfit “22 Brides”, is a singer songwriter whose folk/Americana roots are showcased in impeccable tunefulness, gorgeous melodies and a moving live presentation.

To quote “No Depression” magazine, "The hooks are unassailable, the singing and playing are felt, the arrangements an autumnal cross between Lucinda-bred Americana and kudzu-style indie rock.”

Johnson’s solo discography include Annabella (2006) and Perfect View (2010). Mike Joyce, “Washington Post” writes, “On Annabella Johnson quickly reveals her chief strengths: a hazy soprano that takes on a soulful edge when it counts, as evidenced by the album's title track; an engaging way with words”.

After a preview of Annabella, writer-director Bart Freundlich decided to use four of her songs in his film Trust the Man, starring David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Julianne Moore and Maggie Gyllenhaal. He said that he re-edited scenes around her songs. Johnson also wrote a new song, "Indelible Mark", which plays over the film's end credits. Johnson’s film credits also include work with The Discovery Channel, MTV, Oxygen, Smallville, The Riches, and many more.

In his review of Perfect View, Mark Tucker, “Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange” (FAME) writes, “This is one beautiful CD.” Comparing Johnson as “a cross of Mary Fahl, Bonnie Raitt, and Janis Ian, a quietly engrossing woman crafting songs delicate and enfolding, works grounded in the everyday but gently transcendent… Libby Johnson feels everything she writes, plays, and sings, feels it genuinely, no exaggerations, no playing to the times and masses, not a shred of compromise.”


Libby will be joined by NYC singer/songwriter Chris Riffle, and independent musician and producer Jimi Zhivago.

Chris Riffle’s brand of heartfelt folk is a product—and a tale—of two coasts. There’s no mistaking the pastoral, spacious sound of his roots—the picturesque coastal towns of Washington state, where while still in college Riffle began making waves on local radio stations, and landed support gigs for such indie mainstays as Death Cab for Cutie.

And yet it’s the other side of the country, on New York’s famously gritty Lower East Side, where Chris has found a second home, becoming a mainstay performer at the venerable Living Room, and Rockwood Music Hall collaborating with members of The Mars Volta, Ollabelle, and Antony and the Johnsons. Chris has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Blood Orange, Mothxr, Jesse Malin & Joseph Arthur (to name a few). Chris' albums have been in rotation at over 150 radio stations & featured on Sirius XM.

Video shot and edited by Stephanie Rabins & Jenny Riffle. "I am not from here" is from the new Chris Riffle EP of same title.

His new full length, Out of town, was recorded at One East (Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Paul Simon), produced by Jimi Zhivago (Ollabelle, Kim Taylor) and mastered at the Magic Shop (David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Coldplay). Chris just returned from an extensive North American tour opening for Heather Nova and a 20 date tour across Germany promoting his new album.

"A writer and performer of uncommon depth and intimacy -- Nick-Drake-meets-Elliott-Smith" - DIRECT CURRENT

Join us for an evening of original music by these creative artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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Film Showing: "Casablanca" (PG)
Jun
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Film Showing: "Casablanca" (PG)

Film Showing: "Casablanca" (PG)

Suggested Donation $5.00

Join us to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this classic film!

Casablanca (1942), though an A-List film with notable actors and writers, was not expected to receive the overwhelming public response it enjoyed. The film went on to win three Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director (Curtiz), and Best Adapted Screenplay (the Epsteins and Koch).  

As the film's reputation grew, its lead characters, memorable lines, and theme song have all become iconic, and the film consistently ranks as one of the greatest films of all time.

One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's café (C) has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. One day, to Rick's great surprise, he is approached by the famed rebel Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick's true love who deserted him when the Nazis invaded Paris. She still wants Victor to escape to America, but now that she's renewed her love for Rick, she wants to stay behind in Casablanca. "You must do the thinking for both of us," she says to Rick. He does, and his plan brings the story to its satisfyingly logical, if not entirely happy, conclusion. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi (Rotten Tomatoes)

This film is a part of The Packing House Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

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EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Jun
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, both located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, and artist in residence opportunities are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange.

We have scheduled several "Informational Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership opportunities, and review plans for programming and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization.

If you missed our previous meetings, please join us on:

Thursday, June 15th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments available.

RSVP Appreciated

 For RSVP or more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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Final "Talent Showcase" of Season 2!
Jun
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Final "Talent Showcase" of Season 2!

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

Join us for our final Talent Showcase of Season 2!

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent.

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

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CANCELLED-Literature Workshop: "Self-publish your book in the digital age"
Jun
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

CANCELLED-Literature Workshop: "Self-publish your book in the digital age"

Literature Workshop with Felix Giordano: "Self-publish your book in the digital age"

Registration $30.00 in Advance (online)

Registration Deadline: Noon, June 6, 2017

Have you written the perfect novel, memoir, historical fiction, or non-fiction book? Are you also having difficulty engaging a traditional agent or publisher for your work? Today, writers have self-publishing opportunities that were nonexistent years ago. Learn how you can self-publish your book with Amazon and reach readers across the globe all from the comfort of your own home.

Topics to be covered are creating a publisher name, website domain, establishing accounts with Create Space and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), building a professional looking title page, copyright page, dynamic cover, ordering an ISBN number and bar code, registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office, applying for a Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number, uploading your manuscripts to Amazon and Kindle, and selecting Amazon royalty, payment, and marketing options.

Advance registration required. Along with your paid registration you will receive a Writer's Workbook and an autographed copy of the author's novel, "Montana Harvest ".

Please join us for this  hands-on informative workshop packed with valuable and practical guidance on how you can self-publish your work. For those unable to participate during the afternoon hours, this identical two-hour workshop will also be offered in the evening Tuesday, June 6th, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

NOTE: Registration deadline: Noon, June 6, 2017. Please check the website for any changes or cancellations. 

About the Author:

Instructor: Felix F. Giordano is the successful self-published, award winning, internationally best-selling author of the Jim Buchanan Novels Series. His first two books, Montana Harvest (2015) and Mystery at Little Bitterroot (2016) have achieved more than 1.1 million Kindle Edition Normalized Pages Read and have sold more than 4,000 copies. His most recent novel, The Killing Zone (2017) was just published this April. His books are available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and Audible versions.

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Summer "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Jun
4
12:00pm12:00pm

Summer "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Summer "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

FREE ADMISSION

Come join us on Sunday, June 4th, from Noon to 5:00pm for the Summer Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Highlights include: Factory Tours; Open Artist Studios; The Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum, and more.

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Live performances in The Packing House with the Hall Memorial School ‘Select Chorus’ and 'Falcon Treble Singers', Ed Smith, local artist and performer, and Ines Herrmann, International singer/songwriter.

Presentation by local author and historian Richard Symonds in the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum. 

Visit with resident artists and local guest artist and EC-CHAP member John Starinovich.  Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Summer Season with us at this local historic landmark.

Learn about EC-CHAP membership opportunities, and how you can become a CHAP! All activities are free to the public.

SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

1:30pm: Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus" and "Falcon Treble SIngers"

2016-2017 HMS Select Chorus

2016-2017 HMS Select Chorus

2016-2017 HMS Falcon Treble Singers

2016-2017 HMS Falcon Treble Singers

2:00pm: Ed Smith, local musician and artist

Ed Smith aka Fast Daddy Ed is a multifaceted musician whose work ranges from improvisational rant/rap to understated folk classics. Smith writes songs fraught with humor and pathos, and anything else he can whip up. Besides guitar, Smith builds and plays percussion (communophones), plays other string instruments, and does some rather strange things with keyboards.

Ed Smith aka Fast Daddy Ed is a multifaceted musician whose work ranges from improvisational rant/rap to understated folk classics. Smith writes songs fraught with humor and pathos, and anything else he can whip up. Besides guitar, Smith builds and plays percussion (communophones), plays other string instruments, and does some rather strange things with keyboards.

3:00pm: Ines Herrmann, International singer/songwriter for Muzik Muzik Label

Ines Herrmann is a German singer/songwriter from Dresden whose main instrument is her voice. She will present some of her original songs, a few of them which were just released on an acoustic album in 2017. Connecticut is her home base until Mid-June, and while in the US, Ines has played locally, as well as venues in Providence, Northampton, NYC and Philadelphia.

Ines Herrmann is a German singer/songwriter from Dresden whose main instrument is her voice. She will present some of her original songs, a few of them which were just released on an acoustic album in 2017. Connecticut is her home base until Mid-June, and while in the US, Ines has played locally, as well as venues in Providence, Northampton, NYC and Philadelphia.


Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum: Historical Presentation

2:30pm: Richard Symonds

Local author and historian Richard Symonds will present an historical overview of the Gardinaer Hall Jr. Company, and select mills in Tolland County. Specific emphasis will be placed on workings of water powered mills, local waterways that supplied power to the mills, the challenges wars had on the supply of raw materials, and the resulting socio-economic impact mills had on local communities.

Local author and historian Richard Symonds will present an historical overview of the Gardinaer Hall Jr. Company, and select mills in Tolland County. Specific emphasis will be placed on workings of water powered mills, local waterways that supplied power to the mills, the challenges wars had on the supply of raw materials, and the resulting socio-economic impact mills had on local communities.


NOON TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS COMMUNITY - RESIDENT ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS: Christopher Gunderson, Carol Mackiewicz, Jessical Regele, Bruce & Sasha Press, Jack Broderick, Summer Sun Photography, Martha Ennis, Brian Sneeden, Ali Larew, St. Paul Church

LOCAL ARTIST & EC-CHAP MEMBER JOHN STARINOVICH

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

EASTERN CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR HISTORY, ART, AND PERFORMANCE (EC-CHAP)

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

For more information please call 518-791-9474.

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Take A Drum Ride a la Grateful Dead with the band “Drum Ride”
Jun
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Take A Drum Ride a la Grateful Dead with the band “Drum Ride”

Take A Drum Ride a la Grateful Dead the band “Drum Ride”

Tickets $10.00 in Advance (online) / $13.00 at the Door

Please bring your favorite hand drum for a play-along on legendary songs with DRUM RIDE!  You’ll drum with us on joyous grooves to tunes by The Grateful Dead, and tunes that the group loved to play, including: Truckin' / One More Saturday Night / Good Lovin’ / Dancing in the Street.

Don’t have a drum? You’re welcome to play with the cargo of djembes, congas, bongos, frames, and doumbeks that BB is trucking to this hoot at The Packing House.

DRUM RIDE consists of: Gary Greenberg, Keyboards; Mike Altshul, Bass Guitar; Jakim Duckstein, Guitar; Evan Bellman, Guitar; and Bob Bloom, Percussion Spice Rack.

This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: BELLE OF THE FALL (INDIE / FOLK)
May
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: BELLE OF THE FALL (INDIE / FOLK)

Acoustic Artist Series: Belle of the Fall (Indie/Folk)

TICKETS $12.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $15.00 AT THE DOOR

Back for their fourth appearance at The Packing House, Belle of the Fall continues to demonstrate a thoughtful approach to song writing and performance. Their unique sound, sweet harmonies, and musicianship differentiates these artists from many.

Cast of Characters:

Tracy Walton- 2014 and 2015 New England Music Award nominee Best Male Performer. An accomplished bassist and songwriter who has written for Alfred Books and taught at the National Guitar Workshop. Tracy is a Taylor guitar artist. 

Julia Autumn Ford- CT Music Award Nominee Best New Artist 2014 and Song of the Year 2015. Her debut solo album has gained her well deserved attention as a singer of rare talent. "It's almost freakish how good she sings. I watched her and it was hard to process that it was actually coming out of her mouth." Joe Michelini, River City Extension.

Weapons of choice: 

Julia - The obvious choice for lead singer in any situation, acoustic guitar, yukitar, occasional melodica. Tracy- Upright bass, vocals, drums when back lined as he is not a fan of carrying things. 

The Rise of Belle of the Fall:

In 2014 Tracy Walton produced Julia Autumn Ford's debut album at his studio On Deck Sound Studio. In essence the record is somewhat the birth of Belle of the Fall, as Tracy plays all of the instruments on the record and Julia sings. Later that year they would tour the East Coast together sharing bills playing separate solo sets, with Tracy sitting in on some of Julia's songs. 

Sometimes an idea seems to simple so it takes a while for it to come to fruition. Simply put, two is often better than one. With Belle of the Fall it was as simple as an agreement of "All in." The summer of 2015 was the right time for two forces to collide. 2016 finds the duo going strong with their debut album, “Earthbound”  released on April 5th. 

"Acoustic folk duo Belle Of The Fall has proven that musical soul mates do in fact exist.” Vents Magazine

Join us for an evening of original music by these creative artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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Film Showing: "The Artist" (PG-13)
May
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

Film Showing: "The Artist" (PG-13)

FILM SHOWING: "The Artist" (PG-13)

Suggested Donation $5.00

The Artist (2011), is a french film directed by Michel Hazanavicius staring french actors Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. The film also stars John Goodman, James Cromwell, and Penelope Ann Miller.

The film's setting is Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar, and the advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. THE ARTIST tells the story of their interlinked destinies. (The Weinstein Company)

The Artist won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best  Costume Design, and Best Original Score. It was also the first French film to win Best Picture, and the first mainly silent film to win since 1927's Wings won at the 1st Academy Awards in 1929.

"Here is one of the most entertaining films in many a moon, a film that charms because of its story, its performances and because of the sly way it plays with being silent and black and white." (Roger Ebert)

For you film trivia buffs, check here for interesting facts about this movie (IMDb).

This film is a part of The Packing House Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

 

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Literature Workshop: "Self-publish your book in the digital age" with Felix Giordano
May
18
1:00pm 1:00pm

Literature Workshop: "Self-publish your book in the digital age" with Felix Giordano

Literature Workshop with Felix Giordano: "Self-publish your book in the digital age"

Registration $30.00 in Advance (online) / $35.00 at the Door (Space Permitting)

Have you written the perfect novel, memoir, historical fiction, or non-fiction book? Are you also having difficulty engaging a traditional agent or publisher for your work? Today, writers have self-publishing opportunities that were nonexistent years ago. Learn how you can self-publish your book with Amazon and reach readers across the globe all from the comfort of your own home.

Topics to be covered are creating a publisher name, website domain, establishing accounts with Create Space and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), building a professional looking title page, copyright page, dynamic cover, ordering an ISBN number and bar code, registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office, applying for a Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number, uploading your manuscripts to Amazon and Kindle, and selecting Amazon royalty, payment, and marketing options.

We strongly recommend registering in advance (online). Along with your paid registration you will receive a Writer's Workbook and an autographed copy of the author's novel, "Montana Harvest ".

Please join us for this  hands-on informative workshop packed with valuable and practical guidance on how you can self-publish your work. For those unable to participate during the afternoon hours, this identical two-hour workshop will also be offered in the evening Tuesday, June 6th, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

Please check the website for any changes or cancellations. 

 

About the Author:

Instructor: Felix F. Giordano is the successful self-published, award winning, internationally best-selling author of the Jim Buchanan Novels Series. His first two books, Montana Harvest (2015) and Mystery at Little Bitterroot (2016) have achieved more than 1.1 million Kindle Edition Normalized Pages Read and have sold more than 4,000 copies. His most recent novel, The Killing Zone (2017) was just published this April. His books are available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and Audible versions.

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EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
May
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

 The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, both located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, and artist in residence opportunities are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange.

We have scheduled several "Informational Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership opportunities, and review plans for programming and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization.

If you missed our previous meetings, please join us for one of the following dates:

Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00pm

Thursday, June 15th at 7:00pm

These meetings will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments available.

RSVP Appreciated

 For RSVP or more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: CARLA ULBRICH (COMEDIC SINGER/SONGWRITER)
May
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: CARLA ULBRICH (COMEDIC SINGER/SONGWRITER)

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: CARLA ULBRICH (COMEDIC SINGER/SONGWRITER)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter from Clemson, South Carolina, currently living in New Jersey (in the lovely town of Exit 10).

Her songs address topics such as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the 'F' Word. She cites her biggest musical influences as Sesame Street, camp songs, and cat food commercials.

Frequently heard on Dr. Demento, Pandora and SiriusXM’s Laugh USA Channel, Carla has played all over the US: The Kerrville, Florida, and Falcon Ridge Festivals, Avalon Nude Folk Festival, Club Med, Eddie’s Attic, Bluebird Café, MENSA, NY Funny Songs Festival. Most impressively, she has opened for Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel and was an extra in the movie “Sharknado 2.” “Totally Average Woman” is Carla’s 6th CD. (Carla Ulbrech)

Join us for a hilarious evening of humor by this unique artist! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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"Talent Showcase"
May
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

"Talent Showcase"

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent.

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: KATE CALLAHAN (FOLK) ~ "Prom Night for Grown-Ups"
May
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: KATE CALLAHAN (FOLK) ~ "Prom Night for Grown-Ups"

"Prom Night for Grown-Ups w/ Kate Callahan, State Troubadour"

TICKETS $12.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $15.00 AT THE DOOR

On this special night at The Packing House, all are welcome for Kate Callahan's heartfelt folk songs, familiar favorites, and a chance to dance or dress-up if you care to! It's "Prom Night" for grown-ups. We'll also have a photo station available to make memories of the night!

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Kate Callahan is Connecticut’s 16th State Troubadour. Connecticut is one of the only states in the nation that honors a singer-songwriter with a formal position. She will serve as the ambassador of song for two years. Kate is a beloved singer-songwriter in her home state where she’s emerged as an award-winning artist.

The Hartford Courant named her a Woman of Character in 2005, when she received an award at the historic Bushnell Theater, meeting and sharing the stage with Jane Fonda. She took home the Best Singer-Songwriter award at the Connecticut Music Awards in 2013, Featured Artist of the Year by the Greater Hartford Arts Council in 2014, was a nominee for Best Songwriter of the Year at the New England Music Awards in 2014-15. (Kate Callahan)

Join us for a fun-filled evening of original works by this talented artist! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase.  Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

 

More about Kate Callahan:

Kate writes mainly from inspiration, giving her songs spiritual, social, and emotional weight. "Kate Callahan has garnered an appreciative audience with her easygoing vibe and inspirational, at times mystical lyrics" (The Boston Globe).
“When something feels soulful to me, I sing it or say it or write it down,” she says. WNPR host Colin McEnroe praised a performance of Kate’s saying, “Kate Callahan is the only performer I’ve ever seen who occasionally seems to be channeling something vaster and far more ancient than herself, something more easily understood by Emerson than by any modern person.”

“I’ve come to understand,” Kate says, “that my voice can help me and others experience the mystery of life.” She adds, “I believe all voices hold that power. My voice is far from perfect, but I’ve persevered to use it and I
think audiences can sense that.”

Kate’s stage credits include appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists Showcase, the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas, and the CT Folk Festival. She was a finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition 2014. In 2015 she studied vocal improvisation and Circlesongs with Bobby McFerrin and his incredible staff. She has opened shows for folk legends Judy Collins and Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul, and Mary), troubadours Aztec Two-Step, John Gorka, Mustard’s Retreat, and the late Bill
Morrissey. She has also shared stages with folk-rock artists Rachael Sage and Regina Spektor. Stookey calls Callahan "real" and says her lyrics are "Zen-like."

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Acoustic Artist Series: Jeff Przech with Dennis Fancher (Americana)
Apr
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

Acoustic Artist Series: Jeff Przech with Dennis Fancher (Americana)

Acoustic Artist Series: Jeff Przech with Dennis Fancher (Alternative Country /Americana)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Jeff Przech likes to tell stories. Musical stories. Influenced by contemporary artists like Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, and Sturgill Simpson, along with classic artists like Kristofferson, Jennings, and Dylan. Przech's 2015 debut release, "Sounds Like Fresh," is his first, though certainly not last entry into the canon of Americana music. The record is carried by classic songwriting and led by Przech’s deep, soulful vocals and acoustic guitar work. [www.jeffprzech.com]

Jeff will be joined by Dennis Fancher, seasoned guitarist and musical colleague - a part of Przech's new band, "The Outfit". Dennis's guitar licks will just leave you wanting more...

Join us for original works from these talented musicians This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Ashlee Paradis (Folk)
Apr
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Ashlee Paradis (Folk)

Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Ashlee Paradis (Folk)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Kala Farnham is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter hailing from the Quiet Corner of CT. Kala's signature songwriting has been described as a reinvention of the folk tradition made popular by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.

She has been praised for her classical undertones and playful dose Broadway theatricality onstage, and a lyricism that springs to life with creative storytelling, cultural references, and rich metaphor. Her first full-length studio album, "Anahata: Wake Up Your Heart", was nominated for "Best Americana Album" in RI's Motif Music Awards alongside a nomination for "Best Female Americana Vocalist".

In 2015, she was selected to be an Official Showcase Artist in Folk Alliance International's SERFA Music Conference. October 2016 marked the release of her 2nd studio album, "Samadhi: Home Is Where You Are".

Kayla will be joined by Ashlee Paradis, a local singer songwriter with passion for acoustic blues, soul, and rock 'n roll. Ashlee is no stranger to venues in CT and upstate NY, and is currently completing her debut album.

Join us for an evening of original works by these two local artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: PATTI ROTHBERG (INDIE / ROCK)
Apr
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: PATTI ROTHBERG (INDIE / ROCK)

Acoustic Artist Series: Patti Rothberg (Indie / Rock)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Patti Rothberg returns to The Packing House! Hear this talented singer / songwriter extend her range from soft ballads on the keys to rocking the house on the guitar with her original works.

Patti's recording career goes back to 1996, with her debut on EMI Records, Between the 1 and the 9, which refers to the time she spent performing in New York City's 14th Street subway station. The title track relates some of her experiences, when EMI executive discovered Patti performing there.

Seemingly overnight, Patti Rothberg achieved the kind of worldwide success one could only dream of. Critically acclaimed, Between the 1 and the 9 was an instant hit, and remains a timeless classic. The success of Between the 1 and the 9 had Patti touring quite non-stop from 1996 through 1997, and into 1998. She toured the USA supporting the Wallflowers, Chris Isaak, Midnight Oil, and Garbage, and she toured Europe supporting the Black Crowes. Patti and her band performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition to her musical talent, Patti has also developed a unique visual art style expressed through her collection of paintings. She will share some of these works during he concert at The Packing House (click image to browse).

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this indie talent in our intimate historic setting.  This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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FILM SHOWING: "BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB" (G)
Apr
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

FILM SHOWING: "BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB" (G)

Film Showing: "Buena Vista Social Club" (G)

Suggested Donation $5.00

"Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who traveled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers". (IMDb)

The Buena Vista Social Club, originally a members' club in Havana, Cuba, held dances and musical activities, becoming a popular location for musicians to meet and play through its closing in 1940's.

In the 1990s, nearly 50 years after the club was closed, it inspired a recording made by Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder with traditional Cuban musicians, some of whom were veterans who had performed at the club during the height of its popularity.

In 1999 "Buena Vista Social Club", directed by German filmmaker Wim Wenders, made its debut.  This important film documents elements of Cuban life, culture, and its music. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1999. It won best documentary at the European Film Awards and received seventeen other major accolades internationally. A segment of their historic performance by these classic musicians at Carnegie Hall in April 1998 is captured in the film.

There is a rich history surrounding the Club, the musicians, the film, and what has come to be an unofficial branding of the unique sound of Cuba.

Thisfilm is a part of The Packing House Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

 

 

 

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Willington Economic Development Commission "2017 Busienss Social"
Apr
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Willington Economic Development Commission "2017 Busienss Social"

Willington EDC: "2017 Business Social"

Private Event - Invited Businesses Only

The Willington Economic Development Commission is Proud to sponsor the 2017 Business Social!

This event will provide an opportunity for Willington Business Owners to informally meet in a comfortable atmosphere.

  • Open Mic Time to Share Information About Your Business,
  • Complimentary Business Networking Opportunities,
  • Complimentary Refreshments

If you are an invited business who would like to set up a table to share your business information, you can do it for free - just let us know in advance by calling: 518-791-9474

Special Appearance by the Ashford Business Association!

RSVP: April 10th by email to jdsilverstein@msn.com

 

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"Talent Showcase"
Apr
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

"Talent Showcase"

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent.

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

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EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Apr
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, both located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, and artist in residence opportunities are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange.

We have scheduled several "Informational Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership opportunities, and review plans for programming and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization.

If you missed our previous meetings, please join us on:

Wednesday, April 11th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments available.

RSVP Appreciated

 For RSVP or more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: HORIZON BLUE - CD RELEASE EVENT (AMERICANA)
Apr
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: HORIZON BLUE - CD RELEASE EVENT (AMERICANA)

Acoustic Artist Series: Horizon Blue (Americana)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Horizon Blue is an acoustic Americana (folk, country and blue grass) musical group.  Our performances are family friendly, conversational, and inviting. The original and well-known songs they perform have a storytelling aspect and are well received by audiences of all ages. 

Horizon Blue features Monique Hill (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo and dulcimer), Peter Hill (guitar and mandolin), Mark Annulli (bass) and Rich Johnson (dobro).  Monique is the principal songwriter. Monique's songwriting credits include a charting international release in England, Germany, and Japan (www.horizonblueband.us).

Horizon Blue will be releasing their debut album Solstice at this concert! Join us for a fun evening of acoustic pleasure! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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Acoustic Artist Series: Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Classical)
Apr
1
7:30pm 7:30pm

Acoustic Artist Series: Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Classical)

Acoustic Artist Series: Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Classical)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

The origins of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra can be traced back to performances in the first decades of the twentieth century with Giuseppe Pettine and William Place Jr.    The modern version of the PMO dates from 1971, when it was revived by the Rhode Island teacher Hibbard Perry.  Since then the PMO has become one of the leading American mandolin ensembles with regular performances throughout the United States and Europe. 

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra is a string orchestra made up of plucked string instruments, with sections of mandolins, mandolas, ‘liuto cantabile’, classical guitars and bass.  The PMO is dedicated to the performance of new original works, including pieces written for the ensemble.  In recent years the PMO has embarked on an ambitious program of joint performances with leading European mandolin ensembles from France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

PMO Music Director Mark Davis began his guitar and mandolin studies with Hibbard Perry, and continued with Siegfried Behrend from whom he inherited his fascination with contemporary forms of musical expression. Davis has been Music Director of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra since 1989.  He tours and records in duo with the guitarist Beverly Davis, and is the founder/director of the New American Mandolin Ensemble.

The music performed by the Providence Mandolin Orchestra reflects many different countries, genres, and time periods.  The PMO’s program for The Packing House will include music from Spain and the USA, with styles ranging from Romantic to Contemporary.

Join us for this unique concert in our intimate historic venue! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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