Blues & Afro-Cuban tunes meld at Music Mountain Saturday Evening Twilight Series

The American jazz band 'Josh Lawrence & Color Theory' formed in 2016. They incorporate Cuban jazz music into many of their tunes.

16 Aug Blues & Afro-Cuban tunes meld at Music Mountain Saturday Evening Twilight Series

The Litchfield County Times

FALLS VILLAGE — Music Mountain continues its 89th season with the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet, offering an afternoon of Beethoven and Brahms on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. First time guest Josh Lawrence & Color Theory fuse the blues and Afro-Cuban music on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Concerts are scheduled through September 23 said a news release from organizers.

The St. Petersburg Piano Quartet returns to Gordon Hall with a remarkable program to include Beethoven: Violin & Piano Sonata #8 in G Major, Op. 30/3; Beethoven: Piano Quartet #3 in C Major, WoO 36; and Brahms: Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26.

The St. Petersburg Piano Quartet was founded in 2014, making its début in New York City. Since then, they have performed nationwide. Founding members Alla Aranovskaya and Boris Vayner are the first violinist and violist of the St. Petersburg String Quartet. Pianist Tao Lin has been soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Miami Chamber Orchestra, and Knoxville Civic Orchestra. Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa has toured with Itzhak Perlman both nationally and internationally. He has been soloist with the Grammy-nominated The Crossing Choir and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Boston’s Jordan Hall.

Saturday evening, Music Mountain welcomes first time guest Josh Lawrence & Color Theory. They bring a fusion of the blues and Afro-Cuban music. Josh Lawrence is a critically acclaimed trumpeter and composer; he has established himself as a creative artist of the highest caliber. His ensemble, Color Theory, formed in 2016, was dubbed “an all-star outfit of musicians” by The New York Times. All About Jazz noted their latest album, Contrast, is a “stellar gathering of musicians.” Bandmates include pianist Orrin Evans, drummer Anwar Marshall, the Curtis Brothers, pianist Zaccai and bassist Luques, alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis, and trombonist David Gibson.

Music Mountain is located in Falls Village, on Music Mountain Road, where a short scenic drive will bring you to Gordon Hall atop Music Mountain. Free parking and picnic facilities are available.

Chamber music concerts continue with Cassatt String Quartet with Paul Katz, cello (Aug. 26); Labor Day Benefit Concert & Reception with Peter Serkin & guests (Sept. 2); Shanghai String Quartet (Sept. 9); and American String Quartet with Robert McDonald, piano (Sept. 16).

The Saturday Evening Twilight Series continues with Amina Figarova Quintet (Aug. 25); Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet (Sept. 1); The Bridge Trio (Sept. 8); and Roxy Coss Quintet (Sept. 15).

Specially priced concerts include: Labor Day Benefit Concert & Reception on Sunday, Sept. 2. All tickets $75. Special Concert & Wine Reception to Celebrate the Completion of the Beethoven Quartet Cycle on Sunday, Sept. 9. All tickets: $60.

Regularly scheduled Chamber Music Concerts are $35. Twilight Series Concerts are $30. Concert and dinner passes are available for all Twilight Series Concerts for $70; includes pre-concert dinner (5 p.m.) at The Falls Village Inn, a Litchfield County landmark — Classic American comfort fare, seasonal — and 6:30 p.m. Twilight Concert at Music Mountain. Dinner reservations must be made no later than the Friday prior to concert date by calling the Music Mountain box office at 860-824-7126.

Children ages 5-18 are admitted free to all concerts when accompanied by a ticket holder. Saturday evening Twilight Concerts are at 6:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon Chamber Music concerts are at 3 p.m. Discounts apply through participating organizations.

For a complete summer schedule, special ticket prices, and to download a ticket order form visit musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126.

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Frank Rodriguez Junior
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