The Hart Community Performing Arts Series has announced its guest artist schedule for the 2022-2023 concert season.
The series is a project of the Hart Community Performing Arts Association, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization, in cooperation with Hart Public Schools.
Season 22-23 will kick off on Friday, September 23 with a performance by members of the Yellow Room Gang. In December 2005, a group of Michigan songwriters first gathered in the brightly yellow living room of David Tamulevich’s Ann Arbor home for the first time. Since then, they have been meeting monthly to share dinner, conversation, and the new song they have being reviewed.
Each an accomplished songwriter and performer in their own right, they create a unique atmosphere of respect and support, friendship and generosity by finding new and unexpected ways to explore beyond their previous personal boundaries. It wasn’t long before they started performing together and presenting workshops in various configurations. What started as a casual excuse to get together with friends has become one of the most exciting “super groups” to ever join forces on stage.
The series will continue on Friday October 28 with a concert by the Galvin Cello Quartet. Composed of members from China, Brazil, South Korea and the United States, the Galvin Cello Quartet burst onto the scene after winning the silver medal at the 2021 Fischoff Competition, followed shortly after by winning the Victor Competition Elmaleh 2022 and joining the list of the Concert Artists Guild. . Cellists Sihao He, Sydney Lee, Haddon Kay and Luiz Fernando Venturelli met as students at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music in the studio of renowned pedagogue Hans Jørgen Jensen, and the quartet takes its name from the Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall in Bienen. . The Galvin Quartet incorporates virtuosity and uniqueness through each individual bringing their own artistic nuance to the whole.
On Friday, November 18, the series will celebrate the 150th concert in its 23-year history with a very special performance funded by a grant from the John Stites Jazz Awards. Benny Benack III will bring his quartet from New York and will be joined by award-winning singer Lauren Henderson. At 30, trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack III has proven himself to be the rarest of talents: not only a fiery trumpeter with a soulful command of the postbop trumpet vernacular in the vein of Kenny Dorham and Freddie Hubbard, but also a vocalist with a sly, mature and naturally expressive delivery in the post-Sinatra mould, performing standards and his own artful songs with a thrilling sense of showmanship.
Described as “somewhere between a comforting whisper and a compelling statement” by The New York Times, Lauren Henderson paints thoughtful and passionate stories with her haunting voice and enchanting compositions. Henderson’s eclectic vocal influences spanned across genres, producing a distinct yet versatile sound.
Starting in the new year, the series will feature Ensemble Frisson on Friday, January 27. From New York, Frisson features the best and brightest rising stars in classical music. Frisson presents a myriad of seldom-performed masterpieces, and the group expands and contracts into a variety of ensembles, including quintets, sextets, nonets, and a small chamber orchestra. Their performance at Hart will feature a woodwind quartet consisting of oboe, bassoon, clarinet and piano.
On Sunday afternoon, February 19, the Tom Knific Quartet will present a concert at 3 p.m. The Knific Quartet, featuring Rhea Olivacce, is a joyful and uplifting jazz ensemble that taps into a world of musical influences. The ensemble delivers highly interactive performances, ranging from intimate moments of moving melodic beauty, deep groove and spectacular contemporary virtuoso turns. Influences and repertoire include music from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The ensemble includes Caribbean singer Rhea Olivacce, European violinist Renata Artman Knific and Korean pianist Lisa Sung.
On Friday March 3, the Seraph Brass Quintet will perform on the Hart Stage. Winners of the 2019 American Chamber Music Award, Seraph Brass is a dynamic ensemble drawn from a list of America’s finest brass instruments. Committed to engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass presents a diverse repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works and well-known classics. Seraph released her debut studio album, Asteria, on Summit Records in January 2018, winning a Global Music Award Silver.
Peter & Will Anderson will be coming to Hart from New York on Friday April 14th. “Clarinet and saxophone virtuosos” (New York Times), identical twins Peter and Will Anderson are two of today’s most extraordinary jazz woodwind players. Born and raised in Washington DC, the Andersons moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School. They have performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, and can be heard on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire Grammy Award-winning 2014 soundtrack featuring Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. . They have headlined at Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Feinstein’s 54 Below, Blues Alley, Birdland and live on the show radio station Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion.
The 2022-23 season will end on Monday, May 1 with a very special opportunity for the West Michigan audience. The series will proudly feature the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, one of the most acclaimed ensembles in American music. The Grammy Award-winning LAGQ are one of the most versatile bands of any genre. LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from bluegrass to Bach. They constantly play to sold-out houses around the world. Their inventive and critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterpieces offer a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from contemporary and world music fields are continually breaking new ground. Programs, including Latin, African, Far Eastern, Irish, folk and American classics, transport listeners from around the world into a single concert experience.
All artists appearing in this 22-23 season will provide performance or educational opportunities for students from area schools as part of their visit to Hart. These opportunities are offered by the HCPAA, in cooperation with Hart Public Schools, at no cost to students or their families. All Friday night concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and all concerts are held in the Hart Public Schools Auditorium, located at 308 W. Johnson St. in Hart. Season tickets go on sale August 8. For more ticket information, see the HCPAA website at hartseries.org or contact the series’ artistic director, Tom Kirk, at [email protected]