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Funky Dawgz Teach Two Brass Band Camps

Classes Run Weekdays, July 14 through July 24 Free to Hartford Residents

The Funk Dawgz Brass Band will teach two, two-week  classes this summer.  The group met as members of the University of Connecticut Marching Band, and now play professional shows featuring the music of New Orleans. They also give back to the community.

Learn from these high energy players. Read about them here

The Beginner Brass Band, grades 5 to 8, meets 9 am to noon. Instruments provided are saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba or percussion.

The Intermediate Brass Band, grades 9 to 12, meets 1 to 4 pm. The class is offered to students with at least two years of music experience. Instruments include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, flute and clarinet. Some instruments may be provided as needed.

The camps include individual and ensemble instruction, live community performances with the Funky Dawgz, recording a CD, and a field trip to the UConn music department.

Register: Susan Mazer, susan.mazer@charteroakcenter.org or 860-310-2590.

Or register on EventBrite and we will contact you.

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Women Composers Festival

March 5-8

Lisa Renée Coons is the featured composer at the 15th Annual Women Composers Festival of Hartford.

Lisa was a Jackie McLean Fellow and visiting professor at the Hartt School. She is an assistant professor of music composition at Western Michigan University. She earned her her PhD in composition from Princeton University.

Also featured is Iktus Percussion, a collective based in New York City,  and New England Guitar Quartet, which made its debut performance at the 2012 festival.

The festival includes workshops, lectures and performances March 4 through March 8.
At Charter Oak on Friday March 6, participants will have a day of workshops. Itkus Percussion performs at 7:30 pm. The program includes music by Lisa Coons and winners of an international competition. On Saturday, March 7, The Alpaca String Quartet playsmusic by composers from New England and New York at 7:30 pm.
The concluding concert, at Christ Church Cathedral, 45 Church St., Hartford, is the New England Guitar Quartet at 7:30 pm.

For more information and tickets click here

Classes Music Youth-Programs

Sign Up For Free Music Classes

Sign up now for free guitar, drumming and glee club classes which begin at the end of January for Hartford residents ages 6 to 18 (depending on class). All students need to register in advance of the classes.  (Keyboard and violin classes are full.)

There are two forms to complete and return to Susan Mazer, director of music programs at Charter Oak Cultural Center.  Register in Spanish  here or in English here; also fill out the income verification form here. Susan’s email address is: susanm@charteroakcenter.org.  You may drop off completed forms  or fill out completed forms at Charter Oak, Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 5:30 am.

Send forms to: Susan Mazer, Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. more…

Music Youth-Programs

Jen Lowe & Dude-A-Palooza

Donate Instruments to Charter Oak’s Young Musicans

Jen Lowe brings her second annual Super Sensitive Dude-A-Palooza to Infinity Hall Hartford, Sunday, Dec. 21, 7:30 pm. Lowe is holding a special collection of used instruments for the Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra.

Charter Oak can especially use 3/4 and full-size violins.
Tickets are $15-$20 in advance; $20 and $25 day of show. Information: (Click Calendar)

Community Music

Holiday Sing Along

Thursday | Dec. 11 | 7 pm

“Annie” is supporting our 4th Community Sing Along.
We’re giving out movie passes, T-shirts and stuffed animals. The film opens Dec. 19.
The Susans will lead us. Susan Campbell – book author, college professor and community activist -joins with Susan Mazer, director of Charter Oak’s music programs, in some of your favorite holiday songs.
Bring some baked goods to share and we’ll provide the beverages.
Suggested donation: $5

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HICO Presents Connecticut Composers

Saturday| Dec. 6| 7:30 pm

Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra presents music by regional composers  Robert Carl, Ryan Jesperson, Jessica Rudman, Ken Steen, and Frank Vasi. Tickets are available online or at the door; $20 general, $10 student/senior/Charter Oak and LetsGoArts members. Tickets and information

Celebrations Music Theatre

Storytellers: American Jewish Composers

Saturday, October 11, 2014 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 11, 2014
7:30 pm

The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, Puppetsweat Theater and Hartford Opera Theater present Martin Bresnick’s “Der Signal,” based on a 19th century Russian-Yiddish short story.  Also presented is film composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “Suite for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.”
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Kate Callahan & Echo Joy

Saturday, October 4, 2014 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 4, 2014
8:00 pm

Kate Callahan, named Greater Hartford Arts Council Featured Artist of 2014 and Connecticut’s Best Singer-Songwriter in 2013, performs with her band, Echo Joy. Kate has three albums, including her recent release “Two Doors.” She is joined by her father,  Lee Callahan, and her producer, guitarist Jim Chapdelaine.
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Music Theatre

Ha Ha’s & Ta Ta’s, Improv and Burlesque

Friday, September 19, 2014 7:30 pm

Friday, September 19, 2014
7:30 pm

Sea Tea Improv starts it off with songs and games and on-the-spot humor. Play along.
The Beat City Beauties continues the fun with its spin on a long-time show business tradition.
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Jay Hoggard Featured In UMOJA Opener

Friday, June 20, 2014 6:00 pm

Friday, June 20, 2014
6:00 pm


Vibraphonist Jay Hoggard sits in with Yunie Mojica on alto saxophone, Raynel Frazier on  trombone, Josh Evans on trumpet, Jen Allen on Piano, Stephen “King” Porter on bass, Jocelyn Pleasant on drums/percussion and Jonathan Barber on Drum in the opening concert of this summer’s UMOJA Music Series.

This  four-week free concert series represents the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith  It features musicians who have a connection to the Hartford community and is organized by Raynel Frazier and Yunie Mojica of UMOJA.

The series is supported by the Evelyn Preston grant fund.

Complete schedule: www.umojamusic.com

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