Red Valley Fog

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Sunday, July 8th @ 4:00 p.m. ~ Red Valley Fog
Dan Inglis and Ben Grosscup
Performing moving political folk music in the interest of social justice (voice, guitar, and bass)
http://www.myspace.com/redvalleyfog

Red Valley Fog is a band dedicated to renewing the tradition of moving political folk music. With high energy vocal harmonies, they sing anthems of resistance and personal stories from history and today. Their songs will arm you with laughter, soften your heart, and nurture your hope for a better world. Sought after for gatherings public and private, Red Valley Fog are Ben Grosscup (vocals, bass, guitar) and Dan Inglis (vocals, guitar). Recent appearances include the Northampton Living Wage Coalition’s Living Wage Week, Western Mass Jobs With Justice Events, and Voices of Working People’s History on International Worker’s Day.

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Gretchen Saathoff, pianist

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Photo:  John Gaines

Sunday, July 15th @ 4:00 p.m. ~ Gretchen Saathoff, pianist

Program: music of J. S. Bach, Edvard Grieg, Olivier Messiaen, Katerina Stamatelos, and George Gershwin

http://gretchenspianos.wordpress.com

Gretchen Saathoff is a pianist, organist, collaborator, conductor, and vocal coach. After completing her bachelor’s degree at UMass/Amherst, she earned a Master of Music with Distinction at Westminster Choir College. She gained further experience while living in New York for several years, moving back to Amherst in 1999.

Ms. Saathoff has toured the country as pianist with the Norman Luboff Choir, attended the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Festivals on fellowship, founded the Kairos Trio (violin, cello, and piano) and the Rautenberg-Saathoff Duo (violin and piano).

Recent performances include a viola recital at Amherst College, a voice recital at Grace Church in Amherst, duo recitals in South Amherst, Hartford, North Haven, and Old Greenwich, and solo recitals in New York, Princeton, South Glastonbury, Amherst, Williamsburg, and Burlington, Iowa, her hometown. She is the Director of Music of Christ United Methodist Church in Northampton, MA.

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Bob Sparkman and Jerry Noble

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Sunday, July 22nd @ 4:00 p.m. ~ Bob Sparkman and Jerry Noble
Playing traditional jazz (clarinet and piano)
http://www.bobandjerry.com/index.html

Bob and Jerry met at the home of mutual friends in 1995, neither sure what to expect from the other. One chorus of blues later, any misgivings sparked by the pair’s difference in age had evaporated in the joy of music making. Bob heard his first jazz record as a teenager in 1942 (it featured Muggsy Spanier with Rod Cless on clarinet). Inspired by those jazz luminaries, as well as the artistry of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and the Condon Mob—Pee Wee Russell, Edmond Hall, etc., he started jamming with contemporaries Dick Wellstood and Ed Hubble and has been making marvelous music ever since. Jerry’s Dad introduced him to the guitar and piano when he was five years old, and he quickly learned to play music of all styles. In addition to playing classical, jazz, and even good ol’ rock n’ roll, he is a prolific composer and arranger, and writes articles about music for the Springfield newspapers.

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Anna DeLoi, harpist

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Sunday, July 29th @ 4:00 p.m. ~ Anna DeLoi, harpist

Sixteen-year-old Anna DeLoi, of Plaistow, NH, began studying the harp at age nine with Stephanie Curcio. After playing for only two years, she was invited by Benjamin Zander to play with the New England Conservatory’s (NEC) Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, of which she is now principal harpist. She has also served as principal harpist in the Greater Boston Youth Symphony under Federica Cortese, and in the New Hampshire Philharmonic.

As a student at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Anna studies harp with Franziska Huhn. She also takes classes in music theory and composition. She has performed in masterclasses given by Marie-Pierre Langlamet of the Berlin Philharmonic and with Ann Hobson Pilot, retired harpist of the BSO.

Anna made her solo debut at the age of 10 with the Timberlane Chamber Orchestra. She was later invited to perform as a soloist with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. Last spring, she won the New Hampshire Philharmonic’s concerto competition and appeared as a featured soloist in March.

In 2008, NEC recommended that Anna audition for RDF television’s documentary featuring prodigy Alex Prior and exceptionally gifted young musicians. Anna was one of only five musicians chosen from the U.S. to participate in the filming of this program that aired in the United Kingdom in spring 2009 and in the U.S. the following fall.

In May of 2010 Anna was a featured soloist on National Public Radio’s “From the Top”. In February of 2012, she appeared again on “From the Top”, this time as part of a harp and violin duo with friend and fellow NEC student Nash Ryder.

During this past year, Anna participated in From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, a program that pairs high school musicians with community partner-sites for intensive year-long outreach projects. In this program, Anna and her site partner, Nash, assumed the responsibility of planning and implementing a series of music education classes for two classrooms of nearly 50 kindergarten students at the Chittick School in Mattapan MA. Anna and Nash also gave benefit concerts to raise money for the program. Anna has developed a new passion for music through her work with children. Although her year-long program has ended, she continues to teach at the Chittick School. It is her hope to continue to pursue music in unique and transformative settings.

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