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Cultural Events : Hart Community Arts Series

Hart Community Performing Arts Series


Celebrating Our 15th Year!

The Hart Community Performing Arts Series will begin its 15th season in October and will once again bring fine artists from across the country to Oceana County. The series of seven concerts is a community project of the Hart Public Schools and is supported by its many sponsors and patrons. That support has allowed the Hart Community Performing Arts Series to become one of the most successful series in Michigan and has allowed thousands of area students to experience live performances of classical music, jazz, dance, and vocal music. 


The 2013/2014 Series

October 11th:  The series will open with a performance by The Sixth Floor Trio, a chamber group dedicated to the creation and performance of music that connects different musical styles, communities, and artistic disciplines.  Formed by graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, the Trio has performed extensively throughout the United States in venues ranging from traditional concert halls to grunge bars and experimental spaces.   The Trio received a substantial grant in 2011 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to present “Random Acts of Culture” across the United States. These “Random Acts” led the Trio to collaborate with organizations such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Stanford University, the Akron Public Library, Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History, Greyhound, and the Ferry Terminal Marketplace in San Francisco in addition to showcasing the Trio at numerous malls, markets, transit centers, and airports around the country.


November 15th: Founded in 1989, The Spanish Brass rose to the top of its genre in 1996 When it won the Narbonne International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event if its kind in the world.  Their music has been called sheer poetry. In the past two decades, Spanish Brass (also known as “Spanish Brass Luur Metalls”) has established itself as one of the world’s finest brass quintets . . . often mentioned in the same breath as the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass Quintet. Always maintaining the highest artistic standards, the ensemble is known for its virtuosity as well as the wide variety of its programs. Each of their concerts—from Hong Kong to New York, from Krakow to Verona, and from Kiev to Lisbon—confirms their special ability to delight their ever-growing legions of fans and admirers.


December 13th:  In December The Dave Bennett Quartet will be on stage.  Michigan clarinetist Dave Bennett, is an authentic musical prodigy (totally self-taught) who brings to life the classic sound and music of Benny Goodman with incredible technique, style, beauty of tone and naturalness.  At age 12 Dave was invited to the bandstand of the famous Sweet Basil jazz club in New York to sit in with the trumpet great Doc Cheatham. Now his career is ratcheting up a notch, as he will be the featured soloist in a Nov. 1 Benny Goodman tribute, "Sing Sing Swing" announced for Carnegie Hall, with the New York Pops.  At age 29 Dave’s clarinet playing now reflects a mature personal style that evokes a fortuitous and unique blending of the sounds inspired by his two idols: Benny Goodman and Pete Fountain.


January 31st:  Paul Posnak's international career as a concert pianist, recording artist, transcriber and sought-after teacher began as a child prodigy with a full scholarship to the Juilliard Preparatory School of Music when he was eight years old.  He subsequently earned Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School, and was awarded the Loeb Prize (Juilliard’s highest Award).  He won First Prize awards in both the International J.S. Bach Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, resulting in a performance at the White House and national recognition.  A highly regarded collaborative artist, Dr. Posnak has worked with many world-renowned vocalists, including Luciano Pavarotti and Jennie Tourel, and performed and recorded with many of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, including the Emerson, Fine Arts, St Petersburg, Vega, Amernet, Portland and Bergonzi String Quartets.  Dr. Posnak has become internationally renowned for his improvisations and note-for-note transcriptions of the great jazz pianist-composers of the 1920s and 1930s. His reconstructions of the brilliant solo improvisations of George Gershwin and Thomas “Fats” Waller from the old recordings and radio broadcasts have established him as a world authority. 

February 21st:   Founded in 1999, Quintet Attacca is one of Chicago's most dynamic chamber music ensembles. Grand Prize Winner and Wind Division Gold Medal Winner of the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quintet spent 2006-2009 as the Chicago Chamber Musicians' Professional Development Program Ensemble and continues as CCM’s Outreach and Education Ensemble. Quintet Attacca is also proud to be in residence at the Music Institute of Chicago, offering performances, family programming, chamber music coaching and individual lessons.  Quintet Attacca is an ensemble dedicated to bringing the unique sound of the wind quintet to all types of audiences: to this end, the quintet has played in venues across the Midwest, with extensive programming in Chicago.


April 11th:   The Tad Weed Trio will be performing for the first time in Hart in Spring 2014.   Tad Weed holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from The Grove School in Los Angeles, studying classical piano repertoire and composition at Central Michigan University before migrating to Los Angeles to complete his studies and intensify his performance life.  Tad’s career is acknowledged in Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz.  Feather wrote, “…pianist displays a very rare ability to cross over from dashing bop lines to rich impressions, he has all of the bases covered from funky blues to the border of the avant-garde”.  His performing experience includes touring internationally as pianist/musical director for Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day, Paul Anka, and Jack Jones.   Bassist Kurt Krahnke provides a solid rhythmic pulse and harmonic foundation upon which everything else is built. Drummer Sean Dobbins' exuberant personality jumps right out through his music. His extraordinary musicianship and youthful enthusiasm combine with his mature and sensitive accompaniment.


May 16th:  The 2013/2014 season will conclude with a return visit by Julien Labro Julien Labro and the Spektral Quartet had not yet crossed paths before being paired for the Big Squeeze accordion summit at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in 2012, but only moments after walking off stage the group decided a long-term collaboration was an artistic necessity. Following appearances on the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society’s “Just Summer” series and the International Beethoven Festival, the fivesome headed straight for the studio to record an album of South American music on Azica Records. Moving beyond the expected repertoire of Astor Piazzolla, Labro and Spektral Quartet are digging into the powerhouse grooves of Argentinian composers such as Diego Schissi and Fernando Otero, the labyrinthine rhythms of Puerto Rican-born jazz alchemist Miguel Zenón and new Labro arrangements of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Dino Saluzzi, Carlos Gardel and Aldemaro Romero. This vital and exuberant music is largely unheard in North America, but Labro and Spektral Quartet aim to change that, one concert at a time.

All performances are held at the Hart Middle School Auditorium and begin at 7:30 PM with doors opening at 7:00 PM for season ticket holders. Season tickets are $50.00 and individual tickets at the door are $10.00. Last year’s sales of season tickets reached the capacity of the auditorium and it is possible that we could reach the point where ticket sales may be limited. We encourage you to consider purchasing season tickets as soon as possible.

For more information visit www.hartauditorium.org or call the Tom Kirk, the auditorium manager, at 231.873.6270.


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