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Cathie Ryan Band at Northminster Presbyterian, Apr. 11

April 2, 2014 Leave a comment
Northminster Presbyterian Church

Northminster Presbyterian Church. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Susan Glant
Northminster Presbyterian Church
www.northminster-indy.org

Irish Music Magazine hails singer songwriter Cathie Ryan as “one of the best we have.” For over two decades, including five critically acclaimed albums, countless musical collaborations, multiple awards, and worldwide touring, Cathie Ryan has been in the vanguard of Irish music. The Cathie Ryan Band is the closing act of the 2013-2014 Sound & Spirit concert series, Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Boulevard, East Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Blessed with a voice of luminous clarity, a gift for writing heart-stirring originals, and unearthing gems from the Irish and American traditions, Cathie happily shares the stage with an award-winning band.  Featuring Patsy O’Brien on guitar, Matt Mancuso on fiddle, and Brian Melick on percussion, the band weaves subtle arrangements and harmonies around Cathie’s vocals and match her charming repartee with dazzling sets of traditional tunes.

Cathie Ryan hails from Detroit surrounded by close Irish roots that gave her the gift of storytelling and music.  But she grew up in neighborhoods embedded in Country and Motown, too.  Before her music career took off, she used her English Lit degree as a classroom teacher.  She returns – both independent of and in conjunction with her concert appearances – conducting workshops that focus on Traditional Irish Singing, Irish Mythology and Folklore, and the crucial importance of the arts in education.

The Cathie Ryan Band has a loyal following from appearing at performing arts centers, festivals, folk clubs, and with symphonies. Their live performances are often seen on public television and heard on radio like NPR’s Mountain Stage, Thistle and Shamrock, BBC, Radio Scotland, and RTÉ and RnaG in Ireland.  Sound & Spirit looks forward to opening doors to another great crowd.

From Bach to jazz to bluegrass, Sound & Spirit concerts celebrate regional and international artistry and present them free of charge to the Broad Ripple Community and beyond.  Funded by supporters and the audience, we accept a free-will offering to maintain standards of future events.  Childcare is provided.

For more information visit www.northminster-indy.org, or call 317-251-9489.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Feb. 17-23, 2014

February 16, 2014 Leave a comment
Parke County Maple Syrup Festival

Parke County Maple Syrup Festival, Saturday and Sunday.
Photo provided by Parke County, Inc. and used with written permission.

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Things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana
For the week of February 17-23, 2014

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
VERIFY ALL EVENT LISTINGS DUE TO THE WEATHER

  1. SAT-SUN: Parke County Maple Syrup Fair in Rockville
  2. MON-SUN: 60th Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show at the State Fairgrounds
  3. MON: Joshua Bell in Concert at Ball State University
  4. FRI: 5th Annual Winter Nights Film Series at the Museum of Art
  5. SAT: Ron White Live at the Old National Centre
  6. SUN: College Goal Sunday at 40 Locations Across Indiana
  7. TUE: Indiana Pacers NBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  8. SUN: College Men’s Basketball at Butler University
  9. TUE: Augustin Hadelich Live at the Indiana History Center
  10. SAT-SUN: 23rd Annual Maple Syrup Festival in Salem
  11. THU-SUN: 17th Annual Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
  12. FRI: Lee Greenwood in Concert at the Carmel Palladium
  13. SAT: Alamire in Concert at Christ Church Cathedral
  14. SUN: Indiana Ice USHL Ice Hockey at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI-SUN: ‘Down on the Bayou’ at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

To see thousands of upcoming event listings and things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana, visit our main Web site at http://aroundindy.com/, or go mobile with http://aroundindy.com/mobile/mobile.php for smartphones and tablet PCs.

The Boxcars at Northminster Presbyterian, Feb. 7

January 11, 2014 Leave a comment
Northminster Presbyterian Church

Northminster Presbyterian Church. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Susan Glant
Northminster Presbyterian Church
http://www.northminster-indy.org/

For the second year in a row,  Sound & Spirit: The Arts at Northminster will feature a current Grammy Nominee in a free concert.  Bluegrass sensation, The Boxcars, will perform in the sanctuary at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Boulevard, East Drive, Indianapolis, Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m.

When The Boxcars released IT’S JUST A ROAD in April 2013, members of the band fielded the usual interview questions about song selections, style, creative decisions and more. Both eloquently and quite simply, Adam Steffey summed up the process, the project and the band philosophy in general with characteristic aplomb, saying “What’s wrong with just playing good bluegrass?”

The Boxcars’ album has garnered a nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards announced January 26th.    They already have in their pockets the IBMA 2013 Instrumental Group of the Year for the third year in a row, and the IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year for Adam Steffey.

“The Boxcars are certainly masters of modern traditional bluegrass.  Bowman, Garrett, Nixon, Steffey, and Stewart have been described over and over as bluegrass music’s newest supergroup. Those who pick up a copy of this album will be hard-pressed to disagree. “(John Goad from Bluegrass Today)

From Bach to jazz to bluegrass, Sound & Spirit concerts celebrate regional and international artistry and present them free of charge to the Broad Ripple Community and beyond.  Funded by supporters and the audience, we accept a free-will offering to maintain standards of future events.  Childcare is provided.

For more about this and all future Sound & Spirit concerts, follow us on Facebook at http://bit.ly/SoundandSpirit and https://twitter.com/SoundSpirit1.

Music at Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel, Dec. 16

December 7, 2013 Leave a comment
Congregation Shaarey Tefilla

Congregation Shaarey Tefilla. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Cathy Partlow Strauss
On behalf of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla
http://www.shaareytefilla.org/

Stuart Malina

Stuart Malina

On Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m., Music @ Shaarey Tefilla artistic director Michael Strauss welcomes a remarkable roster of internationally acclaimed musicians once again to the concert series. Performing are guest pianist Stuart Malina, Tony Award winner of Billy Joel’s Broadway hit musical “Movin’ Out” and music director of the Harrisburg Symphony; returning violinists Alex Kerr (IU Professor and Concertmaster of Dallas Symphony) and Zach Depue (ISO Concertmaster and fiddler with Time for Three); and, for the first time on the series, Brandon Vamos, cellist of the Grammy Award-winning PACIFICA Quartet. Concerts take place at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla at 3085 W. 116th Street in Carmel, Indiana.

The ensemble will perform music by Bloch and Shostakovich. Bloch wrote of his Suite Hebraique for viola and piano that, “The viola has always been one of my favorite instruments. It can express the whole range of feelings and passions with an intensity and colour that very few people imagine.” This work will be performed by violist Michael Strauss with pianist Stuart Malina. Strauss is Principal Violist on leave from the Indianapolis Symphony and now a professor at Oberlin Conservatory.

Brandon Vamos

Brandon Vamos

Shostakovich, known for some ferocious works of music that challenged the Soviet political establishment, wrote a charming set of Five Duets for 2 violins and piano. These Viennese-inspired miniatures will feature the internationally-renowned violinists Kerr and DePue. The full forces of the evening’s artist roster will then close the concert with Shostakovich’s universally loved Piano Quintet, which in 1940 was even considered to be in line with “wholesome Soviet values.”

The evening closes with a reception in the CST Social Hall where you can meet the artists.

General admission tickets are $20; $18 for CST members; and $6 for students. For tickets and more information, contact the office administrator at 317-733-2169 or visit online at www.shaareytefilla.org/music-at-cst.

The 2013-14 concert season, the Meridian Music Piano Festival Season, is made possible by individual donors and generous support of the  season title sponsor, Meridian Music Company, located in Carmel, Indiana.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Nov. 11-17, 2013

November 10, 2013 Leave a comment
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