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This July, PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century brings the heat (in the form of the hottest jazz, blues, gospel, roots, and classical music around). Whether it is the fiery guitar and vocals of blues legend Rory Block, the incandescent classical music of the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio or the smoky vocals and horn playing of Bria Skonberg, it’s a month in the coolest venue, the state-of-the-art PS21 pavilion theater. For tickets and more information, visit ps21chatham.org.

“As has become our tradition, July is dedicated to music in a broad range of styles, the highlight of which will be a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass with full chorus and orchestra directed by David Smith, founder of Concerts in the Village,” said Judy Grunberg, PS21 Board President and founder. “In addition, we reprise our annual three-day Blues & Gospel Fest curated by Rory Block. There’s also so much wonderful jazz on Friday nights, including a performance by the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper piano trio, and the return of one of our favorite people, Jeremy Kittel, with his group Kittel & Co.”

Stride and Choros: from New York to Brazil
Co-presented with Catskill Jazz Factory
Friday, July 5, 8 p.m.
Travel from New York to South America and back again with the Brazilian-tinged jazz of pianist Ehud Asherie and trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso. Asherie has been called a “master of swing and stride” by The New Yorker but is as equally adept at the traditional Brazilian music he’s fallen in love with. Now Asherie and Kellso bring their unique sound, honed in some of New York City’s most famous venues where they performed with equally famous players, to PS21 for a night of sultry and swinging jazz.
Advance Tickets: $25 general / $20 members / $10 students
Tickets at the Door: $30 general / $25 members / $10 students
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Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio
Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m.
Hailed as one of the world’s finest ensembles, the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio, which includes
Eugene Drucker—founder and member of the world famous Emerson Quartet—will be performing works by Mozart, Prokofiev, and Mendelssohn and showcasing the dramatic acoustics of PS21’s Pavilion Theater.
Advance Tickets: $30 general / $25 members / $10 students
Tickets at the Door: $35 general / $30 members / $10 students
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Jazz: Swingin’ the Songbook – Led by Aaron Johnson
Co-presented with Catskill Jazz Factory
Friday, July 12, 8 p.m.
The young jazz-master Aaron Johnson leads an all-star cast of musicians as they swing their way through the American Songbook and explore the history of the blues. This event marks the debut of Johnson, a multi-instrumentalist as adept on the sax as he is on the flute and clarinet, on the PS21 stage.
Advance Tickets: $25 general / $20 members / $10 students
Tickets at the Door: $30 general / $25 members / $10 students
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Kittel & Co
Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m.
Grammy-nominated violinist and fiddler Jeremy Kittel brings his original music and a phenomenal group of players to PS21. Kittel’s music inhabits the spaces between classical, roots, Celtic, bluegrass, folk, and jazz. Kittel & Co’s debut album, “Whorls,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard bluegrass chart.
Advance Tickets: $30 general / $25 members / $10 students
Tickets at the Door: $35 general / $30 members / $10 students
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Jazz: Just For Fun – Trumpeter Bria Skonberg!
Friday, July 19, 1 p.m.
Singer, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg performs a special musical program for the kids and their families.
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Jazz: Bria Skonberg band
Friday, July 19, 8 p.m.
Trumpeter and singer Bria Skonberg has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” and has been recognized as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat Magazine. This July she’s bringing her bold horn melodies and smoky vocals to PS21.
Advance Tickets: $25 general / $20 members / $10 students
Tickets at the Door: $30 general / $25 members / $10 students

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Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert – Mass in B minor
Saturday, July 20, 8 p.m.
This year’s Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert celebrates Johann Sebastian Bach’s culminating masterpiece, the monumental Mass in B minor, presented by regionally-based Concerts in the Village (CITV). The evening brings together the Chatham Festival Chorus, the resident CITV Broad Street Orchestra, and distinguished soloists. David Smith, CITV founder and Artistic Director, conducts.
Advance Tickets: $40 general / $35 members / $10 students
Tickets at the Door: $45 general / $40 members / $10 students

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The third annual Rory Block Gospel and Blues Festival

Rory Block Slide Guitar Workshop
Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m.
Rory Block, a master of the blues slide technique, offers an inspiring workshop on the use of the bottleneck to create the soulful steel slide guitar sound. This workshop is specifically for guitar. Please bring a slide, an acoustic guitar, and a capo. This workshop will be held at ChurchLIVE; The Old Methodist Church, 8 Church Lane, Chatham Center NY 12184
Advance Tickets: $20 general / $15 members / $10 students
Tickets at the Door: $25 general / $20 members / $10 students

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Just for Fun – West African Dance and Drum Performance
Friday, July 26, 1 p.m.
Choreographer/dancer Jamal Jackson and members of his company will join the kids from the dance and drum workshop to sweep us up in a high energy display of West African dance and drumming from Mali.

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The Duke Robillard Band
Friday, July 26, 8 p.m.
Grammy-nominated Duke Robillard brings his immense talent and signature sound to swing standards, ballads, rockabilly hits, and Chicago gutbucket blues. Robillard, besides having a stellar solo career, was a founding member of Roomful of Blues, guitarist for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and has performed alongside Bob Dylan, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Tom Waits, among others.
Advance Tickets: $25 general / $20 members / $10 students
Tickets at the Door: $30 general / $25 members / $10 students

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An Evening with Rory Block & Shemekia Copeland
Saturday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.
Rory Block
Rory Block, who has been called “a living landmark” and “a national treasure” by the music press kicks off the night with her fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk.
Shemekia Copeland
At 9 p.m. Shemekia Copeland takes the stage with her instantly recognizable voice that swings between sultry, assertive and roaring, on contemporary Americana roots and soul music. She’s been hailed “a superstar” by the likes of Rolling Stone.

Advance Tickets: $45 general / $40 members / $10 students
Tickets at the Door: $50 general / $45 members / $10 students

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The Heavenly Echoes at ChurchLive
Sunday, July 28, 3 p.m.
For more than fifty years the Heavenly Echoes have brought their inspiring, rocking, and joyous music to the world and now they’re bringing it to the PS21 stage. The quartet of singers, plus guitars, bass, and drums, combines gospel tradition with Southern-soul style.
Advance Tickets: $15 general / $10 Member $5 Student
Tickets at the Door: $20 general / $15 Member $5 Student


It’s going to be a month full of hot music and cool performances so be sure to get your tickets now. You won’t want to miss the fun. For advance tickets for all performances and more information go to PS21chatham.org. PS21 is located at 2980 NY-66, Chatham, N.Y.

Event Dates
Sunday, Friday, and Saturday from Friday, July 5, 2019 through Sunday, July 28, 2019
Event time
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost / donation
Various
Contact
Sam Reilly
Categories
Music

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