July 4, 2022

Community Music School Presents Four April Concerts

Community Music School’s Sinfonia under the direction of Martha Herrle

The  faculty and students of Community Music School will present a number of public concerts in April, as follow:

 Jazz Concert

Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Centerbrook Meetinghouse, 51 Main Street, Centerbrook

Presented by members of the jazz faculty including Russ Becker, alto saxophone; Tom Briggs, percussion; Joni Gage, vocals; Matt McCauley, double bass; Bill McIntosh, trombone; Kevin O’Neil, guitar; Stephen Roane, guitar; and Andy Sherwood, clarinet. The concert will include performances of jazz standards and original compositions, including a medley of Benny Goodman songs. Suggested donation is $10.

Russ Becker and Stephen Roane

Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m, Studio 15 @ Community Music School, 90 Main St., Centerbrook

An afternoon concert of original music performed on various woodwind and string instruments. A prominent instrumentalist, composer and teacher, Russ Becker (saxophone, clarinet) has been an active musician on the Connecticut music scene for many years. Stephen Roane (guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin) is an active performer both locally and internationally appearing at thousands of venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to The Bottom Line. FREE

Sinfonia & String Ensemble in Concert

Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m., Valley Regional High School, 256 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River

Each of these multi-generational performing ensembles is directed by Martha Herrle. Music to be performed includes Ode to Joy, Over the Rainbow, the Brandenburg Concerto, and Lord of the Rings. Guest musicians from the Old Saybrook High School Band will join in for the finale. FREE!

CMS Flute Ensemble

Tuesday, April 26, 7 p.m., Essex Library, West Avenue, Essex

Under the direction of Pamela Dubey Allen, this multi-generational ensemble with flute players spanning 5 decades in age, will perform a variety of music featuring classical composers such as Tchaikovsky, Edvard Grieg, Cecile Chaminade, J.S. Bach, Dvorak, and Mozart. The concert will also include familiar American folk tunes arranged for flute ensemble (e.g., “Shenandoah,” “Amazing Grace”). FREE!

Community Music School, located in the Centerbrook section of Essex, CT, is a not-for-profit arts education organization offering instrumental and vocal students of all ages outstanding private and group instruction. In addition to long-running programs such as Kindermusik and Jazz and String Ensembles, CMS offers special programs for homeschool students and a full menu of summer offerings. Additionally, a certified music therapist is on faculty offering individual and group Music Therapy services, using music as a tool to reach individualized therapeutic goals for people of all ages and skill levels. For additional information on programs or performances, please call 860-767-0026 or visit www.community-music-school.org.