Sherman Chamber Ensemble Presents Free Family Concerts, 7/11-12

Sherman Chamber Ensemble Presents Free Family Concerts, 7/11-12

The Sherman Chamber Ensemble is pleased to present free family concerts at 2 PM on Friday, July 11th at the Kent Memorial Library on Main Street in Kent and at 2 PM on Saturday, July 12th at the Sherman Library in Sherman Center. Youngsters of all ages (and their parents) are invited to join SCE Artistic Director Eliot Bailen and Ensemble members for a musical program that is interactive and entertaining as well as educational. "Beethoven: Questions and Answers" invites the audience to join cellist Bailen, violinists Jill Levy and Doori Na, violist Mary Hamman and flutist Susan Rotholz as they ask and answer musical questions focusing on composer Ludwig van Beethoven, whose famous String Quartet Opus 135 is featured on the Ensemble's evening chamber music concerts that weekend.

Mr. Bailen is well known locally for his "Song to Symphony" residencies at the Sherman School and elsewhere in the region. He has also gained national attention as a writer and producer of children's music. Winner of the 1990 Parent's Choice Gold Medal and winner of numerous ASCAP Popular Awards, Mr. Bailen's duo,"Karen and Tommy," were featured guest artists on Nickelodeon's "Eureeka's Castle" airing from 1993 through 1997. Their work is also featured on Scholastic Production's music video "Song City U.S.A." and on BMG Records series for children, "Early Ears." "Dinosaur Rap" was voted the #1 song of the year in 1987 on the Peabody Award winning radio show "Kid's America." In 1999, Mr. Bailen was a winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Mr. Bailen is on the roster of Young Audiences New York. In addition to the Sherman and Kent libraries, Mr. Bailen and his colleagues have presented workshops and performances locally at the Sherman Historical Society Kids @ Cobbler Shop Summer Camp, Kent Center School, New Fairfield Parks and Recreation Summer Camp, the Dutchess (NY) Day School, the Pawling (NY) Middle School, the Kildonan School and the After School Arts Program (ASAP).

The Sherman Chamber Ensemble's free family concerts are made possible by a grant from The Kaplen Brothers Fund. For more information contact the Sherman Chamber Ensemble at 860-355-5930 or www.shermanchamberensemble.org.

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