The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:35:38 +0000 en hourly 1 DAVE KOPPERMAN Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:34:27 +0000 SATURDAY OCTOBER 8TH ]]> Grammy Winner Rhonda Larson presents Winds of the World Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:50:58 +0000 Artist of the Month: Lindsay Behrens Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:31:11 +0000 Come see Artist Lindsay Behrens’ paintings showcased at The Buttonwood Tree! Her artwork will be on display for the month of September, with the reception taking place on September 25th.

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Doug White Quintet Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:30:26 +0000 This CT based quintet is comprised of:
Doug White – Tenor saxophonist and vocalist who’s performed with many jazz greats including Joe Puma, Annie Ross, Tommy Flanagan, and Milt Hinton.
Chris Casey – Pianist who has been an instructor at the Hartt School and arranger/conductor of the Jackie McLean Orchestra
Pat Casey – Trumpet
Tido Holtkamp – Drums

Steve “King” Porter – Also an instructor at the Hartt School and well known for his work with the Winard Harper Quintet.

On their new CD “The Doug White Quintet Live at Tapeworks,” Bill “Bill D” Denert, Jr of Evening Jazz WESU radio station says “I reviewed the Doug White Quintet CD and it is one of the best new releases I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. This CD reminds me so much pf some of the jazz musicians who played in the mid to late 1950’s. Doug;s sax playing is smooth like that of Coleman Hawkins and Chris Casey’s piano playing sounds a lot like Bill Evans, Tadd Dameron and Lennie Tristano all rolled into one! Kudos for such a super release!”

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Grammy Winner Rhonda Larson presents Winds of the World Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:29:33 +0000 Rhonda Larson is a Grammy Award-winning player of the flute, born and raised in the mountains of the ‘Big Sky’ country—Montana.  Montana instilled the essence of who Rhonda is as a performing musician: a nature-loving, trail-blazing ‘wild west’ spirit with a mountain-top perspective as to creative possibilities.

Rhonda integrates her classical training with various ethnic traditions, eras, and an array of flutes from around the world.  Her music merges the most soulful elements of sacred, folk, medieval, classical, and Celtic music.  As a composer, Larson’s visionary force combines her musical and technical wizardry in creating a refreshing new music for the flute.

Rhonda owns and operates her own publishing company, Wood Nymph Music, and is a ‘flutriloquist’—a term she uses to describe her remarkable ability to sing and play the flute simultaneously.

Rhonda has a discography of over 20 commercial recordings, including her solo recordings, Free as a Bird, and Distant Mirrors. She performed on a CBS finale episode of “Survivor” live from Madison Square Gardens, seen by over 40 million viewers, and is featured in “Flute Stories–101 Inspirational Stories from the World’s Best Flute Players” publication.

Rhonda and her husband Lee live in Southwestern Connecticut, and part-time at their home in the Lazio region of Italy. When not playing the flute, Rhonda can be found out-doors.

Rhonda’s evening of flute music radiated. There was a straightforward positive musicality to what she did and it cheered the listener.”
—The New York Times

Learn more about Rhonda from her website.

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Karen Frisk Jazz Group ft. Donn Trenner Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:27:43 +0000 $12 Tickets on sale till the 17th!

Day of Show  ticket price: $15

Karen Frisk, vocals, is uniting with wonderful jazz musicians (Donn Trenner, Mike Monaghan, Ben Bilello, David Zinno) to perform at The Buttonwood Tree for a unique evening of exemplary jazz music.

Donn Trenner is an Emmy-nominated musical director, conductor, and arranger that came up in the ranks of early bebop pianists. As an accompanist, he has worked with such artists as Lena Horne, Anita O’Day, Vicki Carr, Dick Haymes, Jose Feliciano, Jack Jones, Frances Faye, Nelson Riddle, Paul Broadnax, Rita Moreno, Nancy Wilson, Ann-Margret, and Shirley MacLaine. Learn more about Donn on his website

Mike Monaghan

Ben Bilello

David Zinno

Plywood Cowboy Band Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:17:29 +0000 September 16 @ 8pm, click for more details ]]> The Kennedys and April Verch this weekend at The Buttonwood Tree Tue, 06 Sep 2016 18:48:59 +0000 G Squared Bluegrass Group Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:53:07 +0000 April Verch Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:39:15 +0000 Come experience April Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning fiddle playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously to jaw-dropping effect. She’ll be performing at The Buttonwood Tree on Sunday, September 11th at 3pm.

Learn more about April here.