Live music planned at Norwood Village Green Thursday and Sunday
NORWOOD – The Norwood Village Green Concert Series will present a variety of upcoming concerts to close out their June entertainment including the Northern Symphonic Winds, tap dancing and a Grammy Award winning fiddler.
On Thursday, June 23 the series continues with a concert by Northern Symphonic Winds. Northern New York’s only professional wind ensemble. Northern Symphonic Winds will perform music suitable to outdoor concerts. This will be the wind ensemble’s 10th appearance at the concert series.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. Community Calendar Release 6.
Sunday, June 26th Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance 6 pm
Three days later on Sunday, June 26 the Norwood Village Green Concert Series presents 2015 MacArthur Genius Award Fellow Michelle Dorrance and her Dorrance Dance company.
The choreographed and innovative tap dancing as performed by Michelle Dorrance has been recognized world-wide as the gold-standard of the genre. Michelle Dorrance will be conducting an open rehearsal on the band shell at 3 p.m.
The concert begins at 6 pm.
Michelle Dorrance, founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance, is one of the most sought after tap dancers of her generation and “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker).
A 2015 MacArthur Fellow, 2014 Alpert Award Winner, and 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Winner, a 2012 Princess Grace Award, a 2012 Field Dance Fund Recipient, and a 2011 Bessie Award winner, Michelle performs, teaches and choreographs throughout the world.
Mentored by Gene Medler, Michelle grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has since performed with: STOMP, Savion Glover’s ti dii, Manhattan Tap, Barbara Duffy & Co, JazzTap Ensemble, Rumba Tap, Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer, Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies, Harold Cromer’s original Opus One, Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap and Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels/Chasing the Bird. Michelle’s choreography has been featured on stages throughout the world as well as in a high-fashion short film for Tabitha Simmons’ 2011 Fall line.
Michelle embodies a true passion for teaching and strives to share this passion wherever she goes. She has recently taught Stephen Colbert and performed with him as a duo and as a soloist with his Late Show band.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from NYU, played bass for Darwin Deez, teaches on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, is a Capezio Athlete and has been featured on the covers of Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine. Michelle wishes to credit the master hoofers from whom she studied with in her youth for constant inspiration and influence.
Next up at the Norwood Village Green Concert Series will be The Jeremy Kittle Band, who will play Tuesday, June 28. The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Grammy award recipient Jeremy Kittel is an American fiddler, violinist, and composer. Fluent in multiple musical genres, his original music draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, Classical, electronic, and more. Kittel performs with his own band, as a duo, or trio.
In addition to his own projects, he has composed and arranged for such artists as Abigail Washburn, Aoife O’Donovan, My Morning Jacket, Camera Obscura, Jars of Clay, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Laura Veirs, and the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet (of which he was a member for five years). He has also recorded with artists such as Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Mark O’Connor and Mike Marshall.
He has collaborated with, and was featured violin soloist on National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize winner, and University of Michigan professor William Balcom’s “Songs of Innocence and of Experience” by William Blake. The recording won three Grammy Awards. At the University of Michigan where he graduated at age 20, Jeremy Kittle was the recipient of the highest undergraduate music prize, the Stanley Medal and the Emerging Artist Award.
As a soloist he has performed with orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestras, and the Rochester Philharmonic He was a guest on A Prairie Home Companion and played the Kennedy Center, Bonnaroo, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He recorded parts of the soundtracks for independent films ‘’An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Harvest Moon, as well as the video score for ‘‘Infamous 2.’’
He has won numerous awards throughout his career, some of the more notable being the Inaugural recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Folk Artist, Outstanding Jazz Recording and Outstanding Jazz composer, and twice the American String Teacher Association’s Alternative Strings Award. He is a U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and a two-time Junior National Scottish Fiddle Champion.
His most recent solo recording, Chasing Sparks (Compass), features original compositions with a stellar cast of musicians, including special guests Meyer, Thile, and Marshall. He is currently working on his fifth solo album. Kittel previewed some of his new compositions on the Oct 10, 2015 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.
Jeremy is joined by some of the most dynamic young performers on the American acoustic music scene, with core members Joshua Pinkham (mandolin), Nathaniel Smith (cello), and Simon Chrisman (hammered dulcimer).
For further information consult the series website nvgcs.org or call 353-2437.