SUN 10/18  3:00PM


BACK to BACH featuring Dorothy Braker

Three of Johann Sebastian Bach's famous Solo Violoncello Suites performed by Dorothy Braker, principal cellist of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra.

Dorothy Braker graduated from the Juilliard School with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music performance. Her studies were with Phil Blum, Karl Fruh, and Harvey Shapiro. Primarily a soloist and chamber musician, her numerous performances across the United States have included Lincoln Center and Paul Hall in New York City, The Bennington Museum in Vermont, and the Newberry Library in Chicago. She has performed in Orchestra, Carnegie, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls. She has also performed extensive educational concerts across the United States, an activity she has continued here in New Hampshire.

Here in New Hampshire, in addition to chamber music and solo performances, she is principal cellist with the Portsmouth Symphony, the Connecticut River Valley Orchestra, and also coaches chamber music and has a private studio of students. She has played with many other local orchestras and for choral groups. She firmly believes in experiencing music as an integrative and joyful part of life, both in her East Kingston home with her family, and in performance.

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FRI 10/23  8:00PM  DANCE PARTY!


Shango, the 20+ member Afro-beat Orchestra dedicated to playing the music of Fela Kuti, Tony Allen and the music they have inspired, was founded by percussionist, keyboardist, dancer, composer and arranger Jonny Peiffer in the summer of 2013. The band has been steadily offering raucous infectious dance parties and ever since and packing venues like The Dance Hall Kittery, The Press Room Portsmouth, and Fury's Publick House Dover, among other venues throughout the Seacoast.

Shango is stacked with the best musicians and dancers from the ME/NH Seacoast. The band features lead vocalist Stu Dias of Soggy Po Boys fame and Mother Superior and the Sliding Royals fame and various other sorts of fame. Other members include keyboardist Mike Effenberger and bassist Nick Phaneuf of Tan Vampire fame, guitarists Jon McCormack and Jonathan Paul, a 6-piece horn section featuring Matt Langley on tenor and practically all of the Soggy Po Boy horn section, dancers and singers, and a 5-piece percussion section. Percussionist Namory Keita, a native of Guinea West Africa, regularly accompanies Liz Fowler's dance classes and teaches classes of his own at The Dance Hall.

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SAT10/24  7:30PM


The Wondertwins, (Billy and Bobby McClain) present an exclusive, one-night only performance of "To Hip-Hop, with Love." This is the second appearance by the award-winning duo in the Boston area since their wildly successful appearances last summer at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Yard, and the Music Hall Loft. Six-time winners of Showtime at The Apollo Theater, The Wondertwins have appeared with Maurice Hines' Club Harlem and toured internationally with Bobby Brown's Don't Be Cruel in the UK, and Purple Rain's Apollonia's Since I Fell For You tour in Singapore.

With the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime, The Wondertwins create a distinctive style all their own.

Former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre executive director Judith Jamison has praised The Wondertwins as "absolutely beautiful, strong, powerful, and electricmade for Broadway" and Maurice Hines noted that the identical twins "dance in the same spirit as the great brothers of dance before them."

To Hip-Hop, with Love" is made up of three separate pieces: "Broadway to Hip-Hop," "Sounds of Movement," and "L.OV.E." With an eclectic soundtrack of music ranging from legendary rappers Busta Rhymes and KRS One, to the classic voice of Sammy Davis Jr., and even poetry from Maya Angelou, "To Hip-Hop, with Love" offers a kaleidoscopic view of African-American entertainment traditions.

Boston natives Billy and Bobby McClain have worked for 20 years as teachers in Boston Public schools, and spend their summers as directors of Project RISE, an educational summer program for inner-city students in Braintree, MA. They are also award-winning natural bodybuilder competitors, and were high school all-star basketball players, recruited by many Division I schools.

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FRI 10/30  8:00PM DANCE PARTY!

SWING NIGHT! featuring Portland’s Hadacol Bouncers

The Hadacol Bouncers play the music of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Louis Armstrong and more. The music is a fun hybrid of New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Style Jazz and stride piano classics.  The group is a
collaboration between Peter Dunphy on banjo, tenor guitar and vocals, and Tom Whitehead on piano, accordion and National steel guitar. The rest of the band features Bill Rayne on trombone & vocals, Tom Wilbur on Tuba, Mel Tukey on cornet, and Don Whitney on Drums. The music is 'fresh and bright' and great for dancing, so don't miss it!

Evening will start at 7:30pm with a short swing dance lesson!

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