06/06/17 6:00am

BARRY GORDIN PHOTO | ‘The Man in the Ceiling’ creative team during rehearsals in New York City. From left, composer Andrew Lippa, book writer Jules Feiffer, and director Jeffrey Seller.

Guests of the Shelter Island Library Book and Author Luncheon have a huge treat in store. New Island resident Jules Feiffer — world renowned cartoonist, author, playwright and all-around wit — has agreed to speak at the annual event which will be held on June 10 at The Pridwin Hotel. (more…)

05/17/17 6:00am

Dominic Inferrara

In celebrating its 40th Anniversary with concerts of returning artists that were audience favorites, the Shelter Island Friends of Music will present “Opera Classics & Broadway Favorites” by the velvet-voiced baritone, Dominic Inferrera, who was proclaimed by the New York Times as “a standout,” and “dynamic.”

The concert is Saturday, June 3 at 8 p.m. at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church and Mr. Inferrera will be performing works by Verdi, Mozart, Ravel, Leigh and Darion, Rodgers and Hammerstien, Lerner and Lowe, Porter, and Sondheim.

A meet-the-artist post-concert reception follows. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Visit the Shelter Island Friends of Music at facebook.com/SIFMconcerts for more information.

05/13/17 11:26am

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At the far northwestern edge of France, as far as one can go and still technically be in continental Europe, there lies a stretch of land so removed both physically and culturally from its parent country that even its name, Brittany, evokes a land that is not quite French.

Yet it is not quite British either.

What it is, however, is the source of traditional French Canadian music which we hear on this side of the Atlantic today — albeit with some variations that only time and distance will provide.  (more…)

04/20/17 10:35am
Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Folk music, like home cooking and regional accents, is one of those cultural traditions that has a way of taking on the flavor of where its makers settled.

In North America, our traditional music is a derivative of the Scottish and Irish fiddle folk tunes that immigrants brought with them hundreds of years ago. But as these populations settled on this side of the Atlantic, how that music grew and morphed as songs were handed down to successive generations depended largely upon where the players settled. 

For that reason, though the language of North American traditional music shares the same cultural identity, what we hear as audience members depends on whether we’re listening to music from the Canadian maritime provinces or the hills of Tennessee. (more…)

03/17/17 6:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Celtic fiddler Katie McNally

COURTESY PHOTO | Pianist and mandolin player Neil Pearlman and Celtic fiddler Katie McNally.

Musically speaking, this will be an active weekend on Shelter Island with the Presbyterian Church slated to host not one, not two, but three very different concerts in the days ahead.

First up on Friday, March 17 is a good dose of folk music with fiddler Katie McNally and pianist Neil Pearlman who play traditional tunes from Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church and is presented by Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. (more…)