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The 30th Anniversary Alumni Concert will feature four of the Music School’s alumni, who will team up with their musical friends for a multi-genre ensemble program. Fiddler Audrey Budington, recipient of Berklee College’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship, will present a medley of folk and roots music; cellist Emily Taubl, who has soloed with numerous symphonies and has been featured in the New York Times, will perform a classical program; bassist Scott Kiefner, who performs regularly with some of New England’s premier jazz musicians, will present an instrumental jazz set; and jazz pianist Mark Shilansky, professor of Music at the University of New Hampshire and Berklee, will team up with fellow jazz artists for a set of vocal jazz selections.
The Alumni Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20 in the Concord Community Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall Street in downtown Concord. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at this link: http://www.ccmusicschool.org/index.php/music-school-concerts-events-calendar/purchase-tickets?task=viewevent&itid=22
Anniversary Weekend at the Concord Community Music School is sponsored by Merrimack County Savings Bank, with thanks to El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant and The Works. For more information on Anniversary Weekend, please call (603) 228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.
About the ArtistsAudrey Budington (fiddle) is a recipient of Berklee College of Music’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship and has been playing the violin since she was four. Classically trained, her true love is fiddle, jazz, rock and funk. She also plays the piano and sings, and is known for her creative compositions on fiddle and piano. In October 2014, Audrey was selected by Grammy award-winning arranger and record producer Rob Lewis to play in a house band for the new TV show pilot presentation Legendary. She has opened for Black Violin, provided original live music for ballets, performed for two New Hampshire Governors, represented the State of New Hampsire at The Big E in West Springfield, MA, and performed throughout New England.Cellist Emily Jane Taubl has attracted attention for her expressive playing and uncommon poise. She has been featured in The New York Times as a musician of great promise, and was called “an outstanding cellist with a bright future” by the Hartford Courant. Having performed throughout the country, she has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Hartford Symphony, Granite State Symphony, Boston Virtuosi, New England String Ensemble, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, and the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony. In addition, she has been recognized as the top prizewinner in the Van Rooy Competition and the concerto competitions of the Boston Virtuosi, New England String Ensemble, and Juilliard pre-college division. In 2012, she was featured as a performer at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles, as well as a soloist for “The Colors of Claude Debussy: A 150th Birthday Celebration” on Boston’s WGBH that was broadcast internationally. In 2013, Emily was selected to perform a solo cello work by Marc-Anthony Turnage as part of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Prelude Concert Series. Scott Kiefner is a bassist from Concord, NH. In 2012, he graduated from McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal, QC, where he studied with Fraser Hollins and Chris McCann. In the summer of 2013, he was selected to attend the School for Improvisational Music Intensive workshop in New York City. He has since returned to New England, where he performs regularly with Jonathan Lorentz, Jim Dozet, Chris Klaxton, and many others.Jazz pianist Mark Shilansky's new CD Fugue Mill was described by Jon Garelick in the Boston Globe as “an especially fresh and inventive jazz album.” In addition to his teaching duties at Berklee College of Music and the University of New Hampshire, Mark has appeared on over 50 CDs as a producer, pianist, vocalist, or composer/arranger, and has performed with such artists as the New York Voices, Luciana Souza, Kenny Wheeler, and Clark Terry. Visit www.markshilansky.com for more information or to download “Mark Shilansky's Talking Music podcast,” featuring candid interviews with a variety of artists.
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