Boxwood Williamsburg presents workshops, a concert, and an open session of traditional music with James Kelly - Irish fiddle, Chris Norman - flutes & pipes, Matthew Olwell - flute, bodhran, and percussive dance, and Patrick Olwell, flute maker, April 7-10, 2016, at various venues around Williamsburg, VA.
THURSDAY APRIL 7, 2016
Beginning pennywhistle class with Chris Norman
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 7479 Richmond Rd., Norge, VA
Cost - $15 class (whistles will be $10 if you wish to buy one)
A beginning pennywhistle class open to both kids and adults. Learn the basics of this most portable, sturdy, expressive and ubiquitous musical instrument. In addition to basic technique we'll cover a basic tune from the USA, Scotland, and Ireland. The class will be using pennywhistles in D, and whistles will be available for loan and/or purchase, so just bring yourself! Advance registration highly recommended.
7:30 pm at the home of Eddie & Cherry Robinson
Hosted by Cherry & Eddie Robinson: 416 River's Edge, Williamsburg VA Williamsburg, VA 23185
Bring your instrument along for a relaxed evening of baroque music, Chris will play and talk about some of his current baroque repertoire. Participants will also be invited to play and get a few pointers. Additionally, we'll bring some music along to read through a few duos, trio, quartets and ensemble pieces from the renaissance & baroque. The evening will be informal and relaxed with wine & snacks available.
FRIDAY APRIL 8, 2016
EVENING CONCERT WITH JAMES KELLY, CHRIS NORMAN, MATTHEW OLWELL, AND GUESTS
Traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and elsewhere.
7:30 pm: Williamsburg Regional Library 515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA
$15 regular/ $13 kids 12 & under, seniors 65 and over, active military AND those registered for the Saturday Workshop.
Tickets will be available at the door, via the website registration form, or at Amory Music in Williamsburg: 4436 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg, VA 23185, 757-941-7187
SATURDAY APRIL 9, 2016
WORKSHOP CLASSES 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 7479 Richmond Rd., Norge, VA Cost - $95
Chris NORMAN - traditional flute class; repertoire & techniques
James KELLY - traditional fiddle class; repertoire & techniques
Matthew OLWELL - bodhran and percussive dance class & techniques
Patrick OLWELL - flute history
The workshop classes are open to players of all levels and instruments, however please bear in mind that the classes will be geared for those with some proficiency on the flute & violin. Beginners are welcome but should be prepared to audit. Percussive dance classes will be geared for beginners, and those with experience.
Traditional Jam Session with Chris Norman, James Kelly, Matthew Olwell, Patrick Olwell and Guests 7:30pm - 10:00pm at The Corner Pocket, 4805 Courthouse Street, Williamsburg, VA 23188, free and open to the public. Join us for a traditional Irish session; all are welcome to play, dance, sing a song or listen.
SUNDAY APRIL 10, 2016
Private lessons with James Kelly, Chris Norman, Matthew Olwell
Registration info available online at www.boxwood.org/williamsburg.
James KELLY is one of the greatest Irish traditional fiddlers alive today. He has toured Europe, the US, Canada and South America both as a soloist and a member of several influential Irish groups, including "Patrick Street" and "Planxty." He has 18 albums to his credit and is currently working on a teaching DVD for fiddle students, as well as compiling his over 800 compositions for publication.
Chris NORMAN's influential work for the past 30 years as performer, composer, recording artist and teacher has won him worldwide recognition. His flute playing has appeared on more than 40 recordings and can be heard featured on the Oscar winning soundtrack of Titanic and other Hollywood films including Soldier, and The Stone of Destiny.
Matthew OLWELL has been performing and teaching as a dancer and percussionist at festivals and theaters across North America and Europe since 1996. Matthew danced for nine years with the Maryland-based Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, with whom he performed in Riverdance, and has performed with Lunasa, Tim O'Brien, Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers, and others. In 2006 he co-founded Good Foot Dance Company, and now teaches and performs often in community arts events in his native Charlottesville, VA.
Patrick OLWELL is one of the world's most renowned makers of Irish flutes. Seamus Egan, Matt Molloy, Mike Rafferty (to name only a few) and numerous happy non-celebrity flute players in America and overseas are playing his instruments. Patrick's flutes are an optimized "fusion" combining centuries of experience by the old flute makers in London, New York and France with Patrick's new technological approach and auto-didactic sense of experimentation and innovation.
ORGANIZATION SUMMARY: Boxwood is a non-profit organization in the USA that has established a worldwide presence celebrating and sharing musical traditions through annual gatherings in Williamsburg,VA, Nova Scotia, New Zealand and Australia. Boxwood aims to help individuals achieve their artistic potential and build stronger communities through music.
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