Wednesday, April 28, 2010

CT Forum Brings Music to the Streets of Hartford

Don't forget your dancing shoes this Saturday! We're bringing music to the streets as part of our Forum Music Fest celebration, with live performances by more than a dozen local musicians including jazz and brass ensembles, Haitian music, salsa, classical musicians and others. See them live on Pratt Street, Capital Avenue and in and around the Bushnell theater, beginning at 5PM.

The Brian Bartus Quartet
The schedule of musicians is as follows:

4:45pm, Pratt Street: The Sweetest Key
The Sweetest Key is a female acapella group from the Greater Hartford area. They arrange their own work and sing music of all genres and styles!

7:00pm, The Courtyard at The Bushnell: D'Tay
D'Tay is a group of talented musicians who perform Haitian Kompa. Their main focus and goal is to make a difference and touch people's lives through their music.

7:00pm, The Founders Lobby at The Bushnell: The Brian Bartus Quartet
The Brian Bartus Quartet is a modern jazz quartet made up of collegiate level musicians. The quartet is made up of a bass, guitar, tenor sax and drums.

7:00pm, Seaverns Room at The Bushnell: Modern Masters from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Two masters from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra - Jason Vieaux on guitar and Leonid Sigal on violin, under the artistic direction of Leonid Sigal.

7:00pm, Belding Staircase at The Bushnell: WEBQ (West End Brass Quintet)
The West End Brass Quintet has performed regularly in performance halls at The University of Hartford, as well as other performance venues around Connecticut. It is made up of a French horn, trombone, tuba and two trumpets.

7:30pm, the Mortensen Theater at The Bushnell: Kris Allen
Kris Allen is a saxophonist and composer who was the young protoge of the great Jackie Mclean, with whom he studied at the Artists Collective and The University of Hartford. Allen is the director of The Hartford Jazz Society New Directions Ensemble.

In collaboration with the Haitian Health Foundation, we will also be collecting items in The Bushnell lobby to help the victims of the Haitian earthquake, specifically: multi-vitamins with iron for children, adult multi-vitamins, new children's underwear, and protein-rich fatty foods like Spam, tuna in oil, and peanut butter.

At 8PM, we will welcome renowned musicians Patti Smith, John Legend, and John Forte to the Bushnell stage for a live, unscripted panel conversation about everything from performing and creating, to their personal lives and causes, to the power music has over us all. The evening will include a lively audience Q&A exchange, surprise musical moments from the panelists, and so much more! See you there!

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