Hamden Arts Commission Announces Sensational Sunday Performance Series
The season launches on October 23 when the popular St. Luke’s Steel Band returns to the Hamden stage for a concert entitled "The Joyous Sounds of Steel Drums.” The high-energy, national award-winning band, with members of all ages, is hailed as one of the most unique and exciting performing ensembles in the state. Their repertoire includes calypso, reggae, classical, popular, and island folk music.
On November 6, the contagiously upbeat and joyous Riverboat Ramblers will present “An Afternoon of Dixieland and Swing”. The concert will include the music of Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller and George Gershwin. The Riverboat Ramblers, long recommended by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, are among the most popular performing groups in Connecticut. They have their audiences singing along, clapping their hands and stomping their feet.
On January 29, the Elm City Girls' Choir (ECGC) will make their series debut with a performance entitled “United in Song.” Founded in 1993, the choir has received national recognition, touring extensively throughout North America and Euroope, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Disney World, and on national television.
On February 26, crooner Raymond Suntino will present “That’s Amore: An Afternoon of Romantic Italian and American Songs.” Suntino’s mastery of beloved Italian songs, and his magnetic personal charm, have made him one of the region’s most popular performers. Audiences demand his return to our stage.
The series finale on March 26 will feature Ivory & Gold, the husband-and-wife musical duo of Anne and Jeff Barnhart, who will present “Our American Tapestry: From Ragtime to Broadway and Beyond.” The internationally renowned couple has played to packed houses on six of the seven continents, and have released eight recordings. Classically trained musicians, they thrill audiences with music, history and humor.
All events, which begin at 2 pm, will be held in the handicapped-accessible Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. Admission is $7 general admission/ $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Tickets are sold at the door only. The series is presented with generous support from the estate of former Commissioner Emeritus Peter C. Hereld. For details, contact the Arts Commission at (203) 287-2546 or www.hamdenartscommission.com.