Curiosity Concerts announces second season

Sonic Escape is coming to town to present The Music Makers on Sept. 27. –John Cutillo

Sonic Escape is coming to town to present The Music Makers on Sept. 27. –John Cutillo

The Greenwich Arts Council recently announced Curiosity Concerts’ second season of free classical music concerts for families. Designed for children ages six years and older, Concerts will present 10 free concerts at different venues in the Greenwich area during its 2014/15 season.

All of the concerts will be presented by professional musicians, under one hour, and will be free, interactive and fun.

Curiosity Concerts is an innovative coalition effort. It brings together many organizations involved with music and dedicated to the enrichment of young children.

In doing so, concert organizers say they hope to offer great entertainment to families while raising the visibility of and support for many arts organizations in Greenwich and the region.

“We were thrilled by the community’s response to our first season. We knew there’d be interest, but we never expected one ‘sold out’ concert after another,” Curiosity Concerts producer Shelly Cryer said. “Watching the faces in the audiences made me sure I wanted to continue the series — children and their parents alike looked so happy enjoying a special hour of quality music. We’re aiming to have our second season top our initial success.”

Curiosity Concerts opens on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 2 when the NYC-based Sonic Escape flute, violin, and cello trio presents “The Music Makers.” The 50-minute program — which debuted at Lincoln Center last December — weaves folk, classical, pop, bluegrass, protest songs and sea chanties into a tale of how North America’s music came to be. The concert takes place at Greenwich Library’s Cole Auditorium and has been underwritten by Whole Foods Market Greenwich. It’s free, but advance registration is required.

Nine free concerts follow the opening, featuring a range of musical styles and repertoire in different settings throughout town.

“Curiosity Concerts is presenting exceptional music to our community, designed to inspire the adults as well as the children in the audience,” said Ms. Cryer.

Curiosity Concerts will present choral music, a percussion ensemble, and jazz, as well as more traditional chamber music ensembles. Two of the concerts (on Dec. 20 and May 30) are collaborations with the Greenwich Library’s Ashforth Children’s Concert Series.

New this season, Curiosity Concerts will host one fund-raiser for adults. The Aizuri Quartet — currently string quartet-in-Residence At the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia — will present an intimate one-hour concert for adults on Friday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenwich Arts Council. Supporters will enjoy great music, champagne, and sushi.

Tickets are $65 and available at CuriosityConcerts.org. Proceeds will help pay for the concerts, which Cryer says cost approximately $3,000 each to produce.

The full line-up for Curiosity Concerts’ 2014/2015 season is as follows:

Concert #1, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m. at Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium. Performer Sonic Escape, a flute, violin, cello trio presents The Music Makers — a program weaving folk, classical, pop and Bluegrass into a tale of how North America’s music came to be.

Concert #2, Saturday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. at the Convent of the Sacred Heart. The show will feature ClassNotes — In Stories Through Music, a string quartet of exceptional young musicians transforming Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Dvorak classics into a roller-coaster of colorful sounds and emotions.

Concert #3, Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at Audubon Greenwich Greenwich Symphony Orchestra’s program In Music and Nature features a quintet of GSO’s principal players presenting themes from Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, and more.

A benefit will be held Friday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Greenwich Arts Council featuring The Aizuri Quartet, which will play a one-hour concert for adults. Champagne and sushi will be served, tickets are $65.

Concert #4, Saturday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m. at Byram Shubert Library and will feature Aizuri Quartet playing an unannounced program. This event is sponsored by the Ashforth Children’s Concert Series.

Concert #5, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium, featuring the Greenwich Choral Society. Take a ride on the British ship the HMS Pinafore with members of the Greenwich Choral Society and enjoy an afternoon of musical hilarity in this semi-staged version of a Gilbert & Sullivan classic.

Concert #6, Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. at Garden Education Center. The New England Percussion Ensmble will perform Language of the Ancients, a rocking, beat-filled journey through time using stones, sticks, rattles, plastic tubes, trash bags and drums — along with singing and movement.

Concert #7, an unannounced jazz program, Sunday, March 22, 2015 at noon at the Greenwich Arts Council.

Concert #8, Sunday, April 12, 2015, noon featuring the Treetops Chamber Music Society and Musicians from Ravinia performaning an unannounced program.

Concert #9, Saturday, May 30, 2015, 2 p.m. at Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium featuring Decoda.

Finally, Concert #10 is set for Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church. Project Trio, a high-octane Brooklyn-based trio of flute, cello, and double bass playing chamber music will provide the season finale.

Curiosity Concerts are supported by donations from its audience members and other community friends, as well as the Aquarion Water Company, Ashforth Children’s Concert Series, CTC Foundation, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Richard and Mary Radcliffe, Joanne and Chris Stavrou, TD Ameritrade, Treetops Chamber Music Society and Whole Foods Market Greenwich.

Concerts are free but space is limited at many venues. Advance registration is required.

Program details and reservations are available at Curiosityconcerts.org.

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