Open Mic Classical

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Date(s) - November 19, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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We are pleased to bring you Open Mic Classical, a new experience in classical music, to help our community’s musicians share their music with a friendly, supportive and appreciative audience.

Open Mic Classical is based on the informality of an Open Mic format. It’s an opportunity for classical musicians of all ages and levels to perform before a live and sympathetic audience, and also meet other musicians. Our events are held at 3:00 on the third Sunday of each month at the First Parish UU Church in Brewster at 1969 Main St. Performers are asked to come at 2:45 to sign up, and performers needing piano accompaniment are asked to contact Monika or Bob a few days earlier.

We also welcome members of the Cape Community who want to be in touch with developing – and developed – musical talent on Cape Cod. All of our Open Mic Classical events include featured performances by seasoned players.

We are very excited to announce that our featured performer on Sunday, November 19th, will be percussionist Amy Lynn Barber. Amyhas had a distinguished international career as a performer, teacher, arts administrator and advocate for contemporary music. She has been a guest artist at percussion and contemporary music events throughout Europe, and has performed with American and European orchestras. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Amy has worked with many distinguished composers and premiered over 50 near works. She is the founder and artistic director of The Percussion Plus Project, a unique contemporary chamber music group started in Prague in 1993.

Amy earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Hartt School of Music. She has taught at Texas Wesleyan University, the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Prague Conservatory, and DePauw University, where she is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the School of Music. Ensembles which she has led have performed at many national and international festivals. Her DePauw Percussion Ensemble toured in Central Europe, Brazil, and China.

Now re-located to Cape Cod, she continues to perform as a soloist, and with The Percussion Plus Project and her ragtime marimba band Xylophonia. She has been a member of the music advisory committee for the Cotuit Center for the Arts, was the music coordinator for the Sandwich 375 year, and was the founder and artistic director of the Village Concert Series in Sandwich.

While living over 12 years in Europe, she founded and directed two non-profit organizations, one in Prague, and one in Vienna. For her “activities in contemporary music and promotion of Czech-American cultural relations”, Amy was awarded the National Music Prize of the Czech Music Council, and made an honorary member of the council. She was also the first foreign musician elected to membership in Umelecka Beseda, a Czech society of artists founded by Bedrich Smetana in 1863. She has twice been awarded Fulbright professorships for research and teaching abroad, and has also received grants from IREX and the NEH. In 2007, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Boston University School of Music.

There is no admissions charge, but donations are accepted. We are now an IRS tax-exempt (501-c-3) organization, and larger donations for the entire year will be gratefully accepted and acknowledged.

For further information please contact either Monika Woods at 774-353-0244 or Bob Marcus at 508-945-0832 or by email at openmicclassical@gmail.com.

Open Mic Classical

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