Limited cabaret seating will be available for Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company's The Winter's Tale at the Box Factory on July 25 at 7:30. Tickets are $15 for the special VIP seating and reservations are required online with PayPal or with credit card by calling
269-983-3688. Regular ticket prices are $10 general admission and $8 seniors and students and are also available online or at the door starting at 7 pm the evening of the performance. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.
The production is directed by Dennis Henry, formerly an actor with the nationally acclaimed American Shakespeare Center, and director of Pigeon Creek’s 2014 production of Coriolanus.
William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale follows the story of King Leontes of Sicilia, who brings tragedy on his family when he accuses his wife of infidelity with his best friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia. Blinded by jealousy, Leontes puts his wife on trial, and orders that his infant daughter be abandoned in the wilderness. Fate intervenes, and 16 years later, Polixenes' son Florizel falls in love with a shepherd girl of mysterious origins. Reunions and reconciliation ensue in this fairy-tale-like play from late in Shakespeare's writing career.
Pigeon Creek’s cast features actors Kathleen Bode, Joseph Cox, Mike Dodge, Kat Hermes, Scott Lange, Arielle Leverett, Janelle Mahlmann, Chad Marriott, Katherine Mayberry, and Sarah Stark.
National Fingerpicking Champion Eric Lugosch presents a truly original and inspirational show at the Box Factory for the Arts, August 1 at 7:30 p.m.
There are no gimmicks or gadget – just a genuinely gifted imagination and a fluency that comes from years of working on his craft. Eric’s arrangements of traditional songs and jazz standards are now considered classics in picking circles, where he is also regarded as one of America’s best original fingerstyle composers, as well as a talented songwriter.
Eric has been at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music for over twenty years where he is an esteemed educator of both beginner and advanced guitarists. Those who have been to a performance or participated in Eric’s classes and workshops know they have been a part of something special and truly memorable.
Ed Bagatini’s New Quintet Orchestra takes the stage once again at the Box Factory on Saturday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Ed Bagatini, was born, raised and schooled in Calumet Michigan where the circle of 4th's was taught along with the three R’s. With maternal encouragement, he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Music Ed. Degree. He then became a trombonist with 5th Army Headquarters Band.
He laid the foundations for the band programs at Lake Michigan College and Lake Michigan Catholic Schools. He has had extensive experience in arranging music. He has arranged music for: The Navy School of Music, Dan Belloc, Kai Winding, Tommy Shepard, Bill Russo, Bill Porter, Mike Suter, Bobby Davidson, Western Michigan University, The Jazz Assemblage and The Nostalgics.
The Ed Bagatini's New Quintet is a small band with the sounds of a big band consist of Leader / Writer / Arranger Ed Bagatini on trombone; Dino Jackson on French Horn / Flugelhorn / Arranger, Jay Handy on Guitar, Tim King on Double Bass, and Jim Allen on Drums renditions of great standards of jazz and big band musicians.
American folk singer – songwriter Anne Hills returns to the Box Factory on Thursday August 13, at 7:30 p.m. Anne has become one of the better known voices of the contemporary folk music scene, receiving awards and recognition for her live performances, her unique solo and collaborative recording projects and her overall artistry and benefit work.
Tom Paxton says, “Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that it’s understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Anne’s writing, in songs like “Follow the Road: and many others, is as direct, melodic and deep as any work begin done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”
Bill Bosler & Al Kniola play a mix of traditional and popular tunes on hammered dulcimer and guitar. They also sing a number of classic pop and folk songs from decades past. They are regular performers at Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend and Al hosts the popular acoustic music radio show "The Back Porch" on 88.1 WVPE Public Radio.
Besides being one of the region's top hammered dulcimer players, Bill, who lives in Three Rivers, is also a percussionist currently playing with several Michiana area bands. Al, a South Bend resident, has been active in a number of musical groups over the years including the very popular Unraveling String Band. Both Al and Bill have appeared on the Box Factory stage a number of times in the past, both together and as parts of several other groups.
Chicago performers Claudia Hommel and Elizabeth Doyle return to the Box Factory for the Arts stage, on August 22 at 7:30 pm with an illustrated concert. Their “Vocal Canvas: Hear the Painting, See the Song” program blends the talents of the Box Factory’s studio artists and writers with the vocals of these talented cabaret professionals.
Piano accompaniment will be provided by George Lepauw, recognized in 2012 as Chicagoan of the Year for classical music by the Chicago Tribune. He was included in Chicago Magazine’s classical music “power list” in 2013. Greg Ladewski will again join the musicians on stage as guest cellist.
Special VIP tickets of $25 per person for cabaret seating will be available by reservation. Concert seating is $15 general admission. Reservations for all seating arrangements are advised and are available online or with credit card at 269-983-3688. Light refreshments will be served at intermission and beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Inspired by the Box Factory audience at their illustrated concert in 2013, Claudia and Elizabeth named their malleable creation “Vocal Canvas;” have since created a film “Ovations for a Wise Man and a Fool;” and are now planning new concerts with artists guilds in Detroit, Alton and Chicago.
A favorite from the Art Institute of Chicago to the Cabaret Lapin Agile in Paris, Claudia Hommel is best known for her cabaret concerts celebrating Paris. Her repertoire also encompasses art songs and American standards. Claudia leads an active touring career in clubs, recital halls, museums, libraries, theatres and schools. She especially enjoys collaborating with teachers of French, history and performing arts to work with students of all ages. Most fun of all, she invites fans to France on a Cabaret Intourlude each year.
A featured guest on the late Marian McPartland’s NPR program Piano Jazz, singer-pianist-composer-writer Elizabeth Doyle was a magnet at Chicago’s famed Pump Room and has sung and played across the United States and Europe.
Lake Effect Jazz Big Band featuring Vibraphonist Jim Cooper takes the stage at the Box Factory Saturday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Now in its 15th year of bringing its unique blend of traditional big band and contemporary jazz arrangements to the summer venues of Michigan’s beautiful southwest region, the LAKE EFFECT JAZZ BIG BAND has become one of the premier big bands in the Midwest. This season, the band will be performing music from the classic big band libraries of jazz composers like Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie, but also showcasing the sounds of more contemporary ensembles and composers like Pat Metheny, Gordon Goodwin, and Tom Kubis. The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band is committed to preserving the uniquely American art form of big band jazz. Our mission is to promote the art of JAZZ through performance, education, and community outreach.
The band is led by Steven L. Reed, retired instrumental music teacher for the St. Joseph Public Schools, where he taught jazz ensemble, orchestra, and band for 35 years. Several members of the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band are current or retired music educators and jazz education is a priority for the LEJBB.
Vibraphonist and composer Jim Cooper will be featured at the concert. He has been playing the vibes for over 40 years, leading numerous groups, appearing as both soloist and sideman. A native Chicagoan, he was influence by that city’s healthy, vibrant music scene. He has performed with Ira Sullivan, Chicago pianists Bob Dogan and Gene Esposito, Detroit clarinetist Dave Bennett, organist Jim Alfredson, Buddy de Franco, Victor Goines, Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble among others.
His performances include the Chicago Jazz Festival, Sutton’s Bay Jazz Festival, Lansing MI Jazz Festival, Grand Rapids Jazz Festival, West Michigan Jazz Society, Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase, Green Mill and Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. He also has been making sessions at Small’s Jazz Club and The Fat Cat in New York City.
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