Saturday, August 12, 2017

Beth James, soprano

Beth James is an active soprano in the Fairfield County Area, performing as both soloist and professional chorister. She is excited to bring her love of art songs and musical theater to the Monroe MusicFest with a varied program ranging from Gabriel Faure to Rogers and Hammerstein. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Nielsen & Ardise to perform at MusicFest 2017

Nielsen & Ardise

From the sounds of the 50s and 60s and more, Nielsen & Ardise has over 50 years of musical experience to share with you from their years on the road. A duo out of Fairfield County, CT, Billy Nielsen and Tom Ardise have performed  with some of the industry’s music legends, including Little Richard, The Duprees, Harold Melvin, Billy Vera and many more. They’ve joined together to create an engaging show that incorporates top hits from throughout the years, and stories about the music that are sure to please. 

Nielsen has been singing since he was 16 years old, and was a member of the Barons at just 19 years old, which went on to become a well-known east coast band that recorded with major record producers, opened for the industry’s greatest, and recorded many commercials. Their 1963 hit, “Pledge of a Fool”, was produced by Stan Vincent a major producer at that time. The record was a great hit on the east coast, resulting in numerous tours up and down the coast.

Ardise was an original member of the Royal Kings, and not only served as the bands lead guitarist but also as manager and musical arranger, including the recording of two albums in the 1980s. He continues to perform in the Tri-State area with the popular 50s/60s group, The Baron’s, as their lead guitar player and musical arranger.

Their repertoire includes songs like Stand by Me, Bridge Over Troubled Water, At This Moment, At Last, Grapevine, Up on the Roof, People Get Ready and sounds from Hall and Oates, Van  Morrison, Eric Clapton, Smokey Robinson and Bobby Darin, to name a few.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Just Voices returns to MusicFest

 The A Cappella group Just Voices returns to MusicFest with their unique stylings of song settings.  

Silver Steel Band returns to MusicFest

The Award Winning Silver Steel Band is a Steel Drum Band based in Bridgeport, CT, directed by Jim Royle of Jim Royle Drum Studios. You can find Silver Steel playing many of your favorite Caribbean favorites as well as Soca and Calypso styled music from Trinidad and Tobago.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Ed Chervansky Jazz Group

Jazz guitarist Ed Chervansky has been a fixture on the CT music scene for many years. He will be joined by several other top-notch jazz players at MusicFest.
Influenced by such guitar greats as Wes Montgomery and George Benson, the Connecticut native has played for nearly 30 years in blues, jazz, funk, rock, and country swing bands. On the local scene, Ed has played with such notable jazz players as Bobby Buster and Eddie Buster, as well as bluesman Jesse "Wild Bill" Austin. On this occasion he'll be performing a genre mix of mainstream jazz, latin jazz, bebop, fusion and blues.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Larry Wissink, cello & Donald Alfano, piano

 Cellist Larry Wissink returns to MusicFest. Larry studied with Steve Stalker at SUNY Binghamton, and with Andres Diaz at Boston University. He has been active in chamber and orchestral performance in the Boston and San Francisco areas. 

Pianist Donald Alfano maintains an independent piano studio in the New Haven area, as well as teaching Music History, Latin & Caribbean Music and Music in America from Jazz to Rock at Housatonic Community College. Dr. Alfano studied at Boston University, Manhattan School of Music and Case Western University, and has performed as soloist and in chamber music recitals in North America and Europe.