2011-2012 Making American Music Concert Series at the National Museum of Play

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

August 16, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org
Susan Trien, 585-410-6359, strien@thestrong.org

2011-2012 Making American Music Concert Series at the National Museum of Play®

The Strong’s National Museum of Play announces its lineup for the 2011–2012 Making American Music adult concert series. The popular series offers an eclectic mix of musical styles—from big band to country to jazz. All performances take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s theater.

September 14, 2011—The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, featuring Allyn Van Dusen and Friends. Enjoy the music of American songwriting duo Rodgers and Hammerstein. Be whisked away to Oklahoma!, set sail for South Pacific, take a whirl on Carousel, and enjoy the Sound of Music with such hits as “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” and more. You’re sure to have “Some Enchanted Evening!”

October 12, 2011—Sizzling Latin Jazz, featuring the Mambo Kings. Feel the rhythms as Afro-Cuban dance music meets jazz improvisation. From rumba to cha-cha to salsa and beyond, the Mambo Kings put their blistering Latin twists on songs such as “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” “Nostalgia,” and the Beatles hit “Daytripper.”

November 16, 2011—Country Classics, featuring Jose Waverly and Friends. Kick the dust off those ol’ cowboy boots and start your toes a-tapping along with up-tempo twangers, heart-tugging ballads, and other memorable country ditties such as Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Reba McEntire’s “Turn on the Radio,” and Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man.”

January 11, 2012—Tunes from Tin Pan Alley, featuring Phillip Mentor. Rediscover the music of New York’s Tin Pan Alley songwriters such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin. Phillip Mentor takes you on a trip back in musical time with songs including “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” “Blue Sky,” and others that were the soundtracks of life from the 1880s–1950s.

February 15, 2012—Love Songs through the Years, featuring the MusicMakers Big Band. Fall in love again with the tender songs of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat “King” Cole, Dean Martin, and other crooners. The MusicMakers Big Band sets a romantic mood with timeless classics such as “Night and Day,” “All of Me,” “All the Way,” and more.

March 14, 2012—Brass from the Past, featuring Eastman School of Music. From Duke Ellington to Eric Ewazen, chamber music students at the Eastman School of Music spotlight the vibrant and boisterous sounds of myriad brass instruments as they perform pieces that span a century of American music history.

April 11, 2012— New York State of Mind, featuring the Nostalgic Reunion Jazz Ensemble. Celebrate music with New York roots—from selections by jazz giants Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Chuck Mangione to showtunes by Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer. Sit back and revel in the musical empire built in the Empire State with songs such as “Four,” “Ballavia,” “Summertime,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and more.

May 16, 2012—1940s Radio Show, featuring Sarah Peters and Friends. Celebrate the can-do attitude, faith, and perseverance of the American people during World War II. Performed in the style of a 1940’s weekly radio broadcast, this show features skits, “commercials,” and popular patriotic songs including the “Star Spangled Banner;” and timeless tunes such as “Huggin’ and a Chalkin” and “Deep Purple.”

Bill Gray’s at the Skyliner Diner is open from 5 to 7 p.m. on concert evenings. Light refreshments are available for purchase during intermission. The museum’s facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Individual Tickets: nonmembers $19; members $16; senior (62 and older) or student $17.  Full Series Tickets: nonmember $112; museum member $88; senior (62 and older) or student, $96. Mini-series tickets: (for four to six concerts): nonmember $16 per concert; member $13 per concert; senior (62 and older) or student $14 per concert.

For tickets, call 585-263-2700.