Upcoming Making American Music Concerts

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

December 17, 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org

Susan Trien, 585-410-6359, strien@thestrong.org 

Upcoming Making American Music Concerts
at the National Museum of Play®

The National Museum of Play at the Strong™ announces the final performances in the 2010–2011 season of the Making American Music adult concert series. The popular series offers a variety of musical styles—from big band and rag time to folk and jazz. All performances take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s theater.

January 12, 2011—American Folk Roots, featuring the Burning Boots. Discover the roots of American folk music as the Burning Boots perform traditional mountain songs and stirring bluegrass and country tunes. The duo brings the unique experiences of America’s early working class to life with songs such as “John Henry,” “Rain and Snow,” and “John Brown’s Dream.”

February 9, 2011—It’s Jazz, by George!, featuring the Rod Blumenau Quartet. Savor the full breadth of George Gershwin’s music as the Rod Blumenau Quartet offers an evening of timeless classics and little known works by this unsurpassed 20th-century American composer. Performing songs such as “Someone to Watch over Me,” and “I Got Rhythm,” the quartet’s “Love Is Here to Stay” for George.

March 16, 2011—Songs of Freedom, featuring AKOMA. Join this rousing women’s gospel choir as they raise the roof with songs of solidarity, freedom, hope, and faith. Stand up and clap along as AKOMA sings “This Little Light of Mine,” “We Shall Overcome,” “Woke up this Morning,” and other powerful songs, woven between monologues about the civil rights movement.

April 13, 2011—A Salute to the USO Big Band, featuring Gateswingers Big Band. Get “In the Mood” to swing to the melodies made famous by USO big bands from the 1940s. The Gateswingers’ elaborate 15-piece band takes on the music of greats such as Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller with delightful arrangements of “A String of Pearls,” “All the Things You Are,” and more.

May 11, 2011—A Century of Song, featuring Cindy Miller. Celebrate the greatest musical entertainers of the last century. Popular local singer Cindy Miller delights audiences once again with her engaging repertoire of songs from Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire to Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, and other favorite artists.

Mini-series tickets: (all remaining concerts): nonmember $15 per concert; member $12 per concert; senior (62 and older) or student $13 per concert.

Individual Tickets: nonmembers $18; members $15; senior (62 and older) or student $16. For tickets, call 585-263-2700.

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.

The Making American Music concert series is sponsored by MVP Health Care.