FEATURED EVENTS MARCH 2015:
Every Tuesday “What’s on Your Mind?" With David MacArthur 10:00am Chapel
Every Wednesday Bible Study with Tony Nania at 7pm in the Chapel
Every Thursday "A matter of balance" with the SVNA at 1:00PM Geer Village (various locations)
Every Friday "Music Together" with Tom Hanford (intergenerational music program) at 10:00am Chapel
Wednesday, March 4
Northwest Corner Historical Forum: 10:00am Hollenbeck Room
Wednesdays March 4 and March 18
Comfort & Conversation Bereavement Group w/ Eileen Epperson - 3:30pm-4:30pm Country Kitchen
Friday, March 6
Willie Nininger in Concert 2:30pm Hollenbeck Room
Saturday, March 7
Soprano Becky Crain in Concert with special guests Anna DeVeau-Jalbert (mezzo) and Dr. John Michniewicz (piano) 3:00pm Hollenbeck Room
Soprano Becky Craig with Special Guest, Saturday March 7th
Soprano Becky Craig will present a program of classical and timeless classic tunes with special guests Anna Deveau- Jalbert, Mezzo, and Dr. John Michniewicz, piano on Saturday, March 7th. Rebecca began studying voice in High School with Margery Smith-Schwartz who instilled in her an unforgettable passion for singing with power and intent. In 2004, Becky was chosen as the soloist at Connecticut’s CMEA All State Choir Festival. She has since studied voice with Charles Fidlar at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, Professor Constance Rock at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Dennis Bender at the University of Kentucky, Anna DeVeau-Jalbert in Bridgeport, CT, and recently she performed in a Warner Theater master’s class with Broadway legend, Linda Eder. A talented and accomplished actor and singer, Rebecca has performed leading roles with Stamford's Curtain Call Theater, such as Kate McGowan in Titanic the Musical, Cosette in Les Misérables, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, Rose in the classic musical Meet me in St. Louis, Lady Larkin in Once Upon a Mattress, and the dynamic role of Annette in God of Carnage.
Anna DeVeau-Jalbert, mezzo soprano, was born and raised in Bridgeport. She pursued a Bachelor’s of Music at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she studied under Dr. Sylvia McClain. Here, she was featured in several opera scenes programs including roles in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mozart’s Così f an tutte, Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. In 2010, Anna was cast in her first full role in UConn’s main stage opera as Prince Orlofsky in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. She stayed to earn her Master’s of Music at the same campus, having graduated in 2012.
John Michniewicz, accompanist, has an extensive background in choral and children’s music. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. At the Manhattan School of Music, he was awarded the John Cerevolo prize in performance and studied with noted choral conductors Dr. Dennis Keene and Amy Kaiser. For three years he directed the 175 member children’s choir at St. Lucy’s and St. Francis Academy in New York City, and directed the 185 members of the New York Archdiocesan Children’s Choir as they sang at the Central Park Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II. As a concert organist, Dr. John has performed recitals and concerts in both Europe and America, including solo organ recitals at St. Patrick’s Ca- thedral in New York City, Princeton University, Spain and Italy.
Be sure to warm up your voice as there will be a crowd sing-along portion to the program. This event is free and open to the public, and will start at 3:00pm in the Hollenbeck Room
Tuesday March 10 and March 24
The Douglas Library presents “Words & Conversations” hosted by Norma Haight Colman 2pm 2nd floor conf. Room
Wednesday, March 11
The History of maple syrup in America with Sue Farnum 2:30 Chapel
Thursday, March 12
Tuesday, March 17
St. Patty’s Day party with Dave Paton & Friends (musical entertainment) 3:30pm Hollenbeck Room
Thursday, March 19
Please RSVP by March 17th.
Wednesday, March 18
Healing and Relaxation afternoon with Reiki Level II Practitioner Nina Anderson 1:00pm Hollenbeck Room
Doug Schmolze in Concert 2:30pm Hollenbeck Room
Wednesday, March 25
Live Alpaca visit with Judith Zimbalist and Copper Star Farm 11:00am Hollenbeck Room
Hilda Banks Shapiro with Cellist Lucy Bardot in Concert: Hollenbeck Room
Saturday, March 28
Matt Valenti in Concert 10:00am Chapel
Pianist Matt Valenti March 28th
Matt has been delighting audiences at the piano and violin professionally for over 43 years. This talented musician can play virtually any song requested as he knows thousands and thousands of songs, and if he doesn't know one, all he has to do is listen to a request once and he can play it! He can play jazz, ballads, contemporary, pop, show tunes, movie themes, fiddle tunes and Broadway hits. He has performed in the best restaurants in Litchfield and Hartford County: is a current member of the Warner Theatre Orchestra, and is a former member of the prestigious Litchfield Chamber Orchestra and the Torrington Symphony. Mr. Valenti and his wife Barbara Sargent- Valenti, a Hartt graduate, wrote six musicals, all of which had World Premieres at the historic Warner Theatre. Mr. Valenti composed the music to Mrs. Valenti’s libretto and lyrics. Mr. Valenti has also conducted numerous musicals at the Warner Theatre, as well as bringing life to the fiddler in the Warner’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. Mr. Valenti was also the music director for St. Mary’s Children’s Theater for ten years. Mr. Valenti has performed as a member of the Litchfield Chamber Orchestra, and was concertmaster of the Torrington Civic Symphony.
Matt will perform in the Geer Village Chapel the morning of March 28th, at 10:00am.
Download the full Geer Village Activity Calendar (PDF file) for March 2015 HERE.