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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Variety is the Spice at Music on the Avenue

The Faux Frenchmen bring gypsy jazz to Bellevue.

-->How about some hot jazz on a cold February night? The Faux Frenchmen kick off this year’s free Music on the Avenue series on Friday, February 2, with an Americanized version of Parisian jazz of the 1930s.
The series, now in its 19th season, runs Friday nights from February 2 through March 2 and promises something for everyone’s musical tastes. The concerts start at 8 p.m. and are held at St. John United Church of Christ in Bellevue.

The series is part of community outreach efforts by the church and provides area musicians with a place to share their musical talents. Performances are funded by donors and supporters.

Stephen Phillips is the current chair of a committee that selects artists and promotes the event each year. He offered an overview of the 2018 line-up.

2018 Series

Faux Frenchmen — February 2

The Faux Frenchmen bring back Paris in the mid-1930s with their own take on “gypsy jazz, a form popularized by the Quintette of the Hot Club of France. The quintette performed at Paris clubs and brought American jazz of the time to Paris clubs but with a decidedly French twist.

Percussion Group Cincinnati — February 9

Percussion Group Cincinnati

Beat the drum (among other instruments) for the Percussion Group Cincinnati. Founded in 1979, the group is the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. The group performs works by avant garde composer John Cage as well as new and experimental work.

Vince Phelan and Stephen Phillips — February 16

Violinist Vince Phelan and pianist Stephen Phillips pair up to share selections of classical music written for violin and piano by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Faure and will honor the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with selections from West Side Story.

Dror Biran — February 23

Israeli pianist and CCM faculty member Dror Biran will perform works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. Biran has been a top prize winner in national and international piano competitions, and has performed with orchestras and as a solo pianist around the world.

Cincinnati Boychoir — March 2 

Cincinnati Boychoir

The Cincinnati Boychoir is one of the premiere professional boy choirs in the US. The choir maintains a professional-level performance and education program and reaches about 300 boys drawn from 100 area schools each year. The choir is open to boys from first grade through high school and performs at about 30 venues each year in the Greater Cincinnati area.

More details

Opening night and the final night’s performances will be followed by a reception with refreshments and an opportunity to meet other audience members.

St. John United Church of Christ is located at 520 Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue. Free parking is available in the church parking lot at the back of the building or on nearby streets. The building is accessible.

For more information see St. John website, the Music on the Avenue Facebook page or call 859-261-2066.

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