Each Twilight Tuesdays evening kicks off with a wine reception at 6 p.m. inside the school, followed by dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Park of the Arts, located behind NMS at 100 Audubon St.
The first concert in the 2011 series is on July 12, featuring Caravan of Thieves. The band's fun and animated music has been described as being "…rooted in gypsy jazz and acoustic swing, but also includes traces of rock, punk and jazz. There are also Beatles-esque harmonies, pounding rhythms and a heavy dose of theatrics, and you have one of the freshest and funniest bands around. It's theatrical and humorous. It's musical and intense. It entertains dazzles and defies classification." Caravan of Thieves includes NMS faculty member, Ben Dean on violin, along with Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni (guitar & voice) and Brian Anderson on Bass.
In honor of the upcoming centennial anniversary of the school, on July 19th the NMS Faculty Ragtime Ensemble presents a fun retrospective featuring "A Century of Ragtime" led by Art Hovey. Fans of all ages will love the sounds of familiar favorites by Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb & James Scott, among others. The evening features NMS Faculty members, Art Hovey (tuba), Mary Larew (violin), YunYang Lin (cello), Reesa Gringorten (clarinet), Chris Radawiec (flute), Larry Zukof (recorder) and Margaret Ann Martin (piano).
Twilight Tuesdays then switches direction on July 26 with "Jeff Fuller and Bossa Brasil - featuring the vocal talents of Isabella Mendes." This enticing program will feature a variety of Brazilian songs – both old and new – with a jazz twist. Vocalist Isabella Mendes, born in Sao Paulo, is a rising talent known for her sensitive interpretations of standard bossa novas as well as the pop-tinged music of younger Brazilian singers. Musicians include NMS Faculty member Jeff Fuller (Bass), Paul Liberman (Saxophone and flute), Joe Carter (guitar) and Adriano Santos (drums).
NMS's Twilight Tuesdays Series is sponsored by Soundview Capital Management Corporation, Bank of America, Koffee?, Nicholson Associates and the New Haven Advocate.
Neighborhood Music School (NMS) is a nonprofit community arts school offering music, dance and drama instruction and programming at sites in New Haven, Guilford, Hamden and Woodbridge.
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.