Monday, January 14, 2013


Bossalingo: Cuban and Brazilian Inspired Jazz

WHEN: Friday, January 18, 2013
Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High St., Baltimore
ADMISSION: $10 cover

Inspired by the sounds and rhythms of Argentina, Cuba and Brazil, Bossalingo performs their original music with passion, using the common language of Jazz improvisation to unite all of these amazing styles into an unforgettable experience for the listener. The group performs selections from the recent Bossalingo release, "Steps Beyond", as well as some earlier originals from the first record and various Jazz standards. The styles of Tango, Jazz, Rumba, Samba, Milongo, Bossa Nova, Tumbao, and Guaguanco are all featured throughout the show.

The current line up features Baltimore composer/guitarist, Michael Joseph Harris, Didier Prossaird on piano, bassist Steve Zerlin, and drummer Mike Kuhl.

"Harris's playing reflected Latin, jazz, folk and rock influences. Throughout the night, his nylon-string acoustic guitar work would prove inventive and melodic, and his guitar solo on the opener was tinged with blues." —from review of Blues Alley performance by Ken Avis, Capital Bop 

Family to Family Concerts presents

A Night at the Movies

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, January 18 and 19, 2013
$15 cover

Robert Hitz Artistic Director, presents an evening of movie magic. The talented performers cover the silver screen's most memorable moments in song and story. Three generations of Family to Family composers and singers share the stage with the great film composers of the last century AND reinterpret great movies with newly composed scores and songs.

Join us for a heartwarming winter evening of romance, mystery and adventure!

Now in it's seventh season, Family to Family (F2F) Concerts has premiered more than 140 new works and 4 original musicals; all composed and performed by the writing and performance collective of F2F Concerts! They have also raised nearly $40,000 for charitable organizations through concert, cabaret, musicals and music video marathons.

This cabaret night will benefit Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, an organization that keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs. The Foundation gives youngsters the many benefits of music education, helps them to be better students, and inspires creativity and expression through playing music.

Anything You Can Sing I Can Sing Higher
Featuring the Dueling Sopranos

WHEN: Tuesday and Friday, January 22 and 25, 2013
$10 cover

On the road to diva-Dom, two sopranos stop to share the many trials and tribulations that fill their lives with drama, joy,  heartbreak and hilarity both on stage and off.

The Dueling Sopranos—Kimberly Christie and Maggie Finnegan—are featured.



Handmade Music
by Marc Irwin, Barry Heimowitz and Special Guest Maeve Royce

WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2013
$10 cover

Handmade Music is a guitar/piano duo presenting their unique sound of tuneful melodies blended with jazz harmonies and improvisation. Performing selections tonight from their self-titled album, the group is joined by bassist Maeve Royce, who has recently toured and recorded with projects such as The Trio of Oz with Rachel Z, Omar Hakim, and singer Tamar Kali's Psycho Chamber Ensemble.

Marc Irwin, piano; Barry Heimowitz, Guitar ; Maeve Royce, bass

The Kuznik Trio: Classical Versus Café Music-Piano Trios Through Three Centuries

WHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2013
$15 cover

The Kuznik Trio will perform selections from classical, romantic, and 20th century Broadway and jazz inspired music. The evening will include selections from piano trios by Mozart, Dvorak, Smetana, Schostakovich and Bridge. After the intermission, the trio will perform Café Music by Schoenfield, which fits to the Germanos atmosphere perfectly as it was inspired by a piano trio performing in cabaret. The composer describes Café Music in these words: "My intention was to write a kind of high-class dinner music -- music which could be played at a restaurant, but might also find its way into a concert hall. The work draws on many of the types of music played by the trio at Murray's. For example, early 20th century American, Viennese, light classical, gypsy, and Broadway styles are all represented. A paraphrase of a beautiful Chassidic melody is incorporated in the second movement. Café Music was commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and received its premiere during a SPCO chamber concert in January 1987."

The Kuznik Trio was founded in 2001. The members of the trio are Dr. Aneta Otreba-Kuznik - cello, Swiatoslaw Kuznik - violin, and Dr. Frederick Minger - piano.