Friday Night Live!
at the Art Museum
Art comes to life with monthly performances at the Art Museum
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Traveler's Dream - Celtic, Traditional American and Original Music
Friday, October 26th
With rich voices and a wide array of traditional instruments, Traveler’s Dream has been captivating audiences throughout the Midwest for over fifteen years. The band’s diverse instrumentation is one of the things audiences seem to appreciate most. Michael Lewis provides driving rhythms and melody on vocals, the guitar, mandolin and Quebecois-style foot percussion. Denise adds texture and musical variety on the Irish flute, voice, concertina, tin whistle, and jaw harp. Uilleann piper Taylor Stirm also plays the low whistle while Chance Heasty shines on the fiddle, fife, and didgeridoo. Though serious about the quality of their music, they are often praised for their ability to engage listeners and create a fun atmosphere that is enjoyed by all!
Traveler's Dream creates music that is rich in tradition but driven by innovation and creativity. The band consists of Michael Lewis, Denise Wilson, Taylor Stirm, and Chance Heasty. With powerful voices, rich harmonies and a wide variety of traditional and modern instruments, these musicians captivate listeners with spirited songs from the Celtic lands and French Canada, hard-driving Irish jigs and reels, sea shanties, and traditional American songs. Nestled alongside this vibrant canon of music are original songs that are often inspired by the beauty of the Midwestern landscape and the relationships people have with the land and with each other. When these four talented multi-instrumentalists come together, you can be sure of an evening of exceptional music, plenty of humor, and an encouragement to sing along that will be hard to resist.
Read more about them at their website - www.travelersdream.net
Rick Mummey - Eclectic Music with Elements of Folk, Rock, Jazz, and Blues
Friday, November 9th
Rick Mummy and Larry Smeyak will be performing selections of eclectic music with elements of folk, rock, jazz, and blues. Larry has been in the local music scene since the 60s, notably with Stone Soup, which featured Carrie Newcomer. He and Rick have had a band called Dr. Fine, now a 7 piece band, for 26 years. Rick has been in Lafayette since 1978, working 25 years in local radio and 6 in social work. He now hosts Mumcast: The Rick Mummey Show podcast at rickmum.com
Caitlin Thomas - Opera, Art Song, and Musical Theater
Friday, January 25
Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Caitlin Thomas received her bachelor's degree in voice performance from Bryan College and her master's degree from the University of Tennessee. She has performed multiple operatic roles including Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief. She has performed as a soloist with the Knoxville Choral Society, the Lafayette Master Chorale, and the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra. Arts Knoxville described her performance of Faure's Pie Jesu as being "graced by a sweet clarity of tone" and demonstrating "beautiful vocal strength and lyrical lushness" in the role of Pamina. In 2014, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in John Purifoy's Chronicles of Blue and Gray. For Friday Night Live, Caitlin and accompanist Tracey Leslie will perform selections by Mozart, Schumann, Faure, Bernstein, Rogers and Hammerstein, and more!