For the third year, Arts Longmont and the Longmont Museum are joining together to present Friday Afternoon Concerts and Art Shows. The seven, monthly concerts will be held in the Museum’s 250-seat Stewart Auditorium on the third Friday of each month from October through April. Each event features local arts and artists and a world-class professional concert featuring an array of musical styles. The Art Shows will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the concerts will begin at 2:30 p.m., with a reception following each concert.
Arts Longmont partners with the Longmont Museum to offer low-cost performances for the public. Tickets are just $10/show or a season-pass for all seven concerts is just $60. Please see below for the upcoming lineup of music and art sure to entertain and engage guests in this unique experience.
Music: Felonius Smith Trio |The Roots Of American Blues
With slide-resonator guitar, upright bass, sousaphone and harmonica, the Felonius Smith Trio performs pre-war blues music including: historic delta blues, country blues and folk blues. The trio will take audiences back to the 1920s and 1930s, a simpler time when the blues was a new style of music.
Art: Dia de los Muertos
Longmont’s annual celebration of Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, fills the entire Swan Atrium with colorful altars remembering loved ones. Community members create these unique exhibits using traditional items such as candles, flowers, saints and photographs. It’s a wonderful display celebrating and honoring friends and family members who have passed.
Music: Jayme Stone’s Folklife
Jayme Stone’s Folklife grew out of Jayme’s “Lomax Project” and will entertain guests with spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling by bridging folk, chamber and jazz music. Members include Jayme Stone (two-time Juno Award-winning banjoist and composer), Enion Tiller (fiddle, voice), Rich Zimmerman (mandolin, voice) and Eric Thorin (bass, voice).
Art: Erin Huybrechts-Davis
Erin Huybrechts-Davis is a painter who draws her inspiration from the mountains and woods, so most of her work contains nature elements including: animals, plants, weather and ecosystems. She was born in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and now resides in Colorado, two locations that serve as a constant source of inspiration. Her paintings are made with acrylic and spray paint on board and framed with recycled wood.
Music: Opera Fort Collins
Members of Opera Fort Collins will fill the concert hall with the rich sound of arias for the first part of their performance. Then, they will regale guests with carols as they stroll amongst guests in the Swan Atrium during the Reception.
Art: Arts Longmont Gift Shop
In December, Arts Longmont will bring their gallery gift shop to you. A great time to pick up gifts and stocking stuffers – jewelry, encaustics, wearable art and blown glass are just a few of the items available for purchase from the Arts Longmont Gallery, 356 Main St.
Colcannon will delight guests with timeless songs and great mastery of their instruments. Performing traditional Irish music, the band is comprised of Mick Bolger (vocals, bodhran), Mike Fitzmaurice (double bass, guitar), Jean Bolger (fiddle), Brian Mullins (cittern, mandolin, guitar) and Cynthia Jaffe (wooden flute, whistles).
Art: Angelo Ambrosia
Angelo Ambrosia’s passion is the art of glassblowing. He believes that quality art—both functional and sculptural—should reflect emotion, creativity and craftsmanship. His glasswork is completely stunning, and this talented artist also teaches glassblowing classes.
Music: Boulder Taiko
Boulder Taiko takes on the ancient Japanese art of ensemble drumming. This performance will be physically demanding, and the performers connect to the act of drumming through four principles: attitude, Kata (form), technique and ki (energy).
Art: Phyllis Rostykus
Continuing the afternoon of Asian-inspired art, Phyllis Rostykus will display her Chinese orchid paintings. She uses ink, paper and brush to create living things focusing on traditional, minimalist compositions. She creates images in black and white on unsized paper in three dilutions, emulating light and shadow, and she incorporates natural elements of our colorful state.
Music: Ginga Brazilian Band
Ginga Brazilian Band will captivate audiences with their infectious rhythms and energy performing traditional Brazilian music. The seven-member band is comprised of some of the best jazz, classical and salsa musicians along the Front Range.
Art: Lydia Pottoff
Lydia Pottoff creates shimmering, heightened color effects through her pastel artwork. She creates both in the studio and plein-air (painting in nature and a form popularized by French impressionists) believing the latter forces her to capture nature’s essence quickly and the former allows her to explore deeper.
Music: Altius Quartet
Altius Quartet (cover photo) derives their name from the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger). This cross-over string quartet is determined to further the art of chamber music through performance, education and outreach.
Art: Longmont Figure Arts
Longmont Figure Arts has been part of the art community since the late 1970s, meeting weekly to draw, paint and sculpt the human figure. They will have a live model posing for their demonstration, offering audience members the opportunity to watch art in action.
If you are interested in attending any or all of these concerts, contact the Museum’s box office (303) 651-8374 or visit the Museum’s website longmontmuseum.org. Tickets are also available for purchase in-person at the Museum on the day of the event. The Stewart Auditorium at the Longmont Museum is located at 400 Quail Rd. in Longmont. Parking is free.
For more information on Arts Longmont and their programming, visit artslongmont.org, and for more information on the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center’s exhibitions and Stewart Auditorium events, visit longmontmuseum.org.