Arts Under The Dome 2013-2014 Season
Join us for another terrific season Under the Dome in downtown Gulfport!
Saturday, November 23 7:00 PM
Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. Over nearly five decades, he has firmly established himself as one of the guitar’s most eloquent, unique, and versatile masters. With elegance and ease, he bridges jazz, classical, pop, bossa nova and samba styles, integrating his own spontaneous improvisations along the way. Gene has collaborated with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, among them Benny Goodman, Buddy, Rich, Wayne Shorter, Paul Desmond, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Both as an exemplary solo performer and prolific studio musician highly in demand, he has earned the highest acclaim and respect from his fellow musicians for his artistry. Gene’s discography is extensive His latest recording, Reunion, was released in 2012. Visit his website:www.genebertoncini.com
Friday, January 10 7:00 PM
Mississippi Delta dynamo Eden Brent’s piano playing and singing style ranges from a melancholic whisper to a full blown juke joint holler. She is simultaneously confident and confiding, ably blending an earthy meld of New Orleans jazz, blues, boogie-woogie, soul, and pop as she huskily invites listeners into her lazy, lush world. Eden gained her gutsy vocal and piano chops during a 16-year apprenticeship with the late blues pioneer Boogaloo Ames. Whether as solo artist or leading an ensemble, her performance is irresistibly fresh and spontaneous. Her unshakeable talent and carefree demeanor have taken her across the US and around the world. She is the recipient of multiple Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards. Visit her website: www.edenbrent.com www.yellowdogrecords.com
Saturday, February 1 7:00 PM
Mithril is fast becoming one of the most sought after Celtic/World music groups on the concert series scene. Their unique progressive style has its roots in traditional Celtic music but moves far beyond that, weaving such diverse influences as American folk and rock, classical, and Middle Eastern melodies into their full tapestry of sound. The band plays a wide array of instruments: fiddle, mandolin, guitar, Irish flute, Celtic harp, whistle, fife, bouzouki, bodhran (Irish frame drum), and harmonium. Hear energetic jigs and reels and slow, beautiful airs and tunes all mixed together with exotic melodies and high-energy rhythms from around the world. Band members have studied and performed with some of the most well-respected musicians in the Celtic music world. Visit their website: www.mithril.us
Friday, February 28 7:00 PM
For nearly two decades, this dazzling Toronto-based ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion, and sense of humor. Classical in training – eclectic by design – Quartetto Gelato not only thrills the audience with their multi-instrument mastery, but also offers a bonus of not only a brilliant operatic tenor, but also a World Accordion Champion! With a repertoire that spans the globe including classical masterworks, operatic arias, sizzling tangos, Neapolitan folk songs, blazing gypsy showpieces and pyrotechnical solos, this ensemble proves that they are the “Cirque de Soleil” of classical music. Visit their website: www.quartettogelato.ca
Friday, March 14 7:00 PM
Juggernaut Jug Band
What do you get when you play jazz, blues, ragtime, swing, and rock and roll on conventional instruments along with washboards, washtubs, kazoos, jugs and various other sundry hardware? Nothing less than the Juggernaut Jug Band, but don’t let their zany sense of fun fool you – their exuberant music is the result of skillfully conceived arrangements, mind-blowing musicianship, and incredible vocal harmonies. A combination vaudeville act, musical American history lesson and one very tight band, the Juggernauts will guarantee a great evening!
Visit their website:www.juggernautjugband.com
All concerts are in the Sanctuary Building of First United Methodist Church (across from Gulfport City Hall) on the corner of 15th Street and 24th Avenue. The building is fully handicapped accessible via elevator on the 15th St. side of the building at the alley. (Note: both private parking lots south of the Sanctuary Building adjacent to the Hatten Building are available for parking). Concerts are open seating: Tickets are sold at the door for each concert. Advance tickets may be purchased by mail or at www.arts.fumc-gulfport.org via PayPal. Tickets are also available from the church office (corner of 15th St. and 23rd Ave.) on Monday to Thursday from 8 to 4 and on Friday from 8 to noon. For information, call 228-863-0392 or 229-6851, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.