The 2016 concert series of the Galena Festival of the Performing Arts will begin on Friday, July 8, with an opening concert at 7:30 pm. Five exceptional performances will follow.
Festival goers can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu prior to each evening concert for $30 per person at Fried Green Tomatoes Restaurant, 213 N Main St, Galena. Price includes free transportation to and from the concert venues. Reservations required at 815-777-3938 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All concerts are free. Good-will donations will be accepted, as the generosity of the community allows the Festival to continue the tradition of providing high quality musical entertainment each summer. Major sponsors include US Bank, First Community Bank and Illinois Bank & Trust. For more information, visit galenafpa.org or 563-581-0911.
Saturday, July 9 NOLA: Traditional New Orleans Jazz Band 7:30 pm, Turner Hall, 115 S Bench St.
NOLA Jazz Band performs toe-tapping New Orleans-style jazz influenced by blues, gypsy swing, gospel, and rhythm and blues. The band consists of eight individuals who excel on cornet, clarinet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, drums and vocals. The various performers have played in venues across the US and Europe. The band plays their own version of traditional jazz standards and current new music coming out of New Orleans, providing the audience with a refreshing, authentic New Orleans jazz club experience. facebook.com/NolaJazzBand.
Wednesday, July 13 Wes Luke, Violinist Noon, Galena Public Library, 615 S. Bench St.
Wes Luke will perform extremely virtuosic, high-romantic violin music selected from the Ysaye sonatas. While explaining important aspects of the music, this personable artist will present an energetic, but accessible, program that will delight. Luke is a violinist and educator who performs and teaches across the upper Midwest. He currently serves as the principal second violinist in the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the La Crosse, Wis., Symphony Orchestra, and regularly plays in the Wisconsin Philharmonic, where he has also served as concertmaster.
Thursday, July 14 ensemble 135 7:30 pm, Grace Episcopal Church, 107 S Prospect St.
Featuring Corey Mackey, principal clarinetist in the Dubuque Symphony, as well as Allan Cordingley on saxophone and Elaina Burns on piano, ensemble 135 brings infectious energy to a diverse and audience-friendly program. All three musicians are faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and are well-known in the tri-state area. The musicians perform with high levels of virtuosity and sensitivity, combining their talents in duos and trios within the ensemble to play music by composers from all over the world.
Friday, July 15 Corky Siegel and Howard Levy 7:30 pm, Turner Hall, 115 S. Bench St.
The legendary Corky Siegel is known internationally as one of the world’s great blues harmonica players and is a celebrated composer,
New Orleans Jazz Band will perform Saturday, July 9 at Turner Hall as part of the Galena Festival of the Performing Arts.
blues pianist, singer, songwriter, band leader, and author. Universally acknowledged as the world’s most advanced diatonic harmonica player, Grammy award winner Howard Levy is a musician without limits, dipping into jazz, pop, rock, world music, Latin, classical, folk, blues, country, theater and film. He has played with the likes of Kenny Loggins and Paul Simon, while Corky Siegel has worked with talent such as Janis Joplin, Santana and Joni Mitchell. Corky and Howard will combine their talents for an exciting evening of rousing musical entertainment to be long remembered. chamberblues.com or levyland.com.
Saturday, July 16 The Broadway Songbook 7:30 pm, Turner Hall, 115 S Bench St.
The final concert of the series will feature the voices of the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee as they sing classic Broadway hits that have become part of the American songbook. Founded in 1933 as the Florentine Opera, the Company is Wisconsin’s oldest fully professional performing arts organization and the sixth-oldest opera company in the United States. Always an audience favorite, Broadway night will enthrall music lovers with favorite songs performed by these talented, highly-trained vocal artists. florentineopera.org.