Also On Stage: Violinists Alexander Romanul, Annie Rowell and Roy MacNeil
GREENSBORO — The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency presents famed singer/songwriter David Mallett in concert December 12, 7:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary of the Greensboro United Church of Christ. Returning by popular demand, Mallett, a 40-year leader of America’s folk scene, has recorded 17 albums, performed on broadcasts such as National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and provided material for notables such as Pete Seeger, Alison Krauss, Emmy Lou Harris, Kathy Mattea, John Denver and The Muppets. Mallett will be performing songs from his new album as well as his original standards he has made famous. Acclaimed classical violinists Alexander Romanul, Annie Rowell and Roy McNeil will open the concert.
A reception to meet the artists will follow immediately after in Fellowship Hall at the church. Mr. Mallett will also be visiting Lakeview Elementary School on Friday, December 11, as artist-in-residence. The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency, under the artistic direction of Sabra Jones, is currently constructing the Mirror Theater, an intimate Elizabethan style theater located in Greensboro. Creating a home for the company’s own productions and for artists and organizations throughout the Northeast Kingdom, the Mirror will allow The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency to realize its mission of providing cultural and economic opportunities to the surrounding community.
A Maine native, David Mallett has been described as “one of America’s greatest troubadours.” In a career spanning four decades, he has created a notable body of work, including the American folk classic “Garden Song.” He has performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the U.S., Canada and Europe, including such major venues and broadcasts such as Barns of Wolf Trap, Newport Folk Festival, and “Prairie Home Companion.” Folkwax Magazine voted Mallett “2003 Artist of the Year” and his album “Artist in Me” as “2003 Album of the Year,” and he has been recognized by the Bangor Daily News as “One of the 58 Most Memorable Mainers of the 20th Century.”
Also performing will be violinist Alexander Romanul, who was born in Boston into a distinguished musical family of historic Romanian lineage. After making his debut at age 13 playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the New England Conservatory Orchestra under the direction of Gunther Schuller, he was invited by Arthur Fiedler to play as a soloist with the Boston Pops, soloed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall as winner of the Youth Concerts Concerto Competition, and performed as soloist with the National Symphony of Ecuador, where critics acclaimed him a poet of the violin. Subsequently Romanul was awarded fifth prize in the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland and has performed widely as soloist and chamber musician in Europe and the Americas.
Romanul will be joined by talented local violinists Annie Rowell and Roy MacNeil. The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency was founded in 2005 with the sponsorship of the Mirror Repertory Company. The Mirror Repertory Company, originally founded in 1983 by Sabra Jones McAteer, is the spiritual successor to Harold Clurman’s Group Theatre and Eva Le Gallienne’s Civic Repertory.
Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency is proud to say that they now operate year round, employ Vermont-based staff, and that their productions, including performers and audience members, have brought together thousands of people from towns all over Vermont; they are also constructing a permanent home in the form of a world class Elizabethan style theater to open Summer of 2017.
For more information, contact Mirror Repertory Company Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency Mirror Productions Greensboro Writers’ Forum at 646-688-4365 or 533-7487 or online at mirrorrep.org gaar.info.