Monday, November 3, 2008

Music of Nature and Beauty and Jazz for Voters

That's German and Klavdia Khatylaev. They hail from the Republic of Sakha in Russian Siberia. The music they perform and the clothes they wear hearken back many centuries. many of the instruments tbey employ in their program are as foreign to us as their music.

They are coming to Wesleyan's World Music Hall (Wyllys Avenue) this Wednesday November 5 for an 8 p.m. concert. The show, part of the year-long Feet to the Fire study of climate change through science and art, will illustrate one how this particular culture is connected to the land. The instruments are hand-made and they sing about the challenges of everyday life in a (mostly) agrarian society. Joining the duo for the show (part of their first tour of the United States and Mexico) is fellow tribesperson Maria Osipova.

For ticket information, go to or call 860-685-3355. To lear more about this fascinating music and culture, go to

Anthea Kreston is a violist/violinist with the Amelia Piano Trio (a force to be reckoned with in the chamber music world), an educator, and, lucky for us, a resident of Middletown. She and cellist Jason Duckles moved to the area because they both had teaching gigs nearby and it was easy to get to Boston, New York and Philadelphia. But, what sold Anthea on Middletown was the Russell Library and its prime position in the city.

This Saturday (11/8)), Anthea will perform a concert of French Sonatas at 2 p.m. in the Hubbard Room of The Russell Library. With accompanist Benjamin Harding (piano), she'll perform works by Leclair, Debussy, Franck and Messiaen. She's a fine musician with a tone that is rich and sonorous, with great technique that is rarely use for show. Thank to the Library, this concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 347-2528, extension 135.

Trevor Davis, drummer, activist, and involved real estate person, is starting a Tuesday Night Jazz series at Public, 337 Main Street. This week (tomorrow night, in fact), there's a special Election Night show from 5 - 9 p.m., sponsored by the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and Creative Juice. Wear your "I Voted Today" sticker and you get a free beer or glass of wine. Providing the music will be Trevor Davis & Friends. So, before you go home to sweat out the results, relax with friends, artists and other voters. For more information, go to

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