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~ Fall 2018 Season ~

Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 8pm: An Evening for Victor Jara

Victor Jara
was a Chilean singer-songwriter, poet, theater director, and political activist who was tortured and killed during the coup that brought dictator Augusto Pinochet to power in September 1973. On the 45th anniversary of his murder, we will celebrate Victor Jara's life and music with songs performed by Magpie, Colleen Kattau, and Barry Kornhauser, as well as tributes penned by several Chilean activists and read by producer Susie Erenrich.

"Deja La Vida Volar" (Let Love Fly)

Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner, now celebrating forty-five years together, bring their unique sound and versatility to traditional songs, vintage blues, swing, country, folk classics, and stirring originals. With powerful voices and harmonies and excellent arrangements on guitars, mandolin, harmonica, dulcimer, and concertina, their sound is much bigger than just two people.

Colleen Kattau
combines the melodic and vocal gifts of artists like Joni Mitchell with the fearless lyrical punch of the best topical songwriters. She weaves Latin American influences into her songs for a unique sound. She was a winner in the 2016 Great Labor Arts Exchange songwriting contest, and her latest album, So Much Going On, was a 2015 Sammy nominee.

Barry Kornhauser
was born in the Midwest of the Bronx and presently lives in Brooklyn. He is a composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (cello, guitar, bass, mandola) in a wide variety of musical contexts. Barry has worked with many South American artists, including Suni Paz, Bernardo Palombo, Juan Lazarro Mendolas, Frescura Antigua, Cutumay Camones, Luis Diaz, Sonido Costeno, Lucia Pulido, Rebecca Salazaar, Tomas Rodriguez, Mauricio Najt, and Misa Campesina.

Susie Erenrich
is a social movement historian. She uses the arts to tell stories about transformational leadership, resilience, and social change. She is the founder/executive director of the Cultural Center for Social Change, a professor at American University, co-editor of Grassroots Leadership & the Arts for Social Change, and the host of Wasn't That A Time: Stories & Songs That Moved The Nation on WERA FM.

Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 8pm:

David & Sophie Buskin
David Buskin has been performing since 1970 and has recorded 15 albums--solo, with the duo Buskin & Batteau, and with the notorious comedy band Modern Man. David's songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Peter, Paul & Mary, Johnny Mathis, Astrud Gilberto, Tom Rush, Roberta Flack, and others. Now he is performing with his daughter Sophie, creating a magical vocal blend and musical style drawn from David's folkie roots and Sophie's alternative bands and choral training.

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Kirsten Maxwell
"I never thought I'd ever hear a voice as angelic and mesmerizing as I did when I first started listening to Joan Baez some 50 years ago, but then I heard the voice, the songs and melodies of Kirsten Maxwell," says Jon Stein, host of Hootenanny Café on WTBQ. Maxwell has been performing since the age of five, beginning on the stage of the Amato Opera in the East Village and more recently opening for Melissa Etheridge. She has earned national recognition as an award-winning songwriter and compelling performer.


Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 8pm:

The Elias Ladino Ensemble
Since 1976, The Elias Ladino Ensemble has performed the songs of the Sephardic Jews in venues all over the world. The Ladino language and culture arose from a group of Spanish Jews who fled to the Ottoman Empire after their expulsion from Spain in 1492. There are Ladino songs of love and lust, drinking and disappointment, wedding songs and circumcision songs. Some date back to ancient Spain, while others reveal melodies and rhythms of the Balkan and Middle Eastern communities where they lived in exile. Daniel Elias, director and founder, plays Greek clarinet. Maurice Sedacca, a descendant of the Sedacca family of Turkey, plays guitar and oud and combines jazz, gypsy, Middle Eastern and classical styles.

"Ya Salió de la Mar"

Mara Goodman
Mara was a cantorial soloist for 35 years. She sings for dance and theatre, and gives concerts of ethnic and classical songs. Tonight will be an evening of mostly Yiddish songs, an Arabic song, and a dance containing a Hebrew prayer. We will consider eternal human questions: How can I make a living? Why is there injustice? When will we make peace? And great joys; a little child, a secret love. Performers: Mara Goodman, alto. Martha Siegel, cello. Rose Moskowitz, pianist/violist/mezzo. Laura Liben, guitarist/percussionist/melodica player/alto. Barbara Roan, dancer/choreographer. Andrea Goodman, soprano.

Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 8pm:

Goldee Greene
Internationally acclaimed vocalist and pianist Goldee Greene ably weaves eclectic strands of jazz, R&B, opera and more, delivered in a resonant soprano. She is also an actress, and played the lead role in Urban Bush Women's luminescent dance musical Praise House, about the life of the visionary painter Minnie Evans.

Photo by Hallie Easley

Kevin Nathaniel & Friends
Kevin Nathaniel brings a healing resonance into the atmosphere with magical sounds. Tonight the healing resonance will be magnified by all hearts present. Join us as we celebrate life together, sing together, dance together in a healing resonance that flows into the world and beyond. Kevin is freshly returned from a healing music tour of London, bringing new ideas from the journey to open more chapters in the medicinal, magical, mystical world of music.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 8pm: Full Participation Is a Human Right
Tonight's concert is part of the Full Participation Is a Human Right conference, focusing on the impact of the criminal punishment system. Please note that the concert will be upstairs in the church.

Dilson Hernandez
Dilson is a poet, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and engineer from the Bronx. He seeks to change the world, striving for a more a progressive and creative future. Towards this end he works with New York City youth as a teaching artist with Urban Art Beat and Friends of Island Academy, an organization providing services to youth at Rikers Island. He has also taught English in Haiti and helped build a dorm space for children in rural India. (music blog)

Ben Grosscup
Ben’s powerful voice and energetic guitar style inspire action toward a freer society. His songs pull at your heart, provoke laughter and critical conversation, making no apology for a biting critique of the social order. He sings at concerts, rallies, and picket lines, and works with peace and social justice organizers to raise political consciousness and help people sing together for a common purpose. Based in Greenfield, MA, Ben serves as Executive Director of People's Music Network (, a diverse community of singers, artists, activists and allies that cultivates music and cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world.

Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 8pm:

Thea Hopkins
Thea Hopkins calls her music American Short Story Folk: concise, striking narratives that cast romance and tragedy in modern terms. Her crisp, clear voice blends gorgeous, sustained tones with blues and country inflections, sultry and sensuous, playful and serious all at once. Her classic "Jesus Is on the Wire" became a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary, and she has won an award from American Songwriter Magazine and a fellowship from the Native Arts & Culture Foundation. Thea's newest CD, Love Come Down, is a seamless song journey that begins with a gentle invocation, ends with a lullaby, and travels to a few dark American landscapes in between.

"Whatcha Gonna Do?"

Marie Mularczyk O'Connell & The Mountain Maidens
Three dynamic voices blend in ancient and modern harmonies that will lift your spirit and excite your senses. They sing ballads, folk songs, love songs, Medieval, Irish, country and gospel to the accompaniment of guitars, banjo, dulcimer, bouzouki, dumbec, spoon, castanets and washboard. They met at Swing The Teapot Irish Pub in Floral Park where they were singing for St. Patrick's Day and knew right away they would be a trio. Marie plays just about every string and percussion instrument there is (guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, Irish Bouzouki, dumbec, bones and spoons) and sings British and American folksongs and Jewish music. Candice Baranello is a member of the Long Island group Wild Ginger. She plays dulcimer, washboard, and bodhran and sings traditional, Old Timey, classical and gospel. Lorraine Berger is a member of the Huntington Choral Society, plays guitar and flamenco castanets, dance board and sings in a beautiful alto.

"Down to the River to Pray"

Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 8pm:

Aaron Fowler
Born a city-boy from Kansas, Aaron finds inspiration in the hard-working folks across this country--farmers, teachers, nurses, factory workers, urban and rural families all making this country great. Aaron unites a polished finger style and rhythm guitar playing with a warm tenor voice to sing songs of passion and purpose, of common folks bringing uncommon stories to life.

Joel Landy
Joel Landy has been an activist his entire life. His music has been published in Sing Out and heard on Pacifica Radio stations. His long running cable/internet show, Songs of Freedom, has won national acclaim. He is best known, however, for creative and energetic stage performances in New York City coffeehouses and demonstration stages throughout the country. From corporate media and class warfare to climate chaos and the NRA, Joel delivers intelligent songs with wit and humor in a style reminiscent of a young Phil Ochs.
"He's a real live wire!" --Pete Seeger.

Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 8pm:

Ivy & Miranda
Ivice Rose (dulcimer) and Miranda Haydn (guitar) met at a singalong in Woodstock in 2009 and have been singing together ever since. Their repertoire includes songs of heartache, love, war and peace. Through traditional and contemporary music their harmonies inspire hope and clarity. PVC favorite Barry Kornhauser will join them on cello.


Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, now celebrating forty-five years together, bring their unique sound and versatility to traditional songs, vintage blues, swing, country, folk classics, and stirring originals. With powerful voices and harmonies and excellent arrangements on guitars, mandolin, harmonica, dulcimer, and concertina, their sound is powerful and moving.

Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 8pm:

New York City Labor Chorus
The New York City Labor Chorus, with 75 members representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils, was founded in 1991. The chorus promotes worker solidarity by expressing through song the history and ongoing struggles of unions and working people for economic and social justice. Their dynamic repertoire combines the power and culture of union music with the great gospel, jazz, classical and folk traditions. NYC Labor Chorus has an international reputation as the premier multi-cultural and multi-generational labor chorus in the United States. It is a powerful cultural tool in the arsenal of workers. Wherever the struggle for people's rights is being waged, the Chorus will be there. You will enjoy an evening of delightful and rousing singing.

Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 8pm:

Photo by John F. Kramer

Judy Kass
Judy Kass draws in her audience with soulful vocals and genre-bending exploration of the guitar and piano. Her 2014 debut album Better Things and her 2016 CD Beyond the Ash and Steel both appeared on the Folk DJ List of Top Albums of the Year. Judy's recent single, "Look at Us Marching Now", caught the attention of Christine Lavin, who created a music video of the song. Judy was recently named a Top Five Winner in the Singer/Songwriter category of the 19th Great American Song Contest.

Patricia Shih
Multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih and her husband/accompanist Stephen Fricker present a concert of Music with Meaning, folk fusion songs that have their roots in folk but are influenced by jazz, classical, rock, Broadway and more. Her all-original pieces carry meaningful lyrics, memorable melodies and a deep spirit, delving into the human condition to reach for the common thread that runs through humanity.

Saturday, December 1, at 8pm:

Photo by David Sameshima

Kristin Lems
Versatile singer-songwriter and performer Kristin Lems has a career spanning 40 years, with engagement in the civil rights, safe energy, labor, and women’s rights movements. She founded the National Women's Music Festival in Champaign-Urbana, IL in 1974, and has enlivened countless events for women's rights with her captivating humor and warmth. The New Yorker calls her "a charmer in the most literal and least artificial sense of the word." Kristin has eight albums of original songs on her label, Carolsdatter Productions, featuring songs like "Mammary Glands," "Ballad of the ERA," and "Days of the Theocracy".

Check out this recent interview with Kristin Lems:

Sally Campbell
Quaker singer/songwriter Sally Campbell returns with her autoharp and her sometimes funny, sometimes deep, always friendly songs, many of which have come to her out of the silence. Some songs are practical, such as "Finding Lost Things". Some are story songs, like "Face and Befriend". All are her way of sharing Light and Love. She keeps giving away Gift Songs and Blessings (over 3,000 so far), a recording of her 70th birthday concert/party in 2011 with her friends laughing at her and singing along with her. Come and keep this party going.

Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 8pm:

Photo by Josh Reynolds

Charlie King & Deborah Silverstein
Two wonderful performers and remarkable songwriters who play guitar, harmonica and vocal harmonies. Join us for an evening of songs full of humor, hope and healing--love songs, inspiring anthems, and incendiary broadsides. Deborah is an award-winning singer and songwriter who has been singing and recording for over 40 years, sometimes solo, sometimes with The New Harmony Sisterhood, Taproot, or her lastest group, Band of Erics. Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century, has been writing songs for over 40 years, and is the most recent recipient of the annual Phil Ochs Award.

Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 8pm: Journeys in Song: Perspectives from Immigrant Songwriters

Toby Tobias: Journey from Johannesburg
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Toby studied music in Jerusalem and also immersed himself in many genres of American Music while never leaving behind his roots in the rhythms and melodies of his homeland. His keen ear for intuitive arrangements is a hallmark of his writing and performance. In the song cycle Journey from Johannesburg Toby shares the vivid tale of his life in South Africa under apartheid, then in an Israel on the brink of battle for its own identity, before finding a new home, and many stark parallels, in the U.S.

Photo by Randy Bradbury

Rupert Wates: The Lights of Paris
London-born singer-songwriter Rupert Wates has been based in the U.S. since 2007 and has won over 40 awards for his unique brand of melodic folk music. Tonight he will perform his latest CD, The Lights Of Paris (2017), which takes a hard look at our world today, with all its division, fears and uncertainty. Against this background, the Lights Of Paris provide an image of hope, art and beauty, a beacon in the darkness. Rupert will be accompanied by virtuoso string players Adrianna Matteo on violin and Brian Sanders on cello.

Saturday, December 22, 2018, at 8pm:

Thelma Thomas Tribute Night
Thelma Thomas is artistic director of The Pearls of Wisdom, a touring ensemble of elder storytellers. In richly narrated presentations she tells stories that illuminate her own past and our collective histories. She has brought her lively, spirited, authentic presentations to Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, Costa Rica, The Gambia, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Kenya, and Camaroon, continuing the tradition of elder folk art stories. Thelma is a founding member of The African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc. and a member of The National Association of Black Storytellers, The Harlem Arts Alliance, and the National Storytelling Network. Tonight we honor her talents and legacy with a warm tribute and celebration.