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Roode Concert Series
06/16/2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us this summer for the Mystic & Noank Library’s annual Roode Memorial Concert Series. It’s a series of free outdoor concerts on the grounds of the Mystic & Noank Library. These concerts celebrate the life of Mystic & Noank Library patrons Agnes and Carl Roode. The Roodes were longtime Mystic residents who loved music and the Library. Their family continues the tradition of honoring their legacy with a wonderful lineup of talented musicians in 2022.
This summer’s series features three musicians from different genres and musical stylings. Please bring your own lawn chair, blankets, or other seating to your comfort level. In the event of rain, indoor attendance will be limited, and the Library will welcome the first 50 guests to arrive. Masks are encouraged in the event of an indoor concert. No registration is necessary for these concerts.
Connor Holdridge Duo
Thursday, June 16 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Connor Holdridge is a guitarist and composer in the Baltimore / Washington area. He has been a member of several performing acts over the years, including Michael Joseph Harris and his band Ultrafaux. Connor has been known to play a variety of guitar styles but mostly performs the music of Django Reinhardt. In this special concert, Connor will be joined by violinist, Nataly Merezhuk. Nataly is an exceptionally conversational improviser, well-steeped in the jazz violin styles of Stephane Grappelli and Sven Asmussen. Her melodic improvisations are a perfect match for Connor’s explosive-yet-sensitive guitar accompaniment.
Thursday, July 21 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Nora Fox is an actor, composer, writer, multi-instrumentalist, and choreographer whose work has brought her to West Africa, Australia, Europe, and throughout North and South America. She has performed on Broadway, at Goodspeed Opera House, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, RI Shakespeare in the Park, NY Musical Theatre Festival, NY Women Center Stage Festival, Irondale Brooklyn, Salt Marsh Opera, American Dance Festival, Theatre By the Sea, Ocean State Theatre, and Ivoryton Playhouse. Fox’s writing has been produced by NYU’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue directed by Anna Deavere Smith. She has written/performed in BARS Theatre-in-verse workshop at the Public Theater with Daveed Diggs, and this summer composed for and acted in Shakespeare in the Woods’ film of As You Like It in VT. Fox has performed/collaborated with Jon Batiste, Ann Dowd, Laura Benanti, Grace Vanderwaal (Radio City Music Hall), and led masterclasses at Belarus’s International Festival of Dance, Brown University, and for Grammy-winning Mark O’Connor’s string camp. She is a Brontosaurus recording artist currently working on her album, holds a BA in Literary Arts from Brown and is an MFA candidate at CalArts.
Thursday, August 18 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Jordan Auber is a drummer & percussionist based in Brooklyn, NY. With his project Color of Rhythm, Auber presents original music performed on handpan, a beautifully resonate steel instrument new to this century. His songwriting cultivates influences of progressive jazz and world music, bringing thought provoking and relaxing compositions to his audience while redefining listeners’ expectations of the handpan. Over the course of 8 years in New York, Jordan has honed his musicianship with the handpan performing at iconic venues such as Brooklyn Bowl, Knitting Factory, Brooklyn Made, and Rockwood Music Hall, to name a few. Most recently Color of Rhythm has signed with a European music label, Future Rust, and released a single titled “Maneki Neko” featuring his full quintet.