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CT Folk Festival Finds Protest In Folk Roots

by Brian Slattery | Sep 8, 2017 7:42 am

Charles Rothenberger is an environmental attorney and lobbyist who’s also a board member for CT Folk, which is holding its annual CT Folk Fest and Green Expo this Saturday in Edgerton Park.

On Tuesday’s episode of WNHH radio’s “Northern Remedy,” he was asked: Which came first, the music or the environmental activism?

“The music, obviously,” Rothenberger said. “That comes in the womb.”

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Oratorio Choir Opens House

by Brian Slattery | Sep 5, 2017 12:13 pm

Daniel Shaw, the artistic director for the New Haven Oratorio Choir, wants people to audition for the choir. He also wants the choir to audition for them.

That’s the idea behind the choir’s open rehearsal, which is coming up on Sept. 13 at the Church of the Redeemer on Whitney Avenue. The open rehearsal is a chance for people interested in joining to see what being in the Oratorio Choir is all about, even beyond the singing.

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Elm Shakespare Seeks To End Feuds

by Brian Slattery | Aug 17, 2017 12:19 pm | Comments (1)

Mike Franzmann Photos On Tuesday afternoon last week, a funeral was taking place in Edgerton Park.

It was for Juliet (Courtney Jamison), who was a part of the procession until she lay down on a bed prepared for her. As musicians played in the background, Juliet’s mother Lady Capulet (Samantha Dena Smith) covered her in a white sheet, then joined the tableau of grief-stricken characters onstage. Director Raphael Massie surveyed the proceedings with approval, making only minor adjustments.

“Sam,” Massie said, “can you have a moment after you put the sheet on her? Something with your daughter.”

They ran the scene again, and this time, Smith knelt down and placed a small kiss on Juliet’s shrouded head. It worked. It made Lady Capulet more human, not simply a noblewoman in a Shakespeare play, but a mother grieving for her child.

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