Arnott’s Arts Happenings for Sept. 3-7

A shortened list of activities, due to the Independent’s fortnight break, but a packed schedule nonetheless, particularly for music-lovers. Choirs, classical music-with-tech-art, caterwauling at Euphoria, all culminating with the New Haven Folk Festival and Green Expo Saturday night.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

In-Choir-ies Welcomed
The New Haven Oratorio Choir is holding two open auditions, tonight and Sept. 10, as it commences its latest season. After singing with the choir in a casual setting and getting to know its members and director Daniel Shaw, you might be moved to sign up for a proper audition. 8 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer (185 Cold Spring St.; 203-248-4416).

Thursday, Sept. 4

Choir Loft
Yesterday was the first open rehearsal for New Haven Oratorio Choir. Tonight you can audition for a whole ‘nother choir, the New Haven Chorale. 6 p.m. at Educational Center for the Arts (55 Audubon St., 203-776-SONG).

Music Hath Farms

The Whispering Galleries project has been up at New Haven Free Public Library all summer. It’s a computerized public art installation which deconstructs the mid-19th century diary of a New Haven farmer and shopkeeper. Site Projects, which commissioned the artwork, has shifted its various terminals (all of which show text from the diaries fading away, transformed into new messages) to various branch libraries around the city. Tonight, Amaranth Borsuk, the Seattle-based artist who created the Whispering Galleries with her husband Brad Bouse, will present a talk and performance 6:30 p.m. at the Institute Library (847 Chapel St., 203-376-8688). There’ll also be music from the Haven String Quartet.

Friday, Sept. 5

Where’s the Noise?
This month’s first-Friday “On9” event, in the Ninth Square shopping and dining and clubbing district bordered by State, Crown, Church and Court streets, is “Noise on 9.” There’s a Zumba demonstration in Pitkin Plaza in honor of FitWeek, a “Sidewalk Chalk Party outside Svigals & Partners (84 Orange St.), Neville Wisdom’s Fall Runway fashion show (on Orange between Chapel and Crown), and outdoor dining at bistro tables provided by the Town Green District and more. So where’s the noise? From the Cygnet Sisters and Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps at Euphoria Salon (57 Orange St.), and from “DJ Max + Poets” at Artspace (50 Orange St.), where there’ll also be a performance by the Elm City Dance Collective. Generally speaking, On9 events happen between 6 and 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Folk Yeah!
The Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo taken many different forms in its decades of existence. It has been indoors and (when the weather sucked) outdoors. It’s had paid admission, been free, and a combination of both. It’s been a single day affair and a whole weekend. Before it took on the name of the whole state, it was called the New Haven Folk Festival. This year’s edition, today only from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Edgerton Park (on the New Haven/Hamden line, with an entrance at Cliff Street off Whitney Ave.) and free of charge, is awash in tradition. Many of the acts have played the festival before. Some are nationally known headline acts. And some are up-and-coming talents, entrants in the Connecticut Folk Festival self-perpetuating Somngwriting Competition.
The complete music sched:
11 a.m.: Phil Henry, Jacob Latham, Paddy Mills, Elaine Romanelli and Dan Weber, all of them finalists in the fest’s annual Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition.
12:10 p.m.: Jessica Smucker, last year’s Songwriting Competition winner.
12:50 p.m.: Bobtown.
1:20 p.m.: The Meadows Brothers.
1:50 p.m.: Pamela Means.
2:20 p.m.: Voci Angelica Trio.
2:50 p.m.: The traditional Grassy Hill Song Circle, with Jesse Terry, Jenna Lindbo and Kristen Graves.
4:30 p.m.: The Professors of Bluegrass.
5:10 p.m.: The winner of this morning’s Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition wins a longer set.
5:30 p.m.: Mark Douglas Berardo.
6:10 p.m. Song Circle featuring David Roth, Cosy Sheridan and Sloan Wainwright.
7:50 p.m.: Pesky J. Nixon.
8:40 p.m.: Red Molly.
Elsewhere in the park, you can wander the Green Expo, with demonstrations of all sorts of environmentally friendly inventions and ideas.  The festival itself is powered by Renewable Energy Credits donated by 3 Degrees/Northeast Clean Power.

All the folk action isn’t outdoors on the edge of town. Café Nine, deep downtown at the corner of State of Crown, has Goodnight Blue Moon, The Soldier Story, Matt Wheeler and Max Garcia Conover. Since the New Haven Folk Festival ends a little after 9 p.m., this is the perfect post-fest destination. 250 State St. (203) 789-8921,

Sunday, Sept. 7

Open House Music
The Neighborhood Music School (100 Audubon St., 203-624-5189) is holding its Fall Open House, where you can sample classes, tootle and bloot in an “instrument petting zoo,” and even take mini-lessons which might entice you to sign up for regular classes at the school. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 100 Audubon St. (203) 624-5189.

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posted by: The Institute Library on September 3, 2014  12:26pm

Thanks Chris for including the Whispering Galleries opening at the Institute Library. Small corrections: the best number for the library is 203-562-4045, and music will be by soloist Gregory Tompkins, resident violinist at Music Haven (not the whole quartet). Thanks!