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Music Lecture Series with John Tuohy

Instructor, John Tuohy
Wednesday, January 29, February 19, March 18
11 am - 12 noon

Join guitarist John Tuohy for a presentation of 3 music lectures with live demonstrations. Wednesday, January 29 – The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald and her signature style. Join guitarist John Tuohy as he discusses the wonderful, inspiring and inimitable life of renowned singing sensation Ella Fitzgerald.  There will be video clips of her key live performances, a […]



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First Thursday – Open Mic

Hosts - Nancy McMillan & Cindy Eastman
Thursday, March 5th
7 pm - 9 pm

In the tradition of The Moth, Arts Escape invites writers to share their work in our first monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support and community! Reservations are required and seating is limited to 20. Please call to register […]



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Music from the Emerald Island

Jeanne Freeman & Dan Ringrose
Wednesday, March 25
2 pm

Please join us as Connecticut’s favorite Irish balladeer Dan Ringrose joins forces with musical partner and fiddler extraordinaire Jeanne Freeman.  Engaging entertainers, they have been featured on Connecticut Public Television, Irish festivals and many other venues, and their many credits include teaching at the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, founded by Jeanne.  Enjoy the music, […]



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The Musical World of John Quincy Adams

Performers, Barbara Hopkins & Judy Handler
Monday, April 13th
11 am - 12 noon

We embark on a musical journey through the life and times of our sixth President, noted diplomat, theater and opera devotee, and flute player John Quincy Adams. Come hear music from his travels in Paris, London, Berlin, and the United States, including dances and popular music from his personal favorite operas.  A unique treat is […]



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Music Lecture Series

Lecturer, John Tuohy
Wednesday, April 15th
11 am - 12 noon

The Crooners: From Bing to Dean, Mel and Beyond Crooner is an American epithet given primarily to male singers of jazz standards, mostly from the Great American Songbook, backed by either a full orchestra, a big band, or a piano. Originally it was an ironic term denoting a sentimental singing style made possible by the use […]



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An Afternoon with C.S. Lewis

Actor, JT Turner
Wednesday, April 15
2 pm

A funny, engaging and fascinating look at the varied and rich life of C.S. Lewis, Author of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe series, famed lecturer, and Christian theologian. This unique one-man show allows Lewis to come forth and relate his amazing life in his own words as he shares his journey from an […]



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Music Lecture – Irving Berlin: The Man who was American Music

Lecturer, John Tuohy
Wednesday, May 13th
11 am - 12 noon

From Ragtime to Riches, a True American Success Story. Join guitarist, John Tuohy for a deep dive into one of the most prolific songwriters of the last century. John will discuss many of his iconic songs, and more about the man behind the songs along with guitar arrangements of his classics. Admission is $15 in […]



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Music Lecture – The Great American Songbook

Lecturer, John Tuohy
Wednesday, June 17th
11 am - 12 noon

Join Guitarist, John Tuohy as he leads his audience on a journey of the American Songbook. He will discuss it’s origins in Tin Pan Alley, the development in Broadway Musicals, and the refining of the popular music legacy in the first half of the twentieth century. John will discuss these outstanding songs composed between 1920 […]



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An Afternoon with Author, F.Scott Fitzgerald

Actor, J.T. Turner
Wednesday, September 2nd
2 pm - 3 pm

Award-winning actor and playwright, J.T. Turner returns to Arts Escape in his original & engaging one-man show, “Fitzgerald and Gatsby.” J.T. Turner appears as F. Scott Fitzgerald to discuss the author’s life, times, and work, with specific focus on The Great Gatsby. Participants can get involved through brief readings and questions during the hour long […]



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