The 2016 Festival of the Arts is in the planning stages, and this tenth edition promises to be the best yet.
We hope to see you in September!
Thank you to all who attended the 2015 North Winton Village Festival of the Arts! We appreciate you and hope you’ll join us for the 10th annual festival in 2016!
2015 Music Lineup
This women’s 4-part harmony, a cappella chorus has entertained throughout the Rochester area since 1996. One of over 60 choruses in Harmony Incorporated international, their focus is empowering women through vocal performance education. In addition to performing frequently for both public and private functions. Rochester Rhapsody is a competing ensemble; friendship and FUN are also an important part of the group. If you are a woman who sings and are interested in Rochester Rhapsody, please call 865-2731 or email email@example.com
Green House Café’s “North Winton’s Got Talent”
Since opening in the former Phelps Florist at 2271 East Main, Green House Café has become North Winton Village’s center for music, poetry, good coffee and conversation. Owned by Coffee Connection, which provides job opportunity for recovering addicts through sales of fair-traded coffee, Green House will bring three of its favorite artists to entertain at this year’s festival; check the Café out at http://ourcoffeeconnection.org/coffee-shops/green-house-cafe/
Young School of Irish Dance
This school has taught youth and adults the traditional dances of the Emerald Isle for the past 18 years, with classes for beginners held Tuesdays at the Brighton Sports Zone, and Mondays at McGinnity’s pub on West Ridge Road in the city. Affiliated with the Association for Irish Dance in Dublin and the North American Irish Dancing Teachers Association, Young School dancers have performed and competed throughout western NY. Young School will host a feis at the Main St. Armory Oct. 3. See http://youngschoolirishdance.com for info.
Fred combines blues, jazz, and original songs, with world-class finger-picked guitar and smooth vocals. A frequent performer at area clubs, festivals and live radio broadcasts, he has a long-time gig serenading passengers on Fairport’s Colonial Belle canal cruises, and was featured at the recent Son House Blues Festival at GeVa Theater. Fred’s recorded several CD’s, and is sometimes joined onstage by his son Alex; more about him at http://fredvine.com.
Group Therapy Country Grass Band
The band features North Winton resident Bob Olyslager on mandolin, joined by Jim and Lynn Allis on guitar and bass, and Bob “Tex” Ehmann on banjo. For more than 30 years, the quartet has brought traditional and contemporary bluegrass to clubs, libraries, festivals, senior centers, and concerts around Rochester; they’re a regular feature at Fairport’s Towpath Café, have recorded several live albums, and can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Group-Therapy-Country-Grass-Band-156798674023/timeline/.
This singer and keyboardist left her Bosnia homeland as a teenager, fleeing its civil war and seeking a better life in America. Her love of music helped her learn English, singing along to jazz vocals, and inspired years of piano lessons, open-mic performances, and collaboration with saxophonist Jimme Highsmith Jr., who joins her at the North Winton Festival. Fatima’s debut album will be released next year; you can learn more at http://www.fatimarazic.com.
Jimmie Highsmith Jr.
Jimmie brings his sax and his band back for a second year, celebrating his birthday at the North Winton Village Festival of the Arts! He honed his craft at Rochester’s Hochstein School, and has shared the stage with greats from Wynton Marsalis to Alicia Keyes Jimmie’s music includes jazz, funk, and original tunes; he received a Grammy nomination for Anthology of Sound, one of his seven CD’s. He’s on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/The.JimmieHighsmith.Experience.