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From mid March to June 2017, Nantucket Arts Council with Nantucket Dreamland Film and Performing Arts Center presents four concerts by outstanding music professionals in the Dreamland Studio. These Sunday afternoon concerts begin at 4 p.m. and feature programs in all musical genres. These year includes a Barbershop Quartet, dynamic Chamber Music Duo, smooth Jazz Quintet and a fabulous Piano Duo.

Seventeen musicians perform in a springtime celebration of music in honor of Margherita Sutro, one of the original founders and motivating spirits of the Downtown Celebrity Series!

Barbershop Quartets perform with rich, plush harmony

Time Piece & Downtown Crossing Quartets

Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 4 p.m.

“There is no bad day that can’t be overcome by listening to a barbershop” said writer Aldous Huxley.  Two Boston-based quartets, both winners of the New England Barbershop Regional Competition and competitors in International competition bring their talented singing to the island.

 

A dynamic chamber music duo perform alluring and enchanting music

Julian Milkis, clarinetist and Sima Kustanovich, piano

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 4 p.m.

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of every day life,” wrote poet Berthold Auerbach. Internationally acclaimed clarinetist, Julian Milkis, the only student of legendary Benny Goodman, collaborates with Russian pianist Sima Kustanovich to bring the full force of their virtuosity to a rich program traversing the classics to movie music to jazz.
 

A smooth jazz quintet performs a Mother’s Day musical bouquet 

North Star Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 4 p.m. (Daylight Savings Time!)

George Gershwin said “Life is a lot like jazz . . it’s best when you improvise.” Outstanding and sophisticated jazz artists from New England present music from the “Great American Songbook,” with gusto and finesse. Vocalist Michelle Gauvin is featured with this exciting jazz quartet.

 

Artistically attuned piano duo perform with intricacy and aplomb

Jennifer Maxwell and Svetlana Belsky, Four hands on one piano

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Passionate scholars and educators as well as performers, Dr. Jennifer Maxwell and Dr. Svetlana Belsky delight in regaling audiences with entertaining and informative tales of the music and composers. The Belsky-Maxwell Duo are always musically profound, but often acrobatic and occasionally humorous.