CHARLES R. HALE at LEHMAN COLLEGE: BRINGING HISTORY, MUSIC and STORIES to LIFE in a DIGITAL WORLD

Charles R. Hale will be presenting “Bringing History, Music and Stories to Life in a Digital World,” at Lehman College on Thursday, September 7th, 12:30pm, in the Studio Theatre at Lehman College in the Bronx. This is a free event. 

For directions, to the Studio Theatre, which is located in the Speech and Theatre Building on the Lower Level at Lehman College, click here.  

 

CHARLES R. HALE in “JAZZ IN THE CITY: THE NEW YORK CONNECTION”

Charles R. Hale | David Raleigh

We now have our Fall schedule for “Jazz in the City: The New York Connection.” We will be at The Duplex Cabaret and Piano Bar, 61 Christopher Street, NYC on September 21, October 19, November 16  and December 21. All shows begin at 7pm.  We will be appearing at the American Irish Historical Society, with Special Guest Niamh Hyland on October 11, 7:30pm and at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY, on November 2 at 12:30pm.  Our band members include David Raleigh/piano and vocals, Tony Carfora/saxophone, Danny Weller/bass and Daniel Glass/drums.

Tickets: www.purplepass.com/jazzinthecity

Click here for the show listing.

ANNETTE HOMANN: BACK IN THE APPLE

Annette Homann

The fifth in Charles R. Hale Productions’ series entitled “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song” will feature German-born violinist Annette Homann and will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 23 beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the cell theatre, 338 W. 23rd St., Manhattan. Homann, who is traveling from Berlin where she relocated to in 2016, will be joined by Hale’s co-founder of Artists Without Wall, County Leitrim native Niamh Hyland on vocals, Alexander A. Wu on piano, Shu Nakamura on guitar and Danny Weller on bass.

“These talented musicians will be crossing musical genres, presenting jazz, rock, classical, tango, Latin music and more,” Hale said.

For tickets go to annettehomann.brownpapertickets.com

AWoW members and supporters can type in “awow” for a discount.

Click here for the event link.

Annette Homann and company at the cell

YURI JUAREZ’S AFROPERUANO BAND at THE CELL THEATRE: PHOTOS by VERA HOAR

Yuri Juarez’s Afroperuano Band, which includes pianist Renato Diz, drummer Hector Morales, bass guitarist Moto Fukushima, cajon Freddy Huevito Lobaton Beltran and vocalist Sofia Tosello, performed in brilliant fashion at the fourth in Charles R. Hale Productions’ series’, “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song.

Here are photos from the event that were taken by Vera Hoar.

Yuri Juarez and Sofia Tosello

Sofia Tosello

 

Renato Diz, Freddy Huevito Lobaton Beltran, Moto Fukushima, Yuri Juarez, Hector Morales

Charles R. Hale

Martha Pinson and Hector Morales

John Moran and Friends

Freddy Huevito Lobaton Beltran

Hector Morales and Moto Fukushima

Renato Diz

 

MEMORIAL DAY and MY FATHER: A REFLECTION

As I wandered the city on this Memorial Day weekend I couldn’t help but notice it was Fleet Week, a tradition during which active military ships, recently deployed in overseas operations, dock in a variety of major cities for one week, including New York. Observing the sailors enjoying the city reminded me of my father.

I think about my father on Memorial Day more than at any time during the year: He enlisted in the Navy on his seventeenth birthday, seventy-three years ago this week. He served in the Pacific, during WWII, and then as part of the occupying force in the year following the war. And he would have been ninety this Wednesday, May 30, one day before the “original” Memorial Day.

Like many veterans, my father didn’t talk much about his war experience. Every now and then there’d be a “war” story, but they were often humorous and usually post war stories: How he’d finagle extra coupons for beer at beer bashes on Okinawa or how he and his cousin met up in Okinawa–he was on another ship–commandeered a jeep and drove it into the ocean. Must’ve been after a beer bash, I’ve often thought, but I don’t remember the details.

A story’s details are often not that important
to great storytellers and they didn’t much matter to my father, nor to his listeners.  He’d begin with a
 “twinkle in his eye” smile. The ever present cigarette, punctuating his remarks. Delivering the punch line, pausing…and then…opening his eyes wide. Throwing his head back in laughter. Memorable laughter. You couldn’t help but laugh right along with him no matter how many times you’d heard the story, no matter how many times it’d changed.

He loved reliving the past, but only a small part of the past. There was little mention of his day-to-day life in the Navy. There were a few photos with notations on the back, but not much more. What was the experience of a teenager from Queens, thrust onto the world stage, in the midst of the greatest conflagration ever? I had no idea.


I study family history to get an understanding of the themes and moments that were my families and ancestors’ day-to-day existence. I wonder, how have the lives of those who have come before me influenced whom I have become? Historian Shelby Foote once said, “So you get that thing and you get the weather, you get the soil and you get the coloration of things; get the true feel of it.” I’d ask, “How do I get the true feel of my father’s experience? How do I breathe of my father’s space and time?”


A few years ago I was searching the Internet, looking for information on my father’s ship, the USS Antietam, an Essex-class aircraft carrier. As I searched the website I noticed a book called, “Occupying Force” by D. Charles Gossman. The author’s father, who like my father, was “Charlie” and was also seventeen when he joined the Navy, had served on the Antietam the very same twelve months my father had. Gosman’s diary chronicles visits to Japan, China, and numerous Pacific Islands, while recording reactions to operating dangers aboard the ship, tidal waves and typhoons. I now knew where my father was for the entire year he was on the Antietam. For the first time, I felt connected to my father’s experience. 

I remember my father telling me how he’d lived through a typhoon. But, thanks to Gossman’s diary, I learned that my father left out a major part of the story. On August 21, 1945 the USS Antietam was notified that it was one of the ships chosen to participate in the September 2nd surrender ceremonies in Tokyo Bay, certainly a great honor. Pride must’ve been running high aboard the Antietam as it set sail for Japan. But on August 24 the Antietam’s hull suffered structural damage during a typhoon–the storm my father had mentioned–and the ship was ordered to Guam for inspection. Repairs were initiated but they were pulled from the surrender ceremonies and redirected to Okinawa. My father had mentioned the typhoon but he never mentioned that he and his shipmates were to be part of the surrender ceremonies. I was incredulous when I learned this. Was this a major disappointment? Why hadn’t he told me? I’ll never know.

I’ve spent the weekend thinking of my father, his dreams, some realized, some dashed, imagining his life aboard the ship and I’ve been thinking of his stories, his smile and his laughter.

I wish I could hear a story, his laughter, one more time.

 

 

 

 

PIANO VIRTUSO HARRIET STUBBS at THE CELL by VINCENT NAUHEIMER

The following was written by Vincent Nauheimer:


In an ongoing effort to present multicultural artistry and international talent, Charles  R. Hale  Productions’ “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song” featured English pianist Harriet Stubbs at the Cell Theatre last Thursday. This was the third show of a six performance series.

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Ms. Stubbs, who was recognized as a child prodigy, has a well-deserved reputation and a lengthy repertoire of both individual and collaborative works. Her solo performance at the Cell Theatre last Thursday was at once riveting, nuanced and fresh, as she soared through four warhorses of the piano repertoire.

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Ms Stubbs opened the recital with the Bach-Busoni, Chaccone in D Minor. The Chaccone is regarded as one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s violin masterpieces;  Busoni’s piano transcription has long been recognized as a splendid interpretation of Bach’s work. Ms. Stubbs played this dramatic piece with the insight it deserves,  delighting the audience with her musicality and talent, accentuated by her intensity and expressiveness.

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Ms. Stubbs followed the Chaccone with Alexander Scriabin’s Sonata No. 2, Op 19, one of Scriabin’s most popular works. Scriabin’s sonatas are known as technically difficult works and Ms Stubbs was up to the task, bringing her vast technical skills to the piece, while capturing the very distinctive “voice” of Scriabin’s music.

Ms Stubbs final work of the first section of the program was Frederic Chopin’s Scherzo No. 2, which composer Robert Schumann compared to a Byronic poem, “so overflowing with tenderness, boldness, love and contempt.”  Ms. Stubbs successfully articulated the full range of Byron’s emotions.

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After a short intermission, Ms Stubbs performed the Dante Sonata/Fantasia Quasi Sonata by Franz Liszt. During the piece, commonly believed to be based on Dante’s Inferno, Ms. Stubbs took the audience on a musical journey, deftly navigating the works emotional highs and lows, which served to highlight her prolific talent. The rousing work induced a well deserved standing ovation from the audience.

Photos by Tom Myles and Mitch Traphagen

 

MESMERIZING! JP JOFRE | MIHO HAZAMA PROJECT

From Charles R. Hale on the 4/20 show at the cell, the second in a six concert series, “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song”: “Hard to come up with the right adjective for last night’s performance, “JP Jofre/Miho Hazama Project” at The Cell. Spectacular, virtuosic, creative, engaging…all and more. JP Jofre, Miho Hazama and the members of The Rhythm Method, Meaghan Burke, Lavinia Pavlish, Anne Lanzilotti and Leah Asher were outstanding.” Show photography by Mitch Traphagen

Charles R. Hale outside the cell, prior to the second show, “JP Jofre/Miho Hazama Project” in the series: “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song.”

JP Jofre

JP Jofre

JP Jofre

Miho Hazama and JP Jofre

Miho Hazama

Miho Hazama

Miho Hazama

JP Jofre | Miho Hazama Project

JP Jofre and The Rhythm Method

Meaghan Burke

Lavinia Pavlish

Anne Lanzilotti

Leah Asher

Leah Asher

The Rhythm Method

Anne Lanzilotti, Lavinia Pavlish and Leah Asher, three-quarters of “The Rhythm Method”

Charles R. Hale with the JP Jofre | Miho Hazama Project closing the show to applause.

From left, JP Jofre, Miho Hazama and the members of The Rhythm Method, Meaghan Burke, Lavinia Pavlish, Anne Lanzilotti and Leah Asher.

JP JOFRE/MIHO HAZAMA PROJECT APRIL 20

Next up in the Charles R. Hale Productions series “New York City: Together in Story and Song” are a pair of brilliant young composers and musicians, bandoneonist JP Jofre (Argentina) and pianist Miho Hazama (Japan), who will be presenting the JP Jofre/Miho Hazama Project, which will include four fabulous musicians known as The Rhythm Method.

The first event, “An Evening With (Ireland’s) Niamh Hyland” was a great success and this show promises to be equally exciting

The date is Thursday, April 20, at the celll, located at 338 West 23rd St in Manhattan. For tickets and additional info, click here: http://tinyurl.com/jpmiho

The doors and bar open at 6:45 and the performance begins at 7:30

NEW YORKERS TOGETHER in STORY and SONG: NIAMH HYLAND and BAND RAISE the ROOF at THE CELL

The first Charles R. Hale Productions performance of six shows for the 2017 Spring / Summer season “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song” was an unqualified success with a sold-out house and an emotional, impassioned performance by Niamh Hyland and her band, featuring Ado Coker, Ron Negro, Traci Robinson-Greene, Danny Weller, Sybil Scoby and Shu Nakamura.

A glimpse of a remarkable, memorable evening at the cell. Photos by Mitch Traphagen

Niamh Hyland

Nick Garr welcomes the audience and introduces the band.

Niamh Hyland

Shu Nakamura

Shu Nakamura

Ron Negro

Ron Negro

Ado Coker

Ado Coker

Danny Weller

Danny Weller and Niamh Hyland

Traci Robinson-Greene and Sybil Scoby

Traci Robinson-Greene and Sybil Scoby

Niamh Hyland

Niamh Hyland

Closing the show on an amazing up note.

The performers at Niamh Hyland’s show at The Cell. From left: Ado Coker, Ron Negro, Traci Robinson-Greene, Danny Weller, Niamh, Sybil Scoby and Shu Nakamura.

A SPECIAL EVENING with NIAMH HYLAND on MARCH 30

Niamh Hyland

Join us at the cell theatre on March 30 for a very special evening: An Evening With Niamh Hyland.

Niamh has the voice and the stage presence to hold every audience in her hand. She has the indefinable “It” — something so special, and so very rare. The opportunity to see her perform live is indeed an incredible experience — and one that will leave you feeling better about…well, everything.

Click here for tickets

Niamh toured globally as the lead singer of the original rock band Lily Sparks. Her notable band and solo performances include The Ourland Festival at Lincoln Center, Wheelan’s in Dublin, Webster Hall and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. One of her recent performances was at the BMCC Tribeca in Charles R. Hale’s “Musical History of the Lower East Side.”

Niamh’s love of the arts and her desire to help others find and reach their potential motivated her to co-found Artists Without Walls with Charles R. Hale. Recently, Niamh was invited to speak at TedxStormont in Belfast, Ireland, her topic: “Resurrecting Your Dreams”

This will be the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Niamh’s debut in a full length, full concert performance in New York City. She will be performing with pianist Ado Coker, guitarist Shu Nakamura, and other spectacular musicians. The performance will take place at The Cell, which is located at 338 West 23rd Street in Manhattan.

Niamh Hyland in concert at the cell theatre. Charles R Hale Productions Spring / Summer 2017 Season. Tickets now on sale.

The doors and the bar open at 6:45. Ms. Hyland will take that stage at 7:30.

Niamh Hyland is the first performer in the Charles R. Hale Productions season of New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song.

Click here for more event information.

Series Concert Dates:

  • March 30: Niamh Hyland/Ireland
  • April 20: Miho Hazama/Japan and JP Jofree/Argentina
  • May 18: Harriet Stubbs/England
  • July 20: Yuri Juarez/Peru and his AfroPeruvian Band
  • August 23: Annette Homann/Germany, Alexander Wu/China and Yuri Juarez/Peru
  • September: To be announced