Season 6 Begins With Harp Sensation Deborah Henson-Conant

Newtown, CT –  The Flagpole Radio Café will return to the Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, September 28th and is pleased to announce that harp sensation Deborah Henson-Conant will be the guest artist for this show.  Tickets are now on sale at www.flagpoleproductions.org .  The show begins at 7pm at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, CT.  Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $25 for students and senior citizens.

            Deborah Henson-Conant remarked, “Since my last show with The Flagpole Radio Café I joined a rock band and toured the world with legendary guitarist Steve Vai — thus fulfilling one of my life’s big bucket list goals.  Coming back to the Flagpole feels like coming back home.  It’s such a privilege to open the 2013-2014 season of The Flagpole Radio Café.  I had so much fun at the last show and I can’t wait to see everyone again – both on the stage and in the seats.”

            Deborah Henson-Conant is a prolific composer, a revolutionary harpist and a performer of irrepressible spirit.  Her playing ranges from raucous to delicate and her performances blur the line between musical performance and theatrical event. She’s a cross-genre, Blues-Flamenco-Celtic-Funk-Folk-Jazz dynamo.  She tells tall tales with the ease of a stand-up comic.  She solos and wails like a rock guitarist.  She turns music into theater and theater into something lyrical.  See her once and you’ll never look at the harp the same way again.

Deborah Henson-Conant has toured with the Boston Pops, opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, jammed onstage with Bobbie McFerrin and offstage with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and starred in the PBS special Celtic Harpestry.  She’s been featured on many popular television and radio shows including Sunday Morning, The Today Show and Weekend Edition.

Her DVD and CD project with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Invention and Alchemy, received a Grammy Nomination and has appeared on PBS stations nationwide.  The project features her one-woman show with an 80-piece orchestra.

            In addition to her work as a musician, Deborah Henson-Conant is the founder and curator of The Burnt Food Museum.  The museum was founded in the late 1980’s one night when Deborah put on a small pot of apple cider to heat, then received an unexpected, fascinating and very long phone call.  By the time she returned to the kitchen, the cider had become a “cinder” and thus the first, and perhaps still the most impressive, exhibit:  “Free Standing Hot Apple Cider” was born.  The Burnt Food Museum has been toured by the hosts of NPR’s Weekend Edition and Morning Edition, and also featured on NPR’s The Splendid Table.  A televised tour of the museum was featured on the Food Network’s Unwrapped.

Now in its sixth season, The Flagpole Radio Café was created by Jim Allyn, Martin Blanco and Barbara Gaines in conjunction with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.  It features music by Jim Allyn and The Flagpole Radio Café Orchestra, and radio style comedy sketches by the Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre.  This summer, the ensemble was prominently featured on PBS in Peter Yarrow’s A Concert for Healing.  The ensemble comprises musicians Jim Allyn, Rob Bonaccorso, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Dick Neil and Francine Wheeler, and actors Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, and David Wheeler.  Each show also features a musical guest artist and has included luminaries such as Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin, Peter Yarrow, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Jonathon Edwards, Elizabeth Von Trapp, Christine Lavin, Deborah Henson-Conant, Patty Larkin, Vanese Thomas, Roger Ball of The Average White Band, and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.


            The Flagpole Radio Café will be performed on September 28 at 7 pm at the Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown, CT.  Tickets cost $30 for adults; $25 for students and senior citizens.  Other performance dates are:  November 9, December 7, February 8, March 22, and May 17. 

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