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The Flagpole Radio Café

   is a lively variety show presented by Flagpole Productions
in association with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission

Flagpole Radio Café  Press Release


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February 16, 2011

LIVINGSTON TAYLOR

 

TO BE GUEST ARTIST FOR THE FLAGPOLE RADIO CAFE

 

Newtown, CT - the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is pleased to announce that renowned singer and songwriter Livingston Taylor will be the guest artist for the March 24 presentation of The Flagpole Radio Café.   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 $25 for adults, $20 for students and senior citizens.   If further information is needed, please contact us at info@flagpoleproductions.org.

            Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of thirteen, beginning a forty-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.

            From top-forty hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman” both recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads.

            Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over eighty shows a year. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin song or a selection from the best of Broadway.

            As a full professor at Berklee College of Music since 1989, Livingston shares his experiences and knowledge of professional touring with young artists, just beginning to hone their skills. His course, Stage Performance (I and II) is one of the most popular at the College, and it gives him the ideal forum in which to impart the lessons learned through his own career to a new generation of musicians. His book, Stage Performance, is drawn from those classes will be available this fall.

            Producer Martin Blanco remarked, “We have been looking forward to Livingston Taylor’s appearance with much anticipation. We are so fortunate to have such an accomplished and celebrated musician join our show. I can’t think of a better way to spend an early spring night.”

            Now in its fourth season, The Flagpole Radio Café, is an engaging show 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, a dynamic ensemble created for the show, and radio style comedy sketches by the Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre.  Each show features a musical guest artist such as Jonathan Edwards, Tom Chapin, Peter Yarrow, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Christine Lavin, Roger Ball of The Average White Band, Deborah Henson-Conant and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.