Plymouth, N.H.—The Silver Series of professional artists fall lineup includes iconic folk artist Livingston Taylor; comedian, writer and correspondent for The Daily Show, Wyatt Cenac; young bluegrass debutante Sarah Jarosz; The Air Force Band of Liberty’s clarinet ensemble, Bay State Winds (including Plymouth’s own Mickey Ireland) and an irreverent satiric holiday review for adult audiences by the infamous The Second City entitled “Dysfunctional Holiday Review.”
Livingston Taylor (THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT) picked up a guitar more than 40 years ago and hasn’t quit writing, performing and teaching since. 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, Taylor’s creative output has continued unabated.
Taylor’s 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. His warm stage presence and intimate and laid back musical style have allowed him to maintain a busy concert schedule.
Taylor has received the Boston Music Award for outstanding folk artists and has taught performance studies at Berklee College of Music since 1989. His newest CD, Last Alaska Moon, was released earlier this year to great reviews.
Writer and noted improvisational comedian Wyatt Cenac (October 2 at 8:30 p.m.) spent three seasons as a writer for Fox Television’s animated show, King of the Hill, and performed stand-up comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Improv Olympic before landing his current gig as a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His work on The Daily Show has earned him an Emmy and listing by Variety Magazine as one of the top 10 comics to watch. His droll sense of humor and deadpan delivery make this standup comedian one of the hottest on the comedy circuit today.
In October 2009 Cenac worked with rapper “Slim Thug” on the music video, Still a Boss, a parody of how the recession is affecting the rap community. He also appeared in the lead role in the Indie movie, Medicine for Melancholy, a race-relations drama that was released in 2008.
Bluegrass virtuoso Sarah Jarosz (November 6 at 8 p.m.) hit the national bluegrass circuit at age 12 playing mandolin, guitar and claw hammer banjo, but famed dobro player Jerry Douglas says she “sounds like an old man playing the banjo.” Jarosz waited all the way until her 18th birthday to release her first CD, and received a Grammy Award nomination. Song Up in Her Head was named one of the top albums of the year by everyone from Rolling Stone to National Public Radio.
Jarosz joined Earl Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs onstage at the Country Music Awards and was a special guest at the Del McCoury Band’s New Year’s Eve party.
Recently, Jarosz returned to Austin, Texas for an immense opportunity—performing for an enthusiastic hometown audience for an Austin City Limits recording. The episode, which also features Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, will air this fall, probably in late October.
The Bay State Winds (November 9 at 7 p.m.) the clarinet quartet of the Air Force Band of Liberty, tours New England, New York and New Jersey, and this year’s tour includes at stop at the Silver Center.
Drawing on years of professional experience, these accomplished musicians present an exciting program that will appeal to audiences of all ages. The group’s repertoire includes a diverse collection of musical idioms ranging from Bach to Broadway in addition to their own arrangements.
SSgt.Mickey Ireland, a 1997 Plymouth Regional High School graduate who went on to Ithaca College and Michigan State University before enlisting in 2005, expects to be one of the four Band of Liberty musicians for this tour.
The Second City’s “Dysfunctional Holiday Review” (December 11 at 8 p.m.) is the final Silver Series presentation of the fall semester. The Second City is the world’s premier comedy theater and school of improvisation, with a brand of sketch comedy and improvisation that has been delighting audiences for more than 50 years.
A healthy dose of seasonal satire that takes on holiday film classics, family gatherings and even seasonal songs, “Dysfunctional Holiday Review” is for those who may be looking for some comic relief from the stress of the holiday season.
Theatre Mania says, “The Second City is here to make light of every holiday misstep, whether it’s making up your own ‘creative’ words to traditional carols, or a disgruntled elf ruining the North Pole’s Christmas party.” The program is intended for mature audiences.
This long-running comedy troupe boasts a star-studded list of alumni including Mike Myers, Martin Short, Edward Asner, Andrea Martin, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey.
Details of date, time, location and cost are available on the Silver Center Web site at silver.plymouth.edu and on Plymouth State’s online calendar, ThisWeek, at http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu/ or by calling the box office at (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.