Oneonta Concert Association (OCA) opens its 2014-15 concert series with Vanaver Caravan presenting a music and dance tribute to American folk music, and in particular to the life and music of the late Pete Seeger. Vanaver Caravan is a Hudson Valley based group of performers, who have toured internationally for four decades.
The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 20th at Goodrich Theater, Fine Arts Building, SUNY Oneonta. More than 30 musical pieces, for which Pete Seeger became famous and beloved, will be performed by the 8 dancers and 5 musicians. Entitled "Turn, Turn, Turn," the concert's mission is to enliven, educate, and inspire adults and children alike. Of a similar Vanaver Caravan program a few years ago, Seeger exclaimed that they had "the whole audience up and cheering at the end."
Several recent performance reviews are worth noting. Larry Murray of Berkshire OnStage said, "The world famous international dance festival, Jacob's Pillow, could not have found a more perfect attraction for families than the Vanaver Caravan. The company delivered an astounding afternoon of international music and dance that pleased children and adults alike." And Doris Hering of Dance Magazine wrote, "These highly versatile performers all eagerly explore every cranny of their art and create an evening alight with the joy of discovery!"
Opening the Saturday evening concert will be OCA Young Artist Lola Olson, a 15-year old dancer attending high school at Delaware Academy in Delhi. Fittingly as the opener for a concert of music and dance, Lola will present a dance performance.
As part of Vanaver Caravan's appearance in Oneonta, OCA and SUNY Oneonta will present 2 of Vanaver's best known musicians leading an old-fashioned Hootenanny, a folk music jam session in which audience members are invited to bring their banjos, guitars, fiddles, kazoos, and voices and play and sing along. Bill Vanaver, one of the country's finest banjo players will be on hand, along with fiddler Andy Teirstein, leading familiar and also lesser-known Seeger songs. The Hootenanny, with free admission, takes place from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 18th, in Room M201 (Music wing), Fine Arts Bldg., Oneonta State.
For the 3rd consecutive year, as part of its continuing outreach activities, Oneonta Concert Association has arranged an Arts Field Day together with the faculty at Greater Plains school, in which the students will learn folk music and dances and be treated to a performance by Vanaver Caravan's musicians and dancers.
Single concert ticket prices are $25 for adults, students $6, and are available at the door. Advance tickets may be reserved by phone at 607-433-7252 or may be purchased at The Eighth Note Music Store, 10 S. Main Street or The Green Toad Bookstore, 198 Main Street, both in Oneonta.