Sunday December 9, 2018 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season with us. Please join guest musician Michael Sheridan for a Sunday evening of music in the historic Belle Skinner Music Room. This free holiday concert will feature of trio of exceptional musicians who will play old favorites and original pieces.
The halls of Wistariahurst will be decked for the holidays during this event, and light seasonal refreshments will be served.
This performance is free and open to all.
Please RSVP on Facebook so we can plan refreshments
Described as a “great player” with “a wide range of emotion and musical playing” by This Is Classical Guitar, Michael Sheridan is an acclaimed New York City-based guitarist and composer whose work spans multiple genres, including classical, gypsy jazz and various European and South American world music traditions. An accomplished concert performer, Sheridan has appeared at venues throughout the Northeast and California, including alongside famed gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel for his annual Django a Go Go celebration. Particularly notable is Sheridan’s close friendship with legendary guitarist Roland Dyens, who performed alongside Sheridan and dedicated an original composition to Sheridan, which Sheridan recorded on his debut album, Prélude (2013). Sheridan has also performed alongside guitarists Sebastian Felix, João Luiz and Kamlo Barre, and he has appeared on two television shows for Bravo! Network: “Watch What Happens Live!” and “Million Dollar Listing.” Sheridan’s current working band, Samba Surf, draws inspiration both from Sheridan’s love of Brazilian music and from his passion for surfing, an activity which has taken him across Europe and as far as Costa Rica. This unusual pairing has led to a unique and endlessly engaging exploration of repertoire from around the world, with influences as diverse as French valse musette, Brazilian choro andsamba, Argentinian tango and American traditional jazz. Sheridan’s musical fearlessness and virtuosic skill has caused many classical guitar critics to take note. Connecticut newspaper The Day describes Sheridan as “a top-flight young artist . . . making a significant name for himself within the culture of the music,” while Bradford Werner of This Is Classical Guitar writes that “Sheridan has a talent for creating moods and soundscapes well suited to the compositions [he plays].” Nicole Neal from the website “Classical Guitar N Stuff” comments that Sheridan has “great technical facility . . . but also – very importantly – the musical facility to really make [the music] sing.”
Self-taught for much of his early career, Sheridan began his formal study at Westfield Univeristy under Phil de Fremery – a protégé of Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia – who was impressed that Sheridan had learned Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Choros” by ear. Sheridan later received a Masters of Music from Mannes College, where he studied with Fred Hand. He currently serves as music faculty at Bloomfield College and Georgian Court University.