Concerts & Events

Tuesday February 16, 2016
Music from 5:30 - 8:30. Dinner from 4 PM - 10 PM

Shadowbrook Dinner Fundraiser
featuring string groups lead by Deby Benton Grosjean

Shadowbrook Restaurant - 1750 Wharf Rd. Capitola, CA 95010

Local violinist Deby Benton Grosjean will once again lead an evening of live music in the Shadowbrooks Rock Room Lounge on behalf of Community Music School. This year, this back-by-demand fundraiser will feature a number of smaller musical ensembles. Please plan to join us in this beloved annual event. You will have the opportunity to listen to live music, enjoy great food, and support music education in Santa Cruz County, all at the same time! To make your reservation, call the Shadowbrook at 831-475-1511 or go to their website; make sure to tell them you're dining for Community Music School. (It helps to tell your waitperson that too, and to write CMS on your receipt.) Once you have made your reservation, please email with your partys name and size. This will help us track how many people our dining on our behalf, and ensure we get appropriate credit. Hope to see you there!

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Sunday March 13, 2016 2 PM concert

11th Annual Santa Cruz Harp Festival
featuring Irish Music for St. Patrick's Day

Resurrection Catholic Church 7600 Soquel Dr. Aptos CA 95003

A matinee concert featuring harps of all kinds, soloists and a harp orchestra! This year's focus (just in time for St Paddy's Day) is the legacy of the Irish harp, and the music of famed harpist/composer and "the last bard of Ireland", Turlough O'Carolan, whose pieces combined the sensibilities of traditional Irish music with the Baroque style of his day. Come join Jesse Autumn, Shelley Phillips, Jennifer Cass, and the whole harp community to celebrate. A free will offering to benefit Community Music School will be gratefully accepted.

Monday April 18, 2016 7:30 PM concert

Jayme Stone
Music from Alan Lomax

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 125 Canterbury Dr. Aptos CA 95003


Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjos long role in the worlds music, turning historical connections into compelling music. The Other Side of the Air (2013) is a travelogue of imaginary landscapes and faraway lands. The album traverses the Cinnamon Route through Persia and India, revisits and reinvents melodies Stone collected in West Africa and includes a Concerto for Banjo and Chamber Symphony. Room of Wonders (2010) explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy and North America. The repertoire includes a movement from Bachs French Suite, a Moorish sword-fighting dance and Stones lush, edgy originals. Africa to Appalachia (2008) is a boundary-crossing musical collaboration with griot singer Mansa Sissoko that explores the banjos African roots and Stones adventures in Mali. The Utmost (2007) draws inspiration from Japanese poetry and Brazilian literature and includes a tiny symphony that takes place inside an imaginary lightbulb. Stone is the consummate collaborator, unearthing musical artifacts and magnetizing extraordinary artists to help rekindle these understudied sounds. Jayme Stones Lomax Project

Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboration brings together some of North Americas most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American acappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers. Collaborators include Grammy-winning singer Tim O Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage, Eli West, and more. The new album is out now on Borealis Records.

Stone is a passionate educator, producer, and collaborator. Click here to read testimonials from people who have worked, dreamed, and studied with him.

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For artist information click on the: Jayme Stone website