A Folk Alliance Member Organization

Acoustic Renaissance Concerts
11 West Maple Street
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521

Schedule - 2019/2020 Season

All shows begin at 8:00 pm. Doors open 45 minutes before performance time.

Saturday, November 9, 2019 — Michael Smith .

Tickets: $20 adults/$18 student/senior
Michael Smith, the lyricist, composer and performer of renown, is a voracious reader and never at a loss for material. As early as age 16, when he set the words that appeared on the grave of Robert Louis Stevenson, Michael was adapting and setting literature, children's stories, and poetry to music.

Michael's songs set poems by F. Garcia Lorca (Five in the Afternoon), Wallace Stevens (Blue Guitar), Chilean poets Gabriela Mistral (Swallow) and Pablo Neruda, as well as Irish poetry (Songs of the Kerry Madwoman), set in a chamber opera, with poems by Patricia Monaghan, and Chinese Tang Dynasty poets (Painted Horse). Passages from Robert Cole's "The Spiritual Lives of Children" were transformed in We Become Birds. The words of essayist Ann Carson appear in a surprising way in Michael's song Seurat. Michael's original work was featured at the Poetry Foundation: And the Poet Sang, (2013) with Jamie O'Reilly and Peter Swenson, and in Brecht's Letters with Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble members (2014). His most recent recording is of songs inspired by Melville's Moby Dick.

Michael has been singing, writing and touring in North America for over five decades. His songs have been recorded by artists the world over. His song The Dutchman is considered a classic in the folk lexicon.

Saturday, January 11, 2020 — Connie Kaldor Duo Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior

Connie Kaldor

Saturday, February 1, 2020 — Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio .

Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior

Saturday, March 14, 2020 — Garnet Rogers .

Tickets: $20 adults/$18 student/senior

Saturday, April 4, 2020 — John Gorka with special guest Heather Styka .

Tickets: $20 adults/$18 student/senior

Heather Styka dances where others fear to tread, gleefully cutting to the truth with gutsy vulnerability. She combines the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country in songs that are smart and disarming. Call it folk, call it Americana, call it alt-country, but Styka's heartfelt croon draws as much inspiration from classic warblers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald as it does from Shawn Colvin and Eva Cassidy.
After growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Styka moved to the city to study creati ve writing, meanwhile honing her song craft among Chicago, Styka moved to the city to study creative writing, meanwhile honing her song craft among Chicago's long-standing folk community. Her 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis brought her to national attention, hitting #3 on the FOLK-DJ charts. Styka's honest, image-heavy songs have garnered her a number of awards, including being a New Fol k Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival (2015, 2017) and official showcases at Folk Alliance International, NERFA, SWRFA, and FARM.

Saturday, May 2, 2020 — Co-bill of Ordinary Elephant with special guest Wes Collins Wates .

Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior

2019 2020 Season at a Glance:

September 21 2019: Michael J Miles and Lloyd Brodnax King
Tickets $18/$16 senior/student

October 05 2019: Co-bill of Zoe Mulford and Ariane Lydon
Tickets $18/$16

November 09 2019: Michael Smith
Tickets $20/$18

January 11 2020: Connie Kaldor Duo
Tickets $18/$16

February 01 2020: Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
Tickets $18/$16

March 14 2020: Garnet Rogers
Tickets $20/$18

April 04 2020: John Gorka with special guest Heather Styka
Tickets $20/$18

May 02 2020: Ordinary Elephant with special guest Wes Collins
Tickets $18/$16

Season tickets at $132/$118 (seniors, 62 and over)

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