Concert Series opens Saturday at Beekley Community Library

Kate Hartman

Since the inception, it has been Sessions goal to book talent thats not only enjoyable but also challenges the listener and exposes them to a wider range of music. Music expands your horizons, said Sessions, who has always been a music lover. He is responsible for booking all of the artists. After hosting the series for a number of years, the venue has gained a reputation and people who are interested in performing contact him, but theres still a selection process. Im pretty careful to bring genres and styles that stay within singer/songwriter but I try to open them up, said Sessions. Its about finding that mix of music that is interesting and challenging. Like Duvekot, Sessions likes to book artists who have been recognized for their talent. He also likes to vary genres, like The Jammin Divas, who will bring Celtic music to the Beekley for the first time. Sessions said there is a certain temptation to bring back artists who were big hits in previous seasons, but he tries to avoid that at all costs. In my view theres so many talented people, Ive been less inclined to bring people back…What I enjoy is bringing fresh new music to people and seeing how it goes. That makes it a little risky part of the process, said Sessions. They arent there to see someone [theyve heard on the radio]. They want something new that will challenge them. That commitment to quality artists outside of popular music draws a particular type of audience to the Beekley. Sessions called them a, community, with many people returning year after year for the new slate of performers.

The Community Concert Band Presents: Tchaikovsky

The Community Concert Band Presents: Tchaikovsky

From the outside, The 13 is just as unassuming as its neighbors in the warehouse space on Orange Avenue just south of Orlando in Edgewood . But inside, Felipe Riesco says that 50-75 people typically pile into the 1,000 square-foot space to watch touring punk and metal bands such as Centuries and No Qualms perform on a makeshift cinderblock stage. Rent is modest at the venue, which Riesco licensed for use as an art studio in February. Riesco says it’s not much of a money-making venture: Donations of $5-$10 are taken at the door during each show, which he typically splits with the band. But with 3-5 shows each month, he is able to keep the place running, and help keep the touring bands he admires afloat. “A regular bar is always going to have their profits in mind,” Riesco says. “A lot of bands, a lot of times, when they don’t draw enough people, they have to pay the consequences. A small touring band cannot afford to lose money on a gig because they need the money to get to the next stop. With us, we dedicate ourselves to taking care of those bands.” What’s stopping anyone from turning their home or warehouse into a music venue? Orlando noise ordinances, for one thing. Outside the downtown area, outdoor sounds after 10 p.m. must be no louder than 55 decibels in residential areas and 65 decibels roughly the level of regular conversation in commercial zones such as the one The 13 inhabits. And if venues are allowing drinks to be consumed, alcohol laws can also blur the line between what authorities consider a house party or a “show.” “As the world continues to evolve, I don’t think we’ve anticipated every way somebody’s come up with to get around some of these rules,” says the city of Orlando’s code enforcement manager, Mike Rhodes. “In some cases, what they’re doing may not be a problem at all.

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(Posted By Des Plaines Park District, Community Contributor / October 14, 2013) Posted by Des Plaines Park District, Community Contributor 1:24 p.m. CDT, October 14, 2013 In February of 1878, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, premiered at a Russian Musical Society concert in Moscow with Nikolai Rubinstein as conductor. Considered the first of his mature symphonic works, Tchaikovsky dedicated the piece to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck. On finishing the symphony, the composer wrote, “It seems to me that this is my best work. Of my two latest creations, the opera and the symphony, I favor the latter. What lies in store for this symphony? Will it survive long after its author has disappeared from the face of the earth, or straight away plunge into the depths of oblivion? I only know that at this moment I… am blind to any shortcomings in my new offspring. Yet I am sure that, as regards texture and form, it represents a step forward in my development…” Now, 135 years after the creation of this magnificent symphony, the Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band, under the direction of Lawrence J. Carle, will perform the finale from Symphony No.