Music Showcase and Craft Beer Tasting
in partnership with Democracy Brewing
Cover fee includes three beers
Join us for the Athenæum’s first music showcase, an event that hearkens to the institution’s longstanding tradition of supporting and exhibiting the talents of Boston-based artists and musicians for the enrichment of the broader community. The evening will feature some of Boston’s best up-and-coming talent on the music scene in three fifteen-minute sets by three different artists whose styles range from folk to classical to opera and back again—all interspersed with craft beer from Democracy Brewing.
The night will kick-off with Grace Givertz, an indie-folk artist and mighty one-woman-band who juggles guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and foot tambourine. Helen Hassinger, graduate of the competitive Opera Institute at Boston University follows with a voice that soars both high and low. Lastly, classically-trained violinist and performer with the Boston Ballet, Josh Knowles, will share his latest compositions that strive to fuse his traditional background with contemporary styles.
Grace Givertz is a Boston based indie-folk singer and songwriter. Givertz pairs witty and honest lyrics with various instruments to bring a refreshing sound to folk. In 2018 alone, Boston Hassle gave rave reviews to Givertz’s first released album, The Light, and Dig Boston rated Givertz one of the top 15 rising musicians to watch.
A native of Wisconsin, Soprano Helen Hassinger is a graduate of St. Olaf College (BA Music, Women's Studies) in Northfield, Minnesota and Boston University (MM Vocal Performance). In 2018 she received her Certificate in Opera Performance from the Boston University Opera Institute, where she studied with Dr. Lynn Eustis, and was the 2018 recipient of the Phyllis Curtin Award. Ms. Hassinger is also a classically trained violinist, formerly studying under Dr. Andrea Een (St. Olaf College) and Busya Lugovier (Viterbo University).
Ms. Hassinger's recent roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, the title role in Picker’s Emmeline, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Soprano II in Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox, St. Francis' Trainer in Little’s Vinkensport...or the Finch Opera, Paul's Inner Voice in The War Reporter, and The Angel in Eotvos’ Angels in America.
Josh Knowles is a violinist, singer-songwriter, and composer based in Boston. An alumni of Berklee College of Music, he brings an eclectic array of influences to his work. Knowles has trained from the age of four as a classical violinist and he seeks to combine this traditional form with a myriad of musical styles. He is currently serving as Community Luminary at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he performed his newly released album, Spin Without a Sound, in its entirety. Knowles had the honor for performing for President Obama at the Kennedy Center in 2017, and he has also appeared on stage as a soloist with the Boston Ballet and at the Lincoln Center in New York. In addition to solo work, Knowles’s indie-rock band, Nemes, was nominated for both the Boston Music Award for Best Live Act and for the New England Music Award for Best in State.
Democracy Brewing is a new co-op brewery located on Temple Place in downtown Boston. All beers are brewed in-house and include a fantastic selection of standard and seasonal drafts. In addition to beer, Democracy Brewing serves up a sumptuous tasting menu that pairs perfectly with its craft brews. Worker-owned and committed to community, Democracy Brewing is more than a brewery—it is a meeting place with the atmosphere and camaraderie of a neighborhood bar infused with the democratic spirit of a vibrant community center.
Art has long been a means for people of various backgrounds and cultures to come together to collaborate on ideas and experiences. Love, Graham Nash is a collection of photographs of Nash's friends, family and fellow musicians are paired with original lyrics for 17 of his songs, that reproduced as facsimiles of their original state.
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