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SOLD OUT: Boston Music Showcase and Wine Night

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

This event is SOLD OUT.

Registration is requested
Members: $20 | Visitors: $30

Boston Music Showcase and Wine Night

in partnership with The Urban Grape

Join us for the Athenæum’s 2nd annual music showcase! A lively night that is likely to sell out, this event will feature three sets of music by some of Boston’s most exciting up and coming young artists! In short order, we'll hear the harmonies of a fantastic folk duo, be transported to warmer climes with a classically trained cuatro player, and then get mellow with jazz melodies from a pianist who fuses the traditional with the contemporary. Each performance will be expertly paired with wine from the one and only Urban Grape. And, of course, delectable nibbles will be available throughout the evening's festivities. Come celebrate and support Boston talent while sipping away on sumptuous pours from one of Boston's most beloved independent wine stores. 

Sweet Petunia, composed of Mairead Guy and Madison Simpson, is a harmony-driven, lyrically complex Folk-Americana band from Boston, Massachusetts. They play music packed with political ideology and themes of self love, urging everyone around them, regardless of race, sexuality, ability, or gender identity, that they deserve happiness and empowerment. Established in the summer of 2017, they have gone on to perform up and down the Eastern seaboard, mesmerizing crowds with their ability to silence a room at the turn of a voice and a word. Their self-titled debut EP was released in December of 2018, and is available to stream on all services.

Puerto Rican cuatro player Fabiola M. Méndez Quiñones was born on February 20, 1996. She started taking Puerto Rican cuatro classes at age 6.  She was a student at the Humacao Musical Institute, the Antonio Paoli School of Music in Caguas, and the Conservatorio de Artes del Caribe. In 2018, she got her Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, becoming the first student to graduate with the Puerto Rican cuatro as principal instrument. Fabiola has participated in several cuatro competitions and has won numerous prizes, including being selected as the winner of the “National Cuatro Player Competition” in 2011 by the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture. In addition, she has participated in multiple recordings. Foremost among them are: Banco Popular Christmas CD “Eco” (2008), Fabiola Mendez & Herencia Criolla (2009), Ready for Departure (2014), and Guille & the B.Band (2015), and her latest release “Al Otro Lado Del Charco” (2019) available on all digital platforms. Fabiola has had the chance of playing for and with artists such as: the Puerto Rican Symphony Orchestra, Totó la Momposina, Pedro Capó, Victoria Sanabria, Cucco Peña, Eddie Palmieri, Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Danny Rivera, Edwin Colón Zayas, Los Rayos Gamma, among many others. Fabiola has had the privilege of receiving acknowledgements such as the dedication of the Mapeye Festival 2011, the Quincy Jones Award 2016, ambassador at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC 2018, and a commendation from the PR House of Representatives for being the first Puerto Rican cuatro player to graduate from Berklee. 

Nikolai Mishchenko is a contemporary pianist and composer from Moscow, Russia. His unique style combines traditional jazz roots and contemporary classical improvisations. He has received many awards as a performer and composer and has been invited to participate as a leader and sideman in renowned jazz festivals in the USA, Russia, and Italy. Lineup of the festivals includes Cambridge Arts River Festival (USA), Gubbio Summer Festival (Italy), Jazz Triumph (Russia), and many others. He is currently attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he was awarded a full tuition scholarship. Throughout his professional life he has worked and performed with Gabrielle Goodman, Warren Wolf, Gregory Groover, ERINI, and others. In the summer 2019, he led a teaching clinic at Musical Wave School in Moscow along with Armir Lee and Ilya Blazh. For this event, Mischenko will be accompanied by cellist Łukasz L. Pawlikowski.

Łukasz L. Pawlikowski is a Polish cellist, soloist, arranger, composer, and instructor. He studied the art of playing and musical interpretation under such people as Krzysztof Penderecki, Eugene Friesen, Witold Herman, Dorota Imiełowska, and many others. He is an active artist on the stages of Poland and has performed with many extraordinary Polish artists. As a soloist, he has performed in the United States and several countries of Europe. He performed as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles such as the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and Sinfonietta Cracovia. He was awarded for his achievements by the Mayor of the Royal Capital City of Kraków three times. He has won numerous prizes at national and international solo and chamber music competitions, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Pawlikowski gave several world premiere performances and performed at many international festivals. He has appeared on numerous recordings, radio programs, and TV broadcasts. Pawlikowski is currently working on numerous projects that focus on cross-collaborations between Polish and American cultures, with a focus on preserving Polish heritage to present to the Polish diaspora in America as well as to those new to Polish history.

The Urban Grape is an award-winning wine, craft beer, and spirits store located in Boston’s vibrant South End neighborhood. UG is the first store in the world to utilize Progressive Shelving, a unique system of organizing wines by their body, rather than varietal or region.


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