Second Chance (Postponed, TBD)
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About the Event
This concert is made possiable by a grant from Connecticut Arts Council of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) has awarded Linalynn Schmelzer, director of River Valley Dance Project, the FY20 Regional Initiative Grant to create Second Chance. Second Chance, a multi-disciplinary show of original art including, dance, music, theater, poetry, and film. This select group of artist have been working for months to premier their new work. The joy and depth of all this art on one stage for one night will be sure to inspire.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for a reduced rate.
Meet the Artists Presenting
Betsy McHaley is an artist, actor and poet. She earns her living writing and editing, filling her hours, months and years with words that have the power to caress, heal, and uplift. At the age of 22, Betsy won the Adult Poetry category at the Stamford Arts Festival. In 2004, her poetry appeared in East Haddam Stage Company’s production of “Plays With Poetry.” In recent years, Betsy has been active with the Shoreline Cluster Poets group. She would like to thank Linalynn for inviting her to participate in tonight’s production alongside so many talented artists.
Daniel Nischan is a theater professional living in Chester, Connecticut. For the past 15 years, Daniel’s carrier has run the gamut from producing, directing, writing, acting, scenic design, teaching, set construction, and technical direction. Currently, he is the Associate Artistic Director at the Ivoryton Playhouse, a role that enables him to share his talents with a vibrant and passionate theater audience. Daniel is grateful to Linalynn for the opportunity, the other performers and artists for their collaboration, and to his family for their support.
Frank Natter, began the study of guitar at age Ten, and continued his classical guitar training with Charles Sutton of Old Saybrook, CT. He pursued his formal education at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where his studies included classical guitar performance with Jerry Willard. He also holds a certificate from Berklee College of Music in modern harmony, arranging, improvisation, and orchestration. He has performed in master classes of Andrew York, Anna Vidovic and Marcin Dylla. He has also study classical guitar with Richard Provost of the Hart School of Music Frank’s musical journey has taking him to the world of flamenco, jazz and classical genres. Frank was a performing member of the Spanish Dance Company, Soy y Sombra, serving both as a soloist and accompanist, including such performance as the Heckscher Park Concert Series. Frank was a member of the music duo Facets. Which published two CD’s tilted Facets and Over the Blue Land. Facets wrote and performed original works and arrangements of contemporary songs in a fusion of the folk, jazz, and classical styles. In addition to his performance carrier Frank Natter Sr. is also co-founder of Face Arts Music located in Deep River, CT where he is dedicated to teaching the fine art of music. He also has a passion for guitar repair and restoration which over the years has been included as one of his functions at Face Arts Music.
Adrian Nieves Adrian Nieves is a filmmaker based in central Connecticut. An avid traveler and devourer of digital media, Adrian was able to transform his love of music, film, culture and politics into a career spanning multiple continents. He has written and directed short films, documentaries, music videos and political campaign ads, produced two feature-length films and spends his days as a Video Program Manager for the Connecticut General Assembly. He is currently finishing up work on the upcoming web series Runaway Cow.
Linalynn Schmelzer is the Director of River Valley Dance Project. She is an Artist Instructor at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Performing Arts middle school where she teaches Modern Dance, Composition, Repertory, Improvisation and Ballet. She is also a freelance instructor statewide. Her experiences as a performer and choreographer have taken her to New York, Boston, Philadelphia and throughout CT. Linalynn previously performed with O’Brian Dancers, Sorvino Dance Project, Judie Clark Dance Theater, and La Claire Dancers. She continues to work with independent artists, musicians and film producers to create original repertory. Her choreography is rooted in collaboration and revolves around themes of nature and human relationships. Linalynn holds a B.F.A. in Dance from University of Massachusetts Five College Dance Department, an M.S. in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute. Linalynn was a recipient of the Emergent Artist Grant from National Endowment for the Arts in 2011. In 2020 Linalynn is producing Second Chance, an evening length concert, with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Kierstin Sieser is a songwriter and musician from Middletown, CT. She leads the noir/psy Americana band, Tiny Ocean and writes and produces solo work under her own name. She thinks of songs as spells, prayers and gifts from the subconscious. She can be found at @kierjoypup on Instagram and @tinyoceanband on Twitter
Merly De La Hoz-Cookson is a Dance Instructor and Choreographer born in Colombia. She holds a BA in Dance and Theater Education and has dedicated herself to promoting her cultural heritage all over the world. Merly has been an ambassador of Colombian Folklore since 2005 and has performed in over 400 local, regional, national and international dance showcases. She strongly believes in the crucial need for dance in our schools as a means of expression that contributes to a more just and tolerant society. Through dance, the possibility to provide elements and opportunities for education are endless.
Frank Natter, Jr. is a musician, teacher, author, and songwriter. He received a BA in Music Theory and Composition from Central Connecticut State University and has performed in folk, rock, and contemporary ensembles across the United States. Collaborating with guitarist Frank Natter, Sr., modern dance choreographer Linalynn Schmelzer, and visual artist Roslyn N. Carrier-Brault, Frank Jr. has composed original music for dance and film projects. These collaborations were shown at Yale University, Greater Hartford Academy, A.P.E. Theater in North Hampton MA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT. Frank is the author of The Total Acoustic Guitarist (Alfred Publishing Co.), The Blues Guitar Experience (Alfred Publishing Co.), Guitar Atlas: Russia (Alfred Publishing Co.), as well as an instructional DVD titled Chords and Strums for Acoustic Guitar (Alfred Publishing Co.). He teaches music for Middletown Adult Education and coaches the Face Arts Music Summer Ensemble at his family-owned music school, Face Arts Music, in Deep River, CT. Frank enjoys performing regularly with his music companions of Local Honey.