The Ladies Ring Shout – Dec 18 – 20

December 10th, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 18, 2011
7:00 pm
December 19, 2011
7:00 pm
December 20, 2011
7:00 pm

In The Ladies Ring Shout – a performance using a combination of spoken word, movement and an original soundtrack – Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson and Meida McNeal explore portrayals of women of color in popular culture and contemporary society offering their own poignant and personal stories of resistance in this three-woman show.

“There’s potency within this range,” says TimeOut Magazine. “It’s as if the trio’s work is fundamentally a tug-of-war between emotional and intellectual investigation.”

December 18-20, 7pm
eta Creative Arts Foundation, Chicago

General Admission: $15 (online price includes $1.52 service fee)
To purchase tickets online click here
To purchase tickets via Box Office call or stop by
eta Creative Arts Foundation
7558 S. South Chicago Avenue, Chicago
10am-6pm M-F
Phone: (773) 752-3955

A production of Honey Pot Performance

Co-devised by Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson & Meida McNeal

Directed by Sonita Surratt

Costumes by Lindsay Obermeyer

Set & Environmental Design by Jeanne Medina



Mezzo soprano Elizabeth Buckley releases debut album

December 3rd, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 13, 2011
6:30 pm

Elizabeth Buckley announces the release of her début album, “Must the Winter Come So Soon?” Featuring pianist Dewitt Tipton and Grammy award winning violist, Masumi Per Rostad, of the Pacifica Quartet, the CD features classic and rare mezzo-soprano repertoire ranging from Handel, Purcell and Gluck to Brahms and Barber. Album is currently available for download on iTunes and

Please join indi go Artist Co-op in Champaign, Illinois, on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m. for a special evening of music from “Must the Winter Come So Soon?” Dewitt Tipton and Masumi Per Rostad will be performing selections from the album with Elizabeth. Visual artists, Patrick Harness and Jason Bentley along with jewelry maker, Lindsey Snell, and Art Instructor, Ella Brown Dunn, and students from Next Generation will be displaying their works at the event in a show titled, “The Artist’s Process.”

Ticket price is $20 and includes a signed copy of the CD, food and wine from Art Mart, and flowers from Fleurish. A CD signing and dedication to the life of sound engineer Jon Schoenoff will cap off this special evening.

Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Buckley possesses a voice of unique warmth and clarity. Praised as “a talented actress,” “brilliant and lovely,” “producing high notes with thrilling effect” by John Frayne of the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, she is equally comfortable in staged roles as well as concert and chamber music. She recently sang her début recital at Carnegie Hall as 2011 First Prize winner of the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. Alongside baritone Nathan Gunn, she toured with pianist John Wustman in his Schubert Lieder Recital Series, and has collaborated with numerous musicians and ensembles in recital, oratorio, opera, musical theater, choral performances, and newly commissioned works.

Chicago’s Chinese Fine Arts Society receives NEA grant to support its 2012 Migratory Journeys Music Concert Series.

December 3rd, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. The Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS) is one of the grantees and will receive $15,000 to fund their 2012 Migratory Journeys Music Concert Series. The 863 grant awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

This funding helps support the production of a World Premiere Concert and additional related concerts, all of which will feature the winning works from CFAS’s Third International Music Composition Competition where composers were invited to participate by creating original music inspired by the wandering, resettling, and emigration of Chinese diaspora population through the world. Winners were recently selected by a panel of esteemed judges comprised of composers Chen Yi and Huang Ruo as well as Fulcrum Point New Music Project Director Stephen Burns. The concerts will be performed by acclaimed Chicago professional musicians at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall (March 16, 2012) and at other high profile venues including the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall as well as a live broadcast from WFMT radio studios.

“Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA,” said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to be honored in this way by our nation’s premiere arts funder.” Says Julie Tiao Ma, Board President of the Chinese Fine Arts Society. “Drawing upon the submission of original work by emerging as well as seasoned composers, our International Music Composition Competition seeks to inspire creativity and innovation in the global music community. We are pleased that this project has been deemed to be of national significance.”

In March 2011, the NEA received 1,686 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $84 million in funding. The resulting funding rate of 49 percent of eligible applications reflects both the significant demand for support and the ongoing vitality of the not-for-profit arts community despite current financial challenges. Art Works grants are awarded based on the applications received by the NEA and how those applications are assessed by the review panels.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA web site at

About the Chinese Fine Arts Society: For 27 years, this professional, small, fully- independent arts organization has brought together people from diverse backgrounds over a common goal: to celebrate the beauty and majesty of traditional and contemporary Chinese music and art. CFAS is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Chinese culture, enhancing cultural exchange and pursuing excellence in Chinese music, dance and visual arts.

Funding for this concert is provided, in part, by the Illinois Arts Council, City Arts Grants, and the Arts Work Fund, an initiative of the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates.

For further information about the Chinese Fine Arts Society or the Migratory Journeys Concerts, contact 312-369-3197 or Visit

Brooklyn House Concert Series hosts Steve Hudson on December 9

December 3rd, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 9, 2011
8:00 pm

The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble will be coming to Brooklyn to perform at the very special Brooklyn House Concert Series. They’ll be performing new material and songs from their debut CD, Galactic Diamonds. Seating is limited so you may want to RSVP. Plus there will be some light refreshments after the show so there will be time to catch up with old friends and new ones.

Friday, December 9. 8 pm

Brooklyn House Concert Series
805 E. 21 Street, Brooklyn, NY
Between Glenwood and Farragut Roads
Q to Newkirk or #2 or #5 to Flatbush Avenue
More info at:

$15 Admission; To rsvp, please send email to:

Zach Brock-violin
Jody Redhage-cello/voice
Martin Urbach-cajon/percussion
Steve Hudson-piano/melodica

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus: 2011 Holiday Spectacular

November 21st, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 18, 2011
3:00 pm
8:00 pm

Lillias White

Congratulations to the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus who just unveiled their new web site, designed by PerformSites, the web development branch of Peter McDowell Arts Consulting.

On December 18th at NYC’s Town Hall, the NYCGMC presents their annual concert of holiday singing in jazz and gospel styles. A New York holiday tradition, this fun-filled holiday show will combine original titles and swinging interpretations of the classics performed with high-spirited unity, peace and love.

This year, the Chorus is elated to have two very special guests on stage. The sensational, multi-talented Broadway powerhouse Lillias White will bring her unparalleled vocal talent to several songs. Ms. White won a Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and People’s Choice Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as “Sonja” in The Life and recently enjoyed rave reviews for her starring role in the hit Broadway production of Fela! The Chorus will also welcome Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man ever consecrated as a bishop in the Anglican branch of Christianity and an accomplished choral singer and director in his own right.

The holiday concert takes place Sunday, December 18th at 3pm and 8pm at New York’s landmark theater The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street, New York. Tickets are available through the NYCGMC website, The evening will feature holiday favorites, alongside an exciting and unusual mix of choral music.

On the heels of the Chorus’s holiday spectacular, the men continue their momentum with the more-than-over-the-top March production. Following three years of sell-out, sing-along performances, NYCGMC will present Big Gay Sing 4, March 16 and 17, 2012, featuring the third annual “Big Gay Idol,” a singing competition for a chance to sing live with the Chorus. The summer Pride concert June 27, What Now?(!), will celebrate our achievements through an elegant evening filled with invigorating song while simultaneously asking what’s next on the GLBT political agenda. Both 2012 shows will be at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available through

About the NYCGMC:

A fixture on the New York City cultural scene since its founding in 1979, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus has performed in a wide variety of venues from the Metropolitan Opera House to Madison Square Garden, and even Yankee Stadium and Joan Rivers’ living room. Named one of the five top amateur choruses in New York City by WQXR, The Classical Music Station in New York City, the group was the first gay chorus to perform in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, the first American gay chorus to tour Europe, and the first to have a recording contract with a major label, having produced eight recordings. To learn more, visit