Month: December 2014

“Puppets on a Holiday,” Saturday, December 20 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.!

On Saturday, December 20 Puppet Arts Program graduate students Sarah Nolen and Ana Craciun will perform “Puppets on a Holiday” at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry.

“Puppets on a Holiday” is a family-friendly puppet variety show that will bring good cheer to every heart!

Using hand puppets, marionettes, and table-top puppetry, Sarah and Ana welcome you to their very own holiday celebration.

Tickets will be sold at the door, cash only. Kids: $5 Adults: $7

Contact Sarah Nolen at with questions.

The Yiddish Art Trio, Friday, 12/12 at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Winograd’s acclaimed Yiddish Art Trio, known around the world for its stunning reinterpretions of klezmer music will perform for the first time in eastern Connecticut at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry on Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold on the night of the performance at the door for $10 ($8 for students), payable by cash or check.

Featuring three of New York’s most celebrated klezmer musicians—Benjy Fox-Rosen and Patrick Farrell in addition to Winograd–the Yiddish Art Trio blends infectious traditional melodies with new compositions, sumptuous chamber music-like arrangements and breathtaking improvisations. This rising new ensemble is out to redefine the sound of contemporary klezmer. The Yiddish Art Trio is currently on tour to celebrate the release of its new self-titled album with a series of concerts in the East Coast and California.

The trio formed in early 2009 as the Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio, and has toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim, most recently teaching in Germany at Yiddish Summer Weimar 2014, whose theme was “New Yiddish Music.” These three performer/composers are stretching the limits of tradition, re- composing and re-contextualizing Yiddish music for the concert hall and the dance floor. They incorporate elements of new classical music, minimalism, and art song, as well as Yiddish vocal music, cantorial music and theater music into an energetic and at times introspective concert program.

The Yiddish Art Trio includes a lineup of internationally accomplished, genre-transcending musicians, who have performed with such noted musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Frank London, Ben Holmes, Alicia Svigals and others: Patrick Farrell (accordion), Benjy Fox-Rosen (voice and bass) and Michael Winograd (clarinet).