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Gene Bertoncini: Jazz on the Classical Guitar

April 30, 2017, 2:00pm - April 30, 2017, 3:00pm

“It seems that only beautiful sounds emanate from Gene Bertoncini’s guitar.” — The New Yorker Native New Yorker, Gene Bertoncini, makes a special solo appearance at Union Arts Center, playing jazz on the classical guitar with music from American Song Book, Brazilian works by AC Jobim, and some classical repertoire including Chopin, Schumann and others. Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of jazz.” An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond among others, as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Eydie Gorme. The Washington Post proclaimed his solo appearance in New York City the best jazz concert of 1999. His cd, “Someone to Light Up My Life” which features his own arrangements of the compositions of the great bossa nova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, won international raves. Brazilian critics’ and listeners’ polls also named him the best acoustic jazz guitarist. Bertoncini honed his professional chops as a member of the Tonight Show band during Johnny Carson’s tenure, and he has worked with composers and arrangers such as Lalo Schifrin and Michael Legrand and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In addition to an active performing and recording schedule, Gene teaches at the Eastman School of Music and William Patterson University. Gene was nominated as the best jazz guitarist of the year (’09) by the New York Jazz Press Association. On January 20th, 2017, Gene Bertoncini received a distinguished award from the University of Notre Dame honoring his achievements in the performing arts. “Bertoncini belongs on the short list of guitarists who are equally unique and versatile…a superb stylist.” — JazzTimes

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About the Space

Quincy Hall at Union Arts Center

Quincy Hall

With its original turn-of-the-century wood floors and tin ceiling, Quincy Hall features beautiful natural light and lively acoustics. Our grand upstairs room is a welcoming, elegant space for concerts, visual arts, and private events as well as larger classes and workshops

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The Union Arts Center Gallery

The Gallery

A functional yet sophisticated atmosphere and rotating exhibit of visual art make the first floor Gallery a destination in itself. Easy access to the kitchen and Library and floor-to-ceiling glass garage doors create a unique and friendly environment for social or corporate gatherings.

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The Healing Arts Library at Union Arts Center

The Library

Featuring a handcrafted wraparound wooden bench, wall-to-wall carpeting, and gas fireplace, the Library is home to healing arts sessions, small workshops, and yoga. Its comforting, warm ambience renews the spirit and quiets the mind.

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The Café

Our expertly appointed kitchen is available for caterers, cooking instructors, and hospitality coordinators in tandem with special occasions. This NYS approved chef’s kitchen is meticulously maintained and features high-end stainless steel appliances and counters.

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The Union Arts Staff members are passionate about maintaining and building a community centered around creativity and collaboration. The mission is to provide a place to gather in spirited community and engage in self-inquiry and creative exchange.  We support and engage our local community through the Arts. We host events in the Visual and Performing Arts, and welcome multi-disciplinary approaches, as well as the inclusion of Health and Healing as part of our creative programming. It is the UAC’s purpose to honor the creative spark in each individual and have art be a vehicle for expressing a more authentic life.

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