Music: Classical performance by Ravenna Michalsen and Bethany Wilder Fri., Dec. 4, at 8 PM

Michalsen_Wilder_WebCellist Ravenna Michalsen and violist/violinist Bethany Wilder—both of whom teach at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven—play Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Friday, Dec. 4. The program starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Michalsen and Wilder will play a program of Bach duos, Beethoven “Eyeglasses Duet”, Mozart and Albrechtsberger.

Bethany Wilder is an eager contributor to the Connecticut arts scene as a performer and mentor. An active freelancer, Bethany enjoys chamber music collaborations of all sorts, and is a perennial sub for local groups, including the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and the Mostly Baroque players in Glastonbury.

Ms. Wilder holds a Master of Music degree in viola and Suzuki pedagogy from the Hartt School, where she was a member of 20/20, Hartt’s select chamber music program. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from the University of Denver. Prior to her time at the Lamont School, Bethany spent two years in France and Switzerland studying French and chamber music.

In her role as mentor, Ms. Wilder has a private violin/viola studio in New Haven; she is also on the faculty of the Neighborhood Music School. In her free time she enjoys hiking and reading (but not at the same time.)

Ravenna Michalsen is a cellist and an active participant in the Connecticut musical scene. She teaches a large studio of fantastic cello students and ensembles both privately and at Neighborhood Music School. Ravenna holds a BA and MA from Yale University and an MA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and occasionally translates short Tibetan Buddhist works.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

Mark Your Calendar: Best Video fundraiser on Sun., June 29, from 3—6 PM (UPDATED 6/27—Silent Art Auction, Performers, Premiums for Larger Donations)

Fundraiser_color_alt version_rev_062714_WebUPDATED 6/27: Silent art auction! Details below.

UPDATED 6/26: Premiums for different donation levels posted!

UPDATE 6/23: Performers names and times posted below!

Best Video is holding a fundraiser on Sunday afternoon, June 29, from 3—6 PM to help defray the costs of our renovations. Donation levels for attending are Friend ($25 and up), Patron ($50 and up), Movie Star ($100 and up), Oscar Winner ($500 and up) and Mogul ($1,000 and up)There will be special premiums for Patron, Movie Star, Oscar Winner and Mogul donors.

Patron donors ($50) will receive one monthly free rental for a year as well as a Best Video coffee mug. For the Movie Stars among you ($100 donation), expect the monthly free rental, the coffee mug and a Best Video t-shirt. Oscar Winners get the mug and t-shirt as well as two free movies per week for a year. If you’re a Mogul, you’re entitled to the mug, the t-shirt and four free movies per week for a year.

The event will feature music, delicious snacks (from baker Carol Merriman, renowned New Haven restaurant Caseus and others). The store may be closed during the event, which will be a fun time where members and supporters of the store can relax, chat, network and enjoy the music. Let’s all celebrate the continued vitality of our contribution to the local cultural community. And learn more about our plans for expanded programming in our beautiful new Performance Space.

Cellist Ravenna Michalsen will perform works from the English/Scottis/Irish cello canon from 3:05—3:30 PM with accompaniment by cellist Lynne Bonnett. Brazilian music with jazz inflections will be offered from 3:50—4:15 by bassist Jeff Fuller and guitarist Joe Carter. Local singer-songwriter and proponent of Local Bands on WPLR-FM James Velvet takes a turn from 4:35—5 PM, joined by his guitar-playing compatriot Johnny Memphis. And from 5:20—5:45 PM, trumpeter Nick Di Maria will offer up some swinging modern jazz sounds with his quintet.

There will also be a silent art auction as part of this event. Among the respected local artists and photographers who have donated or will be donating works are Gerald Saladyga, Marjorie Wolfe, Keith Johnson, Christopher Mir, Steven DiGiovanni, William McCarthy, Nancy Eisenfeld, Tony Juliano, Graham Honaker and Best Video owner Hank Paper.

Make your reservation in advance at the store or by phone (203-287-9286) or contribute at the door on June 29.

If you want to contribute but can’t make it on Sunday, you can still support us! You can drop by the store and contribute, or call and use a card (203-287-9286) or send a check to Best Video, Attention: Best Video Fundraiser, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517.

Enlist your neighbors and encourage your friends to sign up for our email list at our BestVideo.com Web site or at the front counter in the store.

Stay tuned for more details!

Music: Ravenna Michalsen and Alexander Smith to play classical compositions Wed., Oct. 23

Ravenna_Michalsen_Alexander_Smith_at_BV_72dpiCellist Ravenna Michalsen and double bass player Alexander Smith will present a program of classical music in the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover charge for the event is $5.

Ravenna Michalsen is a private cello teacher who has been playing and performing for fifteen years. She has released three albums of original music and toured across the United States and Malaysia as a singer of Buddhist music. Ravenna holds two degrees from Yale University and also performs with an electronic musician.

A graduate of SUNY Fredonia and the Yale School of Music, Alexander also served as Performer in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University. He has led an active performing career as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician across the North Eastern United States. Notable collaborations include the Orchard Park Symphony and American Baroque Orchestra as principal bassist, the Canton Symphony (OH) as substitute principal bassist, the Southern Tier Symphony as bassist and jazz soloist, Connecticut Chamber Virtuossi Orchestra, New Britain Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic (PA), Southern Tier Symphony, Fifth House Ensemble (Chicago, IL), Jasper String Quartet, the Linden String Quartet with pianist Peter Frankl, Pearl City Jazz Quintet, Straight No Chaser Jazz Quintet, and the Alexander Smith Jazz Trio. Alexander also served as the music director of the Yale Tango Orchestra, giving workshops in southern CT public Schools and holds a degree in Music Education. He currently resides and performs in New Haven, CT.

Among the possible compositions in the evening’s program are Frank Bridge’s “Meditation” and “Spring Song;” a solo bass piece by Gyorgy Kurtag called “Signs, Games and Messages;” “Treizieme Concert A Deux Instruments” by Couperin and Jay Ungar’s “Ashokan Farewell.”

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Monday, Oct. 14. FILM SCREENING: “PARADISE NOW”

• Wednesday, Oct. 16. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Thursday, Oct. 17. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Monday, Oct. 21. FILM SCREENING: “FURY”

• Wednesday, Oct. 23. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & ALEXANDER SMITH

• Thursday, Oct. 24. INDIE ROCK: THE STREAMS

• Monday, Oct. 28. FILM SCREENING: “CAPE FEAR” (Original version)

• Wednesday, Oct. 30. LOCAL LEGENDS/NEW WAVE: THE FURORS

• Monday, Nov. 4. FILM SCREENING: “IN THE BEDROOM”

• Wednesday, Nov. 6. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Thursday, Nov. 7. GARAGE FOLK: ELISON JACKSON

• Monday, Nov. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE SEARCHERS”

• Wednesday, Nov. 13. WINE TASTING with BOB FEINN FROM MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Nov. 14. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND

• Wednesday, Nov. 20. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Thursday, Nov. 21. APOCALYPTIC POP: THE GRIMM GENERATION

• Thursday, Dec. 5. PSYCHEDELIC POP: HAPPY ENDING featuring RICHARD BROWN & HANK HOFFMAN from BEST VIDEO

• Thursday, Dec. 19. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

Music: Ravenna Michalsen & Alexander Smith on Wed., Feb. 13, at 8 PM

Ravenna_Michalsen_Alexander_Smith_WebCellist Ravenna Michalsen and double bass player Alexander Smith will present a program of early music and classical music in the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover charge for the event is $5.

Michalsen and Smith will be playing a series of Bach inventions, two early music duets and a Rossini duet for cello and double bass.

Ravenna Michalsen is a private cello teacher who has been playing and performing for fifteen years. She has released three albums of original music and toured across the United States and Malaysia as a singer of Buddhist music. Ravenna holds two degrees from Yale University and also performs with an electronic musician.

A graduate of SUNY Fredonia and the Yale School of Music, Alexander also served as Performer in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University. He has led an active performing career as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician across the North Eastern United States. Notable collaborations include the Orchard Park Symphony and American Baroque Orchestra as principal bassist, the Canton Symphony (OH) as substitute principal bassist, the Southern Tier Symphony as bassist and jazz soloist, Connecticut Chamber Virtuossi Orchestra, New Britain Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic (PA), Southern Tier Symphony, Fifth House Ensemble (Chicago, IL), Jasper String Quartet, the Linden String Quartet with pianist Peter Frankl, Pearl City Jazz Quintet, Straight No Chaser Jazz Quintet, and the Alexander Smith Jazz Trio. Alexander also served as the music director of the Yale Tango Orchestra, giving workshops in southern CT public Schools and holds a degree in Music Education. He currently resides and performs in New Haven, CT.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Monday, Feb. 11. WHAT WOULD YOU DO? FILM SERIES: GONE BABY GONE

• Wednesday, Feb. 20. JAZZ: THE ELLIGERS BROTHERS BAND

• Thursday, Feb. 21. SINGER-SONGWRITER ROCK: THE STREAMS DUO

• Wednesday, Feb. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER ROCK: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Thursday, Feb. 28. ART SONG WITH TUNED WINE GLASSES: JONNY RODGERS

• Wednesday, Mar. 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC & JAZZ: SAMBELEZA with JEFF FULLER & ISABELLA MENDES

• Thursday, Mar. 7. INDIE ROCK: SIDEWALK DAVE

• Saturday, Mar. 9. ACOUSTIC CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC: HADE & WILLIAMS

• Wednesday, Mar. 13. ACOUSTIC BLUES & ROCK: NOAH KESSELMAN

• Thursday, Mar. 14. WINE TASTING with KARL RONNE from THE WINE THIEF

• Wednesday, Mar. 20. JAZZ: DAVID CHEVAN

• Thursday, Mar. 21. INDIE GARAGE ROCK: GHOST OF CHANCE

• Sunday, Mar. 24. READINGS: JOEANN HART & MATT DEBENHAM

• Wednesday, Mar. 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

• Thursday, Mar. 28. FILM SCREENING: STEPHEN DEST’S “MY BROTHER JACK”

• Wednesday, Apr. 3. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON