UPRIGHT – The company perform the season finale concert at the Northeast Art Center in Standish on Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m.
The group is made up of five multi-talented musicians and a percussive step dancer. The energetic band are said to bring French-Canadian and Celtic music to its best. At the heart of the group are the traditional bagpipes, fiddle, flute, whistles and accordion. By adding guitars, mandolin, percussion from the Middle East and West Africa, the group extends this old music to new dimensions.
The company the members are:
• Jean Marie Learman-Lowe (flute, recorder, recorder, squeezebox, guitar and vocals) adds many musical dimensions to The company. She is comfortable spinning a colorful story or singing a sassy Irish song or chantey.
• Kathy Morris (tin whistle, guitar, banjo, bodhran and vocals) is the heartbeat of The company with its thunderous rhythm on the bodhran and its contagious laughter. If you would like to request a number, Kathy is the go-to person. She has a deep knowledge of folk and traditional music that spans centuries.
• Nellie Osantowski grew up in the middle of Michigan where she studied violin from an early age at Michigan State University Community Music School. Nellie is a Public School Orchestra Director for Saginaw Township Community Schools and teaches in the Saginaw Strings program.
• Genot Picor (guitar, Native American flute, cittern, hammered dulcimer, professional storyteller and vocals) is the leader of the group. Born in Michigan, Picor has traveled and performed across the country and in Eastern Canada. He is a retired public school teacher and currently writes for the Mackinac’s Diary, The Pilo of the Great Lakesand The Traveling Press.
• Mark Szabo (double bass, guitar and vocals) is the company narrator and naturalist and award-winning member of the National Association for Interpretation. Genot Picor likes to say that Mark is “the most bouncy bassist and fastest flat-picker he knows…and a good clogger to boot!” Mark provides the narration portion of the company interpretation program.
• Sheila Graziano discovered her passion for dance at an early age. Based in Chelsea, she has been performing a myriad of percussive step dance styles for many years.
Tickets are sold at the door when the box office opens at 1:30 p.m. on the day of the performance. Ticket prices are $8/adult; $7/senior; $4/student; and $2/child under 12.
The art center is located at the corner of Grove Road and US-23, half a mile north of the Standish light. For more information, contact the Northeast Art Center at 989-846-9331, or visit its website at nemiac.org.