LiveArt Gala 2024: Fabulous Artists. A Stellar Experience

Welcome to the 2023-2024 Season at the Townsend Center and the fifteenth edition of LiveArt, a premier event that showcases fabulous artists in a unique setting. For one night only, Friday, January 26th, the LiveArt 2024 Gala presents A Night in Old Havana starring Joachim Horsley and his Via Havana Ensemble with special guests Loly Moreno and The Jon Lehrer Dance Company.

A Night in Old Havana ~ Friday, January 26, 2024

A Night in Old Havana is a fusion of great classical works and the songs, rhythms, and dance of the Caribbean Islands.  Pianist Joachim Horsley takes the audience on a unique journey accompanied by:
 * Murph Aucamp on Drums
 * Yonathan “Morocho” Gavidia on Percussion
 * Luca Alamanno on Bass
 * Olivia Soler on Tres (Cuban guitar)
 * Ana Paola Rincones on Flute
 * Michelle Skinner on Violin
 * Loly Moreno on vocals
 * New York’s Jon Lehrer Dance Company
 * and Latin Dancers.
This world premier showcases the talents of 18 performers on stage.

Joachim Horsley

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger Joachim Horsley is an exceptional American pianist who uses his favorite instrument to break musical barriers. Having recently created numerous original scores for film and television, Horsley continues to orchestrate his own story: a tale where the great composers of classical music infused their works with Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

“It’s an alternate universe: one where Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart are channeling Havana more than Vienna,” says Horsley. “To me, this is a way to meet old friends in a fresh context, giving our audiences a new take and appreciation for both the Classical world and Caribbean cultures.”

Via Havana Ensemble

The idea for this project started in 2015, after studying music in Cuba with his good friend and mentor Aldo Mazza. Cuban rumba music, both in its sound and the way it’s created, made a lasting impression and inspired the first piece in this series. In 2016, Beethoven In Havana, an arrangement of Beethoven’s 7th symphony in a Cuban style, was a viral hit gaining international attention and leading to the 2019 album Via Havana. Many composers, musicians, and fans in the classical and Afro- Caribbean worlds share a mutual interest in the opposite sides of this genre divide. It’s Horsley’s hope that his merging of these two worlds opens minds and encourages exploration.

Jon Lehrer Dance Company

Based in NYC since 2019, Jon Lehrer started his company in 2007 in Buffalo, NY and has received critical acclaim nationally and internationally. Under his artistic direction, the company showcases Jon’s unique choreography and embodies his definitive style. His extensive background in both the modern and jazz dance idioms fosters choreography that is organic, athletic, artistic, and often humorous, reflecting life experience and the human condition.  Striking the elusive balance between art and entertainment, JLDC showcases unique choreography and a fun, creating a true spectacle onstage.

Join the festivities this season as we celebrate our fifteenth edition of LiveArt with a Gala that includes:

VIP reception before the show from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cast Party after the show from 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Gold Circle seating located on the Orchestra pit at cafe tables and includes wine service before the show at our top donor levels.

Join today as a donor to experience the full evening. Not only will your generosity be rewarded with world-class artistry, but your sponsorship will also nourish the Arts at the Townsend Center. LiveArt contributions sustain programming and outreach in the TCPA Season and provide student scholarships in the Arts. Contact the Townsend Center for additional information about each giving level. Ask for Mary Parsons at 678-839-4722. Thank you for your support this season!