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Pop Up Performance Series

Dive into a world of incredible musical talent at the Pop-up Performance Series, a partnership program between Roswell Arts Fund and Friends of Mimosa Hall and Gardens

On the 3rd Sunday of the month at 3:30 pm, music partner Roswell Music Club unveils a monthly series highlighting classical musical artists, showcasing the timeless beauty of classical compositions

And starting in January 2024 – On the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm, music partner Steve’s Live Music will curate a lineup of eclectic, mesmerizing, and innovative artists starting with series of Jazz Around the World.

Join us at the historic Mimosa Hall in Roswell, Georgia, (127 Bulloch Ave)  where captivating performances await, promising unforgettable experience for all music enthusiasts

Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 7:00 pm

MARLA FEENEY BAND
Jazz Around the World – Dixieland to Klezmer

Music partner: Steve’s Live Music

Marla Feeney is a multi-instrumentalist based in Atlanta. Her instruments include violin, clarinet, saxophone, flute, and vocals, among others. She also enjoys composing, arranging, and recording. She loves jazz and classical performance, as well as country, blues, bluegrass, folk, and special ethnic music, and playing for her church and several other local churches and synagogues. Happy to be in Atlanta among so many fine musicians, Marla has some new plans in the works.

Marla’s last project was an uplifting journey of Music from Around the World, from the roots of New Orleans jazz, through the Mississippi Delta blues and ragtime, to the Country Swing of the Midwest , and to the Bluegrass of the Appalachian mountains- and then across the pond to enjoy some Celtic music from Ireland, to Klezmer and Gypsy Jazz of Europe.

Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 3:30 pm

NATALIE BECKENBAUGH, OBOE

Music partner: Roswell Music Club

Natalie received her Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she studied with Mark Ostoich. During her time in Cincinnati she participated in the Music Teachers National Association competition, gave multiple recitals, and founded a quintet 4+one.

After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree she furthered her education by pursuing a Master’s Degree at Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Cynthia DeAlmeida, Principal Oboist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. While at Carnegie Mellon, Natalie served as the Teaching Assistant for the Oboe Studio, competed in chamber competitions with her quintet Gradations of Sound, performed in two major recording sessions, and organized community outreach events for musical enrichment.

Since graduation, she currently lives in Atlanta and enjoys teaching oboe at her Private Studio, Carere Music, Atlanta Music Project, Atlanta Music Academy, New School of Music, and Imagine Arts. In addition to her teaching and playing career, she is also working towards creating musical residencies in various assisted living facilities in the Atlanta area. She has played with various groups including the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and LaGrange Symphony.

Natalie enjoys teaching music because it enriches the lives of children and adults alike. It is something that can be enjoyed throughout life, regardless of whether one chooses it as a career. When she isn’t teaching or making reeds, you can find her crafting, reading, singing in choir, or spending time with friends and family.

Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm

THE NEW VINTAGE

Music partner: Steve’s Live Music

The New Vintage is the collaborative duo between JT Alessi and Matthew Smith. Featuring tight harmonies and an eclectic song list, they have performed in dozens of venues around the Atlanta area since forming in 2013.

The music of Paul Simon had a seismic impact on both JT and Matthew. JT was always drawn toward the solo side of Paul’s career, while Matthew leaned more toward Simon and Garfunkel’s short but brilliant output. So it was pretty much a no brainer; learning dozens of songs from both lists to compile a comprehensive look at one of the most essential artists of the last 60 years. They present this music with a reverence to the original source material.

Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 3:30 pm

BEVIN HILL, SOPRANO

Music partner: Roswell Music Club

Soprano Bevin Hill has gained attention as a performer of great charm and charisma in a variety of leading roles. While frequently cherished for her comedic gifts, being memorably lauded as a “rubber-kneed goddess of slapstick,” Ms. Hill has also been praised for her nuanced acting, technical finesse, and vocal control interpreting tragedienne roles. We are thrilled to announce Ms. Hill’s return to the Roswell Music Club this year for an encore performance of magical arias, enchanting melodies, and breathtaking exquisite vocal artistry. Versatility and passion illuminate every note she sings.  

Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 3:30 pm

YOUNG STUDENTS SUNDAY: 
ASHAN GALHENA, FLUTIST and ROGER WANG, BARITONE

Music partner: Roswell Music Club

Ashan Galhena, flutist

Ashan Galhena is a flutist from Lambert High School in Suwanee, GA. He is currently a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, and is the principal flutist of the Lambert High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Kevin Morrison. Ashan has performed with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, and has been a member of the annual GMEA All-State Band and Orchestra event in Athens, GA for five years consecutively. As well as playing in ensembles, Ashan has worked with esteemed musicians and conductors such as former GMEA president Matt Koperniak, conductors Steven D. Davis, Buddy Langley, and Paul Bhasin, composers Julie Giroux and Minoo Dixon, and New York Philharmonic principal trumpet Christopher Martin. In addition to concert ensembles, Ashan has also worked as a conductor for 2 years with the Lambert High School Marching Band, and plans to work as a conductor for a professional drum corps.

Roger Wang, baritone
Roger Wang, 16, is an 11th grade student at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Georgia. Roger has been taking classical vocal training since he was 10 years old. He has won multiple awards in various music competitions, including 1st place and a monetary reward from the 2021 Florida Keys International Music Competition, Judges Distinction Awards and 1st place in the 2020 American Protégé International Vocal Competition, 2nd place winner in 2019 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. He was selected by Broadway celebrity Corey Cott as one of the grand prize winners in 2020 CYT national Talent Thon competition and earned the opportunity for virtual meet with Director Jon Chu. Roger is the official National Anthem singer for professional sport teams, including the Atlanta Gladiators (Hockey), and the Gwinnett Stripers (Baseball). 
Roger is a major member in Lambert High School Chamber Chorus – he is proud to be a participant in the Georgia All-State Chorus for 3 straight years, earning perfect scores for two years. Last year, he also auditioned for the Georgia All-State Reading Chorus and got selected; he is the first and only student from his high school who has ever passed the all-state reading chorus audition. 

Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 3:30 pm

SIMONE VIGILANTE, SOPRANO

Music partner: Roswell Music Club

Simone Vigilante is lauded as a “beautiful dramatic soprano capable of some awesome fireworks” (Asheville Citizen-Times). She has appeared in recitals and competitions, with opera companies and orchestras, throughout the United States, France, Spain, Austria and Italy.

Recent highlights include a lecture-recital at the NC Museum of Art where Classical Voice of North Carolina noted “Vigilante provided the pizazz” and her solo CD release, Love, Look Away. This recording showcases her diverse talents in singing various genres including opera, classical, musical theater, gospel, and folk song through a dynamic collaboration with pianist David Troy Francis.

Ms. Vigilante has lived in the Asheville area since 2001 and is a founding member of Opera Creations. She has sung numerous leading roles with Asheville Lyric Opera, from Mozart to Strauss to Menotti, as well as musical theater such as Bloody Mary (South Pacific) and Mother Abbess (The Sound of Music). Additional roles include Sister Rose (Dead Man Walking) for The Modern American Music Project and Katisha (The Mikado), Miss Silverpeal (Mozart’s Impresario), and Ruth (Pirates of Penzance) for Opera Creations.

Sunday, August 18, 2024 at 3:30 pm

MIKYUNG SUNG, DOUBLE BASSIST

Music partner: Roswell Music Club

Mikyung Sung is one of the most beloved double bass soloists of today, inspiring to student bassists and audiences alike for her naturally expressive interpretations, bel canto phrasing, colorful range of timbres, luminous, yearning tone quality, and fearless virtuosity.

Since arriving in the US this summer, Mikyung has performed with the Emory Chamber Music Society, gave a guest duet appearance with Nina DeCesare at UNCSA’s Double Bass Day, and appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Festival Youth Orchestra, as well as giving masterclasses at UNCSA and Kennesaw State University. She is currently in Korea for a month, where she is giving a recital as well as two performances with her double bass quartet, the Emeth Ensemble.

In the past Mikyung has performed as soloist with the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Seongnam Philharmonic, Colburn Orchestra (conducted by both Ludovic Morlot and Yehuda Gilad), Caesura Youth Orchestra (Los Angeles), Erato Ensemble (Korea), Philharmonia Corea, KNUA Orchestra, and Guri Philharmonic.

Highlights from Past Performances

  • In October 2021, we welcomed Jake Xerxes Fussell and band to our first concert under the stars at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  This Pop Up also marked our first performance that was funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • The inaugural season of the RAF Pop Up Performance Series began with a standing room-only concert at the intimate Roswell Historic Cottage. 
  • Due to COVID-19, our plans changed but the show must go on and we quickly reimagined our events and transformed parking lots into safe, physically distant yet social spaces for artists and audiences.
  • 1400 concert-goers joined us for in-person concerts coming from Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Marietta, Smyrna, Decatur, and Atlanta.
  • Another 2100 households tuned in for our first-ever live stream concert early in 2020.
  • Headliners in 2020 included:  Ed Roland (of Collective Soul),  John Driskell Hopkins (of Zac Brown), Randall Bramblett Band, Acoustic Syndicate, Ruby Velle and Enrique Che (of Making Movies)

October 20, 2020: Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics

November 7, 2020: Acoustic Syndicate with Carly Burress

November 8, 2020: The Randall Bramblett Band

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