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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 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.

Beginning June 2024, the Pop-Up Concert series will be held at The Roswell River Landing (245 Azalea Drive, Roswell GA 30075). 
We anticipate t
he series will return to Mimosa Hall in January 2025 after some much needed and exciting construction projects.  

Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm

BALALAIKA FANTASIE

Music partner: Steve’s Live Music

Balalaika Fantasie features World Renowned Balalaika ( domra-slavic mandolin) player Angelina Reed, and director David Cooper, graduate of Kyiv Conservatory and a master ethnomusicologist. They draw their inspiration from their life-long passion for Ukrainian/Slavic folk music and their diverse cultural backgrounds. Performing on authentic folk instruments, the group’s repertoire includes Ukrainian, Russian, Gypsy and Jewish folk music. Their show involves demonstrations, interactions, and a whole lot of clapping and smiling!

Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm

MATTHEW KAMINSKI AND MONDO HAMMONDO

Music partner: Steve’s Live Music

If you’re a Braves fan, then you’ve probably heard MATTHEW KAMINSKI entertain the crowd on the organ! He’s a jazz organist (a Hammond Organ / Leslie Speaker artist), pianist, accordionist, and the official organist for the Atlanta Braves (since 2009). He’s been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the BBC, ESPN, NPR’s “Weekend Edition”, and Fox 5’s “Good Morning Atlanta”.

MONDO HAMMONDO allows Matthew to explore his more adventurous side by diving into the more obscure musical genres of Exotica (Tiki Bar Music), Bachelor Pad, Space Age Pop, Latin Jazz, and Organ-Lounge Jazz. Joining Matthew, to fully orchestrate his vision, is some of Atlanta’s finest musicians on guitar, saxophone, timbales, congas (and other various percussion), and vocals. Let the music transport you to the nearest faraway place!

Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 3:30 pm

CAMERON KAPSAR-KING, TENOR
Music partner: Roswell Music Club

Cameron King, tenor, recently graduated with his Master of Music in Voice Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Grammy award winning mezzo Michelle DeYoung. Originally from Central Florida, Cameron graduated with his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Florida State University as a student of renowned tenor Jeffrey Springer.

While studying at FSU, Cameron appeared in operatic classics such as Puccini’s La Boheme, Marschner’s Der Vampyr, Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, as well as newer works such as Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men. Cameron also performed with Teatro Lirico D’Europa in a travelling performance of Puccini’s Tosca. During the 2021 season, Cameron was the first-place winner of the Charleston International Music Competition, first-place winner of the Southeastern NATS Student Auditions, third-place winner of the NATS National Student Auditions, and finished the 2021 season portraying Fenton in Indiana University’s production of Verdi’s Falstaff. During the 2022 season, Cameron portrayed the roles of Alfred and Dr. Blind in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar. During the 2023 season, Cameron performed the title role in Bernstein’s Candide with the Jacob’s School of Music, as well as performed excerpts from Carmen and La Bohème in the Jacobs scenes program. Cameron finished 2023 as a resident artist at the Castleton Festival in addition to performing with the Atlanta Opera, singing in the chorus of Verdi’s Rigoletto as well as portraying the Prune Man in their 2024 production of La Bohème. Most recently, Cameron revisited the role of Candide with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet.

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.

Thursday, September 12, 2024 at 7:00 pm

FIRE AND THE KNIFE

Music partner: Steve’s Live Music

The roots rock act Fire & The Knife is composed of the husband/wife team JJ Boogie and Nanyana Summer. JJ Boogie, producer and guitarist for the two time Grammy winning band Arrested Development and singer songwriter Nanyana Summer, a cousin to Dolly Parton, come together to fuse country, folk, rock, blues and jazz in a way that is refreshing. Their dynamics and energy create a classic vibe that people of all ages enjoy at every one of their shows. From groovy intimate acoustic melodies, to full blown electrifying harmonized guitars, Fire & The Knife delivers organic, from the heart rock n roll music.

Sunday, September 15, 2024 at 3:30 pm

MK PENLEY

Music partner: Roswell Music Club

MK Penley’s favorite roles include Helen in Fun Home, Carole in Shadows and Light, Diana in Next to Normal, and Cheryl in the Atlanta premiere of Evil Dead The Musical at Out Of Box Theatre. MK has constructed a highly regarded creative home in the Atlanta theatre community for the past every years with her smashing vocals, actor chops and intense work ethic. She was a lead singer on Regent Seven Seas Cruise Ships and has been seen on various professional and community stage in her native western North Carolina mountains. MK received critical and audience acclaim for her portrayal of Boo in the North Carolina premiere production of BARK! THE MUSICAL at the Asheville Community Theatre.

When she’s not performing or working her full-time job as an estimator and project manager for a local concrete technology company, she joyfully plays her favorite role of ‘Boy Mom’ to Barrett, 7, and Thatcher, 3, along with her adoring husband.

Sunday, October 20, 2024 at 3:30 pm

KENNY BANKS, PIANIST
Music partner: Roswell Music Club

…composer, arranger and performer who slips effortlessly among musical styles while retaining his own distinct sound. This Columbus Ohio native has been studying and playing since the age of seven. He first developed his gift through the church, which led him to study music at Central State University. Following graduation, Kenny taught vocal music in the Columbus Public Schools before pursuing his dreams by touring as a clinician, keyboardist, musical director and producer across the United States and other parts of the world. Kenny has appeared on BET and the Image Awards. He has performed at the inauguration and the United Nations Ceremony for President Barack Obama and appeared in such notable places as Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Philharmonie in Berlin. Kenny has also appeared in movie scenes from Tyler Perry’s “The Family That Preys”and has a composition entitled “Hello Love” on the GMC movie “Raising Izzie”. Among his many high profile performing credits are appearances with Earl Klugh, Kenny Garrett, Wess Anderson, Russell Gunn, Lizz Wright, Rene Marie, Kevin Mahogany, Kurt Whalum, Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, Jennifer Holiday, Aretha Franklin and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Kenny received his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at Georgia State University. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife (Angelia) and three children (Kenny Jr., Sydney and Sasha). Kenny serves as accompanist, music director and chorale director for Cascade United Methodist Church. He occasionally makes appearances at well known local jazz venues with Atlanta’s well known recording artist (trumpet) Joe Gransden. Kenny continues to record and travel abroad performing with International recording artist Lizz Wright. As well as being on many recordings he has released several of his own entitled “Hymns of Comfort” and “Truly Free.”

“Music is designed to heal, for it will soothe the body, relax the mind and inspire the heart while uplifting the spirit.”

Sunday, November 17, 2024 at 3:30 pm

ASHLEY CURLING, SOPRANO
Music partner: Roswell Music Club

A native of Roswell, Georgia Miss Curling was most recently seen as a semi-finalist in the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year competition, and in Loft Opera’s Macbeth where she performed the role of Dama di Lady. Opera Today claims she “fills out a small role with committed performance and gorgeously blossoming high notes”. Last Fall she received her second award from the Wagner Society of New York, winning awards from the esteemed society in both 2015 and 2016.

In 2015, she made her concert debut with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass. This season she also sang the role of the Marschallin in Strauss’s der Rosenkavalier with Harrower Opera, the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Trentino Music Festival, covered the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Venture Opera, and appeared in concert as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello with Martha Cardona Theatre.

She has appeared in productions with Atlanta Opera, New York Lyric Opera, Aspen Opera Theatre, and IVAI. In addition to her grants from the Wagner Society of New York, Ashley has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Violetta Dupont Competition, New York Lyric Opera Competition, and Metropolitan International Vocal Competition.

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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