Nov 16 – Dance All Night – The Highwoods String band Story

The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts will present the documentary:  Dance All Night – The Highwoods String band Story (2018) directed by Larry Edelman. Following the screening of the film will be a special performance by The Original Fat City Stringband; Mac Benford, Walt Koken, and Bob Potts, with special guest, Jennifer Cleland
Doors open at 7pm. Tickets available for $10 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Conservatory.
About the documentary – In the 1970s, the Highwoods Stringband’s unique blend of musical brilliance, exuberance, sparkling wit, and eclectic repertoire introduced tens of thousands of delighted listeners to traditional old-time music. The Grammy-nominated band traveled extensively, playing major folk festivals across the U.S. and touring in Latin America and Europe, and released three albums on Rounder Records. The band also inspired countless other musicians and their influence on the music can still be heard today. Blending rare performance footage, photographs, sound recordings, and interviews, this colorful film aptly captures the spirit of the time and the joy and excitement generated by the band.

Nov 2 – TOiVO

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TOiVO, a seven piece band playing traditional social dance music of the Finger Lakes and more, will present a Community Dance Party Fundraiser for the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) on Saturday, November 2 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Suggested donation of $10. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Conservatory.

This fun event will take place in the TCFA auditorium on our newly refinished wooden dance floor, the best in the Finger Lakes. All ages are welcome to enjoy music that is good for dancing and good for listening! Refreshments will be available. Bring a partner or come alone! Wallflowers are welcome, too!

TOiVO will play an eclectic mix of Scandinavian, Tex-Mex, Cajun, honky-tonk, European, South American and many original dance tunes. You’ll enjoy waltzes, tangos, two-steps, polkas, schottisches, foxtrots, cheek-to-cheek, hambos, and huapangos. The players are Richard Koski, button accordion; Jason Koski, mandolin; Stefan Senders, banjo and triangle; Jim Reidy, guitar; Paul Martin, guitar; Harley Campbell, upright bass; and Annie Campbell, snare drum.

Find out more about TOiVO at their web site:

Oct 19 – Fall Invitational Gala Opening

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Join the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts for our Fall Invitational Gala show opening on Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:00-9:00PM

Featuring works by William Benson, Erin Burley, Jennifer Hannaford, Rob Licht, Fernanda Medina. With music by the Diana Leigh Trio.

Artists process the world around them, expressing their thoughts, feelings and experiences, framing their creativity and art work. Each artist forms a unique visual dialect that reflects their personal version of reality. In this exhibit, we offer these artists’ viewpoints, from many different angles, on life and the undeniable questions of existence. As you consider these artists’ individual perspectives, we ask: What is your frame of reference, both for art and and for life?

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
— Wayne Dyer

Oct 5 – Bill Gregg / Notes From the End of Time

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Saturday, October 5 from 7-9pm
Tickets $15 at the door

Inspired by his contemplation of the consequences of changing global climate patterns, TCFA faculty member William Gregg will perform a suite of 13 futuristic synthesizer/computer/acoustic musical works. In 2013, Sustainable Tompkins honored the composer with the “Signs of Sustainability” award for his creation, and TCFA is pleased to present this encore performance.

Sept 28 – The Jane Doe Trio / Contra Dance

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Saturday, September 28 from 7-9pm
$10 at the door

With dance calling by Pamela Goddard. Featuring Celtic, Northeast, and Northern European dance tunes, Ithaca’s own contra dance Jane Doe Trio will be performing at the Conservatory. It’s an old fashioned, rip-roaring, toe tapping good time, so come on out and dance!

Aug 25 – Impressions of Summer

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FREE – Sunday, August 25 from 2-3pm
Jacksonville Community Methodist Church
(1869 Trumansburg Road, Jacksonville, NY 14886)

Friend of the Conservatory Eric Machan Howd presents a summer concert of music for pipe organ and piano hosted by the Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church. The concert will feature the sounds of the sanctuary’s historic pipe organ and piano and as well as a short repertoire based on the theme of summer. The performer has requested voluntary donations be made to the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts at the event. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

Aug 16 – Dr. Seuss in Living Color

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Free Performance Friday, August 16 at 3:30pm

Thanks to the Trumansburg Education Foundation for their generous grant funding our assistants for this week and Up Country Antiques for providing props for the show!

This musical theatre production is an original adaption of the beautiful and prolific storybook legacy of Dr. Seuss. Born Theodor S. Geisel (1904-1991), Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated forty-four books during his life and he remains the most popular children’s book author in the United States.

Our show was created by Marina Delaney (script) and Samantha Johnson (choreography) specifically for today’s performance, a culmination of our 2019 Musical Theatre Arts Week program at TCFA. The show is a combination of inspirations and rewordings of excerpts and scenes from various Dr. Seuss books. Music is from the 2000 musical, Seussical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

August 3 – The Fire Scottish Band

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8-10pm, Advance tickets $17 available HERE, $20 at the door

The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Scottish music band, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki. The Fire Scottish Band serves a tremendously dynamic, entertaining, and head-snapping live show of reels, jigs, strathspeys and all more! This is a rousing summer concert not to be missed!

July 13 – Grassroots Documentary

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Four seasons of the Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival from T-Burg to Miami with spring and Summer stops at Shakori Hills in NC. If you’ve attended, volunteered or performed at any grassroots festival anywhere over the last 29 years you’re part of this special cast and crew VIP screening! Screening is free, donations accepted to support Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts.