The Shakerag Lecture Series continues June 21-27, with Annie Sellick and Pat Bergeson, a singing/song writing duo known as The Babbas. The lecture on song writing and performing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 24 in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts on the campus of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School. A reception will follow in the St. Andrew's-Sewanee Gallery. These events are free and open to the public.
Nashville-native jazz-vocalist Annie Sellick has performed and recorded with most of her heroes (including Joey DeFrancesco, Belá Fleck and Mark O'Connor), enjoyed stardom in her hometown and toured nationally and internationally. Her performance style is to conjure joy and sincerity on the stage and share that with an audience, hooking them into the stories of the songs she sings. Rounding out the duo, Pat Bergeson is as versatile a harmonica player as he is a guitarist. Bergeson has performed and recorded with a long list of chart toppers and cult favorites including Lyle Lovett, Madeleine Peyroux, and Wynonna Judd.
Together, The Babbas cover much musical ground with jazz standards, soulful originals, and cabaret classics. The pair brings a high level of skill, confidence, ease, and charm to each show gaining fans and followers wherever they perform. The music is jazz-based with acoustic guitars, harmonica and some percussion but draws upon many styles creating a show that grooves, soothes, and tells stories.
Shakerag faculty members give brief presentations about their work on other weekday evenings at 7:15 p.m. in McCrory Hall, and these lectures are open to the public. The schedule of faculty talks during the second Shakerag session is as follows:
Monday, June 22
Tilleke Schwarz, Telling Your Own Story
Sandi Pierantozzi, Flat to Form: Handbuilding Pots
Charles Harbutt, Learning How to See: Photography as a Second Language
Tuesday, June 23
Angelika Werth, Garments: Deconstruction/Reconstruction
Hamlett Dobbins, Collaborative Drawing and Painting
Neil Patterson, The Wheel as a Creative Tool
Thursday, June 25
Akemi Nakano Cohn, KATAZOME with Natural Dyes on Silk
Greg Borenstein, The Art and Technology of Illusion
Each June since 2004, St. Andrew's-Sewanee School has welcomed accomplished and aspiring artists to Shakerag Workshops for two one-week sessions of studio classes and lectures. Instructors from around the nation offer classes in basketry, book arts, clay, digital arts, felting, fiber, mixed media, and watercolor. For more information about the Shakerag Workshops classes or evening programs, please visit www.shakerag.org or contact director Claire Reishman at (931) 598-5651, ext. 3165.