John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
Internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter Phil Rosenthal performs songs by legendary American folk musicians Guthrie and Seeger, whose music often addressed civil rights, peace and justice.
Rosenthal's compositions have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Nick Cave and others. He was lead singer and guitarist in the seminal bluegrass band the Seldom Scene, and is renowned for his skills on mandolin, guitar and banjo. He has performed with Jerry Douglas, Bill Monroe, Emmylou Harris, Jonathan Edwards and many others in his career in folk and bluegrass music. Rosenthal was the 1994 Connecticut State Troubadour.
"A roots master musician"
~ Billboard Magazine
"One of the most expressive singers in traditional country music"
~ The Washington Post
Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) was a legendary American folk musician who inspired a generation of songwriters, including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. His compositions, many now classics, tell of his early years in the Oklahoma dust bowl, his travels across the country, his concern for the poor and downtrodden, his love of children and for his homeland. Woody settled in New York City in the 1940s, though he continued to tour the country, performing as a soloist and with Pete Seeger, Cisco Houston and the Almanac Singers.
Pete Seeger (1919-2014) was a major figure in America's folk music revival. A prolific songwriter, song collector, and multi-instrumentalist, Pete helped bring the five-string banjo into the mainstream of the folk movement. Known primarily as a solo performer, Pete was also a founding member of several influential groups, including the Almanac Singers and the Weavers. His political activism – from the Civil Rights movement and anti-McCarthyism to resistance to fascism and the wars in Vietnam and the Middle East – became the template for subsequent generations of musicians and ordinary citizens with something to say about the world.
Parking: Limited free parking is available in Lot 12 on Crescent St. Free parking is also available in the Wintergreen garage on Wintergreen Ave., and shuttles run from the garage to Lyman Center every 20 minutes or so.
Phone: (203) 392-6589