Former state troubadour to perform in Danbury
You can help create that energized atmosphere for her Saturday when she performs in concert at the Marian Anderson Studio in Danbury. Levy, formerly Connecticut's state troubadour, performs at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Levy's hour-long show will include singing and dulcimer playing, featuring traditional and original folk music. She also uses hand instruments and drums.
"Summertime," by George Gershwin, and a traditional tune called "Jubilee" are among songs she'll perform. Audience participation is also part of the show.
Though she hails from Buffalo, N.Y., Levy is a longtime resident of Connecticut. Levy became interested in music as a child, and recalls being on stage as early as kindergarten. Her musical talents and love of performing have afforded her unique opportunities. It was 2005-2006 that she served as Connecticut's troubadour, or state musician. She considers it a highlight of her career.
It was about 24 years ago that Levy took up the dulcimer, a four-stringed American instrument. She discovered it, she says, while window shopping.
"I wanted to get out of the house, because it was my one night to have time to myself. I went into this dulcimer shop," she said, simply.
After teaching herself to play, she also took lessons. Ever since then she's been making music, drawing attention on a national level for her skill on the mountain dulcimer.
When writing her own music, Levy finds her family is a big source of inspiration. She has several recordings, including "A Peaceful Storm" and "Hold Back The Night."
For Levy, music and the impact it has on the lives of others is important. She's interested in training teachers to be creative in their classes, so they can inspire children in areas of art and music.
"If we all did music together, we would have peace in the world," she said. "I love performing and I do a lot of participatory songs, and I love people to help me when I'm performing."
Thomasina Levy will perform Saturday at 3 p.m. at The Marian Anderson Studio on the Danbury Museum grounds at 43 Main St. Additional details at www.danburyhistorical.org or (203) 743-5200.