Friday, January 11, 2019

ArtsBeat Radio 1/11/19: Goodspeed's New Musicals Festival

ArtsBeat Radio on 89.5fm/WSKB 1/11/19. Mark G. Auerbach interviews Donna Lynn Cooper Hilton from Goodspeed's Festival of New Musicals, and Samuel Baum, author of "The Engagement Party" having its world premiere at Hartford Stage.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Westfield News Group ArtsBeat 1/9/19

Westfield News Group ArtsBeat 1/9/19. “A Doll’s House, Part 2” at TheaterWorks, UMass Dance salutes Jose Limón, “Cats” comes to The Bushnell, and arts news for WMass and No.CT.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Calendar Listings: The Big Broadcast! March 2

DATELINE: January 7, 2019


The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College present
The 14th Edition
Saturday, March 2, 2018 at 2PM and 7:30PM
Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, Route 116, South Hadley, MA

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College's 14th annual presentation of a live 1940’s radio broadcast created and directed by Mark Gionfriddo (onstage as “Matt Morgan”) with WWLP-22News meteorologist Brian Lapis as emcee “Fred Kelley". Under Gionfriddo’s direction, the Mount Holyoke Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles perform well-known tunes from the swing era. These concerts mark the 20th anniversary of the Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College.

Gionfriddo expects this year’s The Big Broadcast! program will feature music made famous by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, and Stan Kenton.

Sponsors (to date) include Mount Holyoke College, Loomis Communities, New England Public Radio, WWLP-22News & The CW Springfield, The Republican powering MassLive and El Pueblo Latino.

Tickets are general admission. $25.00 premium front and center seating. $20.00 regular seating. $10.00 seniors in advance; $15.00 seniors at door. and $10.00 students. Tickets are available at the UMASS Fine Arts Center Box Office in Amherst; at the Odyssey Bookshop, Village Commons, South Hadley; and at the door (subject to availability).  For phone orders: 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMASS. Online ticket purchases will be available through the UMass Fine Arts Center.

For information on The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College:
Snow date is Sunday, March 3.

Friday, January 4, 2019

ArtsBeat Radio/ 89.5fm-WSKB / 1-4-19

ArtsBeat Radio on 89.5fm/WSKB for 1/4/19. Westfield native Nick Burrage from the national tour of "Cats" and Paul Marte from Hartford's Bushnell. A Broadway hour.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Westfield News Group ArtsBeat 1/2/19

Westfield News Group ArtsBeat 1/2/19. "The Engagement Party" world premiere at Hartford Stage, a festival of new musicals at Goodspeed, and arts news for WMass and No.CT.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

January Client Letter

January, 2019

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

We’re proud to share our clients’ activities

The Big Broadcast! the14th annual Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College recreation of a live 1940s radio show returns to Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, on March 2.It’s created and directed by Mark Gionfriddo, and starring Brian Lapis as emcee Fred Kelley. Tickets now on sale at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA and the UMass Fine Arts Center Box-Office. 413-545-2511, 800-999-UMAS or .
The Capitol Steps perform every Friday and Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, DC. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Their public radio New Years Eve special,Politics Takes A Holiday, airs on many NPR-member stations New Year’s Eve and January 1. They also perform throughout the year at theatres coast-to-coast. Note: The government shutdown is not impacting their DC performance schedule.  For details:

Kevin Rhodes begins the New Year conducting performances of The Nutcracker at the Vienna State Opera Ballet, and ends January conducting performances of their new, highly-acclaimed production of Sylvia. For details:

Steven Schoenberg, pianist and composer, laucnhed a new website in December, designed by Claudia Palmira, a terrific designer I used to collaborate with on projects for New England Public Radio.  For details on Steven Schoenberg:

Mike Thornton, my longtime colleague at The Capitol Steps, released his new jazz album: Homeward. Mike recorded portions of it before a live audience at The Egremont Barn in The Berkshires in 2017. For details:  or preview:

Jeanne Yocum’s The Self Employment Survival Guide has gained major attention in the media, on blogs, and amongst those with start-ups or those thinking of starting one in the New Year. .

More Shameless Self-Promotion

ArtsBeat Radio on 89.5fm/WSKB airs weekly on Fridays at 8AM. Tune in on 89.5fm/WSKB, or stream or You can find old episodes archived on WSKB’s YouTube Channel.

I’m really proud of a two-hour special I co-produced and co-hosted with the cast of TheaterWorks’ Christmas on The Rocks at the theatre.. Yes, that’s Randy Harrison in the cast. Thanks, Peter Cowles, Patrick Berry, and The TheaterWorks team.

My ArtsBeat columns and theatre reviews for Westfield News Group, and articles for Succeeding in Small Businessare catalogued at Random Notes From a P.R. Guy
I’ll be taking a little work break December 31-January 2. 

Best wishes for a joyous  holiday season and a happy New Year..