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The SONICALS to Perform at SVC’s Laumeister Art Center – July 6

Joel Martin and George Lopez from The SONICALS

Joel Martin & George Lopez

The SONICALS, an explosive new piano duo, will perform on Friday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Vermont College’s Laumeister Art Center in Bennington.

The SONICALS features Joel A. Martin, creator of Jazzical® and currently touring with opera legend Kathleen Battle, and George Lopez, the Beckwith Artist-in-Residence at Bowdoin College. The charismatic duo infuses solo classical piano music with jazz improvisation to create their signature sound and one-of-a-kind concert event.

Martin and Lopez are on the faculty of Sonata Piano Camps in Bennington, Vt., where they met over a year ago through Sonata founder Polly van der Linde. On the evening of the day they met to teach piano lessons, they spontaneously created an epic performance that was captured live on Facebook. Polly dubbed them “The SONICALS,” and the duo has gained an extremely loyal following with their artistry, musicality, and personal connection to audiences everywhere they play.

Their debut CD on MCS Records, made possible through a Billy Rose Foundation Grant, will be released nationwide on July 6 and available for purchase at the concert.

The SONICALS’ performance is one of two Piano Concert Series sponsored by Summer Sonatina at the Laumeister Art Center. General admission to the concert is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, veterans, and AAA members; students and children are admitted free. For more information, call 802-442-7158 or visit artcenter.svc.edu. The Laumeister Art Center is located at 44 Gypsy Lane in Bennington.

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