AUBURN — Café Shalom 2016: Maine Musical All-Stars will host a wine and dessert reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Temple Shalom Synagogue Center, 74 Bradman St.

The event is open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. RSVP is requested by March 31. 

Cost is $10 and includes wine, cheese, dessert and coffee. Proceeds support Temple Shalom’s programs and activities.

The evening’s performers include The Franco-American Youth Orchestra, fiddler Greg Boardman and friends, singer/songwriter Liz Helitzer, Sruli and Lisa, Chicks with Sticks, Two Other Guys and The Chickadee Sisters.

The Franco-American Inter-generational Folk Orchestra performs under the direction of Cindy Larock, a master artist with the Maine Arts Commission’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.

Boardman, Lewiston native and founder of the Maine Fiddle Camp, has been one of northern New England’s most influential musicians. Singing in French since childhood, Boardman has continued to study Franco-American musical traditions. Taught the intricacies of regional “Down East” fiddling by Otto Saper and Simon St. Pierre, Boardman has continued to share what he’s learned through recordings, performances and teaching.

Helitzer, an upbeat and humorous songwriter with a theater and music background, taught herself to play guitar at age 16 and has been writing songs ever since. Humor and a bit of heartache lace the majority of her original pieces. After performing theater throughout the U.S. for several years, in 2010 she settled down in Maine, where she is the executive director of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine.

Sruli Dresdner and Lisa Mayer are internationally known musicians, singers and personalities who have been featured on PBS, NPR and have headlined at music festivals all over the world. They perform Jewish and American Folk music on a wide variety of instruments.

Chicks with Sticks is a steel-drum ensemble which celebrates a happy and relaxed island mood. The talented musicians play a beautifully harmonized repertoire on drums of varying sizes and tonalities and have performed at L/A Artwalk and at festivals and events throughout the state.

FMI: 207-786-4201, [email protected]

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