Opera House to Present Ukulele Master in Concert and Workshop

Stuart Fuchs

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1891 Fredonia Opera House

Stuart Fuchs

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a special concert with Ukulele Master Stuart Fuchs on Friday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. The incredible teaching artist also will lead a workshop titled Ukulele 101 on Saturday, June 17, at 10 a.m.

Fuchs is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, sound healer, and an innovative and compassionate teacher. He is a lifelong minstrel and plays a wide variety of styles of music on acoustic guitar and ukulele including folk, classical, jazz, rock, experimental, sacred and world music. He also plays Latin percussion, Bolivian charango, Australian didjeridoo, Native American flute, Tibetan singing bowls, and yes – hunting calls and amplified toys.

With more than 20 years of experience in the arts, he has empowered people of all backgrounds to discover their own musicality and to play with greater ease, skill and joy through workshops and teaching performances. Fuchs has brought his genre-bending ukulele instrumentals and soulful songs to concert halls and festivals across the USA and internationally. He founded and played lead guitar in an award-winning quartet ”Babik” (Bah-Beek), in which he arranged and performed the gypsy jazz music of Django Reinhardt with symphony orchestras. The band performed at the Opera House in 2009.

Shortly after embarking on a solo career in 2012, Fuchs become an endorsing Kala Ukulele artist. In 2013, he released his debut solo album “Stukulele” and began performing in major ukulele and acoustic music festivals. In 2014, he was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a 10-day residency to compose and perform healing music for and with cancer patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

Fuchs’ concerts are like a combination of a summertime lawn bowling party, a mystical poetry reading in a Bedouin tent, a smoky jazz club performance, a nuanced recital hall concert, and heart-opening meditation class. Audiences laugh, sing and clap along, reflect upon life’s mysteries and sometimes even shed a tear.

He has been called a “modern day pied piper” by the Buffalo News, and has traveled the world spreading musical joy through spontaneous and scheduled acts of melodic kindness. Have you ever been treated to a spontaneous serenade at an airport gate or in the waiting room of a doctor’s office? If you did, and it was soulful and peaceful refrains coming from a smiling ukulele player, that was probably Stu.

The morning after the concert, Fuchs will offer a workshop for ukulele enthusiasts of ALL LEVELS. He will review many of the fundamentals of strumming, rhythm, chords, how to make practicing more fun and effective – and more! While this session is geared for beginners, there will be plenty of great takeaways for more experienced players who would like to delve deeper into their study of the uke and music in general. By the end of this session participants will understand how to play with greater coordination, speed, tone and a relaxed control of your playing.

Tickets to Fuchs’ concert are $17 ($15 Opera House Members, $10 Students) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.fredopera.org anytime. Workshop registration is $30 and can only be completed online at http://fredoniaukes.bpt.me/

The event is part of the Spotlight Series, which is sponsored by DFT Communications and the Maytum Family: Robert and Marilyn, Kurt and Julie, Mark and Julie.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.