Date: September 9, 2019                       Phone: 518-771-3340
Contact: Brian Keeler                             Email:

Wynton Marsalis Rocks Pine Plains

Pine Plains, NY:  World renowned musician Wynton Marsalis and the Wynton Marsalis Quintet performed in front of a sold-out house at The Stissing Center in Pine Plains, NY on Saturday night, September 7. The appearance was the first public music performance in the hall in over 80 years.

“What an amazing way to kick off our inaugural Construction Concert Series,” said Brian Keeler, Executive Director of The Stissing Center. “The entire evening far exceeded our wildest imagination. Mr. Marsalis shared more than his incredible musical talent; he also shared his generosity and humanity. Judging from the audience’s response, I know they all agreed.”

Performing with Mr. Marsalis in the all-star quintet was Dan Nimmer on piano, Carlos Henriquez on bass, Camille Thurman on saxophone and vocals, Domo Branch on drums, and a surprise special guest appearance by Edmar Castaneda on harp.

The setlist included selections from a wide variety of jazz genres, from Cole Porter to original works by Mr. Marsalis and Mr. Henriquez. For the first set, they played:

  • What is This Thing Called Love
  • Cuchifrito
  • Tom Cat Blues
  • Free To Be
  • Mr P.C. (with Edmar Castaneda, harp)

The second set began with a hauntingly beautiful rendition of No Surrender during which Mr. Marsalis took advantage of the intimate room by walking among the enthralled audience to deliver his crystal clear, aching trumpet tones personally to each one he passed.

After No Surrender the set included:

  • Goodbye
  • Cherokee
  • Afro Blue (with Edmar Castaneda on harp and Camille Thurman on vocals)
  • I’ll Remember April (Encore)

His connection with the audience through his music was a continuation of his earlier generosity toward the young musicians in attendance from Stissing Mountain High School. Earlier in the day, Mr. Marsalis conducted a master class for them on jazz, history, civic responsibility, and the importance of passing on the musical legacy from generation to generation.

“The time spent with Mr. Marsalis was an inspiring, if not life-changing, experience for the students,” said Joe Deveau, the Band and Choral Director at Stissing Mountain High School. “Everyone who participated, including the parents who watched, will remember not only his music, but his heart. It was thrilling.”

The benefit concert itself was made possible by board member, Hollis Gonerka Bart’s professional connection with Mr. Marsalis, who donated his performance to the non-profit so it could raise funds needed to complete its capital project. “Hollis asked Mr. Marsalis and he said, ‘yes,'” said Keeler. “Pine Plains owes her a debt of gratitude for all the work she and scores of others did to make this happen. What a gift for the community.”

The remaining line-up for the Fall 2019 Construction Concert Series includes:

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – silent film with a live performance of an original score – Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm – FREE
BARD CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC CONCERT – Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm – $6.00
MOLSKY’S MOUNTAIN DRIFTERS – Friday, October 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm – $20
SPIRIT FAMILY REUNION and MAIL THE HORSE – Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm – $15
THE STISSING THEATRE GUILD – Selected Shorts from the plays of David Ives – Friday and Saturday, November 1 & 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm

The Stissing Center office is located at 2981 Church Street, Pine Plains, NY 12567. Box Office Phone: 518-771-3339 Mailing address is: PO Box 1024, Pine Plains, NY 12567. Staff can be reached at 518-771-3340. The venue is located at 2950 Church Street, Pine Plains, NY 12567.

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