Stepping Out

Classical sounds with a modern vibe

PROJECT Trio visits Tilles Center


On Stage


Blending classical training with their eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio — flutist Greg Pattillo, cellist Eric Stephenson and bassist Peter Seymour — combine classical training with eclectic taste in their jazz, hip-hop, rock, Americana, and bluegrass arrangements. They’ve made an impact on audiences of all ages by bridging the gap between classical music and pop culture, Bursting onto the scene with landmark videos right out of the Internet generation, PROJECT Trio is a not-to-be-missed musical experience. Gramophone Magazine recently singled out the group as “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between,” while The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does.” The ensemble was forged out of a collective desire to draw new and diverse audiences by performing high energy, top quality music. Using social media to broaden their reach beyond the concert stage and classroom, PROJECT Trio even has its own YouTube channel.

Friday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. $32. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LUI Post, Rte. 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or or

Family Fun

‘Goodnight Moon’ Meets ‘The Runaway Bunny’

Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia brings to life two beloved children’s stories through their unique style of puppetry and black light. Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s 60-year-old classic, “Goodnight Moon” is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while “The Runaway Bunny”’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mom. Both stage adaptations feature endearing animal puppets and stunning scenic effects based on Clement Hurd’s illustrations, and evocative musical accompaniment. Mermaid Theater brings a fresh appreciation of the stories and images that have delighted several generations to the stage. A variety of styles of puppets are used, including rod and tabletop puppets, to tell the two tales. The talents of just three puppeteers, who manipulate all the puppets and scenic elements, guide the captivating production, intended for ages 2-6.

Sunday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $25. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or