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A heavenly voice comes to Trinity-on-Main

Alison Crowe performs. She will be at Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St., New Britain, for a Saturday benefit.
Alison Crowe performs. She will be at Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St., New Britain, for a Saturday benefit.
NEW BRITAIN - Fresh from Paris, Vienna, Frankfurt and Prague, singer and pianist Allison Crowe is appearing Saturday at the city's Trinity-on-Main performance center.

After the capitals of Europe, why, and how, New Britain?

Ann Pilla, executive director, credits Crowe's generosity and the city's tight-knit arts community. Craig Frederick, a sculptor whose work is prominent downtown in front of the Hole in the Wall Theater, is a friend of Crowe's, Pilla explained Thursday.

And he knew Crowe had shows coming up in the Northeast.

"Craig said, 'How about if Allison stops by and does a show?'" Pilla recalled.

"We said OK," she said.

The show, a benefit for Trinity's attached Arts and Education Center, is likely to feature songs from throughout Crowe's career with a focus on this year's "Little Light" acoustic album.

She arrives in good form, according to The Scotsman, Scotland's national newspaper. According to Trinity-on-Main, a reviewer at the recent John Lennon Northern Lights Festival said of the singer-songwriter, "Canadian angel Allison Crowe was a sensation ... she gave one of the weekend's most magical performances."

Crowe, 26, has released six critically and commercially successful albums since 2004, and says her songs and music videos online enjoy an audience numbering in the millions. She is nearly constantly on tour and has developed a reputation for exciting live shows mingling her original songs - compared with the writing of Eddie Vedder, Tori Amos and Patti Smith - with covers of artists from a score of genres: rock, jazz, folk, Broadway, classical, gospel and soul.

Her voice unites genres and generations, according to representatives from Trinity-on-Main, and her live shows are acclaimed in media around the world.

Crowe's eclecticism and some uncertainty about sales - Crowe is huge in Canada, big in Europe and less well-known in the states - has Pilla wondering how the show will turn out.

"We don't really know what to expect Saturday," Pilla said.

But she suspected it would be amazing.

Tickets for the benefit are $10. Doors at Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St., open at 7 p.m., with the music starting an hour later. There will be a cash bar and refreshments available.

Free parking is available at the Sgt. H.J. Szczesny garage, on Chestnut Street across from the performance center.

For information, call (860) 229-2072 or go to trinityonmain.org or allisoncrowe.com.




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