The Art Mob has been performing since 1979 in New York City, usually in downtown art galleries. The group presents a three-concert series in the city each May and each December. It also performs occasional benefit concerts, including annual fundraisers for the Dover Free Library since 2010.
The Art Mob’s members find the music for the concerts mainly in old song books. They favor obscure music, including Victorian parlor songs, radio gospel, shaped-note hymns, and popular music of the distant past, but they also mix in some jazz, country, old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, and children’s ditties. Many of the songs the group performs are arranged for a capella singing by its members.
Several Art Mob members have sung professionally. Connie Beckley, who sings soprano with the group, is acting as music director this season. The Art Mob’s regular music director, Brent Frederick, is on leave because he is directing the music for the national tour of “Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert.”
The group’s alto section includes Cheryl Morrison, who is a part-time resident of East Dover and a member of Friends of the Dover Free Library. Other members, in addition to Beckley and Morrison, are sopranos Ruby McNeil, Kirsten Skrinde, and Nancy Moore Simpson; basses Dean Rainey, Jared Stamm, and Aldo Ceresa; tenors Frank Donno, Dan Rosenbaum, and Thom Kennon; and altos Vicki Watson, Gaynor Cote, Confidence Stimpson, and Hannah Campbell.