Friday, November 30, 2001
Aine Minogue at Westford Museum
On Friday, December 14, at 8 p.m., Aine Minogue, Celtic harp, will be at the Westford Museum at Two Boston Road in Westford presenting a program of winter solstice songs. Minogue proves beyond a reasonable doubt why the harp is indeed the instrument of angels.
The doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the museum is wheelchair-accessible. Reservations are recommended. Admission is $8 for members of the Westford Historical Society, $15 for non-members, $5 for teens, and kids under 13 are free.
Call 1-978-692-5550 or e-mail Museum@Westford.com for questions or reservations.
'A Christmas Carol' at Lowell Discovery Series
The Center for the Arts in Lowell announces the family Discovery Series' holiday show, "A Christmas Carol," on Sunday, December 16. Using song, humor and suspense, this timeless classic is offered at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Fifty cents from each ticket sold will be given to the Lowell Sun Santa Fund.
Performances last approximately one hour, with no intermission. They take place in Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder Street on UMASS Lowell's south campus. The theatre is handicapped-accessible and there is free parking nearby. Tickets are $9 per person, with discounts for purchasing four shows in the Discovery Series. For more information, to request a brochure, or to order tickets with MasterCard or Visa, call the box office at 1-978-934-4444, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Tickets are also available in the lobby, one hour before each show.
Women's spiritual poetry explored
The Women's Well is offering an evening course on Women's Spiritual Poetry on Thursday, December 13, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Explore the way female mystics throughout time have expressed their experience of the divine as we read from a wide range of poets such as Sappho, Mary Oliver, Mirabai and Emily Dickinson. Sharing responses, participants can deepen their own spiritual journeys.
The course is taught by poet Sophie Wadsworth, M.A., who has taught literature and creative writing classes since 1991. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and various artists' colonies.
The course will be held in Concord (directions sent upon registration). Cost is $20; scholarship aid is available. Enrollment is limited.
Orchestra holds young artists competition
The application deadline for the Concord Orchestra Young Artists Competition is December 15. Auditions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, January 16 and 17. The winner will be the featured soloist on the Concord Orchestra's concerts on March 22 and 23, and will receive the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship. The competition is open to high school and younger instrumental students, including pianists. A complete concerto or other work suitable for performance with orchestra must be memorized for the audition. For more information and an application form, call 1-978-371-1491.
Emerson Umbrella plans holiday sale
The artists of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord invite you to join them for their Holiday Sale on Friday, November 30, from 1 to 7 p.m., on Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, December 2, from l to 4 p.m. They have been creating beautiful and affordable gifts for the holiday season. This sale is a unique opportunity to meet the artists of the Emerson Umbrella, visit their creative working environment and buy original works of art for holiday gift-giving. For more information, call 1-978-371-0820.
Local dancers in Ballet Theatre's 'Nutcracker'
Several students of Jean D'Urbano's School of Ballet Arts, located in Concord and Lexington, are performing in Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker." The students from Carlisle joining the professional cast in this holiday favorite are: Allison Blair, Lili Boxer, Amanda Pease, and Carolyn Tobin as Polichinelles, and Julia Blanco as a Mouse. Performances will be at the Sanctuary Theatre in Harvard Square, Cambridge, November 29 through December 30.
The Ballet Theatre's original production of The Nutcracker distinguishes itself from all others by its focus on the dancing, rather than the usual mime and theatrics associated with other productions. The 250-seat Sanctuary Theatre provides the perfect setting, with a close-up view of all the magic and a performance area larger than most stages in Boston's Theatre District. Sumptuous sets and costumes and spectacular dancing bring young Clara's dream world to life.
Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $29 and $25. To order tickets, call 1-617-354-7467.
'The Nutcracker' comes to Acton
Commonwealth Ballet Company, directed by Kathryn Anderson and Chip Morris, presents the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, November 30 at 7 p.m., December 1 at 1 and 6 p.m., and December 2 at 1 p.m. at Acton-Boxborough High School Auditorium in Acton. The Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier will be danced by Anna Liceica and Dragos Mihalcea, stars of The American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Swedish Ballet. Reserved-seating tickets are available for $23 and $20 by telephoning 1-978-263-6533. General admission tickets are available for $18 and $14 and can be purchased by telephone or at Learning Express in Acton. Bring the family to Acton to enjoy a holiday tradition and skip the Boston parking fees and traffic jams.
Concord Orchestra will present family concerts this Sunday
The Concord Orchestra will present two family concerts this Sunday, December 2, at 2 and 4 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. The program will include Michael Gandolfi's "Pinocchio's Adventures in Funland," narrated by Dan Sullivan, Richard Strauss's "Till Eulenspiegel" and Leroy Anderson's "Christmas Carol Festival," with the Nashoba-Brooks middle school chorus and their director, Susan Minor. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-978-369-4967 or may be purchased at the door.
Madrigals 'Rejoice' on December 16
The Concord Madrigals will present "Rejoice! Carols and Songs of the Season" on Sunday, December 16 at 4 p.m. at the West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main Street in West Concord.
Directed by Jane Ring Frank, resident scholar in women's studues at Brandeis University, the program will feature works by John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, Johann Hermann Schein, Michael Praetorius and others, plus a traditional holiday carol sing. Timothy Evans will be the piano accompanist.
Tickets are $10, $5 for children, and are available at Brooks Pharmacy in Concord, or by calling 1-978-369-8526. Refreshments will follow the concert.
Singing with the Madrigals, from Carlisle, are Wendy Davis, Beatrice Shneider, Cynthia Sorn and Priscilla Stevens.
A holiday Pops tradition in Concord
Celebrate the season at the Concord Band's Holiday Pops concerts to be held at 51 Walden Street, Concord on December 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. This year's concerts will feature soprano Michelle French singing traditional holiday favorites and leading the audience sing-along. Enjoy an evening of great music and fun. The Concord Band Holiday Pops sells out early. Table seating is available at $15 per person ($60 for a table of four) and includes beverages and snacks.
For reservations, call 1-978-897-9969. Visit our web site at: www.concordband.org.
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