Friday, March 22, 2002
Free photography workshop
In order to inspire beginning and intermediate nature photographers, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), part of the Eastern Massachusetts NWR Complex, is sponsoring a series of free photography workshops at the Visitor Center in Sudbury. The workshops will be given by professional photographers, each an expert in a different aspect of nature photography. Everyone is welcome to attend, but advanced registration is required for each workshop.
On Sunday, April 7, from 11 to 2 p.m., Paul Smith of Newtonville Camera will conclude his three part series of workshops for beginning photographers. His topic is "Choosing the Image," in which he will discuss composition, exposures, etc. It will include hands-on demonstrations, and the opportunity to get out into the Great Meadows habitats to photograph nature. Participants should bring their own cameras, lenses, etc. Be sure to dress for the weather.
For further information and to register for the photography workshops, call 1-978-443-4661, ext. 16. The visitor center at Great Meadows NWR is located at 73 Weir Hill Road in Sudbury.
Beatles tribute to benefit Orchard House
On Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., members of the original Broadway and London cast of Beatlemania will present "the live Beatles concert that never was" at the Smith-Baker Center, 400 Merrimack Street, Lowell, to benefit the Preservation Project to save Orchard House, the Concord home of Louisa May Alcott. Using authentic costumes, vintage instruments, and state-of-the-art digital orchestration, Get Back! offers a two-hour musical and visual experience that has thrilled audiences throughout the world.
Since the summer of 2001, there has been a tremendous effort to preserve the 300-year-old Orchard House, home to Louisa May Alcott and her family, and where the beloved classic Little Women was written. The Preservation Project, which involves major structural reinforcement and conservation of historic finishes, is said to be a "very impressive, important job" by Norm Abram of PBS's highly-respected This Old House. Helped by a matching grant from Save America's Treasures, nearly $500,000 still needs to be raised to complete the urgently needed work on this treasured piece of America's cultural legacy.
Tickets to the benefit concert are $22 in advance and $26 at the door. "Golden Circle" tickets are $100 and include preferred seating and a back stage reception with the band. Tickets may be purchased at West Acton Market, Minor Chord (Acton); The Cheese Shop, Orchard House (Concord); American Video (Concord and Westford) or by phoning 1-978-369-4118.
Jazz vocalist Carol Sloane to perform
The Stoneham Theatre's 2002 jazz & Cabaret Series will complete a successful five-concert series with Concord Jazz recording artist, Carol Sloane, on Sunday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. With over 30 recordings, Sloane was said to have "the perfect voice" according to legendary jazz singer Carmen McRae. She will appear with McRae's long-time pianist, Norman Simmons; guitarist, Paul Bollenbeck; and bassist, Paul West. Tickets are $32 adults ($30 students/seniors) and may be purchased by calling the box office at 1-781-279-2200.
The Stoneham Theatre is eleven miles north of Boston, just off I-93 at Exit 34, at 395 Main Street in Stoneham Town Center. There is plenty of free parking and the theatre is fully handicapped accessible with state-of-the-art sound and lighting. Call 1-781-279-2200 for tickets or call Dawn Singh at 1-617-522-8633 for further information on the theatre.
'East-West Reflections' concerts feature premiers
Just In Time Composers and Players presents their "East-West Reflections" concerts of new music and performances, including two world premiers, on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 7. They will feature compositions by Stephan James, Marc W. Rossi and Erika Foin.
The first premier will be "A Dance to the Music of Being" by Marc W. Rossi for flute, cello, piano, contrabass, and hand percussion with Michael G. Finegold flute, Harel Gietheim cello, David Pihl piano, Volker Nahrmann contrebass, and Matt Kilmer hand percussion. A second world premier will be "Dance Suite" for bassoon and "Solitude" for flute by Erika Foin with Tom Novak bassoon and Jessica Robbinsflute. Finally, "Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano" by Stephan James will be performed by Andrew Kohji Taylor violin, Alexei Romanenko cello, and Stephen James piano.
Concerts are Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m. at The Follen Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, and Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m. at The Eliot Church, 49 Eliot Street, South Natick, at the intersection of Route 16 and Union Street. For further information, call 1-617-522-2466 or visit JIT on the web at www.spindrift.com. Tickets are $12, $8 for students and seniors.
Spring thaw at Fruitlands Museum
Got spring fever? Fruitlands welcomes families of all shapes and sizes on Sunday, March 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. to search for signs. Learn about what happens as animals awake from hibernation, come out of their winter hideouts, and return from the south. Take a hike to search for spring salamanders. Warm up with some hot cocoa and a snack over a story about the animals at Fruitlands by Fruitlands' own Barbara Tornstrom. Play some games and make a migration mobile or a fish wind sock to take home. You'll also have a chance to meet some special guests turtles. Meet several species that live locally and learn about their natural history. Representatives from Wildwood, a Mass. Audubon Camp for Outdoor Exploration, will be there to answer questions about the turtles, and of course, about summer overnight camp. The fee: $20 per family for members, $25 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call 1-978-456-3924, ext. 239.
Discovery Series presents 'Grand Dérangement'
The UMass Lowell Center for the Arts family Discovery Series presents the hot Acadian music and dance group Grand Dérangement in a program entitled "Dancing in the Flames " (Danse dan les Flammes). Two shows will be offered on Sunday, April 7 at 2 and 4:30 p.m.
Hailing from Nova Scotia, Grand Dérangement's "Dancing in the Flames" is the hottest music and dance show in years. Their musical style is based on Acadian traditional music to which has been added a rock flavor, a flash of Celtic and Irish influence, world beat rhythms and a soupcon of theatre. Accenting the fiddle, piano, guitar, bass, drums and other percussive instruments are three outstanding step dancers.
Performances will last approximately one hour without 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. There is a group rate of $7 per person for groups of ten or more tickets purchased in advance. For more information, to request a brochure, or to order tickets with MasterCard or Visa, call the box office Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The phone number is 1-978-934-4444. Tickets are also available in the lobby one hour before each show.
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