Friday, December 13, 2002
COA holds Lowell shelter fund drive
The council on aging is holding its annual drive for the Lowell Transitional Living Center, a homeless shelter for men and women. This year the COA is collecting much-needed toiletry items — such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes — for the facility. If anyone in the community would like to donate items for the drive, bring them to the COA office in the Town Hall and leave them in the available box. The collection will be held until December 20. Last year the Lowell Transitional Living Center provided shelter and food to over 100 individuals daily, and transitioned 200 individuals out of the shelter and into permanent housing. The facility also gave safe shelter to more than 30 elders. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 with any questions.
CCMS welcomes violist Karen Dreyfus
The Concord Chamber Music Society (CCMS) will perform on Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m.in the Performing Arts Center at Concord Academy, located at 166 Main Street in Concord. The concert will feature the "Adagio and Rondo Concertante, D. 487" by Schubert, the Dvorak "Piano Quartet in Eflat, Op. 8 7" and Harbison's poignant homage to Schubert, "November 19, 1828" for Piano and String Trio. It incorporates fragments of Schubert's completed and unfinished works.
The December 15 performance of the Concord Chamber Players will include Vytas Baksys on piano, Karen Dreyfus on viola, Concord Chamber Music Society founding director Wendy Putnam on violin and Michael Reynolds on cello. Baksys, Reynolds and Putnam are well known to Concord audiences from past CCMS performances.
Karen Dreyfus, who makes her debut with the Concord Chamber Players in this concert, has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. She currently teaches at Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music and has been the recipient of prestigious awards from the Naumberg Competition, the Washington International Competition and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a founding member of the Lyric Piano Quartet.
A lecture about the featured composers and repertoire given by New England Conservatory musicologist Helen Greenbaum precedes the concert at 2 p.m. in the hall. Tickets are $20 and $25 for adults and $15 for seniors 65+ and students. Additional information and tickets are available by calling 1-978-371-9667, online at www.concordchambermusic.org, or at the door prior to the concert. All seating is reserved and the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center is handicapped accessible.
Concord Chorus family concert tomorrow
The Concord Chorus will give a family Christmas concert on Saturday, December 14, at 4 and 7 p.m. This feast of music and readings for the holidays will feature Ron Della Chiesa as reader. For tickets, which are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and children, call 1-781-646-7186. The concert will be held at Trinity Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. For more information, check out www.concordchorus.org.
Authors to speak in January
The Concord Bookshop will feature an eclectic group of authors, speaking and signing their books in January. Concord author Kate Flora will discuss her new mystery Liberty or Death on January 12 at 3 p.m. Mitchell Zuckoff will sign his book about his daughter, Choosing Naia, on January 19 at 3 p.m., while author Ross King will present his latest work, Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, on January 23 at 7:30 p.m. To round out the month, Andro Linklater, author of Measuring America, will appear on January 29 at 7:30 p.m.
All events will be held at the Bookshop, 65 Main Street in Concord. and are free of charge. Call 1-978-369-2405 for more information.
Musketaquid Winter Solstice December 21
On the longest night you are invited to celebrate the return of the light at Musketaquid Winter Solstice. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 21 along the Concord River in Concord. Gather around the fire with Voices for the Earth chorus, fire keepers Earth Drum Council, and musicians Snow Crow. Participants are encouraged to bring a token for the solstice fire in remembrance of the old year or as a wish for the new.
Park along Lowell Road and enter through the boat landing at the Old Calf Pasture. Following the river ceremony, the celebration continues at 6 p.m. with a potluck gathering at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street in Concord Center.
Musketaquid honors native people's name for Concord, "the place where the water flows through the grasses" and is the Arts and Environment program of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts. To find out more call 1-978-371-0820 or visit www.emersonumbrella.org
Jazz show for children in Westford
Join vocalist Semenya McCord and a trio of other exceptional musicians in a "Journey into Jazz" on Sunday, January 5, from 4to 5 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street in Westford. In this show for the whole family, Semenya will lead the audience in a participatory anthology of this distinctly American musical experience. Jazz, spirituals, blues, and songs of the bebop and swing eras will be featured.
A renowned composer and music educator, McCord was the 1997 winner of the Commonwealth Award (Artist Category) from the Massachusetts Cultural Council; received the 1990 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Musical Excellence in the City of Boston; and was awarded "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" in 1988 by the Boston Music Awards. This program, which is sponsored by the Westford Cultural Council and the Parish Center for the Arts, promises to be a great mid-winter treat for the entire family. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. Space is limited, so reserve tickets soon. Call 1-978-692-6333 for tickets and information.
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