Friday, December 20, 2002
Bill Staines to perform in Littleton
Bill Staines, one of the most popular artists on the folk circuit, performs at the Firehouse Coffeehouse at the First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster Street, Littleton, at 8 p.m. Friday, January 3. Singing mostly his own songs, Staines weaves a magical blend of wit and gentle humor into his performances. In a smooth baritone he paints musical portraits of life on the road. Staines engages his audience with amusing narratives made especially memorable by their ability to turn common details of everyday life into songs of uncommon eloquence and beauty. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the Minor Chord in Acton, via the website at www.fculittle.org/workspace/coffee.html or by calling 1-978-742-9957. Proceeds benefit the First Church Unitarian in Littleton. This event is wheelchair accessible.
Concord Madrigals perform December 22
The Concord Madrigals' annual holiday event, "Gloria! A Winter Concert" with Jane Ring Frank conducting, will be held on Sunday, December 22, at 4 p.m at the West Concord Union Church, on the corner of Route 62 and Pine Street. Tickets are $10 for adults/$5 for children and are available at Brooks Pharmacy or email Cynthia Sorn at email@example.com, or call her at 1-978-369-0839.
This year's program represents the works of diverse composers, including Debussy, Fauré, Lully, Verdi, Persichetti, and Williametta Spencer. The Concord Madrigals will also present "Mass No. 6," an exciting new work (2000) by Hungarian composer György Orbán.
After the concert, audience members are invited to enjoy a buffet of snacks.
The Concord Madrigals is an established women's chorus that performs classical, contemporary, and newly composed music with mastery and joy. Sunday's concert repertoire includes: "Regina Coeli" by Jean-Baptiste Lully, "Cantique de Jean Racine" by Gabriel Fauré, "Winter Cantata" by Vincent Persichetti, "Laudi alla virgine Maria" by Giuseppe Verdi, Four Christmas works by Williametta Spencer, "Mass No. 6" by György Orbán, plus a few surprises.
The concert always sells out, so order tickets early.
Rex Trailer comes to Concord
The Monument Square Association's First Saturday Breakfasts will have local cowboy and star of Boomtown, Rex Trailer, as its speaker on Saturday, January 4, at Concord's Colonial Inn from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
All are welcome, but the Inn needs a head count, so reservations are required. The cost is $20 at the door and $18 pre-paid. Make checks out to Monument Square Association, 227 Belknap Street, Concord, MA 01742, or contact Valerie DiRenzo at 1-978-371-2330.
Emerson Umbrella offers winter classes
Emerson Umbrella Winter 2003 Classes and Worshops begin January 6.
The schedule for Winter 2003 classes and workshops is available by calling 978-371-0820 or by visiting our website at www.emersonumbrella.org. A wide range of classes for adults and children are being offered as well as many weekend workshops. Registration can be made by phone, fax, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GBYSO's Sinfonietta at Sanders Theatre
On January 18, about fifty members of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's (GBYSO) Sinfonietta Orchestra will perform the Overture and Act II Finale from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, with singers from the Boston University Opera Programs. This collaboration is the second between GBYSO and the Opera Programs. Last year, their performance of Act II of Mozart's Così Fan Tutte was a resounding success.
This year's special collaboration takes place on at 3 p.m. at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. In addition, Sinfonietta will perform Mozart's Symphony No. 35. GBYSO's Camerata Orchestra, under the direction of assistant conductor Mark Miller, will present Mozart's Overture to Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario) and Symphony No. 32 in G Major. Tickets are $18 and $12 ($15 and $10 for students/seniors) and are available through the Harvard Box Office at 1-617-469-2222 and at BosTix locations.
New Quilts from old favorites in Lowell
"Twist of Fate," "Stumbling Blocks" and "Tumbling Texas Two Step" are among the 18 winning quilts in the Museum of the American Quilter's Society Year 2002 Tumbling Block-themed "New Quilts from an Old Favorite" exhibit. New England Quilt
Each year this international MAQS contest challenges quiltmakers to create innovative quilts based on a 19th century pieced Tumbling Blocks pattern, the exhibitors have modified the design in imaginative ways, providing a wonderful look at the skills, techniques, and creativity of today's quiltmakers.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; and May through December only, Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students/senior citizens; museum members are admitted free. Handicapped parking is available.
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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