Friday, February 28, 2003
Concord Band presents winter concert
Join the Concord Band for an exciting evening of debut and premier performances at their Winter Concert on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. There will be a solo debut performance by one of the Concord Band's own trumpeters, Sam Sheeler, who will perform the first movement of Oskar Bohme's Concerto in F Minor.
The band will also premier a new work by composer Julie Giroux called Boston Liberties. The Concord Band commissioned this four-movement suite in which each movement relates to the history of Colonial Boston. Rounding out the evening, guest conductor William Silvester will take the podium to conduct Robert Jager's classic Third Suite, American Variations by Jerry H. Bilik, and Robert Jager's Esprit de Corps.
Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 1-978-897-9969.
Coffeehouse presents Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards takes the stage at the Firehouse Coffeehouse at the First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster Street, Littleton, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 7. Edwards is a talented musician, storyteller, humorist, philosopher and poet. His song writing blends genres from folk and country to rock, blues, calypso and jazz. Lisa McCormick will open for Edwards. Tickets are $18 and are available in advance at the Minor Chord in Acton, via our web site 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.
Monument Square Association Breakfast
The public is invited to attend the March 1 Saturday Breakfast at the Lexington Sheraton Inn at 8 a.m. The theme of the month is St. Patrick's Day, which we'll celebrate with music, poetry, commentary and humor. If you're Irish, or just wish you were, prepare to be wearin' the green and join us. The price is $20 at the door, $18 prepaid. Checks to the Monument Square Association or call Valerie DiRenzo at 1-978-371-2330.
CCHS's Ragtime opens tonight
Over 120 Concord Carlisle High School students gave up their February school vacation to prepare this year's musical production of the Broadway show Ragtime. While their friends caught up on sleep, skied or tanned on the beach these students braved a blizzard and dedicated seven days of vacation to rehearsals ending as late as 9 p.m. The cast is comprised of award-winning, talented students and faculty from the high school. Ragtime tells a complex story about race, stereotypes, love and passion.
It is the story of three distinct American families: an upper middle class, white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant; a socialist immigrant Jewish family; and an African-American family living in Harlem. The story revolves around these families and is interwoven with major historical events and characters of the time, including financier J.P. Morgan, auto pioneer Henry Ford, magician and escape artist Harry Houdini, as well as Emma Goldman, Stanford White and Evelyn Nesbit.
The settings for this entertaining story include New York City, Harlem, Atlantic City, Ellis Island and the famous Penn Station. Over the period from the turn of the century to the onset of World War I, audiences are swept into a fascinating period of culture and history brought to life by the rich characters of the musical. Ultimately, Ragtime is a story and metaphor about change, renewal and survival and thus, has universal appeal in every age and to every generation.
The production is a demanding one, with over 80 cast members singing and dancing to music of the early 1900s in the United States. There is also a 35-piece band providing the toe-tapping music. The show is held together and supported by excellent staging, lighting and sound experts from the CCHS student body. The show will be presented at CCHS on Friday February 28, Saturday March 1, Friday March 7 and Saturday March 8 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee on Sunday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale in Concord at the Cheese Shop, the Toy Shop, Video Revolution, West Concord Five and Dime, and Daisy's in Carlisle, or call 1-978-318-1417 extension 151. Tickets are $12.
Phillips Consort of Viols perform prelude recital
The Phillips Consort of Viols with countertenor Andrei Caracoti present an evensong prelude recital on Sunday, March 3 at 5 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. The traditional Choral Evensong service will follow. An offering will be received; for further information, please call the Trinity Parish Office, 1-978-369-3715. All in the community are invited to attend.
The Phillips Consort of Viols has recorded two Fantasias for the recently released Viola da Gamba Society•New England's Ferrabosco CD. Countertenor Andrei Caracoti has sung opera, oratorio and in solo recitals in the US and throughout Europe; this is his second recital at Trinity.
The Parish Choir under the direction of organist Robert Barney will sing settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by English Renaissance composer Orlando Gibbons. The Trinity Parish Choir will also sing Gibbons's magnificent verse anthem, Praise the Lord, O My Soul (Psalm 103).
For information call 1-978-369-3715, ext. 20.
Jazz concert at Westford Parish Center
On Saturday, March 1, at 8 p.m., the Parish Center for the Arts presents a jazz concert by the Steve Hunt Jazz Quartet, with Steve Hunt, piano; Bill Vint, sax; Lucas Pickford, bass; and Take Toriyama, drums.
The Quartet will play contemporary acoustic jazz including many originals and compositions by Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, T. Monk, and McCoy Tyner.
The concert will feature cabaret seating with tables of four to six. Reserve a table for six for the price of five. BYOB. Admission for the general public is $15, for members of the Parish Center for the Arts: $12; teens: $5.
Reservations are recommended; call 1-978-692-6333 or e-mail PCA@Westford.com.
Klezmer music featured in concert
Congregation Kerem Shalom presents "Music of Our Heritage: From Classic to Klez," to be performed by current and former members of The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Klezperanto, and Shirim Klezmer. Performers include cantor Rosalie Gerut, vocals and guitar; Ilene Stahl, clarinet; Evan Harlan, accordion; and Andy Blickenderfer, bass. The concert also features members and friends of Kerem Shalom's Mostly Music group (Al Armenti, Anna Avetisyan, Cathy Gates, Henry Goldberg, Nancy Kaplan, Marian Levinstein, Marty Plotkin and Laurie Silva).
The concert is Saturday, March 15, at 8 p.m. at Congregation Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street, Concord. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. For more information call 1-978-369-1223.
Make way for wildness
On Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m., learn what are the impacts of roads on wildlife populations. Is it more than just road kill? What are the ecological consequences of roads? Join Scott Jackson, Wildlife Biologist and Program Director for University of Massachusetts Extension's Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation This free program, in the Musketaquid Room of the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street in Concord, will feature a slide presentation and discussion and is sponsored by Musketaquid Arts and the Environment. Refreshments follow the presentation. The contact person is Lydia Rogers 1-978-371-2905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participatory puppetry in Bedford
Looking for a winter afternoon of entertainment with your family? At 4 p.m. on March 2, A New Song Coffeehouse sponsors one of its popular cocoa houses for pre-school and elementary-aged children and adults when John McDonough brings his puppet theater to town. For each production, John creates his own puppets, which range from small hand puppets to larger than life size figures. He also manipulates the entire cast alone and provides the voices as well.
A New Song Coffeehouse is located at The First Church of Christ Congregational at 25 The Great Road (Routes, 4 and 225) in Bedford. Tasty home-made goodies at affordable prices are on sale before and during the show. Special seasonal sweets share the bill of fare with some low-fat, low-sugar selections to enhance your choice of hot or cold beverage.
Advance sale tickets (in-store, cash or check only) for A New Song programs are available at Bedford Video/One Hour Photo in Bedford. All seating is first come, first served, and doors open half an hour before showtime.
Tea and sweets served at the Concord Museum
In a time-honored tradition, the public is invited to "take tea" at the Concord Museum on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through March 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring a friend, neighbor or family member to elegant Brooke Hall for a delightful and relaxing afternoon of tea and sweets. Tea is served on a walk-in, space available basis at $6 per person.
Morning Rosary and Mass at St. Bernard's
All are welcome to join in saying the Rosary on Saturday, March 1 at 6:40 a.m. in the Holy Family Chapel at St. Bernard's Church, Monument Square, Cncord. At 7 a.m., Mass will be celebrated by Father Louis Balicki.
Indoor flea market
Supporters of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Bolton will hold a giant indoor flea market Sunday, March 9, at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton from 8 to 2 p.m. There is a $2 entrance fee, children under 12 are free. For more information, call Marcia at 1-978-365-5954.
Good Shepherd prepares for Lent
The Church of the Good Shepherd has scheduled many activities and programs for observing Lent. There will be Thursday evening programs for all ages. The Labyrinth will be available weekdays. All are invited to come for any or all of these events. Of special note are the following: Tuesday, March 4 • Pancake Supper, 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, March 5 • Ash Wednesday services, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.;
Sunday, March 9 • Youth Evensong, 5 p.m.
The Church of The Good Shepherd is an Episcopal church located at 164 Newtown Road in Acton, at the corner of Arlington Street. The church may be contacted by telephone at 1-978-263-5782 or by email: email@example.com, or by checking our web site: http:/-/users.rcn.com/goodshep-ma-ultranet/.
Walk the Labyrinth during Lent
During Lent, the Church of the Good Shepherd will have its labyrinth available for personal and private prayer and meditation. The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool that has been rediscovered in modern times. Its exact source is unknown but during the middle ages walking the labyrinth became a metaphor for making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It is a prayer path or a meditation tool appealing to children as well as adults.
The labyrinth is available every weekday beginning on Thursday, March 6 and ending Friday, April 11. The church is open every day 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Availability in the afternoons and evenings depends upon someone being in the church building. Call the office (1-978-263-5782) if you wish to use the labyrinth other than in the morning hours. In addition, it is always possible to have the labyrinth set up for special programs if a group wishes to use it. Call the office to arrange.
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