Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, resident chorus of the 1794 Meetinghouse and guest chorus of the New England Symphony, and the Quabbin Valley Chamber Orchestra will perform on Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 pm at the Central Congregational Church at 93 South Main Street, Orange, MA 01364. Tickets are $15 at the door, and are also available online at Brown Paper Tickets: bpt.me/2722127.
Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams will herald the holiday season along with selections from Messiah by George Frideric Handel. Charles Heffernan conducts the chorus and orchestra, which will open the concert with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Credo” Mass, K 257. A reception organized by church volunteers will follow the concert.
The program will include:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) “Credo” Mass, K 257 (1776)
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1912)
This is the truth sent from above
Come, all you worthy gentlemen
On Christmas night all Christians sing
God bless the ruler of this house
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) three choruses from Messiah (1742)
And the Glory of the Lord
Glory to God
Baritone John Salvi headlines soloists for the afternoon with roles in both the Fantasia and Mozart Mass, which also features Brenda MacDonald Salvi, soprano; Allison Pollitt, mezzo soprano, and Ted Boren, tenor. Candi Fetzer will sing a solo role in selections from Messiah. Choristers include, from Athol, soprano Pollitt; altos Marcia Gagliardi, Joanna Katzen, and Deborrah Porter; basses Harry Haldt, Paul Maier, and Bill Oldach; from Orange, sopranos Judy Bisinger, Fetzer, Rachael Gonzalez, Susan Marshall, and Carolyn Brown Senier; altos Charlene Deam, Judy Johnson, and Joyce Sawyer; tenors Richard Chase and Ken Johnson. Also, from Royalston, alto Deborah D’Amico and tenor Phil Rabinowitz; from New Salem, sopranos Jennifer Gray, Linda Overing, and Cathy Tyng; altos Jo-Anne Chapin, Lisa Finestone, and Mary Thurber; tenors Boren and John DeWitt; from Petersham, sopranos Candace Anderson, Louise Huppert, and Kyra Kristof; bass Chuck Berube; from Amherst, soprano Connie Gillen; tenor John Nelson; bass Bill Gillen. Also, from Leverett, alto Mara Bright and bass Jim Perkins; from Greenfield, bass Paul Shallers; from Hubbardston, alto Wendy Howes; from Warwick, alto Louise Doud; from Shutesbury, bass Mike Ross.
The 22-piece Quabbin Valley Chamber Orchestra will include: Janet van Blerkom, concert master; Cecilia Berger, violin; Taliet Garretsen, violin; Elaine Holdsworth, violin; Joe Jewett, violin & viola; Naomi Lesley, violin; Dennis Townsend, violin & viola; Gillian Woldorf, violin; Kathryn DiCola, oboe; James Adams, oboe; Dick Tandy, trumpet; Karen Atherton, trumpet; Bill Larkin, tympani; Judy Johnson, keyboard; Mary Carfagna, cello; Jennifer Allen, cello; Yasu Suzuki, bass.
Please note: QVPM will also perform at 7:30 pm Saturday, December 17, with the New England Symphony Orchestra during its annual Holiday Pops Concert in Dukakis Performing Arts Center, Montachusett Regional Technical School, Fitchburg. Roderick MacDonald will conduct. Dr. Heffernan prepares the chorus for performance.
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"The BEST Music"
Tracy Grammer — voice, guitar, violin
Jim Henry — acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, dobro, baritone, slide, bass, voice
Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry were an audience favorite in 2015, and they've graciously agreed to open this year's Summer Program as a fundraiser for Stage Two of our Capital Campaign. Grammer has become one of folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage, not to mention a riotous sense of humor. Jim Henry is a multi-instrumental powerhouse who has performed with an impressive roster of artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter and Paula Cole.
Tracy Grammer solo photo credit: Ben Barnhart
Gregory Hayes — piano
Joe Jewett — violin
Richard Mickey — cello
The Florence Camerata Piano Trio has been giving concerts since 2009 in various venues in Western Massachusetts, from Kimball Farms in Lenox to Lathrop in Easthampton and Northampton to Loomis in South Hadley. They performed to considerable acclaim at Northampton First Night 2014 in Smith College's Sage Hall. Florence Camerata has also preformed several times at Northampton Community Music Center and at St. Joseph's College in West Hartford CT. The Trio's repertoire ranges from Haydn, Mozart, Hummel and Beethoven to Brahms, Schubert and Dvorak to Tailleferre and Piazzolla.
Gregory Hayes has taught piano and occasionally harpsichord at Dartmouth College since 1991, where he also coaches chamber music. He is a busy chamber musician and orchestral keyboard player, has played regularly with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and Arcadia Players, and has participated often in both the New England Bach Festival and on the Mohawk Trail Concerts series. Gregory is a graduate of Amherst College and the Manhattan School of Music; he also studied at the Hartt School of Music and at the summer Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College. His teachers have included Ming Tcherepnin, Kenneth Fearn, Dora Zaslavsky, and Raymond Hanson. He has written frequently on music, including liner notes for many recordings and articles and reviews for magazines and newspapers. Gregory is longtime music director for the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence (Massachusetts).
Joe Jewett is an active soloist, conductor, chamber and orchestral violinist and violist. His performance of the Bruch Concerto with the Waltham Philharmonic was praised for "excellent planning and execution" by professor Burton Kaplan. Joe has also been soloist with the Great Falls and Helena Symphonies, and the String Orchestra of the Rockies (SOR). He has conducted the Waltham Philharmonic, MIT Symphony, Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard, Cambridge Symphony, the Great Falls Symphony, Butte Symphony, Glacier Orchestra, and SOR in Montana, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy. Joe is a member of the Berkshire Symphony; he has also performed with Arcadia Chamber Players and Springfield Symphony. Joe attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Indiana University and University of Michigan and received his Master's from New England Conservatory. He performed with the Spoleto Festival for many years, frequently as concertmaster. In Germany he spent part of a season with the Hofer Symphoniker before returning to the US to join the newly formed New World Symphony. Joe spent ten years pursuing his love of chamber music with the Cascade Quartet in Montana. He has continued to perform and present chamber music concerts in Western Massachusetts with the self-founded Florence Camerata; he also performs as a Celtic musician.
Richard Mickey, cellist, has had a strong bond with the Berkshires since he first came to study at Tanglewood, where he was a three-time fellow and was awarded the Piatigorsky Prize. In his native Philadelphia, Richard played for the major opera companies and was an original member of The Concerto Soloists (now The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia). He joined the Cincinnati Symphony at age 23 and played there 10 years under Max Rudolf and Thomas Schippers. Later, in New York, he was a member of the American Ballet Theatre orchestra and principal cellist of the Queens Symphony. Richard's principal cello teachers were Josef Druian, of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Orlando Cole, of the Curtis faculty. He also attended master classes with Gregor Piatigorsky and Samuel Mayes. His chamber music teachers included such legendary performers as Edgar Ortenberg, Eugene Lehner, Joseph Silverstein, and William Kroll. He is a member of the the Berkshire and Springfield Symphony Orchestras and was recently chosen as a member of the Berkshire Opera Festival orchestra. He has served as cello instructor at Simon's Rock and Hawthorne Valley School.
Eric Lee — fiddle, voice
Brie Sullivan — guitar, voice
Brie Sullivan and Eric Lee, also known as the duo Grace and Catastrophe, are two intuitive songwriters and musicians adept at combining voices and strings to create powerful moments of authentic human connection.
Brie and Eric first began playing together in 2008. The intuitive musical connection between the pair was immediately apparent, and has only grown stronger as they have become close friends. Each half of this duo is adept at conveying genuine emotion through their honest songwriting, warm vocals, and musical abilities. Their unique blend of writing styles, voices, fiddle and guitar, and varying musical roots results in a powerful sound grounded in folk that subtly takes on flavors of bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, pop, and indie rock. Grace and Catastrophe's combined talents in truth telling and connecting with each audience create a haunting and electrifying performance that won't soon be forgotten. They're sorry in advance for making you cry.
Mark Fisher — guitar, vocals
Donna Fisher-Russo — vocal harmonies
Kris Lucander — bass, piano, vocal harmonies
Performing on guitar and vocals since birth...OK, age 12, Mark has been captivating audiences for nearly 4 decades. During the journey from band front man, to soloist in pubs, wedding singer, and singer songwriter, Mark has learned a thing or two about how to hold an audience and deliver a show. He has been playing his own diverse mix of comedic, personal, and socio-political songs since releasing his CD "They went North" in 1995. Rounding out the trio is Mark's sister Donna Fisher-Russo on harmonies and Kris "Mr. Luke" Lucander on bass, piano and harmonies.
Jay Mankita — guitar, vocals
A Special Father's Day Treat for the Whole Family for Father's Day!
Jay Mankita is a celebrated songwriter, innovative guitarist, and upbeat, often hilarious touring performer who truly engages, inspires, and entertains. This presentation is not to be missed, so kids, celebrate the day with your Dad, your Grandpa, or both. Parents, bring your kids for an afternoon filled with smiles and belly-laughs!
Catherine Bowness — banjo
Bronwyn Keith-Haynes — fiddle
Evan Murphy — guitar, voice
Nate Sabat — bass, voice
Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Based in Boston and fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances throughout bluegrass and folk circles, they create captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences.
Evan Murphy has been a creative force on guitar and voice in New England since he picked up the guitar at age 18 and began accompanying himself on traditional bluegrass songs. He received a bachelor's degree in Theater and Music at Boston College.
Native New Zealander Catherine (BB) Bowness started playing the banjo at the age of 12. A few years later, BB received the Frank Winter memorial award at the Auckland Folk Festival allowing her to travel to the USA. She won first place at the 2015 Freshgrass Banjo Contest.
Nate Sabat is a graduate of the voice program at New York City's renowned LaGuardia High School, and he attended Berklee College of Music as an upright bass principal.
Bronwyn Keith-Hynes was accepted on scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age 16, graduating with a Professional Diploma in Violin Performance. She is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling across bluegrass and acoustic music circles. In 2014 Bronwyn won first place in the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS, and in 2015 won first place in the Freshgrass Fiddle Contest.
Brian Bender — trombone, trumpet, melodica, keyboards, percussion
Steve Crow — electric guitar
Bruce Dobbins — congas, Latin & African percussion
Jeff Hinrichs — drums
Peter Kim — electric bass
Adam Scotera — trumpet, alto saxophone
Jim Vogel — tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, percussion
The Pangeans are a seven-piece world music ensemble performing Latin Jazz, Samba, Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Funk, Afro Beat and other forms of African music. The group performs original compositions based on traditional rhythms as well as those of other composers. All members of the Pangeans are highly experienced world touring artists, renowned throughout the region and the entire music industry. Dancing in the aisles encouraged.
Brian Bender has formerly performed with O.J. Ekemode and the Nigerian All-Stars, Kotoja (African World-Beat), Ibrahima Camera, Black Rebels (African Reggae), La Perfecta (Salsa/Merengue) and the Berkshire Bateria Escola de Samba (Brazilian). He currently performs with the Wholesale Klezmer Band, Lucky Seven (Caribbean Ska) and Big Bandemonium (Celtic). Brian has performed in the Cape Verde Islands (West Africa), Egypt, Alaska, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States. He has performed at Carnegie Hall as well as the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton.
Steve Crow has performed with Ras Moon (Reggae), the World Beat Ensemble, Kevin So (original) and Maeve Hughes (original), to name a few. Leaning towards the funky side, Steve currently leads his own group, the Steve Crow Band, and previously led a band called Inside Out.
Bruce Dobbins is the godchild of Mongo Santamaria and performs regularly with John Sheldon. Bruce is particularly well-versed in traditional Afro-Cuban percussion styles and truly has a style of his own.
Jeff Hinrichs has been in demand as part of the Valley music scene since 1978. One of the rare drummers equally versed on drum set as well as hand percussion, he has performed with many area top bands over the years. He started out on the path of being a musician when like so many of his generation he saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and decided that music was the only thing that really mattered. Never one to re-invent the wheel, he has studied with an impressive list of the world's best percussionists, and has earned a BA degree in Ethnomusicology from UMass. In addition to The Pangeans, currently he can be found working with Dicey Riley, The Kitchen Party, and The B3s,
Peter Kim has been performing for over 20 years. He has toured the USA from coast to coast and has had the honor to perform and/or record with James Taylor, Tonight Show drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Tony McAlpine (Steve Vai), The Equalites (Reggae), Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), Jeff Peaver and many others. He has opened up for B. B. King, Wilson Pickett, Johnny Winter and many others.
Adam Scotera has performed throughout the Northeast with many ensembles, including Caribbean Sounds, Lydia Lebron y la Connecticut Band, Banda Creacion (Salsa/Merengue), Inner Orchestra (Funk/Soul), and Souled Out. In addition to the Pangeans, he can currently be heard with Shokazoba (Afro-Beat), the Northside Saxophone Quartet, and Big Bandemonium (Contradance). He has extensive experience recording for some of these as well as various local artists. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts.
Jim Vogel has performed and recorded with New Horizon (Reggae), New Roots (Reggae), the Berkshire Bateria Escola de Samba (Brazilian). Jim was a founding member of the acclaimed group Who's Kidding Who? (Funk), with one release on Bullet Records. He currently leads his own Jazz group and performs with Lucky Seven (Caribbean Ska).
Dr. Charles Heffernan — Music Conductor
John Salvi — baritone
Judy Johnson — piano
Quabbin Valley Pro Musica — chorus
The Meetinghouse's resident chorus, Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, known for its varied music and high-quality concerts, will perform Mendelssohn's Elijah plus two works by chorus members: the Prayer of Saint Francis by Carolyn Brown Senier and Commit My Spirit by Allison Pollitt. Dr. Heffernan, Music Conductor, is professor emeritus of music at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His conducting and teaching careers have taken him from coast to coast in the US and Canada as he has groomed choruses, music educators, and solo performers.
Paula Bradley — vocals, piano, ukulele
June Drucker — drums
Brian Rost — upright bass
Peter Zarkadas — electric guitar
Start your weekend holiday celebrations early with some boogie, blues & bop and a heapin' helpin' of twang! The Twangbusters bust out their own high-energy danceable blend of rootsy rhythms and soulful blues! Led by dynamo "Miss Paula" Bradley, described as "Patsy Cline meets Bessie Smith", on lead vocals, piano & ukulele, with the inimitable Peter "Dr. Z" Zarkadas on electric guitar, June Drucker on drums, and Brian Rost on upright bass, they mix the best of bluesy country, boogie woogie & barrelhouse into a musical cocktail, shaken & stirred. Guaranteed to make you move your feet!
Mark Jennings — drums
Charlie Mallet — guitar
Melanie Mangum — vocals
Scott Monette — bass
The Definite Maybes fashion a dynamic blend of rock, blues, and R&B and are driven by the sweet soulful voice of Melanie Mangum and spirited guitar from Charlie Mallet (Melanie and the Blue Shots). Their new release Leaving the Station features original songs that cross musical boundaries and styles. The band also features Scott "Ottomatic Slim" Monette on bass and Mark "The Nines" Jennings on drums. Come and listen to this great band; our wonderful acoustics will help their music to shine. They'll be playing all the originals off their debut CD, plus a few acoustic tunes that have yet to be released, and a bunch of fun covers. The Definite Maybes might hop genres, but they always deliver heart and soul with every tune.
Samantha Farrell — vocals, guitar
Often, the first thing people say they notice about Samantha Farrell is a blonde shock of extremely curly hair. The second thing that people notice, and the thing they never forget, is her voice. Her tone is totally unique and yet familiar all at once; at times playfully lilting and undulating, other times a sexy murmur, and a raspy declaration. We're thrilled to bring this Orange, MA, native home again to share her jazzy, folk-flavored pop with her friends, relatives, and fans in the North Quabbin area.
Samantha emerged onto the music scene a few years ago when she moved from Los Angeles to Boston to release her critically acclaimed album, Luminous. Produced by the late, great founding member and saxophonist for The Dave Matthews Band, LeRoi Moore, Luminous, a totally independent effort, soared to #7 on the national iTunes pop charts, while 6 of its songs scored placements on major cable network shows (CW, CBS, NBC).
Farrell's 2013 release, Softly Swooning World, was nominated into the first round of the 2013 Grammy Competition, and she’s currently celebrating her 2016 release, September Sun. CD reviewer Bill Copeland says, "Farrell not only possesses an extremely fetching voice, she has mastered many vocal techniques and can control the sound and direction of many kinds of songs. Her songwriter’s eye for detail is as clear as the purity of her voice."
Keith Murphy — guitar, mandolin, piano, foot percussion & voice
Becky Tracy — fiddle, voice
Becky and Keith are dynamic performers of traditional music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France and beyond. Tracy's fiddling pulses through tasteful arrangements of dance tunes and resonates with beauty on traditional slow airs. Keith's gentle and expressive singing in English and French is balanced by the drive and power of his guitar playing and foot percussion. Combined, they produce a range and richness of sound that is striking for a duo. Their playing is seamless, the result of years of playing together and touring across the U.S., Canada and in Europe. Their repertoire also includes Keith's original compositions (many of which are included in the Black Isle Music tune collection). He is a prolific tunesmith with a writing style strongly based on traditional dance music. Keith and Becky were two thirds of the popular Vermont trio, Nightingale and are veterans of several other bands including Childsplay and Assembly (Keith) and Wild Asparagus (Becky).
Dining in the New Salem Town Hall; doors open at 5:00pm; dinner starts at 5:30pm; Old Home Day's Trailer Park Concert starts around 7:30pm.
Hummus on the tables, BBQ chicken for omnivores and veggie burgers for vegetarians, potato salad, corn on the cob, green salad, baked beans, and a variety of desserts. Water lemonade, and iced tea. Bring Your Own beer and wine if you wish.
Choice of vegetarian entrée must be stated with reservation.
Hillary Foxsong — guitar, percussion, vocals
Stuart Markus — bass, guitar, vocals
Gerry McKeveny — bass, guitar, vocals
with Mara Levine — vocals
Voted best band runner-up (and top folk band) in the 2011 Long Island Press readers' poll, Gathering Time is like a high-energy Peter, Paul & Mary or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash, with various parts of The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America; a head-turning folk-rock harmony trio described recently as "getting a whole beehive-full of buzz" on the northeast regional folk scene.
Founded in 2006, Gathering Time quickly became a fan favorite. Members Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong, and Gerry McKeveny have strong roots in traditional folk as well as '60s and '70s folk-rock, and they've been known to interpret some of those classics alongside their original songs at their shows.
No less an authority than WFUV's John Platt has written that they are "among the finest performers in the New York metropolitan area, whatever the size of the venue, from a house concert to an outdoor festival," with "harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees, strong original songs, and a savvy repertoire of cover songs, ranging from traditional folk to classic rock. They appeal to audiences of all ages."
Bill Hahn, host of "Traditions" on WFDU, sums them up neatly, "I have to say that Gathering Time is right up there with the ones we all know — they are the next generation of great trios with meaningful music performed in awesome harmony."
Gathering Time's most recent release, Keepsake, debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ Charts for March 2016, with 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes' the #1 song, five more songs in the Top 25, and Gathering Time the #1 artist for the month.
As an extra treat, Gathering Time will be joined by guest vocalist Mara Levine from New Jersey. Called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin, Mara Levine has been creating beautiful interpretations of fine traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years and singing professionally as a member of various ensembles and as a hired harmony vocalist since 2002. Folk DJ Jim Marino has referred to her as "golden-voiced," while DJ Michael Stock calls her voice "full, rich and soothing." Mara tours nationally, often sharing shows with Gathering time.
Chris Anzalone — drums
Patrick Coman — acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Joe Klompus — bass
Peter Parcek — guitar
Boston- based Patrick Coman plays the reds and blues. Merging bluesy barroom shuffles with the red dirt of his native Oklahoma, he has garnered fans for his upbeat and contemporary take on traditional American music.
'It’s true, I’m a long way from home," Patrick Coman says with a faint twang that remains the most enduring clue to his beginnings south of the Mason-Dixon line. A fixture of Boston’s vibrant roots music scene as a performer, organizer of the New England Americana Festival and the For the Sake of the Song series, and as the host of Local Folk on Boston’s Americana radio station WUMB, Coman has made much of his multiple years in the Northeast, but it doesn’t quite yet feel like home.
An Okie from just north of Muskogee, Patrick grew up under the spell of his hometown’s famed Tulsa Sound. Equal parts red dirt, blues, rock, soul, and country this unique regional sound was the perfect template for a budding songwriter with a voracious and wide-ranging appetite for roots music.
Coman "begs comparison to some of Townes Van Zandt’s finest work" according to Northampton Media, and Redline Roots claims, "The blues are in this dude’s veins and he mixes it very well with his folk and country influences. Like a fine blended whiskey, aged, and pour straight up… this stuff is smooth.'
Alex Bell — drums, bodhrán
Max Cohen — guitar, vocals
Donna Hébert — fiddle, vocals
Molly Hebert-Wilson — vocals
Blurring lines between past and present, Mist Covered Mountains delivers traditional and original songs with layered voices. Ballads in English, Irish and French are supported with dynamic instrumentals from traditional and original sources. They break your heart, then they make you dance, usually in that order!
Mist Covered Mountains' dance-saturated fiddle rhythms take you from Acadie to the land of Faerie – and dare you to sit still! From Celtic melancholy and sly satire to fiddling frenzy, they satisfy their audience's need for variety while offering the finest of harmonies and lyrics. You'll leave humming and enchanted.
Molly Hebert-Wilson's nuanced vocals in English and Irish render a song's emotions in either language. An NYU theater and Irish studies grad, she grew up with traditional music around her. On stage from age 9, it was obvious that Molly would stay there but it was a welcome surprise that mother and daughter wound up together. Molly's recently added the upright and electric bass to her performances. A 2014 NERFA DJ pick, Molly's outstanding voice is part of every song.
Max Cohen's sparkling guitar supports Molly's nuance with his own and he adds deft, humorous lyrics and a rich baritone. Max also tours with singer Priscilla Herdman and with fiddler Donna Hébert and performs with Renaissance Faire duo The Misfits of Avalon.
Donna Hébert is a state Artists' Fellow in the Folk Arts whose fiddling was recognized by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. She teaches fiddle at Smith, Amherst and Mt. Holyoke Colleges and her Fiddling Demystified series was lauded by Strings Magazine: "required reading for all string teachers.' A singer, writer and composer as well as a fiddler, Donna has two original songs on Smithsonian recordings and a 1988 INDIE Award for Rude Girls: Rude Awakening on Flying Fish. One of the midwives of the contra dance renaissance, Donna's played for dances since 1972 and directs the house contra band at Philly Folk Fest.
Alex Bell joined the band in 2014 on drums and bodhrán. Long a rock drummer with Glens Falls NY band The Rose West, he was a kilted guide at Fort William and Henry, where he carried a bass drum in the corps. Also a member of The Waysties and Rare Spirits with Molly, Noam and Robare, Alex teaches percussion with the Great Groove Band posse at both festivals.
Ethan Bremner — tenor
Oriana Dunlop — mezzo soprano
Eric Mazonson — piano
Operatic tenor and Athol native Ethan Bremner will perform a selection of Bizet's Carmen along with arias and art songs that inspired or were inspired by the seminal operatic masterpiece. Since his arrival in Boston, Ethan has become one of the city's most sought-after young tenors. He made his local debut with Boston Opera Collaborative in 2006 as Achilles in Gluck's Iphigenie en Aulide, and then sang with the company as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème. He also had and an auspicious debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir D'amore and Tamino in Mozart's Magic Flute with Longwood Opera. He performed the premier performance of Odyssey Opera of Boston as Baroncelli in Wagner's Rienzi. Most recently he performed as Don Jose in Carmen and Lt. Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. Recent appearances on the concert platform include Handel's Messiah with the Quabbin Valley Pro Musica and Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Paul Madore Chorale. Mr. Bremner was a Finalist in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England Region).
Mr. Bremner will be joined by mezzo soprano Oriana Dunlop and accompanist Eric Mazonson performing works by Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, and more.
Jim Armenti — guitar, vocals
Keith Levreault — drums
Ray Mason — bass, vocals
The Lonesome Brothers have performed together for more than thirty years and are well-known throughout the Valley and beyond. Featuring Jim Armenti on guitar and vocals, Ray Mason on bass and vocals, and Keith Levreault on drums, they combine the best elements of American music with well-crafted songs and poetic lyrics. Original, creative, pumping, swaying, digging, rocking, blues busting, curve making, straight shooting songs and solos distinguish the Lonesome Brothers from any other band you've ever heard.
Jim Armenti's songwriting talents have earned him great respect in the music industry. His unique, expert guitar and multi-instrument playing have mesmerized audiences for years and kept him in demand as a guitarist for other performers including Cry, Cry, Cry, Mark Erelli, Robin Lane, The Kennedys and Bill Kirchen. He especially enjoys playing for audiences as half of the song-writing, guitar-slinging Lonesome Brothers.
Ray Mason and his road-worn 1965 Silvertone guitar have been tirelessly touring since 1982. Starting his first band in 1966 and averaging over 100 shows a year, he's like a teenager with fifty years of experience. Throughout the years he has opened shows for NRBQ, The Band, Marshall Crenshaw, Bill Morrissey, Warren Zevon, Joan Osborne, Geoff Muldaur, Joan Jett, James McMurtry and more.
Drummer Keith Levreault has a BA in music from Westfield State College, and he also studied privately with Alan Dawson. He has more than fifteen years of experience, and he has played and recorded with many artists. He also teaches at Downtown Sounds in Northampton.
The Lonesome Brothers have garnered a reputation for being one of the best live bands in New England. The storytelling and bantering shared by Jim and Ray on stage amuses and enraptures. The trademark switching back and forth of songs authored by Jim or Ray invokes a sense of fun, predictability and unpredictability. Their solid partnership is evident by the quality of the songwriting, the tight instrumentals and the respect shown to one another on stage, so boogie on over and enjoy the show.
"Equal parts country swagger, wistful folk and breezy rock. The Lonesome Brothers' confluence of different musical genres is the key to the band's success. Although some people would be quick to lump the Lonesome Brothers into the alternative country milieu, the band has more dimensions than that." - Alex Green, Yahoo! Music
photo credit: Brandi Ediss
Mitch Chakour — piano, guitar, vocals
Deric Dyer — tenor sax
Wolf Ginandes — bass guitar
Cliff Goodwin — guitar, vocals
Marty Richards — drums
Mitch Chakour is the real deal in the world of roots rock. He has performed both solo and with such well-known acts as The Joe Cocker Band, the J. Geils Band and more. In addition to being a stellar, heart-wrenching singer, pianist, Hammond B3 organist and guitarist, Mitch brings along precision, professional players such as Cliff Goodwin (an original member of local rock legend Albatross, as well as a member of The American Standard Band, The Joe Cocker Band and Robert Palmer's band); the "Vincent Van Gogh of Sax" Deric Dyer (also a Joe Cocker Band alumnus, as well as Tina Turner’s sax-man for a number of years); legendary bassist Wolf Ginandes; and drummer Marty Richards (formerly of The J. Geils Band and The Joe Perry Project).
Mitch Chakour is a world-renowned musical director, pianist, guitarist and vocalist. He has been performing, recording and producing music for 35 years. He has previously shared the stage with James Brown, B B King, Aerosmith, Muddy Waters and many others. He has also written for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.