Music in the Woods will open its season at the Northshore UU Church with a concert by the Tom Palance Group, featuring Sandi Bedrosian, on Friday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, students and seniors $15, and children 12 and under are free.
Tom Palance is a renowned trumpet performer and educator, known for his versatility and innovative teaching style. Bedrosian is a vocalist with a mastery of diverse genres including jazz, popular, classical, liturgical, and musical theater. The group is rounded out by instrumentalists John Hyde, David Landoni, and Phil McGowen. Tom and Sandi are both well known around Ipswich, Andover, and the North Shore.
Palance retired from the U.S. Navy, where he served in several Navy orchestras and bands as trumpeter. Since resuming civilian live, he established and leads the North Shore Jazz Camp. He has taught trumpet jazz band and jazz methods at the University of New Hampshire, and is on the faculty at the Boston Conservatory and Salem State University. Currently he conducts the Orchestra on the Hill based on the North Shore. Because of his versatility he is in great demand as a performer for theater productions and other musical functions in the Boston area.
Sandi Bedrosian has been performing professionally for the past 25 years as lead vocalist, and she has starred in many musical theater productions and operettas. The Sandi Bedrosian Trio has appeared at a wide range of venues throughout Boston and the East Coast.
“If I were asked to chose one genre of music and sing only that repertoire, it would be sad. I thrive on versatility,” says Sandi. “I have always loved the music of the ’30s and ’40s. It seems to suit me — singing Gershwin, Berlin, and Ellington. The music is timeless. However, I’m also very drawn to Motown and Mozart. How contrary!”
Sandi owns and operates the Voice Studio in Andover, working as a vocal performance teacher and coach to new and professional artists.