An evening of piano and trumpet this Friday

643coverBonnie Anderson and Joseph Foley will present a concert of piano and brass music on Friday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church.

As part of the release tour for their CD “Nightsongs,” they will play duets from Joseph Peasley’s “Nightsongs,” Strauss, Hindemuth, and more. You can meet the artists during the intermission reception, at which light refreshments will be served. “Nightsongs” CDs will be available for purchase.

Concert tickets are $25. In case of foul weather, the concert will be rescheduled for Saturday, February 14. (If you would like a preview of the concert music, go to their Kickstarter website.

During the concert intermission and reception, light refreshments will be served. We plan to include wine, cheese and crackers, and finger desserts.

“Drumming and Spirituality” at NSUU on September 28

Matt Meyer, at left, will lead a workshop at NSUU on September 28

Matt Meyer, left, leading a drumming workshop

Matt Meyer will present his participatory workshop “Drumming and Spirituality” on Sunday, September 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., in the church meeting room.

The workshop is a chance for people of all skill levels to participate in hands on rhythm-making. It includes instruction on basic technique as well as information on the origins of percussion instruments from around the world. Participants will also experience the spirituality of community music-making through stories, games, and discussions as well as look at how rhythm and music intersect with Unitarian Universalist values. Bring your own drum if you have one. For those who don’t, instruments will provided.

Meyer is an artist of percussion, knowledgeable and experienced in a variety of styles, including Latin-jazz, Brazilian, folk, funk, hip-hop, and pop. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has studied in Cuba, Ghana, and Central America.

A love of music and a deep respect for its ability to stir and transform audiences is at the heart of Matt’s continuing devotion to understand more of the world’s cultures through the vocabulary of rhythm.

Singing Group to hold meet-and-greet

If you are interested in singing with and meeting some of the members of the Singing Group, please join us on Wednesday, August 21, at 6 p.m. at the church.  We will have a light supper and then spend time exploring some possible musical selections for the coming church year.

If you would like to attend or have any questions please email music director Judy Putnam at judithputnam {at} comcast {dot} net (change {at} and {dot} to make a normal-looking email address). She would appreciate an RSVP for planning the meal by Sunday, August 18.

Do consider coming — we welcome all. If you can’t make the supper but would like to join us for just the singing, come at 7 p.m.

Irish music concert is scheduled for Saturday

Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society

The Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society will perform at the Northshore UU Church this Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. The concert was originally scheduled for March but got snowed out. The show will mark the conclusion of the church’s annual Music in the Woods series.

The band, founded in 1971, has performed in the Greater Boston area, the North Shore, throughout New England, and twice at the invitation of the International Folk Festival in Letterkenny, Donegal.

The concert, prepared especially for Music in the Woods, will offer primarily traditional Irish tunes, with some original songs by Diane Taraz and Lynn Noel and original tunes by Nancy Koch and John Berger. Mixed in will be a few maritime tunes and songs, a modern parody of a sad Irish ballad, and an Appalachian tune with a crowd-pleasing pogo cello solo by David “Doc” Rosen.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free for children under 13.

Sorellanza to perform at Northshore Church this Friday

Music in the Woods presents Sorellanza: Sisters in Song this Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Sorellanza is an a cappella chorus of Cape Ann women who sing an eclectic collection of songs from many eras and genres that includes madrigals, gospel, comtemporary pop, sacred, jazz, and international folk. Our own Bernadette Orr is a member of this well known North Shore group of singers. Sorrelanza has performed for Music in the Woods each year and it has always been a magical, unforgettable night. Don’t miss out! This is a fine way to support your church and have a really fabulous evening of music in return.

Tickets are $15; children under 12 are free.

Irish music concert is scheduled for Friday

Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society

The Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society will perform at the Northshore UU Church this Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The band, founded in 1971, has performed in the Greater Boston area, the North Shore, throughout New England, and twice at the invitation of the International Folk Festival in Letterkenny, Donegal.

The concert, prepared especially for Music in the Woods, will offer primarily traditional Irish tunes and songs in celebration of Irish music month, with some original songs by Diane Taraz and Lynn Noel and original tunes by Nancy Koch and John Berger. Mixed in will be a few maritime tunes and songs, a modern parody of a sad Irish ballad, and an Appalachian tune with a crowd-pleasing pogo cello solo by David “Doc” Rosen.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free for children under 13.

Monthly drumming to be held on Saturday

Drum FebruaryThe Danvers Drum Convergence will meet this Saturday, February 16, from 6:45 to 10 p.m. at the Northshore UU Church. This month’s drumming will feature a special floral meditation presentation by church member Andrea Sweeney.

All are welcome, and if you feel that you don’t know how to drum, you’ll soon learn. There will be extra drums and a smorgasbord of interesting percussion instruments from around the globe to share.

Co-facilitators are Sweeney and Daniel Shea. Admission is $10 at the door.

CANCELED: A cappella groups to perform at church

A cappella groups from three local high schools will perform on Friday, February 8, from 7:30 until 9 p.m. at the Northshore UU Church. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older. The groups come from Danvers High School, St. John’s Prep, and Hamilton-Wenham High School.

The Danvers High Chamber Singers is an honors-level group whose members sing everything from Renaissance madrigals to today’s a cappella hits. The singers are also involved in community service activities.

Swingtown! is St. John Prep’s a cappella group featuring students and faculty. The dynamic vocal band sings everything from a cappella standards, through oldies and rock, to modern tunes that are on your iPod. Several concerts are held during the year.

Kings of the Beach is a co-ed a cappella group that has been making music at Hamilton-Wenham for many years. The Kings create their own unique style of pop, blues and jazz using their voices to imitate instruments and to create harmonies. Members of the Kings of the Beach are united by their love of music and singing together as well as their very serious attitude about having fun.

The event is part of the Northshore Church’s Music in the Woods series of monthly concerts.