Women’s chorus Sorellanza to perform on March 23

Sorellanza

The women’s a cappella group Sorellanza: Sisters in Song will perform at the Northshore UU Church on Friday, March 23. This is the eighth concert in the Music in the Woods series, and it will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets cost $10 (children under 12 are free).

Choral-music lovers will be treated to a wide-ranging repertoire including current pop songs, American folk tunes, the Beatles, 16th-century sacred music, and international folk songs from Spain, Israel, and England. The group of Cape Ann women includes Rockport resident Patti Pike as director.

Pike always includes a Beatles song in the repertoire, honoring their importance in the 20th-century musical lexicon. More than half of the group have been with Sorellanza since its inception. Pike’s laid-back style and insightful teaching ability keep them coming back year after year.

“Her love of choral music is contagious,” says veteran Kate Stevens of Beverly. “She brings out the best in all of us.” The group’s growing audience is testament to Pike’s talent and standing in the Rockport music scene.

High school a cappella singers will perform this Friday

SwingTown!, from St. John's Prep

Vocal groups from Danvers High School, Pingree School, and St. John’s Prep will perform songs from their wide repertoires this Friday, February 10, at the Northshore UU Church as part of our “Music in the Woods” series.

The Danvers High Chamber Singers is an honors-level group whose members sing everything from Renaissance madrigals to today’s rockin’est 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.

Spectrum Highlights is a mixed-voice choir that performs at the Pingree School in Hamilton, and throughout the community. Their repertoire includes both a cappella and accompanied music, and celebrates the full “spectrum” of musical expression.

Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older.

Marblehead a cappella singers to perform on Friday

The Jewel Tones

Four widely traveled and award-winning a cappella groups from Marblehead High School will perform on Friday, January 13, from 7:30 until 9 p.m., at the Northshore UU Church in Danvers. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older.

Returning to the Music in the Woods program will be four vocal groups: the Jewel Tones, Luminescence, the Grizzly Freakin’ Man Singers, and Serendipity. The Jewel Tones are a co-ed group, and have been performing and recording since 2003. They say they are known “for their quirky antics, their rockin’ sound circles, and their strong opinions.”

Luminescence got together in 2005 as Marblehead High’s first female a cappella group, and they are “particularly proud of their intergenerational outreach to singers of all ages.”

The “Grizzlies,” as the guys like to be called, are the school’s first all-male a cappella group, and emphasize their “friendly dynamic and strong sense of community.” The newest of the groups, Serendipity, is an all-female group started in 2010. They have performed as far away as Dana Farber Hospital in Boston.

Amanda Roeder is director of choral music at Marblehead High School, and advises all four groups.

Holiday happenings at Northshore UU Church

The holiday season is upon us, and we have some special services and events planned through Christmas.

• This Sunday, December 18, at 10:30 a.m., we will hold our annual All-Music Service, which will include the Singing Group and the Family Singers, as well as a variety of selections related to the spiritual, the holidays, and the religious. The Reverend Frieda Gillespie will add special readings and words, and we will all participate in singing seasonal music. Presiding will be Music Director Judy Putnam. The service will be followed at about 11:30 with coffee and fellowship, and our multi-generational Religious Education Program will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m.

• On Thursday, December 22, at 7:30 p.m., we will mark the first day of winter with a traditional Winter Solstice Service. Join us in burning the Yule log. Celebrate by candlelight with ritual, song, and story, and the return of light on the shortest day of the year.

• On Saturday, December 24, at 6 p.m., the church will hold its much-anticipated Christmas Eve Service, which this year is titled “Let There Be Light!” Reverend Frieda will lead an hour of readings and carol-singing, culminating in a candlelit rendition of “Silent Night.”

• On Sunday, December 25, from 1 to 3 p.m., members and visitors will take part in Christmas Dinner with Friends, an annual event that is open to the community. Coordinated by church member Bob Ferris with assistance from many others, this is the 30th anniversary of the dinner.

Visitors are always welcome.

Winter concert to be performed this Friday

Concert Singers of Greater Lynn

“A Celebration of Winter” will be performed by the Concert Singers of Greater Lynn at the Northshore Church on Friday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. This is an all-family event as this well-established and accomplished choral group will present songs for Christmas, Hanukkah, and the winter season. Tickets are $10, children under 12 are free.

Featured will be the songs of popular British composer John Rutter and a contemporary American, Stephen Paulus. Directing the Concert Singers, as he has for the past 25 years, is William Sano, music director of First Parish Church in Weston. Sano was a music instructor for 44 years in the Marblehead Public Schools. Peggy Dee, accompanist, has been with the Concert Singers for 24 years and is a former music instructor in the Danvers Public Schools.

The Concert Singers always include innovative pieces and sing-along fun in their program. There will be a punch reception following the performance.

The concert is part of the Northshore Church’s monthly “Music in the Woods” series.

 

Four-Hand Piano Duo to perform on November 11

Bonnie Anderson (left) and Donna Gross Javel

Classical pianists Bonnie Anderson and Donna Gross Javel will perform this Friday, November 11, at the Northshore UU Church as part of our “Music in the Woods” series. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Anderson and Gross Javel are fast becoming known both for their creative and varied programming as well as their uncanny ability to make four hands look and sound like two. After several years of playing solo repertoire for each other in a monthly piano group, they sat down on a whim to sight read four-hand piano music.

Pleasantly surprised by the well-matched tone and technique of their four hands, they began exploring the piano duo repertoire. They have been performing together as the Four-Hand Piano Duo to enthusiastic audiences throughout the New England area ever since their 2004 debut in Danvers. They are often told that their enthusiasm and energy are contagious.

In addition to the standard works of the classical repertoire, their programs often include music from the Living Composers: AnythingPiano Project (LCAPP). LCAPP’s mission is to encourage the creation of repertoire for the piano in various combinations, to promote living composers through public performances and recordings of their works, and to increase audience enthusiasm and appreciation for new music through creative and varied programming. Bonnie and Donna enjoy talking to audiences about the composers and their music as well as the joys and challenges of performing together on the same instrument.

Tickets for this Friday’s concert are $15. Admission is $10 for seniors, and children under 12 may attend for free.

Unplugged open-mic night is Oct. 21

Musicians! Come on in and give it a shot. Bring your instrument or just your voice.

The latest event in this year’s Music in the Woods series will be an unplugged open-mic night for local talent. Come to the Northshore Church this Friday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of song, music, and prizes.

Talent sign-ups begin at 7. Audience tickets are $10. The top three performers will be awarded prizes of $75, $50, and $25.

Photo (cc) by Jon Pekelnicky and republished here under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.

Dance to the Squeezebox Stompers

The Squeezebox Stompers

The well-known local group Squeezebox Stompers will play for a dance party at the Northshore UU Church on Friday, September 30. This is the first offering in this year’s Music in the Woods series, and it will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 (under 12 free). There will be complimentary coffee, punch, and snacks; you may bring your own beer, wine, or liquor if you wish.

The Squeezebox Stompers play roadhouse roots music — a unique mix of Cajun, zydeco, Celtic, country, blues, and jazz featuring accordion, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and drums. You’ll hear two-steps, Cajun waltzes, Delta blues, hoe-downs, swamp ballads, and original tunes. Brett Cromwell of the Lowell Sun writes:

Listening to the Squeezebox Stompers is like taking a walk through the streets of the French Quarter. The Stompers keep the dance floor busy with their trademark Louisiana sound . . . They are a refreshing change of pace in New England, a long way from the warm Bourbon Street vibe they lovingly conjure with every performance.

You can learn more about the Stompers and listen to some samples by visiting their website.

Squeezebox Stompers to perform Friday

The Squeezebox Stompers will perform this Friday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Northshore UU Church. This is the seventh and final concert in this year’s Music in the Woods series. Tickets cost $15.

A well-known local group, the Squeezebox Stompers play roadhouse roots music — a unique mix of Cajun, zydeco, Celtic, country, blues, and jazz featuring accordion, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and drums.

“Listening to the Squeezebox Stompers is like taking a walk through the streets of the French Quarter,” writes Brett Cromwell of the Lowell Sun. “The Stompers keep the dance floor busy with their trademark Louisiana sound…. They are a refreshing change of pace in New England, a long way from the warm Bourbon Street vibe they lovingly conjure with every performance.”

Four-Hand Piano Duo to perform on Saturday

Bonnie Anderson (left) and Donna Gross Javel will perform this Saturday at NSUU.

The Four-Hand Piano Duo pianists Bonnie Anderson and Donna Gross Javel will perform a concert at the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 13. The duo are fast becoming known both for their creative and varied programming as well as their uncanny ability to make “four hands” look and sound like “two.”

After several years of playing solo repertoire for each other in a monthly piano group, they sat down on a whim to sight-read four-hand piano music. Pleasantly surprised by the well-matched tone and technique of their four hands, they began exploring the piano duo repertoire. They have been performing together as the Four-Hand Piano Duo to enthusiastic audiences throughout the New England area ever since their 2004 debut in Danvers. They are often told that their enthusiasm and energy are contagious.

Bonnie Anderson has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, and with many other professional and amateur symphonic groups. She was trained at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, the Julliard School, Michigan State University, and Boston University.  She is an adjunct professor of piano and head of the keyboard department at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

Donna Gross Javel was a teenager when she performed at Carnegie Recital Hall. She has since appeared on many local concert series, and has performed on piano and celeste with the Boston University and Indiana University percussion ensembles. She received a master’s degree in piano performance from Indiana University in Bloomington. She has taught at the Dana Hall Music School and the Brookline Music School; maintains a private piano studio in Waltham; and composes piano music.

Tickets are $20, available at the door, or in advance by calling 978-356-8880. Group rates are offered for 10 or more tickets. Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church is located in Danvers at 323 Locust St. (Route 35).