Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director




OPEN REHEARSAL on September 24

The Cape Ann Symphony under the musical direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa kicks off the 59th Season with the Magical Classics Concert on Saturday, September 25 at 8 pm at Fuller Auditorium in Gloucester, MA.

Twelve year old piano prodigy Kadar Qian makes his Cape Ann Symphony debut with Chopin’s
Piano Concerto No. 2. The youngest ever winner of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, Qian was last year’s co-winner of the Steinway Society Piano Competition in his age division. His impressive performance credits include Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall and the Indian Hill Summer Festival. The Magical Classics concert program also includes Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. The Cape Ann Symphony concerts are held at the Fuller Auditorium located at Blackburn Circle, Route 128, Gloucester, MA. Fuller Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for senior citizens, $15 for Young Adults and Free for children 12 years old and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit

Cape Ann Symphony has added an Open Rehearsal to the schedule for the season opening concert. The public is invited to the orchestra’s Open Rehearsal on Friday, September 24 at 7:30 pm at Fuller Auditorium. The orchestra and guest artist Kadar Qian are scheduled to work on their pieces for the Saturday concertduring the Open Rehearsal. Conductor Udagawa will take questions from the audience following the rehearsal. Admission to the Open Rehearsal is free. Cape Ann Symphony Board President Tom Class explains the Open Rehearsal, “The open rehearsal is an opportunity for Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra fans to get a behind the scenes look at the process the orchestra and conductor go through in preparation for a performance. For those new to classical music, it’s a great chance to come see, hear, and experience in a non concert setting how an incredible group of musicians from one of the finest regional orchestras in the country works together to create great classical music.” Conductor Udagawa adds, “This is a terrific chance to take our audience behind the scenes and show what it takes to prepare or a CAS concert. I am intrigued to find out what kinds of questions they willhave following the rehearsal.”

Cape Ann Symphony welcomes 12 year old piano prodigy Kadar Qian as the guest artist for the Magical Classics Concert. Conductor Udagawa first heard Qian play when the rising young star competed in and won the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Udagawa who is also the Music Director and Conductorof the Quincy Symphony recalls Qian’s performance, “He was spelling binding! Absolutely one of the most remarkable young talents I’ve ever come across.” At age 11, Qian was the youngest winner of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and was the featured soloist at the QSO annual Young Artist Performs concert, performing the complete Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in April, 2009. He played the complete concerto again with the Salem Philharmonic in January, 2010.

A Westford resident, Kadar Qian is this year’s winner of the Boston Civic Symphony James R. Powers Youth Concerto Competition and will be performing the 1st Movement of Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the BCS on October 17th. In addition, he was the first prize winner of the Metrowest Symphony Young Artists Competition, playing the same Prokofiev with them in March, 2010. Qian took first prizes in his age division in the 1st Chopin International piano competition in Hartford, CT in 2010 and the 2009 Steinway Society of Massachusetts piano competition. He also won 2nd Prizes in the 2010 New England Philharmonic and 2009 Nashoba Youth Orchestra concerto competitions, in addition to the Invitational Performance Award of the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist Competition, with whom he will perform the Chopin 2nd Concerto on March 11, 2011. From October 8-11 he will be competing in the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition in New York City. He has entered in the most difficult category, playing the complete Bach Goldberg Variations, and has already made it to the semi-final stage.

Qian has studied piano since age 4 with Ronald Kmiec. Beginning in 2010, he has taken additional private lessons with A. Ramon Rivera at The Rivers School Conservatory. He also pursues independent study in music analysis and conducting with Yoichi Udagawa. Kadar has given 58 performances in MA, CT and New York City. His first solo recital was in February of 2008. Kadar appeared at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in May of 2008, being selected though competitive auditions where over 600 musicians nationwide participated, and has performed at Jordan Hall, Boston. He is currently attending the Advanced Piano Seminar Course and Chamber Music classes at the New England Conservatory, where he has performed in contemporary and chamber music festival concerts.

Kadar is a high honor roll student at Stony Brook School in Westford. He has been a member of the math team since 3rd grade, winning top prizes at the Academic Math League competitions, and is also a member of the speech and debate club. In addition to playing piano, Kadar also plays the violin and is the concert master in the Stony Brook Orchestra. He enjoys running and writing poems in his spare time.

Founded in Gloucester in 1952, the Cape Ann Symphony is a professional orchestra of over 70 players from throughout the New England area. They perform a subscription season of four concerts per year plus several Pops and youth concerts. The Symphony Board of Directors named Yoichi Udagawa the Music Director and Conductor of the Cape Ann Symphony in the summer of 2000 after a yearlong search. In addition to his leadership of Cape Ann Symphony, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and a cover conductor at the Boston Pops Orchestra. Mr. Udagawa is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory where he teaches conducting. Frequently invited to guest conduct, Mr. Udagawa has worked with many different orchestras including the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Nobeoka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Indian Hill Symphony, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Brown University Orchestra, the Syracuse Society for New Music, the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the Austin Civic Orchestra, and the Mid-Texas Symphony.

Mr. Udagawa is at home in popular and contemporary music as well as the standard symphonic repertoire. He is known for his relaxed manner and ability to speak from the podium which have helped new audiences as well as enthusiasts gain a greater appreciation for symphonic music. His programs for the 2010-11 season include Brahms’ Double Concerto, Copland’s Old American Songs, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and several world premieres including Michael Gandolfi’s Concerto for Bassoon and Clarinet, as well as special education, holiday, and pops programs.

Yoichi Udagawa, the son of a nuclear physicist father and singer/artist mother, was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1964. His family immigrated to the United States soon thereafter. He began playing the violin at age four and made his conducting debut at age fifteen. After receiving a music degree from the University of Texas at Austin,he continued advanced studies in conducting with Gunther Schuller, Seiji Ozawa, Morihiro Okabe, and Henry Charles Smith. A fan of many different styles of music, Mr. Udagawa also enjoys performing gospel music in addition to his conducting activities. He is also an accomplished violinist and an avid fan of exercise and yoga.

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Magical Classics Concert is Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 8 pm at the Fuller Auditorium located atBlackburn Circle,Route 128,Gloucester, MA.

Fuller Auditorium is handicapped accessible.
Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for senior citizens, $15 for Young Adults
and Free for children 12 years old and under.

The Open Rehearsal is Friday, September 24 at 7:30 pm at Fuller Auditorium. For information, call
978-281-0543 or visit

Tunes At The Topside Grill

Hello, here is an update for this weekend for The Topside Grill…


Who: Ric St. Germaine & Sandra Lee

When: Thursday 9/23/10. 8:00pm

Where: Topside Grill


Who: Bradley Royds

When: Friday 9/24/10: 9:00pm

Where: Topside Grill

See below for more info…

Upcoming Events:

Thursday September 23
The Lee / St. Germain Duo:
Sandra Lee and Ric St. Germain are old friends who have reunited their musical talents. Both are veterans of the New England music scene and with Sandra on vocals and percussion and Ric on guitar and vocals, they play an eclectic mix of songs from Joni Mitchell, Paula Cole, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, to Cole Porter, Sanatra, Bobby Darin and Barbara Streisand. Fantastic vocals, great guitar and wonderful songs will give everyone an evening to enjoy. Come join Sandra and Ric for a night of “musical therapy”. You’ll be glad that you did..

Friday September 24
Bradley Royds:
Bradley (a Gloucester music legend) plays solo acoustic Music. Bradley is slated to play some never-heard originals from his upcoming CD entitled ‘Drinkin’ Town with a Fishin’ Problem,’ as well as eclectic versions of classic rock pop and folk songs. He also produces the Harbor Loop Concert series in town. This will be his Third time at The Topside, and we are excited to have him back! He filled the house last time and everyone loved him so much I was demanded to bring him back. Bradley plays 9:00pm to Midnight. Food is served until 10:00pm.Check out more at


Doug Silva

General Manager

Topside Grill

50 Rogers St.

Gloucester, MA

(978) 281-1399 (Business)

(978) 335-1014 (Cell)

Tom Shea’s On the Essex Causeway Featuring $2.75 Draft Beer And Incredible Views

I was driving home and saw the sign below for $2.75 Draft Beers at Tom Shea’s.  That struck me as an excellent value when you consider the beautiful room and views that Tom Shea’s has.  It was enough to make me pull over and take a picture to share with y’all.




The View



Seasons on Main is closing

Seasons on main is closing.

After 8 1/2 years this economy is forcing the closing of

Seasons on main.  My customers have become my
extended family and friends and I will miss you all more
than you might imagine.
Please come in and enjoy the savings – it’s a great time
to shop for gifts and also for yourself.
Everything in the shop is 50% off.
And if you buy 3 or more clothing items, you will get
another 10% off.
Thank you to everyone!

Makin’ Rosa Rugosa Jelly For Marilyn Curcuru

Yesterday Sista Felicia, the Bean, Snoop Maddie Mad, Nephew BJ and Niece Amandacakes had a Rosa Rugosa jelly making day to support Marilyn Curcuru.

The Bean and Snoop Maddie mad Pick Rosa Rugosa Rose Hips-


Getting ready to jar the jelly-


Sharon posted this from the Gloucester Times a couple of weeks ago-

From the Times

To the editor:

Being friends of Jim and Marilyn Curcuru for many years, we are writing to ask our community for its help.

Many of you may or may not know Jim and Marilyn, so let me tell you about them. Marilyn was stricken with multiple sclerosis more than 25 years ago. She was employed by the now Shaw’s Supermarket.

Even though Marilyn is in a wheelchair and has been for many years, she was still sitting in at Shaw’s Railroad Avenue once in awhile. She is the person you see smiling and giving out samples.

Jim had his own business, Jim’s Frame Design, and while he continued to maintain his business, he would have to leave whenever Marilyn needed help at home since she was confined to a wheelchair. No one expects such horrible circumstances, but people deal with their problems.

Then, about five years ago, Jim had a major heart attack and almost died. Working miracles, his Boston doctors were able to save him. About two weeks ago, he had more problems and was forced to close his business.

Jim now has a small part-time job and they continue to struggle, but they continue to deal with what comes their way. Life has not been easy.

Recently, they had some problems with their old wheelchair-accessible van and Jim came up with the money to fix it, only to find out that, within weeks of the work being done, the floor of the van had rotted out. No one who had repaired the van had realized that the floor was falling through.

The floor of the van cannot be repaired. They now have no vehicle, and Marilyn is not only confined to her wheelchair, but to her house, too. Local wheelchair vans are only available for doctors and or medical appointments.

How do they keep going? Being the people that they are, they won’t ask for help, but they need it — desperately. Everyone is in tough times and many are out of work. We are hoping that with donations, they will be able to acquire a used wheelchair-accessible van, even though they are very expensive. With the help of the community, we’re hoping this can be achieved.

There are many businesses and organizations here in Gloucester that help people. We are hoping that some of them will come forward and help with donations as well. If there is anyone out there who can help with even a small donation (even a dollar) or knows someone who can help with a wheelchair accessible van that could be donated, they would be helped immensely.

If anyone would like to help, please send any checks made out to Jim and Marilyn Curcuru Van Fund. Any checks should be sent c/o Rockport National Bank, 4 Parker St., Gloucester, MA, 01930.

If you only have a dollar to spare, please feel free to drop any donation off in the afternoons at STUFF, 161 Main St., where there is a cash donation set up. If you have any questions or know of a van that might be available for them, please feel free to call Louise or Joe Palazzola at 978-281-1048, or Anthony and Eleanor Curcuru at 978-281-0874. We want to thank Rockport National Bank for setting up this account for them. Any and all questions will be appreciated.

Sista Felicia thought it would be a good way to raise money by making the Rosa Rugosa Jelly (which is delicious BTW)- the same one she canned for the Topsfield Fair, and sell it to raise money for the Jim and Marilyn Curcuru Van Fund.

So here’s the deal-

You can get a jar of Sista Felicia’s Rosa Rugosa Jelly made with extra love with the help of The Bean, Snoop Maddie Mad, BJ and Amandacakes for $10 per jar.  100% of the money raised will go to the Jim and Marilyn Curcuru Van Fund. If her Rosa Rugosa Jelly wins a Blue Ribbon at Topsfield Fair the price goes up to $12 per jar, so if you let me know you want me to save you a jar before next week when the judging at the Fair is announced you can lock in at the bargain price of $10. 🙂

This is so much better than a raffle or just a straight up donation because when you think of it you definitely walk away with something! Look for Sista Felicia’s Rosa Rugosa Jelly making video Wednesday on The Gloucester Daily Times website.

Leave a comment below and let me know if you would like a jar (or three).  You can pick up the jelly at Stuff 161 Main Street Gloucester MA beginning Thursday morning.

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Ryan and Wood Distillery – Filmed for Canadian TV Show

Bob Ryan is not only a master with his Distillery, but a great ambassador to Gloucester.

The TV Company will be filming a Cooking Show using Folly Cove Rum in the Recipe.

See behind the scenes of Bob being filmed at Ryan and Wood Distillery.

Also includes a little plug for GoodMorningGloucester.

Video Behind Scenes