Music Director Robert Lehmann leads the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra in the first concert of the Orchestra’s 72nd season on Sunday, November 17, 3 p.m. at Swampscott High School Auditorium.

Mozart, Shubert Begin 72nd Year of
North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra
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Music Director Robert Lehmann and the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra begin the Orchestra’s 72 nd season on Sunday, November 17 with music of Franz Shubert and W.A. Mozart.
The 3 p.m. concert at Swampscott High School Auditorium will feature Shubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished” and the Mozart “Mass in C Minor.”  Tickets will be available at the door for $30, $25 for seniors and students, and children 12 and under are admitted free.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at
The concert marks the start of Maestro Lehmann’s 22 nd as the Orchestra’s Music Director.
Shubert’s Symphony No. 8, popularly known as the Unfinished, was begun six years before the composer’s death in 1828.  It contains, however, only two fully orchestrated movements, and musical scholars have debated whether the composer intended to write a traditional four-movement symphony.
Mozart’s Mass in D minor was completed in 1783.  The piece depicts the traditional outline of a Mass celebration in their order of liturgy and ritual.  It is considered one of Mozart’s greatest works.  It is grand in scale and reveals the influence in Mozart’s work of Bach and Handel, whom Mozart studied diligently.
The NSPO, founded in 1947, plays a season of three subscription concerts at Swampscott High School Auditorium.  After the November 17 “Fall” concert, the “Winter” Concert will be held Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3 p.m. with a program that includes Borodin’s Polovtsian Dancs, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, and the New England Premiere of Daniel Crozier’s Concerto for Two Clarinets, with soloists William and Catherine Hudgins.
The Orchestra’s “Spring” Concert is April 26, 2020 also at 3 p.m..  The program will include Ralph Vaughn-Williams “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis”, William Walton’s Viola concerto featuring Kimberly Lehmann, and the Symphony No. 5 of Sergei Prokofiev.
In addition, the Orchestra plays two holiday concerts on December 8, 4 p.m. at St. Richard’s Church in Danvers and December 15, 4 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere.  Admission to both concerts is free in exchange for a substantial donation of non-perishable food to benefit local food pantries.
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Dance company Ancient Rhythms show at MAGMA Dance in Gloucester Today Saturday, November 9

I’m Karen McLane. My family built a house in 1870 in Rockport and WE STILL HAVE IT. And oh, I am a direct descendant of Richard Tarr, first settler of Rockport, through my great-great-grandmother, Eldora Tarr. My dad, Merrill McLane, was a local historian, writing books about Rockport, and he was a founding member of the “Rights of Way” Committee.

I’m in town with my dance company, Ancient Rhythms, for a show at MAGMA Dance in Gloucester Saturday, November 9. We’re excited to be working with some local dancers to present an exuberant dance performance with fantastical costumes, and something for everyone ages 8 and up. A few years ago, our dancers came up to perform our original production of The Crowning of the Woodland queen at Windhover. We are excited to share our dance again via a new production on the North Shore!

We have a fabulous audience base in the DC area, but here we are not really known. We would appreciate a shoutout from you so the Gloucester community knows about the performance tomorrow night.

See below for all the details and don’t hesitate to get in touch! Thank you so much.

~Karen McLane

Dancing to Ancient Rhythms…The Power and the Voice of Women in Dance Through the Millennia

With echoes from the ancient past to the present…
Washington DC-based Ancient Rhythms Dance explores the rich and vast subject of women in dance through the millennia with a vibrant and colorful theatrical dance performance, Saturday, November 9 in Gloucester, MA.

Saturday, November 9 at 7:30pm
MAGMA Dance Center: 11 Pleasant Street / Gloucester, MA
General Admission – $25
Limited Seating – Tickets at the Door or Online at

Audubon Birdwalk Highlights Rescued Birds

Mass Audubon and Hunts Photo recently sponsored a birdwalk in Canton MA at the Museum of American Bird Art which we attended. It’s only about an hour’s drive and the trails are accessible and manageable. We definitely plan to return without a crowd of photographers and birdwatchers trailing along. Although no birds were sighted during the actual birdwalk (probably due to the healthy number of participants stomping through the woods all together), we were also treated to a show of rescued birds being rehabilitated and allowed to photograph them to our heart’s content. I am very sorry I did not get the name of the rescue organization as they were extremely knowledgeable and open to the desires of the photographers present.

Here are some of the rescues we met. They included a male American Kestrel, screech owl, saw-whet owl, and barn owl.

@FishermenGHS Athletics Update: Reminder: you can pre-purchase your tickets to today’s D2 North Finals Field Hockey Game today.