FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2021
JOHN BABOIAN ENSEMBLE KICKS OFF RETURN OF FREE FRIDAY CONCERTS ON THE GREEN
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation opens the sixth season of Music on Meetinghouse Green on Friday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. with famed guitarist John Baboian playing Jazz and Swing. Baboian’s ensemble is joined by renowned vocalist Sandi Bedrosian. The free outdoor concert will be held at the corner of Middle and Church Street with food available from the Causeway Restaurant. Free-will donations to support Pathways for Children, the evening’s featured local non-profit organization, will be requested. The 2021 summer music series is dedicated in memory of Harry Hintlian for his encouragement, generosity, and for making the Meetinghouse a net zero building.
John Baboian has shared the stage with a who’s who of music’s top vocalists and musicians for the last four decades. He has been on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music for more than 40 years and is well-known for his work in Jazz, Swing, Blues, Rock, R&B, Classical, Latin, and World music. In addition to his live concerts, television and radio appearances, Baboian is well known as a composer and educator and has offered numerous international teaching clinics.
Baboian teams up with renowned vocalist Sandi Bedrosian for the July 9th concert on the Green. As a performer, Bedrosian is accomplished in Jazz, Swing, R&B, Classical, Top 40, Gospel and Liturgical music. She has starred in and directed numerous musical productions.
Music on Meetinghouse Green, now in its sixth season, features nine free Friday evening concerts with great music, favorite foods from local vendors, and benefits a different North Shore non-profit organization each week through free-will donations from the audience. Concert goers bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out across the spacious green. Performances are handicap accessible, parking on the Green is limited to persons with disabilities only.
ABOUT THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION
Founded in 2015, the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is dedicated to preserving the landmark building as a civic hub, entertainment venue, and community center. In addition to its work to preserve the historic 1806 Meetinghouse, GMF is currently raising funds to restore Meetinghouse Green to provide a safe and more flexible outdoor concert and event venue. For more information about GMF, a full schedule of upcoming concerts, and to sign up for the GMF newsletter, visit www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org.
Thanks to our Sponsors all the series’ expenses, such as for the musicians, are pre-paid. 100% of the free-will donations go to our non-profit community partners.
Platinum John & Janis Bell, J.J. & Jackie Bell, Cape Ann Savings Bank, J. Linzee Coolidge, Scobie Ward
Gold BOMCO, Michael & Mary Ann Bresnan, Landesign, Inc.
Silver Anonymous, Tom Burger & Andrée Robert, JoeAnn Hart & Gordon Baird, Pat Johnson & Jeff Henderson, Susan McKain & Ken Steiner, Charles Nazarian, John & Sandra Ronan
Bronze Jerry Ackerman, Karen Bell, Pamela Bynum & Henry Ferrara, Peter Calkins & Susan Casey, Frederick Cowan, Richard Gardner, Rev. Janet Parsons, Dick Prouty, Joe & Maggie Rosa, Peter & Kathleen Van Demark, Kathleen Williams, Sarah Willwerth-Dyer & Michael Dyer