You never heard it like this

First-time-ever music comes to Ipswich

World premieres don’t just happen every day. But some days, they’re four-a-day.

Never-before-heard orchestral works by four Ipswich composers will be showcased at a free concert, “The Colors of Music,” by The Orchestra on the Hill, led by artistic director Thomas Palance.

This extraordinary musical event, open to the public and offered at no charge, will be presented in the Crane Estate Ballroom at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 13th. Seating is capped at 100, so tickets are required; tickets are available at no charge via

Concert-goers will enjoy everything from traditional American pop sounds to unprecedented usage of scales and chords based on scientific discoveries.

Here’s the world-premiere lineup from the Ipswich-based orchestra:

·      A new work for solo saxophone written by Chris Florio, the orchestra’s assistant artistic director, will feature Eric Haltmeier, also of Ipswich. Haltmeier is Pingree Schools’ fine arts director.

·      The orchestra’s composer in residence, G. Paul Naeger, will offer a new four-movement solo work for trumpet featuring Palance.

·      Jerry Gates, professor at the Berklee School of Music, has written a new work featuring several orchestra members.

·      And Palance will present a remarkable new piece he’s composed based on the vibrations of three amino acids. Along with Florio, Palance has been experimenting with new ways of composing music using amino acid vibrations, and interacting with scientists, including New England Biolabs staff. An early version of this piece was featured privately at Biolabs in August; it has now been expanded to include a larger ensemble.

Along with the brand-new comes the tried-and-true: “The Colors of Music” will also feature classic Cole Porter tunes in an arrangement by Gerard Ascione, a Navy Band colleague of Palance’s. This piece will highlight the young vocal talent Rhiannon Hurst of Rockport.

North Shore audiences have come to expect the unexpected from The Orchestra on the Hill — lovingly known as TOOTH — and this October 13th event will be no exception. TOOTH is beloved for featuring collaborations with dancers, visual artists, poets, animators, and others in the arts, with most of its concerts spotlighting original material by Ipswich composers.

The Orchestra on the Hill is a not-for-profit organization, relying on the generous donations of music-lovers to keep its events available to all free of charge. For more information about The Orchestra on the Hill or this unique musical event, contact Erica Giovanniello at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or

Rockport DECA career day invite

On Monday, November 7, Rockport High School DECA will be bringing back career day for the high school after a two year hiatus. We are looking for volunteer presenters who would be willing to come into school and share their career with students. Last time we did career day we had over 40 presenters from all types of careers and backgrounds. Students enjoyed hearing about the various careers and were grateful for the experience they had that day. 

Would you or anyone you know be interested in doing a career day presentation for student small groups? The time commitment would be November 7 between 8AM-10:30AM. 

If you are interested, please use the sign up link below and enter the required information. Mr. Larsen, DECA advisor, will reach out to you after receiving your information. Career day doesn’t happen without adult volunteers. We hope you can be one of them.

Career Day Sign Up Link

Feel free to share this sign up link with anyone you know. All types of careers are welcome!

Gig Rowers Gloucester Harbor Race

My son, Finn, started rowing with the Maritime Gloucester Gig Rowers this summer. When the summer session was over they began to gear up for the annual Gloucester Harbor Race that took place last weekend. The junior heat only consisted of three boats and then a morning of adult races took place immediately following. It was fun to see the clubs that made appearances from various locations. I saw boats from the South Shore, Lake Champlain, and many New England destinations. The race course took them from Niles Beach to the Dog Bar Breakwater and back.

Blue Guitar Yacht Visits Gloucester

My eye caught this beautiful yacht docked at Ocean Alliance. I noticed the British flag and the designation London and I wondered if they came all the way across the pond because London is so extra crowded this week. Maybe not. I did a little research and you can see some if it at this link. There are unsubstantiated rumors it belongs to Eric Clapton but no definitive ownership that I could find. Sure is pretty though! Welcome to Gloucester mates.

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