World Premier Composition Performed at Gloucester Meetinghouse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                            MAY 5, 2022

WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSITION PERFORMED AT GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE

The highlight of a program on the international remembrance day of the Holocaust called Yom HaShoah, that was presented in the historic Gloucester Meetinghouse on Middle Street last Sunday, May 1st, was the world premiere of a composition by Leslie Steinweiss called “The Grip of Evil: The Endurance of Hope.  It was performed with narration by Judith Black by an ensemble including strings, flute, clarinet, piano and two vocal soloists, conducted by the composer.  The event was co-hosted by Temple Ahavat Achim and the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.

Composer and Lyricist Leslie Steinweiss with the narrator and ensemble after the performance

The program had to be postponed two years due to the pandemic.  A group of donors from the Temple, led by Eve and Phil Cutter, commissioned the Steinweiss piece in 2019 and Sunday’s performance was the long-anticipated premiere.

Donor Phil Cutter chatting with Stephen Bates, who played the clarinet and flute

Two other original pieces were performed during the event.  Stephen Bates presented his composition called “Remembrance of Things Past and Future” for solo clarinet and Abigale Reisman presented her piece “Gedanken” for string trio.

Composer Abigale Reisman performs her piece “Gedanken” for string trio with Anna Seda, cello and Rebecca Hallowell, viola

The program included a dramatic remembrance story about the Holocaust presented by Judith Black and readings from the period by Ally Kramer, Hadassa Goldberg and Emma Quateman.

Storyteller Judith Black acts out a dramatic remembrance account of the Holocaust

The next program in the spring series at the Meetinghouse is performance of beloved Bach orchestral works including the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, played on period instruments by the Appleton Consort on Saturday, May 21, at 8:00pm.  For more information and online ticket purchases visit www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

Event photos provided by Kathleen Williams

 

 

 

 

 

Meetinghouse Green performance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2021

HYE FUSION PERFORMS FRIDAY JULY 23 AT MUSIC ON MEETINGHOUSE GREEN
The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents Hye Fusion in a free Friday evening concert on Meetinghouse Green
at the corner of Middle and Church Street, July 23 at 6:00 p.m. Hye Fusion integrates music of the Middle East with Western
jazz standards. The musicians play current and traditional instruments including the oud, classical and rhythm guitars, keyboard,
clarinet and saxophone as well as the Middle Eastern doumbek. The result is a dynamic synergy of melodies and rhythms. Free-will
donations go to the evening’s featured local non-profit partner, Maritime Gloucester, a group that inspires students and visitors to
value our maritime heritage, marine science and environmental stewardship. Local food vendor for the evening is Classic Cooks.
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. For more information, a full schedule of upcoming concerts, and to sign up for the GMF newsletter,
visit
www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org.

CONCERT DESCRIPTION
American-born Hye Fusion’s style of integrating Middle eastern jazz comes from their family lineages, with deep roots in the Middle East.
They received their musical training from the New England Conservatory as well as from musical mentors such as Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans.

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.

OUR SPONSORS
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

M.E. Productions Presents ‎LEON RUSSELL w/ guest Allen Estes May 30th 8pm @ The Larcom Theatre

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Rock and roll Renaissance man. That best describes this Music Legend. Leon Russell’s long and storied career includes collaborations with a virtual who’s who of music icons spanning from Jerry Lee Lewis to Phil Spector to the Rolling Stones. A similar eclecticism and scope also surfaced in his solo work, which couched his charmingly gravelly voice in a rustic yet rich swamp pop fusion of country, blues, and gospel.

Between his solo work, contributions to high-profile albums by other artists, and screen exposure in the Bangla Desh and Mad Dogs & Englishmen documentaries, Russell became a veritable superstar in the Seventies. Russell has won two Grammy awards, chart-topping hits and was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Don’t miss this Intimate Show with a Music Legend.

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Award-winning singer/songwriter, Allen Estes, wrote Tammy Wynette’s top 40 hit “Next To You”, “Where’d They Go” (the official song of the City of Gloucester) and songs for The Souls of the Sea musical. While working as a songwriter in Nashville, Allen practically invented the genre “Americana” and you’ll hear influences from pop, rock, folk, blue-grass and country.

 

Allen has produced over a dozen albums and his songs have be

en recorded by Tammy Wynette, Shania Twain, Dave Mallett, Tom Wopat and The Judds. He has toured with/and opened for Bonnie Raitt, J. Geils, Tim McGraw, America, Jose Feliciano, Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Chesney, Tricia Yearwood, Livingston Taylor, Robert Palmer, Jonathan Edwards, Tom Rush and Earl Scruggs, among many others.

Winner of the Independent Music World Series New England and voted Best Independent Act of New England, Allen and his band always give a captivating performance that brings audiences to their feet.

 

http://allenestes.com/allenestes/Allen_Estes_Welcome.html

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Tickets here >http://gimmelive.com/Concert.cfm?c=41

LEON RUSSELL

Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 8:00 p.m.

LARCOM THEATRE

13 Wallis Street, Beverly, MA 01915

Seth McNally
Director of Booking & Marketing
Flying Monkey Performance Center
Plymouth, NH

Jefferson Starship lands in Beverly next weekend @ The Larcom Theatre on Saturday, March 21st at 8pm

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Beverly, MA.  M.E. Productions is excited to present psychedelic rock icons Jefferson Starship at the Larcom Theatre on Saturday, March 21st at 8pm .  Rising from the ashes of Jefferson Airplane, their music helped define a generation focused on civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-war activism. This special show celebrates all the music of Jefferson Airplane on it’s 50TH anniversaryTickets for Jefferson Starship start at $35.

Beginning in 1974 as a break-off of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship is arguably one of the most well-known bands to come out of that decade. Their first album Blows Against the Empire was the first ever rock music recording nominated for literary science fiction’s prestigious Hugo Award. Their music helped define a generation focused on civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-war activism.

Currently the band is fronted by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, also a former Jefferson Airplane member and co-founder of the legendary Quicksilver Messenger Service, and newest member Cathy Richardson, anchoring (and some say channeling) the historic role made famous by Grace Slick. They continue to perform their iconic repertoire of hits spanning all eras of their existence, including “Jane,” “Somebody To Love,” “Miracles,” “White Rabbit,” “Volunteers,” “Count On Me” and many more.

“This is one of the most exciting classic rock shows touring today,” says Seth McNally of M.E. Productions.  “The members haven’t lost a step, if anything they are playing with more energy than ever since the addition of the show stopping Cathy Richardson…and this show is especially exciting as they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jefferson Airplane.”

 

Tickets to see Jefferson Starship are $35, $45, and $55 for premier seating.  For tickets and more information visit www.larcomtheater.com or call  978-525-9093.

Contact Seth McNally with Interview Requests / seth@meproductions.net / 603-554-4130

 

 

 

 

 

Ringo and Company Prep the Stage For Tonight’s Concert On The Boulevard

 

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The Gloucester Fireworks Committee just cancelled tomorrow’s fireworks due to weather predictions (see Gloucester Times article here), but the Horribles Parade and free concert are still on in the hopes that weather will clear up.

Music featuring Cape Ann Big Band and The Runaround Sound will begin after the parade passes by the Boulevard stage (probably around 7:00pm) and continue until 11:00pm with a spectacular laser light show somewhere in between.

So come out and enjoy the parade and free concert.  Let’s show all those people visiting from out of town that bad weather predictions aren’t enough to spoil our fun!

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If You Go To BU and Are Protesting The Robin Thicke Concert Because Of His Racy Video You Fail At Life

Boston University Students Want School to Cancel Robin Thicke Concert

Some Boston University students are making it crystal clear—they don’t want “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke to perform at the school.

A petition started by members of the Humanists of Boston University are calling on school officials to cancel a spring concert featuring Thicke, on March 4, at the Agganis Arena, due to the “misogyny” they say is laced into the lyrics of the performer’s popular song.

“Having Thicke perform is a political statement that is out of touch with the realities of sexual violence and Boston University’s own history. Thus, we suggest that Robin Thicke’s performance be cancelled,” members of group wrote on the Change.org petition, which as of Wednesday morning had more than 1,100 names attached to it in support.

“Thicke’s hit song, ‘Blurred Lines,’ celebrates having sex with women against their will. Lyrics such as, ‘I know you want it,’ explicitly use non-consensual language. And while watching the extremely explicit video, the insinuations grow from subtle to explicit to obnoxious,” the group said.

Thicke performed “Blurred Lines” during the Grammy Awards in January, and was nominated in several categories for the pop song. But despite its worldwide success, some students still think even just one song containing controversial lyrics is one song too many.

Worldwide success.  You’re in College.  Presumably in your teen and early 20’s- The prime of your life.  You don’t have better things to protest than a sexy pop song?  Uhmmm last I checked when you’re in college you’re supposed to be studying, playing sports, going to parties and getting your freak on. 

You wanna protest something?  Protest the lack of cold beer in the dining halls.  Protest the cost of tuition.  Protest when your school gets shafted on a tournament bid.

What a waste of time. 

Trying to pick a college?  Keep this shit in mind when you’re making your decision. You wanna be around a bunch of people complaining about a sexy pop video or would you rather go to a school with good academics in addition to great athletic programs that rally the student body to root for the their school and bring alumni together!

 

Oh and congrats to Robin Thicke.  I’m sure these idiots have only managed to stuff a couple extra million into your pockets with all this extra exposure.  Buy his song.  Even if you don’t dig it. 

The British are Coming!

Actually, they already came, but that was the tagline for a wonderful concert given by the Choir of St. Mary’s, Maldon (Essex, UK) at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester on Monday night.  It was one of a series of events that are being held at St. John’s in honor of the church’s 150th anniversary. The choir was composed of 16 people, plus the director, Colin Baldy, and a 15-year-old organist who both accompanied the choir and played solos on the church’s Fisk organ.

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Their repertoire included pieces ranging from the 16th century to the present. I think my personal favorites were “Rejoice in the Lamb”, by Benjamin Britten, and “O Thou the Central Orb”, by Charles wood.

If you missed the concert, you can still hear them sing! The choir has videos on Youtube and CDs for sale on Google Play.

Other future musical events at St. John’s include their 150th anniversary Solemn Evensong on Sunday, October 6 at 4 pm, featuring the Parish Choir singing works of Vaughan Williams. The 25 anniversary concert of the Fisk Opus 97 at St. John’s is on Sunday, May 18 at 4 pm, featuring Thomas Baugh of Roanoke, VA, playing works of Bach, Franck and Gershwin. Both programs are open to the public and include receptions following.

Matthew Green

An evening in Rockport

On Friday evening I went to Rockport for the (amazing) concert by “What Time Is It Mr. Fox?” and the Rockport High School Madrigal Choir at the Shalin Liu center.  Here are a few photos I snapped with my phone to try to capture some of the magic.

 

 

 

Fr. Matthew Green

World Organ Day 2013 at St. Ann’s Church

A week ago today was World Organ Day!  Althout it is an initiative of Notre Dame de Paris, it was celebrated around the world with more than 850 organ concerts.  Fr. John Kiley, pastor of Holy Family Parish, joined in with a concert here in Gloucester at St. Ann’s Church (a worship site of Holy Family Parish).

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Organ concert smallAlthough St. Ann’s has a real pipe organ, it is in sore need of work, and the parish does not have the funds for the organ’s restoration.  So, Fr. Kiley gave the concert on the church’s electric organ instead. It sounds nice, but it doesn’t quite measure up to the real pipe organ.  After the concert, Fr. Kiley played one verse of a popular hymn using some of the registers on the old pipe organ that still work more or less well, and the difference was notable.

Fr. Matthew Green

 

St. John’s Episcopal Church 150th Anniversary Concert

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year!

As a part of the celebrations, they will be holding a concert:

All Parish Musicians in Concert

4pm, Sunday, May 19

Music especially chosen to celebrate our Sesquicentennial will include:

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Britten’s Festival Te Deum
McKie’s “We wait for thy loving kindness”
Sumsion’s “They that go down to the sea in ships”
Will Todd’s “The Call of Wisdom”
Gardiner’s “Tomorrow shall be my dancing day”
Tindley’s “The Storm is passing over”

Also included will be several hymns
as well as readings from church history involving music.
Former Music Director Frances Conover Fitch
will play the organ and conduct the choir.

There will be a very festive reception to follow.

Fr. Matthew Green

Good Morning Gloucester Podcast With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness Taped April 21, 2013

Good Morning Gloucester Podcast With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness

Taped April 21, 2013

Click to listen-Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Bill O'Connor

Peter and Vickie run www.gimmesound.com

Topics Include :

Chelsea Berry

Love Of Lesbians

Big Papi and The FCC

Potential Celebrate Gloucester Concert

Frozen YogurtOrange Leaf and Cafe Bishco

Eco-Trip Recap

Styrofoam Cups

Blues Festival

Blues Festival Tickets

Good Harbor Footbridge

Three Sheets to the Wind opened for Gordon Bok at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse

…and I got some photos!

The concert was almost two weeks ago, but I’ve been too busy to get the photos ready until now… I have wanted to see Gordon Bok in concert since I was a child, so it was great to finally have the chance! And “Three Sheets to the Wind” are a great group to hear and to sing with. It was a wonderful evening of music!

Fr. Matthew Green

Chorus North Shore’s “Letters from Ireland

Last Saturday I went to “Letters from Ireland”, a concert by Chorus North Shore with counter-tener Thomas Mark Fallon, The Travelers Three Plus One, actress Pauline Miceli, and Trautel Brown on Irish pipes. The Chorus includes many members from Gloucester and Rockport. The music was at beautiful – at times tranquil and other times rousing (with audience participation in some cases)!  Well worth the price of admission.

Fr. Matthew Green