La Zombiata – A ZOMBIE Opera

You know, there are some new operas that just don’t interest me that much.  There’s something uninspired or over academic about some of the stuff that I’ve seen recently that has left me cold.

Then Teri* told me she was auditioning for a Zombie Opera.  And I was intrigued.

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You should go to this – it’s on our calendars

I received this at work and sent it to Geoff and we both agreed that we’re going to go.  This is important and discussions like these need to happen with sympathetic audiences like you find here in MA and elsewhere.  If you’re in the neighborhood, won’t you join us?  It’s FREE and open to the public.

Event: 
Reflections on Gender: A Panel Discussion of Transgender History

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Shop Local- your holiday shopping calendar

As much as I try to pretend otherwise, it is November.  And while this does mean that there is a lot of really good music happening this month, it also means that it’s time for Holiday Craft Show Season to really get underway.  My schedule is packed with great shows.  If you need gifts for people who are interesting, quirky, hard to shop for, or just want something one of a kind, look no further.

Seriously, click on that link below.  It’s right down there.

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New Hampshire People! Get some Jazz!

I’m bringing you greetings from the inimitable Dave Scott.  He’s got two gigs coming up in New Hampshire.  They both sound fantastic, especially the one in Portsmouth because 1) it’s in Portsmouth and 2) Beatles.

Go if you can, Dave and his friends make great music and great fun. From Dave:

FRIDAY, JUNE 19th, 8 p.m.  THE PURPLE PIT in Bristol, NH, $14

This is another Jonathan Lorentz “joint.”  You hopefully know Jon as the tireless (well, I have to assume he gets tired at some point, with all the teaching and playing and family-manning and gig curating he does) sax player and impresario of a number of performance situations throughout New Hampshire.  He’s put together a new performance situation at this nice coffee place and restaurant in Bristol.  There’s a whole summer and fall full of entertainment planned!  Check out one of the shows, if you’re in the area or are traveling there, so that the music endures at this location.

DYAD
(David Thorne Scott – voice, bass, trumpet, mandolin, melodica)
(Mark Shilansky – piano, voice, intent to play other instruments at some point)
http://www.thepurplepit.com

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Sunday, June 21st
6-9 PM at THE PRESS ROOM, 77 Daniel St, Portsmouth NH, $10 

THE META-BEAT!
We are the Meta-beat, and we were born out of numerous lunch-time conversations between Les Harris and Mark Shilansky. As such, we play the music of the Beatles, plus solo Beatle material, plus music by Beatle collaborators and contemporaries, often in medleys.  We recontextualize things as well, so though we are often doing straight-up covers, we also will play instrumental versions of tunes, swing some of them, latin-ize some of them, play an early Beatles tune in the style of the later Beatles, mash them up, reharmonize them.  It’s fun and I think fun to listen to as well, and this gig we have a very special guest because Sara Caswell is joining us.

M.S. – piano/voice, David Thorne Scott – voice, Les Harris Jr – drums/voice, Aubrey Harris – bass/voice, Eric Byers – guitars/voice, Special Guest: Sara Caswell – violin

I’m working tomorrow night, but if we can make it to the performance in Portsmouth, we will.  Go out, get some culture, tell your friends!

~Kelly

Really Good Music for a Really Good Cause- Benefit Concert for Tom Zajac

The greater Boston community of Early Music folks is coming together tomorrow night to do something that, in my many years here, is pretty much unprecedented.  We’re getting together to give our time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of another musician.

Tom Zajac is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and teacher.  He’s a musical powerhouse and also just a really nice guy.  As it sometimes happens with the vagaries of nature, he’s had a series of totally necessary medical procedures and uncomfortable surgeries that have left him unable to keep up with his usual number of gigs, teaching assignments, and concerts.  That means that despite what insurance is covering, he’s facing an income gap.

We’re trying to fix that.

Tomorrow night at 6:00pm as a part of the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series friends of Tom Zajac will present Battaglia d’Amor: A Benefit Concert for Tom Zajac, an All Star Lineup of groups in concert at First Lutheran Church, Boston.  For those of you playing along at home, that’s 299 Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02116 in the heart of the Back Bay.

Are you ready for this?  This is the list of performers.  It’s like a rock star list of the early music groups from Boston and beyond.  Here they are, in no particular order:

If you’re planning on attending, please RSVP here.  We’re expecting this to be completely sold out and SRO.  Admission is a suggested donation of $20, though you’re welcome to give more if you are able.  All money will go directly to Tom.  Everyone, all performers, staff, the venue, and the publicity from BEMF, is all being donated on his behalf.  Everything.

If you can’t attend and would still like to help out, there’s a GoFundMe page set up here.  We’re almost at our goal.  If you can help out, please do.  Ideally we’d like to smash that goal to pieces.

I’ll be there tomorrow night working front of house on behalf of Cappella Clausura and Meravelha.  In advance I’d like to thank you for your help and for being a part of this fantastic community effort.

~Kelly

 

Cappella Clausura brings you EXULTET! 5/2 & 5/3 with a discount for blog readers

EXULTET!

Saturday May 2nd at 8:00 pm in Lindsey Chapel, Emmanuel Church 15 Newbury St, Boston   RSVP here via Facebook.

Sunday May 3rd at 4:00 pm in Eliot Church of Newton 474 Centre Street, Newton, MA   RSVP here via Facebook.

EXULTET_WITHTEXT

Featuring the Music of Hildegard von Bingen, Arvo Pärt, Eric Whitacre, and a premiere of Hilary Tann‘s exuberant “Exultet” for reed quintet and double chorus, arranged especially for Cappella Clausura, and with special guest Peggy Pearson, oboe.  Hilary will be at each concert and will stay after each performance for a post concert talk-back with the audience.

Our May 3rd concert is a part of Newton’s May Festival of the Arts

TICKETS:

$20 in advance/ $25 at the door
Seniors/students:  $15 advance/ $18 door

OR, you can get a serious discount if you buy tickets in advance.

Because you’ve read to the end of this post and because you’re a friend of this blog, if you use the password FRIENDSOFKELLY at either of the links above, May 2nd or May 3rd, you’ll get advance tickets to either concert for just $10 each.

That’s less than half price for a general admission ticket purchased at the door.  The best part is that you can share this discout with anyone you like.  Spread the wealth and invite your friends in on the deal too!

 @CClausura <– come visit us on Twitter for more news and discounts!

See you at the concerts!

~Kelly

@DavidScottJazz and @Shilanikus in concert 3/27 & 4/10 – Jazz by DYAD

DYAD- David Thorne Scott & Mark Shilansky present: Emerging from the musical wasteland

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Dave sent me an email about this fantastic pair of concerts.  Naturally, I’m working both nights.  *grumble*  But YOU should go.  Check it out.

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