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Opening Concert for Cape Ann Symphony – Saturday September 24

THE BIG NIGHT, BIG MUSIC CONCERT

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016, 8:00PM

The season opener for our 65th season features big symphonic pieces that showcase the talents of the Cape Ann Symphony musicians. An evening of thrilling music not to be missed.

The Program
  • Bernstein Symphonic Dances
  • from West Side Story
  • Debussy La Mer
  • Respighi Pines of Rome

Student CATA Passes for 2016-2017 School Year on Sales Tomorrow

Student Pass Applications & Information for O’Maley Students or GHS Students


2016-2017 School Passes will be available at the GHS Atrium the following days: August 24, 25 & 26 ~ 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
August 30st ~ 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
August 31 & September 1 ~ Lunch Blocks to 4:00 pm.

—> Student Passes will be available at CATA offices after September 5.
—>Student passes are not valid for Danvers and Peabody Malls.

STUDENT PASS OPTIONS

  • The Unlimited Pass: An annual or semester pass that allows the holder unlimited use of the CATA system at no additional cost per ride.
    • Semester Pass: $100.00
    • Annual Pass: $200.00
  • The Pass Plus: An annual pass that allows the holder to ride at a reduced fare of 50 cents per trip.
    • Annual Pass: $25.00

Student Pass Applications: O’Maley Students or GHS Students

Cape Ann Symphony Chorus is seeking singers

The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus is seeking singers for its November 26 & 27, 2016 Holiday Concert performances. Rehearsals begin on September 13, 7-9pm, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Washington Street, Gloucester. Rehearsals run every Tuesday through November 22.

We welcome all voice parts, particularly tenors and basses.  First timers are asked to call Wendy Betts at 978-546-5220 for a brief audition the week of September 4.  Chorus dues are $20.00 for the fall season.

Lee Lewis and the Doo Wop All Stars close out the Summer Bandstand Series on Sunday August 28th

Lee Lewis and the Doo Wop All Stars
at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand
Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA
August 28, 2016 at 7pm

Lee Lewis And The Doo Wop All StarsThe concert is sponsored by The Gloucester Lodge of Elks. The Doo Wop Allstars bring the best of fifties and sixties vocal showpieces for your entertainment. This New Hampshire based group will bring back fond memories of your favorite classic tunes.

This will be the eighth and final concert of the Bandstand Series’ 2016 season. This year is the thirtieth anniversary season of these free concerts in the park.  Large audiences continue to attend and listen in this picturesque setting overlooking Gloucester’s outer harbor.

The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 31. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

Windhover Annual Summer Fundraiser – DINER EN COULEUR Thursday 8/18/16

Diner En Couleur
Sous la pleine lune AoÛt
(under the August full moon)
Annual Summer fundraiser
Thursday, August 18, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Featuring mini dance performances by the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company, Carol Earle, Sarah Slifer Swift plus live music

Come and enjoy this sumptuous event on the idyllic grounds of Windhover, 257R Granite Street, Rockport, MA, 01966

Bring your own picnic dinner (with settings) and join us at our extravagant white-clothed tables arrayed with flowers.  Toast the enchanted performances with a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries!

Walk away with one of our wonderful gift baskets that will be raffled off!

Admission donation is $25 per person. Dress is colorful festive.

Please make a reservation, by sending a check to Windhover, PO Box 2249, Rockport, MA, 01966 or online (through PayPal) at windhover.org  (a 501(c)3 non-profit)

For more information, contact Lisa Hahn, windhover@verizon.net or (978) 546-3611

Rockport Legion Band Free Concert Sunday August 21

On August 21, 2016, Jim Davison conducts the seventh concert of our 83rd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Popcorn is available.  Children are welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Concert #7 – August 21, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Jim Davison, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER Francis Scott Key

BILLBOARD MARCH John Klohr

PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN Klaus Badelt

PROCESSION OF THE NOBLES Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov

THE DRUNKEN SAILOR arr. Grant Hill

BIG BAND BASH arr. Bob Lowden

GABRIEL’S OBOE Ennio Morricone ~ Bob Heineman, Oboe Solo

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Jerry Bock

YOU RAISE ME UP Rolf Lovland ~ Ben Fuller, Vocalist

OLD 89 Steve Thomas

THE IRISH WASHERWOMAN arr. Leroy Anderson

Celtic Celebration
Featuring The Creagan More Pipes & Drums
Dick Chain, Director

WINGS & MURDOS WEDDING Creagan More Pipes & Drums Entrance

HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

COCK OF THE NORTH Creagan More

79TH FAREWELL TO GIBRALTER Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

A’ THE BLUE BONNETS Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

EILEEN ARUN / WESTERING HOME Creagan More

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE / NO AWA Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

AMAZING GRACE Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

AULD LANG SYNE Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

The name, “CREAGAN MORE” is Gaelic for “LARGE ROCKS!”
which means that our Celtic Celebration is actually
A LARGE ROCK CONCERT!  (who knew?)

Cape Ann Community Band concert on Sunday, August 21, at 7pm

Cape Ann Community Band
Summer Concert at Gentile Bandstand (Stage Fort Park)
Sunday, August 21, 2016 @7pm

CommunityBandThe Cape Ann Community Band under the direction of David Benjamin, plays their annual summer concert, on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at 7pm at the at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. The concert theme is “The Sea Around Us”. The program features nautical music including Victory at Sea and South Pacific. Local soloists David Oliver (tuba) and Dana Cohen (trombone) will also be featured. The concert is sponsored by Bank Gloucester. The band is comprised of Cape Ann musicians, young and old, who come together for six weeks of rehearsal;  culminating in the August concert.

This will be the seventh of eight concerts held at the bandstand this summer. This year is the thirtieth anniversary season of these free concerts in the park.  Large audiences continue to attend and listen in this picturesque setting overlooking Gloucester’s outer harbor.

The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 24. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

Henri Smith with Dana & Mugs on 104.9 FM Tomorrow at 8:40AM — WIN TIX

Henri Smith taken in New Orleans when he went back for Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

Tune in to Northshore 104.9 FM tomorrow at 8:40AM for some fun when Dana & Mugs welcome local singer/bandleader Henri Smith (who moved to Gloucester after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home).  You’ll learn how Henri & Charles Neville (of the Neville Brothers) are nurturing the next generation of top musicians through this week’s debut of The New England Neville Brothers in Beverly (more info here).  And you can bet Dana Hersey will ask Henri about his roles in several films shot in New England, including “The Great Debaters,” “Double Jeopardy,” “Pink Panther 2” and “Shutter Island.”

Best of all you could win a pair of tickets to Friday’s show and dance with Henri Smith along with Grammy-winners Charles Neville & Amadee Castenell and the next generation of Neville Brothers at the fully air conditioned Vittori-Rocci Post right off Rte 128 in Beverly!  Good seats are still available for only $25.00.  GET THEM HERE.

Here’s an example of what that was like 2 years ago at a show in Gloucester!

4Ever Fab ~ Beatles Tribute band live at Stage Fort Park – Sunday 8/14/16

4Ever Fab
Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park
August 14, 2016 @ 7pm

Beatles Tribute band, 4Ever Fab, appears in concert on Sunday, August 14, at 7pm at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. This outstanding band returns to the bandstand with a terrific and genuine Beatles sound. This show features spot-on renditions of your classic Beatles favorite. This concert is dedicated in memory of Robert Cavender, a long-time bandstand supporter.

This concert is sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank, who will provide free ice cream treats to the audience. The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 17. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

PAUL TAYLOR 2 COMPANY at WINDHOVER this August 17-19, 2016

SPECIAL DANCE EVENT: Members of The Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company will arrive
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 at Windhover through Friday August 19, 2016.

Paul Taylor established Taylor 2 in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen by audiences all over the world, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. Mr. Taylor worked with longtime colleague Linda Hodes to create a company that could accommodate performance requests as well as teach and provide community outreach. This August, three members of the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company will reside at Windhover Performing Arts Center in Rockport, Mass in order to provide master classes at all levels for the public. The class schedule is below and all are welcome to attend. The Paul Taylor 2 dancers will also participate in mini performances and improvisations at the Windhover Picnic Benefit “Diner en Couleur” on Thursday, August 18th from 6:00-8:00pm. (details below)

A special film showing of Paul Taylor and his creative process will be shown in Gloucester at the Cape Ann Cinema on Wednesday, August 17th at 7:30pm. The film is called Creative Domain and was released in 2015. The film showing is free to the public, and will be followed by questions and answers from the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company members. Address of the Cape Ann Cinema is 21 Main Street in Gloucester.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Wednesday evening Aug 17th from 5:00-6:30pm   Modern Taylor Technique Class for all ages and basic level. Teaching at Windhover Performing Arts Center, 257 rear Granite Street, Rockport, Ma. 01966

FILM SHOWING of film “CREATIVE DOMAIN” at the Cape Ann Cinema at 7:30pm. This film, released in 2015 is about Paul Taylor, his company and Taylor’s creative process behind making a dance. It is the inside look at a master choreographer at work.  Free showing at the Cape Ann Cinema in Gloucester at 21 Main Street in Gloucester. Showtime is 7:30pm, followed by questions and answers from the dance company. The film runs exactly 82 minutes.

Thursday morning Aug 18th from 9:30-11:00am  Modern Taylor Technique Class, intermediate to expert level at Windhover Performing Arts Center.

Thursday, August 18th from 6:00-8:00pm    “Diner en Couleur” at Windhover    Picnic Benefit for WIndhover  from 6:00-8:00pm.    Bring your own delicious picnic to enjoy on the beautiful grounds of Windhover, accompanied by dance improvisations and mini performances by the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company; along with solos performed by Sarah Slifer Swift and Carol Earle of works choreographed by Ina Hahn. Live cello music will also accompany the picnic. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC for a donation of $25.00 per person.  Prosecco, red & white wine plus chocolate dipped strawberries will be provided by Windhover.

Friday morning August 19h from 10:00-11:30am  Modern Taylor Technique Class for all ages and basic level. Teaching at Windhover.

For more information please call Lisa Hahn, Director, at Windhover at 978-546-36111

Rockport Legion Band sixth free concert ~ Sunday August 14

The Rockport Legion Band will perform our sixth free concert of our 83rd consecutive summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA.

7:00, Sunday, August 14, 2016.

Popcorn is available.  Children are welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Jason Howard will conduct this program.

The Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key
“American Cadet” March R. B. Hall
The Little Mermaid Alan Menken
Wonderland by Night, Trumpet Solo Jason Howard Arr. Alfred Reed
The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber Arr. Warren Barker
Iowa Brigade Band Fred Jewell
Selections From Aladdin Arr. John Moss
Gershwin! Arr. Warren Barker
Harlem Nocturne, Alto Sax Solo JoAnn Thrasher Earle Hagen
Eric Clapton on Stage Arr. Paul Murtha
New Orleans Jam Session!, Dixie Group Arr. Bob Lowden
The Billboard March John N. Klohr
Symphonic Highlights from Frozen Arr. Stephen Bulla
The Elephant and the Flea, Flute & Tuba Duet A. Eric Heukeshoven
Jeannine Lynch & Allen Bernard
Disney Blockbusters Arr. John Higgins
March-Ponderoso K. L. King
God Bless America Irving Berlin

 

Sunday August 7 – Cape Ann Big Band at Stage Fort Park

2016 Summer Concert Series
Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave., Gloucester, MA
Sunday, August 7th
Cape Ann Big Band at 7pm
cape ann big band

The Cape Ann Big Band, Directed by Carlos Menezes, appears in concert on Sunday, August 7, at 7pm at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. This outstanding local big band delivers a great evening of Big-Band Jazz, Swing and Ballads.

This concert is sponsored by Institution for Savings

The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner.

The rain date is Wednesday, August 10. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

WIN Concert Tickets, Downtown Dollars and MORE @ Sidewalk Bazaar RIGHT NOW!

Aurelia Nelson and the crew from North Shore 104.9 are in front of Cape Ann Savings Bank with their Prize Wheel RIGHT NOW.  And they’ll be there all day today!  Tomorrow you can enter your name to win prizes instead of spinning the wheel.  Either way, you’ll want to go down to the Sidewalk Bazaar and try your luck!

You can win tickets to see Henri Smith feat. Grammy-Winner Charles Neville and the North Shore debut of The New England Neville Brothers (the next generation of Neville Brothers) with Grammy-Winner Amadee Castenell — all in one fun night out Friday, August 19th at the Vittori-Rocci Hall (right off 128) in Beverly!

Other prizes include Downtown Dollars which you can spend at any shop downtown during the sidewalk bazaar!

Get down there now.  Don’t wait until all the prizes are gone!

Here’s a taste of what you’ll get to see if you with the concert tickets

Old Cold Tater with Check & Ellen Tonight at 7pm.

Old Cold Tater with Chick & Ellen
concert at 7pm, tonight, Wednesday, August 3
Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park.

Cazeault

The concert is sponsored by Cazeault Home & Solar, Gloucester’s best source of home solar applications.

OldColdTater2

This will be a first-class concert of acoustic blue grass for your entertainment! Don’t miss this one! Please spread the word to your friends as well.

 

 

 

 

The Force is With Us Tonight @ I4-C2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens – FREE

After a couple of days of dicey weather The Force has delivered us perfect a outdoor movie-going night. FREE screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, presented by Building Center.  Refreshments at 6pm.  Movie starts at dark.  65 Rogers Street (I4-C2)!  Be there to awaken the Force within you!  Special thanks to Aurelia Nelson of North Shore 104.9 for keeping Movie Night Alive!

Breaking News – Tonight’s concert at Stage Fort Park Postponed until August 3rd

Old Cold Tater, with Chick & Ellen
concert on Wednesday, August 3, at 7pm
Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park,
Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA.

old-cold-taterThese outstanding acoustic musicians promise a great evening of Bluegrass at its best. This concert is sponsored by Cazeault Solar & Home. The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner.

For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

Stage Fort Park Summer Bandstand – Sunday July 31 Old Cold Tater with Chick & Ellen

old cold tater 2Chick & Ellen with Laurie & JayOld Cold Tater, with Chick & Ellen appear in concert on Sunday, July 31, at 7pm at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. These outstanding acoustic musicians promise a great evening of Bluegrass at its best. This concert is sponsored by Cazeault Solar & Home. The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 3. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

Quarry Dance

WINDHOVER ANNOUNCES “QUARRY DANCE 5”
at Barker’s Quarry in Lanesville
Leverett Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Performances are: FRIDAY, July 29th at 5:30PM

SATURDAY, July 30th at 11:00AM & 5:30PM

SUNDAY, July 31st at 1:00PM

 

Windhover Performing Arts Center has presented spellbinding and engaging Quarry Dances for the past four years on Cape Ann. The New York City-based dance company, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, returns again this summer for a residency at Windhover to create and choreograph a site-specific quarry dance for the public. The audience for the quarry dance performances continues to expand, and people come from Boston and the surrounding areas.

For Quarry Dance 5, the Dušan Týnek dancers will use the architecture, cliffs, ledges, paths and water of Barker’s Quarry to celebrate this special place. The uniqueness and beauty of the quarry will be embraced and honored as in previous dances. Boston based live saxophonist Russ Gershon will accompany all four quarry dances.

Mr. Barker of Barker’s quarry was a quarryman who owned many acres of land and had a thriving granite business in the 1890’s until the early part of the 20th century. The quarry sits on the Selma & Gabriel Kleimola Reservation and is partially privately owned by a Kleimola family descendant as well as publically owned by the Essex County Greenbelt Association. The Kleimolas were from Finland, and they were lured to the Lanesville area by way of Ellis Island with eagerness to start a new life!

Performances of Quarry Dance 5 are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. No reservations are required. The performance will last just over one hour. In case of rain, the performance is cancelled.

An art exhibit on silk interpreting the beauty and resilience of the quarries will be shown by artists Susan Quateman and Leslie Bartlett and will be on view during the entire run. There will be two educational free quarry talks offered by the ECGA (Essex County Greenbelt Association) following the performances on Friday evening and on Sunday afternoon that will last a half hour.

As there is no parking on Leverett Street, arrangements have been made to park at the Lanesville Community Center at 8 Vulcan Street, and also at the St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville.  A shuttle van provided by the company “Ride on Transportation” will run back and forth from the Lanesville Community Center to the quarry on Leverett Street starting 45 minutes prior to performance times and after the performance is concluded.  The suggested fee for the shuttle is $1.00 per person each way. The St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville are both within close walking distance to the Lanesville Community Center shuttle service. It is about a ten to fifteen minute walk to Barker’s quarry (at the end of Leverett Street) from the various parking areas, and we encourage as many people as possible to plan to walk.

The shuttle will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance and run continuously until the performance starts.  It will return guests back to the Lanesville Community Center following the performances. We are requesting that no private vehicles be driven on Leverett Street going to the quarry during the shuttle and performance times in order to allow for an unimpeded flow of traffic.

Note: Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis and chairs will be provided. In addition, people are welcome to bring blankets to sit on, as well bring their own water and soft drinks. Please do be advised that space is limited. For further information, please check the Windhover website which is: www.windhover.org or call 978-546-3611.

Major funding has been made possible by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. This program is also supported in part by a grants from both the Rockport and Gloucester Cultural Councils, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Quarry Dance 4 on top of granite ledge together

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