Two exciting concerts coming up in March:
March…For the Arts!
Music from the Great American Songbook
On Sunday, March 16 at 4 pm in the sanctuary, the Bedford Center for the Arts(BCA) and the Music Committee join together in celebration of the arts for a community concert to benefit the BCA. This is an exciting first collaboration between BCAand First Parish. For BCA, this is an opportunity to round out its offerings to include more music, and for First Parish it represents our support for another community organization while at the same time offering top-flight music to the community. To learn more about the BCA visit bedfordarts.org.
Performers include vocalists Cynthia Mork & Ben Sears, with Brad Conner on piano, plus the multi-talented Groves family, Alice, Buffie & Dean. Sears, Mork and Conner will perform popular tunes by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, G&I Gershwin and others, including songs like "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "April In Paris" and "It's Magic". The Groves family will offer standards such as “Dream A Little Dream Of Me,” “Stars Fell On Alabama,” “Sweet Sue” and “Old Cape Cod” in close harmony, plus other great tunes in the Songbook style.Suggested donationis $20 ($15 for seniors and students). Proceeds go to the BCA to support its programming of events for the greater Bedford community.
A few words about the performers…
Hailed as "Boston's favorite song duo" by the Boston Globe, Ben Sears and Brad Conner have performed as a duo since 1989, and to date have thirteen CD releases to their credit. Sears and Conner are Producing Directors of American Classicsand founding members of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists (BACA), an organization promoting awareness and performance of cabaret in the Boston area. Vocalist Cynthia Mork equally enjoys performing classical music, popular song and jazz, appearing in greater Boston and beyond in a variety concerts and engagements. She has joined forces with “Ben and Brad” on many occasions, including appearing in four American Classicsproductions, and she is included on their two most recent CD releases.
The Groves family have performed all their lives. Alice is a consummate song stylist, who began her musical career in her teens. Back in the day, she was part of the fabled Storyville scene in Kenmore Square. Dean has been writing, playing, and arranging music for over 40 years--he has written over 150 original compositions. Buffie is a folksinger, theater actress and director, screenwriter, and teacher. She’s half of Fishken & Groves, a hugely popular fixture of the local folk scene.
Then on Saturday, March 29, at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm (two performances). The Music Committee presents a classical concert: Three Masterpieces by Three Masters. In the first part of the concert, we welcome back Yoko Hagino, playing the harpsichord for Bach’s masterpiece, Brandenburg Concerto #5. Additionally, soprano Epp Sonin will sing Mozart’s glorious “Exsultate Jubilate,” with Carol Epple (flute) and Elizabeth Connors (clarinet). The second part of the program is a semi-staged version of Purcell’s beloved opera, “Dido and Aeneas.” Cynthia Mork will sing the role of Dido, with FP members and friends Carol Krusemark, Ben Sears, Sandra Seitz, soloists, and the adult choir filling out the cast. The entire performance features a string quartet of some of Boston’s best freelance players, including our own Nathan Kimball (cello). Don’t miss this opportunity to hear these three great works! Suggested donation: $20 adults, $15 seniors/students.
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