North Quabbin Notebook: June 10, 2023

Published: 06-09-2023 4:06 PM

1794 Meetinghouse to host jazz vocalist for opening

NEW SALEM — Accompanied by trumpeter Haneef Nelson and pianist Andrew Wilcox, jazz vocalist Samirah Evans will perform jazz standards on Saturday, June 10, for the opening weekend of the 1794 Meetinghouse’s summer concert season.

Tickets are available at The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for those ages 13 to 17. Those 12 and under will be admitted for free.

The 1794 Meetinghouse also plans to host a fundraising picnic supper on June 10 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Food will consist of deli or hummus sandwiches, pasta salad, coleslaw and a brownie, all for $10. New Salem Cider will be on hand selling hard cider.

Then on Sunday, June 11, at 4 p.m., Quabbin Valley Pro Musica will perform “There and Back Again,” a varied program of classical choral music. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for those ages 13 to 17, and free for ages 12 and under.

A highlight of Sunday’s program is a reprise of Orange composer Carolyn Brown Senier’s “Speranza,” which was premiered by Quabbin Valley Pro Musica in 2011. “Speranza” is a musical setting of a poem in English and Italian by the composer’s late husband, Richard Senier.

Other works to be performed include three serenades by Mozart, three prayers in Hebrew by the 17th-century Italian composer Salamone Rossi, and four choral works of the German Baroque master Georg Philipp Telemann.

The 1794 Meetinghouse is located at 26 South Main St.

Orange Community Band opens concert season

ORANGE — The Orange Community Band will open its summer concert season on Friday, June 23, with a performance at the Butterfield Park bandstand at 7 p.m.

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The program, though subject to change, for the first concert will include “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Mt. Everest” by Rossano Galante, “That Old Hound Dog Rag” by Randall D. Standridge, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” arranged by Don Gillis, “Choose Joy” by Randall D. Standridge, and “In the Miller Mood” arranged by Warren Barker. Several marches will also be included.

The band is rehearsing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Central Congregational Church. New members are welcome. There will be no rehearsal June 14, but regular Wednesday rehearsals resume June 21.