Music and Poetry

Music and Poetry

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Winter Band Concert

Winter Band Concert

More than 150 Vineyard musicians, all of them students in the Martha’s Vineyard All Island Band Program, will play in the annual winter concert this Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the regional high school’s Performing Arts Center.

The winter band concert features the fifth and sixth grade band, the seventh and eighth grade concert band and the seventh and eighth grade jazz band.

The show is free and all are welcome.

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Peace, Hope and Light on a Dark Night

The words come out syncopated, layered, alto over soprano over bass over tenor and all rolling, rolling over you in an overlapping, ethereal echo: “We are the ones, we are the ones, we’ve been waiting for ...”

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Sinfonietta Concert

Sinfonietta Concert

Quiet, please? Not at the Vineyard Haven Public Library this Tuesday, when the reading desks will be pushed back to make way for a free Holiday Pops Concert with the Vineyard Sinfonietta.

The program includes music composed by Telemann, Gluck, Glazunov, Warlock, Britten, Willson and Gershwin. Playing will be Jan Hyer and Heidi Schultz on cello, Matt Pelikan on viola, Jo-Ann Ewing and Patricia Szucs on violin, and Holly Wayman and Nan White on flute.

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Christmas Jingles Fill Playhouse Airwaves
Lauren Martin

Behind time and without a budget, Rob Meyers, the Island vocalist best known for his indie-pop band Kahoots, was working up his first radio jingle for Cronig’s. He had nailed the jazzy barbershop harmony, wrapped up the doo-wap top-off. All he needed was the catchy hook. Then, deadline looming, he hit it: (sing along now) “Everybody digs Cronig’s ...”

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Professionals Join Island Ballerinas for Nutcracker

Thanksgiving, done. Next? For many, the next holiday tradition is the classic ballet, The Nutcracker.

Children in the Arts of Martha’s Vineyard will present the 11th annual Nutcracker Gala at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7.

The Nutcracker Prince’s triumphant battle with the Mouse King? Check.

Darting Snowflakes? Arabian and Spanish dancers? Sugar Plum Fairy? Check, check, check (with sugar on top).

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Krista River Sings in Chamber Concert Saturday

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society will introduce a sparkling new voice to Island music lovers at its holiday concert this Saturday, Nov. 29.

At 7:30 p.m. at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, pianist and artistic director Delores Stevens will be joined by singer Krista River and violist Scott Woolweaver for a concert of music by Brahms, Bach, Hummel, Loeffler, Chausson and Noel Coward.

Ms. River, a celebrated young mezzo-soprano, will be performing for the first time on a Vineyard stage.

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Chamber Music Concert

Chamber Music Concert

Island music lovers always have packed calendars between now and Christmas, and here is another date to set aside: on Nov. 29, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society has planned an extraordinary concert for Islanders. That’s on the Saturday evening of Thanksgiving weekend, at 7:30 in the Old Whaling Church.

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Rock Octogenarians in the Spotlight

It’s a rock doc like you’ve never seen before: The average age of the singers is 81, and the group is a choir, not a clapped-out band of has-beens busting guitars on stage. The film Young at Heart follows the eponymous chorus from Northampton who belt out Sonic Youth and James Brown tunes, punk, pop, disco — even singing Dylan’s Forever Young at a penitentiary gig.

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Two Nashville Musicians Come Home to Offshore

Former Island residents and songwriting duo Judd Fuller and Dana Radford will perform at The Offshore Ale Co. in Oak Bluffs, on Saturday, Nov. 1. Judd and Dana were involved in the Vineyard music scene for years before moving to Nashville, Tenn., in the winter of 2005. Judd is currently touring with country music star Rodney Atkins. They have just wrapped up their tour with Brooks & Dunn and ZZ Top. Dana is performing in Nashville as well as singing on recording sessions.

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