Ain’t Whistling Dixie, Irish Sensation Blows into Town

KCT Concerts is whistling an Irish tune to ring in Memorial Day Weekend.

Laurence Nugent, a flute and whistle playing demigod from Ireland, kicks off the summer season.

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Musical Maestro to Give Biblical Oratorio Lecture

On Sunday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m., the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center will present Howard Frazin’s oratorio, The Voice of Isaac, as a retelling of the Abraham and Isaac story, from Isaac’s perspective.

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Minnesingers Encore

Minnesingers Encore

In Paris the audiences screamed oui, oui. In Prague it was prosim, prosim prídavek (yes, yes, encore). And here on the Vineyard we begin by saying, Welcome back to the high school Minnesingers.

After taking Europe by storm, they perform for us this weekend at their annual spring show at the high school performing arts center. Bravo.

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Vest Fest

Vest Fest

See you later harbingers of spring, and say hello to summertime sneak peaks, portents, auguries, forerunners, what have you. Tonight the Lampost in Oak Bluffs gets loud with its first live show of the season.

It’s the first annual Vest Fest, kissing cousin to Best Fest. Music is the main ingredient for both festivals. Vest Fest just dresses it up a notch.

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Bronx Boy Turns Cowboy Genius

Bronx Boy Turns Cowboy Genius

When Linda Ronstadt tells of someone with “an incredible power of history and tradition in his vocals,” you don’t expect she’s talking about a man better known for playing fiddle, banjo and guitar than for his singing, a man who didn’t even play music for a living before the age of 40. But Bruce Molsky doesn’t fit the usual logic of things. I mean, would you expect a Bronx-born trained mechanical engineer to be called “the Rembrandt of Appalachian fiddle”?

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Full Hearts on Stage, Misty Eyes Off
Lauren Martin

The littlest violinists had waited a long time for their stage debut, when at last they could flourish their bows just as their teachers did: up, down, out in front, sideways, up, down, on their heads.

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Music! Right Here on Martha’s Vineyard!
Holly Nadler

The major repercussion for you, the audience member, of attending a production, anywhere, anytime, of Broadway’s great classic The Music Man, is your own zany behavior the morning after. The moment you open your eyes, you’ll begin a whispered verse, “What can I do, my dear, to make it clear?

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Young Musicians Jamming on the Mainland

It was a road trip for 33 young musicians and their grown-up entourage, led by maestro Nancy Jephcote, as they joined the All-Cape & Island String Jamboree on Monday at Barnstable Intermediate School, an intensive orchestra event.

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Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie

Although most of the Island is concerned with saying hello to the birdies as spring begins to unfold, the Tisbury School seventh and eighth graders are riding against the grain by saying goodbye to the birdies.

Well, actually no real birds are involved at all. Nor pinkletinks, crocuses or snowdrops.

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National Medal of Arts Goes to Mr. Taylor

Although no longer a frequent sight on the Vineyard, James Taylor is still a frequent visitor in the hearts (and ears) of many Islanders. Over the past five decades he has been a staple of popular music winning two Grammy awards and being inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2000.

And on Wednesday, March 3, Mr. Taylor was presented with a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.

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