Chamber Music for the Masses
Olivia Hull

If you need an extra incentive to attend the Chamber Music Society’s first concert of the summer this week, here’s one: It’s free. The tickets have all been pre-paid by Sam Feldman, whose late wife Gretchen was an avid supporter of chamber music.

“I’m trying to help her legacy in continuing the [Chamber Music Society] and making it healthy and strong,” Mr. Feldman said. “We are both very involved in our community and love to give back to this wonderful place.”

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On-Island With Ryan Montbleau
Alison L. Mead

Offstage, while having dinner at Smoke ‘n Bones in Oak Bluffs, singer/songwriter Ryan Montbleau is quiet and unassuming, just another approachable friendly guy eating ribs.

But onstage at the Pit Stop, later that same evening, Mr. Montbleau transforms into something much larger, captivating the audience with his spirited singing and playing.

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YMCA Teen Center

Whether you’ve just always wanted to hear your own singing voice played back to you, or are planning on becoming the next breakout musician, there’s a place on the Vineyard for musicians to record their art. Studio 57 at the Alexandra Gagnon Teen Center at the YMCA is a state-of-the-art recording facility with professional engineers, and they are waiting for you.

Studio time is free for teens ages 13 through 18, and available for rental by the entire community.

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Pro-Shark Concert: Music With a Bite
Holly Nadler

The battle lines have been drawn.

For some years now the town of Oak Bluffs has hosted an annual Monster Shark Tournament during a weekend in July. The event is well attended by both fishermen and spectators. But it is also protested regularly.

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When Irish Music Smiles

When Irish Music Smiles

Tonight, June 8, at 8 p.m. KCT concerts is hosting a night of Irish music with fiddler Oisin MacDiarmada and singer and accordionist Seamus Begley. The show takes place at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

Mr. MacDiarmada is a native of Sligo, a region known for its rich fiddle tradition. He is also a music education graduate of Trinity University in Dublin and has been described as “one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today.”

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Good Hook

King Cake and the Baby

Hooked Restaurant, located on the site of the beloved Lola’s, 15 Island Inn Road in Oak Bluffs, is having its grand opening tonight, May 25. To celebrate they are going creole with a New Orleans-inspired music scene.

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Chamber Music

Chamber Music

This weekend the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (MVCMS) begins its 2012 season by hosting a concert on Saturday, May 26, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.

The concert features Sharan Leventhal on violin, Lila Brown on viola, Jonathan Miller on cello and Delores Stevens on piano. The pieces will include work by Mozart, Joaquín Turina and Richard Strauss

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Glee-ful

Minnesingers Take to the Stage

Long before Glee there were The Minnesingers.

This year the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School singing troupe is turning 45-years-old. To celebrate, as part of their spring performance this weekend, they are taking a tour down memory lane. One of the numbers will be a medley of songs performed over the past near half-century. The group will also perform the Seven Deadly Sins through song and dance.

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CPR Ensemble Stills Beating Hearts

On Sunday, May 13, beginning at 4 p.m., the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center is hosting the Composer-Performer-Repertory Ensemble, also known as CPR. It’s an unwieldy name, but the acronym, suggesting a life-saving antidote, is apt. This group can play.

The ensemble is comprised of Matthew Woodard on violin and viola, Nicholas Davies on clarinet, Lev Mamuya on cello, Christopher Staknys on piano and was recently founded by its director, Howard Frazin, at the New England Conservatory.

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Beetlebung Festival Serves Up Tasty Treat
Remy Tumin

Spring was in full bloom at the second annual Beetlebung Festival for the Arts and Edibles last Saturday, where a night of good eats, good music and great company echoed through the Chilmark Community Center.

The first arrival of seasonal friends and workers began to trickle in, catching up on winter activities over a dinner of Grey Barn pork, kale salad, frozen yogurt and planning for summer over coffee from the Chilmark Coffee Co. and baked goods.

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