, Newburyport, MA

June 13, 2013

The Lookout: Orchestras holding auditions for young musicians

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras will hold auditions for the 2013-14 season this Saturday.

Music students from throughout the region are invited to audition for the Symphony Orchestra (high school musicians), the Wind Ensemble (advanced wind players), the Intermezzo Orchestra (middle school musicians), the Overture and Prelude orchestras (elementary and middle school string players), the Junior Flute Choir (middle school flutists), the Flute Choir (high school flutists), and the Select Flute Choir (advanced high school flutists).

NMYO is the largest youth orchestra program in northeast Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Musicians come from more than 40 communities, including Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Newburyport, Rowley and West Newbury.

The auditions will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield. To register and for details on requirements, visit There is a $25 audition fee for new musicians.

For more information, call 978-309-9833 or email

Tannery studios show off their talents

A new summer series celebrating the performing arts kicks off tonight at The Tannery Marketplace in Newburyport.

“Tannery Performs” will feature dance, acting and music performances from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Tannery event tent, 50 Water St.

The evening will start with The Actors Studio presenting scenes from “The Glass Menagerie” and “Agnes of God.” The Musical Suite will present the Max Pearl Quintet performing classic jazz standards, and the Joppa Dance Company will showcase teen student choreography.

Wrapping up the event are performances by the Faculty Percussion Ensemble from Zach Fields Drum Studio and DJ MiniWeapon, who will present a dub step dance set.

Additional “Tannery Performs” nights are scheduled for July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 2.

Lend a helping hand at summer shows

The Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series is looking for volunteers.

People are needed to help set up before performances, seat patrons and serve refreshments during intermission.

The Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. and include The Spinney Brothers on July 6, Shirim Klezmer Orchestra on July 13, the Paul Broadnax Ensemble on July 20, Grace Kelly Jazz on July 27, the Don Campbell Band on Aug. 10, Rebecca Parris on Aug. 17 and the New Black Eagle Jazz Band on Aug. 24.

Sunday concerts start at 2 p.m. and include Fatum Brothers Jazz on July 14, the Shaw Brothers on July 21, the Hal McIntyre Orchestra “Big Band Tribute” to Frank Sinatra on Aug. 11, Liz Frame and the Kickers on Aug. 18, and ’60s Invasion on Aug. 25.

For more information about volunteering, call 978-388-2552.

Photographer’s work on display at bank

Photographs by Brooke Whicher are on display through July 28 at The Provident Bank’s Newburyport branch in an exhibit titled “Keep Calm and Sparkle On!”

An artist’s reception will be held Thursday, July 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the bank, 66 Storey Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

Whicher is a North Shore photojournalist who loves natural light, ombre and anything that sparkles. She has trained for several years with Kelly Mintz of SEE Shore Photography and is also a “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” photographer, documenting infant remembrances for local hospitals and families. Additionally, she takes pictures and volunteers for the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society in Salisbury.

The exhibit may be viewed during normal bank hours, which are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call 978-225-1401.

Dear World screening and reception

A celebration party and screening event for the Dear World/Dear Newburyport project will be held Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at City Hall.

A video presentation of portraits showcasing what matters most to people will be shown. The pictures were taken this past weekend by Robert X. Fogarty.

The event will also feature food from local restaurants and performances by blue, The Inn on the Beach’s jazz band and Exit Dance Theatre. Proceeds benefit The Actors Studio.

Tickets are $25 per person and free for children under 12. To purchase or for more information, call 978-465-1229.

City Hall is located at 60 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Blues Brothers come to Salisbury Beach

Produced by Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi Pisano, The Official Blues Brothers Review stops at Blue Ocean Music Hall tonight at 8.

Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty take over the roles of Jake and Elwood Blues, portrayed by Aykroyd and the late Jim Belushi in “The Blues Brothers” movie. The show re-creates the live concert experience and integrates humor and songs from the film and subsequent albums.

Under the musical direction of Paul Shaffer from “Late Show With David Letterman,” the show also features the eight-piece Intercontinental Rhythm & Blues Revue Band.

Tickets are $29 and $39. To purchase, call 978-462-5888, visit or stop by the box office, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury.

OpArt works featured at art association

An exhibit of work from OpArt artists is on display through Monday, June 24, at the Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St.

A reception will be held Friday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.

OpArt is Opportunity Works’ art program, which aims to encourage and support individuals with disabilities to explore the creative process. Opportunity Works is a Newburyport-based social service agency that helps provide jobs and skills to developmentally challenged adults.

For more information about the exhibit, call 978-465-8769.

Concert to benefit church programs

Two local teachers will present a vocal concert on Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Newburyport.

Both sopranos, Francesa Pomerantz of Newburyport and Louise Cramer of Amesbury will sing jazz standards along with opera arias and duets. Barbara Flocco of Stratham, N.H., will accompany them on the piano.

Donations will be accepted to benefit Among Friends, the meal program at St. Paul’s, and Boyz Club, a program to enrich the lives of struggling boys of Newburyport.

For more information, call 978-270-5547 or email The church is located at 166 High St.

Grog show to benefit The One Fund

The United We Jam fundraiser kicks off at the Grog tonight at 8.

Featuring performances by Soul Robot, Soft Cactus, Deep Keel and Ben Carroll, the evening’s proceeds will all go to The One Fund Boston, to help victims of the marathon bombings.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5. A number of raffle prizes will also be given away.

Tour the flowers of Maudslay Park

Take a “Walk Through the Mountain Laurels” at Maudslay State Park this Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The free program, for all ages, celebrates the wild mountain laurels highlighted in poems by John Greenleaf Whittier. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Walks will also be held June 22, 23 and 29.

Maudslay is located on Curzon Mill Road in Newburyport.

A fun night with the Newburyport Olive Oil Co.

A Spring Fling will be held tonight from 6 to 7:30 at the Newburyport Olive Oil Co.

The event in the Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport, will feature wine and olive oil samples, door prizes, and live music from Plum Island Pans.

For more information, call 978-462-7700.

Winery celebrates fathers with festival

Treat Dad to a free afternoon of wine and beer sampling at Jewell Towne Vineyards this Sunday.

From noon to 4 p.m., the Father’s Day Wine & Brew Fest will feature wine and cheese pairings, wine and chocolate pairings, and beer from White Birch Brewing Co.

No reservations are needed. Jewell Towne is located at 183 Whitehall Road in South Hampton.

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature the Bob Kramer Duo tomorrow and Liz Frame and the Kickers on Saturday.

Seasoned performers Bob Kramer, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, and Alan Foucault, a bassist and singer, play a blend of rock, blues and folk.

Popular local band Liz Frame and the Kickers is kicking off a mid-Atlantic tour that starts July 10. The all-original Americana group specializes in tight harmonies and catchy melodies.

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport restaurant.

Jazz on tap at Ten Center

Wednesday’s “Jazz at Ten Center” presents a jazz piano trio, featuring Tim Ray on piano, Dave Landoni on bass and Phil McGowan on drums.

The show takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the restaurant, 10 Center St., Newburyport. For more information, visit


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