Watertown School Staff Putting on Play with 1 Day Prep to Raise Money for Band Trip

Some familiar faces in the Watertown Public Schools will have just one day to prepare a play for a performance on Saturday night. The proceeds from the event will help defer cost of the Watertown High School music program’s trip to New York. 

The Mystery Staff Show features 16 members of the WPS staff, who will not know what they will be performing until just 27.5 hours before they go on stage at the Watertown High School auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $10, and the money raised will help cut the cost of the every-other-year trip to New York by Watertown High School’s music program. Members of the band, orchestra and chorus head to the Big Apple for a weekend that includes performances, a trip to a play, and visits to tourist spots. The cast includes: Zack Allen, Heidi Baildon, Laurie Brackett, Culley Byham, Holly Cachimuel, Megan DiDuca, Aine Dirrane, Jess Donato, Amy Donohue, Chad Foster, Chris McDermott, Pat O’Neill, Nyssa Patten, Magen Slesinger, Siran Tamakian, and Sarah Thiemann.

First Watertown Library Winter Concert Features Violinist

The Watertown Free Public Library kicks off its Winter Concert Series on Dec. 2 with a performance by violinist Dorisiya Yosifova. The library provided the following information:

Winter Concert Series: Dorisiya Yosifova
Sunday, 12/2 | 2 pm
WATERTOWN FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, WATERTOWN SAVINGS BANK ROOM
We’re excited to announce the lineup for the 7th annual WFPL Winter Concert Series! As in previous years, our free concert series will feature all local artists. Performances are free and open to all.

Perkins School for the Blind Hosting Two Holiday Concerts, RSVP Now

Celebrate the Season with a pair of concerts at Perkins School for the Blind in early December. 

Perkins sent out the following information:

You are invited to Perkins School for the Blind for a festive Holiday Concert. Join us:
Sunday, December 2, at 3:00 PM and/or
Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 PM. Or watch a livestream of the concert to be broadcast at 7:30pm on December 4. View the Events page for details

The Perkins Student Chorus, Chamber Singers, Music Makers, Handbell Ensemble, Instrumental Ensemble and Vocal Soloists celebrate the season with a selection of beautifully arranged choral and instrumental works originating from around the world! The concerts are free and wheelchair accessible in Dwight Hall.

Catch a Big Band Tribute to the Veterans Featuring the World Famous Hal McIntyre Orchestra

The Town of Watertown presents A Musical Tribute to Veterans through the Decade, announced the Veterans Services Office. A free event featuring the World famous Hal McIntyre Orchestra featuring Watertown’s own Don Pentleton Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Watertown Middle School, 68 Waverley Ave., Watertown, from 7–9:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Pentleton, a Watertown High School graduate, played drums with the Glen Miller Band, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, and with Skitch Henderson, Ella Fitzgerald and comedians Phyllis Diller, Pat Cooper, Frankie Fontaine, and Georgie Jessel. He now conducts the orchestra. For further information, please contact Mark Comeiro at 617 972-6416 or email mcomeiro@watertown-ma.gov

Tremedal Concert in Watertown Features the Music of Dillon Bustin

The latest Tremedal Concert will feature The Songs of Dillon Bustin: As Performed by His Friends. 

The following information was provided by Tremedal Concerts:

Dillon Bustin is a songwriter, a playwright and a retired arts administrator. This concert, which brings together a host of his friends, folks who have recorded his songs over the years, is also a grateful tribute to the best kept secret in New England Folkdom. The sheer volume of Dillon’s prolific output, all produced in the background of long a successful career as an arts administrator with various organizations in the Boston area, most recently, a 10 year run with the Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. We are sort of bidding Dillon a bit of a farewell, as he and Martha have moved to Rockland, Maine … still, we hope there will be frequent sitings!!

Musical Tribute to Watertown’s Veterans Features Hal McIntyre Orchestra

The following announcement came from the Watertown Veterans Office:

The Town of Watertown presents A Musical Tribute to Veterans through the Decade. A free event featuring the World famous Hal McIntyre Orchestra featuring Watertown’s own Don Pentleton Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Watertown Middle School, 68 Waverley Ave., Watertown, from 7–9:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

For further information, please contact Mark Comeiro at 617 972-6416 or email mcomeiro@watertown-ma.gov

Early Music Group Led by Watertown Man First American Group to Win “British Grammy”

On Sept. 13, Watertown resident Scott Metcalfe and the group he directs, Blue Heron, made history by winning a prestigious British classical music award.  

The group, mostly made up of people from around Boston, or who used to live in the area, won the Gramophone Classical Music Award in the Early Music category. “We’re the first non-European group to win the Early Music award in the 41 years it has been awarded,” Metcalfe said. Metcalfe flew over to collect the award. “It was amazing,” Metcalfe said.

World Music and Dance Group Performing to Benefit Watertown’s Sister City Program

An internationally renowned world music and dance ensemble will perform in Watertown as part of the Tremedal Coffeehouse series. The group — Libana — illuminates the creativity, vision and spirit of women worldwide, according to organizers. Their performances have been described as “riveting, transformational and soul stirring, Libana takes audiences on a musical journey reflecting the universal human experience uniting us all.” Libana will peform on Oct. 20, 2018 at 8 p.m. at the First Parish Unitarian Church of Watertown, 35 Church St., Watertown.