Revels Free Online Concert Series Begins This Weekend

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Watertown-based Revels kicks off a series of free virtual concerts on Sunday, Feb. 28. See details and how to listen in the Revels’ announcement below:

THIS SUNDAY at 5:00 pm ET!

Join us for a special #RevelsConnects: Musical Connections Concert on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/therevels/live

Revels presents Josée Vachon: Traditions and Songs of Acadia and Quebec, this Sunday, February 28 at 5:00 pm ET on Facebook Live!

Explore musical traditions from around the world with the #RevelsConnects: Musical Connections Series of FREE intimate salon-style performances and companion podcasts, produced in collaboration with the Mass Cultural Council. This new series explores musical traditions from around the world with intimate virtual experiences, including 45-minute salon-style performances with a variety of musical tradition bearers. Each performance is hosted on Facebook Live and followed by a companion podcast produced in collaboration with the Mass Cultural Council and hosted by the MCC’s Folk Arts & Heritage Program Manager, Maggie Holtzberg.  

This Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:00pm ET onFacebook Live

Revels presentsJosée Vachon: Traditions and Songs of Acadia and Quebec

Don’t miss an incredible#RevelsConnects: Musical Connectionsjourney asFranco-American singerJosée Vachonperforms traditional songs of Quebec and Acadia, as well as her own original music that teaches the history and culture of New England’s Franco-Americans.

Josée Vachon

Companion Podcast to be posted Wed., March 3

Josée Vachonhas performed throughout New England, eastern Canada, and France for over 35 years, representing Franco-American culture and music. She has 12 solo recordings and 2 with her band, Chanterelle, has an original song on a Smithsonian Folkways CD, and has received several honors and awards from Franco-American organizations, cultural and educational groups. She hosted over 500 episodes of “Bonjour!”, a French variety cable TV show from Manchester, NH, and was a guest singer/actress for the 2016 Acadian-CajunChristmas Revelsat Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. Josée also recently received a fellowship from Mass. Cultural Council for her work in traditional arts. Learn more about Josée on her websitehttp://joseevachon.com/.

Josée Vachon: Traditions and Songs of Acadia and Quebecstreams live @TheRevels on Facebook on Sunday, February 28 at 5:00 pm ET.

www.facebook.com/therevels/live

The companion#RevelsConnects: Musical Connections podcastwill be available on podcast streaming apps includingApple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcherbeginning Wednesday, March 3.Check out all our #RevelsConnects: Musical Connections podcasts athttps://revelsconnectsmusicalconnections.buzzsprout.com

Upcoming#RevelsConnects: Musical Connectionsperformances and podcasts include:

Karim Nagi 

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Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 5:00pm ET
Facebook Live
Companion Podcast to be posted Wed., March 31


An Egyptian musician, dancer and educator,Karim Nagiperforms and teaches Arab Music & Dance to schools, universities, communities and festivals, and speaks about diversity and how the arts can fight xenophobia.

Tom Pixton

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Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:00pm ET
Facebook Live
Companion Podcast to be posted Wed., April 28


An International, Balkan, and Scottish folk dance musician, the virtuosicTom Pixtonhas worked with many of today’s most accomplished dance teachers and musicians as accordionist, pianist, band leader, music arranger, and CD producer.

Beth Bahia Cohen 

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Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 5:00pm ET
Facebook Live 
Companion Podcast to be posted Wed., May 26


Beth Bahia Cohen is of Syrian Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage. Inspired early by the sounds she heard at family gatherings, she later studied with master musicians from Hungary, Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. She plays the violin, various Greek lyras, the Turkish bowed tanbur and more.

About the Musical Connection Series

The#RevelsConnects: Musical Connections Seriesis produced in collaboration with the Mass Cultural Counciland supported in part by theIthaka Foundation,and a grant from theWatertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Video engineering byDave Jamrog Audio/Video.

Revels has always been about community – gathering, singing together, celebrating together.While we can’t be together in person right now, thanks to technology (and the many people who have helped Revels harness this technology), we can be together online through#RevelsConnects– an online, virtual community.

For more information on Revels year-round programs and community offerings please visitwww.revels.org

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