Watertown Doctor & Singers Carol for Patients at Local Hospital on Christmas

The Cardiotonics performed for patients at Brigham & Women’s Hospital on Christmas. Among those sharing the cheer was Watertown’s Dr. Thomas Michel, who played his accordion. Patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital received some Christmas cheer this year when a group of carolers paid them a visit, including a doctor from Watertown. Thomas Michel is a familiar face, and voice, to visitors of the Watertown Free Public Library in warmer months. He often gathers fellow musicians on his porch (which overlooks the parking lot) on weekends for a good song.

New Rep Presents Pair of Concerts for “Love Weekend”

New Rep’s Love Weekend features Yukihiro Kanesaka, Leon Beal Jr., and Althene Wilson. The concerts will feature the music of Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack. New Repertory Theatre (New Rep) is proud to present Love Weekend, a theatrical stage experience, on Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Stage Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown.   

Internationally-acclaimed pianist/keyboardist and multi-instrumentalis Yukihiro Kanesaka will headline this Valentine’s Day event, celebrating love in tributes to two of the most soulful, artistic voices of our time, by two of the Boston area’s greatest vocal talents:  

Donny Hathaway, featuring Leon Beal Jr. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and 

Roberta Flack, featuring Athene Wilson on Sunday, Feb. 12 

Born in Japan, Yukihiro Kanesaka moved to Boston in 2000 to attend Berklee College of Music, where he is now an assistant professor.

Perkins School’s Holiday Concert Available Live & Remotely

Perkins School for the BlindPerkins School for the Blind students will perform two holiday concerts in 2022. The following announcement was provided by Perkins School for the Blind:

As the holiday season approaches, we are excited to invite you and your families to attend one or both of our upcoming holiday concerts this December in person and virtually. Sunday, December 11 at 4:30 p.m. (In person)Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. (In person and virtual)No RSVP is required.Please note that guests are asked to wear a mask and ensure they are not experiencing any of these symptoms before arriving on campus. You can view the full guidelines on our website. We’re delighted to welcome our community back to campus to what’s always been a highly-anticipated and simply awesome annual performance by our students.

Guitar Virtuoso Performing at Gore Place’s Carriage House

John Muratone will be performing at Gore Place on Dec. 7. The following announcement was provided by Gore Place:

Acclaimed guitarist John Muratore will perform music for the holidays in the beautiful 1793 Carriage House at Gore Place. John regularly appears as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. The Boston Globe has called John’s playing “…

Concert Focuses on Stories, Struggles, Triumphs of Immigrants

The following information was provided by Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble:

On Friday, December 9, 2022 at 7:30 p.m., Boston-based Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble kicks off its 48th season with Sonic Migrations, the third cycle of Hub of the Musiverse, a concert series which centers the stories, struggles, and triumphs of immigrants through new music. Whether through the inspiration behind each composition, or the composers themselves, each program highlights the diversity and importance of immigrant voices and centers their stories in our community. The program includes incisive works by Aida Shirazi and Golnaz Shariatzadeh, members of the Iranian Female Composers Association, an organization founded to provide a welcoming space for Iranian female-identifying compositional voices around the globe. Kareem Roustom’s Aleppo Songs takes urban folk songs from Aleppo, transforming them into grand pianistic gestures. Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s Emakhaya recalls scenes of village life of the Xhosa people of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.

Armenian Museum Releases Music from ’40s & ’50s, Hosting Christmas Gallery Stroll

The following announcement was provided by the Armenian Museum of America:

The Sound Archive presents digitized versions of 78 rpm records from our collection. This month we are featuring record distributor Hrand Markar Tashjian. Tashjian was a trailblazer, taking matters into his own hands when Armenian music was almost impossible to get your hands on in the 1940s and 50s. He reissued out of print recordings from major labels on a series of his own imprints. This month’s post includes four digitized and restored songs: Yaylouges Gorav, Siroung Groung, Amen Hayr Sourp, and Vart. Special thanks to the SJS Charitable Foundation for their generous support of our work to digitize and share our collection of 78 rpm records.

Mosesian Center Hosting A Jazzy Halloween with John Baboian

Watertown’s John Baboian has played guitar with the stars of rock and jazz, and will be performing at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. The following announcement was provided by the Mosesian Center for the Arts:

Jazz artist and Berklee School of Music professor John Baboian returns to Mosesian Arts on October 26 with an ensemble to perform A Jazzy Halloween. The five-piece group will play jazz standards plus original compositions to put the audience in the mood for the season. All are invited to come dressed in costume (although not required) and to be prepared for some “spooky” jazz. Guitarist, composer, and educator John Baboian has been on the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1980.

Gore Place Hosting Irish Music Concerts, Frightful Fridays & Holiday Photo Sessions

The following information was provided by Gore Place:

On Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30 pm, Gore Place, the historic estate in Waltham and Watertown, will present a concert by the New England Irish Harp Orchestra. The Irish harp is the original instrument of Irish traditional music and has a beautiful, etheric quality. Led by Regina Delaney, this wonderful group of harpers, fiddlers, flutists, and singers will present a program of traditional Irish tunes and songs. This concert will take place in the spacious event tent at Gore Place. Tickets are $21. To order, visit goreplace.org. The concert will take place under the spacious Century Tent at Gore Place, so dress for the weather.