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 The concert will take place under the spacious Century Tent at Gore Place, so dress for the weather.

Watertown’s Tremedal Concert Series Holding Farewell Concert

Kallet, Epstein & Cicone will perform in the Farewell Concert for the Tremedal Concert Series. After more than three decades the Watertown-based Tremedal Concert Series will hold one final, farewell concert. For 32 years the Watertown/El Salvador sister city project presented folk concerts at FirstParish Unitarian Church of Watertown. “All proceeds benefited our El Salvadoran sister city Nueva Esperanza (New Hope). Funds supported many villager projects including truck repairs; doors, windows and rain barrels for new homes; and maintaining adequate medical supplies,” Tremedal’s announcement said.

Faire on the Square to Feature New Attractions & Old Favorites

The 2022 Faire on the Square will have some new entertainment and activities, plus some popular features from previous editions. The Faire on the Square takes place Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Saltonstall Park (next to City Hall, 149 Main St.). There will be bands, performers, games, animals, and at least 125 booths where people can find out about local businesses and organizations. Faire Director Dan McCarthy has lined up some new attractions for all ages this year.

New Rep Theatre Presents New Dance/Theater Work & Funk Band

RootsUprisingRootsUprising will perform “Reconsidering” at the New Rep Theatre. New Repertory Theatre (New Rep) is proud to present Reconsidering, a new dance/theater work, on Friday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday October 1 at 3:00 p.m., in the Black Box Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown. Reconsidering, presented in partnership with RootsUprising and Theater for the People, is an embodied discussion of the intersectional experience of women of color through both their spatial and temporal circumstances. The evening of sharing includes six dancing texts from RootsUprising’s repertoire, including the premier of three new works, Entangled Gaze, So Noted and Rooted We Are. 

RootsUprising’s Artistic Director Nailah Randall-Bellinger describes her work as “text in motion.” She says: “Reconsidering is the process of dismantling fed beliefs, truths and distorted images of who we really are as women of color in an oppressive social construct.”

Founded in 1998, RootsUprising is an intergenerational motion art collective, composed of = dancers and wordsmiths, with its core ensemble comprised of six women of color.