Concert To Raise Money For Nashua’s West Pearl Street Mural Project

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The Concert band played seven different jazz combos; which had three different conductors. The head conductor was Alicia Neal, the director of bands, who amazed the audience with her work. There were two special guest conductors, Bryan Chesi and Michael Pond-Jones, both graduate students in the music department. The instruments that were played in the performance were the piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bari saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, tenor trombone, percussion and bass trombone. The audience did not know what to expect from the concert, but Neal did not keep the audience guessing. Bryan Chesi conducted the first musical Flourish For Wind Band, written by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1939, which was a quick but entertaining musical piece that got the audience going. The second musical was Trio for Flutes, written by Laszlo Zempleni in 1984. The piece was performed by three band members: Jennifer Antkowiak, Katherine Henry and Nikki Tselikis, each of whom had their own part in the composition. The audience applauded the three band members for a well-played musical. Michael Pond-Jones conducted the third musical and the audience seemed to have enjoyed the musical piece. The fourth musical was Fantasia written by Paul Harvey in 1973 it was performed by four band members: Jenny Deisher, Christina Harmon, Lauren Humphrey and Danielle Zito. The piece was performed with clarinets. The audience members were shaking their heads in interest that the clarinets were the only instruments performing. From the reaction from the audience, Sleep by Eric Whitacre, composed in 2003, was the most influential musical. The reaction the audience showed was that they liked this musical selection.

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Ext. Proceeds from the concert, titled Old, New and Sometimes Blue, But Always Jazz, will benefit a historic mural project that will eventually be displayed behind the parking lot of TD Bank on the corner of Main and West Pearl streets. The public art project, to be painted by Nashua mural artist Barbara Andrews, will depict a view of West Pearl Street from 1909.The colored mural, named Vivians Dream, will stand about 40 feet by 35 feet. It is designed to enhance downtown Nashua by offering residents, businesses, restaurant patrons, shoppers and visitors a historic public art experience, according to a release. The jazz concert will include performances by Pam Purvis, Bob Ackerman and Tim Maynard. We are delighted that Pam and Bob have donated their time and wonderful talents, coming to Nashua from the New Jersey/New York area, to help us bring a significant piece of public art to downtown, said Marjorie Bollinger Hogan, president of City Arts Nashua. Purvis sings and plays keyboard, while her husband, Ackerman, plays piano, saxophone, clarinet and flute. Maynard is a percussionist from Massachusetts. Purvis and Ackerman have eight recordings, and have performed all over the nation, in Europe and Mexico, according to a release. We want our music to swing and get you moving, but we are also interested in the subtleties of color, harmony and nuance, Purvis said in a statement. I want you to see and feel the images in the song. I come from a part of the country where there is a lot of color and energy. I hope youll find these things in my singing. The concert is being sponsored by Nashua Community Music School, Nashua Radisson Hotel and Darrells Music Hall. Tickets are available at the door for $15, and $10 for seniors and students.

But that didnt stop the diva from performing with her sister for the first time in 20 years. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Comment Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Despite a broken wrist, Liza Minnelli performed with her sister, Lorna Luft, for the first time in 20 years during The Actors Fund And Tower Cancer Research benefit concert on October 14 in New York City. The show went on for Liza Minnelli. A spokesman for the 67-year-old entertainer said she performed Monday night with a broken wrist at a benefit concert in New York. Liza Minnelli reportedly broke her wrist in three places during a rehearsal at her home Sunday. Minnelli broke her wrist in three places while rehearsing at home Sunday. The “Cabaret” star performed with her sister, Lorna Luft. The event marked their first performance together in 20 years since their duet at the 1993 Tony Awards. Minnelli returned to the hospital for further treatment immediately after the performance at the jazz club Birdland benefiting the Women’s Health Initiative and the Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund of Tower Cancer Research Foundation.

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