Neighborhood Concert Series

Neighborhood Concert Series

About the Faculty Concert Series

Our talented faculty members tour audiences at local venues through their world of music. Concerts take place at community organizations in neighboring towns, such as senior centers and libraries, to bring high-quality music to those who might otherwise not have access to it.

This series is supported in part by East Boston Savings Bank and grants from the Cambridge Arts Council and the Waltham Cultural Council, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



Our 2014-2015 Neighborhood Concert Series:

  • Sing in the Holidays!
    Thursday, December 18, 10:00 am
    Somerville Council on Aging, Tufts Administration Building, 167 Holland Street, Somerville
    Celebrate the season with old favorites from popular literature, and enjoy trying to "stump the band" by requesting a song the musicians may not know! The Somerville Council on Aging's own senior choir, "The Moonlighters," will join Powers faculty members in leading the concert.  Powers faculty members participating are Brendon Shapiro, piano; Spencer Aston, trumpet, and Stephanie Scarcella, Soprano.

  • Characters and Conversations
    Friday, January 9, 1:15 pm
    Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street, Belmont
    Faculty members Ben Fox, Meghan Jacoby, and Eleanor Perrone lead us in a musical conversation about the works of Mike Mower, CPE Bach, Villa-Lobos, Telemann, Dorati, and Malcolm Arnold Trio.

  • The Boppin' Tops
    Friday, February 13, 1:00 pm
    Waltham Council on Aging, 488 Main Street, Waltham
    Powers' faculty member Todd Brunel, clarinet, with guest artists Joe Reid, piano, and Phil Neighbors, vibraphone. Drawing on the jump swing movement championed by musicians such as Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman and the Count Basie sextet, this trio takes swing' Bop to the 21st century. Enjoy big hits from the Great American Songbook with timeless classics by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Louie Bellson.

  • Songs Without Words
    Friday, March 13, 1:15 pm
    Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street, Belmont
    Powers faculty members Laura Blustein, cello, and Kathryn Rosenbach, piano. Rich in tone and emotion, Blustein and Rosenbach will lead the audience through Mendelssohn's beloved "Songs Without Words" as well as transcriptions of Brahms and Schubert that are used in pieces from popular musicals and standards. The artists discuss how the classics evoke words in modern transcriptions.

  • Mythos: 20th Century Music for Flute and Piano
    Friday, March 20, 1:00 pm
    Waltham Council on Aging, 488 Main Street, Waltham
    Powers faculty member Elizabeth Chladil, piano, with guest artist Weronika Balewski, flute. This concert will feature interactive games for each work, connecting 20th century musical elements to ancient myths. Pieces include Efrain Amaya's "Malagigi the Sorcerer," based on a legend of Charlemagne in which a knight proves his heroism by freeing a horse from enchantment. Debussy's "Ondine" for piano portrays the German myth in which a water nymph relinquishes immortality by marrying a knight, but later curses him for his infidelity; while the composer's "Syrinx" will tell the tale of a water nymph resisting the advances of Pan only to be transformed into reeds for his musical instrument. The program will close with the intense Andre Jolivet piece, "Chant de Linos," a musical narration of a Greek song for Linos (son of Apollo and Psamathe).

  • Jeni Jol: Otto-Americana
    Thursday, March 26, 1:00 pm
    Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
    Powers faculty member Tev Stevig, fretless nylon string guitar, steel string guitar, and banjo, with guest artist Brian O'Neill, percussion. Jeni Jol ("New Path" in Macedonian) is the brainchild of Tev Stevig, who has been exploring the potential of playing the fretless nylon string guitar in the clawhammer style. Clawhammer, or frailing, is associated with old-time American folk music played on the banjo, but Tev has been using this uniquely American playing style on the fretless guitar to arrive at new arrangements of his favorite tunes from the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey, as well as some orginal material. There is a simplicity to the clawhammer style, that when combined with the intriguing dance rhythms of the Balkans, brings a dance-like rhythmic drive to the music. By combining Balkan, Middle Eastern, and American traditions, Tev hopes to create a new folk music that is both listenable and danceable, while paying deep respect to all of his cultural and musical influences.

  • The Powers Brass Department
    Thursday, April 9, 1:00 pm
    Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
    Faculty members Spencer Aston and Sarah Sutherland and guest artists Peter Kenagy and Arthur Thovmasian perform quartet music, jazz, and classical tunes!

  • Voice of the Turtle
    Friday, April 10, 1:00 pm
    Waltham Council on Aging, 488 Main Street, Waltham
    Powers faculty members Lisle Kulbach and Jay Rosenberg, with guest artist Ian Pomerantz. The trio known as "Voice of the Turtle" will introduce audiences to the vibrant music of the cultural descendants of the Sephardic Jewish community. The audience will discover the sounds of several Middle Eastern instruments including the 'ud, riqq, dumbek, kamanja, bouzouk, and more. The artists will lead the audience in song and percussive exercises.

  • Jazz in the Afternoon
    Friday, May 8, 1:15 pm
    Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street, Belmont
    Powers faculty members Yas Ishibashi, piano, Vanessa Schukis, vocals, and Michael Carey, saxophone, with guest artist Ralph Pepe, upright bass. The jazz trio will present the music of the Great American Songbook canon. Audiences will sing and dance along to the favorites composed by Jerome Kern, Richard Rogers, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, and more.

  • Benny & Beyond
    Wednesday, June 24, 12:30 pm
    Peabody Council on Aging, 76 Central Street, Peabody
    Featuring Powers’ clarinet faculty member, Todd Brunel, with guest pianist Joe Reid, the musicians will present a “King of Swing” tribute to Benny Goodman.  The concert will highlight popular tunes such as Duke Ellington’s Caravan, George Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm, Cole Porter’s Day and Night, and more.


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