Arts & Entertainment

St. Kieran Arts celebrates 25 years of Berlin Jazz

BERLIN — St. Kieran Arts Center presents the Berlin Jazz Band on Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m. The band is currently celebrating their 25th Anniversary Year of bringing the best of the Big Band Era music to the stage for the community. Tickets are $12 for adults/ $6 for students.
True to its mission to preserve great American jazz music, the twenty-member Berlin Jazz will present a varied program of all forms of jazz and popular music including swing, rock, ballads and fusion. This year's program will also feature a new singer-soloist.
Berlin Jazz has enjoyed over twenty five years of "making great music" together since its inception in 1987. Berlin Jazz and is the longest continuously performing band of its kind in the North Country and an active example of the North Country's long musical history and heritage.
Currently, more than half of Berlin Jazz members reside in communities outside of the Berlin-Gorham area. They travel for weekly Wednesday night rehearsals at St. Kieran Arts Center from as far away as Chatham, Whitefield and Littleton. Many players have come and gone over the years, but the band continues to thrive and pick up new players as soon as a vacancy occurs.
"Berlin Jazz is committed to the presentation and preservation of great American jazz and they absolutely love what they do. Let's come together to help them celebrate and wish them a very Happy 25th Anniversary year!" said Arts Center Director, Joan Chamberlain.
This program is made possible through the sponsorship of A. R. Couture Construction with support from NH State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Doris L. Benz Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation/North Country.
This annual benefit concert will help to raise funds for the new 2013 Arts Series and the upcoming winter heating season. 2013 Season Memberships and Gift Tickets are now available for $150 individuals, $125 for seniors, and $75 students/children.
Doors will open at 1 p.m. and guests are invited to come early to view a new exhibit curated by Walter Nadeau and members of the Berlin-Coos Historical Society celebrating the Centennial Year of founding of the W. R. Brown Arabian Stud Farm and the history of the Brown Company Barns.
Upcoming performances include The Nutcracker Ballet on Sunday, Dec. 1st, 3 pm at Berlin Junior High and the Christmas Concert Series by the North Country Community Chorus on Wednesday, December 12, 7 pm; Friday, Dec. 14, 7 pm; and Sunday, December 16 at 2 pm. Nutcracker Tickets are now available at the St. Kieran Office and at businesses throughout Coos County. Call 752-1028 for more information.

Medieval and Spanish blues come to Gorham

GORHAM — Claude Bourbon from UK will give a unique concert of medieval and Spanish blues at the Medallion Opera House, in Gorham, on Sunday  September 30, at 3 p.m.
Born in France in the early 60's, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world. He has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk.
"...This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides a real treat for music lovers...," BBC, UK
"Do you know what Medieval guitar sounds like? I didn't either 'til I hooked up with Claude! This is some cool stuff, and he's French and everything!" Dolores River Brewery, Colo.
To learn more about Claude visit www.claudebourbon.org.

'Erasing Gray' to perform in Bickford Lane

This week's concert in Bickford Lane Park  features a talented group called "Erasing Gray."  Playing Christian pop and rock with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm, "Erasing Gray" will thrill the audience with their soaring arrangements and angelic harmonies.  Their joy is infectious, their music is inspiring.  As always, the music will start at 7 and end at 9.

Raz de Maree at St. Kieran Arts

BERLIN — Raz de Marée, or Tidal Wave, a top Quebec touring band, brings their high energy and passion for traditional music and entertaining to St. Kieran Arts Center on Monday, May 14 at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 adults/$6 for students/children. 2012-raz-de-maree-tidal-wave-quebec-bandRaz de Maree will perform on May 14
Tidal Wave is a unique traditional music ensemble on the Quebecois folk music scene. Composed of accomplished musicians, recognized by their peers as top musicians, the ensemble has evolved since 2004 primarily as a dance band, infusing them with the original essence of traditional instrumental music: to make people dance.
Tidal Wave whose members come from Quebec (Sabin Jacques on accordion and violin Eric Favreau), Acadie (Rachel Aucoin on piano and vocals) and New England (Stuart Kenney on bass and banjo) invites cultures to meet and share a passion for traditional music and dance.
Tidal Wave reveals a deeply rooted music, authentic and heartfelt. Relying primarily on a traditional repertoire, their music is contagiously energetic and sensitive. They propel dancers and audiences into a world of liveliness.
Their latest album Marche du St-Laurent features inspired melodies, both bound to be danced to and listened to with pure enjoyment. Their liveliness and outgoing personalities have led them to teach workshops and school programs, as well as perform concerts wherever Franco-Americans need to connect with their roots.
"We are so excited to be able to offer this program as part of four French Heritage performances we are presenting this year at St. Kieran Arts. As an arts and cultural heritage center, we truly want to celebrate the diversity and legacy of the many cultures that came to our region at the turn-of-the-century and continue to enrich our communities today. You do not need to speak French to enjoy this show!" said Joan Chamberlain, Executive Director.
This program is made possible by the sponsorship of Fleury-Patry Funeral Homes and Public Service of NH, with the support of the NH State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation/North Country Region.
Upcoming performances include Todd Wellington: The King of Silly for the children on Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m.; RP Hale, Master Harpsicordist, June 10 at 4 p.m.; and Justin McKinney, NH's top nationally touring comedian on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m.
For more information and a complete listing of all 2012 events, contact the Arts Center at 752-1028 or visit us 155 Emery Street, on Facebook or at www.stkieranarts.org.