Needham Bank announced in December that they are bringing a second season of the Great Hall Concert Series to the Powers Hall--earlier this week, they relelased the schedule.
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The six shows this year feature a variety of performers:
- Sierra Hull, March 30
- Danilo Perez, May 18, 2013
- Livingston Taylor, September 28
- Symphony Nova, November 9,
- the Berklee Jazz Orchestra, March 29, 2014
- Cadence, May 17, 2014
The first show in last year's series sold out, when they brought “Broadway, CurtainUp!” a performance featuring selections from great Broadway production to Town Hall.
The following is an edited press release from the Needham Bank Great Hall concert series:
The Needham Bank Great Hall Concert Series announces its 2013/2014 concert schedule with the return of folk great Livingston Taylor performing on September 28. Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over eighty shows a year.
“The Needham Bank Great Hall Concert Series is thrilled he accepted our invitation, says Jim Sargent, President. “But that’s only a teaser to the other performances planned”
On March 30 our season opener features Sierra Hull, the top blue grass mandolin player in the country. Sierra Hull began playing the mandolin at the age of eight and cut her first album Angel Mountain at 10. At age 12 Sierra played the Grand Ole Opry and in 2011 the White House with Alison Kraus. Hull has also played the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. This rising star is a must see.
On May 18, 2013 Jazz great and Grammy Award-winner Danilo Perez. Danilo first captured the spotlight as the youngest member of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra and as pianist on Gillespie’s Grammy Award-winning Album -Live at the Royal Festival Hall.
On November 9, 2013 our classical concert features Symphony Nova. This symphony is New England’s first professional training orchestra.
On March 29, 2014 our Jazz concert will feature Berklee College Jazz Orchestra. The BCJO is comprised of 19 of the best and brightest young talents at the college. The evening will also feature a leading jazz soloist drawn from the ranks of Berklee College’s distinguished list of alumni.
On May 17, 2014 our popular concert features North America’s top A Capella group -Cadence – Four men. Four microphones. No instruments. This is the formula for Canada’s celebrated vocal band, Cadence. Combining the lyricism of Stan Getz, the sophisticated harmonies of the Count Basie Big Band and the devil-may-care attitude of Louis Prima, this fabulous foursome has been entertaining audiences worldwide for over a decade with their innovative jazz arrangements, genre-hopping covers and eclectic originals. With an infectious energy and a good measure of jovial stage antics,
“We are thrilled by the support and response of the greater Needham area,” said Jim Sargent, President of the Great Hall Performance Foundation. “And we are very grateful for the support of our sponsors: the Needham Bank, Baldwin/Clancy/Rogan Advertising, Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital, Louise Condon Realty, and Waldron H. Rand & Company. The historic Powers Hall has been restored to its former glory, and is the perfect setting for musical performances.”
The goal of the Needham Bank Great Hall Concert Series is to provide great professional concerts close to home, while promoting the preservation of a cherished Needham landmark, driving economic growth in Needham, and elevating the stature and awareness of the Needham High School Music Program. Students are involved in all facets of concert series planning, production and performance; Needham High School musicians open for the featured performers. Several local restaurants – The Center Café, New Garden, Not Your AverageJoe’s, and Petit Robert Bistro –also support this effort by offering concert-goers 10% off a pre-concert meal.
Both season and individual tickets are still available at on-line at www.greathallperformance.org and by phone at 800-838-3006