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Bouldings debut ‘Magical Strings’ in Westwood

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Philip and Pam Boulding, a Celtic song duo from Washington state, have played all over the world together for forty years. On Tuesday night they made their Westwood debut. And while their instrument playing was impressive, it was just a small part of what the duo does. Philip built...
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Library holds Music Makers event

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter [caption id="attachment_32697" align="alignright" width="300"]Two girls get a cat and a chicken for their ‘Old MacDonald’ farm animals. Two girls get a cat and a chicken for their ‘Old MacDonald’ farm animals.[/caption] On Monday, April 8, the Medfield Library held their “Music...
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Hometown kids sing their hearts out

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By Audrey Anderson Hometown Weekly Correspondent Medfield High School’s SoundWaves and four other high school a cappella groups, including Westwood’s Passing Notes and Needham’s Fermata Nowhere, amazed the audience at Medfield High School’s A Cappella Night on Friday, March 29, at the school’s Lowell Mason Auditorium. They were joined by the accomplished Medfield Jr. Jazz...
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Library hosts Holi celebration

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter St. Patrick’s Day weekend is essentially a one-color holiday; everywhere you go, people are dressed in green, and those who aren’t are getting pinched for lack of spirit. But on Saturday afternoon, the Needham Library was full of people wearing all sorts of colors as visitors learned all...
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Jim Messina Band playing Great Hall

The Great Hall Performance foundation will welcome Jim Messina on Saturday night, March 16, at 8:00 p.m. Few musical artists' résumés list membership in a band inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Fewer, still, can lay claim to being a founding member of the seminal band credited with creating country rock. Only...
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Kids sing with Sarah at library

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By Alex Oliveira Hometown Weekly Reporter Before the snow started falling on Tuesday afternoon, February 12, the community room of the Needham Public Library was ringing loudly with a musical cacophony of ukulele strings, improvised percussion pieces, and the singing voices of children and parents alike. Undeterred by the impending inclement weather, a full...
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Medfield composer prepares MHS-commissioned work

By Chris McCue Potts Hometown Weekly Contributor Growing up in Agawam, Mass., with a musician for a father, and music a part of his everyday life, it’s no surprise that accomplished composer, music educator and performer Justin Casinghino, and his wife, Nicole, also a music educator, chose Medfield as a place to raise their family. “We...
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Needham native releases debut solo album

By Alex Oliveira Hometown Weekly Reporter A young jazz musician from Needham, James Fernando, has just released a piano and electronic based album, titled “The Lonely Sailor.” Raised largely in Needham and a 2014 graduate Needham High School and Berklee College of Music, Fernando now plays professional piano out of Washington, D.C. Fernando has previously released a collaborative...
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SFTA revelers enjoy ‘Conservation Connections’

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter The Sherborn Forest and Trail Association (SFTA) held its biannual cocktail party, “Conservation Connections: a Conscientious Cocktail Party,” on Friday night. Featuring the Dixieland music of John Clark, Jimmy Mazzy and Rick McWilliams, the night was a chance for the local hiking crowd to spend some time indoors...
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Medfield jazzers swing into new year

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By Audrey Anderson Hometown Weekly Correspondent The Medfield High School Music Department’s Jazz Winterfest took place on Wednesday, January 23, at the school’s Lowell Mason Auditorium. Both the Jazz Choir, under the direction of Ann Marie Tremblay, and the Jazz Band, directed by Jason Bielik, performed a variety of music with intricate harmonies, outstanding...
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‘Ragtime’ Jack Radcliffe wows Needham seniors

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Thursday afternoon, Needham’s seniors were treated to “Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe’s unique brand of great music and self-proclaimed terrible jokes as he gave an hour-long concert at the Center at the Heights (CATH). Radcliffe began by giving the crowd a brief history of country music, introducing himself as hailing...
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Line dancing provides stress-free exercise

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter While vacations and cold and flu season cut the number of dancers at Needham’s Center at the Heights, the enthusiasm did not seem diminished in any way as Hsiu-Hui Chen led her pupils through stretching exercises, “The Cupid Shuffle,” and a John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever”-inspired number...
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Van Duser, Novick playing Homegrown Coffeehouse

Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick are set to play the Homegrown Coffeehouse on Saturday, January 26, at 8:00 p.m. Together as a duo for more than forty years, Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick have performed in concerts, clubs and festivals all over North America and Europe. Like a good marriage, their music has wed...
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Talent on display at winter concert

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By Audrey Anderson Hometown Weekly Correspondent The music department held its Middle School and High School Winter Band Concert on December 19 in the Mudge Auditorium at Dover-Sherborn High School. The full house enjoyed a concert that featured promising young musicians and a broad variety of entertaining musical selections. A jovial and welcoming master of...
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Broadmoor Chamber Singers delight community

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Saturday afternoon, the basement of the Needham Public Library was filled with an eclectic mix of music ranging from traditional spirituals to 60s folk hits, with just enough holiday music to remind the audience what season is fast approaching. Led by artistic director June Ambush, The Broadmoor Chamber...
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Plugged In hosts Community Engage Evening

Needham Park and Rec, Foundation for Metrowest and the Plugged In Band Program joined together on October 20 to empower youth to help others On Saturday, October 20, the Plugged In Band Program in Needham held its Community Engage Evening. One of the most important aspects of Plugged In is the emphasis placed on showing students...
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‘Emily’ performed at First Parish

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By Audrey Anderson Hometown Weekly Correspondent On October 19 and 20, the Music and Worship Committee of First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Medfield presented “Emily: A Chamber Opera Based on the Life and Works of Emily Dickinson” by Eva Conley Kendrick, the church’s award-winning director of music. Ms. Kendrick was inspired to research Emily...
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Caryl Center hosts ukulele class

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By Robby McKittrick Hometown Weekly Reporter Every Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the fall, the Caryl Center hosts a ukulele class for seniors. The class consists of around 30 individuals who appear 65 and older. The members pay for the class online and play once a week to improve their use of the...
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North Sea Gas rocks Walpole Library

By Daniel Curtin Hometown Weekly Contributor Love is a precious thing, I’m told. It burns just like West Virginia coal. But when the fire dies down it’s cold. There ain’t no ash will burn. On September 13, dozens of spirited concert-goers at the Walpole Library let their voices ring out in harmony with Scottish folk group North Sea...
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Grace Church to host bluegrass band

Dover’s Pilgrim Bluegrass Gospel Band will be returning to Grace Church on September 30 to provide the music for the 10:00 a.m. service. The band will be performing a variety of traditional and contemporary songs to complement the order of service. Band members are Michele Sauter on mandolin and vocals, Geoff Sauter on five-string banjo and...
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