Category Archives: Concert

Nantucket News of Summer

Carly Simon and Katie Couric at the Pops

Carly Simon will perform at this year’s Boston Pops, and Katie Couric will again guest host, scheduled this year for Saturday, August 13.

It’s the 15th Annual Pops on Nantucket concert to benefit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, this year celebrating its 100th birthday.

Nantucket Beaches in top ten best in world

National Geographic’s book “The 10 Best of Everything” lists Nantucket beaches among the top ten in the world. Sharing the honor are: The Seychelles, Maldives, Bora Bora, The Hamptons, Lanikai Beach in Hawaii, Fraser Island in Australia, St. Bart’s, Langkawi in Malaysia, and Kauna’oa Bay in Hawaii.

“The most popular beaches on this island in the North Atlantic are Surfside and Children’s. The waters here are relatively calm, and there’s plenty of sand to use for sunbathing or castle-building. Madaket Beach is known for its rougher surf and not-to-be-missed sunsets. Quidnet Beach provides great views of Sankaty Head lighthouse.”


Nantucket Youth Concert

At student performances here on the island, I’m always surprised by the caliber of the performances, the seriousness and aplomb of these young artists, and the acceptance, encouragement, and appreciation of the student audience – a well played difficult and esoteric classical cello piece is applauded as enthusiastically as a lively acoustic rock tune. Their teachers, their parents, and their peers all should be applauded. And we are blessed to have River Bennett on this island.

The Youth Benefit Concert took place on Monday, July 27, 2009 at the Methodist Church, produced by NHS grad River Bennett. It included performances by The Cobbletones, Caleb Kardell, River and Zeb Bennett, Lia Newman, Isaiah Williams, Nick Davies, Evelyn Hudson, Kerry Fee, Aiden Sherry, and more. Donations benefited Play Pumps International, the Nantucket School of Music and The Methodist Church. I missed the first half, but here are some photos of the second. More at

Boston Pops on Nantucket

The 13th Annual Pops on Nantucket with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on Saturday, August 8 at Jetties Beach will feature Broadway sensation Michael Cavanaugh, hand-picked by Billy Joel to star in his smash hit Movin’ Out.

MSNBC anchor and summer resident Chris Matthews will host the evening. Matthew hosts “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” on MSNBC and is also the host of the syndicated weekly news program “The Chris Matthews Show”.

Cavanaugh, a Tony and Grammy Award nominee, will perform Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams,” “You May Be Right,” “Uptown Girl,” and “Piano Man.”

Keith Lockhart will lead the orchestra with music from the Boston Pops’ latest release “The Red Sox Album”, including Fenway’s favorite “Sweet Caroline,” and other baseball classics such as “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” with soprano Kristen Watson and tenor Matthew Anderson, and “Casey at the Bat” with narrator Jeremiah Kissel.

Tickets are on sale now at the Hospital web site: or by calling the Community Relations office at 508-825-8250. The price for tickets remains unchanged from last year: $30 for General Admission, $600 for Friends seats, and $1500 and $2500 for Patrons and Benefactors tickets respectively. Anyone interested in volunteering for the summer’s biggest party may call Courtney O’Neill at (508) 825-8213.

This Week on Nantucket 1.26.09


Nantucket School of Music Faculty Concert
Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 2:00pm at Preservation Hall

Classical, Baroque, Jazz, Popular, Blues, Folk and original compositions.
Cherie Cseley and Robert Behrman: Messiaen theme and variations for violin and piano
Mollie Glazer: Pieces for solo viola da gamba of C.F Abel and Marin Marais
Jason Sullivan & Aiden Sherry: Jazz selections for two guitars
Mollie Glazer and Andy Bullington: Andy’s original composition “Mexico” and jazz standards on guitar and piano
Marcia Hempel: Political Science, by Randy Newman & The Cloud Factory, by Bill Caddick — Voice and Piano.
Tom Stoddart & Andy Bullington: Chicago Blues Style music, via harmonica / vocal / guitar
Suggested donations at the door.

The Shingles
Sat, Jan 31, 2009 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm at Chicken Box

$5 for adults, children under 16 free.


Superbowl Sunday “Sex & the City”
Sun, Feb 1, 2009 from 1:30pm – 4:30pm at Rose & Crown

“cock”tails, and demonstrations by Athena with product available for purchase. LADIES ONLY from 1.30pm-4.30pm,
guys allowed in after 4.30.

Air Hockey Tournament

Friday, January 30, 9:00 pm, Rose & Crown


Poker Night
Mondays at 7:00pm at Rose & Crown

Trivia Night
Tuesdays at 8:00pm at Rose & Crown

Earth and the Blues
Thursdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Rose & Crown

Eric Wendelken – Upright Bass, Andy Bullington – Guitar, Jake Vohs – Drums and Tom Stoddart – Sax and Harp.

Thursdays from 10:00pm – 1:00am at Rose & Crown

80’s Video Dance Party
Fridays at 9:00pm at Rose & Crown

Open Mic Night
Saturdays at 8:00pm at Chicken Box

Runs every Saturday night through the winter. All musicians or singers should be there at 8 pm to see Joel to sign up.

Top 40 w/ DJ Bri Guy
Saturdays at 9:00pm at Rose & Crown

Nantucket Winter Concert Series


“Opera, Operetta & Art Songs,” a performance by internationally renowned soprano Maria Ferrante on Sunday, February 8, will lead off the Nantucket Arts Council’s Winter Concert Series. Under the direction of Arts Council board member Dr. Gerry Mack, the four concert series will bring professional artists to the island for performances at affordable ticket prices from February through April.

“The Winter Concert Series is dedicated to carrying out the Arts Council mission of providing year-round arts programming to the Nantucket community,” said Dr. Mack. “This winter more than ever it’s important for us to carry out this mission to benefit our year-round residents, many of whom can’t afford to go to performances of this caliber in Boston, New York and even on the Cape.”

Series tickets are available by contacting the Nantucket Arts Council at 508-825-8588. Download the Winter Concert Series brochure, or pick one up at the Atheneum, The Bean, Bookworks, Mitchell’s Book Corner and Dan’s Pharmacy. Tickets are available at Bookworks, Mitchell’s Book Corner and Dan’s Pharmacy. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for members, and students are free. All of the Sunday afternoon performances will take place at 4 p.m. at the Coffin School, located at 4 Winter Street.

Sunday, February 8, 4 p.m.
“Opera, Operetta and Art Songs”
Maria Ferrante, soprano
Brett Maguire, piano

World class talent Maria Ferrante, winner of the prestigious Mario Lanza Voice Competition, has appeared with major orchestras and in recitals throughout the U.S. and in Vienna, Prague and the Virgin Island. Her opera credits span Verdi (La Traviata, Otello, A Masked Ball); Mozart (Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte, Marriage of Figaro); and Puccini (Turandot, La Boheme, Madame Butterfly); to Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. The Nantucket program will include favorite arias from opera and operetta as well as compelling American art songs and musical gems from Broadway shows. Accompanying Ferrante will be pianist and organist Brett Maguire, who has performed widely in the U.S. and Europe. He won first prize in the Andre Marshal International Organ Composition in France and has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Summer Festival Orchestra. For more information, go to

Sunday, March 8, 4 p.m.
“Classical Duo”
Armen Ghazaryan, violin
Levon Hovsepian, piano

Armen Ghazaryan, an accomplished violinist and a favorite of Nantucket classical audiences, will be joined by pianist Levon Hovsepian, a prize winner at the Arlington Concerto Competition, who made his successful New York debut in 1994. The classical duo will perform monumental classical romantic and contemporary compositions by Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Fritz Chrysler and Donald Fox.

Sunday, March 22, 4 p.m.
“Jubilee Trio: Songs of Struggle and Resolution”
Robert Honeysucker, baritone
Marion Dry, mezzo soprano
Leslie Amper, piano

The Jubilee Trio, founded in 1995, was inspired by the biblical tradition of the jubilee spirit celebrating the freeing of the slaves. Their music is moving and uplifting and ranges from the highly sophisticated to the pure and simple, featuring great African-American spirituals, folk and art songs.

Sunday, April 19, 4 p.m.
“International Chamber Ensemble”
Julian Milkis, clarinet
Borislav Strulev, cello
Sima Kustanovich, piano

This acclaimed trio’s diversified program ranges from the romantic music of Mendelssohn and Brahms to the rhythmic, contemporary, jazz-like compositions of Astor Piazzolla.

Coming Up on Nantucket 2

Sherre Wilson Rae Open Studio
Sat, Dec 13, 2008 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Small works, paintings, and photography, with holiday cheer. 37 1/2 Millbrook Road, off Hummock Pond Road. Look for the “Open Studio” signs.

Yuletide Cool Exhibition Reception
Saturday, December 13, 2008, 5 – 9:00 pm, 5 Folger Avenue
Small Works – Ceramics – Glass – Jewelry by these participating artists and more. Andrews . Araujo . Blake . Crosby . Dicker . Duncombe . Greene . Handschuh . Hazel . Kane . Lazerous . MacDonald . Manning . McKee . Moore . Mostykanova . O’Mahony . Penotte . Rae . Riddle . Roudiez . Sharrets . Van Vorst . Wallace . Welch . Westerland . White . Wilson.
Saturday Dec. 13. 10am – 9 pm and Sunday Dec. 14. 10 am – 4 pm. Take Surfside Road, turn right onto south shore road. Left onto Blueberry Lane, right onto Folger Avenue.. #5 508.680.1272

Nantucket School of Music Community Jazz Band
Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 4:00pm at Summer Street Church
The concert will include several classic big-band pieces as well as some Christmas Season arrangements. The band has 17 members, directed by Erik Wendelken. Admission free with donations at the door.

CPS Band and Chorus Concert
Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 7:30pm at Nantucket High School Auditorium

Poker Night
Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 7:30pm at Rose & Crown

Trivia Night
Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 8:00pm at Rose & Crown

Earth Got the Blues
Thu, Dec 18, 2008 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Rose & Crown
Eric Wendelken – Upright Bass, Andy Bullington – Guitar, Jake Vohs – Drums and Tom Stoddart – Sax and Harp.

Knockout Productions 1st annual “Jingle Ball”
Sat, Dec 20, 2008 from 10:00pm – 12:00am at Rose & Crown
B-Glow and Knockout Productions….

A Crude Awakening
Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 7:00pm at Nantucket Atheneum
Produced and directed by European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, it tells how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visit.

Christmas Desserts and Cake Decorating
Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 10:00am at Bartlett’s Farm
Jo Polowy will share recipes and directions for making desserts and decorating cakes.

Nantucket Arts Festival Live & Local

The Nantucket Arts Council presented several Live & Local concerts at the Rose & Crown during the Nantucket Arts Festival between August 29 and September 7. Photographs by Gene Mahon and Amanda Morgan.

Nantucket ClamStock Music Festival

Nantucket Arts Festival ClamStock, Saturday, August 31st. Photographs by Gene Mahon.

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This Week on Nantucket (9/23/08)


Benefit for Sean Marcaurelle
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at Coffin School, 4 Winter Street
Sean Marcaurelle has been diagnosed with Sarcoma Cancer, which has spread to his lungs and liver. Sean is only 35; his girlfriend Rhonda is an active member of our community. There will be a fundraiser for Sean this Thursday night, the 25th, at the Rose & Crown from 7 – 10PM, with packages and auction items. Tickets are $25 at the door. All proceeds will help Sean with medical, travel and housing expenses. For information, call Kristin at 508-685-2150 or Tommy at 508-325-3210.


Matt Haimovitz, cellist & Geoff Burleson, piano
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at Coffin School, 4 Winter Street
Included in the program: the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Elliot Carter, a tribute to Carter ‘s 100th Birthday. Program: Beethoven, Carter, Schumann, Barber. Matt is known as a maverick cellist; after a classical concert, he often performs a completely different program for a different audience (younger) in unusual venues: bars, coffee houses, jazz clubs. Matt will present an outreach program in the New School on Friday during school time, a Friday evening classical concert with Goeff, and a master class for Mollie Glaser’s cello students on Saturday, Sep 27, open for all to attend. A fundraising concert for the Young People’s Concert Series presented by the Nantucket Arts Council. Tickets: Adults $25; Council Members $20; Students: Free. Available: Mitchell’s Book Corner, Nantucket Bookworks, at the door day of concert. 508-325-8588.

Walden Chamber Players
Fri, Sep 26 at 7:00pm and Sun at 1 pm, Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.
Founded in 1997, the Walden Chamber Players present a variety of educational programs and concerts designed to increase musical awareness and appreciation. They showcase rarely heard works by composers of the past as well as music by contemporary composers. The Friday concert will include pieces by Boccherini, Augusta Read Thomas, Haydn, Handel / Halvorsen, Schedl, and Boccherini. The Sunday afternoon concert will feature cellist River Bennett, a senior at NHS who began playing cello eight years ago, with pieces by Boccherini, Paganini, Leclaire, Bach / Mozart, and William Ryden. Admission for the Friday evening concert is $5 for NHA members and $15 for nonmembers. Sunday’s concert is free for NHA members and $15 for nonmembers. 508-228-1894, ext. 0. Presented by the Nantucket Historical Association

Fri, Sep 26 to Sat, Sep 27, 2008 from 10:00pm – 1:00am at Chicken Box

Trivia Night
Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 9:00pm at Rose & Crown

Jamie Howarth, Piano
Wed – Sun from 7:00pm – 12:00am at Summer House Restaurant

Jeff Ross
Wed, Sep 24, 2008 from 7:30pm – 10:30pm at Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant
Thu – Sat from 9:00pm – 12:00am at Starlight Theatre

80’s Video Dance Party
Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 9:00pm at Rose & Crown

Bob Lehman Trio
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm at Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant

Disco Night
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 9:00pm at Rose & Crown


Opening Night Party: Wait Until Dark
Thu, Sep 25, 2008 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Arno’s
followed by performance at 2 Center St. Tickets $50….

Wait Until Dark
Thu – Sat at 8:30pm at Methodist Church, 2 Centre Street
This edge-of-your-seat thriller is about a mysterious woman who preys on a blind woman and her husband. This story unfolds, leaving us with the question: how does a blind woman defend herself? You will have to “wait until dark” to find out. Written by Frederick Knott. Directed by Jane Karakula and featuring Virginia Bullington, Ciaran Byrne, Mark Carapezza, Chuck Gifford, Doug Lind, Pam Murphy, Adam Noonan and Vince Veilleux. Downstairs stage, Methodist Church, 2 Centre St., Tickets $25. 508-228-4305 or
Sept 25,26,27,Oct 1,2,3,4,8,9,10,11 at 8:30 PM
Oct 5 at 3:00 PM & Oct 11 at 3:00 PM


Art Opening: Susan Jositas
Thu, Sep 25, 2008 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Nantucket Stock Exchange
An exhibition of new oil paintings. Artist’s cocktail reception tonight….


“Mammoth, Walrus & Whales, Oh My!”
Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 2:00pm at Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum
Join other carving enthusiasts and watch as island basketmaker and carver Tim Parsons demonstrates the art of carving wood, ivory and fossilized mammoth.


Everything’s Cool
Sat, Sep 27, 2008 from 7:00pm at Nantucket Atheneum
‘Everything’s Cool’ tells the story of what it takes to talk about global warming — the art of duking it out with collective denial, the struggle to communicate the urgency of the crisis. It follows veteran global warming messengers like Ross Gelbspan, as he launches ‘Boiling Point’ — his ‘last’ and ‘final’ book on the issue; Dr. Heidi Cullen, a climatologist for the Weather Channel, a group of citizen-activists — ages 18 to 80 – waiting for their chance to rouse a sleeping country; and organizations like the National Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace, Environmental Defense, and, who pin their hopes on a Hollywood film called ‘The Day After Tomorrow,’ which does what they’ve never been able to do by fictionalizing global warming into a nightmarish, but undeniably compelling message. Cosponsored with Sustainable Nantucket.

Event Updates – Boston Pops and Nantucket Comedy Fest

Katie Couric will emcee the Boston Pops on Saturday, August 9.

For the Comedy Festival, long time Gary Valentine, the crazy cousin on King of Queens, will be in attendance for the week, and will perform at the Roast and the Gala on Saturday night, August 2.

Tickets for the Comedy Festival are available at on Main Street in the morning, the Theatre Workshop Box Office in the basement of the Methodist Church (afternoons only), online at, or at the Dreamland Back Lot (week of Festival only)

Tickets are selling fast to the Tribute to Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller on Thursday, July 31 at Jetties Beach. Buy now.

A Night of Political Comedy will be hosted by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. Will Durst, star of the off-broadway hit “Bi Partisan Bashing”. Donick Cary, Nantucketer and executive producer of Comedy Central’s “Lil’ Bush”. Kevin Flynn, Scott Blakeman, Surprise guests.

And before you ask whether men can come to ‘Women’s Night’, the answer is yes. That’s Wednesday, July 30, 8:00 pm in the Dreamland Theater Parking Lot.