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Boston Circus Guild: Cirque of the Dead

Thursday, Oct 31 7:30p to 11:00p More dates & times (1)

From October 31st to November 1st during 7:30PM – 11:00PM at the Loeb Drama Center (American Repertory Theatre) in Cambridge, MA, the Boston Circus Guild will be presenting a Halloween spectacle.  Come see a circus performance with horrific twists.  There will be terrifying stunts, shady creatures lurking in the shadows, and venomous murders on the prowl.  There will be performances of never-before-seen acts, new performances, and two bands – Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys and the Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band.

As this is a very gruesome and horrifying performance, only those ages 18+ may attend.  The ticket prices are as follows:

Table Seats: $30 advance / $35 door
Stools: $25 advance / $30 door
Standing Room: $20 advance / $25 door

For more info and online ticketing available at OBERON’s website: http://americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/cirque-dead

 

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At 8:00PM this Saturday in the Citi Performing Arts Center: Wang Theatre, Cyndi Lauper will be performing.  This beautiful Tony winner is continuing her singing tour here in Boston.  She’ll be performing her hit 1983 debut album, She’s So Unusual, in its entirety, which consist of some of her biggest hits, such as Time After Time, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and She’s Bop.
Ticket prices range from $30 – $95 and this performance is suitable for all ages.  If you’re free this Saturday and in the mood for some good, old rock and roll then go to this website and purchase tickets! https://www.telecharge.com/home.aspx
Photo of Cyndi Lauper
Courtesy of cyndilauper.com
Also, here’s a youtube link of the 2013 Awards when Cyndi Lauper performed Kinky Boots

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Simrock Quartet

On Saturday, October 26th at 8:00PM, the Simrock Quartet will be performing at Goethe-Institut in Boston.  This newly formed group is comprised of Gabriela Diaz, Gabriel Boyers, Stephanie Fong, and Rafi Popper-Keizer and all are classically trained musicians.  The main focus of their performance will be on Ludwig van Beethoven’s music.  The specific pieces that will be played are String Quartet OP. 74 and OP. 132.  Ticket prices are $25 and made be made by Cash or Check only (no advance sales).
If anyone is interested in this beautiful event, please contact the event website here: http://primarysourceconcerts.com/

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Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Stikes Boston!

On Wednesday October 9th at 8:00PM in Boston Symphony Hall, this breathtaking performance will take place!

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra combines traditional Chinese melodies with the Western symphony orchestral feel.  Blending both distinct styles of music, this orchestra hosts instruments that will be familiar to a Western audience – such as brass, woodwinds and strings.  However, traditional Chinese instruments will also be present such as the pipa, the 4,000-year-old erhu, and a plethora of percussion instruments.

In addition, here is a video of the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra performing at Carnegie Hall in NYC this past October (Courtesy of NTDTV’s youtube channel)

This unique orchestra will feature Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, instrumental soloists and it’s own beautiful singers on it’s upcoming program.  The ticket prices of this event range from $30 to $105 and if interested in purchasing call (888) 974-3698 or go to the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s website: http://symphony.shenyun.com/boston/

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$12 Jazz Tunes!

From Thursday October 3th (8:00PM) to Friday October 4th (12:00AM) in Cambridge, MA, the Ryles Jazz Club and Ryles Dance Hall will be host to the 20-Piece Compaq Big Band! This great jazz ensemble was formed in 1975 and is one of the longest operating big bands in all of New England. Over three dozen times, the 20-Piece Compaq Big Band performs across Southern New Hampshire, Greater Boston, Greater Greater Worcester, and Rhode Island a year. In the past seven years, this ensemble has accomplished many great concerts across the globe.  In 2006, they toured Great Britain  for 10 days and in 2007 and 2008 they produced and sold-out concerts of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band from Los Angeles, California, which is the ‘gold standard’ for cutting edge big bands in the world today.

Here’s a photo of the Compaq Big Band with Wayne Bergeron in 2007.

On October 3rd, this great, jazzy big band will be featuring Rebecca Holtz, featuring hit songs from Ella Fitzgerald, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah, and much more! Click here for tickets to this great performance – they’re only $12!!!!

Advance tickets are available by calling Ryles ((617) 876-9330) or going to http://www.rylesjazz.com. Reserved seating available for tables of 6 or more.

However, if you can’t make this concert, the Compaq Big Band have produced two CDs, “Bandwidth” and “Hard Drive” and are played throughout New England jazz radio stations, on BBC2 in the UK, and on jazz radio stations in Sweden! Click on this link here to listen to soundbites from their CDs: http://www.compaqbigband.com/cd.php

Also, at the bottom of this post, I’ve included a short video of the Compaq Big Band performing in 2011 courtesy of Roger Weiss’s Youtube Channel!

For more information please visit them at http://www.compaqbigband.com. For bookings or to find out more about the band please contact their Director, Al Saloky at (603)673-7683 or alsaloky@aol.com

 

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In less than 2 weeks, the international festival Play Me, I’m Yours, which is an artwork by artist Luke Jerram, will be hitting the streets of Boston for the first time.  Since 2008, this amazing festival has been touring internationally and has been an outlet of entertainment and delight for all audiences.  Thanks to the Celebrity Series of Boston celebrating its’ 75th anniversary, over 1000 sponsored pianos will have been placed upon display throughout 37 different cities over the past 6 years.  These cities consist of Monterey, Munich, Geneva, Paris, Cleveland, Omaha, L.A., London, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Salem (Oregon), Stratford (Ontario), Toowoomba (Australia), Perth (Australia), Cambridge, Hangzhou (China), Adelaide, Austin, Tilburg, Malta, Barcelona, Bath, New York City, Blackburn & Burnley, Cincinnati, Belfast, San Jose, Pecs, Grand Rapids, Sydney, Bury St. Edmunds, Bristol and Birmingham.

So, on September 27th through October 4th, 75 of these lucky pianos will be placed in various public places around Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline and Boston.

Now, what’s so special and unique about these pianos?

Well, these pianos are sponsored by various people around the world who want to promote music.  In addition, all pianos implemented in this festival are donated.  The donated pianos are then sponsored by various individuals across the globe and local artists are invited to decorate them.

Then, once the pianos are decorated and placed in their selected locations across the globe what happens next?

Anyone can play them.  There’s no sign-up sheet or organized time slots for people to play – if anyone is in the area and sees one of the pianos unattended… Sit down and give it a whirl!

I’ve provided several videos to better demonstrate how amazing this festival is! Thanks to the Cambridge University YouTube Channel [ , there is a quick video that shows some behind the scenes footage of piano decorating! In addition, there is a longer, but just as wonderful video from Chiara Frisone‘s Youtube Channel that shows a short documentary by Azim Moollan and Chiara Frisone during the Play Me, I’m Yours Festival from 2009.  In addition, thank you to the http://www.celebrityseries.org/CS_performers_2013_14/streetpianos.htm website for the information on this festival and if anyone would like to learn more about these colorful pianos click on this link!

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Play Me, I’m Yours is Coming to Boston!

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