Concert Band Opens With First Show Of Semester

Pharrell Williams marries Helen Lasichanh in Florida; Usher, Busta Rhymes perform mini concert at ceremony

City Arts Nashua is hosting the jazz concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Nashua Community Music School at 5 Pine St. Ext. Proceeds from the concert, titled Old, New and Sometimes Blue, But Always Jazz, will benefit a historic mural project that will eventually be displayed behind the parking lot of TD Bank on the corner of Main and West Pearl streets. The public art project, to be painted by Nashua mural artist Barbara Andrews, will depict a view of West Pearl Street from 1909.The colored mural, named Vivians Dream, will stand about 40 feet by 35 feet. It is designed to enhance downtown Nashua by offering residents, businesses, restaurant patrons, shoppers and visitors a historic public art experience, according to a release. The jazz concert will include performances by Pam Purvis, Bob Ackerman and Tim Maynard. We are delighted that Pam and Bob have donated their time and wonderful talents, coming to Nashua from the New Jersey/New York area, to help us bring a significant piece of public art to downtown, said Marjorie Bollinger Hogan, president of City Arts Nashua. Purvis sings and plays keyboard, while her husband, Ackerman, plays piano, saxophone, clarinet and flute. Maynard is a percussionist from Massachusetts. Purvis and Ackerman have eight recordings, and have performed all over the nation, in Europe and Mexico, according to a release. We want our music to swing and get you moving, but we are also interested in the subtleties of color, harmony and nuance, Purvis said in a statement. I want you to see and feel the images in the song. I come from a part of the country where there is a lot of color and energy.

Paul McCartney plays surprise concert in N.Y.’s Times Square

The Concert band played seven different jazz combos; which had three different conductors. The head conductor was Alicia Neal, the director of bands, who amazed the audience with her work. There were two special guest conductors, Bryan Chesi and Michael Pond-Jones, both graduate students in the music department. The instruments that were played in the performance were the piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bari saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, tenor trombone, percussion and bass trombone. The audience did not know what to expect from the concert, but Neal did not keep the audience guessing. Bryan Chesi conducted the first musical Flourish For Wind Band, written by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1939, which was a quick but entertaining musical piece that got the audience going. The second musical was Trio for Flutes, written by Laszlo Zempleni in 1984. The piece was performed by three band members: Jennifer Antkowiak, Katherine Henry and Nikki Tselikis, each of whom had their own part in the composition. The audience applauded the three band members for a well-played musical. Michael Pond-Jones conducted the third musical and the audience seemed to have enjoyed the musical piece. The fourth musical was Fantasia written by Paul Harvey in 1973 it was performed by four band members: Jenny Deisher, Christina Harmon, Lauren Humphrey and Danielle Zito. The piece was performed with clarinets.

Well give you full credit, of course, unless you want to remain anonymous. Thats cool too, because some of these stories are probably too painful or humiliating or hilarious to attach to your name. If the story in question happened to a friend or someone else you know, thats fair game! Our ears are open. It should go without saying that the more shameful and horrifying your story is, the better. If Brandon Flowers was drunk and put on a terrible show, thats not a Worst Concert Experience. If Brandon Flowers was drunk, put on a terrible show, and hit you with a full water bottle as two drunk sorority girls vomited on you simultaneously, thats a Worst Concert Experience. You get the idea. To kick things off, Im going to delve back into my early days of concert-going for a story I call: THE PHANTOM GRABBER You will undoubtedly be impressed to know that I keep a concert spreadsheet of every show Ive ever attended, complete with city, venue, artist, friends attending and a notes section. Thats how I know that my third show ever was on Feb. 22, 2002 at the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena (now simply PNC Arena) in North Carolina. The band was Weezer, post-Green Album but pre-Maladroit, and my friend Nate and I, along with someone named Andrea (the spreadsheet doesnt lie, but I honestly cant remember who she was), were ready to rock the fuck out. This was my freshman year of college, and I was well into the delusional phase where I thought I was cool. The fact that I was attending a Weezer show while my classmates were hanging out in their dorm rooms only confirmed that fact in my mind. The arena was dark and packed when we arrived, but we fought our way to the middle of the floor by the time Weezer took the stage.

Your Worst Concert Experience: The Phantom Grabber

Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton NEW YORK | Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:34pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Beatle Paul McCartney performed a surprise mini-concert in New York’s Times Square on Thursday to the delight of throngs of workers, tourists and fans. McCartney, 71, and his band sang tracks from his upcoming album, “New,” which is due to be released in the United States on October 15. “Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1 p.m. this afternoon!” McCartney tweeted about an hour before the packed mini-concert. “Come on down to Times Square. It’s all going to be happening there!” he added. Security guards at the site said the 15-minute, lunch-time concert was kept a secret until shortly before its start. “I loved it. It is hard not to like this band. They have been playing together for so long; they just make perfect music every time they hit a stage,” Said Hamdan, 51, a teacher in New York who learned about the concert through Twitter, said. Tawanna Flowers, a 25-year-old security guard working at the event, described the mini-concert as “awesome.” “New,” which features 12 tracks including “New” and “Queenie Eye” is McCartney’s first album of new material in six years. “A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you’d recognize as mine,” the singer and bassist said on his website. “But I didn’t want it to all sound the same.

PHOTOS: SHHH! SECRET CELEBRITY WEDDINGS Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage Pharrell Williams (L) and Helen Lasichanh tied the knot in Miami. The wedding included a mini-concert by Usher and Busta Rhymes. Lasichanh, who is also the mother of the couple’s son Rocket, 4, and Pharrell were seen posing for wedding photos aboard a yacht named “Never Say Never.” The bride and groom stuck to their signature eclectic fashion sense, wearing plaid ensembles for the Terry Richardson shoot. They later tied the knot at the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coconut Grove, according to Just Jared. The Grammy award-winning producer and his new bride matched in plaid outfits for a wedding photo shoot. “Usher and Busta Rhymes did a mini concert at the wedding,” a source told Us Weekly. “It was so fun. The little concert was amazing. It [was] the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to.” The “Get Lucky” singer previously gushed about his relationship with Lasichanh, and their family in an interview with the “Today” show. “It’s awesome,” he said. “I can’t tell anyone what to do.

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