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“Glenn Miller Orchestra”, For “Great Waters”, Captivated Wolfeboro, NH, On July 31, 2015.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Jonathan Edwards & Marina Evans.
>> “Best of Broadway”.
>> BS&T.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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Well, well, well. They made a believer out of me, and a few weeks away from my 62nd birthday, I, thanks to the “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra“, suddenly find myself willing to believe that I might possibly like ‘Big Band’. Wow. That took some doing and that alone is testament to how good, compelling and even mildly titillating they were. Yes, there were ladies older than me going ‘ga ga’ like blushing teenagers over very suave band leader (and Director of Music) Nick Hilscher and I can’t even tell you the words used by one of the photographers present to describe what he thought of the female vocalist, Natalie Angst (and he expressed no angst in what he said). Though I did not get to meet them, and I really did want to, I gather there were close to 25 Word War II veterans who attended — gratis, since this performance was going to be free for any and all Word War II veterans. That alone was neat. WW II ended 70 years ago. So to be a WW II vet you have to be around 88 and older. The last WW II vet I knew personally, my very neat neighbor Milt Cram (who inspired me to buy a few shares of Apple in 2007 (pre-split) for around $3), has now been gone 8 years. Don’t think I know any others.

Growing up in Britain as I did you can’t escape Big Band and in particular Glenn Miller. But Big Band had never done much for me — until last night and the “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra”. Yes, of course, I know all the timeless hits and like all good Brits tear up each and every time I hear “Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover” — and as somebody who used the ferries in/out of Dover on quite a regular basis, the White Cliffs are very real and poignant to me. Their rendition of the “Bluebirds” last night was UP THERE was EXQUISITE! Dare I even say it because this might be considered sacrilegious, but I like their rendition even better than Vera Lynn’s classic. I hope I am not going to be getting a letter from the Foreign Office saying that they have withdrawn my cherished British Citizenship for saying that. That could be beyond embarrassing. I would have to seek asylum (in every sense of the word) since that is the ONLY citizenship I have. But, I have to say that. I know that Vera wouldn’t mind. I wonder whether the lovely Natalie has ever heard of Vera?

It was quite the night. Kingswood Art Center was nearly packed. Some 600+ people I gather. And from what I heard they loved it. Right at the end an elderly couple, and they had to be past 70, got up and slowly and softly danced in the aisle. Wow. It was so touching. And I heard that from one of the ushers. How you could feel the audience’s connection with the music and the ‘band’. All very good. Great bunch of guys and Natalie was very sweet. The band members, despite their unmistakable talent — and the fact that they do about 300 shows a year — are very unassuming, carry their own ‘kit’ and set it up (and take it down) without any fuss or requests of assistance. Wow. I was impressed — and we did help out. It was fun.

For the ONLY time in my now 2 years of volunteering for Great Waters I took a book with me, inside my camera bag, because I thought I would end up being bored — and as a stagehand I needed to stay till the end. How wrong I was. Book never came out. The “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra” had me captivated and if they managed to do that, those that came to see them must have had an absolute TREAT. I wonder how many people knew that it was ‘National Orgasm Day‘! And it was.





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Wolfeboro, NH Blessed With A Beauteous Broadside Of Broadway By “Great Waters Festival Chorus”, July 18, 2015.

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Related posts:
>> BS&T.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> 4th of July 2015 concerts.
>> “Red Molly”.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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YouTube video of the “Tonight” Quintet
from “West Side Story”

Click to access. Also has the names of the soloists.



Lauren Jelencovich, the BRILLIANT soloist
(featured vocalist for Yani) [right],

Cathy Venable, pianist from Broadway [center]
& my 14-year old daughter, Devanee, soprano (for her 2nd year) [left].

Lauren Jelencovich, the Soloist

Lauren’s Website … click to access.



42nd Street, New York, NY was truly at Wolfeboro, New Hampshire last night, at the ‘Kingswood Arts Center‘, as the immensely talented and outlandishly enthusiastic “Great Waters Chorus & Orchestra” regaled an appreciative crowd of 500+ with the “Best of Broadway” and it was THE BEST. Though I have lived on a dirt road in New Hampshire for longer than I care to admit I am not a stranger to Broadway or Haymarket (sometimes having seen the same production in both places). And I have seen “42nd Street” in Broadway and “Titanic” (the musical) in Boston. So I know what to expect and what to look for. And we sure got our monies worth last night (though as a “Great Waters” volunteer, I luckily, did not have to pay though I would have gladly paid to see this). Full Disclosure. My 14-year old daughter, Devanee, my soprano (also of “Clearlakes Chorale” fame) was singing with this always festive Chorus (for her second year) and I knew some of the singers and the maestro conductor, Chris Shepard, from last year (not to mention the percussionist Dov Schiller, who also plays for “Clearlakes“). But, even if I put aside a fair chunk of bias this was still GREAT and there were upwards of 500 who would have agreed.

Wolfeboro is truly blessed when it comes to music. This was a masterclass performance with some genuine professional stars bolstering the giddily enthusiastic and committed amateurs. Everybody was having fun, before, during and after. It truly was festive. ‘Boston Pops’ in Wolfeboro. Another great success for “Great Waters” and its proud founder Dr. Gerry Mack, who was at hand to welcome and thank the audience and performers. I had a ball (as I invariably do). Devanee and I did not get home till 12:30 am. If you missed this concert make a note in your calandar for July 2016. They will be BACK. Rejoice.




Another YouTube Video. From “Titanic”.

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Click to access this 1:51 minute YouTube.


59 photos from the show made into a video montage, set to music,
“Lullaby of Broadway”.
This gives you a good feel of the show.

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“Blood, Sweat & Tears” In Wolfeboro, N.H., For “Great Waters”, On July 10, 2015.

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Related posts:
>> BS&T Preview.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> 4th of July 2015 concerts.
>> “Red Molly”.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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This was quite the concert. It was BIG in every way. The ‘Great Waters‘ BIG signature event for the year. BIG BAND! Nine people on stage plus a guest artist (the new drummer’s sister) and three or four tour management types. More equipment than I have ever seen and this was like the 20th concert I have worked as a stagehand for ‘Great Waters‘. We thought that dear Gordon Lightfoot (which was a great show) set the highwater mark when they came with a 53′ truck, packed to the gunwales, with equipment. This group that crisscrosses the globe doing concerts here, there and everywhere, on the other hand, travel light. They use drums and even some guitars rented locally and a full sound system, with TWO (2) 48-channel mixing boards — one of the audience the other for the stage — supplied locally. I have never seen or unloaded (and then re-load at 10:30pm) SO MANY monitors.

And it was BIG SOUND. It was loud as it is supposed to be. I liked it (and yes in my advanced age I am very likely going deaf). I have always liked loud music. But quite a few of those that had BOUGHT tickets and attended complained it was too loud! “Great Waters” even supplied, FREE, ear plugs and had a notice that the music would be loud. That all seems a bit strange and stupid to me. Why would you come to a concert like this IF you don’t like loud music? Why pay $50 or $80 to attend this concert and then use earplugs? Very strange people.

I will readily admit that I have never been a fan of BS&T. Yes, they are definitely of my era and 90% of the audience were around my age. Maybe it was because I was in Britain in their heyday. Plus, though Charlie Bird Parker’s son, Bird Jr., was my best friend when I lived in Paris 1968 – 1969, I have never been a great fan of brass. But there were 4 pieces I liked very much. The flue was a BONUS — shades of Jethro Tull. The new drummer (as of February 2015), from New Zealand, Dylan Eilse was awesome. It is said that he is the BEST drummer ever in the 40 year history of BS&T! His sister made a guest appearance on bass guitar. I got to chat with both. Very nice people. I also liked David Gellis, the lead guitarist. He is said to have been in the group 30 years. But you can see that he still loves every second of it. He was HAMMING for me when I was taking photos from the wings. That is cool! He was wearing a lovely shirt — but it probably cost more than my camera. I know he would have given it to me IF I had asked but I am still way TOO big.

It was a good experience. Some 600+ attended — in some cases paying some BIG bucks. They seem to love it — despite some complaining that it was too loud. They bopped, they cheered, they shouted. And that is all that matters. Making sure the punters are happy. Devanee and I, bar a 2 hour break, were at Kingswood from 11 am to 11pm. It was fun. Lot of work, but fun work. Nice people. That always makes the difference — though 96% of those that come to perform are VERY PERSONABLE.

I personally don’t get this BS&T ‘setup’. It is NOT the originals NOR is it a tribute band per se. Basically it is the latter. A tribute band. I personally think it would work BETTER if it was a tribute band and they emulated the originals, as much as they can, as did ‘1964‘ — the Beatles’ tribute band.

But, it was all good. We enjoyed it. 






“Blood, Sweat & Tears” Next Up For Great Waters, In Wolfeboro, N.H., Friday, July 10, 2015 — THE BIG ONE.

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Related posts:
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> 4th of July 2015 concerts.
>> “Red Molly”.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.
>> Blood, Sweat & Tears.

>> Setup for ‘Festival Chorus’
>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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Click to access original “Blood, Sweat & Tears” preview post from November 2014.


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‘Recent’, i.e., Dec. 2014, performance by the latest reincarnation of BS&T — with Bo Bice doing the lead vocals. Click to access YouTube video.


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Click to ENLARGE. Current vs. Original members. No there are none of the originals in the band now. BS&T is a franchise. Bobby Colomby, one of the originals, OWNS the franchise.

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Click to ENLARGE. This, their very specific catering requirements for shows, appears on their (rather slipshod) Website under ‘Tour’. Thought you might enjoy it. Shame that they have never bothered to correct ‘etc.’. Big crew — 14. 9 band members (one more than the original).


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Bo Bice the current lead. Here is the Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Bice


This Friday, July 10, 2015 concert, at Kingswood, Wolfeboro, N.H. (the first at that venue this year), as I wrote about in November 2014, is THE BIG ONE — the star event — for Great Waters for this season.

It is, from what I can see, going to be BIG in all fronts. 9 members in the band. A crew of 4 to 5. It will be quite the set-up and tear-down. It should be fun.

Was never a big BS&T fan. But maybe they will win me over. Of course I will tell you about it after the show.

Hope you can make it.


Top Notch, Rollicking, Christmas Caroling At Wolfeboro Bay Center, Clipper Drive, On Thursday, December 19, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Clearlakes Christmas 2013
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— Dec. 15, 2013.

>>
Wolfeboro Christmas Tree
>> Lighting
 Nov. 30, 2013.


This is an annual ‘outreach‘ program. We did this last year too.

This year it was a smaller group. It was led by the ever ebullient Andy Campbell, the Music Director of Brewster Academy and Clearlakes Chorale. Andy, who can also sing like no other, is also brilliant on the piano, very twinkly with a knack for uplifting improvisations. Andy was in great form last night as was the choir. It was a load of fun.

I felt privileged to be there. It was very uplifting and rewarding. I am also a known sucker for Christmas music and this has been quite a week: Clearlakes, Revels, Kingswood and then this.

Happy Yule.


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I am sure we know that young blond in the middle. Maybe we even gave a ride to the event. Click to ENLARGE.


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Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro, N.H.: Holiday Concert 2013 — December 18th, With The Ever Bubbling Bobby Burns

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Related posts:
>> Rescheduled …
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Dec. 15, 2013.
>>
Kingswood 2013
>> Concert Dec. 14
>>Nov. 22, 2013.
>> Kingswood 2012 concert  Dec. 16, 2012.


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We were so glad to hear that they rescheduled the concert from Saturday, due to the storm,
because we really wanted to go and couldn’t do so on Saturday given
the conflict with the Clearlakes Chorale concert
(given that Devanee sings in that).

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It was impressive as we had expected. We went last year, for the first time, and liked what we saw and heard.

Glad we went.

Yes, we know Bobby Burns the Music Director and Conductor as well as a couple of the kids
since they also sings with Clearlakes.

These kids are good and so is Robert Burns
(and yes, he is named after the Great Man).

It always amazes me how the prosperity and pedigree of Wolfeboro, the Oldest Summer Resort in the U.S.,
is, unmistakably, reflected by these kids, the staff and the opulent setting.

Yet again, BRAVO Wolfeboro.

Two, possibly three, choir pieces were Acapella since Robert wanted to showcase the
voices of the kids sans help from a piano. It worked and it was good.

Robert wanted us to savor and appreciate some ‘crunchy melodies‘. We did.

The percussion African, ‘Kila Jambo Na Wakate Wake‘, with a Kenyan Kingswooder (new to the school this year)
on drums was good and reminded me of this piece from ‘Christmas at Luther‘.

The Concert Band belies their age and experience. They played some long pieces — very professionally.
A great credit to them, the staff, Bobby Burns and Wolfeboro.

It was mid-week and there wasn’t as many people as their should be — always bearing in mind that it is a
HUGE auditorium.

I am glad we went. You should try to make it next year.

Merry Christmas.

Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro, N.H.: Christmas Concert 2013 Rescheduled For Wednesday, December 18.

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Related posts:
>>
Kingswood 2013
>> Concert Dec. 14
>>Nov. 22, 2013.
>> Kingswood 2012
>> concert
>>  Dec. 16, 2012.


It was supposed to have been Saturday, December 14
— same day as Clearlakes Chorale.

But, then came the snow and storm.

Clearlakes went ahead on the Saturday.

Kingswood postponed. That is GOOD.

Those that had conflicts on Saturday can now GO.

Good deal.

Last year they gave a great concert.

Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro, N.H.: Christmas Concert 2013 With Bobby Burns On Dec. 14 At 7 pm.

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Related posts:
>> Kingswood 2012
>> concert
>>  Dec. 16, 2012.


Of course at the superb Kingswood Arts Center.

The Middle School Concert is two days earlier on Dec. 12.

We went to the High School concert last year and was blown away by how good it was.

This year, BUMMER, it clashes with the Clearlakes Chorale concert — and Devanee sings for Clearlakes.

Sorry Mr. Burns. You really should have checked dates.

Northeastern Ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ Christmas 2013 — Dover and Wolfeboro, NH. Get You Tickets.

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Nutcracker (2013) With ‘Northeastern Ballet’ At Durham & Wolfeboro. Teischan As A ‘Bon-Bon’.

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