Monday, August 6, 2018

Cape Ann Arts Alive! - Music & More 2018

Just in NEWS!

One exciting late note about the Music and More camp beginning August 20: the final performance will be at the Shalin Liu Performing Center on Friday, August 24 at 11:15 am. What an exciting chance for the kids to sing (and you to hear) in this great space.

Cape Ann Arts Alive - Music & More Day Camp!

August 20, Monday – August 24, Friday, 8:30 – 12:30 - $50 per camper
Children aged 5 through 13 years old
At St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA.
$50 per camper By mail, hand-delivered or Online at EventBrite
Print Registration Form Below 

Registration is now open and ongoing for CAPE ANN ARTS ALIVE - MUSIC AND MORE, a week-long day camp for children aged 5 - 13. Fostering knowledge and pride in the unique character of Cape Ann, the camp runs from August 20 - 24 (M - F), 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Based at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 48 Middle Street in Gloucester, the camp, now in its third year and open to children from all traditions, is sponsored a civic outreach project for Cape Ann sponsored by the North Shore Mission Hub and supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
Daily visits to nearby local points of interest provide campers with experience and performance opportunities. Each year’s campers have built a foundation of singing, bell ringing, art, drama, and movement to create a repertoire in anticipation of Gloucester’s 400th Anniversary celebrations. Works related to Cape Ann’s rich cultural heritage (songs of Stephen Scotti and Leonard Bernstein, dances like “The Lobster Quadrille” from Alice in Wonderland, and artworks such as nautical pennants and papier mâché fish) provide a wide range of artistic endeavor, and productive, joyful activity. This action-packed week ends at the renowned Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Friday, August 24 with a brief, free concert at 11:15 AM. All are welcome!

The camp is staffed by local musicians known for their successful work with children’s programs: Kathleen Adams (Annisquam Village Church), Eva DiLascio (St. Paul Lutheran), Kristina Martin (1st Congregational, Rockport), and Mark Nelson (St. John's Episcopal). Registration is $50. More details are available at or by contacting Mark Nelson or 978-283-1708.

Scholarships are available. Contact Mark Nelson 978-283-1708, ext 2, or email
Scholarships are available. Contact Mark Nelson.
Download application form below.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Concert Celebrating the Works of Leonard Bernstein

“A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” on July 22 at 8 PM shines starlight on this celebrated American composer in a review of Bernstein’s best-loved works. 

A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein on July 22 at 8 PM shines  starlight on this celebrated American composer in a review of Bernstein's best-loved works. Pianists Beverly and Andrew Soll and vocalists Tiffany Baxter, Angela Jajko, and Mark Morgan cover the far reaches of Bernstein's brilliant, eclectic career on this 100th anniversary of his birth. A reception follows.

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street
(corner of Leonard and Washington Streets, 3 miles from Annisquam River Bridge)
Gloucester 01930
Handicap accessible. 
Settled as the Third Parish of Cape Ann, the historic Annisquam Village Church offers ideal acoustics in an intimate, New England setting.

General admission: $20 at the door or in advance with Brown Paper Tickets:
Students $15. at the door

Wednesday, July 4, 2018


JULY 16, 1 - 3 PM
6 Manuel F Lewis St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Al Robinson, known to many in Annisquam for his Dixieland band, The Clambake Five, had another group that he founded and played in until his recent induction into "the heavenly band."  On Monday, July 16, 1 - 3 PM, dancers, music lovers, and friends can hear Al's Good Ol' Salty Jazz Band performing in tribute to their founder, Mr. Trombone, himself.
Under Al’s leadership, the Good Ol’ Salty Jazz Band established a tradition of playing at the Rose Baker Senior Center the 1st three Mondays of every month, 1 - 3 PM (except for holidays when the Rose Baker Center is closed).  Seniors from all over the North Shore come for the listening and dancing pleasure of a Monday afternoon with the Good Ol’ Salty.  Even missing Al’s trombone, the music swings, and lifts the spirits.

Check the schedule at Gloucester Council on Aging website, and join in the fun. All ages are welcome.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

"The Sun, The Moon, But Mostly The Stars"

The Sun, The Moon, But Mostly The Stars is a unique program of jazz standards and original compositions created to celebrate the Japanese Star festival Tanabata.

Billy Novick Trio
• Billy Novick - clarinet
• Gabriela Martina - vocals
• Dave Clark - bass

Billy Novick has had a whirlwind career in music for over 40 years as a performing artist, studio musician, arranger, and composer. As a performer, he has impressed audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his soulful, lyrical jazz clarinet and sax. His musical collaboration with guitar wizard Guy Van Duser has resulted in frequent appearances on the Prairie Home Companion radio show and a feature-length interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”. In 1986, Mr. Novick joined the internationally-acclaimed New Black Eagle Jazz Band and continues to perform with them.

He has recorded seventeen albums under his own name, and, as a studio musician, has been featured as a sideman on more than 250 recordings and over 100 film and television soundtracks. His many film credits as arranger or composer include Eight Men Out, Music of the Heart, and The Opposite of Sex. Novick’s jug band adaptation of Peter and the Wolf, with Dave Van Ronk narrating, premiered in New York’s Lincoln Center. He has composed extensively for modern dance, and his two full-length ballet scores, The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises, debuted at the Kennedy Center to sold-out houses and rave reviews.

Gabriela Martina is a singer, composer, arranger, and bandleader. This dynamic Swiss-born artist has been called “the real thing, the body, and soul of jazz. (Entertainment Radio, UK) In addition to leading her own groups, her musical versatility has allowed her to perform and collaborate with a wide range of musicians, including Meshell Ndegeocello, Jack DeJohnette, and Angelique Kidjo. Her newest album, No White Shoes, represents a major step in the singer’s sojourn as a 21st-century musician and it received a four-star review in DownBeat magazine.

David Clark was the resident jazz instructor at the International School for the Double Bass in Cincinnati, Ohio, during which time he was twice recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts jazz study grant. He is currently a professor at Berklee College of Music where he teaches bass and jazz. As a performing bassist, Clark has appeared with a host of renowned musicians including Mose Allison, Lois Bellson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Peter Frampton, and John Medeski, to name just a few.

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street (cor. Washington St./Rt127 & Leonard St., 3 miles from Rt. 128 rotary)
Gloucester MA 01930

Admission $20 at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets

Students - $15 at the door

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Jazz at the Annisquam Village Church Saturday, July 7 at 8pm!

The Sun, the Moon, but Mostly the Stars," a unique program of jazz standards and original compositions created to celebrate the Japanese Star festival, Tanabata, headlines the first of two concerts at the Annisquam Village Church in July. Slated for 7/7 at 8 pm (July 7th is the date of the Tanabata festival), the Billy Novick Trio incorporates the cosmic atmospherics with celestial jazz: Billy Novick on clarinet and keyboards, Swiss-born Gabriela Martina on vocals, and Dave Clark on Bass. 

Projections of the summer sky will serve as background with a lively intermission ‘pageant’; a reception follows, with ‘star bites’ and punch for all.

Settled as the Third Parish of Cape Ann, the historic Annisquam Village Church offers ideal acoustics in an intimate, New England setting. The church is located at the head of Lobster Cove, 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard and Washington Streets), in Gloucester 01930. Handicap accessible.

Admission: $20 at the door or in advance at Brown Paper Tickets:
Students $15. at the door

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Young Organist Collaborative Recital

Young Organist Collaborative - Annual Student Recital

Saturday, May 12th at 3:00 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church
43 Pine Street, Exeter, NH

Dear Friends,
My colleague, Meg Harper, writes to inform us of a great upcoming concert.  The Young Organist Collaborative (YOC), a program that teaches young people to play the organ, has its annual recital coming up on Saturday, May 12th at 3:00 p.m.  The recital is free and open to the public.

The YOC is a similar model to that of the Young Organists Initiative, the Boston program that has supported the organ studies of Jett Sayess, Olivia Hauck, Sara Francis, Everest Crawford, and others.
Come hear students play the pieces they've been working on all year!  You may be surprised to hear such excellent playing from these young hands (and feet!) on the three-manual Liveley-Fulcher organ at Christ Church.  From soft, colorful adagios to bold and tempestuous fireworks, there's something from every style.  It's bound to be an afternoon of great music-making on the organ, the king of instruments!
Viva la Musica,
Kathleen Adams

Lyricora returns to the Annisquam Village Church!


Let My Love Be Heard
May 6, 4:00 pm
Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester MA 01930

Lyricora presents its Spring 2018 concert series, Let My Love Be Heard, on Friday, May 4, 7:30 pm in Newburyport, MA; Saturday, May 5, 4:00 pm in Chatham, MA; and Sunday, May 6, 4:00 pm in Gloucester, MA.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students. Available at the door or online at:

For additional venue details and to purchase tickets, visit Lyricora's website at

Lyricora explores the many facets of love across the ages, from the lively madrigals of the Renaissance to the lush and ethereal harmonies of the 21stCentury. This concert will feature selections by Lauridsen, Paulus, Runestad, Morley, and others. We hope you’ll join us to help celebrate the season of love! Lyricora is a Boston area ensemble dedicated to engaging, educating and entertaining audiences through performances of the highest caliber. The ensemble strives to integrate New England’s rich historical tradition of choral music with new directions in contemporary literature. In concert, Lyricora is dedicated to bridging the gap between listener and performer – presenting programs that are accessible to today’s audiences while maintaining artistic expression and performance.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

'The Fisk Connection,' Gloucester Organists perform

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation hosts a performance by six local organists on Saturday, April 14 first half in the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church at the corner of Middle and Church Street and the second half next door in St. John’s Episcopal Church. Doors open at 7:00pm; come early for the best seats. The performers are Kathleen Adams, Frances Conover Fitch, Carl Klein, Michael Kraft, Mark Nelson, and Robert Wech. Each one is connected to the work of the late Charles B. Fisk, whose firm located in Magnolia is world-renowned for superb pipe organs in churches, universities and concert halls. The concert will be narrated by Charles Nazarian describing the connection of the players to Fisk, history of the two remarkable instruments, and information about how the pipe organ sounds. Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Friday, February 16, 2018

Celtic Music Concert St. Patrick's Day!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
with the Celtic songs of
Michael O’Leary & Friends

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Celtic songs and tunes of Michael O’Leary, Jen Strom, Bob Strom and Steve Levy.

Multi-instrumentalist Steve Levy joins fiddler Jen Strom and guitarist Bob Strom to back up the vocals and kick up the tunes in the warm, intimate acoustic of the historic Annisquam Village Church, March 17 at 7 PM.

Tea and scones follow this festival of song and music.

Erin go bragh! 

AnnisquamVillage Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester  MA  01930
$15 at the door
$5 for 16 and under
$40 per family

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Night of Music & Fun! February 10, 2018

Join past and present members of
the Annisquam Village Players
for an evening of live entertainment.

Admission includes wine and appetizers.
Doors open at 7:00 pm.
Entertainment starts at 7:30. 

Annisquam Village Hall
34 Leonard St., Gloucester MA 01930

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Quick Steps & Ballads at the Cape Ann Museum!

Get your reservations ahead of time for

Quick Steps & Ballads
Saturday, January 6 at 3:00 p.m.
This special performance was conceptualized and coordinated by local musicians Kristina Martin, Kathleen Adams and Beverly Soll with music transcription and program design by Andrew Soll. Featured performers include the Waring School Singers, 'Leven, Vintage Victorian of Nahant, and other individuals from around the north shore area. Don't miss this opportunity to see the dances and hear the songs that were popular in the 19th century! Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane, on view through March 4, 2018

Free for CAM members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. Reservations are required. Reserve online aEventbrite or call (978)283-0455 x10.

Above, left to right: The Old Arm Chair: A Ballad. Lithograph on paper. Drawn by F. H. Lane. Lithograph by B. W. Thayer & Co. Lithography, Boston, 1840. Published by Oakes & Swan, Boston. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Museum purchase, 2012.The Maniac. Lithograph on paper. Drawn by F. H. Lane. Lithograph by Thayer's Lithographic Press. Published by Parker & Ditson, Boston, 1840. American Antiquarian Society. Sicilian Vespers. Lithograph on paper. Drawn by F. H. Lane. Lithograph by Pendleton's Lithography, Boston. Published by C. Bradlee, Boston, c.1832. Boston Athenaeum. Gift of Charles E. Mason, Jr., 1978.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

O'Carolan Etcetera at Gore Place!

These North Shore musicians perform the timeless melodies of Turloch O’Carolan (1670-1738). 

English dance tunes that Jane Austen would have known. Irish jigs and Scottish airs. And reels that set toes a-tapping. 

Hear them at the Carriage House of the historic
 Gore Place mansion and farm in Waltham. 
 Tuesday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. 

$15 general admission; $12 members; $10 students with ID.
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

For directions and other events in the Carriage House Concerts series, go to 

Free and ample parking is found next to the Carriage House.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Friday! Lyricora to perform at Annisquam Village Church

Lyricora, a Boston area ensemble dedicated to engaging, educating and entertaining audiences through performances of the highest caliber, returns to the Annisquam Village Church to open its 2017 Christmas Concert Series
Lyricora 2017 Christmas Concert Series
GLORIA! will feature original compositions and arrangements by
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  • GJEILO &
  • as well as others.

Friday, December 15, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Church
98 Summer St.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Old South Church
29 Federal Street

Thursday, November 16, 2017



Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester MA 01930

Children of all ages can enjoy a special hands-on demonstration / exploration of the organ at 11 AM on Sunday, November 19, just after the service.  Organist Kathleen Adams, with the help of music scholars True Sayess and Julian Walsh Nixon, will introduce this “wondrous machine” and “King of Instruments” to our youth.  Chiming will be included in the music-making, and we will end with a festive pizza lunch in the Cove Room afterwards. 

Signing up will help us anticipate the right amount of pizza.  Please email Kathleen at
Attachments area

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Annual Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show

Mark your calendar! Don't miss this wonderful community event.
Saturday, October 7 & Sunday, 8, 2017
10am - 5pm
Annisquam Village Hall
36 Leonard Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
Handicap accesible

Annisquam Arts and Craft Show

One of the highlights of Columbus Day Week-end is always the Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show – now in its 33rd year.

Over forty artists and artisans will be represented – featuring work that includes painting, photography, jewelry, fashion, ceramics, toys, knitwear, paper art and printed fabrics.  

Admission is free.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cape Ann Arts Alive 2017 Finale

Click here for 2018 Camp information

Cape Ann Arts Alive 2017 was a one-week Music Day Camp offered in August, Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 12:30, for children aged 6 through 12 years old at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA. Cape Ann Arts Alive offered music and more as they explored Cape Ann through the lively arts.

Campers had opportunities to sing and make music, participate in movement, creative drama and dance, write haiku and more. The camp experience culminated with a showcase of the week’s highlights.

Drama and music combined as they discover the stories of colorful, local characters: Howard Blackburn, the Witch of Dogtown and the Gloucester Sea Serpent.

Gloucester poet/composer Steve Scotti’s “On the Dogtown Common Road” which highlights the Babson Boulders' carved mottos was used to inspire Haiku and other poetry.

Program Staff featured veteran teachers and performers from the Cape Ann Interfaith Community including Kathleen Adams, Annisquam Village Church; Rose Sheehan, Gloucester UUC; Kristina Martin, First Congregational, Rockport; Pastor Anne Deneen and Eva DiLascio, St. Paul Lutheran, Lanesville; Jay DiPrima, Mary Jodice and Mark Nelson from St. John’s.

No religious affiliation was necessary to participate.

For more information contact Mark Nelson 978-283-1708, ext 2, or email

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Universal Brotherhood Day

An invitation from our Hindu friends (devotees of Swami Vivekananda) in Providence. 
To learn more about the link with Swami Vivekananda and the Annisquam Village, click here: