Steve Martorella's Arts-E listing for mid-September
Opportunities and Invitations

The West Bay Chorale under the direction of their new director Eric W. Van Dervort invites new singers to their weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 7-9:30 pm at the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad Street, Cranston, RI;  currently working on Vilvaldi Gloria and music by Peter Angela, Z Randall Stroope and John Rutter for their upcoming concert in December; for more info please visit the website: westbaychorale (.org) or on Facebook; e-mail: Eric ( or jenil (

An invitation to form a Poetry In Music Ensemble: being a group of singers and instrumentalists to meet and make music together. We wish to hear from individuals who can play, or sing, and read music reasonably well, and want an opportunity to explore music together. We are interested in Western Music from all periods from Medieval to the present, and invite both those interested in music from specific periods or from many periods to contact us. We may well break into subgroups depending on the interests of participants. Those  who would like to learn more should contact Martin Gardiner at Martin_Gardiner ( or Ann Strong at apstrong (

Friday September 15 7-10 pm jazz guitarist John Monllos and Joanne Rodino vocals at Jo’s Bistro, 24 Memorial Boulevard West, Newport, RI, no cover, info: 401.847.5506

Events for Saturday September 16

2-4 pm the Tish Adams Jazz Trio performs for the 3rd Annual “Jazz, Blues, & Birthday Cake” at the South Kingstown Public Library, 1057 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, RI, free and family friendly but seating is limited so please call to make a reservation: 401.789.1555 or visit skpl (.org)

6-9 pm jazz guitarist John Monllos and Joanne Rodino vocals perform on The Grand Bellvue Dinner Train departing Melville Station, Portsmouth, RI, tickets start at 99.98 for 2 available from trainsri (.com/grand-bellevue/) or call 401.295.1203

Week of and Events for Sunday September 17

2 pm Community MusicWorks Season Opening Concert performing Anna Clyne: Within Her Arms, Anton Webern: Langsamer Satz, and Julia Wolfe: Cruel Sister in the RISD Museum Grand Gallery, 20 North Main St (also enter on 224 Benefit Street) Providence, RI, free (admission to the museum is also free on Sundays 10 - 5)

2pm Jamestown Community Piano Season opens with Vassily Primakov on the historic piano in St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 87 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown, RI, free admission, 401.423.0515

3 pm University of Rhode Island Alumni Wind Ensemble, Brian Cardany director, features past and present students for an exciting program of new music for band at the Fine Arts Center, Concert Hall 105 Upper College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, free, info: 401.874.2431

4 pm every third Sunday of the month Jazz Jam Cape Cod hosted by Bart Weisman with Fred Boyle (piano),  Ron Ormsby (bass), and Bart Weisman (drums) at Riverway Restaurant, 1338 Route 28, South Yarmouth, MA, no cover, reservations: 508.398.2172

6-8 pm Greg Abate Jazz 101 workshop will include discussions and demonstrations of what constitutes a jazz performance and the mystery of true Jazz Improvisation. With use of the piano for demonstrating harmonic progressions and melodies and bass lines, we'll cover the function of each instrument; chord progressions, drums and piano, all wind instruments and vocals. Other subjects include demonstrations on how a song is created and explanations of some of the many different shapes, concepts of playing jazz in the moment, and about the relation of harmony melody and rhythm. All questions are welcome, and some local talent will be presented, at The Pump House Music Works, 1464 Kingston Road, South Kingston, RI, 2 sets, cover: 15

Friday September 22 8 pm Julie Metcalf and Bruce Rosen perform for a Rehoboth contra dance at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA, the dance this evening will feature a mix of contra dances and English country dances, beginners welcome, partners not necessary, tickets: 9; 8 students, info: 508.252.6375 or visit: contradancelinks (.com/rehoboth.html)

Events for Saturday September 23

7 pm Bart Weisman Klezmer Swing Group with Leslie Boyle (vocals), Lary Chaplan (violin), Alan Clinger (guitar), Ron Ormsby (bass), and Bart Weisman (drums) at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA, tickets: 20 available at 508.394.7100

8 pm University of Rhode Island Artist Series presents the URI Contemporary Music Ensemble, Theodore Mook coordinator, in the first of a series of contemporary music concerts featuring faculty performers and composers including flutist Susan Thomas, percussionist Kyle Fortshoff, pianist and composer Kirsten Volness, pianist Manabu Takasawa & cellist Theodore Mook, in performance of music by Cindy McTee, Kirsten Volness, and Lou Harrison (in celebration of his centenary year), and others at the Fine Arts Center, Concert Hall 105 Upper College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, free, info: 401.874.2431

Week of Sunday September 24

Sunday September 24 12n-3pm Lois Vaughan Jazz Quartet with Lois on keys, Ben Coerper bass, Art Manchester sax/flute/clarinet, and Ryan Tremblay drums at The Fifth Element, 111 Broadway, Newport, RI, 401.619.2552 or visit: thefifthri (.com)

Monday September 25 7 pm Mychal Gendron presents New Expressions for Guitar - Music of the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa at the West Warwick Public Library, 1043 Main Street, West Warwick, RI, free and open to the public

Tuesday September 26 7:30-11 pm jazz singer Tish Adams with Ben Ricci’s Big City Jazz Band combine celebrations for her 58th Birthday & 20th Radio Anniversary “Jazz, Blues & Birthday Cake” meets "WRIU Jazz Night” with an opportunity to meet Jazz DJ’s from 90.3 WRIU, Kingston plus giveaways, birthday cake, kitchen till 10 pm and no cover charge at Murphy’s Law, 2 George Street, Pawtucket, RI, info: 401.724.5522 or visit murphyslawri (.com)

Events for Friday September 29 at 8 pm

Dave Langford and Kate Barnes perform for a Rehoboth contra dance at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA, beginners welcome, partners not necessary, tickets: 9; 8 students, info: 508.252.6375 or visit: contradancelinks (.com/rehoboth.html)

Bart Weisman Jazz Group Featuring Berklee Professor Suzanne Davis on piano, with Jon Evans (bass), and Bart Weisman (drums) at the Grand Cru Cape Codder Resort & Spa, 1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, MA, no cover, info: 508.771.3000
Recordings by Chopin Club Members

Haig Yaghoobian's performance of Scriabin
at the Bell Street Chapel, October 26, 2008, was recorded and is available here.

The 2010 Presidents Day performers, Duodrama, Lucy Mauro (piano) and Donald George (tenor), have published a new CD, "Love is Everywhere:  Selected Songs of Margaret Ruthven Lang, Vol. 1.  The CD also contains a companion CD-R with printable scores, song texts and even some copies of her manuscripts.  Lang was a Boston composer at the turn of the century, daughter of B.J. Lang.  Listen to My Love is in the Hills or Summer Noon.

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Music Teachers

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Chopin club members
Vicky Bharier
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Stephen T, Martorella
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Barbara Speer
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Gabriel Alfieri, baritone
Margaret J. Frazier, soprano
Georgette Ross Hutchins, mezzo-soprano
Rosalind Wadsworth, soprano (member, NATS)

Other useful links

ACMP (Amateur Chamber Music Players)