The Concord Orchestra presents Fairytale Adventures

On Sunday December 8, the Concord Orchestra, Richard Pittman, Music Director, presents its family concert, “Fairytale Adventures,” with performances at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Eric Culver will be the guest conductor. Joyce Kulhawik narrates two beloved fairy tales: Michael Gandolfi’s Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland and Paul Patterson’s Little Red Riding Hood Songbook. The performance begins with the Overture to The Bartered Bride, a lively piece inspired by Czech folk music.
Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland by Michael Gandolfi concentrates on a part of Carlo Collodi’s story that takes place in Funland, also known as the Land of Toys or Pleasure Island. Pinocchio runs away to escape the responsibilities of school and the taunts of children. He is transformed into a donkey, joins a circus, and finally is reunited with Geppetto.
“Michael has worked with librettist Dana Bornstrom to fashion a very clever, poetic version of Pinocchio,” said Richard Pittman. “Michael also has chosen some well-known American children’s songs to create the musical carnival atmosphere of Funland.”
The narration for Little Red Riding Hood Songbook is based on humorous verses by famous children’s author Roald Dahl. The Longwood High School Treble Chorus performs Little Red Riding Songbook with the orchestra.
The program concludes with a sing-along of holiday music led by Ms. Kulhawik.

31st Annual Tree of Lights sponsored by The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital

We invite you to honor or remember those who have touched your life in a meaningful way at the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital’s 31st Annual Tree of Lights.

The ceremony will be held on Monday, December 2 at 4:30pm at Emerson Hospital in the Cheney Conference Room. Enjoy music and light refreshments. The tree lighting ceremony will be held immediately after. This community event is free. Parking will be validated for attendees.

Donating a light is an opportunity to help the Auxiliary and honor someone important in your life. Donations will be accepted through December 31. Names will be added to the Tribute book which resides in the Chapel at Emerson Hospital.

Emerson Hospital – Cheney Conference Room
(across from the Gift Shop in the Main Building)
133 Old Rd to Nine Acre Corner
Concord, MA 01742

StoryArt: Children’s Book Illustration Exhibition

Eight Massachusetts children’s book illustrators share their work in StoryArt, an exhibition of original book illustration: Priscilla Alpaugh, Sarah S. Brannen, Shawn Fields, Wayne Geehan, Brian Lies, Julia Miner, Ilse Plume, and Nicole Tagdell.

These award-winning illustrators each have found their own way to tell stories with their art, introducing children and adults to a magical world of art, history, science, nature, fantasy, and stories of all kinds. This is a rare opportunity to see book art up close, learn more about the illustration process, and meet the creators. Exhibitors will be available to autograph copies of their books at the October 3 opening reception and panel discussion. See website for additional free workshops and hands-on activities for all ages, and related programs presented in association with the Concord Festival of Authors. (Illustration shown here by participating artist Brian Lies)

Public Programs

* Opening Reception: Thursday October 3, 5:30-7:30pm
* Artist Roundtable: Wednesday October 16, 7:30-9:00pm. Hosted by Gregory Maguire, presented as part of Concord Festival of Authors
* Monument Maker Interactive Talk with the Illustrator and Artist, Sunday October 27, 2:00-4:00pm, presented as part of the Concord Festival of Authors, reception to follow
* Family Story Day: Saturday November 2, 1:00-3:00pm

Abigail by Gail: a Colonial Experience at the Concord Library

Join Gail Hamel as she portrays Abigail Whitney in “Abigail by Gail: a Colonial Experience”. The event will take place in the Periodical Room of the Main Library (129 Main St.) on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Abigail Whitney and her family witnessed British soldiers march by their home on the Bay Road in Concord, Massachusetts, in search of ammunition and supplies early in the morning on the 19th of April 1775. How would you feel and what would you do if you had been there? Learn how the men, women, militia, and fife and drum of Concord and surrounding towns played a key role that infamous day. Abigail remained strong but worried as her husband was with fellow patriots at Concord’s North Bridge and one of her children went missing. Hear about Abigail’s adventures that day to keep her children safe, why the soldiers were particularly interested in searching her home, and what the outcome was for the family, the town of Concord, and the nation.

For more information, please visit or call 978-318-3347.