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A concert of love songs from the classical, swing and pop eras


Saturday, March 22 7:30pm
$18 adults, $15 seniors/children,
$12 Northeast Metro Vocational School students with ID

Sunday, March 23 3:00pm
$18 adults, $15 seniors/children

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* Special Guest Artists:
vocalist Sol Kim Bentley,
accordionist Lynda Fish

* Free Refreshments and Beverages *

* Themed Raffle Baskets *

* Dancing! *


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Take Note of New Address
New Concert Location:

Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School
100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield, MA

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Join the Middlesex Concert Band in its new concert venue and celebrate love through the ages with the spring concert, “Romance & Roses.”

Your heart will go a flutter during the first act as you listen to classical pieces such the overture from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Howard Hanson’s second movement “Romantic” from Symphony No. 2, “Tango Fuego” by Jerome Thomas featuring accordion, and Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from Lohengrin.

Your heart will continue to swell with the second act, as the band plays a variety of popular love songs from the ages. Bring out your dancing shoes for “A String of Pearls” and “Begin the Beguine”. Go crazy with “Great Ball of Fire” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and pretend to be a Righteous Brother as you sing along to “Unchained Melody”.

Your heart will burst in the third act, as you listen to Ravel’s very romantic “Bolero”. Finally, close out the show by singing along to Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” and selections from Phantom of the Opera and Frank Sinatra’s playlist.

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Special Guest Artists include:

Lynda FishLynda Fish, accordionist, began her love affair with the accordion at age nine, when the Foote brothers came to town selling lessons—a la “The Music Man.” She began her musical studies with the late Lorraine Bono and continued through college with Professor Tulio Gasperini, the well known accordion virtuoso from Rhode Island. She received her Music Education degree with honors from Rhode Island College with accordion as her applied instrument. She was the first graduating senior ever to be awarded a full recital on the accordion. Lynda has an extensive teaching history including public and private schools, music camps, and children’s theater. Her busy music studio, Keyboard for Kids, is located in North Attleboro, MA, where she has been teaching enthusiastic boys and girls how to play piano and accordion for over thirty years. When she is not teaching she is often seen playing with the Jolly Koppershmidts German Oktoberfest Band. Lynda is also a performing member of the New Hampshire Accordion Association and the Central Massachusetts Accordion Club.

Sol Kim Bently imageTwo-time Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions regional finalist Sol Kim Bentley was recently praised by Opera News for her “ardently sincere … beautifully restrained and heartbreaking” performance as Cardillac’s Daughter in the New England premiere of Hindemith’s Cardillac for Opera Boston, the production of which was named one of the top ten international musical events of 2011 by Musical America’s George Loomis. The Financial Times remarked that she “put her ample soprano voice to sure dramatic use,” while The Boston Globe acclaimed that she sang “with impressive urgency and directness.” Previously, she understudied the title role in Opera Boston’s world premiere of Zhou Long’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Madame White Snake (performing the role for an invited dress rehearsal), sang the role of Tosca with Longwood Opera, and was the Roll Seller in Opera Boston’s New England premiere of Shostakovich’s The Nose.


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Overture to the Marriage of Figaro – Mozart (Slocum)
Symphony No. 2 Movement II – Howard Hanson
O Luce di Quest’ Anima – Donizetti (vocal Solo)
O Mio Babbino Caro – Puccini (vocal Solo)
Tango Fuego – Thomas (Accordion solo)
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral – Wagner


String of Pearls – Jerry Gray, arr. Wasson
Begin the Beguine – Cole Porter
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers arr. Richard Newman
Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis, arr. Frank Bernaerts
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Freddie Mercury arr. Andrea Ravizza


Italian Holiday – Robert Longfield
Bolero – Maurice Ravel (arr. Jay Bocook)
Someone to Watch Over Me – arr. Warren Barker
Phantom of the Opera – Andrew Lloyd Weber
Sinatra – arr. Stephen Bulla

Special thanks to our sponsors:

East Boston Savings Bank
Wakefield Co-Operative Bank
Archambault & Associates
The Savings Bank
Honda Gallery

Join us Saturday, March 22, 7:30pm
or Sunday, March 23, 3:00pm

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Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School, 100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield, MA
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Box Office: or 781-670-7662


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