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2003–2004 Concert Season

The 73nd Consecutive Concert Season

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I Get A Kick Out of Cole – Tues, Oct 7, 2003
I Get a Kick Out Of Cole

I Get a Kick Out of Cole celebrates the musical genius and legacy of one of America's most beloved songwriters, Cole Porter. The show embraces Cole's wit and charm in his lyrics as we remember the lingering melodies he created.

  • Touring cast of ten consisting of 6 singer/actors and a 4 piece orchestra
I Get a Kick Out of Cole – conceived, written and directed by Matt Davenport, longtime favorite of Community Concerts. Matt's highly documented history includes numerous original stage shows and national tours of The Tennessee Waltz, Ropin' The West, Birth of the Beat, American Rhapsody and the Off-Broadway hit Always… Patsy Cline. His most recent production, Country Tonite was awarded "Show of the Year" in 2001 and 2002 by the North American Country Music Association.

I Get A Kick Out Of Cole
A Matt Davenport Production

Mark Twain & the Laughing River – Sat, Jan 3, 2004
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"My childhood was the wellspring of my clearest inspiration"
Mark Twain

Jim Post took Mark Twain at his word and dug deeply into every nook and cranny of Mark Twain’s childhood. Did you know that Mark Twain sang with a beautiful tenor voice and played banjo, piano, and guitar, loving to show off at parties? Jim Post has composed twelve songs, created around true-life stories of Twain’s childhood. After attending a performance of Mark Twain and the Laughing River, you will know who the real people are behind Mark Twain’s literary characters. You will know how the Mississippi River fired up Twain’s "boiler" and put the devil in his temperament.
In 1997, Jim Post celebrated his 50th year as a performance artist, maintaining the same strong, clear, tenor voice that established his reputation. He has never stepped out of the warmth of the spotlight. He loves to say at the end of a show, "If you keep coming to see me, I’ll never get a real job."
His accomplishments include sixteen albums, most of them of original folk texture. In 1986, Jim wrote his first play, Galena Rose: How Whiskey Won the West, which he performed more than fifteen-hundred times, including a performance for the Smithsonian Institute. From Christmas plays ("The Heart of Christmas") to children’s plays like Bobber Dobber Do, from concerts to North Light’s world premier, Mark Twain and the Laughing River, Jim’s imagination has kept a spark of youth threading through all of his performances.

Mark Twain and the Laughing River
Staring Jim Post
"Post’s depiction of Mark Twain is nothing less than brilliant and each sentence and song is a gem…nothing but kudos from our audience members of all ages…This is a show that should be on Broadway."
Smithsonian Institution Post
Paratore Brothere – Sat, Jan 17, 2004
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On one piano or two, Anthony and Joseph Paratore are considered one of today's foremost keyboard duos.
They have appeared on numerous celebrity series throughout the United States and Europe and with a long list of orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, and the Warsaw, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestras among others.
A special television appearance in their hometown with the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa and an appearance with the Boston Pops both at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood with Keith Lockhart remains a highlight for the brothers.
The Brothers Paratore have participated in television specials on PBS, including the "20th Anniversary of the Boston Pops with John Williams", "Piano Pizazz" from Wolf Trap, and a special program entitled "The Paratores: Two Brothers, Four Hands". Critic Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe noted that it was "fun to watch with a MTV dazzle....talent is what the Paratore brothers are all about."
The diverse repertoire of the Paratores encompasses both the standard literature for piano duet and two pianos, as well as an ever-growing number of works either re-discovered or newly commissioned.

Piano Duo
The Brothers Paratore

Anthony and Joseph Paratore

"Duo pianists are rare breed, and even rarer are those as exciting as Anthony and Joseph Paratore."
The Washington Post
Strauss Damenkappelle – Sun, Feb 15, 2004
Strauss Damenkappelle of Vienna

Authenic, informal, lovely to look at, delightful to hear, the incomparable Strauss Damenkappelle transports you to a world of 19th Century Vienna, city of dreams buy the glory that was Lehar, Kreisler and Strauss, and all the masters to whom it has played host for over two centuries. Their renditions, performed with precision and fidelity to the exacting style of the Viennese school, are nothing short of pure entertainment.

With them experience music from Vienna, with love…

The performance was more than beautiful music, it was a lesson in the culture of Vienna…

Delightful concert that spread charm throughout…

Strauss Damenkappelle of Vienna
Company of 8
Piano, Violins, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano & Tenor Soloists

Joffrey Ensemble – Thur, Mar 4, 2004
Joffrey Ensemble Dancers

Joffrey Ensemble Dancers

The innovative Joffrey Ensemble Dancers offers a refreshingly different approach to ballet. Its performances are compelling and intimate theatrical experiences, featuring classical moves that resonate with contemporary meanings. Founded in 1952, and directed by Edith D’Addario since 1961, the school remains at the forefront of American dance education and classical ballet training. Joffrey Ensemble Dancers was conceived to prepare young dancers for a professional career. As innovative as it is new, thecompany.

Hand-picked for their talent and enthusiasm, and imbued with the vision and energy of Artistic Director Elie Lazar, this international troupe is a sure hit with seasonal dancegoers and first-timers alike.

"Contemporary in feel, traditional in execution and very satisfying, allowing the audience to enjoy a wide variety of moods."
The Maui (Hawaii) News

Hudson Shad Quintet – Thur, Apr 22, 2004

Hudson Shad
Vocal Quintet plus piano

With impeccable singing, a flair for the humorous and a broad ranging repertoire, Hudson Shad is gaining popularity and recognition amongst music lovers of all ages. With Tenors, baritone, bass-baritone and bass, the ensemble richly covers the spectrum of male voices. Founded in 1992, the purpose of the group has been to recreate the music of the legendary Comedian Harmonists of Germany in the 1920's.

While the repertoire of the Comedian Harmonists is a staple of Hudson Shad, they bring a vast array of musical idioms to their programs. From Schubert, Dvorak and Kreisler, to the Beatles and Frank Sinatra, Gershwin, Porter, Ellington and perhaps a Negro spiritual or a Disney theme thrown in, Hudson Shad can conjure up something for everyone.

Hudson Shad has been featured with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and on Garrison Keillor's show, "A Prairie Home Companion." They have sung to sold-out houses in Germany and around Europe. And their fame is rising in the United States with two CD's now released.

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"perfect pitch, finely shaded dynamics and skill at recreating the sounds of the Twenties…"
New York Times