MUSIC & MEDITATION IN THE MEETINGHOUSE (MMM) November 30th, 2014

MUSIC & MEDITATION IN THE MEETINGHOUSE (MMM) featuring meditation leader Janet Green with guitarist & balladeer Gerry Ryan, November 30th, 2014 in the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse

BASICS:

Meditation and Music combined in a candle-lit setting
November 30th, 2014 at 7:30pm in Gloucester’s 1806 Meetinghouse, home of the
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Corner of Middle and Church Street, on the green
Free-will Offering ($10 suggested), disability accessible, all are welcome
Social gathering afterwards with light refreshments
Web site: www.gloucesteruu.org Email: info@gloucesteruu.org, Phone: (978-283-3410)

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce the next event of its monthly series called Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM) that offers Cape Ann residents and visitors a unique combination of beautiful music and relaxing meditation. Each MMM event offers the participants an opportunity to enjoy a different combination of peaceful self-awareness through various kinds of meditation enhanced by the musical offerings.

The MMM experience is intended to be comforting, entertaining and spiritual but it is emphatically not a church service. It is held in the candle-lit sanctuary of the grand Meetinghouse, a place of gathering and welcoming for the entire Gloucester community for over 200 years. The Meetinghouse, whose lantern tower with a Paul Revere bell has guided generations of mariners safely into our harbor, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest, largest and last surviving historic Meetinghouse in Gloucester.

The October event will feature meditation leader Janet Green with guitarist & balladeer Gerry Ryan. There will be a collation with light refreshments afterwards in the Entrance House, giving participants the opportunity to meet the leaders and each other in a convivial atmosphere.

Parking is allowed on the church green at the corner of Middle and Church Street, entering between the granite pillars but please be aware of the newly-installed granite benches. A free-will offering of $10 is requested but everyone is welcome regardless of financial capability. The Sanctuary is accessible with facilities for persons with disabilities via the side entrance at 10 Church Street.

MEDITATION LEADER:

Janet Green PhotoJanet Green Garrison, M. Ed., R.Y.T., CADAC, Founder and Director of Yoga for Health

Janet began teaching Hatha Yoga forty years ago and named her practice Yoga for Health because of her personal experience with the healing powers of yoga. Within six months of regularly practicing the yoga asanas, or postures, Janet stopped smoking, lost weight, changed her diet from junk food to health food and felt as though she had found a path that could guide her through whatever challenges life had to offer. The positive changes in her body, mental attitude and spiritual beliefs were undeniable and inspired her to pursue further training and become a yoga instructor.

Janet completed the 6 week Teacher Training Program with Swami Vishnudevananda in 1973 and the White Lotus Teacher Certification Program in Santa Barbara in 1994. Each year she continues her studies with various renowned Iyengar, Bikram, Kripalu and Sivananda instructors and maintains a personal practice that feeds the wealth of experience that her teaching comes from. Her classes are an eclectic blend of Hatha Yoga styles reflecting her continued study with instructors such as Rodney Yee, Angela Farmer, Erich Schiffmann, and Gayna Uransky.

Janet is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and has led therapeutic groups at local substance abuse clinics for two decades. She is a popular speaker on the benefits and pleasures of yoga, and hosts ” Yoga For Health ” on Cape Ann Cable Access Television, Channel 12, Thursdays, 8:30 to 9:00 pm. She maintains her practice as a teacher and guide from her Lanesville studio.

MUSICIAN:

Gerry Ryan PhotoMUSIC & MEDITATION IN THE MEETINGHOUSE “Gerry Ryan – an acoustic guitar player from Massachusetts who is well known throughout coffeehouses, clubs and festivals throughout New England.” – Boston.com

For most of his adult life, Gerry Ryan has been chasing the musical muse, learning and writing songs in a wide range of styles… folk, country blues, western swing, rock, ballads … songs that explore topics snatched from the ledger of life. He has performed his songs wherever lovers of acoustic music gather — coffeehouses, clubs, and camps, festivals — and any place good songs are welcome.

Based on the North Shore, Ryan is a singer/songwriter who performs solo as well as in the popular trio, Ryan, Ortolani & Fleming. In performances, you will hear catchy original tunes, American classics, country blues, and songs from the Celtic traditions. Ryan has issued two CD’s of original music, Halfway Home and Today in Yesteryear both of which

have received airplay on WUMB-FM in Boston and on other popular folk and acoustic programs on radio and the internet stations across the country.

As a solo act and with Ryan, Ortolani & Fleming, he has featured several times at Geoff Bartley’s singer/songwriter nights at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge and performed at the Nameless Coffee House in Cambridge, the Me & Thee Coffee House in Marblehead, the Linden Tree Coffee House in Wakefield, the Amazing Things Coffee House in Framingham and the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford, the Beal House in Kingston and many other venues.

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops Concert and raising money for typhoon victims – Tonight Nov 30 & Dec 1

 The Cape Ann Symphony is partnering with the Red Cross to raise funds to benefit those affected by the recent typhoon in the Philippines.

At its concerts Saturday and Sunday — which premiere “Yankee Swap!: White Elephant Gift Exchange,” by Gloucester composer Robert Bradshaw — there will be a real Yankee swap for the charity.

“When the idea of the Yankee swap came up, I thought, what better way to do this than to collaborate with an organization that could really use some help right now,” said David Stotzer, president of the symphony’s board. “I looked at all the devastation from the typhoon in the Philippines and thought of the Red Cross and the incredible relief efforts they provide worldwide. Their work is awe-inspiring and the Cape Ann Symphony is proud to offer our support.”

“The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts is grateful to be the recipient of Cape Ann Symphony’s generosity,” said Frederica Doeringer, executive director of the chapter. “The Yankee Swap is a wonderful way to launch the symphony’s world premiere of “Yankee Swap” for orchestra by Robert J. Bradshaw and at the same time, reach across the world to help those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.”

Performance: Saturday, November 30, 2013      8:00 P.M.

Performance: Sunday, December 1, 2013             2:00 P.M. 

Rob Bradshaw Composer
Rob Bradshaw Composer

The Cape Ann Symphony concerts are held at the Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for senior citizens, $20 for Young Adults and Free for children age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

 

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops Concert – Nov 30 & Dec 1

WORLD PREMIERE FEATURED IN
2013 CAPE ANN SYMPHONY
HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT

Performance: Saturday, November 30, 2013      8:00 P.M.
Performance: Sunday, December 1, 2013             2:00 P.M. 

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert is an exciting celebration of holiday music favorites featuring a World Premiere by Robert J. Bradshaw commissioned by the Cape Ann Symphony, The Cape Ann Symphony Singers under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts and an updated sing along  to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 30 at 8 pm & Sunday, December 1 at 2 pm. The Holiday Pops Concert features the world premiere of   “Yankee Swap!: White Elephant Gift Exchange” from Suite No. 4 “Cape Ann” for orchestra by Robert J. Bradshaw, a Gloucester based composer and CAS member. “Yankee Swap!” is a super fun musical take the New England holiday tradition. Pick your number, wait your turn, unwrap or steal someone else’s present and then get ready for some serious symphonic bargaining! According to composer Bradshaw, “I am very grateful to Maestro Yoichi Udagawa and the Cape Ann Symphony for commissioning this work.  It provides me with the opportunity to write for an orchestra and community I care deeply about and the commission itself offered me the chance to explore aspects of my musical experience not often heard on the concert stage (including popular musical influences such as dub step, funk, rock and jazz).”  Maestro Undagawa is eager to premiere the new work,” Rob Bradshaw has written a terrific piece that captures the holidays here in New England. It shifts quickly from one idea and feeling to another, but at the same time paints a complete picture of the joy and complexity of feeling that accompanies the season. I know the audience is going to love this piece!”

Rob Bradshaw Composer
Rob Bradshaw Composer

The Cape Ann Symphony concerts are held at the Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for senior citizens, $20 for Young Adults and Free for children age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.