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Starting off the night before the night . . .
Vira Slywotzky, Aleksandra Romano, Matthew Singer and Gregory Zavracky with Matthew Larson on piano will perform arias, duets, ensembles from opera, operetta and broadway. (Methodist Church 7:30 pm)
* * New Artist/Event in 2012-2013
A musical instrument demonstration group geared to children and schools. They play a wide range of instruments including the saxophone, fiddle, banjo, flute and more. This evening they will perform musical pieces from solos to ensembles to show how each piece works and is played. Children in the audience will be invited up, if they wish, to take a close look at the instruments and to ask questions of the musicians. This is a great opportunity to get first hand experience from musical professionals. (Community Center Gym 1 pm)
Alex the Jester
This clown from the medievil tradition is a poet in action and his comedy transcends language. He speaks Grammelot and shows many emotions with his face, tone of voice and body language. One of the best one man shows ever. (Elementary School Gym 2 and 3 pm)
All-Worn-Out Jug Band
The AWOJB is a post-revival roots music band, performing a stew of traditional tunes from the Kweskin,, Even Dozen, Memphis Jub Bands’ songbook, seasoned with country, folk, gospel, and blues. (Unitarian Universalist Meeting House 7 and 8 pm)
Raif (Ralph Bassett)
A cabaret performer with a distinctive vocal style and magnetic stage presence will be joined with pianist Mark Borgmann and guitarist Benjamin Kushigian. Raif will be singing an eclectic mix of music from show tunes to gospel. Raif’’s fans span all ages and he regularly performs for sellout crowds who leave his performances deeply moved. (Methodist Church 8 pm)
Luigi Boccia and Art McManus
From Brooklyn and Italy, Luigi performs to a standing room only crowd on First Night. His fans insist he is the next great tenor! Not to be missed! A fabulous sound that will raise your spirits and put a knot in your heart and an hooray on your lips. (St. Christopher’s Sanctuary 7 pm and 9 pm) [audio:Luigi_Boccia.mp3]
Bonnie returns for her second year as the leader of the First Night Community Sing. We will have fun coming together as a community of grandparents, parents, and especially youth. Together we will highlight familiar songs that were leading up to Chatham’s 300th celebratiion. (St. Christopher’s Chapel 1 pm)
Back again for his second year, Chatham’s own Asa Bryce, will be performing classical guitar. He will be performing a repertoire of Renaissance, Baroque, and modern classical guitar music. He is looking forward to being home for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday and performing at First Night Chatham 2011. His studies started at the Cape Cod Conservatory and the New England Conservatory and he is currently a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan as a classical guitar major.
(St. Christopher’s Chapel at 9 pm and 10 pm)
Jimmy C’s Real Deal Band
A solid blues-rockin’-in-the-pocket band. They have been playing their blues locally from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard for almost 30 years! Featuring Craig Jones on guitar, Chuck Purro on drums, Robert Clinton on bass, and Jim Cribby on keyboards. Jimmy C has been blowing harp since the late 70′s. A truly fun band for all! (Town Hall – downstairs 8:30 to 11:30 pm)
Cape Cod Fiddlers
Known for their energetic fiddle performances, the Cape Cod Fiddlers draw their repertoire from the Irish, Scottish, Shetland Isles, Scandinavian, Cape Breton, French Canadian and American fiddle traditions. (Methodist Church 5, 9 and 10 pm) [audio:High_Road_To_Linton.mp3]
Chatham Chorale * *
Members of the Chatham Chorale will present a program of holiday classics and traditional carols to celebrate the season. Under the direction of Joseph Marchio, the Chorale will also feature the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. The audience will also be invited to sing a carol or two accompanied by the glorious new Noack pipe organ at the Chatham Methodist Church. (Methodist Church 3 pm)
Chatham Historical Society – Atwood House Museum
Movie – Singing in the Rain, with Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor. Legendary movie often called one of the best musicals ever made. (Atwood House Museum, 1:30 – 3:10 pm, bus runs from Rockland Trust Bank at 1:10 pm and Atwood House 3:25 pm)
Chatham Lightfoots Jump Ropers
Our local talented light-footed children and their jump rope team wow the audience with their agility. Speed, double-dutch, freestyle — the whole gamut. The 2009 top ten in the nation in national competitions.
(Community Center Gym 3 and 4 pm)
Cape Cod Symphony Brass Quintet
The clarion sounds of the brass quintet are sure to energize music lovers. Classical or pops with a vibrant performance. Members of the quintet are Roy Campbell on trombone, Stuart Hall Gunn on tuba, Philip Hague on trumpet, Tobias Monte on trumpet, and George Sullivan on french horn.
(St. Christopher’s Chapel 7 and 8 pm)
This Cape Cod native and Mayflower descendant sings rock and country. Also known as Becca the Rockin’ Buccaneer, she hosts karaoke and often sings in a place she loves, the streets of Provincetown.
(Drama Guild 8 pm)
Cirque du Jour
Top notch big talent includes juggling, animal acts, clowns, ringmaster, tightrope walking, a girl on a flying trapeze, and anything else you can think of! Four performances this year.
(High School Gym 1, 3, 5, and 7 pm ) . : : VIDEO : : .
The Clancy Tradition
Lively Irish music, both vocal and instrumental, to warm the soul. Eugene Clancy on guitar and vocals, his daughter Rosemary on fiddle and mandolin, Patrick on piano and accordion, Pat’s daughter Liadain singing vocals, and Brendan Dolan on piano and flute. The music includes tunes from the middle of the last century which were played on Sunday afternoons in the front room of the Clancy home in the small village of Charlemont, County Armagh. It was there that Eugene and Patrick took up their instruments to perform the repertoire of Irish folk music. (Holy Redeemer Church 8 and 9 pm) [audio:Clancy_All_Tunes_In_World.mp3]
Colum Cille Pipes and Drums
Colum Cille is a band that performs not only Scottish or Irish pipe and drum band music, but a variety of genres, including Gaelic and American. This award winning band is named after an Irish saint who is revered as a symbol of unity. They wear the red and black Cunningham tartan. Great music in a fun and friendly environment. (Elementary School Gym 7 pm)[audio:ColumCille.mp3]
“Wild Bill” Corney
Trop Rock guru with a huge Cape Cod following, “Wild Bill” and his guitar and vocals will fill you with the warmth of good times and good stories with his Buffett-style music. Not only will you “find your way here,” you will “find your island time” as you listen to his music to show you the way. (St. Christopher’s 11 pm – 625 Main Street Chatham, MA 02633)
Cape Cod’s own bluegrass artists with sounds of a mix of old and new, and is always incomparably entertaining. (Methodist Church 6 and 7 pm) . : : VIDEO : : .
A local professional singer-songwriter and musician, vocal and guitar. Amber Crowley has a passion for music, and her heartfelt songs reflect these emotions and her life experiences. A long-time Cape Cod resident, Crowley plays a variety of styles including upbeat, Acoustic Popular, Irish, folk, Country, blues, Rockabilly, Reggae and more. She melds different styles into a unique genre of original music that engages and entertains the listener. (Drama Guild at 9 pm) [audio:Amber_Crowley2.mp3]
Peter is currently a Ph.D. student in Musicology at the University of Virginia. He is originally from Chatham, Massachusetts and studied music and history at Harvard College. A pianist of great skill who also teaches piano, his program for First Night Chatham will be Chopin, Schubert, Ravel, and Debussy. (Congregational Church 3 pm)
The Dreamers Big Band
Classic Big Band sound, great for dancing. This Cape Cod local band is in demand every year and is here to celebrate the 21st year of First Night Chatham. (Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall 8:30 to 11:30 pm)
This troubadour of the harp and voice reaches the audience with charm and good stories. A New Year’s tradition. This year, in addition to Celtic music, Thom will be doing song settings of Joseph C. Lincoln poetry to celebrate Chatham’s 300th celebration. (St. Christopher’s Chapel 11 pm) [audio:ThomDutton_Green_Fields_France.mp3]
Shaun England Jazz
The band for this year features Shaun on guitar, two drummers, Gary Johnson and John Disanto, and Joe Santerre on bass. An all star group that will satisfy with sound. ( St. Christopher’s Chapel 4 and 5 pm)
(High School cafeteria 12:30-4:30 pm)
This extraordinary band of true professionals plays the music you want to hear– Swing, Society, and Classic Rock, both instrumentals and vocals–even if you did not know you loved it! (Methodist Church 1 and 2 pm)
Frank Giasullo and John Owens Jazz Duo * *
Frank and John have been playing jazz standards and their interpretation of pop music and soft rock from Boston to Cape Cod for many years. Their unique blend of flute and guitar lends a very special interest to each song they play. Come join them for a nightcap of warm and rich music before the fireworks begin!
(Congregational Church 8 pm)
Rick Goldin – Music and Puppets for Children
Rick is known for his lively, interactive and humorous children’s songs. Children love his live performances because they get to sing, dance, and jump along with Rick and his singing animal puppets. (Monomoy Hall CBI 2 and 3 pm). : : VIDEO : : .
Kathy Hamilton and Priscilla Smith
This duo will be joining us this year. Kathy Hamilton is a flautist and Priscilla will be performing on her gold Lyon & Healy concert harp (St. Christopher’s Chapel 2 pm & 3 pm)
Chris Henshaw hails from the city of Dublin where he sang along with his parents and family of thirteen children. He has been performing on the Cape for many years at Irish venues and festivals. This is his sixth year at First Night Chatham singing Irish music to warm your heart and tickle your fancy. If you like a bit of Irish humor in song, you will enjoy this one-man band. (St. Martin’s Lodge 10 pm and 11 pm)
“The Word’s Smallest Big Band” has exceptional vocals, two trumpets and a trombone, as well as three keyboards. They take pride in delivering each song the way it was originally recorded. Their music is a mix of Swing, Motown, Disco, Classic Rock, Soft Rock, R & B, and just about anything else you hear on the radio today. (Community Center Meeting Room 5 and 6 pm) [audio:Volcano.mp3]
Julie And Denya’s Fantastic Global Music Adventure * *
Featuring Julie Wanamaker, a Nashville recording star and songwriter, and Denya Le Vine, a Cape Cod favorite, playing guitar, ukelele and fiddle. Listen to rousing vocals and energetic fiddling, sing along on familiar and foreign language songs, participate in a rhythm band, and learn a simple dance or two. (Community Center Meeting Room at 3 pm)
Juggle This! * *
Stephen King and Ryan Dekoe make a hilarious and very odd pair for an all around fantastic performance featuring comedy, stunts, and juggling. Their unique brand of comedy and performance were featured on season 4 of America’s Got Talent. You are in for some fun! (High School Auditorium 4 pm)
Greg Johnson has been a central part of the Cape’s local color as a Nauset Beach lifeguard legend, professional artist and musician. He is returning to First Night Chatham and will be performing a voice and guitar tribute to James Taylor with a little help from his friends. (High School Auditorium 8 and 9 pm)
Steve Hurl on guitar and vocals plus Bruce Ward on piano play their own unique mix of blues and rootsy rock and roll. Driving, barrelhouse piano and a sinewy guitar style combine with contemporary lyrics to bring you the best of old and new blues.
(Elementary School Gym 4 and 5 pm)
Ice carver. Stop by and watch Chip carve a beautiful sculpture from large blocks of ice. Chip is the Culinary arts instructor at the Tech School in Bourne. This past winter he (and his team) took 3rd place in the World Ice Art Championship held in Alaska.(Cape Cod 5 bank – front lawn 1 to 3:30 pm)
Ross is a woodcarver whose specialty is carving North American mammals and nature scenes out of wood with a chainsaw. With his lifelong study of wild animals and nature, he is able to turn a downed tree into a lifelike and realistic art sculpture. (Town Parking lot 1:00- 3:30 pm)
Joe and Sarah Marchio
Joe, First Congregational Church music director and organist and conductor of the Chatham Chorale will perform with his wife Sarah and special guest Julian Petrallia, a sophomore student at Nauset High School. (Congregational Church 10 pm)
Marcus the Magician
As a performance artist, Marcus the Magician from The Magicompany presents a hilarious, laugh-packed show full of amazing magic, wonderful audience interaction, and fun-filled humor. The fun comes from everywhere — including out of a hat — as the air is filled with animals and uproarious comedy in this magic show that will have you believing the impossible! (Monomoy Hall, 5 pm)
Larry Marsland Vocals in a cabaret style with songs made famous by Sinatra and Garland.
(St. Christopher’s Sanctuary 10 pm)
Mass Dance Project
A demonstration dance group geared to children. The program is designed to introduce the art of dance with use of music, short stories and movement. creating a special magic to spark the imagination of all who participate, both adults and children. It’s also a whole lot of fun. (Community Center Gym 2 pm)
From Martha’s Vineyard, Katy sings show stoppers by Sondheim and Lloyd Webber. Katie has performed with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and the Esplanade and in London at Cadogan Hall. With a huge talent in vocals, dance, and drama, she does it all.
(Congregational Church 9 and 11 pm) . : : VIDEO : : .
The Mojo Kings Showband * *
A true R&B, Funk, Soul, and Classic Rock five-piece band. They will give you Big Band Sound and great dance music, plus a high-energy show, that guarantees a night that will keep you begging for more right up to the end. They don’t just play the “easy ones.” They will leave you tired, thirsty, and clamoring for much more until the fireworks and Countdown Cod are set. (Community Center Gym 8:30 to 11:30 pm)
With Jeff Hughes on cornet leading the band, you’ll hear lots of swinging improvisations on familiar and maybe not so familiar tunes, with each musician featured on specialty numbers, and on requested tunes from the audience. This is always a fun and exciting performance, so come and sit awhile, and prepare to enjoy some hot jazz to warm the chilly night! (High School Cafeteria 7 to 11 pm)
Monomoy Theater — All the World’s a Stage
Scenes and songs from 55 years of repertoire, as we conclude the celebration of Chatham’s 300th birthday. Includes My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kiss Me Kate, 1776, As You Like It, Guys and Dolls, Noel Coward, Once Upon a Mattress, Cabaret . Performed by: Terry Caza, Ellen Fiske, Holly Holcomb, Terry Layman, Mary O’Brady, Michael John McGann, Sarah Killough, Kyle Brand, Kyle Rudolph, and Alan Rust, with Phil Rittner at the piano. (Community Center Meeting Room 8 pm)
John Murelle - It’s a Grand Night for Singing
The voice students of John Murelle present a program of solos and duets by Richard Rodgers. John Murelle, director; Joan Kirchner, music director. (Congregational Church 4 pm)
North Shore Acapella * *
Recently featured on NBC’s The Sing Off, North Shore was the runner up and placed in the elite Top Ten of the 250 groups who auditioned. Tommy Duarte, Paul Lopes, Jimmy Martin, Vinny Straccia, and Guy Chiapponi blend harmony, rhythm, and tempos to songs from the 1940s through today. Exciting, visual, musical, warm and funny, this group is fabulous with class, style, and heart! Check out one of their performances at The Sing Off. Video (Methodist Church 4 pm)
Popular and beloved ensemble pictured above sings for the fun of it. Their four part harmony includes Broadway show tunes, old favorites, folk songs, and spirituals. Chris Morris directs the music. A great Chatham tradition. (St. Christopher Church 1 pm)
Expand the borders of your ears with O’Challah, featuring three well respected, longtime performers in Cape Cod’s folk and world music scene. Denya LeVine, Greg Johnson and Clayton March play music that reflects the crossover musical links between Ireland, mainland Europe and the Middle East. (Eldredge Library 9 pm)
The Parkington Sisters
The Parkington Sisters are song writers, musicians and singers who create a magnetic and emotional experience Rose plays guitar, piano and accordion; Ariel and Sarah play violin and viola; and Nora plays violin and percussion. All are multiinstrumentalists and their music is embodied by vibrant string arrangements combined with tight, interwoven four-part vocal harmonies, and gorgeous, blending voices. (High School Auditorium 10 pm)
The Reunion Band
Known for its tight vocal harmonies and solid traditional bluegrass sound, the Reunion Band features veteran Boston-area musicians Richard Brown (mandolin), Dave Dillon (rhythm guitar), Margaret Gerteis (acoustic bass), and Richard Underwood (banjo). The band, which has been around since 2002, takes its name from the fact that the members have played together off and on and in various configurations for over 30 years. Laura Orshaw on fiddle joins them this year. (Community Center Meeting Room 9 and 10 pm) [audio:reunion.mp3]
Probably best described as a Traditional Rock & Roll Band – with lots of Blues – Rockabilly – Country Jazz & Soul with Jodi Birchall as the dynamic vocalist. A real Rock & Roll Extravaganza! … for everybody, Young or Old, as the band can play everything from ballads, originals, country AND western to great jazz, blues & rock – always with a lot of energy! (St. Christopher’s 5 pm)
The warm mellow sound of modern jazz – Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington. Piano, guitar, bass and drums and a tribute to their founder, John Randall, will bring in the New Year with style.
(Unitarian Universalist Meeting House 10 and 11 pm)
Jacqueline has performed at the White House for President Clinton celebrating Ken Burns’ Lewis and Clark series, with singer Jean Redpath, on Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, and on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman. Her performances draw on a wide repertoire—Stephen Foster and Civil War song tunes from North and South, Victorian ballroom dance tunes, Scots and Irish songs and dance tunes brought over by settlers, hymns and spirituals, ragtime—plus Latin waltzes and tango and Billie Holiday blues, as well as contemporary-style Celtic and English traditional music. PHOTO: Wayne Hankin. (Congregational Church 5 pm)
Tides Dance Company
A concert of music and dance directed by Naomi Turner and Antonia Stephens, with a cast of over 20 dancers and musicians. Contemporary and classic pieces overlap for some fun. Tappers, jazz dancers, cancan girls, and cowboys! It is not to be missed. (Chatham Drama Guild 5 & 7 pm)
Tim Sweeney and The Fringe
Featuring Tim Sweeney on electric guitar. With Randy Petterson on electric guitar and electric mandolin, and Roe Osborn on bass, the Fringe offers high-enery reditions of the fabulous songs of the 1960s and 70s in three part harmony. They will boomer rock you with the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton and toe-tapping originals. Just try to not sing along! Tim Sweeney (Holy Redeemer Church 7 pm)
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Toast and Jam with special guest Andy Reiner, fiddle
Toast and Jam, the original bluegrass trio from the Cape (Julie Wanamaker, Tim Dickey, and at First Night Roe Osborn, bass) will introduce First Night to the fiery fiddling of Andy Reiner.
(Community Center Meeting Room 7 pm and Methodist Church 11 pm) . : : VIDEO : : .
Toe Jam Puppets
The Toe Jam Puppet Band performances are very active, encouraging kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun. (Community Center meeting room 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm) . : : VIDEO : : .
Trevor the Juggler
Trevor Pearson is a local talent who has been juggling for ten years. Kids will shout out “ooooh” and “ahhhhh” during his creative performance. (Library 1 pm) . : : Video . : :
Wampanoag Nation Dancers and Singers
The Wampanoag Nation Dancers and Singers from Mashpee, Aquinnah and Herring Pond will share Eastern Social songs and dances. Accompanied by hand-crafted rattles and a water drum, each dance is fully narrated. The singers strongly encourage audience participation and prefer to dance with the people, not for the people. (High School Auditorium 2 pm)
We Are the Men * *
All male voice choir in the European choral tradition, this group of 40 singers perform worldwide music from Welsh choral music, show tunes, and sea chanties to choral pieces that showcase the beauty and lasting style of male voices. Under the direction of Christopher Roberts, a native of Wales. (Congregational Church 2 pm and Eldredge Library 5 pm)
Martha Whatley and Peter Earle
The best of Broadway vocal duets featuring Show Boat to Wicked. With the ever-popular Chris Morris on the piano. Cape audiences love these performers. (Congregational Church 7 pm)
Robert Wyatt, Pianist * *
A Steinway Artist who has performed throughout the USA and internationally, gathering critical acclaim for sensitive and colorful solo and chamber music recitals, Mr. Wyatt will be playing an all-Gershwin recital, including the Preludes for Piano, some rags, unpublished music and ending with the Rhapsody in Blue. (St. Christopher’s 8 pm)
Yo-Yo People – John Higby and his wife Rebecca
John and Rebecca Higby are a real life husband and wife comedy duo that specialize in a yo-yo, hula hoop, and unicycle show. They have performed their unique high energy show in 26 countries and hold three Guinness World Records as well as the 2008 World Yo-Yo Champion title. So much fun and such amazing stunts. (Community Center Gym 5 and 6 pm)
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THE FOLLOWING EVENTS DO NOT REQUIRE BUTTONS:
LIBRARY – all activities in the library are button-free.
Trevor Pearson, Juggler 1 pm; We Are the Men Chorus 5 pm; Chatham Poets 7 pm;
Storyteller Greg Hischak 8 pm; O’Challah 9 pm)
ICE CARVING (at Cape Cod 5) and WOOD CARVING (at Town Hall Parking lot)
TRAIN DISPLAYS – Methodist Church lower level – Noon to 10:30 PM
CHATHAM LIGHTFOOTS – Jump Ropers – Community Center Gym 3 and 4 pm
ATWOOD HOUSE MUSEUM MOVIE - Bus to and from the museum to view
Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds at 1:30 pm
MONOMOY SIX – New Orleans Jazz Group – High School Cafeteria 7 to 11 pm
NOISE PARADE at 6:00 p.m. followed by Fireworks at the Ball Field at 6:30 pm
COUNTDOWN COD (at Oyster Pond) and FIREWORKS! – midnight!
TEEN EVENTS – Elementary School Gym – 8:30 to 11:30 pm