Berklee Student Pens “The Boston Song”

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Boston, March 31, 2014 – Clef Nite, acoustic guitarist/singer and student at the Berklee College of Music has a song in his heart, “The Boston Song.”  He dedicates his song to the spirit and pride of Bostonians.

Nite was inspired to write “The Boston Song” because of the indelible spirit that he felt and saw as the city of Boston recovered from the Marathon bombings in 2013. Nite noticed Bostonians sharing a common bond, the bond of the human heart as they rebuilt their city.  There is a certain empathy required for making music, and as Nite sings and plays guitar in his heartfelt song it is both encouraging and patriotic.  It speaks to the diversity, pride and historic nature of Boston.

“We are very special people

we show the light for other people

even tho they try to shake us

that only made us get up stronger”

The cheers of celebration that normally greets runners at the finish line turned into cries of panic with destruction everywhere and injured people in the streets. What could have been really hit home Nite said when Berklee College was closed for a week because it was in the crime zone.

In his second year at Berklee College, Nite is following his dream of a music career. He states that Berklee is every musician’s dream school and places you on the path to success in your music career. Nite states that he hopes to change people’s life with his music and that Bostonians might accept The Boston Song as their Anthem song.

 

 

About Clef Nite

Victor Chukwunoso Nite also known by his popular music name Clef Nite is well known for his amazing acoustic guitar skills. Nite’s music reflects the diversity of his influences and ignoring traditional boundaries in music, he blends folk and pop music into that of a style of Afro-pop music. Born in Nigeria, he studied classical guitar and was discovered by popular Nigerian music producer/artist Mekoyo. Working as a studio music producer, he had the opportunity to work with several African renowned artists like Nneka, Siji, Kefee and more.

 

 

About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on jazz and popular music rooted in the African cultural diaspora. Through a course of scholarly and practical learning experiences integrating performance and writing the curriculum covers the variety of influential styles, relevant technologies, and career opportunities open to today’s music professional.

 

 

To listen to Clef Nite’s song, “The Boston Song” click on the link.

https://soundcloud.com/clefnite/the-boston-song or visit www.clefnite.com

 

 

The Boston Song 

Lyrics

 

intro

Doesn’t even matter

Cos we are just awesome

Yea yea

Oh yea

 

Verse 1

We are very special people

We show the light for other people

Even tho they try to shake us

That only made us get up stronger

 

Refrain

Cos we don’t die we make it

Forever we shall make history

From Fenway Park to TD Garden

Boston we’re the best

The best, the best

 

Chorus

This is why we are ballin’

Cos yes or no we are stronger

This is why we are patriots

Boston we’re the best

The best, the best

 

Verse 2

We are made in diverse culture

We are part of living history

Everywhere we go we’re awesome

 

Refrain

Cos we don’t die we make produce

Forever we shall make history

From Fenway Park to TD Garden

Boston we’re the best

The best, the best

 

Chorus

This is why we are ballin’

Cos yes or no we are stronger

This is why we are patriots

Boston we’re the best

The best, the best

 

Bridge

I don’t even care what you might say

We always head and other follow

Doesn’t even matter what you think

We are just nothing but the best

Eh eh eh

 

Back to chorus

“I Will Run Again” Original Tribute to Runners of 2013 Boston Marathon

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At the June 9 Milton Music Fest and Fireworks show, poet and composer Kathy Ready presented her original poem and song tribute to the runners of the 2013 Boston Marathon, accompanied by the Pierce Middle School Treble Chorus.

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Poet and composer Kathy Ready presents a heart warming tribute to the runners of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Kathy narrates the poem while accompanied by Glenn Costa on the piano and the Pierce Middle School Treble Chorus lead by Dawn Sykes at the Milton Music Fest and Fireworks June 9th 2013. The poem is based on Kathy’s real encounter with a runner in a bakery in Westwood, MA, a short time after the bombing. The soloist is Grace Varella.

I will run again. I will cross the line.
I will run for them……the victims of this crime.
I will run for Hope
I will run for Life
I will run for Peace, turn the dark to light.
I will run ………again!

You will run again. You will cross the line.
You will run for them……the victims of this crime.
You will run for Hope
You will run for Life
You will run for Peace, turn the dark to light.
You will run ………again!

We will run again. We will cross the line.
We will run for them……the victims of this crime.
We will run for Hope
We will run for Life
We will run for Peace, turn the dark to light.
We will run ………again!

Our city pride will grow. Our country’s grace will show.
We will rise above, on the wings of love.
Out of darkness light will flow.

We will run again. We will cross the line.
We will run for them……the victims of this crime.
We will run for Hope
We will run for Life
We will run for Peace, turn the dark to light.
We will run ………again!

Rugby Catches On in Bay State High Schools

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Senior Captain Joe Kennedy lines up a conversion kick after a Milton score

 

The U.S. is getting on the bandwagon of one of the world’s most popular sports, and it’s exploding here in Eastern Massachusetts, most recently in Milton.

Rugby, a sport with a reputation for gruff brutality, has long been popular in American colleges, but has recently seen a rash of growth in high schools and even youth levels. It is the nation’s second fastest growing team sport, according to a 2012 report by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, with participation numbers growing 30 percent since 2008. (Lacrosse was up 37.7 percent.) Over 1 million Americans are playing organized rugby.

Milton High School’s team, officially the Milton High School Rugby Football Club, or MHSRFC, has doubled in size each year since its inception in 2011, with 52 team members on the 2013 spring squad, its second year as a varsity sport.

The team has also doubled its win totals, with two wins in its inaugural year, four last season and six so far in 2013, with another division game and the championship still to come. Milton currently sits atop the Eastern Massachusetts Division 2 standings with a 4-1 record, with hopes of bringing home the cup from the May 25 championships in Fort Devens, Mass., and they have beaten two teams from the division above them during the season. Coach Joe Dolan expects to move up to Division 1A next spring, where competition will be tougher.

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Senior Neiko Fortes (in red, left) fights against a tackler while senior Greg Rodney looks to help out.

On May 10, Milton hosted over 100 rugby players in an inaugural, four-team “Sevens” tournament, which means that each team has seven players on the field, as opposed to the regular 15 per side. This pared-down, faster and wide-open version of the game has played a large role in the sport’s growth, with rugby sevens entered as an Olympic sport for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, and a world tour of sevens teams from the world’s best rugby nations frequently televised on the NBC Sports network. (Believe it or not, the U.S. is the reigning Olympic rugby champion, having won the gold medal the last time the game was played in 1924.)

Dolan, a resident who teaches at Pierce Middle School, is a long-time member of the Boston Rugby Club and coached rugby for 20 years at Brookline High School before coming on board to get Milton’s program going. He hopes to develop a town program of touch rugby (called Rookie Rugby for those under 14) over the next five years. He may even have a bit of a head start, as Gaelic football, a cross between rugby and soccer, has had a youth league in town since 2009. Men’s club rugby teams in the area have established youth programs in the past few years, such as the Boston Irish Wolfhounds in Canton and the Mystic River Rugby Club in Malden.

And it’s not just for boys. While there are 19 boys varsity teams in eastern Massachusetts, six high schools have girls squads as well, and Milton has had a few girls on their team as well. “Once they get knocked down by the girls, that whole gender thing disappears,” said Dolan.

In addition to the fun of the game itself, there is a set of ethics surrounding the sport that is an attractive alternative to many conventional American sports. Inclusivity is important, as is leaving any animosity on the field, say the players. After beating each other up in competition, teams share food and conversation with each other after every match, a tradition deeply ingrained in the game.

Players also feel the sport opens doors for them. “Everywhere you go in the world there is a rugby club for a player to join,” said junior Tim O’Connor. “Coach Dolan always tells us that if we ever go to a foreign country to find and join a club as soon as possible, as it is an easy way to get to meet new people. Every team is like a family.”

“No matter where you go in the world playing rugby you will always be treated with respect by your opponents,” said senior Captain Joe Kennedy, who traveled with O’Connor to Bermuda over spring break on a trip with the Boston Rugby Club’s Under-19 team.

Concluded O’Connor, “We went down [to Bermuda] and won both of our matches … and had a great time. This is all at the age of 16, I can’t wait to see where this game will take me.”

For information on Massachusetts high school rugby visit www.myrugby.org, and to go see some men’s club teams, visit www.nerfu.org.

With Talent and Heart, Kingston’s “Last Call” Is Poised to Make Some Noise

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There’s a certain chemistry, a balance between a diverse set of skills and being on the same page, that seems to serve (and have served) as the bedrock for a huge number of successful bands.

It has something to do with open-hearted, charismatic vocalists, intense, creative songwriters that seem to pluck magic out of the air, and an addictive spice and savvy that glues the whole thing together.

“Last Call,” a three-year-old dub/funk/hip-hop band out of Kingston that has been steadily growing in popularity along the South Shore and recently in Boston, has brewed up a sound and story and has the pieces that make a group compelling over a period of time.

Going from playing backyard barbecues to headlining the Middle East and competing in the Hard Rock Café’s battle of the bands, this five-member group that formed from family connections and neighbors, brings the west coast, Long Beach rock/reggae sound to the Northeast, combining the blue collar, free-spirited, rebellious-yet-supportive heart of bands like Sublime and Red Hot Chili Peppers with the persevering attitude that is common to a place that often gets buried in 25 inches of snow.

 


 

Guitarist Johnny Alves and bassist Mark King with their heads down, concentrating on perfection, lead-singer Adam Frates’ square frame pacing across the stage with mic in hand, drummer and rap-vocalist Mike D’s ever-present smile emanating from the back, and DJ Darren “Caucajion” bobbing and contorting behind his turn tables, Last Call’s stage presence is engaging.

They play a mix of cover songs – the best dead-ringer for Sublime and Bradley Nowell I have ever heard – and original tunes, with a five-song LP out now, and a ten-song album being cleaned up for release in the coming months.

 

 

Bassist King, the youngest of the group at 21, brings a funky backdrop to the plucky, catchy melodies layed down by Alves, whose infectious riffs form the core of most of the band’s song-writing.

Lyrically, Frates and Mike D split the duties, singing about their lives, the realities of having full-time jobs, (which all members except King have at this writing, among them directing a funeral parlor, running a flooring company and working at a commercial suspended lighting company) what it takes to chase down your dreams and drinking beer and smoking at back yard barbecues.

Caucajion lays in samples, scratches and recorded percussion with great touch and timing, giving the music an other-worldly feel. The entire package is a sound that anyone familiar with Sublime, 311, Slightly Stoopid or the Chili Peppers will connect with immediately.

Both guitarists are obviously talented, and are students of music; King loves listening to a wide variety, including jazz and “weird Berkley [College of Music] stuff,” while Alves loves jam bands like Humphries McGee – and also told me that if given tens of thousands of dollars for a new guitar, he would keep the one he’s got, which was handed down to him and has the pick guard falling off, and restore it.

 

Last Call Band

Back row, Cucajion and King; front row, Frates, Mike D and Alves

 

The dub, reggae and hip-hop come from Frates, who tells me, “Reggae, dub, it’s my life. … Sublime, Brad Nowell was a real inspiration to me,” and Mike D, who was inspired to write by the way Tupac put his life story into lyrics, and originally got hooked on Boys II Men and Bel Biv Devoe, a fact which he states proudly.

The two vocalists, who are the original founders of the band, are the torch-bearers of communicating the heart of the band to the audience. “We know how tough this life can be, every single one of us,” says the drummer. “We go to work, every single day, and at the end of the job, pack our equipment, go practice, come home, go to bed, wake up, go to work, play the show. We talk about how tough it is to achieve your dreams, and if you don’t do it now, you may never reach it. It’s about working hard, never giving up when you’re getting beat up by life and it seems impossible. Keep pushing through. That’s why people can relate. All our friends have jobs. Blue collar, plumbers, electricians, claimers. So you got to be able to relate to what’s going on.” Appropriately, “Stick Wit It” and “Rock Steady” are the names of two of the songs on the LP.

And the DJ brings an eclectic, old-school sensibility to the process, having been rocked by the wave created by Run DMC’s earth-shaking rock-rap collaboration with Aerosmith, as well as Herbie Hancock and Grand Master Flash, later getting into reggae legends like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, who are both major influences on the entire band.

 

A nice video bio from the band (Contains mature content)

 

There’s nothing inauthentic about these guys, who seem to genuinely like each other, which is a good thing since Frates is married to Mike D’s sister, King’s sister is good friends with Mike D’s fiancée, and three of them are next-door neighbors. In an era where so much of the music we hear is prefabricated to nab a particular demographic, bands like this, who want to show you their soul, connect and have a good time, (and of course make some money, too) are beyond inspiring – they’re comforting.

“This is our one life, this is the path that we chose,” defiantly states one refrain from some of their new music. This is a crew who is making no apologies, and makes an effort to live up to its ideals, playing multiple benefits a year for house fire victims and the disabled, and spending a large chunk of their time at each others’ families’ birthdays and other celebrations, while finding the time to enjoy life.

“An expression of life, that’s all music is,” says Mike D. “How else can they know us unless we describe it right?”

You can find out more about Last Call, get their gear, listen to and buy their music and find out about future shows and news at www.WeAreLastCall.com

 

Breathtaking Mass Audubon Photo Contest Winners, Part 1

For your viewing pleasure, here are the winners of Mass Audubon’s “Your Great Outdoors” 2012 photo contest.

Incredible photographs of the beautiful area we live in, by professionals, amateurs and young people. Winners at each level were selected for six categories: Birds, Other Wildlife, Plants, Landscape, People in Nature, and Artistically Modified.

As you can see, we live in an amazing place full of amazing, talented people. Enjoy.

Grand Prize
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This beautiful shot was taken by amateur photographer Ken Lee. From the “Birds” Category.

Birds
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Photo by Evan Lipton. Youth.

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Photo by Lee Fortier. Professional.

Other Wildlife

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Photo by Alyssa Mattei. Youth.

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Photo by Richard Kenyon. Amateur.

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Photo by Mary Dineen. Professional.

…more great photography in Part II. Click here to go there. Next up from the Mass Audubon contest, Plants and Landscapes.


Have a favorite?
Tell us about it in our comments section.


All photographs are copyright to their respective photographers. Photos posted with permission of Mass Audubon.

 

Folk-Southern Rock, South Shore Roots

UPDATE: Wild Northern released their new album “The Whiskey Season” at the Middle East Downstairs in January, and it’s great.

Have a listen to a few of the tunes right here.

 

 

You can listen on Spotify or buy it on iTunes. They’re on Facebook too.
END UPDATE, Jan. 14, 2013, by Tom Pilla

 

 

Brian Gallagher, Andrew Guerini and Jim Abdon may not have known what their future would hold if you talked with them when they graduated from Milton High School in 2006.

But playing in a rock band at gigs in New York City and Boston may not have been on their list.

The three have joined forces with New Jersey native Roland Eckstein to form the band The Wild Northern, and they are getting some attention in the music industry.

 

 

“We were never in the band or anything like that back at the high school,” Gallagher said, remembering the roots of the group’s talents. “My mom bought me a guitar when I was in sixth or seventh grade. We kind of formed our own group outside of school.”

The three would perform at events such as the old WBCN radio station’s Battle of the Bands, but once it came time for college, they each went their own way.

Gallagher went to Fairfield University where he met Eckstein, and the two worked on an acoustic guitar project together that got their creative juices flowing.

They started writing some music, and performed at a few venues near Fairfield in New York and Connecticut.

“After that, we wanted to form a full band,” Gallagher said.

That’s when he remembered his old buddies back in Milton.

“We recruited them to join us in February of 2011,” Gallagher said.

The Wild Northern officially launched last May, and has a self-described folk rock sound with southern influences. Listeners may find some of the band’s music is reminiscent of Matchbox Twenty.

 

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The Wild Northern featuresvocals by Gallagher and Eckstein, with Abdon on bass and Guerini on drums.

The group has performed in various clubs in New York City and around the Boston area. They plan to make appearances at The Beachcomber in Quincy.

The Wild Northern has recorded about six songs, and a video they recorded and posted online – a live version of their song “The Demarcation” – gives those who see it a feel for the professional commitment and impressive talent of the band. They truly seem to love what they are doing.

Cuts of the band’s work and more information are available on Facebook and at Reverbnation.com.

And while music is clearly their passion, right now they all have day jobs “to help pay the bills,” according to Gallagher. He works in accounting at Pioneer Investments in Boston; Abdon works at MediTech in Westwood; and Guerini is finishing school while working at his family’s concrete business.

“We would all love it if this takes off,” Gallagher said. “We’re going to do everything we can to make it happen.”

Cunningham Brings the Laughs Home

 

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Kendra Cunningham

 

Though Kendra Cunningham now headlines at popular comedy clubs up and down the east coast, contributes to national laugh institutions such as Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and FunnyOrDie.com and does things like win “Best Comedic Short” at the 2012 Boston comedy Festival, she was a latecomer to the creative arts:

“In seventh grade, I think I was in a play. In high school I didn’t do anything creative. I had parties at my house.”

She may not have been submerged in a warm bath of comedy as a child, but now she is a prolific, modern, multimedia comic. In addition to stand-up, she stars in a bunch of clever video sketches that she creates through her production company “Malarkey Pictures,” has a popular blog, “Blonde Logic,” with posts and jokes syndicated on the Huffington Post, co-writes a semi-serious online dating advice column called “Beauty and the Beast” and has starred in a yet-to-be-released feature film shot in Rio de Janeiro, playing a writer living a double life.

Like most comics, Cunningham has had to wade through the swamp of obscurity to begin to get some time in the sun. In fact, for most of her professional career, she worked in finance, and it was not until she took a one-day comedy writing class at the Boston Center for Adult Education that she even began to think about performing.

“I was working in a hedge fund,” she recounts, “I would do comedy maybe like once every six months. I was very secretive about it. I didn’t want the people I worked with to know about it, to think I’m a weirdo or whatever. … I just decided to take the class, like, ‘Oh, this look cool.’”

Cunningham soon moved to New York City, and was going to school at night to get her master’s, still working in finance and taking some creative writing and performance classes on the side. When her studies required that she quit her job to make room for clinical work, she found some extra time to actually try and get booked at clubs and bars, and that’s when things started to catch on, little by little.

“It took two or three years to say, ‘OK, now I’m really pursuing this,’” says Cunningham, who traded in the high-stress desk job for the more down-to-earth world of bartending, a job she says is perfect for a stand-up comic because “When you bartend long enough, you start to not be affected as much by crazy people. … [Comedy] can be hard on the ego. It’s nice to have something that is completely unrelated to wanting people to like you.”

And people definitely do like her, in part because of a willingness to bare her soul to complete strangers. Dating problems, family issues and all kinds of insecurity are her bread-and-butter, and coming from the attractive, confident blonde with a master’s in Forensic Psychology on stage, this kind of admission probably has a way of making the people watching feel a little bit better about their own problems.
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Plus, there’s just something about Boston area comics. “I never really thought about it growing up,” she says, “but Boston has a very specific regional humor that you don’t find everywhere in the country. I’m lucky to have been born into it. … You go and talk to people, you assume that they have that sense of humor, and then when you realize that they don’t it’s kind of weird. … It’s a good coping mechanism for life. Alcohol helps, too.”

And so does pizza, which is something the comic agrees Boston does better than New York, despite all the hype to the contrary: “Pizzeria Regina, the original in the North End, is just insane. I’ve never had pizza like that. So good.”

When she comes through her hometown, besides going by her old house and alma mater, Fontbonne Academy, she has a few frequent haunts. “I always try to get people to meet me at Darcy’s [in Quincy],” she says, “I just like that place. It reminds me of a lot of Thanksgiving Eves. And Alumni Café in Quincy. … And the Lynwood Café [in Randolph]. … I usually end up going to pizza places.”

As for what’s next, she says she is trying to bring focus to her career and hone in on a few projects. She is shopping two book pitches, one a mock self-help book and another based on her blog; she is working on part II of Lonelygirl48, the sketch that won at the Boston comedy Festival, as well as other Web sketches; and she is continuing to perform stand-up, including Boston’s upcoming Women in comedy Festival, running March 21-24, and a performance at the Borgata casino in New Jersey in June.

Asked if there was anything else of desperate importance that people needed to know, she said, “Yes. It’s really weird. There’s no Sam Adams in New York that tastes anything like the Sam Adams in Boston. I don’t know if it has to do with the distribution or what.”

 

Kendra Cunningham performed at Dick’s comedy Vault in Boston on Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 8 and 10 p.m. Visitwww.kendracunningham.com to see more of her work and for more information about her. “Blonde Logic” can be found at www.blondelogicblog.com. Check out her stand-up on Youtube.

ASO Mega-Chorus

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he newly formed Atlantic Symphony Choral Consortium, a 220-voice chorus formed by combining the high school choruses of Braintree, Hingham, Milton and Scituate, will accompany the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, one of the South Shore’s two professional orchestras, (the other is the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra) at their Masterworks Gala concert on April 9 at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.

The annual concert, this year titled “Mozart Legacy,” will offer two of Mozart’s final works, his final symphony, No. 41 “Jupiter,” and his final opus, “Requiem,” the latter with the accompaniment of the consortium.

Involving the high school singers for the first time is one part of a larger outreach program that the symphony has put at the top of its list of priorities, including a March 10 “Discovery Concert” with music familiar to elementary school students, wall-projected student artwork and a chance to meet musicians and try out their instruments afterward; a competition for musicians under 30 whose prize is a showcase performance with the orchestra; and school visitations by conductor and Music Director Jin Kim, among other initiatives.

The Weymouth- and Braintree-based orchestra, which is made up mostly of young professional musicians or students finishing up their graduate studies and is now in the 16th year of its professional iteration, began in 1945 as the Hingham community Orchestra. And those roots show: “First and foremost, providing to the South Shore community” is the priority, says Kim. “When they hired me [16 years ago], they wanted to completely change course from a community orchestra to an orchestra for the community.”

Kim, whose musical interests began with the piano and singing, comes from a community organizing background, and was not planning on conducting when he was coming out of St. Olaf College in Minnesota: “Here I was, planning on doing voter registration and racial equality. … Classical music was still a very upper class hobby. … I took musical gigs to avoid having to move back home, and I joined two professional choirs. … Then, after a year of doing that, touring around the country to places like Carnegie Hall, it just clicked: this is community organizing!”

This kind of synergistic, original thinking defines a lot of what the orchestra does. Kim, for example, frequently addresses the audience directly before and after a particular composition is played, foregoing the more traditional pre-concert Lecture, a decision that was made in 2012 and has been very popular with audiences.

“Every single one of our concerts, the audience – they come up and tell me – is blown away by the quality, and it seems so warm and inviting and accessible.”

The dual focus on quality and accessibility lives in part of the organization’s mission “to bring the highest level of symphonic orchestral music to the region through exceptional performances, innovative educational programs, and a commitment to integrating the arts into the life of the community.”

For the student singers, the experience of this program seems be having the desired effect: “The most exciting thing about this is actually working with a true professional orchestra and conductor while collaborating with other schools in the performance,” says Milton High School senior Kevin Mehdizadeh. Other students expressed similar feelings, and also cited excitement over performing at Sanders Theatre, hearing the different sound of a relatively large number of voices, getting to meet new friends and performing a challenging work by one of the world’s most famous composers.

“The Mozart Requiem is an ideal student work since the vocal demands fall in their capability, while expanding their aptitude as ensemble musicians,” says Bill Richter, Scituate chorus director and chorus master of the consortium, who also runs a similar program with the Plymouth symphony and schools further down the coastline. “It’s a ‘win-win’ situation for everyone; As an educator, it’s great that we can do top-of-the-line music with the high school and perform with the top programs in the region; the kids win with getting to experience working with this challenging music; and the orchestra wins with putting people in the seats with the large networks from the schools. … It’s hard to contain our level of excitement.”

“It’s wonderful to see the students embrace Mozart’s final master work with such enthusiasm,” says Kim. “It sustains the idea that great classical music transcends the ages.”

It’s not all gravy, though. The individual choruses, led by Rachel Hallenbeck (Braintree), Joseph Young (Hingham), Dr. Noreen Burdett (Milton) and Richter (Scituate), have been rehearsing the requiem since October, with 80 pages of music of a type with which most of the students are unfamiliar.

“The process of preparing for this has been rigorous,” says Milton High senior Emily Driscoll, “There have been many night rehearsals allowing us to practice with the other schools and many hours spent in class.”

The challenge is something that all choruses may not have been up to, according to Richter. “We tried to recognize high schools in the area who have had a tradition of excellence in choral music. The Mozart Requiem is a major work with demands not usually found in high school literature, and there are collegiate and community groups that would not be able to undertake this masterpiece.”

For all the hard work and dedication of those involved, they will have a grand stage on April 9 to showcase what they have put together.

“We’re grateful to enable these students to perform with an outstanding orchestra like the Atlantic Symphony in a world-class concert hall like Sanders Theatre,” says Richter. “It is an experience they will never forget.”

 

In addition to the Mozart Legacy concert, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra will finish its 2012-2013 season with a season finale, “Timeless Treasures,” on April 27, back at their usual performance space at Thayer Academy in Braintree, and will feature works by John Knowles Paine, Aaron Copland and Johannes Brahms.
For those unfamiliar with the Mozart Requiem, pick up a copy of the movie “Amadeus,” throughout which the requiem plays in the background.
Tickets for each concert are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $10 for students. The Masterworks Gala will begin at 7:30 pm, on Tuesday April 9, at 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. To order tickets, or for directions to Sanders Theatre, parking, and more information about the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, visit www.atlanticsymphony.org or call 781-331-3600.

South of Boston Sledding Guide

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Where can I go sledding in Massachusetts, South of Boston?

 

We’ve prodded our friends and scoured the Web, and here is our list of the best places to go sledding on the South Shore. (Or “coasting,” as they once called it.)

 

Always make safety your top priority when sledding. Some of these locations may have certain slopes that are too dangerous for young children, and some may have changed from years past. Make sure you are prepared and that you check before you go, and know that it is still trespassing if you are on private property, even if there is snow on the ground.

 

Have fun!

 

Sledding Hills, South of Boston
listed from north to south:

 

George Wright Municipal Golf Course, Hyde Park
-In 2011, Mayor Menino invited everyone to sled here and even put up signs for that weekend. Locals use it all the time, and sledding is allowed on most public golf courses, as they are considered public parks. We hear the 12th hole is a serious ride, and one of the best hills around.

 

William Devine Golf Course in Franklin Park, Dorchester
-Another municipal course within the city limits of Boston. 18th hole is the biggest hill.

 

Milton Academy, Milton
Andrews Field, Milton
-These are two great spots for youngsters, as the hills aren’t too big and they don’t get over-crowded, though some jumps can often be found.

 

President’s Golf Course, Quincy/Milton line
Furnace Brook Golf Course, Quincy
-These municipal golf courses (Furnace Brook is semi-private) are two spots that lots of folks have used for years, and of which many have fond memories. The steepest parts of these spots are too dangerous for younger children, and don’t have a whole lot of run-off area. The big hill at Presidents is “downright scary in an inflatable tube,” as one veteran sledder put it.

 

Bernazzani School, Quincy

 

East Middle School, Braintree

 

Lincoln Park, East Braintree

 

Braintree Municipal Golf Course, Braintree

 

South Shore Country Club, Hingham
-Nice and open, a good spot for a snow tube. From one patron: “Saw some guy try to take a radio flyer (wood and steel) off a jump there and it won him a free ride to South Shore Hospital.” Yeesh. I’ll stick to the plastic. And that’s probably a loose use of the word “free.”

 

Park behind Tufts Library, Weymouth

 

Scituate Country Club, Scituate

 

Higashi School, Randolph

 

Norfolk Country Club, Westwood

 

Coakley Middle School, Norwood

 

Ponkapoag Golf Course, Canton

 

Bottom of Blue Hills Ski Area, Canton
-Good for small children, especially if older folks want to ski or snowboard, or grab a warm snack in the lodge.

 

Gaffield Park, Norwell

First Parish, Norwell

Pete’s Hill, Sharon
-Near Sharon center, this is a popular spot. Can sometimes get crowded, but a very nice hill.

 

Strawberry Valley Golf Course, Abington

Froilo Junior High, Abington

Strawberry Valley, Abington

Coast Guard Hill, Marshfield

D.W.Fields Park (off Oak St.), Brockton

Whitman Town Hall, Whitman

North Hill Golf Course, Duxbury

Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park, Easton

Borden Colony Hill, Raynham
Sledding was banned in 2011 at Raynham Middle School, but Borden Colony Hill is fair game. Parking can be an issue, as it is only allowed on certain sections of Thrasher Street.

Locust Valley Golf Course, Attleboro

 

Lars Anderson Park, Brookline
OK, it’s not on the South Shore, but there has been such an outpouring of love for Lars Anderson Park in Brookline that we had to include it. Lars Anderson is the consensus King of Sledding Spots around here, and it was also my favorite as a kid. Long, steep, lots of jumps, often a bit dangerous, but what a ride! If you have older kids looking for something more challenging, it’s definitely worth the trip. They also have a skating rink.

 

Be safe during the storm and on the hill. For some sledding safety tips, check out the video below from Children’s Hospital Boston.

 

 

This article contains information from “40 Great Places to Sled around Boston” by Paul Makishima, published in the Boston Globe, Feb. 3, 2009.