Tomorrow night at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly MA Spectacle Management brings you another great production called The Capitol Steps. The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.
In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.
Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Mock the Vote. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.
Tickets for this amazing show are still on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.LarcomTheatre.com. Prices for tickets ranges from $39.99-$59.99 and you won’t want to miss out on this funny night in Beverly.
After selling out two show's last year at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly. The legendary Art Garfunkel will return for an intimate evening of music and song. You may not remember Art Garfunkel but you will remember his number one hit "A Bridge over troubled waters". Tickets for this show are selling fast and can be purchased online here. You will not want to miss out on this unique opportunity to see him live and in person and spend a quality night in historic Beverly MA.
Although it has been 40 years since Bridge Over Troubled Water was recorded, Art Garfunkel's image and signature vocal remain among the most instantly recognizable in popular music. His "beautiful countertenor," as Neil Strauss described Art's voice in The New York Times, is clear and resonant, surely one of the finest instruments in all of popular music, and a time-honored friend to a world of listeners.
The dialogue began for Art at age four, when his father brought home one of the first wire recorders. "That got me into music more than anything else," he recalls, "singing and being able to record it." Seven years later he was singing Everly Brothers songs at school talent shows with a partner, Paul Simon, from his Forest Hills neighborhood in Queens, New York. "Then rhythm 'n blues, rock 'n roll came along." He and Paul set their sights on the Brill Building. "We practiced in the basement so much that we got professional sounding. We made demos in Manhattan and knocked on all the doors of the record companies with our hearts in our throats." In 1957, 'Tom and Jerry' (as they were called then) landed a recording contract. Their first 45, "Hey, Schoolgirl" (which they wrote together) scored a moderate hit and they appeared on "American Bandstand" as high school seniors. "We got a quick education in the record business," Art recounts.
"But I left and went to college. I was the kid who was going to find some way to make a 'decent' living." He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia College, majoring in Art History; later he earned his Masters degree in Mathematics at Columbia University. But he never stopped singing, and even recorded several solo singles (as 'Artie Garr') while in school. When he met up again with Simon in 1962 and they began to rehearse, the decision was clear to get back together as a duo.
They started performing as Simon & Garfunkel at the height of the folk music boom in late-1963, and within a year were signed to Columbia Records, who paired them with producer/engineer Roy Halee. Simon & Garfunkel maintained a tireless pace in the recording studio and on the road, reaching a wide and loyal international audience. From 1964 to 1970 they recorded a groundbreaking string of classic albums (Wednesday Morning 3 A.M., Sounds Of Silence, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, The Graduate, Bookends, and Bridge Over Troubled Water) and an equally impressive body of songs, many of which became pop standards, among them; "The Sound Of Silence," "Homeward Bound," "I Am a Rock," "Kathy's Song," "April Come She Will," "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her," "At the Zoo," "A Hazy Shade of Winter," "America," "Scarborough Fair/Canticle," "Mrs. Robinson," "The Boxer," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Cecilia," "El Condor Pasa," and "My Little Town."
Simon & Garfunkel won five Grammy awards together, two in 1968 (Record of the Year and Best Contemporary Pop Performance/ Duo or Group for "Mrs. Robinson"); and three in 1970 (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which also won Song of the Year and Best Engineered Recording). In 1977, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" received the prestigious Britannia Award for "Best International Pop LP and Single, 1952-77," as voted by the music industry of Great Britain. In 1972, Simon & Garfunkel Greatest Hits was released, remaining on the charts for 131 weeks in the US and a staggering 179 weeks in the UK. The album has since sold 14 million units - the largest selling album of all time for a duo. In 1990, Paul and Art were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"They were fabulous years," Art remembers warmly. "I'll always be happy to say a little on behalf of the duo. I'm proud of singing those great songs. Now they teach Paul Simon songs in churches and schools as part of the curricula... it seems that part of good citizenship is the knowledge of the songs we did. How can I grasp that?"
Having already worked with director Mike Nichols on The Graduate soundtrack, Art went on to feature acting roles in Nichols' movies Catch-22 (1969) and Carnal Knowledge ('71), opposite Ann-Margret, Candice Bergen and Jack Nicholson. Art also garnered acclaim for his roles in films such as Nicholas Roeg's Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession ('80) with Theresa Russell and Harvey Keitel, Good to Go ('86) and Jennifer Lynch's controversial film, Boxing Helena ('93).
Art Garfunkel's first solo album, Angel Clare, was released in 1973 to critical and commercial acclaim. The album contained the smash-hit Jimmy Webb penned tune "All I Know" and was produced by long time Simon & Garfunkel engineer and co-producer, Roy Halee. Halee also produced "Second Avenue," which became a hit single in 1974.
Breakaway, co-produced with Richard Perry was released in 1975 and contained the mega-hit "I Only Have Eyes For You." In addition to the title song, the album contained a treasure trove of hits including, "Looking For The Right One" (background vocals by David Crosby, Graham Nash and Steven Bishop), "Rag Doll," 99 Miles From LA," the ex-Beach Boy Bruce Johnston's "Disney Girls," as well as a reunion with Paul Simon on "My Little Town."
In 1976, Garfunkel recalls, "I went to Muscle Shoals, Alabama for my third album, Watermark (1977), an entire album of Jimmy Webb songs with the exception of Sam Cooke's timeless "What a Wonderful World," produced by Phil Ramone, with vocals by Art, Paul Simon and James Taylor.
"Bright Eyes," written and produced by Mike Batt and heavily featured in the animated film version of Watership Down, topped the UK charts in spring 1979. The single sold over a million copies. Fate for Breakfast was released in 1979 and included the hit single "Since I Don't Have You" featuring the brilliant Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone. The album reached #2 on the UK charts.
Named one of the best albums of 1981 by Rolling Stone Magazine, Scissors Cut included the Gallagher & Lyle hit, "A Heart In New York." Stephen Holden in Rolling Stone wrote, this is "Art Garfunkel's finest album, easily justifies his unfashionable formal approach to pop music by its sheer aural beauty." Shortly after the release of Scissor Cut, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for a concert in New York's Central Park before a crowd of 500,000. Following up on the success of the concert, HBO special and live album (Platinum), the duo undertook a worldwide tour in 1982-83.
The Animals' Christmas, recorded with Amy Grant and the London Symphony Orchestra, was released in 1986. Written by Jimmy Webb and engineered and co-produced by Jeff Emerick (former engineer for The Beatles). Art said at the time, "It's a gothic cathedral of an album, very ambitious. It was the type of project that would have been done by papal commission long ago." Emerick continued to work with Art on his sixth solo album, Lefty, released in 1988. It includes a startling remake of Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman" and a duet with Kenny Rankin on "I Wonder Why."
In the mid-1980's, Art's obsession with long-distance walking began to come into focus, starting with a three week hike across the rice paddies and back roads of Japan in 1982. By 1984, his walk across America was a major part of his annual schedule. Concurrently, "I became a writer for the first time in my life," he says, "not a songwriter, but a literary guy." A collection of his prose poetry, Still Water, was published in 1989.
In the spring of 1990, at the request of the US State Department, Art performed before 1.4 million people at an outdoor rally to support and promote democracy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Enjoying the experience of live performances, Art began touring Europe, Asia and the United States in the early Nineties. "I had horrible stage fright, but just going out there and doing it night after night has brought my adrenaline down to a manageable place. Now I feel I'm just coming into my prime as a stage performer."
Art's eighth solo album, up 'til now, offered up a compilation of old Simon & Garfunkel rarities, live Garfunkel recordings, and new studio ballads including Art's beautiful duet with James Taylor on "Crying In The Rain," and both the theme for the television series, "Brooklyn Bridge" as well as "Two Sleepy People" from the film A League of Their Own. The albums release in October coincided with a series of 21 sold-out reunion shows with Paul Simon at New York's Paramount Theater.
Having completed his walk across the United States in 1996, Disney released a documentary-style video that chronicles Art's 12-year walk as well as a celebratory concert at the Registry Hall on Ellis Island, where Art's ancestors had first stepped onto American soil. Across America, a live CD of the concert was released later that year. "My goal," says Art, "was to feel my connection with America, one step at a time."
Getting a bit restless, Art began his walk across Europe in 1998. Beginning in County Clare on the western coast of Ireland, Art will continue his trek eastward until he eventually reaches Istanbul. Art says he is "not a treadmill guy... this is my way of getting exercise."
On the heels of Across America, Art recorded Songs From a Parent to a Child, which was nominated for Best Musical Album for Children (1997). The album, inspired by his son James, features renditions of songs by Cat Stevens, Marvin Gaye, Lovin' Spoonful, James Taylor and Lennon/McCartney.
Everything Waits To Be Noticed, marked Art's debut as a songwriter, as he collaborated with Buddy Mondlock and Maia Sharp on songs inspired by Still Water. Reviewing the album, Jan Wenner wrote, "I hear elements of everything from the surging folk pop of Buckingham/Nicks-era Fleetwood Mack to the crisp folk-rock sorcery of the Mamas and the Papa to the deft vocal-jazz diction of the Manhattan Transfer. But, above all, I discern a startlingly original chemistry."
In 2003, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel accepted the Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award and performed "Sound of Silence" to open the live broadcast. Paul and Art decided the time was right for a reunion and announced a worldwide tour that would continue into 2004.
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel performed together at Madison Square Garden on September 20, 2005 in "From The Big Apple to The Big Easy," a concert for long term relief and rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The duo sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Homeward Bound" and "Mrs. Robinson." The concert raised $9 million for long-term relief from the hurricane.
Art Garfunkel released his 12th solo album, Some Enchanted Evening in January 2007. The CD is a musical celebration of material from the 20th century’s greatest songwriters, including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Antonio Carlos Jobim and George Gershwin. “I’ve been loving this stuff all my life,” Art says. The album is the organic next chapter in Art’s life, as he reflects on fatherhood and the chaotic world we live in: “In this nervous world I want to soothe. It’s a great time for moderation, for thoughtfulness, for dialogue, for the great Exhale, for humor. A great time for a sweet sound, a visceral, charming, prayerful sound.”
In teaming with his friend and producer, Richard Perry, Art found a forum for his revered vocal style, recapturing the spirit of their Breakaway sessions, which produced the hit “I Only Have Eyes For You.” “In a sense, Richard and I picked up where we left off. This album is Richard’s elegant production, it fits me good, and I am especially proud of it” says Art. “Some of the songs I brought in like ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ and Harold Arlen’s ‘Let’s Fall In Love.’ I had my favorites and he had his, like ‘Life Is But A Dream’ and ‘Quiet Nights.’ We both love Johnny Mathis and Chet Baker.”
"I feel somewhat different from many people in the extraordinary amount of good fortune that fell into my lap and made up my life," Art muses. "I rehearsed a lot in my teenage years and really sought after what this country holds, good fortune for those who go after it with hard work. But I do feel as I pass through the country, it's a charmed life. I grew up with a lot of love in my family, so I have the five senses with which to glean the richness of this land as I pass through it."
This Saturday at the Historic Larcom Theatre on Wallis St in Beverly. Legendary Boston comedian Lenny Clarke opens the 2016 comedy season. Boston comedian Lenny Clarke has been performing since the 1980s as part of the great local comedy scene that included Denis Leary, Steven Wright, and many more. Since then he has gone on to numerous film and television roles, mostly notably portraying Uncle Teddy in the FX hit series “Rescue Me.” His other credits include “Ted 2,” “Fever Pitch,” “Rounders,” “The Job,” “The John Larroquette Show,” “There’s Something About Mary” and “Sirens.” He was featured in the documentary “When Stand Up Stood Out” about the Boston comedy scene, and also narrated ESPN’s 30 for 30 ‐ “4 Days in October” about the 2004 ALCS comeback of the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees.
Tickets for Lenny Clarke at the Larcom Theare are $35 and and went on sale Friday, September 25 at 10 am at www.larcomtheatre.com or by calling 617‐531‐1257. Tickets are strongly recommended to be purchased in advance as he is a big name comic and folks will from all over will be coming to see this great show.
The show is being produced by Spectacle Management. Spectacle Management is a full‐service booking, marketing and promotion company with offices in Boston and Lexington. For more information, please contact Pete Lally, firstname.lastname@example.org and 617‐531‐1257.
T'was the night after Thanksgiving and all through Beverly there was crowd gathering at the Historic Larcom Theatre to hear that amazing sound. What was the sound they were there to hear? Well it was the historic sound of Elisabeth Von Trapp bringing her Sounds of Christmas to the masses. This coming Friday night Elisabeth Von Trapp brings her historic family name and talents to the Larcom Threatre on Willis Street in Beverly. "The Sound of Christmas" will entertain the audience and allow you to escape your friends and family for a night of celebration. For the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, Maria von Trapp's granddaughter, Elisabeth, brings her stunning voice to the historic Larcom Theatre for one intimate performance of classic carols, songs from "The Sound of Music" and pieces from Bach to Broadway ... Schubert to Sting. Accompanying herself on guitar with Douglas Major on grand piano (former choral director/organist at the Washington National Cathedral), von Trapp's voice will soar in The Larcom's gorgeous acoustics. You can expect to be awed by the beauty of her voice (called "hauntingly clear" by New York Times), moved by their gorgeous musical arrangements and touched forever by the astonishing sound of her remarkable new music.
Important Show Information!
Friday, November 27, 2015
7:00PM (Doors 6:00PM)
13 Wallis Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Brian King & Nathan Cohen
ALL AGES RESERVED SEATS
$19, $29, $39
ABOUT ELISABETH VON TRAPP
For Elisabeth von Trapp, "the sounds of music" are part of her earliest memories. Born and raised in Vermont, Elisabeth is the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron Von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. Singing professionally since childhood, Elisabeth has enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
Inspired by her father Werner Von Trapp's guitar playing and singing, Elisabeth has carried on the legacy of the internationally renowned Trapp Family Singers. She began taking piano lessons when she was eight and by the age of sixteen she was playing guitar and traveling the back roads of New England performing with her siblings at weddings, gospel meetings and town halls.
Building on her famed family's passion for music, Elisabeth has created her own artistic style, at once ethereal and earthy, delicate and powerful. listeners have likened her to Judy Collins and Loreena McKennitt. critics have called her voice … “hauntingly clear”, “joyfully expressive” and "simply beautiful."
Elisabeth's concert repertoire ranges from Bach to Broadway … Schubert to Sting. With equal ease and eloquence she sings timeless wonders like Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Favorite Things and Edelweiss, Lieder by Mozart, Puccini’s o Mio Babbino Caro, soaring gospel tunes, pop classics like a Whiter Shade of Pale and her own stunning compositions.
Her cathedral program includes sacred and secular music extending from Gregorian chants, songs by 12th century mystic Hildegarde of Bingen, early American hymns, spirituals and psalms set to her own compositions. She is accompanied by the elegant arrangements of her guitar and acclaimed cellist and longtime musical colleague, Erich Kory.
In the spring of 2001 Elisabeth was granted permission from Robert Frost's publisher, Henry Holt & co., to sing parts of the poet's oeuvre. Poetic License, released in June 2004, features the musical settings of poems by frost and Shakespeare, a Japanese haiku and interpretations of Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World, Sting's Fragile and Schubert's an Die Musik.
On her summer 2005 release, Love Never Ends /Sacred Sounds, Elisabeth has collected, arranged and recorded some of her favorite hymns, psalms and chants with influences from jazz and gospel, contemporary and classical musical styles.
Elisabeth has released five self produced albums, and has performed across the United States, Austria and Russia. her music has been featured on National Public Radio, BBC-Radio, Japanese national radio and CNN Spanish radio. She has appeared on CBS's eye on people, ABC's Good Morning America and BBC-TV.
No one leaves an Elisabeth Von Trapp performance unchanged … audiences of all ages are drawn by the promise of her famous name … awed by the beauty of her voice and musical arrangements … their hearts touched forever by the astonishing sound of her unique new music.
ABOUT DOUGLAS MAJOR
Born in 1953 in Berwick, Pennsylvania, Douglas Major studied organ at Webster College, St. Louis, MO earning a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance. In 1974 he was appointed by the late Paul Callaway as assistant organist at the prestigious Washington (DC) National Cathedral, when Major was just twenty-one years of age. He succeeded Richard Wayne Dirksen as organist and choirmaster at the Cathedral in 1988, where his first career as a church musician continued to 2002. During his 28 years of service there, he conducted daily choral services, played for presidents, kings and queens, and administered one of the country's largest church music programs and concert schedules, frequently televised nationally. In 1995, Major was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree by Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary in Wisconsin, in recognition of his contributions to the American/Anglican choral tradition. Since 2003, Major has served as Music Director of St. Michael's Church in Marblehead, MA.
As an internationally recognized organ solo artist, Douglas Major has toured throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. Dr. Major plays many recitals and concerts each season, as well as concerts with the Empire Brass Quintet and as accompanist for Elizabeth Von Trapp. During the last 30 years, his appearances have taken him all over the United States, from California to Maine, and Florida to Washington and Canada. During the last five seasons, Major has toured the US with Elizabeth Von Trapp and the Empire Brass Quintet, playing in over 35 American cities. His career has afforded him the opportunity to perform with many great musicians, including Leonard Bernstein,
Msistislav Rostropovich, Ravi Shankar, Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin and Yo Yo Ma.
Dr. Major's solo recordings include eight organ compact discs, recorded on the Washington Cathedral's magnificent 186-rank Skinner organ. With the Empire Brass of Boston, Major has recorded A Bach Festival for Angel/EMI, now in its fourth release, and one of the all-time best-selling brass and organ recordings. A CD entitled "Songs of Heaven" of the St. Michael's Church Choir, Marblehead was released in 2012.
Show covered and produced by: Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
Tonight starting at 7:30pm Senior Care Inc is presenting a night of comedy at the historic Larcom Theater in Beverly Massachusetts. Headlined tonight by former district attorney turn comedian Paul D'Angelo it sure to be a night of laughs with other guest comedians like David Rattigan and Stephen Bjork. The event tonight is a fundraiser to support SeniorCare Inc which is a member of ABC Home Healthcare for seniors on the north shore.
Tickets for the show tonight are only $30 and can be purchased at the door of the theater. Seniors and Students who attend tonight's show can get a buy one get one free ticket by simply showing their ID. The Larcom Theater is located at 13Wallis St in historic Downtown Beverly MA right off of Cabot St.
Wood Media will be in attendance at this great event tonight to help support a great cause as well as to bring you a review of this great night of comedy. So be sure to tune in tomorrow for some photos from this event and a great review. For more info on SeniorCare Inc Please visit
Tonight at The Larcom Theatre in Beverly Frank Santos Jr and his show entitled the Rated-R hypnotist will make a stop in Beverly MA. Frank Santos Jr entertains crowds all over New England and the United States with his unique and fun hypnotism show. Like his father Frank Santos his son will be sure to make you laugh and have a good time on a Saturday night.
Frank Santos Jr has been mesmerising audience for over 20 years. His spectacular display of mind-bending antics can turn any skeptic into a fan! Be amazed when you, your friends or strangers across the room become stars of the show, as Frank makes them believe that they are singers, dancers and much, MUCH more. This is a hilarious, energetic and unique show that you will never forget! Frank will be performing his "R-Rated" show, which is recommended for mature audiences only!
All the fun starts at 8pm tonight at The Larcom Theatre in historic downtown Beverly. Tickets can be purchased online by right now by clicking here or at the door of the show later this evening.
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