Bill Spera and Katie Ford will perform at Image Theater’s Cabaret
Bill Spera and Katie Ford will perform at Image Theater's Cabaret

Lowell is ripe for something new musically. And Image Theater's Jerry Bisantz and his producing partner, Ann Garvin, have the answer -- a casual musical cabaret.

They introduce their new venture Friday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m., upstairs at The Old Court, 29 Middle St., in downtown Lowell.

"After sampling all the music at the bars and restaurants in Lowell over the past two years, we've discovered it's all rock 'n' roll or rap," Bisantz said. "So Ann and I are more determined than ever to bring some sophisticated entertainment to town."

The lineup includes Katie Ford and Bill Spera, "two great cabaret performers" who perform at Club Café in Boston.

Michael Larson accompanies them on keyboards. In addition, Lowellian Michael will be a guest performer.

Ralph Funaro plays piano at the new Jeanne d’Arc Credit Union Piano Bar at Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
Ralph Funaro plays piano at the new Jeanne d'Arc Credit Union Piano Bar at Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

"Look for tunes by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Sondheim, the greats," Bisantz said.

An after-show party will feature Odie Teken on the piano.

"It should be fun, and a lot of our friends will probably sing along later that night -- including me, if I down enough Guinness," Bisantz said.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door; visit www.imagetheater.com or call 978-441-0102.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.

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A group portraying The Andrews Sisters perform this weekend in the musical revue "Remembering the ’40s" at Reagle Music Theatre of Greater
A group portraying The Andrews Sisters perform this weekend in the musical revue "Remembering the '40s" at Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston.

NEW PIANO BAR: Lowell Memorial Auditorium's new Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Piano Bar sounds like another cool venue in downtown Lowell for cabaret-style entertainment. Well-known local music personality Ralph Funaro helped christen the new spot that overlooks the Hall of Flags last week. Sounds like a great addition to LMA, which has a full lineup of events scheduled. Visit www.lowellauditorium.com for details.

Maestro Bruce Hangen
Maestro Bruce Hangen

SEASON OPENER: The Orchestra of Indian Hill kicks off its 44th season Saturday, Sept. 29, with a program that celebrates the 100th birthday of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein, by performing his music and music of composers who were important to Bernstein, including Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Gustav Mahler and Franco Castagnone. The concert at Littleton High School Performing Arts Center, 56 King St., starts at 7:30 p.m. A pre-concert talk with Maestro Bruce Hangen starts at 6:30 p.m., and a post-concert Q&A includes desserts and coffee. Hangen studied under Bernstein when he was a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Institute. "He's an important figure in the history of American music as a conductor, composer, lecturer and pianist. He did it all," Hangen said. Tickets are $20, $35 and $50 on sale at www.indianhillmusic.org or call 978-486-9524. Indian Hill Music School students are admitted free to the concerts.

GOING RETRO: Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston takes a trip down memory lane during its 50th anniversary year with the revival of "Remembering the '40s." The original musical revue, celebrating the Greatest Generation, runs this weekend at Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. Shows are Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. The show relives the music of World War II and includes tunes made famous by Glen Miller, Kate Smith and the Andrews Sisters, plus comedy from the likes of Bob Hope and Abbott and Costello. Veterans of all wars are honored guests with free admission. Other adults pay $35-$66, with discounts for youth and seniors. Call 781-891-5600 or visit www.reaglemusictheatre.com.

TIMELY DOCUMENTARY: Northern Essex Community College screens a documentary that explores community projects that have cropped up in Puerto Rico after last year's devastating Hurricane Maria. The free event is Sunday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m., in the college's El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center, 414 Common St., Lawrence. The documentary, in Spanish with English subtitles, shares heartwarming stories of positive activities that emerged around the island. Sonia Fritz Macias, the filmmaker, will speak after the movie.