By Leslie Koresky
CHELMSFORD -- On Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, will present A Greek Musical Odyssey with acclaimed Greek-American soprano Julie Ziavros. Classically trained with degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Ziavros has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and on radio and television. She has appeared at the National Theater in Piraeus, and has represented Greece in international festivals.
Ziavros will be accompanied by renowned Greek composer and pianist Spiros Cardmis. Considered the preeminent expert in Greek popular music, he combines classical, Greek music and New Age in creating an exciting sound.
Completing the group are George Maniatis on percussion and Kostas Psarrros on bouzouki. Kostas has performed at numerous New York venues, including the Metropolitan Opera House, and in concert halls and universities all over the country.
Tickets sales of $35 each will help benefit the Dacey Zouzas Endowment for the Arts. Hors d'oeuvres plus a cash bar will be available.
Would you like to hear the snow falling? Or look for a green dog? Or dance with elephants? And what if two cats sang opera? Find out on Sunday, Nov. 8, when the ClassiGals return to the CCA stage with their new, fun musical program.
Singers Jeanne Masterman and Beth Fowler and pianist Rachel Muller will perform a concert of whimsical songs from famous classical composers, with some pieces to the words of Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Lewis Carroll. Through puppetry, props and audience participation, it is an exciting introduction to the beautiful language of classical music.
The concept is the brainchild of singer and vocal teacher Masterman, who, in 1992, received a grant to create a program that would foster an understanding of classical music via the performance of "art songs." Art songs, she explains, are whimsical and funny and often consist of puns set to classical music. Says Masterman, "This is a great way to expose children to classical music and pique their interest in poetry while entertaining and educating their parents and other adults in the community."
Masterman, a soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance as well as graduate credits in music education from UMass Lowell. She teaches voice privately and is Cantor at St. Catherine's Church in Westford.
Fowler, also a soprano, brings a theatrical touch to the trio, having studied voice and theater for many years. She has performed in community theater, most notably with the Nashua Actorsingers.
Muller was trained at the renowned Longy School of Music in Cambridge. She has played in numerous chamber groups, and serves as the pianist for many Westford elementary school productions.
The show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 each; $15 per family.
It's almost that time -- for the 4th annual Holiday Shop at the Fine Arts Gift Shop. From Nov. 20 through Dec. 20, the CCA Gallery will offer unique items, hand-made by talented local artists and artisans. Buy something distinctive and singular for someone special. The shop will be open 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and from 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays.
For information on any of these events, visit chelmsfordarts.org.