Music is a great way to escape winter weather and beat the post-holiday blues. And what better way to start than taking a trip down memory lane with the Vintage Vocal Quartet?
The fabulous foursome performs tunes by such musical icons as Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Cole Porter on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m., at Indian Hill Music, 36 King St., Littleton. The quartet features Taylor O'Donnell, voice/piano; Paul Pampinella, voice/guitar; Adam Gautille, voice/trumpet and David Thorne Scott, voice/bass. Tickets are $15, free for Indian Hill Music students. And, by the way, dancing is encouraged -- another way to beat the blues.
If you hanker to play an instrument, try it out first at Free Lesson Day at Indian Hill on Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lessons are open to ages 4-adult, new students only; registration required.
And on Saturday, Jan. 26, Maestro Bruce Hangen leads the Orchestra of Indian Hill in Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 1 "Titan," plus "Sibelius' Suite" from "Belshazzar's Feast." The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., at Littleton High School Performing Arts Center, 56 King St. Tickets are $20/$35/$50, free for Indian Hill Music students.
Call 978-486-9524 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org for information on all IHM programs.
Meanwhile, up Route 110 a few miles, it's a little bit country at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, when Martin & Kelly perform Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. The talented duo includes Chelmsford's own Jilly Martin and New Hampshire-based Ryan Brooks Kelly. Playing from New England to Nashville over the years, they have opened for such traditional and mainstream country artists as Alabama, Dwight Yoakum, Brad Paisley and Phil Vassar. Their original, highly acclaimed tunes routinely win over audiences and have them poised for a music-industry breakthrough. Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 for members at www.chelmsfordarts.org.
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On the marquee
UNDER THE SEA: Take a trip to Ariel's magical undersea playground this weekend with Applause Academy's production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road. Performances are Friday-Saturday, Jan. 18-19, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. General admission $15 at www.chelmsfordarts.org.
NEARY IN NYC: The Northern Stage production of Jack Neary's dark comedy "Trick or Treat" opened in previews last weekend off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters and opens officially on Jan. 20. It stars Gordon Clapp, the Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actor, for whom Lowell native Neary wrote the play. Clapp, who has been with the play from its start in workshops several years ago, plays a distraught husband in the play that "brilliantly skewers a family in crisis on Halloween," according to the theater website. The play also features the rest of the cast from the world-premiere production in White River Junction, Vt., including Kathy Manfre, David Mason, Kathy McCafferty and Jenni Putney. Carol Dunne directs the show that runs through Feb. 24. For tickets and info, visit www.59e59.org.
CHINESE CULTURE: Worcester's Hanover Theatre presents "Shen Yun" this weekend. The colorful show transports audiences back to the magical world of ancient China through breathtaking classical Chinese dance and music, as it explores ancient legends and modern heroic tales. Performances are Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $80 at 877-571-7469 or www.thehanovertheatre.org.