It's time to celebrate the magic of music on stages across the region. And whether you choose cabaret in Chelmsford, Brahms in Littleton, or Schumann and Bublé in Worcester, these upcoming tune-filled interludes will lift spirits and help banish winter's blues. Chelmsford
Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, hosts two shows in its Cabaret Café this weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 23, New Hampshire-based singer-songwriter Dan Sirois performs his tunes at 7:30 p.m. Known for his introspective, slice-of-life songwriting, he possesses the rich vocal warmth and storytelling delivery of Cat Stevens and Harry Chapin with an Americana classic-rock edge of Tom Petty.
On Sunday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., it's Wendee Glick and Friends performing her "Laugh, Learn and Love the Music" show. Glick appeals to a broad range of audiences, performing standards from the Great American Songbook, plus Broadway and pop standards from the '60s, '70s and '80s. Tickets to both cabaret shows are $15, open seating at tables and a cash bar. Visit www.chelmsfordarts.org.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Orchestra of Indian Hill performs "The Best of Brahms," an all-Brahms concert, at 7:30 p.m., at Littleton High School, 56 King St. The program includes two Hungarian dances, "Symphony No. 3" and "Piano Concerto No. 1" with guest soloist Ya-Fei Chuang. Conductor Bruce Hangen presents a talk before the show, starting at 6:30, and there is a post-concert café with desserts, coffee and questions and answers. Tickets $20-$50 at www.indianhill music.org.
Worcester Schubertiade -- soon changing its name to Worcester Vocal Arts -- presents Winter Words, a vocal concert, Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. in Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. On the program are well-known soprano Maria Ferrante and tenor Stanley Wilson, accompanied by pianist Kristjon Imperio. The three will perform songs by Schumann, Britten, Messiaen and Faure. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for 65 and older, $15 for students, $10 for 17 and under at www.mechanicshall.org.
And, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, Canadian superstar singer Michael Bublé brings his tour to the DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, for an evening of music from his new album "Love," his eighth major studio album from Reprise Records.
Bublé won four Grammy Awards, and his new tour marks his return to the stage after a lengthy absence. Tickets start at $68; the show starts at 8 p.m. Visit www.dcucenter.com for info and tickets.
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THE LITTLE FOXES: Lyric Stage of Boston presents Lillian Hellman's classic drama "The Little Foxes" through March 17 in the theater's Copley Square location. Set in the post-Civil War South, the play captures the riveting story of one family's vicious pursuit of financial success and its destruction of the American dream. Anne Gottlieb stars as the scheming Regina Giddens, and Remo Airaldi and Will McGarrahan play her conniving brothers Ben and Oscar. Tickets start at $25 and are available at 617-585-5678 or www.lyricstage.com.
OH, WHAT A SEASON: Subscriptions are on sale for North Shore Music Theatre's 2019 summer season that opens with Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!," playing the Beverly theater-in-the-round June 4-16. It continues with Disney's "Freaky Friday," a madcap new body-swap musical comedy, July 9-21; "Jersey Boys," the mega-hit musical sensation about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Aug. 6-18; Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning "Sunset Boulevard," Sept. 24-Oct. 6, and "The Bodyguard," a new musical based on the 1992 Whitney Houston-Kevin Costner film, Oct. 29-Nov. 10. Shows are currently only available through subscription. Single tickets go on sale March 4. Visit www.nsmt.org for info.
COMING TO TERMS: Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents a special panel discussion with D'Youville Life and Wellness on Thursday, Feb. 21. Entitled "Coming to Terms with a Relative's Dementia," it will be held following the 7:30 p-erformance of "The Heath," Lauren Gunderson's world-premiere play about a young woman's struggle to better understand her late grandfather who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Several D'Youville staffers will discuss the effects on families of those with dementia. Admission is free with a ticket for any performance of the show. Call 978-654-4678 for info.