Jiayan Sun plays Sunday.
Jiayan Sun plays Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

Historical Piano Concerts returns Sunday

ASHBURNHAM — The fourth concert in Historical Piano Concerts' 34th Spring Season departs from the series' usual policy of using a piano of the kind the composer would recognize. For his program of Beethoven's last three piano sonatas, pianist Jiayan Sun has chosen to show how that music would have sounded to composer Johannes Brahms, playing a very different kind of piano built 50 years after the sonatas were written.

The piano for this concert, by Streicher of Vienna, 1871, is the same make and model as Brahms's personal piano for the last 25 years of his life.

While we're used to hearing classical music of all periods on the standard modern piano, we don't often consider how many ways the music was heard over time, as pianos were changing every few years during the 19th century. This concert demonstrates one possibility for cross-referencing offered by the two-dozen historic pianos in The Frederick Collection, on which the concert series is based.

The concert will be held Sunday, May 19, at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St.

The piano concerts will continue with French music for flute and piano on Sunday, May 26, and violin and piano, Sunday, June 2, each concert featuring a different grand piano from the Frederick Collection. Admission is $15 per adult; children and students, free. For more information, visit www.FrederickCollection.org or call 978-827-6232.


Do you have the stomach for murder-mystery dinner?

LEOMINSTER — A first annual Murder Mystery Dinner Party will be held Saturday, May 25, starting at 6 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club of Leominster and Fitchburg, 365 Lindell Ave.

Enjoy an Italian buffet dinner and 50/50 raffles. Proceeds will benefit theFIRST Robotics Team. Tickets are $40 per person or $280 for a table of eight. For tickets, or more information, call 978-618-4984.

'Waitress' offers a little slice of heaven (and pie)

WORCESTER — Tickets for all performances of the Broadway musical "Waitress" are on sale at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts, to be performed Wednesday, May 22, through Sunday, May 26, at The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St.

Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker, dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life, such as "The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie" and "Betrayed By My Eggs Pie." When a baking contest in a nearby county, and a satisfying run-in with someone new, show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking, all-female creative team, this Tony Award-nominated musical features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles ("Love Song," "Brave"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson ("I Am Sam") and direction by Tony winner Diane Paulus ("Pippin," "Finding Neverland").

Tickets start at $45. Discounts are available to members of The Hanover Theatre and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at TheHanoverTheatre.org, by phone at 877-571-7469, or at The Hanover Theatre box office, 2 Southbridge St., in downtown Worcester.

Wachusett offers Family Canoe on June 22

PRINCETON — A Family Canoe on Wildlife Pond will be held Saturday, June 22, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road.

Look for wood ducks, bullfrogs and kingfishers, and learn about wetlands habitats on this guided paddle of Wachusett Meadow's Wildlife Pond. Canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided. The event is ppen to families with children ages 5 and up. For more information or to register, call 978-464-2712.

Open mike at Stevens Memorial Library

ASHBURNHAM — Hear some great local musicians and poets perform at Stevens Memorial Library, 20 Memorial Drive, on Wednesday, May 29. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for seating and refreshments provided by the North County Land Trust, Inc. Open mike begins at 7 p.m., followed by featured performers The Promise Is Hope. Admission is free.

Married couple Ashley and Eric L'Esperance make up The Promise is Hope. With tightly woven harmonies, two guitars and intimate songwriting, they present a beautifully moving, inspired and connected live performance. They were nominated for the 2018 Roots Act of the Year award by New England Music Awards following the debut of their second album, "Every Seed Must Die," a set of "soul-cleansing songs of reverence simmered in collective courage," according to John Apice of No Depression, The Journal of Roots Music.

North County Land Trust has been conserving the farms, forests, and landscapes that define North Central Massachusetts since 1992. It works closely with stakeholders in the communities it serves, including landowners, municipal officials, and community groups, to identify mutually beneficial land-conservation goals. It also connects ordinary citizens to the natural environment in their communities through educational programs, nature hikes, and other activities on its public-access conservation areas.

To sign up for an open-mike slot, call 978-827-4115.