On Saturday, March 25, from 1to 3PM, CCM is presenting a hands-on old-time Americana music workshop led by Laura Cortese and Valerie Thompson, both from the band Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards. Players with at least two years of experience on violin, cello, guitar, banjo, double bass, or mandolin (and 8 years of age or older) are invited to bring their instruments to learn a few tunes by ear and join in an afternoon of traditional music-making.
Americana music is a style of playing rooted in community, which lends itself to a program for players of all ages and abilities. The more diverse the range, the better: “I’ve always enjoyed the fact that this music is something that someone can start playing when they’re very young or in retirement or anywhere in between. This music is not about being a virtuosic player, it’s about connecting with others and enjoying playing music with them,” says Cortese. For those who have never learned by ear before, there can be a learning curve. “You’ll have to take the time to hear the melody, internalize it, then get your fingers to play that melody. But once you do, it’s like those songs you sang as a child that will be with you forever,” says Cortese. Which is precisely why this musical tradition holds strong.
CCM’s executive director and founder, Kate Yoder, says the Americana music workshop will serve as an introduction to the genre at CCM, and additional programming will follow in the fall of 2017.
Founded in 2005, the Concord Conservatory of Music is an energetic community of people who are deepening their involvement in music education. Each year, CCM opens its doors to more than 430 students, offering programming for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM offers a full curriculum that includes private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities.
No cover charge, but donations are graciously accepted
The Forge fills up quickly, so get there early for great food and entertainment!
Wendee and friends perform standards from the Great American Songbook, and some songs from the 60s to the 80s as well. The songs you know from long ago, and perhaps some new ones too. Wendee’s amusing style and stories about the songs will have you laughing, learning something new, and loving the music…
An experienced jazz vocalist, Wendee Glick is a singer with a strong stage presence, sense of humor, and ability to belt out a tune, even over a full big band orchestra. She can engage the audience in the up-tempo, or make them weep over a ballad sung with a “bell-like” quality. She has graced the stages of many a New England jazz club, and large venues such as Boston’s Fleet Center and Hatch Shell, and has recently ventured out to NYC and St Louis, always performing with top-notch musicians.