The Arlo Guthrie Concert Massacre (with Apologies To ‘alice’s Restaurant’)

4. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Community Cultural Center at 50 Chapman Place, the concert will feature songs from a range of genres sung in the Whiffenpoofs signature a capella style. The oldest all-male college a capella group in the United States, the Whiffenpoofs were founded in 1909 and have been featured on a number of television programs, including “The West Wing,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Jeopardy!,” “The Gilmore Girls” and “The Sing-Off.” “Last year’s Whiffenpoofs were on the season finale of ‘Glee,’ which is pretty exciting,” said group member Benji Goldsmith, 21. [Sample Our Free Breaking News Alert And 3 P.M. News Newsletters] Every year a new crop of seniors is selected for the group. Goldsmith is one of 14 selected for the current group and serves as music director. “I conduct the group in performance and lead rehearsals but also sing,” Goldsmith said. “We all feel so lucky to be a part of this group, it’s definitely an honor and we really kind of don’t take it for granted.” Not only is acceptance an honor, it’s also a full-time job. The entire group has taken a yearlong leave of absence from Yale, which is not formally associated with the Whiffenpoofs, although Goldsmith said the University does frequently hire the men to give concerts. The group began as a senior quintet that met weekly at Mory’s Temple Bar in New Haven , where they still sing every Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. “We spend so much time traveling and touring and doing performances that we are actually taking time off from classes, which is something that has become somewhat standard for people doing the Whiffenpoofs over the last decade,” Goldsmith said. In terms of what listeners can expect from Friday’s show, “our repertoire is pretty diverse in terms of genre,” Goldsmith said.

Struck in N.Y., Phila. Orchestra pulls off a concert anyhow

Guest conductor Madeline Church, 9, with help from Yannick Nézet-Séguin, finishes the "William Tell Overture." DAVID SWANSON / Staff

Progress has been made every year that Fred has been helping this group, granting them access to health care, housing and a weekly food parcel program, says Lewis. Each October, volunteers with Stockwells one-man Peace Corps-like operation organize events in the Rogue Valley to announce the group’s efforts and raise money for Eyes to Burma . All monies go directly to help the refugees. From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, there will be a free Meet & Greet photography exhibit at the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., Ashland. The next day, Saturday, Oct. 5, there will be benefit concert from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grizzly Peak Winery , 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland ( grizzlypeakwinery.com ) Concert organizer Barbara Goldfarb Seles and other volunteers say this celebration will honor Stockwells hard work and the generous support of the local community. Tables and chairs will be set up on the grounds around the stage with a dance area in the center.

Celebration concert at Grizzly Peak Saturday for Eyes to Burma

and what we like to do on our night off is play music.” An orchestra spokeswoman declined to make Nezet-Seguin available for an interview. Word of the concert spread throughout the day after being announced in late morning. “I just think this is awesome, this is the kind of thing they do in Philly,” said Sandra Ackler of Center City, who heard of the concert on the radio and brought along a South Philadelphia friend who had never been to Verizon Hall. It was, she said, slightly reminiscent of another orchestra gift to its listeners that she wished she had attended – an evening in 1994 when members of the orchestra were snowed in, and the public was invited in to hear music director Wolfgang Sawallisch take a spin through knotty Wagner scores alone, accompanying singers from the keyboard. Carnegie Hall stagehands struck Wednesday morning over a jurisdiction issue, not only depriving New Yorkers of a chance to hear the orchestra in Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Saint-Saens, but also keeping the ensemble from impressing gala cochairs such as philanthropists Mercedes T. Bass and Marie-Josee and Henry Kravis. Violinist Joshua Bell and double-bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding were to have been guest soloists. After 13 months of talks, and “after no significant progress, we found it absolutely necessary to take action to protect the members that we represent,” said James J. Claffey Jr., president of Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, in a statement. In statements regarding the labor dispute, both the union and Carnegie Hall management cited differences over union work in the hall’s newly created education wing. “We are disappointed that, despite the fact that the stagehands have one of the most lucrative contracts in the industry, they are now seeking to expand their jurisdiction beyond the concert hall and into the new Education Wing in ways that would compromise Carnegie Hall’s education mission,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie’s executive and artistic director. New York’s loss was Philadelphia’s gain.

It was another great Arlo show but, intimidated by the massive one-year age difference between me and the older woman, I failed to ask her out again. Four, maybe five, other times Ive seen Arlo Guthrie in concertincluding a lovely concert with my lovely wife (who, for the record, isnt one of those three young ladies). But seeing seven or eight Arlo Guthrie concerts doesn’t mean I’m one of those fans with 27 different 8-by-10 color glossy pictures with a paragraph on the back explaining what each one was. Im just a guy who has happily punctuated his life with Arlo Guthrie concerts. What I came to tell you about. They got a building up in Carmel. Its called the Palladium. I went up there to see Arlo in concert and I walked in, sat down, and said hello to a man and his wife who had moved their seats because a fellow next to them had been talking to himself too loudly. Arguing even. I thought it was a good idea that they did move their seats and promised Id keep my self-conversations to a minimum. And then he said Kid, have you ever seen an Arlo Guthrie concert? And I proceeded to tell him about the eight or nine other concerts but not about the young ladies and the Greek and the irate dad. And then Arlo Guthrie and his drummer Terry a La Berry (who I remembered from the first time I saw Arlo) and Arlos son, keyboardist Abe Guthrie, bounded on stage and proceeded to play a set of primarily Woody Guthrie tunes including 1913 Massacre and Do Re Mi and Pretty Boy Floyd and Oklahoma Hills. Arlo seemed tentative at first like something about the birthday cake colors of the hall or the relatively sparse crowd was making him uncomfortable. But then he found his groove and the stories got more casual and comfortable and the smiles of his musical partners seemed more sincere and by the time The Motorcycle Song was sung and intermission came everyone seemed happy there. In the lobby at intermission there were Woodstock wannabees and twentysomething outsiders and hippy seniors.

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