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Fall Concerts and Workshops at the DCA
October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
There is a lot going on this fall at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, located at 321 High Street in downtown Cambridge. Enjoy learning a new skill at an upcoming workshop or sit back and relax at a lively concert.
Discover something new to love at one of the fall workshops at Dorchester Center for the Arts. A variety of one and two day artful opportunities provide the chance to try several new art forms this fall. Workshops include:
Intro to Fused Glass with Paul Winters
October 5 • 3 – 5 p.m. This one-day session is for those interested in experiencing kiln formed glass for the first time, or those who want to brush up in preparation for the intermediate sessions. Along with learning the basic elements of the medium, students will create a simple project.
Travel Photography with Roger Maki
October 21 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This workshop’s objectives are to enable participants to create travel photographs that are better than mere snapshots; to know how to use their camera settings and features to control the photographic process; and to identify opportunities for photographs that may have been overlooked in the past. Photographers of all skill levels and with any type of camera are invited to attend. Roger Maki has been a serious amateur photographer since 1975. He is a winner of several camera club awards and his works have been published in both regional and national publications.
Yarn Dying with Elissa Crouch
October 28 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Students will be dying a skein of super wash knitting yarn to take home and use for a pair of socks or a shawl or scarf. Emphasis will be on using the color wheel and painting with the actual dye colors. Learn how colors mix with each other and actually see the magic happen. This is a beginner level class and the process will be very simple “by eye” dyeing. Students will learn the basic four-color system of dyeing: red, yellow, blue, black.
Finishing Touches for Musicians and Songwriters with Paul Harrison
November 8 • 6-8 p.m. Discuss and apply various techniques to make your musical performances more interesting and appealing, whether you primarily play at home, perform at open mics, or as a paid performer. The workshop will cover tips and tools to give your songs more variety and increase your impact on the audience. Especially for those who sometimes perform more than one song at a time, these techniques will help make your performances more enjoyable…for you and your audience.
Tea for Two and Two for Tea
November 9 • 2-4 p.m. Begin the holidays early and join the Dorchester Garden Club floral designers as they demonstrate how to create two stunning holiday floral designs for the home or office. Learn while enjoying afternoon tea and scones. What a great gift to give a friend for the holidays when neither of you needs a thing but an afternoon together.
A great lineup of music is slated at DCA this fall as well, including:
October 7 • 6-8 p.m. Pianist Phillip E. Kirkland will take to the keyboard on the Gallery Stage. Phil is a pianist, singer and songwriter. Growing up under the influence of many genres, he forged his own unique approach to composition. His music meanders around the melody in “stylish” ways that awaken a new and refreshing response to music enthusiasts in search of “freedom from the mediocre.”
October 13 • 7 p.m. DCA is pleased to welcome The United States Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble for a performance in the George B. Todd Performance Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. Rhythm in Blue features the diverse talents of 15 professional musicians whose commitment to excellence has earned worldwide acclaim and military distinction. The band incorporates a wide repertoire of jazz and fusion, from big band swing to cutting-edge contemporary music. Their fabulous vocalist radiates sounds of the great jazz divas and inspires with patriotic classics.
Activated in 1941, The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring public patriotism and enhancing esprit de corps among all the US military service branches. These world-class musicians are stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. They travel throughout the Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, presenting over 300 events annually for the general public and in support of Airman morale and protocol events. Under the leadership of Captain Michael D. Hoerber, the USAF Heritage of America Band remains at the forefront of communicating Air Force core values and preserving and enriching America’s military and musical heritage into the 21st century.
Open Mic Night
October 27 • 7-9 p.m. Catch the sounds of local music favorites at the Final Friday Coffeehouse Open Mic. Enjoy the listening experience in this friendly, supportive atmosphere for acoustic musicians, or share your talents as a performer on the Gallery Stage. Call DCA at 410-228-7782 to be added to the lineup. Slots are 10 minutes; a piano is available onsite. Admission is free.
Acoustic Music Concert
November 18 • 7-9 p.m. DCA welcomes the musical ensemble Paul, Liz and Randy to the Gallery Stage for an evening of acoustic music. Paul Harrison, Randy Welch and Liz Fisher will share original and familiar songs featuring vocal harmonies and multiple instruments, such as guitar, mandolin, harmonica and wood flute. Relax and enjoy their delightful blend of music styles including folk, blues, pop and light jazz.
For more information on these workshops, performances and additional programs and events at DCA, call 410-228-7782, stop by Tuesday through Sunday at 321 High Street in Cambridge, or visit online at dorchesterarts.org. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, now celebrating 50 years of service to the arts.