Thursday, November 30, 2017

FPAC: Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday!

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FPAC Thanks you for your support on #GivingTuesday!\

Thank you for your support of FPAC on Giving Tuesday!  

We are happy to announce that we exceeded our goal and raised $3099.00  for equipment to help us light the stage at THE BLACK BOX!!  We are excited that with your support, we are able to purchase a follow spot and several lighting instruments to enhance our theatrical lighting system.  

To our FPAC village - we are exceedingly grateful and look forward to seeing you at one of the holiday productions still to come in 2017.  

We wish you happy holidays filled with wonderful music and great live entertainment!

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Franklin Performing Arts Company
PO Box 48
15 West Central Street
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Southern Rail Bluegrass Christmas Concert - Dec 9

Who: Southern Rail Bluegrass Christmas Concert
When: 7:30 pm, Sat., Dec. 9
Where: Original Congregational Church, 1 East St., Wrentham, MA 02093
Description: This mix of Christmas, Gospel, and Traditional Bluegrass is expected to be a sellout as the last event of OCC’s 325th anniversary celebration. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with an adult.

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Southern Rail Bluegrass Christmas Concert - Dec 9
Southern Rail Bluegrass Christmas Concert - Dec 9

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Winterbloom Holiday Show - Dec 9

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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Winterbloom Holiday Show - Dec 9
Dec 9 - 8 PM $25
Add some joy to the holiday season with the wonderful music of Winterbloom.  This female supergroup performs at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse Holiday Show on Saturday, December 9th, at 8PM.  Winter is a time for gathering – and sometimes it's even more fun to gather with friends than family!  It's in this spirit that a new holiday tradition has emerged – a tradition of friendship and music.  Every few years four successful, internationally touring singer-songwriters Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson and Natalia Zukerman will tour as "Winterbloom" with diverse reflections and experiences to share for the holidays.

It started with one magical show in December 2008 that led these four women to record and tour together.  Since then they reunite in the dark days of winter to bring the gift of gorgeous melody to us all.  This holiday season Winterbloom returns to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse for one of only two northeast concerts.

Join Winterbloom this holiday season for an evening of warmth, friendship, sarcasm and surprises. This is a wonderful treat for the entire family.

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Tickets for this shows are $25.  Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

Upcoming Shows
Jan 6         Gretchen Peters
Jan 27       Seth Glier
Feb 10       Chelsea Berry
Mar 3         Patty Larkin

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA

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Lifelong Learning: Brunch Workshop - Idea-Filled & Fun Evening - Dec 7

Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute
Lifelong Community Learning

Brunch Workshop - Idea-Filled Just In Time For The Holidays
with Chef Colin Boisvert
Lifelong LEarning: Brunch Workshop - Idea-Filled & Fun Evening

Learn how to make a delicious and impressive brunch and take away recipes for home use.
Menu will include: Bacon, Cheddar & Chive scone, Chocolate Scone, yogurt Parfait with Homemade Honey Nut Granola & Fresh Berries, Roasted Red Pepper, Asparagus, & Goat Cheese Frittata, Fresh Fruit Tart with Caramelized Banana, Ginger Pineapple Spritzer, Frozen Mocha 
Seats are limited. Must be 18 to participate.

Thursday, December 7
 Franklin High School, 218 Oak Street, Franklin
Cost: $35

             Lifelong Community Learning, 218 Oak St, 508-613-1480
FPS- Lifelong Learning | 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mark White Octet Album Release Party At THE BLACK BOX - Dec 1

Celebrate the release of the Mark White Octet’s debut recording with a live performance at THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s theater, music and event venue, at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 1. Featuring West Coast Swing with an East Coast vibe, the Octet includes Mark White (guitar), Scott deOgburn (piano), Jon Garniss (trombone), Kenny Hadley (drums), Rick Hammet (trumpet), Arnie Krakowsky (tenor sax), Mark Poniatowski (bass) and Ken Reid (bari sax), world-class musicians whose performance résumés include a long list of music royalty. 

THE BLACK BOX CD release party will also feature special guests Ben Whiting, Jeff Stout and Barry Smith. A suburban hub for great music and the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street.

Mark White has performed with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart, Boston Musica Viva under Richard Pitman, and the New England Ragtime Ensemble under Gunther Schuller, as well as with the Empire Brass Quintet, George Russell, Gil Evans and Anthony Braxton. A Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, he has taught over 50 clinics for Berklee in Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Germany, Italy, Japan and Korea. White has played many theatre engagements with touring Broadway companies and has recorded for Blue Note, King, MMC Records and Heineken Jazz Festival.

Scott Deogburn’s performance credits include appearances with Diane Reeves, Branford Marsalis, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and The Temptations, as well as performances with Gloria Estefan, Isaac Hayes, Paula Cole and more. Broadway musical experience is with Dream Girls, 42nd Street, Hello Dolly, Cats, Starlight Express, Carrie, Me and My Girl, A Chorus Line, and Fiddler on the Roof. Recording credits include the Kenny Hadley Big Band, the Greg Hopkins Big Band, Myanna and the Urban Renewal Band. 

Jon Garniss has worked professionally in the Boston music scene since the age of 14 with local and national acts such as Tony Bennett, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Ringling Brothers Circus, Rosemary Clooney, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Liza Minelli, and countless others. He has played for touring Broadway companies at the Wang Center, The Schubert, and The Colonial Theaters, among many others. 

Kenny Hadley has performed with Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie, Peter Wolf, The Drifters and Rebecca Parris. His acclaimed Kenny Hadley Big Band has shared the stage with the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has hosted guest soloists including Clark Terry and Louie Bellson.

Rick Hammett has played lead trumpet for Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Shirley Bassey, the Boston Pops and Mel Tormé. He has recorded jingles for Ford, the Boston Red Sox, WBZ-TV’s Chronicle and others, as well as CD recordings for RCA (Chess Broadway cast recording), Warner Bros. (soundtrack for the movie Dick Tracy), and Electra. Hammett has toured playing 1st trumpet with the national productions of Cats, Les Misérables, 42nd Street, and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman.

Arnie Krakowsky has played with legendary artists such as Ray Charles, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra Jr, Phil Wood, Lionel Hampton, Dave McKenna, Gray Sargent, Greg Hopkins, Hal Crook, The Artie Shaw Band under the direction of Dick Johnson, and many more. His recordings include “Where the Tenor Meets the Bone” and “Is It Minor Yours.”

Mark Poniatowski is an Associate Professor in Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music. His extensive performing experience includes the Manchester Jazz and Blues Festival with the Toni Lynn Washington Band and the Boston Blues Festival with Joe Bargar and the Soul Providers, as well as with Sid Caesar, Floyd Dixon, Rita Moreno and Junior Watson. Poniatowski’s recordings include Mississippi Moan with the Bruce Katz Band, More Than Live with Janiva Magness, The George Carlin Show soundtrack, Room for Two with April Hall, and a self-titled CD, The Mark Poniatowski Situation.

Ken Reid’s credits include more than 30 years performing locally and internationally with touring bands such as the Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras. Theater and show work includes Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, North Shore Music Theater, Cohasset Music Circus and Cape Cod Melody Tent. Reid has performed with artists including The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Billy Eckstine and Tony Bennett, as well as with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood and the Esplanade.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. A cash bar is available. For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370.

BLACK BOX Jazz Presents Mark White Octet CD  Release Party - Dec 1
BLACK BOX Jazz Presents Mark White Octet CD  Release Party - Dec 1

Monday, November 27, 2017

New England Irish Harp Orchestra - Dec 10

New England Irish Harp Orchestra will share a wonderful medley of Holiday music that will put you in the perfect mood for the season!

Sunday, December 10 - 7:00 pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church 
237 Pleasant Street Franklin, MA 

Tickets $10 (payable at the door) 

FREE  With Dean College ID 

Transportation provided call (781) 708-1327 

New England Irish Harp Orchestra - Dec 10
New England Irish Harp Orchestra - Dec 10

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Franklin Library: Paul Speidel Blues & Jazz Trio, Nov 29

The Paul Speidel Blues and Jazz Trio will be performing at the Franklin Public Library Wednesday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. For over twenty years, Paul Speidel has been performing at major clubs and festivals in the Greater Boston area, such as Scullers, Ryles, Johnny D's, Acton Jazz Cafe, and many others. 
He taught Jazz and Blues in the Newton Public Schools during this time, and has presented music programs at public and private venues for just as long. Last year, he had the privilege of performing live on WBUR’s “Radio Boston” program to nearly 500,000 listeners, and has appeared on countless other area radio shows over the years. 
With nine CDs to his credit, Paul’s recordings have been critically recognized nationally, including a 3½ star review in Downbeat in 2011. His credits also include performances with Patti Page, Howard Alden, Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, James Montgomery and Shirley Lewis, to name just a few… 
“Speidel shines with calibrated, elevated playing that draws on his muse and on a congenital sense of what makes sense musically…Three and a half stars!” – Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat Magazine (July 2011) 
“Love it! One of the finest guitarists out there…So great having you on the show. You’re terrific!” (Jordan Rich, WBZ-1030, Boston) 
"Paul Speidel's guitar playing is impressive. He manages to mix blues and jazz and funk naturally and effortlessly. The band is tight and the songs are strong. If you haven't seen Paul, you're missing out on something special right here in Boston!” --Dana Marshall (DJ, Program Manager,WXRV 92.5-FM The River)
Franklin Library: Paul Speidel Blues & Jazz Trio, Nov 29
Franklin Library: Paul Speidel Blues & Jazz Trio, Nov 29

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For more about Paul Speidel visit his webpage

Friday, November 24, 2017

#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! Help FPAC light the stage!

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#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! Help FPAC light the stage!
Help FPAC light the stage!

Please support FPAC and help us light the stage!

After Black Friday and after Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday allows each of us to step into the giving season with opportunities to support organizations that touch our lives throughout the year. 

Please support the Franklin Performing Arts Company as we continue to bring professional, family friendly entertainment to your backyard. Your gift to FPAC will allow us to purchase much needed lighting equipment to better light the stage for the year of performances ahead! 

Currently we are required to rent equipment to supplement what is now installed in THE BLACK BOX. FPAC's Giving Tuesday goal is $3,000 with which a spotlight, several instruments and lamps will be purchased.

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PO Box 48
15 West Central Street
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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