Spring Gala 2018

Help us celebrate our first season, and raise money for season two and beyond!


Dear friends, neighbors, and fellow music lovers, we invite you to join us for a festive, tasty, beautiful musical evening in celebration of the first full season of Around Hear, a free, fun chamber music series based in the Somerville Housing Authority's Mystic Activity Center.

Friday, May 18th, 8pm at Connexion

149 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

Free entry for SHA residents and staff!

All proceeds from this event will go toward future Around Hear performances and mentorship and artistic exchange opportunities for musically-inclined residents of the Somerville Housing Authority.

Parking tip: there is ample metered parking on Broadway, free after 8pm.


This celebration will begin with the East Coast premiere of "All Some None" – a wacky piece of theatrical chamber music for two singing voices and speaking violinist, clarinetist & bassoonist, composed by Dan Sedgwick and Marji Gere. This piece, based on an Armenian folk tale about some mice who aim to subdue a cat, will be performed by vocalists Nora Maynard and Rafael Natan (of Somerville duo "Petting Kazoo"); Eric Thomas, clarinetist and professor at Colby College; Leyla Zamora, San Diego Symphony bassoonist; and Marji Gere on violin.

Then, let's party like it's 1799! Eric, Leyla, and Marji will be joined by Marina Krickler (horn), Jason Amos (viola), Jacob MacKay (cello), and Richard Hartshorne (double bass) for Beethoven's festive Septet in E-flat, Op. 20. During this piece, listeners may wander quietly and view art created for Around Hear's first season.

The performance will be followed by a dessert reception, during which we will honor the individuals and partner organizations who have helped get this series off the ground.

This event is for ages 12-up. A child-friendly version of the program happens on Saturday, May 19th at 11am at the Mystic Activity Center.

Suggestion: Before or after the concert, check out one of the delectable eateries in East Somerville!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.