Waterfront Performing Arts Series 2012
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For Immediate Release
August 01, 2012
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Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment
For More Information Contact:
Ryan McMahon

Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events is happy to announce the eighth annual Waterfront Performing Arts Series. The series, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, takes place on Tuesday evenings, 6 – 8 pm, from August 7th to August 28th at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. This year’s program features a mix of artistic genres including opera, French Cabaret songs, swing dancing, Celtic music and a theatrical performance.

This summer’s complete series includes:

August 7

Commonwealth Skakespeare Company: Love is in the air in this free music-filled performance inspired by Shakespeare, just right for young audiences. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's 2012 summer touring initiative features two productions. Shakespeare on Love, is a collection of scenes, songs and sonnets performed by actors in the summer apprentice program from 6-7pm. Told through contemporary tellings of Shakespeare's love scenes, and complimented with popular music, Shakespeare on Love will strike familiar chords as well as offer a few surprises for the whole family.

Bard Over Broadway, features students from New England Conservatory and will delight audiences with popular music inspired by Shakespeare from 7-8pm. This new musical review of a century of musical theater inspired by Shakespeare, features music from "Kiss Me, Kate!", "The Boys from Syracuse", "West Side Story" and more.


August 14

The Jazz Age Revival at Christopher Columbus Park with Boston Swing Central - The Jazz Age was a golden age, with prohibition, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, and the birth of Jazz.  Boston Swing Central will try to recapture some of that spirit and energy as they present the Jazz Age Revival at Christopher Columbus Park. The evening will kick-off with a free hour-long dance lesson. The lesson is open to all who want to learn how to cut a rug to the hot jazz of this gilded and glorious era. You might even learn a little Charleston too!

After which, The Easy Winners band will bring everything into full swing with their red hot jazz.  Fronted by drummer Phil McGowan, the Easy Winners are a crowd favorite at Boston Swing Central's Charlestown dance hall, the Crosby Whistle Stop.  All are encouraged to bust out your Straw Boaters, Flapper dresses, Cloche hats, bow ties, etc for a gala in the park worthy of Gatsby himself. If you don't have any of this period garb, don't worry, just bring your happy feet!


August 21

Boston Opera Collaborative - Join BOC as Boston's finest up-and-coming young artists perform arias and scenes from the operatic canon from 6-7pm.

Tríne Chéile featuring Rosemary Caine - A mixed media eclectic Celtic band with an emphasis on arrangements of music from the ancient Celtic to cutting edge contemporary from 7-8pm.


August 28

Annie Royer - Annie Royer will perform French Cabaret songs, which will include some Edith Piaf, Jacque Brel and Cabaret Repertoire.


For further information visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts or call (617) 635-3911

Find information on all the exciting events and activities happening this summer in downtown Boston, the neighborhoods and the Harbor Islands @summerboston



About Commonwealth Shakespeare Company - Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is dedicated to performing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions that are presented free of charge to Boston’s diverse communities, and to educating Boston’s youth not only about Shakespeare but also about their own potential for creativity.

About Boston Swing Central - Boston Swing Central is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Charlestown, MA dedicated to promoting and ensuring the continued existence of the Lindy Hop and related dances.   The Lindy Hop is an American form of swing dancing that originated in the ballrooms of Harlem during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s.  The group runs volunteer activities, lessons, and numerous dances in the Boston community.  It' flagship evening is on Friday nights, where they feature live jazz music from the 20s, 30s, and 40s and social dancing in their studio.  All dance levels are welcome, and there is even a lesson for beginners that start at 8-9pm before social dancing. It is consistently rated the best swing dance in Boston with a 4 1/2 star rating on Yelp, and the group has been featured in the Boston Globe, the Phoenix, the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge, and the Charlestown Patch.

About Boston Opera Collaborative - Boston Opera Collaborative is a company managed by its vibrant artists, dedicated to cultivating exceptional performance opportunities beyond higher education and to producing dynamic opera that engages Boston audiences.

About Tríne Chéile - Tríne Chéile was formed by local Irish harpist, Rosemary Caine. Caine’s original full-length musical, Wilde Irish Women, premiered to a full house at the Dundalk Theatre Festival in Ireland in 2004. She also composed the music for another musical, Women In Arms, which explores the role of women in the medieval Irish text, Táin Bó Cúailnge. Tríne Chéile’s lively quintet includes long-standing band member Jim Ferry on bass and vocals; guitarist, collaborator, and arranger of Caine’s music, Michael Morgan; percussionist and band philosopher Rob Terreden; and cellist Robin

Pfoutz. Tríne Chéile plays an eclectic Celtic mix with an emphasis on arrangements of music from the ancient Celtic to cutting edge contemporary.

About Annie Royer - Annie Royer is a native of Paris (France), settled in Boston, Massachusetts, for ten years, and now resident of Palm Beach, Florida. She has been captivating audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with her musical and dramatic talents and her Gallic charm.

Her repertoire ranges from her specialty – soulful and haunting renditions of cabaret songs à la Edith Piaf - to other popular French tunes (Chevalier, Montant, Trenet, Mistinguette, Becaud, Aznavour), and lively performances of Broadway and Jazz favorites.

About the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events - The Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events is responsible for advancing the arts, tourism and culture in the city of Boston by providing advocacy, support, promotional and technical assistance, and by producing special events and public celebrations that reflect the city's rich diversity.

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