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Glen Miller Orchestra playing in Wolfeboro on July 31

WOLFEBORO — The Great Waters Music Festival will welcome The Glenn Miller Orchestra to Wolfeboro when they appear at The Kingswood Arts Center Friday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. Great Waters will be honoring all World War II veterans with two free tickets to this performance.

Glenn Miller disappeared on Dec. 15, 1944. The bandleader went down over the English Channel on a flight from London to Paris at the height of his popularity. In September 1942, just prior to going into the army, he had disbanded his famous orchestra and eventually formed the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band to entertain the servicemen.

Not long before he enlisted, he nosed-out Tommy Dorsey, the "Best Sweet Band" in the Downbeat poll. His recordings of In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and Tuxedo Junction were all major hit records. Miller played to sell out crowds, and his music constantly dominated the airways.

On Dec. 15, Miller took off in an ancient, single engine plane to precede his band to Paris. The weather was foreboding. Not very confident, he said to the pilot, "Maybe we out to call this off?" The flight officer ribbed him about his fear of flying, "Do you want to live forever?"

Now, over 60 years since the public first embraced the successful Miller Sound, both the legend and the music live on. The Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most sought after big band in the world today for both concert and dance engagements.

The Miller Estate formed the present Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1956 following strong popular demand aroused as a result of the successful motion picture, "The Glenn Miller Story," starring James Stewart and June Allyson. The band has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year around the globe to millions of fans.

The performance is sponsored by Fidelity Investments and Steve and Carol Bush of Maxfield Real Estate.

The Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding musical performances to people living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Thanks to all who have contributed to this organization, it is able to provide high quality musical performances at reasonable prices. Information and tickets for all performances are available at the office at 15 Varney Road in Wolfeboro, by calling 603-569-7710, or online at www.greatwaters.org. Ticket prices for this performance are $55, $40, $30 and $20.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 07:23

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Jonathan Edwards returning to Great Waters on July 25

WOLFEBORO — The Great Waters Music Festival will welcome Jonathan Edwards back to Wolfeboro when he appears at Anderson Hall on Saturday, July 25. Marina Evans will lead off the evening starting at 7:30.

Born in Minnesota, Edwards is a musician and singer-songwriter who has worked the folk scene for over four decades.

Following a brief time at Ohio University where he studied art, Edwards left school and moved to Boston. With Joe Dolce on lead guitar, they appeared under various names such as Sugar Creek, Finite Minds and Headstone Circus.

His first album, Jonathan Edwards, reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sunshine, a replacement song on the album, quickly made its way to the top five on national charts and earned him a gold record. His second album, Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy, released in 1972, was inspired by his life on a farm in western Massachusetts. Since then he has lived in a variety of places including Nova Scotia, New Hampshire, Virginia and lately, Maine.

In the mid-seventies his old friend Emmy Lou Harris invited him to sing backup on her album Elite Hotel which led to a contract for him with Warner Bros. Records. The result was two more albums: Rockin' Chair and Sailboat. In 1987, inspired by the birth of his daughter, he recorded a children's album, Little Hands: Songs for and About Children, which was selected by the National Library Association as a "notable children's recording". The album is a mix of American folk songs and original compositions. In addition to his singing-songwriting, Edwards has played the lead in the touring Broadway musical production of Pump Boys and Dinettes.

The nineties found Edwards with his own label, his first solo album in five years, and an appearance in the Back to the Future Tour with Don McLean, Tom Rush, Jesse Colin Young, Steve Forbert and Al Stewart. He also scored the music for the 1996 film The Mouse, produced albums for Cheryl Wheeler, signed Lisa McCormack and Simon Townshend to his new label and released his own album, Man in the Moon, which featured several of his new originals.

His long career has always involved a great deal of travelling and in 2001 he became host of Cruising America's Waterways, a documentary series produced for PBS. In this series he travelled by boat on waterways throughout the United States, playing music in and out of all the scenes and doing The Concert at Sackets Harbor.

Leading off the show will be singer/songwriter Marina Evans. Her sound combines strong, sultry vocals with unusual melodies and insightful lyrics. Evans' drive, passion, and versatility are just as evident in her songs--which navigate a range of genres, from folk to pop to rock and roll--as they are in her track record: since 2011 she has independently released 3 original EPs and a full length album, toured across the U.S., to London, and to Italy (where she recorded 3 of her releases), been featured on local, regional, and internet radio, and she has earned two consecutive nominations for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards (2014 and 2015).

This Great Waters performance is being sponsored by Fidelity Investments and TD Bank. Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding musical performances to people living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Thanks to all who have contributed to this organization, it is able to provide high quality musical performances at reasonable prices with tickets for this event at $30, $20 and $12. Information and tickets for all performances are available at the office at 15 Varney Road in Wolfeboro, by calling 603-569-7710, or online at www.greatwaters.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 06:52

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Great Waters Chorus & Orchestra present Best of Broadway on July 18

WOLFEBORO — On Saturday, July 18 Great Waters Music festival will present The Best of Broadway at 7:30 p.m. at the Kingswood Arts Center in Wolfeboro. Under the direction of conductor Christopher Shepard, the Great Waters Chorus and Orchestra will perform hits from Broadway shows Mame, 42nd Street, Oliver, Anything Goes, Titanic and West Side Story. This year, the chorus will feature soloist Lauren Jelencovich.

Jelencovich has already garnered great acclaim for her portrayals of opera and musical theatre roles throughout the United States and abroad. She is currently on tour with Yanni as his featured vocalist and can be seen and heard on his DVDs, CDs, and PBS Specials, including Yanni: Live at El Morro! Lauren is featured on his latest album, Inspirato, singing the song Usignolo (Nightingale) alongside other artists such as Plácido Domingo and Renèe Fleming. She made her Off-Broadway debut in The Music Teacher and at Opera Theatre of St. Louis in A Little Night Music, directed by Isaac Mizrahi. She has performed at venues such as Radio City Music Hall, the Burj Khalifa, the Kremlin, Carnegie Hall, Nokia Theatre Live in Los Angeles, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and the Santa Barbara Bowl. Lauren has won competitions such as Ed McMahon's Star Search and Andrea Bocelli's World Scholarship. She was featured in People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People and Teen Magazine. Lauren is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Her solo album, Wildest Dreams, can be bought on iTunes or through her website www.laurenjelencovich.com

This Great Waters performance is being sponsored by Fidelity Investments. Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding musical performances to people living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Thanks to all who have contributed to this organization, it is able to provide high quality musical performances at reasonable prices with tickets for this event ranging from $20 to $50. Information and tickets for all performances are available at the office at 15 Varney Road in Wolfeboro, by calling 603-569-7710, or online at www.greatwaters.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 04:35

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NASWA celebrates 80th year with weekend-long party

LACONIA — In 2010 Governor John Lynch declared June 29th as NASWA Day to proclaim The NASWA's 75 years in business in New Hampshire. On June 26-29 The NASWA will be celebrating and its 80th Anniversary and the 6th Annual NASWA Day with a weekend packed full of fun family activities.

The Mix 94.1 Channel Marine Weekend Kickoff Party is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 26. There will be live music from 5 to 9 p.m.
Ib Saturday, June 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. DJ Terry Moran will be getting the party going. At 9:30 there will be a fireworks show  off the NASWA docks put on by Atlas Pyro Vision.
On Sunday, June 28, The NASWA will host its 80th birthday party with face painting on the beach from 4 to 6. From 4 to 8, enjoy live music by Groove Alliance Band and plenty of birthday cake. There will also be a chance to win a NASWA vacation.
On Monday, June 29 the NazBar will open at 3 p.m. with live entertainment from High Attitude.

The NASWA has been at Weirs Beach for 80 years. Greek immigrants James and Fanny Salta started The NASWA in 1935, as a spring water company. The business soon developed into cottages and over the years grew into what it is today, the biggest beachfront resort on Lake Winnipesaukee. The NASWA represents three generations of hospitality, with standards that were set high from the beginning.
Owner and granddaughter of James and Yaya, Hope Makris celebrated her 90th birthday this year, she started working in the family business when she was 10. Hope received the Granite State Award from the University of New Hampshire for outstanding achievements and extraordinary contributions to the State of New Hampshire.
The family business continues to be lead by Hope's youngest daughter Cynthia Makris. "It's truly a triple celebration in 2015, the NASWA turns 80, my mother turns 90 and the NazBar turns 35."
The NazBar started as a little hut and has now grown into and iconic destination on Lake Winnipesaukee..

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:23

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