Contemporary Celtic band Runa performs in Gloucester

WitchPitch?, Salem High School’s co-ed a cappella group, performs tonight at Marblehead Little Theater at 7:30.

MUSIC IN ROCKPORT: The ensemble Runa returns to the Old Sloop Coffeehouse in Rockport on Friday to present a different twist on traditional and new Celtic music.

Formed in the summer of 2008, the group draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its members. The repertoire includes both highly energetic tunes and graceful, acoustic melodies, and blends music from Ireland, Scotland, the Shetland Islands, Canada, and the US.

Members of Runa have played with Solas, Riverdance, the Guy Mendilow Band, and others.


Band members include vocalist Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia; guitarist Fionán de Barra, born in Dublin; drummer Cheryl Prashker of Canada; and fiddler Tomoko Omura of Japan. The band often performs with world-renowned guest musicians, including Isaac Alderson, on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles.

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Runa recently released its second album, “Stretched on Your Grave.’’

The coffeehouse is located at the First Congregational Church. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and available at The suggested donation at the door is $12; $7 for senior citizens; $5 for younger than 18; $24 for a family. There is on-site babysitting during concerts.

Call 978-546-3551 or visit

CHORAL CONCERT: The UMass Lowell Chamber Singers will join the Polymnia Choral Society in song on Saturday at St. Mary’s Church in Melrose.


Under the direction of Murray Kidd, the concert features soprano soloist Evangelia Leontis; baritone soloist Thann Scoggin; and a chamber orchestra.

The major work of the concert is the Fauré Requiem. Other music will include songs by Fauré’s pupil, Maurice Ravel, and Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine.’’

The Chamber Singers are the premiere vocal ensemble at UMass Lowell. Polymnia is made up of about 70 singers from cities and towns north of Boston. The nonprofit was founded in Wakefield in 1953 and has been based in Melrose since 1956. It presents concerts ranging from sacred hymns and classical music to popular show tunes.

Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25; $15 for students and senior citizens; $5 for children 12 and younger.



AND A LITTLE A CAPPELLA, TOO: WitchPitch?, Salem High School’s co-ed a cappella group, performs at Marblehead Little Theater tonight.

The group has won the New England semifinal of the International Championship for High School A Cappella (ICHSA) the past two years and performs regularly in the region.

WitchPitch? is traveling to New York City at the end of April to compete in the ICHSA finals.

The 16 members of the group are Nate Bertone, Pat Dunning, Jabari Tovar, Austin Sholds, Derek Dupuis, Joe Forristall, Nathaniel Oscar, Kyle Doherty, Carter Fitzgerald, Meryl Schultz, Kim Barzola, Emily Kent, Lisbeth Ramos, Catherine Majeski, Sara Hammond, and Xhulia Kanani.

Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 students. Visit

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Fletcher Wortmann discusses his new book, “Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,’’ at Book Ends in Winchester at 7 p.m. March 28. Wortmann, who grew up in Winchester, writes about living with and learning to manage his OCD. He said the book also “has a lot to say about bringing children’s mental health issues, OCD in particular, out of the shadows so that symptoms can be identified, treatment sought, and suffering alleviated.’’

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: An exhibit featuring the art of William C. Turner, Toni DeRuntz, and Monika Roglic is at the 263 Art Gallery in Nashua through March. Turner’s paintings are inspired by New England and natural and mechanical “horsepower.’’ DeRuntz presents a variety of paintings. Roglic’s specialty is hand painting oils, acrylics, and watercolors on silk, which is wearable art. “Childhood and Memory,’’ an exhibit of retro-themed art, is at Time & Tide Fine Art in Ipswich Tuesday through May 6. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. “Some artists have created pieces that evoke different times and places through literal images; others have taken a more abstract approach,’’ said gallery director Kristina Brendel.