Fiddle with local flavor

“Mountains of the Sky,’’ photographs by David Saums, is on display at The Provident Bank’s Amesbury branches through April 27.

FIDDLE WITH LOCAL FLAVOR: “Fiddle and Folk Music in the Sanctuary’’ will be presented at the Winchester Unitarian Society on Friday.

Fiddler and singer LissaSchneckenburger, along with guitarist Bethany Waickman and accordion player Dan Gurney, perform new and traditional New England dance tunes.

Raised in a small town in Maine, Schneckenburger began playing fiddle at age 6. She soon went on to study with fiddler Greg Boardman and play with the Maine Country Dance Orchestra.


By high school, she was playing concerts on her own, specializing in New England dance tunes that combine local influences with those from the British Isles and Quebec.

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She was influenced by fiddle camps, where she had a chance to learn from and play with a variety of musicians.

In 2001, Schneckenburger graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in contemporary improvisation.

She since has been performing around the United States and internationally.

She’s recorded five solo CDs and worked on three others with various groups.


Her most recent project is a pair of CDs aimed at reintroducing some largely forgotten New England songs, which she discovered through archival research at the University of Maine and elsewhere. “Song’’ contains 10 ballads that go as far back as the 18th century, but which have been set to modern arrangements by Schneckenburger.

“There is currently a lot of focus on traditional American music from the South and many bands are exploring and recording that repertoire, but no one is getting to hear all the amazing traditional music from the North,’’ she said. “This is my attempt at getting some of that music out there for people to enjoy.’’

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Suggested donation is $15; $10 for senior citizens; $5 for teens and children. Call 781-729-0949; for directions, visit

BRING ON BEETHOVEN: The Cape Ann Symphony continues its 60th anniversary season with “The Glory of Beethoven’’ in Gloucester Sunday.

Under the musical direction of Yoichi Udagawa, the orchestra performs an all-Beethoven program, including Piano Concerto No. 4., Prometheus Overture, and Symphony No. 8.


Guest pianist Charles Floyd joins the orchestra for his Cape Ann Symphony debut. He has performed in concert with more than 500 orchestras since 1991. He is also an annual guest conductor for the Boston Pops.

Floyd’s 11-year partnership with singer Natalie Cole produced many projects, including the Grammy Award-winning tribute to Nat King Cole, “Unforgettable: With Love;’’ the Emmy Award-winning PBS Great Performances concert video of the same title; and the Grammy-winning releases “Take a Look’’ and “Stardust.’’

Floyd is also a composer of pieces ranging from chamber music to large orchestral and vocal works.

The concert begins at 2 p.m. at the Fuller Auditorium, Blackburn Circle, Gloucester. Tickets are $35; $30 for senior citizens; $20 for young adults; free for children 12 and younger.

Call 978-281-0543 or visit

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Historian, playwright, and author David Kruh talks about the Red Sox at GAR Memorial Library in West Newbury at 7 p.m. Friday. He takes listeners back 100 years to the roots of Boston baseball and up to the present. Kruh is the creator, writer, and lyricist of the 2001 musical “The Curse of the Bambino’’ and a contributor to “Final Fenway Fiction,’’ an anthology of 18 works about the Red Sox. This is the third event of the West Newbury Friends of the Library Annual Spring Fling Speakers Series.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: Watercolors by Liz Filipancic are on display and for sale at Plum Island Coffee Roasters in Newburyport through the end of March. Filipancic, of Newburyport, began painting several years ago when she and her husband gave each other watercolor classes as Christmas gifts. “The love of painting exploded from there,’’ she said. She is inspired by flowers, landscapes, fruit, and vegetables. Her work has evolved from realistic to expressionistic, and she recently has been experimenting with color and size. . . . “Mountains of the Sky,’’ photographs by David Saums, is on display in the Lobby for the Arts at The Provident Bank’s two Amesbury branches through April 27. A reception with the artist is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Market Street branch. Saums uses manual exposure and focus, traditional films, and hand printing to create black-and-white images. Photos in the exhibit include local landscapes and his favorite subjects: railroads and lighthouses. Saums recently opened his own gallery in Amesbury.

Wendy Killeen can be reached at