The Four Freshmen perform crooning harmonies at the Stoneham Theatre

The Four Freshmen — Bob Ferreira, Vince Johnson, Curtis Calderon, and Brian Eichenberger (left to right) — perform at the Stoneham Theatre Saturday and next Sunday.
The Four Freshmen — Bob Ferreira, Vince Johnson, Curtis Calderon, and Brian Eichenberger (left to right) — perform at the Stoneham Theatre Saturday and next Sunday.

FROSH FEATURED: Somerville native, Bob Ferreira, is returning to the Stoneham Theatre Saturday and next Sunday as a member of The Four Freshmen.  

Cofounded by Bob Flanigan  in the late 1940s, The group has featured numerous vocalists over six decades.

The current group — Ferreira, Brian Eichenberger, Curtis Calderon, and Vince Johnson — has been together longer than any other class of Freshmen. They performed at the Stoneham Theatre last year to sold-out crowds.


Ferreira has been with the group for 20 years as bass voice and percussionist.

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“I joined the Freshmen in 1992 as two members were retiring,” Ferreira said. “I was very excited to be a part of such a musically inspirational group. The best analogy I’ve been able to come up with is this: It’s like a sports team that started in 1948. The players have changed but it’s an organization that has been continually working.”

When the group — which performs crooning harmonies — is not appearing around the world, it spends time in the recording studio.

It has produced more than 100 records and 70 top-selling singles, and has received six Grammy nominations.

The latest recording is “Love Songs,” featuring classics such as “Stardust,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” and “On the Street Where You Live.”


“These are all songs the Freshmen never recorded,” Ferreira said. “But people who know the sound will recognize most of them as if coming from that golden era. That’s what we wanted to capture.”

Along with songs from the new album, the Freshmen will perform many of their hits such as “It’s a Blue World,” “Day By Day,” and “Graduation Day” at the Stoneham Theatre concert.

There are two performances only, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday.

Tickets are $50, $55 for VIP seating. Call 781-279-2200 or visit

FOLK TRADITION: Atwater-Donnelly  has been performing a mix of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry, for 25 years.


The duo blend vocals with an array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, and more.

Aubrey Atwater  and Elwood Donnelly,  who are married, also join with other musicians to perform as the Atwater-Donnelly Band. 

The band performs at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse  in First Congregational Church of Rockport at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to Atwater and Donnelly, the band includes Cathy Clasper-Torch  on violin, cello, and piano; John and Heidi Cerrigione  on upright bass and autoharp; and Irish step-dancer and percussionist Kevin Doyle

Advance tickets are $12. Suggested donation at the door is $14, $9 age 65 and older, $5 for younger than 18, and $28 for a family. Visit  

This is a Warm Clothes-Warm Hearts event: bring a gently used coat, jacket, hat, or gloves for donation to an area homeless shelter and receive a free drink as a thank-you.

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Author and lecturer Sean McDonough presents “There and Back Again and Beyond: Exploring the Meaning in J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ ” from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library. McDonough discusses what makes the journey so compelling and how it connects with the deeper history of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

“Far from being an escape from reality, Tolkien’s works can be seen as an escape to reality,” said McDonough.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: The annual “50 under 50” exhibit at The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell starts Wednesday and runs through Jan. 27. An opening reception with the artists is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit features works by the collaborative gallery’s 50 artists, all priced under $50. Mediums include pottery, sculpture, and more. . . . Swampscott Arts Association  members are exhibiting at the Grosvenor Park Gallery in Salem Saturday through Jan. 31. An opening reception is 3 to 5 p.m. next Sunday.

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