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The Cape Ann Big Band brings energy to Shalin Liu in Rockport

Dana Cohen plays trombone with the Cape Ann Big Band and is on the board of the symphony.

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Dana Cohen plays trombone with the Cape Ann Big Band and is on the board of the symphony.

A MUSICAL HELPING HAND: The Cape Ann Big Band will perform jazz, swing, and rock ’n’ roll at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Saturday.

The concert is a fund-raiser for the nonprofit Cape Ann Symphony and was organized by Dana Cohen of Gloucester, who plays trombone with the band and serves on the symphony’s board.

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“I am thrilled to be able to bring the high energy and musical talents of the Big Band to the Shalin Liu Performance Center to benefit the symphony,” said Cohen, who plans events and fund-raisers for the orchestra.

The band was formed in December 2010 when director Carlos Menezes Jr. joined with friends and fellow musicians Paula Burns, Shawn Lowe, Mike Lentini, and Rick Geraghty to discuss the potential of starting a 17-piece big band. The dream quickly became a reality.

“One of the great joys of the ensemble is the generational diversity among its members,” said Menezes. “Music is a worldwide language that connects people with community and penetrates the soul of both listener and performer.

“This is the very experience that the band strives to deliver through its powerhouse performances,” he continued. “Although it is not a community band in the sense of membership, it strives to connect the community through open rehearsals and public performance.”

A post-concert reception in the center’s upstairs function room will feature the mother-daughter duo of Wendy Betts on piano and Brittany Betts on trumpet and flugelhorn.

Since 2006, Wendy Betts, of Rockport, has been the music director for the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus. She is a voice teacher and choral director, as well as the organist and director of music arts at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield.

Brittany Betts, now based in Memphis, is a renowned jazz vocalist and musician.

The reception includes light refreshments and a cash bar.

The Cape Ann Big Band concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. The reception immediately follows; admission is $15.

Both events benefit the Cape Ann Symphony. Call 978-546-7391 or visit rockportmusic.org.

HOMETOWN BOY: When 13-year-old Kevin G. Moore discovered folk music at The Linden Tree Coffeehouse in Wakefield in 1988, he was spurred on to perform.

He quickly began singing at coffeehouses around Boston and then throughout New England.

Moore spent 10 years in Alaska writing, recording, and performing songs about life and the struggles that come along with it.

After moving back to the Boston area in 2007, he has been appearing in New England, New York, and elsewhere at coffeehouses, cafes, clubs, bars, festivals, and private functions.

His repertoire includes traditional folk tunes and blues and original songs, even one about the Linden Tree Coffeehouse.

Moore, of Wakefield, is returning to the Linden Tree for a concert Saturday that is also a live recording session.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is at the Unitarian-Universalist Church on Main Street. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Call 781-246-2836 or visit lindentreecoffeehouse.org.

AUTHORS’ CORNER: In her book “The Seasons of Cherokee’s Life,” Sandra Roberts of Winthrop tells the story of a dog’s deep bond with his human companion as he walks beside her, watching her transform into the courageous and independent woman he has always believed her to be. The book, told in the voice of the dog, Cherokee, reveals the healing powers that animals possess and the life-changing influence they can have on the human experience.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: The Nave Gallery in Somerville presents “Linear Notions,” featuring the work of Adria Arch and Francis Domec, through next Sunday. The show is a dialogue between two artists absorbed with shape, color, and line. Arch is a mixed-media artist whose work features strong graphic elements and vivid color. Domec creates collages and drawings that explore elements of transformation in nature. . . . “Translucence,” an exhibit of a variety of glass works, is at Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester through Feb. 25. The glass artists include Chris Watts, Keith Cerone, Matthew Cronin, Evan Voelbel, Aron Leaman, and Toby Helene Walters. Also on display are Debbie Clark’s works on glass layered with paint, pen, gold, and silver leaf; Judy Robinson-Cox’s black and white photographs; Linda Cordner’s encaustics; Otto Laske’s digital photography; and a special collection of jewelry by Beth Williams.

Items can be sent to wdkilleen@gmail.com.
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