GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

June 13, 2013

Around Cape Ann: Temple set to host 'Pharaoh's Daughter':

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — Call it “the Middle East meets Hasidic Brooklyn.”

That’s the description of a unique musical event that’s called the Pharaoh’s Daughter concert. And it’s scheduled for a week from tonight — June 20 — at 7 p.m. at Temple Ahavat Achim at 86 Middle St. in Gloucester.

The program features a blend of music from the United States through Arab lands to India, China, and beyond.

Lead singer Basya Schechter has cultivated the group’s distinctive sound through her extensive travel. Her music combines Middle Eastern instruments such as the oud and the saz with western percussion, flute and strings to offer a rich and original sound.

Pharaoh’s Daughter has toured all over the world, including stages such as Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Admission is $10/TAA member and $15 for general admission. For more information call Natalia at 978- 281-0739 or visit www.taagloucester.org.

That Pharaoh’s Daughter concert may not be until next week, but there are many other events on the Cape Ann arts and entertainment calendar this weekend as well:

‘Livin’ on Luck returns

The band Livin’ on Luck makes a return appearance at Giuseppe’s Restaurant, Blackburn Tavern Building in Gloucester on Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The band is made up of Rockport residents Ann (vocals) and Tom O’Donnell (guitar and vocals); and Marblehead’s Josh Bevans (bass); and Lexington’s Robert Cedrone (guitar and vocals).

The band has had years of experience playing classic rock tunes in the Boston area. The performance is free.

Youth orchestra auditions

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras will hold auditions on Saturday for the 2013-2014 concert season.

Musicians who are not available on that date can be accommodated for an alternate time during the summer.

Music students from throughout the region are invited to register to audition for any of its ensembles: symphony orchestra for high school, wind ensemble for advanced wind players, intermezzo orchestra for middle school, overture and prelude orchestras for elementary and middle school string players, junior flute choir for middle school, flute choir for high school flutists and select flute choir for advanced high school flutists.

Musicians interested in auditioning should visit the website at www.nmyo.org where one can find the audition requirements for each ensemble as well as registration information. There is a $25 audition fee for new musicians. All questions can be directed to auditions@nmyo.org or (978)309-9833.

Strisik Gallery opens

The Paul Strisik Gallery will open for the season on June 15 from 1 p.m to 5 pm. Paintings on view will feature oils and watercolors of New England, the Southwest and Europe. The gallery is at 10 Main St. in Rockport. For more information visit www.paulstrisik.com.

Block party dates

The Downtown Gloucester Block Parties will be held July 21, Aug. 17 and Sept. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. when Main Street transforms into an entertainment mall with live performances, al fresco dining, stores open until 11 p.m. and Kids’ Town for the youngsters.

Block Party organizers have announced Will Hunt as the parties’ new artistic director. Hunt is a skilled musician familiar with performers from Cape Ann and beyond.

He has also equipped and been technical director for Block Party stages. Hunt contributes innovative vitality to the Block Parties.

“I’m pleased to take on the role of artistic director this year. I’m planning some exciting new bands and performers as well as favorites from previous years,” he said. Chief organizer Valerie Marcley said that Hunt has the talent and knowledge to make this an even better event.

Lucinda Seigel has accepted the post of Merchant Liaison, helping the stores organize for the three parties. Those who wish to perform can contact Hunt at: whuntrock@gmail.com.

Orville Giddings in concert

Orville Giddings will perform Saturday at the One World Coffeehouse held at the First Universalist Church at 9 Main St. in Essex.

Giddings has been playing guitar and singing for more than 35 years. In addition to a choice selection of material from throughout the 20th century, he adds his own unique songwriting to the mix.

For reservations, call 978-768- 3690. Tickets are $15.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.