Friday, November 25, 2016

In the News: The Nutcracker, New England Ringers

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The Franklin Performing Arts Company will present “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Franklin High School auditorium, 218 Oak St. 
The show will include a 27-piece orchestra and more than 100 area dancers. 
The production will feature a professional orchestra under the direction of Peter Cokkinias, who celebrates his 13th year as music director/conductor of FPAC’s Nutcracker orchestra. Guest artists Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys, company dancers with Festival Ballet Providence, will perform the roles of the sugar plum fairy and her cavalier. Rosario Guillen, a student of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, will dance the part of the nutcracker/prince, with Aaron Andrade, of Lincoln, Rhode Island, playing the role of Dr. Drosselmeyer. A choir will sing the ethereal choral parts that accompany the enchanting Snow Scene that closes the ballet’s first act."
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"1. Franklin Federated Church will host its annual Christmas concert Saturday.
2. After a two-year hiatus, this year's concert will feature the New England Ringers performing an arrangement of winter and Christmas melodies.
3. New England Ringers is a 15-member community handbell ensemble of musicians playing the most-advanced level of handbell literature.
4. New England Ringers performances are a blend of musical moods and styles. Their repertoire includes classical transcriptions, familiar favorites and original compositions."
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