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Want to liven up your holiday season? The Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums is presenting a free Scottish Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 16, at 3:00 pm at Trinity Church in Menlo Park. The concert includes Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish fiddlers, and carols. There will be guest appearances by the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers and the Piedmont Highlanders Dancing School.

Menlo Park residents Karen and Bill Muir are members of the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers. “I play violin (ie: fiddle)  and Bill plays guitar,” emailed Karen (pictured, blue and green tartan).  “Our daughter Amanda also plays violin. She is away at college, but may possibly be able to join our group for the performance since she will be home from college for winter break.

“I’m classically trained and have been playing since 5th grade. I play in a local group called the New Millennium Chamber Orchestra, which is where I met Colyn Fischer. He is the concertmaster for the orchestra, but also leads the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers.

“Bill and I joined the fiddlers about four years ago, along with our daughter. It has really been a lot of fun. It not only opened me up to an entire new playing style, but it also was something our family could participate in together. Well, our son Erik doesn’t play with us, but three out of our isn’t bad!”

Photo courtesy of Shauna Picket-Gordon, co director of the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers

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Kitka concert at St. Bede’s on Dec. 10 coincides with release of holiday album

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Women’s vocal ensemble, Kitka, will bring its annual Wintersongs tour to St Bede’s Church in Menlo Park on Dec. 10, playing new holiday music from the recently-released CD titled Evening Star along with unusual seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. In celebration of their new CD, Kitka dedicates this year’s […]

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Listen to traditional Hawaiian music from Hiram Kaailua Bell on Dec. 9

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Multi-talented musician Hiram Kaailau Bell promises a performance of traditional Hawaiian music, as well as other styles of music that are innovative and not what you might expect to hear from an ukulele, on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11:00 to noon at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.). He will even take […]

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Menlo School holding benefit to purchase instruments for North Bay fire victims

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There are about 100 students in the Rincon Valley Unified School District in Santa Rosa, who have lost their homes and all their belongings. The students can no longer play music because they have lost their instruments in the fires as well. Menlo School’s musicians are collecting funds to help these students purchase beginner level […]

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Sinfonietta Orchestra performs its Fall Classic Concert on Nov. 18

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The Sinfonietta Orchestra, under the baton of conductor John Eells, kicks off its 2017-18 Season at the Fall Classic Concert on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. Works to be performed include: Haydn Symphony No. 104 (“London Symphony”), Copland Music from “Our Town,” Beethoven Overture to “Consecration of the […]

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Spotted: Laurel School Chorus serenading the Sisters at Oakwood Retirement Center

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Recently, the Laurel School Chorus performed at Oakwood Retirement Center, a community for retired nuns in Atherton. “This was a great community outreach opportunity for the students,” said choir director Rachel Bergeron. “The students did a great job preparing and performing, and the residents of Oakwood really appreciated hearing our students sing.” The Laurel School […]

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Music@Menlo presents the Montrose Trio on Nov. 12

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Virtuoso pianist Jon Kimura Parker and former Tokyo String Quartet members, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith, perform a program of Shostakovich, Beethoven, and Brahms that offers an opportunity to hear the youthful craftsmanship of these composers’ first piano trios. The program, beginning at 6:00 pm, includes: Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975) Piano Trio no. 1 […]

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Next house concert at Dala’s Nest features Wendy Waller on Oct. 21

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Willows neighborhood resident Aimée Campbell is a self-described “lifelong lover of live music.”  Since 2014 she’s hosted house concerts at her venue called Dala’s Nest, featuring local artists playing a variety of musical genres. “Events at Dala’s Nest bring diverse music to the community at no cost to the artists,” she said. This Saturday, Oct. […]

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Finish folk pop duo, Vellamo, appears in Menlo Park on Oct. 21

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In Finnish mythology, Vellamo is the goddess of the sea. In the world of music, Vellamo is the performing & songwriting team of Pia Leinonen and Joni Tiala. Their music is characterized by haunting melodies, ethereal vocals, and virtuosic guitar styling. They write instantly-memorable songs in English as well as in their native Finnish, and […]

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Peter and Will Anderson Trio will appear at M-A PAC on Sept. 23

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The Peter and Will Anderson Trio will be performing at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 pm as part of the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance’s 25th anniversary celebration. Tickets are available online. The Anderson Twins Trio, featuring Peter and Will Anderson, have been called “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,”,= by the […]

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Freddy Clarke makes music for a wobbly world

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Musician Freddy Clarke got our attention at a summer concert in Fremont Park when he greeted the audience by proclaiming: “Hi, I’m Freddy Clarke from Menlo Park.” Indeed, the lifelong singer, songwriter, guitarist and band leader has been a resident of Menlo for the past four decades. A converted garage serves as his studio; his […]

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