Groton School hosting free concerts

Local private school to kickoff Gammons Concert Series this month

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GROTON – Local residents and those with wide-ranging music tastes can enjoy a whole year’s worth of live music at the Groton School’s Gammons Concert Series, set to start on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

The series will showcase the skills of the school’s music faculty consisting of composers, recording artists and soloists. The performances will take place in the Edward B. Gammons Recital Hall inside the local private school’s schoolhouse on Farmers Road. All five concerts scheduled for the series are free and open to the public.

The opening concert will feature musicians including Robert Baughmah, Jamie Dunphy, Mary Ann Lanier, Soo Lee-Martone, and Aaron Packard. The players will be performing songs written by everyone from Bach to Cyndi Lauper.

The next performance is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. and will feature the Grammy-nominated Thoreau Piano Trio consisting of Susan Jensen on the violin, Darry Dolezal on the cello and Paul Jacobs on the piano.

Sunday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. will host Songs of the Other, a showcase of Balkan music and its impact on history. The event will feature Sylvie Zakarian on the marimba and Daniela Tošić on the mezzo-soprano.

Soprano singer Mary Ann Lanier will perform for the series on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. singing heartwarming and heartbreaking songs of love. She’ll be backed by the music of Boston composer Graham Gordon Ramsay and Nicholas Lanier, the first man to be named Master of the Kings’s Music in the 17th century.

The finale of the series, Crocodile River Music, will take place on Thursday, Apr. 30 at 7 p.m. with a collection of dancers, singers and musicians sharing African culture. Performers include Issa Coulibaly on djembe and Balla Kouyaté on balafon, who was the 2019-2020 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow.