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Thursday, March 14, Celtic Feast, Avon
Diane sings wonderful Celtic songs with guitar and dulcimer. Avon Council on Aging, 65 East Main Street. 1:30 pm.
Saturday, March 16, Celtic Celebration, Abington
Lovely melodies from Ireland and Scotland, on guitar and dulcimer, plus some delightful Irish stories. Abington Public Library, 600 Gliniewicz Way, Ablington. 3:00 pm.
Saturday, March 23, Wicked Revelry, Lexington
The Lexington Historical Society Colonial Singers and friends will once again perpetrate an evening of fun, set among the lowlife of 18th-century London. Sing along to amusing ditties of questionable taste, sample punch and other spirited libations, nibble Colonial-era savories, and then sit back and watch the fur fly in Diane's abridged production of The Beggar's Opera. This darkly satirical play was written in 1728, and we have not yet found the top over which we can take it. Dress in your scruffiest beggarly outfit and wear a coating of soot if you want to blend in.
Lexington Depot, Depot Square, Lexington Center. 7:00 pm. This event usually sells out; reservations at www.lexingtonhistory.org.
Sunday, March 31, Madrigals to Welcome Spring, Jamaica Plain
Vox Lucens, in which I sing soprano or alto, will join with the chamber choir Carduus for an afternoon of madrigals. More house party than concert, with refreshments and time to mingle with the performers.
Taylor House, 50 Burroughs Street, Boston (Jamaica Plain). 2:00 pm. Suggested donation, $20.
Singing the Past to Life, Tuesdays in April, Framingham
Diane will be part of the Spring course offerings at Adventures in Lifelong Learning, a collaboration between Framingham State University and the Framingham Public Library. "Singing the Past to Life" will run each Tuesday morning for four weeks in April, exploring American music and its relationship to momentous events from Colonial days to the freedom movements of the 1950s and 60s.
Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington Street. Visit framinghamlibrary.org for registration details.
Monday, May 13, Open-Mic Feature, Lincoln
Enjoy an intimate set in a beautiful room at the Lincoln Library, 3 Bedford Road. 7:00 pm; I sing at 8:30.
Sunday, May 26, The Amazing Grace of Elizabeth Freeman, Monterey
For the ninth straight year, Diane opens the season at Bidwell House, a wonderful museum in the Berkshires. We explore the times of Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mum Bet, who sued for her freedom in a Stockbridge court in 1781. Her victory set a precedent that led to the end of slavery in Massachusetts. The program includes compelling songs that Bet surely knew and probably sang.
Bidwell House, 100 Art School Road, Monterey.