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The Historic-Boston Edison neighborhood presents the 11th year of music concerts in the homes of our neighborhood.

We are happy to welcome you to our community for the 2021 edition of our house concert series featuring three performances with world-class musicians across multiple genres. The concert series is presented by the Historic Boston-Edison Association and Michelle May, Music Director of the Sounds of Music House Concerts™ organization. Tickets are $25. The address for the concerts will be given following ticket purchase.

SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 2021 2 PM - 3 PM
Classical Concert with Eliot Heaton, violin, and Nathaniel Pierce, cello.
(RAIN DATE SUNDAY JUNE 13, 2021 NOON - 1 PM)

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2021 7 PM - 8 PM
Jazz Concert with the Vincent Chandler Trio.
(RAIN DATE SUNDAY JULY 25 7 PM - 8 PM)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2021 7 PM - 8 PM
Blues Concert with Thornetta Davis.
(RAIN DATE SUNDAY AUGUST 15, 7 PM - 8 PM)

These will be one-hour concert events. You will be allowed to enter the backyard beginning 45 minutes before start time. In order to comply with the current health and safety guidelines, the following measures will be used for these concerts:

  • There will be VERY limited tickets available.
  • Tickets are only available in advance; no ticket sales "at the door".
  • NO food or drink will be provided, although you can bring your own, picnic-style. You must clean up and take your trash with you (don't forget trash bags).
  • NO entering the homes (not even for the bathroom, so please plan accordingly--there will be no outdoor bathroom facilities).
  • Wearing masks is REQUIRED of all attendees (even if fully vaccinated) and are to be removed only to eat and drink.
  • Seats will be appropriately socially distanced; at least six feet apart all around. Families of the same household or groups that are together may sit together picnic-style on the ground or in seated groups closer than six feet. Chairs will be provided, but you may bring your own if you'd like.
  • Concerts will have a rain date; there will be no "under-the-tent" seating.


2021 Concerts in Boston-Edison Season

Eliot Heaton & Nathaniel Pierce 

Violinist Eliot Heaton is the current Concertmaster of the Michigan Opera Theatre, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Saginaw Bay Symphony. He previously served as Concertmaster of the Terre Haute Symphony and Oberlin Symphony orchestras, and has played as guest Concertmaster with the Lansing Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.

Eliot has appeared as a soloist with a number of orchestras throughout the midwest, performing a wide variety of concertos from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. He also performs regularly on a number of chamber series, including Chamber Soloists of Detroit, the Scarab Club, New Music Detroit, the Geneva Music Festival, and Manchester Summer Chamber Music.

Eliot was a double major at Oberlin College and Conservatory, earning degrees in History and in violin performance, the latter with Professor Marilyn McDonald. He later received his Master of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying violin with Professor Kevork Mardirossian and completing an outside area specialty in jazz studies.

Nathaniel Pierce, cellist and tenor, is a highly active and multi-faceted musician. He has performed as a soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and has been a featured soloist with the Toledo, Dexter, Dearborn, Albany, Ann Arbor and Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphonies, as well as the University of Michigan and Indiana University Symphonies. As a recitalist, Nathaniel has performed his own innovative arrangements for cello and voice, and has collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists, such as Martin Katz and Amy Cheng. He is also a dedicated chamber musician, and has performed with Ayano Ninomiya, Jorja Fleezanis, David Halen, Yizhak Schotten, Steven Shipps, Martin Katz, Yehonatan Berick, among others.

In recent years, Nathaniel has won numerous competitions; he was a prize-winner in the Matinee Musicale Competition; he won both concerto competitions at the University of Michigan and Indiana University, and in 2008 he won the Louis Potter Cello Competition. In 2014, his quartet won the prestigious Kuttner Quartet Competition at Indiana University. Nathaniel has dedicated many projects to perform and feature compositions by renowned University of Michigan faculty composers, William Bolcom, Kristen Kuster, Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng, and Paul Schoenfield.

Nathaniel is a founding member of the Koinonia Piano Trio which has toured in Europe and in the United States. The trio recently was awarded the American Prize in the collegiate division, and has garnered numerous prizes, including first prize in the Briggs Chamber Music Competition, the Binkow Chamber Music Award, the EXCELerator Fellowship at the University of Michigan, and more.

Nathaniel started his cello studies with Guenther Grossman, and Anna Zinke at the Cottbus Conservatory in Germany, and has studied with Marianne Jakobovitz, Ulrike Schaeffer of the Peter Cornelius Conservatory in Mainz, Germany, and Erling Bloendal Bengtsson in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has studied voice with Alice and John Pierce, George Shirley, Andreas Poulimenos, David Daniels and Scott Piper. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance at the University of Michigan under the instruction of Richard Aaron, and completed his Master of Music degree with Brandon Vamos at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He completed his DMA degree under the tutelage of Anthony Elliott, cellist, Martin Katz, collaborative pianist, and Scott Piper, Professor of Voice, at the University of Michigan.


Vincent Chandler

Vincent Chandler, is a native Detroiter and protégé of one of the strongest eras of the Detroit jazz scene, having studied and/or performed with local heroes such as Donald Walden, Kenn Cox, Harold McKinney, Teddy Harris, Marcus Belgrave, Matt Michaels, Francisco Mora, Eddie Nuccilli, Wendall Harrison, Spencer Barefield, Ronald Kischuk, James Carter, Marion Hayden, Regina Carter, and Rodney Whitaker. He has also performed internationally with jazz legends such as Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, JALC feat. Wynton Marsalis, Oliver Lake, Bobby Watson, Geri Allen, Roy Hargrove, Ravi Coltrane, JD Allen, Marcus Strickland, Wycliff Gordon, Walter Smith III, Robert Hurst, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Russell Malone, Randy Brecker and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Vincent is a featured soloist on “Requiem,” from Roy Hargrove’s only Big Band CD called “Emergence,” James Carter’s “At the Crossroads,” and Rodney Whitaker/Carl Allen’s “Work to Do.” In 2014 he released his first CD as a bandleader, called Vincent Chandler “Embraceable,” including Robert Hurst on Bass.

Vincent earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music and a Masters of Music in Improvisation from the University of Michigan. He was a Graduate Student Instructor and eventually a Lecturer of Jazz Studies at the University of Michigan and a lecturer of Jazz Studies and Jazz Trombone at Wayne State University. He was an Instructor of Jazz Trombone and Jazz Octets at Michigan State University. He was an Instructor, Director of Jazz Studies at Claflin University and an Applied Low Brass Instructor at South Carolina State University. Vincent is a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship, administered by the Kresge Foundation.

Vincent has a reputation for being a uniquely expressive trombone soloist, a versatile sideman, innovative composer and arranger, a crowd-pleasing scat singer, an experienced bandleader of various group sizes and a natural teacher of beginner to advanced students.

Joining Vincent will be a duo of world-class musicians -- TBA.


Thornetta Davis

Crowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in 2015, Thornetta Davis a multi-talented International Singer and Songwriter from Detroit MI, USA is the Winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards, including sweeping the 2017 and 2018 DMA’S and a six-time BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE including two 2021 nominations for Soul/Blues Female Artist and Instrumentalist Vocals. Thornetta is a 2018 recipient of the prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship, administered by the Kresge Foundation.

She first gained attention in 1987 when she became backup singer for the Detroit soul band “Lamont Zodiac and The Love Signs”. Shortly after, the lead singer left the band and the name changed to “The Chisel Brothers featuring Thornetta Davis”. In 1996 Thornetta recorded her first solo album “Sunday Morning Music” on the Seattle based label “Sub Pop” which received a rave revue in the national Entertainment Weekly magazine. Her song “Cry” from that album was featured on the HBO hit “The Sopranos”.

Thornetta has opened for legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson and many more…her history is extensive and her performances are memorable…like the time she opened for Bonnie Raitt at Michigan’s Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz festival in 1992. Bonnie asked Thornetta to join her and Katie Webster (queen of the swamp boogie) for an encore song that received a standing ovation.

In 1999 Thornetta brought down the house with her astounding performance at the “Lillith Fair” at Michigan’s Pine Knob Music Theatre hosted by Sarah Mclachlan…that same evening she attended the “Detroit Music Awards” where she proudly accepted 2 of the over 30 Music Awards that she has won over the last 20 years for “Best R&B/ Blues vocalist” and “Best R&B Group”.

In 2000 Thornetta opened the VH1 Vogue fashion awards at Madison Square Garden with Detroit phenomenon Kid Rock. In 2001 Thornetta Davis is inducted into the Detroit Music Hall of Fame! Thornetta performed on Wednesday nights for 7 years at one of Detroit’s favorite live music venues “The Music Menu” located in Greektown in downtown Detroit until it’s closing in 2003. Three years before that final Wednesday, Thornetta recorded a live performance on one magical night at the “Menu” and called it “Thornetta Davis covered Live at the Music Menu”. This CD is a collection of Thornetta’s most requested cover tunes. “Thornetta Davis covered Live at the Music Menu” won “Best R&B/ Blues Recording” at the Detroit Music Awards 2002.

In 2006 Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues” appeared again with Kid Rock during the Super Bowl week on “Jimmie Kimmel Live”. In 2007 Thornetta performed with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and took a bit out of the “Big Apple” on “The View” and “The David Letterman Show”.

Thornetta has electrified audiences worldwide with tours to Italy, Blues festivals in Tunisia North Africa, Lucerne Switzerland, Sweden, Paris France, Norway, Germany, Holland, England and Canada.

FAQs

What are my parking options at the event?
There is free parking on the street where each host house is located.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may call Music Director Michelle May at 313-865-1149 or via e-mail at music@historicbostonedison.org.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Your name will be added to our guest list, however, bringing the physical ticket might be a good idea for a back-up just in case!


2020 Concerts in Boston-Edison Season

The tenth season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series features 7 great performances. Season Ten had:

  • Julianne Ankley 
  • Chris Greene Quartet, Virtual Facebook Concert
  • Brendon Davis at The Congregation
  • The Straight Ahead Trio
  • The Penny Wells Trio
  • The Summer Sounds of Classical Music with Tessa Hartle and Diane Schoff

  • Alex Way at The Congregation

2019 Sounds of Music™ Season

The ninth season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series featured three great performances. Season Nine had:

  • Latin Classical with Protea
  • Free Young People's Concert at the Motown Mansion
  • A night in Havana with Tumbao Bravo
  • Brazilian Jazz with Michele Ramo and his World Jazz Ensemble

2018 Sounds of Music™ Season

The eighth season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series featured three great performances. Season Eight had:

2017 Sounds of Music™ Season

The seventh season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series featured three great performances. Season Seven had:

2016 Sounds of Music™ Season

The sixth season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was another great series. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Six featured:

  • A classical performance featuring the Bridge Trio, consisting of GRAMMY winner John McLaughlin Williams and Velda Kelly on violins and Romona Merritt on viola.
  • A beautiful evening of high-energy jazz from the Zamar Jazz Band.
  • A folk performance featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Jill Jack on vocals and guitar, accompanied by Mark Iannace.
  • A high-energy performance by the Detroit Youth Choir under the expert direction of Anthony White.

2015 Sounds of Music™ Season

The fifth season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was another great series. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Five featured:

  • The sounds of Trio Neo, consisting of flutist Tracy Kash, clarinetist and saxophonist Shannon Ford and pianist Doug Scott.
  • Popular summer jazz with the ladies of Straight Ahead, a a GRAMMY nominated hometown favorite.
  • ASCAP award-winning vocalist Kathy Kosins, who The Chicago Tribune has called, "...one of the most alluring voices in jazz."
  • The talented young artist and jazz pianist Brendon Davis and his group.

2014 Sounds of Music™ Season

The fourth season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was a great success. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Four featured:

2013 Sounds of Music™ Season

The third season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was a great success. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Three featured:

2012 Sounds of Music™ Season

The second season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was again a very successful endeavor. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Two featured:

  • A kickoff concert with fun classic and contemporary folk music from guitarist David Nefesh and his friends, along with a light dinner and drinks.
  • Soulful, jazzy music with vocalist Penny Wells, along with a light dinner and drinks.
  • Authentic flamenco music and dance with "La Chispa and Company," along with a light Spanish-themed dinner and drinks
  • Children's Concert with the Urban Stringz Youth Ensemble, with punch and cookies.

2011 Sounds of Music™ Season

The first season of Boston-Edison House Concerts are done, and it was a very successful endeavor. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season One featured:

  • An evening of jazz and Latin jazz with the acclaimed Pamela Wise Trio featuring spectacular Spanish cuisine.
  • The hot sounds of Leo Rea and his Rea Deal Big Band and a wonderful summer backyard picnic.
  • The Midtown3, a phenomenal classical trio featuring flute (Dennis Carter), harp (Lydia Cleaver) and viola (Leslie Deshazor Adams) and crisp harvest foods of the season.

What attendees said about the 2011 Season:

Superb evening - resident from the Arden Park/East Boston neighborhood
Just a quick email to tell you 'THANKS' again and that we really enjoyed the concert this past Saturday evening. The house setting, food and music was outstanding. - attendee from Royal Oak
I just want to sent you a short note to say how much I enjoyed the concerts yesterday evening (oh and my husband enjoyed it as well). The home was a stunning venue for the event and the big band musical selections were great! I'm certain that everyone involved is passionate and excited about the Historic Boston-Edison community as it was evident by the commendable job that you and your team of volunteers did Saturday evening. - attendee from Franklin
That was a wonderful evening! Such good performers and such good planning. I loved it! - Boston-Edison resident

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