Mechanics Hall
March 2016 News
A Rich Legacy of Free Concerts  
    A crowd of close to 1,000 people enjoyed the United States Navy Concert Band yesterday, in a free performance that kicked off the Spring 2016 Brown Bag Concert Series. The U.S. Navy Band includes some of the country's finest musicians, a fact not lost on our lunchtime patrons, whose standing ovation (s!) acknowledged the inspired musical experience they were sharing. We are so proud to host the United States military bands, who tour the country as ambassadors of America's heart -- the men and women who are willing to give all for the freedom and democracy we love so dearly. The concerts are poignant, tremendously entertaining, and treasured memories for our concert goers, including many veterans and their loved ones.
    Since 1984, Mechanics Hall has been hosting free Brown Bag Concerts which air live on WICN public radio. We have two seasons of concerts -- Spring and Fall, and our phones start ringing soon after the close of one season wondering how soon they will begin again.
    In a few weeks, we'll have our second Concerts for Kids of this school year -- Introduction to Chamber Music featuring "Peter & the Wolf" and Shubert's "The Trout." Mechanics Hall has produced this series of free concerts since 1994, and in April we'll welcome a new group of students from many towns in Central Massachusetts to enjoy a magical experience in a great concert hall. Next fall we offer "Conversations in Jazz" in partnership with WPI. So far, more than 81,000 young people have experienced great music in our Great Hall. We delight in their expressions of amazement and their excitement at live performance.
    The Worcester Organ Concerts are another 4-concert series offered to our community free of charge. The Mechanics Hall Hook Organ is respected worldwide and is a "must see" or "must play" on the lists of world travelers who are knowledgeable of pipe organs around the globe. In preparation for the organ's 150th anniversary, we invested over $100,000 -- thanks to our very generous community -- to ensure it remains a beacon of 19th century ingenuity, elegant craftsmanship and technical acuity. From an engineering standpoint, it is both robust and intricately detailed. We are proud stewards of this magnificent King of Instruments. The Worcester AGO chapter is our partner, and we are so lucky to have not one, but many, talented organists in the area who can also tackle our tracker organ with dexterity and endurance. If you have no idea what we're implying, call to set up an organ tour, and we'll tell you all about it!
    These concert series are only three reasons why your membership support for Mechanics Hall is so very important. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, we rely on you, on area businesses and foundation support to maintain and operate the Hall today and for generations to come. March is membership month, and if you have never been a member, or if you haven't had a chance to renew this year, please consider giving membership support today.  Here's the link for your convenience: 
Music Worcester presents 
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, March 15 ~ 7:30pm

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March 19
Piano Trio, Berklee College of Music
March 23
Frank Vignola &
Vinny Raniolo
March 30
Cassandre McKinley
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Wednesday, April 6 ~ Noon
Free Admission

featuring WILLIAM NESS 
Mechanics Hall Food Drive

Join Mechanics Hall and support the Worcester County Food Bank's mission to feed the hungry. Bring your canned or dry food donations to any Brown Bag Concert, Concert for Kids, Worcester Organ Concert, or to the Administrative Office anytime!

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Hooked on Brass
WPI Brass & The Worcester Hook Organ

SUNDAY, APRIL 10 ~ 3pm

The WPI Brass & Percussion ensembles will join area organists for a splendid spring afternoon featuring the Mechanics Hall 1864 Hook Organ.

Mechanics Hall gratefully acknowledges the very generous contributions of our Community Partners

Bank of America 
Telegram & Gazette 
United Bank 
Mirick OConnell 
Sayta Mitra
Tax & Financial Services 
The Pike 
Fallon Health 
MA Cultural Council 
Worcester Magazine
Community Partners are organizational donors whose significant gifts to Mechanics Hall support our mission serve the community.  Mechanics Hall is owned and operated by the Worcester County Mechanics Association, a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) not-for-profit organization. 

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