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The Good Art Series
The Good Art Series features an artist or a group of artists each month for the year of 2015.   The series is held at St. Susanna’s Parish in Dedham, MA.  The goal of the series is to support the "Good Art" around us and create a forum for all of our local communities to come together and foster good fellowship.  This series is free and open to all and for all people and all ages.   It is our hope the series will take on a life of its own as the artists and those that support them come together and evolve.  It's a wonderful way to support our local musicians, develop community, and have a good time!

Saturday January 10th 2015, 8:00 PM - Steve Marchena - Hypaspace
Selected pieces from Guns and Roses, Santana, Hendrix and others
Steve Marchena
Hypaspace, an instrumental rock band, will be performing at Saint Susanna’s Parish on Saturday, January 10th, starting at 8:00 p.m.  The band blends an assortment of original compositions with some rock classics from Gun’s and Roses, Santana, Hendrix and others.  "We are a three piece power rock band and we won’t put you to sleep," said Marchena.  "We are a show band; we are about rocking out and entertaining."  Come and see what Hypaspace is all about!  The event is free and all are welcome.  This is a wonderful way to support our local musicians, develop community, and have a great time all in one!

Friday February 6th 8:00 PM - Jesse Hanson and Nathaniel’s Ghost - Solo to Duo Improvisation
Selected Folk, Rock and Improvised selections
Jesse Hanson    Nathaniel Ghost
On February 6th at 8:00 p.m. Jesse Hanson and Nathaniel’s Ghost will be playing at Saint Susanna.   Jesse Hanson is an award winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist hailing from the Greater Boston area, currently working on her sophomore album "Foundations", to be released in 2015.  Jesse states she is indie-rock-meets-sophisticated-folk style.  "Nathaniel's Ghost is a musician from Cape Neddick, Maine who blurs the border between fingerstyle acoustic guitar and ambient music.  He combines dreamy soundscapes, scintillating melodies, and a guitar style loosely inspired by guitarists like Michael Hedges, John Butler, and Andy Mckee to create a sound that is uniquely his own.

They will play solo material and combine on improvisation sets.  They are both known for their improvisation skills and having them do that together will be sensational!  Please come and see what Jesse Hanson and Nathaniel’s Ghost are all about.  The event is free and all are welcome.   This is a wonderful way to support our local musicians, develop community, and have a great time all in one!

Sunday March 1st 3:00 PM - Trio Klaritas - Works of Dvořák
The Dedham School of Music presents Artist in Residence 2015 - Trio Klaritas
Dedham School of Music
Trio Klaritas on youTube
The Dedham School of Music Artist in Residence is back!  They're welcoming the Trio Klaritas as their 2015 resident artist.  Karl Ørvik, violin; Gracie Keith, cello and Baekyu Kim, piano will perform selected works of Antonín Dvořák.  They will perform their first concert on Sunday, March 1st at 3:00 at Saint Susanna's Parish in Dedham.

Saturday March 14th 8:00 PM - Steve Marchena - History of Guitar Styles
Selected from a wide array of styles and techniques
Steve Marchena
Guitarist Steve Marchena will discuss and demonstrate the history and development of guitar techniques and illustrate their application to a wide variety of musical styles.
Although strumming simple open chords is the approach most commonly associated with “modern” guitar playing, it barely scratches the surface as to what is possible with this amazing and comprehensive instrument.
In the words of Maestro Andres Segovia, "The guitar is a small orchestra.  It is polyphonic   Every string is a different color, a different voice."

Sunday March 15th 4:00 PM - Parkway Concert Orchestra
Parkway Concert Orchestra
Dedham School of Music
The Parkway Concert Orhestra in concert with the Dedham School of Music will perform on Sunday, March 15th at 4:00 at Saint Susanna's Parish in Dedham. Selections include:

Saturday April 25th 8:00 PM - Steve Marchena & Nancy Weller - A night of Jazz
Guitarist Steve Marchena and vocalist Nancy MacCallum will be performing classic jazz repertoire in a duo setting.  Steve will be playing in the style of such jazz greats Joe Pass and Barney Kessel.  Nancy will be singing in the style of jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.   You can expect such classics as "Autumn Leaves", "All Of Me" and "Summertime".
Steve Marchena
Nancy Weller
Guitarist Steve Marchena and singer Nancy Wells will delight us with Jazz.

Friday May 15th 8:00 PM - Joel Cage - Acoustic Rock
Joel Cage is an award winning veteran singer/songwriter from Boston.  Once a member of the internationally acclaimed rock & roll group Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Joel has been performing regionally and nationally as a soloist for the past 2 decades.  He has performed at some of the most prestigious folk & acoustic venues & festivals in the country, including the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas where he was awarded top prize in the Kerrville New Folk Competition.
Joel Cage

Saturday June 13th 8:00 PM - TALZTOP - The Acoustic Led Zeppelin Tribute Orchestra Project
The Good Art Series is happy to announce an evening of musical entertainment with TALZTOP: The Acoustic Led Zeppelin Tribute Orchestra Project.
TALZTOP performs completely acoustically, without the use of electricity, in tribute to Led Zeppelin’s superlative acoustic catalog.  The idea of this orchestra came from Steve Marchena and is now a reality. The orchestra consists of 20-30 musicians.  There is no orchestra like this one on the planet and it is a must see.  This event is free and all are welcome.   Please come and see what Steve Marchena and TALZTOP are all about.   This is a wonderful way to support our local musicians, develop community, and enjoy Led Zeppelin like never before!

Friday June 26th 8:00 PM - Ro Evans and her band Demented Poet Society
Ro Evans of Demented Poet Society is 41 years old and resides in Sharon MA.   She has been singing since the age of 5 and has been writing songs and playing guitar since the age of 13.  Throughout the years she has performed with various bands.   Her saying is "Thank G-d for giving me this special gift to give to others: my songs and my voice.  She just has to say she is truly blessed to have found the musicians to make her poetry come alive.   She recently added two of the most humble musicians that anyone could have asked for.   A dynamic drummer Rick, and a rockin' lead guitarist Ed Hershey   So mix up a big bowl of blues, folk, funk, country, and rock, and you have Demented Poet Society.

Friday July 10th 8:00 PM - Tom Smith - Folksinger ~ Humdinger
Accompanied by Seth Connelly
Presented by The Good Art Series
Tom Smith is a singer and song writer and will be playing at Saint Susanna’s Parish on Friday, July 10 starting at 8:00 p.m.  Tom has a sound that is all his own.  His songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring  Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever.  Tom is truly a one of a kind folksinger and he has a lot to share.  

Seth Connelly is a talented folksinger who will back Tom up with guitar, mandolin, bass, and whatever else he shows up with.  Seth appears prominently on Tom’s most recent CD.

The event is free and all are welcome.  Please come and see what Tom Smith and Seth Connelly are all about.  This is a wonderful way to support our local musicians, develop community, and have a good time all in one.
Tom Smith - Folksinger - Humdinger

Four Guitarists / One Night!   Saturday August 15th from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Presented by The Good Art Series
Steve Marchena, German Schauss, John Paolilli, Jr., and Patrick DeCoste play solid body electric guitar on August 15th at 8:00 p.m. at Saint Susanna Parish (262 Needham Street, Dedham, MA).
This is an all-star line-up of solid body electric guitar virtuosity.  In Steve Marchena’s own words, “this is going to be an electric guitar summer melt down!”  Each guitarists brings their unique critically acclaimed style.  Four great local guitarists under one roof for a wonderful night of guitar you will not forget!
Please consider coming to see them on August 15th!  Bring your friends.  This is a family friendly event and free!  Please spread the word!
Steve Marchena
An established favorite of Dedham and Boston, Steve has the talent, diversity, energy and soul to always delight an audience.  “Marchena’s blazing guitar and perfect rhythm playing are nothing less than stunning.” - Pat Keating, Insite Boston.
German Schauss
Among his many accomplishments, German uses odd and even meters to fuse the classical influences of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin with modern instrumental rock guitar music through epic music structures and lush soundscapes.
John Paolilli
John was voted WMRC "best guitarist" in the year 2012.  He played in a Heineken commercial, and has recorded guitars for major label artists.  Additionally, he plays over 150 shows a year with several bands.  Check him out.
Patrick DeCoste
“Like U2 but with Van Halen-esque solos”: That’s how the media has described the instrumental rock of guitarist Patrick DeCoste.  In the great tradition of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck, DeCoste combines virtuoso skills with rock and roll attitude to create his own unique sound.   He’s got the chops to play in the orchestra pit for the Grammy-winning musical HAIRSPRAY, and the swagger to play his own original interpretation of the Star Spangled Banner at Shea Stadium.

An evening of Enchanted Folk POP music with Petaluma Vale on Saturday September 26th from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Presented by The Good Art Series
Petaluma Vale  (Vocal, Songwriter, Harp).
Accompanied by:
Alison Blake  (Harp),  Valerie Thompson  (Cello and Vocal) and Tony Leva (Upright Bass, Guitar)
Petaluma Vale learned through an Irish folk method as a part of a group that performed as a side act for the late Irish tenor, Frank Patterson.  She has been writing her own music since 2000.   In 2007 she joined the art-rock band Jaggery as harpist and backing vocalist.
Petaluma will be featuring songs from her 2013 album called, “The Long Way Out.”   You will be exposed to her folk method and her poetry put to music.  Poet Rustle Ochre states, “ Petaluma Vale is a folk singer of enchanting spontaneity, originality, trickery, and delicacy.”
This event is free and all are welcome.  This is a wonderful way to support our local musicians, develop community, and have a good time!

Sunday October 25th at 3:00 p.m. An afternoon of “Chamber Music Throughout The Ages” with Clarinetist  Terry Grissino and Friends.
Presented by The Good Art Series.
Joining Terry will be Pianist Faith Marchena Guitarist Steve Marchena  and  Violinist Adam McOwen
From Bach to Brahms to Benny!  Music of Johannes Brahms, Anton Diabelli, Johann Sebastian Bach, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt will be featured.
Terry and Faith both received their Performance Degrees from New England Conservatory Of Music in Boston, with Faith holding her Master's Degree in Chamber Music Performance from the Conservatory as well.   Both are active onstage in the Boston Area, having performed extensively in Jordan Hall, Terry in Symphony Hall as well.  Recently, they appeared right here at Saint Susanna's with “The Acoustic Led Zeppelin Tribute Orchestra Project” (TALZTOP) as well as at the Orpheum in Foxboro.
As a touring artist, Terry has performed in Carnegie Hall New York, Saint Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, and a tour of Athens & the Isle of Rhodos in Greece.  Faith holds the distinction of having been featured Piano Soloist many times with the National Symphony at the National Theatre Of Costa Rica.
Guitarist Steve Marchena and Violinist Adam McOwen both graduated with Honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and are Masters of their Art.  They have appeared here onstage at Saint Susanna’s on many occasions, in both Solo & Ensemble performance.
Adam McOwen has shared the stage with Michael Brecker, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, and many more.   He has recorded for film, television, and commercial releases.  He has played Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and Madison Square Garden.
Steve Marchena is an American classical, rock, jazz guitarist, and harmonica player.  He has shared the stage with Al Di Meola, Nuno Bettencourt, J. Geils and many other famous guitarists.   In addition, he has toured with musical theater productions such as: Beehive, Leader Of The Pack, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Footloose, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Always... Patsy Cline.

Sunday November 15th from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wendy Birchmire of the Dedham Art Guild) will take you through an arts and crafts event.

You will hand make your own ornament that you will be able to take with you at the end of the event.

Presented by The Good Art Series.

When: Sunday November 15th 2015 from 3-6:00 p.m.
Where: Saint Susanna Parish (262 Needham Street, Dedham, MA)
Cost: 10 Dollars
What: Hand make your own ornament from a provided kit and instruction from Wendy Birchmire.   You will make your own ornament and get to use it on your tree or home or give to someone as a nice gift.
RSVP: Please call Saint Susanna Rectory and indicate you will be coming.  We will need to know how many people are going to do this in order to have the supplies on hand.
Phone: (781) 329-9575

Saturday December 5th at 7:00 p.m. Jerome Kyles and the Morning Star Baptist Church - Christmas Concert

Presented by The Good Art Series.

When: Saturday December 5th 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Saint Susanna Parish (262 Needham Street, Dedham, MA)
Cost: Charitable Donations Accepted
What: This will be a wonderful evening of lively and soulful Seasonal music with Christmas and Nativity themes sewn throughout.  The Morning Star Baptist Choir has been together with Jerome Kyles for over ten years.  They will be electric and you will be part of a most fulfilling group.

Prior years Good Art Series events

Sunday March 1, 8, 15 and 29 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm LANDINGS Program at Saint Susanna: Welcoming All
Do you miss being part of a faith community?  Are you wondering if returning to a parish could be a life-giving experience for you?
If so, the people of Saint Susanna will be hosting a program (called LANDINGS) that may help you answer those questions.
LANDINGS is a lay run "welcoming" program that offers Catholics who are considering coming back to the Church the opportunity to talk about their faith experiences with active Catholics in a supportive small group setting.
This will be our tenth year offering LANDINGS and the program has opened the doors to spirit, joy, and faith for everyone who has taken part.
Don’t be afraid to walk through church doors again.  In the words of Pope Francis: “Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven."  Saint Susanna is that church.
The group will meet at Saint Susanna Church in Dedham on March 1, 8, 15, and 29 from 4 PM to 6 PM.
LANDINGS brochures explaining the details of the program are available at the back of the church, in the rectory, and on our website: www.saintsusanna.org.
If you are interested in participating in LANDINGS please contact Linda Bates (Ph: 508 238-0054, Email: lindamariebates@comcast.net), so you can receive a LANDINGS guide.