The annual tree lighting on Boston Common was held on December 1st this year. The unseasonably warm evening drew hundreds of local residents out to the Common, where they were treated to free samples and give-aways from vendors like Dunk Donuts, Nantucket Nectars, Hood, and Jet Blue.
The event was hosted by WCVB-TV’s J.C. Monahan and Anthony Everett, and featured a number of great performances by talented stars, including renowned saxophonist Grace Kelly and the Boston Children’s Chorus. Former American Idol contestant Siobhan Magnus, a native of Barnstable, performed some classic holiday tunes dressed in a snow-queen-like ensemble, including sparkly white flowers over her ears. The a capella group, Rockapella, most well-known for singing the theme song on the TV show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” gave a lively performance of their holiday favorites, with choreographed dance routines and interpretive hand movements. “Percussionist” Jeff Thacher of the group grew up in Boston and attended Berklee College of Music. The group is currently on tour with the Boston Pops. Featured performer, New Kids on the Block member, Joey McIntyre, himself a native of Needham, surprised the hundreds in attendance by introducing fellow New Kid and Worcester native, Jordan Knight, on stage to sing “Little Drummer Boy” with him. Later in the show, Jordan’s brother Jonathan, another NKOTB member, joined his bandmates and the other performers on stage for the lighting of the tree.
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A variety of holiday of events and performances will continue throughout the month of December. Check out some of our favorites below:
Nutcracker Nov. 25-Dec. 31
This year’s Boston Ballet performances of the holiday classic will be the last year you can see it in the same form it has been since the 90s. The current sets and costumes will be retired at the end of this year and will return to the stage entirely re-imagined with new sets and costumes in 2012.
The Slutcracker Dec. 2-24
This alternative version of the classic show uses sexy costuming, stripper poles, and burlesque-style dance routines for a naughty re-telling of the Nutcracker at the historic Somerville Theater.
Zoolights Dec. 2-4, 9-1, nightly Dec. 16-Jan. 1, 2011 (closed Dec. 24-25)
Come view the annual light show at the same zoo where they filmed Kevin James’ The Zookeeper! The event also features ice carving, Santa, and more than two million holiday lights all over the Franklin Park Zoo.
36th First Night Boston. Dec 31
The country’s oldest and largest New Year’s arts celebration will help ring-in 2012 with a variety of music and dance performances all over the city, as well as ice sculptures and fireworks. Over 1,000 artists in 200 exhibitions and performances in 35 locations will participate.
Other holiday events/performances:
“Radio City Christmas Spectacular” Citi Performing Arts Wang Theatre, Dec. 2-28
“The Snow Queen” American Repertory Theatre Loeb Drama Center, Dec. 10-31
37th Holiday Pops (Boston Pops Holiday concerts). Boston Symphony Hall, Dec 7-24
41st Christmas Revels Boston Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, Dec. 16-29
The Barnstable, MA. native and “American Idol” finalist will be stirring up a wicked potion at her first solo Boston show, titled “Hallowe’en Dreams.” The dimly lit theater will glow with original Siobhan Magnus tunes, bare-bones and a spook-takular costume contest. If you dare, winners will be invited to a private shindig in Boston with Magnus on Halloween, Monday night. Since imitation is the sincerest of flattery, get your Magnus on!
Siobhan’s first single, “Beatrice Dream,” was released back in May. In September, Magnus released a second single called “Black Doll” a tribute to her favorite writer/illustrator Edward Gorey. Siobahn has said that Gorey’s work has been a huge influence on her, so much so that she has a tattoo of the cover of The Gashlycrumb Tinies on her right bicep.
Halloween Eve with Siobhan will certainly will be a scream, so get vamped up and bring your spirits too!
Siobhan Magnus first became part of the country’s collective pop cultural consciousness as a finalist on the ninth (2010) season of “American Idol.” The 21 year old crooner who hails from Barnstable, Massachusetts, has been successful touring many local concert venues, including Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and is about to open the SS&C SummerWind Performing Arts Center in Windsor, Connecticut this Saturday.
Magnus, who just released her first single, “Beatrice Dreams,” which she also co-wrote, quickly became a stand-out star on her season of “American Idol” for her quirky sense of style and a vocal range reminiscent of Janis Joplin.
For her performance at Summerwind, she’ll be teaming up with the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra, who are known for their fist-pumping covers of classics from The Beatles, David Bowie, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and others. The concert atmosphere will be open air, as reserved seating is under a tent and general admission is lawn seats where guests must bring their own chairs.
The SS&C SummerWind Performing Arts Center kicks off its new season on August 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Siobhan Magnus and Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra performance are $40 to $75 and are available by going to the SS&C SummerWind Performing Arts Center website.
★ Watch clips of ‘Grown-Up’ Adam Sandler give a commencement address at his old high school in Manchester, New Hampshire.
★ Maine’s Anna Kendrick spotted in London after picking up an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakout Star.
★ Former “American Idol” contestant, Cape Cod’s Siobhan Magnus, recently joined Hanson on stage for a performance.
★ Pop singer Rihanna takes in a Red Sox game at Fenway.
★ Massachuestts’ Steve Carrell to leave “The Office” after contract ends next season.
Once again New England represents on America’s top singing competition, “American Idol.” Last Thursday, Siobhan Magnus from Cape Cod and Katie Stevens from Middlebury, CT nabbed spots in Idol’s Top 12. Last night, the New England singers belted out songs by the Rolling Stones for the first time on the big stage with positive reviews by the judges.
Siobhan Magnus, 19, is known for her blues style of singing with her smashing rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Think” 2 weeks ago. She may have been lacking in stage presence but last night, she got raving reviews from the judges. Singing “Paint It, Black” Siobham was original and ended with a screech reminiscent of Adam Lambert. Randy Jackson thought she was “Hot!” and Simon called it the “stand-out performance of the night.”
With a mature and sultry voice, Katie Stevens, 17, gave up her senior year of high school for the opportunity to be on American Idol. Previously on Idol, she was criticized for not showing her youthful side and a lack of emotion. Last night, after singing “Wild Horses,” Simon Cowell said to Stevens “It was the only week where you chose a strong song, and for the first time, you connected with the song and gave it 100%.” The remaining judges called it “pitchy” and that her singing is “never technically perfect.”
There’s no doubt the Rolling Stones aren’t easy to sing. But did these Idol hopefuls rise to the challenge? You tell us. The results of last night’s performances will be announced at 9 p.m. tonight on Fox. Watch Katie and Siobham’s performances from last night’s Rolling Stones – themed show and tell us who won your vote!
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