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3-23-12


The spring is here (it almost never felt like winter in fact!) and we’re in full swing with school performances once again.  We’d like to start off by thanking Jeffery Benson at Beacon High School in Belmont, Jim Rollins at the Raymond E Shaw School in Millbury, and Deborah Lindeman and David O’Hara at the Devotion School in Brookline for helping start off 2012 successfully!  The students and teachers at these schools were a blast to perform for.  We have school performances at the Pierce and Lincoln Schools in Brookline coming up in the months of April in May, and other school performances will be announced as they are booked.

We have a very special performance coming up April 27th at the Cambridge YMCA Theater in Cambridge, Ma.  This will be our first public performance of the year and will feature the QOH big band and the QOH, as well as Kelly Roberge’s “All of Us” solo quartet.  The entire night will be professionally filmed and recorded, and much of the footage will be used for a Live Quartet of Happiness DVD!  We’re really excited about this performance and it will give you, the audience member, a chance to be an interactive part of our next major project!  Stay tuned for more updates on this and other performances and we’ll hope to see you all in April!

11-28-11


Happy Holidays from the Quartet of Happiness! We've had a great fall and we're looking forward to some exciting performances in the coming year. First, we'd like to thank Sarah Bob at the Community Music Center of Boston and Yvette Morrill at Walpole Friends of Music for helping make several fall performances possible. We'd also like to thank Kendall Eddy for his work and effort in producing several original illustrations depicting scenes from our piece Music History. These illustrations were premiered at the New Gallery Concert Series in Boston and we hope to work with Kendall again in the near future.

Speaking of the future, we're starting to work out the details for a special spring performance that will take place at the Cambridge YMCA Theater. This performance will feature both the Quartet and the QOH Big Band and will be recorded, filmed, and produced for a live DVD that we hope to release sometime next year! Sing up for our email list if you haven't already to receive the most up-to-date info on this and other performances. As always, thanks for stopping by and have a great New Year!

9-25-11


It's been a while since our last update but things are still quite busy for the QOH. We'd like to start by thanking Mike Reavey at Westwood Elementary, Diane Daily at the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Rayburn Music for helping make our 5th collaboration such a success! The Westwood 5th grade bands did an excellent job performing our special rendition of Radio, and they were a blast to work with! We'd also like to thank Dayla Santuri at Scullers Jazz Club for having us back in June. It was great to have a return performance at one of Boston's great jazz venues!

We have several shows coming up this fall, including performances at the Boyden and Old Post Road Schools in Walpole and at the New Gallery Concert Series at the Community Music Center in Boston. Check out our Shows tab for specifics and we'll hope to see you soon!

5-10-11


Hello again everyone! The school year is starting to wrap up now and that means several new updates for the Quartet of Happiness. Before we mention upcoming performances, we'd like to thank Tom Duprey at Dover/Sherborn and all of the students and parents for having us be a part of their Jazz Spectrum Clinics. It was a blast getting to work with and perform with all three jazz ensembles. The students sounded great and we learned a lot from the experience!

Next we'd like to thank Eric Schmitz and Trevor Jorgenson at SUNY Oswego for having us work with and perform for your students and the Oswego community. This was a great opportunity for us and we hope to make a return trip to the college and hopefully stop by some area schools next time! Midstate Music in Oswego saved us by fixing Kelly's saxophone, you guys are awesome!

Finally, thanks to Pauline Bilsky and Don Carlson of Jazz Boston and to the Boston Children's Museum for having us perform as part of Boston Jazz Week 2011. It was an honor to be a part of the celebration and to meet so many great parents and kids at the Children's Museum. A special thanks goes to Bridget Matros for setting up everything for us at the museum.

We'll be ending the 2010-2011 academic year with some exciting performances, including a return to Sculler's Jazz Club in June, a fifth grade band collaboration in Westwood, Ma, and visits to several other area elementary schools.

3-2-11


Spring is here and it's time for another round of performance updates from the Quartet of Happiness. First, we'd like to thank Elm Street School in Walpole for having us, and a special thanks to Yvette Morrill for setting the performance up! We'd also like to thank everyone at the Community Music Works in Providence, RI for having us back to perform in February. We really enjoy coming down and working with the kids and faculty at this amazing program and we hope to make it back soon!

We had a great time collaborating with the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra at the Lily Pad in March. Ayn deserves special thanks for her help in arranging the "143 Hillside Fire Suite" for big band. We'd also like to thank the AIJO for doing such a great premier performance, and to everyone who came out to support both groups. It's always fun to have an enthusiastic audience to perform for!

We've got some exciting performances coming up later this spring, including a return to Dover/Sherborn as part of their Jazz Spectrum Clinics. We're also looking forward to an upcoming residency at SUNY Oswego, and a performance at the Boston Children's Museum as part of Jazz Week 2011. Stay tuned!

1-4-11


The New Year is here and it is off to quite a busy start for the QOH.  First, we’re very excited to welcome bassist Sean Farias to the Quartet of Happiness!  Sean is a native of the Boston area and has been playing with a variety of groups in and around Boston for quite some time.  Check out his bio (coming soon) for more specific info.  We’d also like to thank our previous bassist, Kendall Eddy, for all of his dedication, musicianship, artistic work, and friendship over the past six years. 

As for performances, we’d like to thank Tom Duprey and Judy Goen at Dover Sherborn and Yvette Morrill at Waltham Public schools for having us work for and perform at your schools in January. The students were a blast to work with and they really helped to make the start of 2011 a rewarding one for us!

We’re looking forward to a return performance at Community Music Works in Providence, RI in February. We’re also busy preparing for a second collaboration with the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra in March at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, Ma.  This performance will once again feature some of our QOH big band music, including the premier of at least one new QOH big band chart! 

 

 

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