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Needham Bank Great Hall Concert Series launches inagural season

The concert series will celebrate the restoration of the James Hugh Powers Hall within the Needham Town Hall.

Jan. 27, 2012 - PRLog -- The Needham Bank Great Hall Concert Series, to be held at the James Hugh Powers Hall within the Needham Town Hall, has announced its 2012 schedule, with a March 24 inaugural concert designed to showcase all the hard work that has gone into making this event possible.

The “Great Hall” has a rich history as a venue where community members gathered to listen to performers of the day. In its heyday the stage saw a number of venues, including a performance by the Russian Ballet, USO drives, and visits from Senators Saltonstall and Kennedy, among others. Michael Niden, President of the Great Hall Performance Foundation, said, “With the recent Town Hall renovations, the Great Hall has been restored to its former glory and is now the home venue of the Needham Bank Great Hall Concert Series.” The series has been organized by the Great Hall Performance Foundation, Inc., and Needham Bank is the major underwriter for the series.

Demands for office space and lack of other affordable options resulted in the conversion of The Great Hall to office space roughly 60 years ago. Recent Town Hall renovations were the impetus for the formation of the Great Hall Performance Foundation, Inc.  Working with NeedArts and with the endorsement of the Needham Cultural Council, the not-for-profit Foundation was formed to bring marquis music events four times a year to the newly renovated Town Hall.  

“The Great Hall has been restored to its former glory and with a total of 440 seats and state-of-the-art sound, lighting and projection systems, the historic hall is the perfect setting for musical performances,” said Niden.  

The Needham Bank Great Hall Concert Series will begin on March 24th with “Broadway, CurtainUp!” a performance featuring selections from great Broadway production.  The series will continue on May 12th with a performance by the Tiger Okoshi Quintet; on September 22. There will be a champagne celebration to commemorate the launch of the series.

The goal of the Needham Bank Great Hall Concert Series is to promote the historical preservation of a cherished Needham landmark, while driving economic growth in Needham Center and elevating the stature and awareness of the Needham High School Music Program.  Students are involved in all facets of concert series planning, production and performance; Needham High School musicians will open for the main acts. To learn more about the concert series, please visit www.greathallperformance.org.

“It is a privilege to serve as a sponsor of the Great Hall Concert Series,” said Jack W. McGeorge, President of Needham Bank.  “And we are proud to be part of a project that means so much to the community – Needham now boasts a magnificent concert venue that is certain to attract quality performers, promote cultural growth and contribute to the economic revival of Needham Center.”

About Needham Bank
Since 1892, Needham Bank has served the greater Boston area as the leader in personal banking and real estate loans.  The Bank offers a range of products and services to suit the financial needs of consumers and businesses, including a full line of deposit, loan and electronic banking services. Needham Bank has locations in Needham, Dedham, Medfield, Wellesley and Westwood. Needham Bank is a convenient, reliable community bank that puts its customers and community first.  For more information on the Bank please visit www.needhambank.com or call 781-444-2100.

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