Michael Lussier, is president and CEO of Wesbter First Federal Credit Union as well as chairman of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. Webster First was founded in 1928, by a handful of energetic and financially conscious men sharing a common dream. Through written agreement, these men associated themselves with the goal of establishing a thrift institution in order to accumulate and invest the savings of its members and provide them loans. During the early years, members of the board of directors worked very hard without any compensation whatsoever and gave a great deal of time and effort toward furthering the cause. During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt declared National Bank Holiday. Though many financial institutions never opened their doors again, we continued to steadily grow and prosper. In 1967, realizing there was a need for bigger, better and more adequate quarters, Webster First Federal Credit Union moved to 1 North Main St. in Webster, MA, where it still serves as an active branch today. In 1986, Webster First reached $100 million in assets, throughout the late 1980s and 1990s opened locations for branches in Spencer, Charlton, Dudley, Douglas, and Worcester. In 1997, Webster First joined the National Association for Federal Credit Unions. In 2008, Webster First attained $453 million in assets and in 2009 celebrated the grand opening of its Operations Center on Greenwood St. in Worcester. Today, Webster First has 10 branches throughout Worcester County and assets of $503 million, and is among it the largest credit unions operating in Massachusetts.
Throughout the centuries the wind has been looked at as both a positive and negative phenomena. Winds have been associated with fecundity; spring and angels yet have also been viewed as the personification of destruction and the devil. How did visual artists depict this invisible force? Tonight on Inquiry we have an enlightening conversation with ALESSANDRO NOVA, Co-director of the Kunsthistoriches Institute in Florence, Italy. He has just written THE BOOK OF THE WIND: THE REPRESENTATION OF THE INVISIBLE, an interesting and beautiful art book on art and nature that discusses this very complex and fascinating subject. Tune in for wonderful discussion about art, culture and nature.
What can a Magritte painting tell us about scientific theories? Why is the Little Prince like the essentials of quantum physics? These unusual questions will be answered tonight by GIOVANNI VIGNALE, the Curator’s Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri. His new book, THE BEAUTIFUL INVISIBLE: CREATIVITY, IMAGINATION AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS uses metaphors and analogies from literature and art to discuss some of the most abstract ideas of physics. Tune in and find out why theoretical physics is the modern form of theology.
Join us, as we welcome our special guest, Kenny Hadley for a Sunday Jazz Matinee! Kenny will be playing several of his favorite records from his personal collection and speaking about his experiences with the musicians featured on his recordings.
Guitarist Yotam from Tel Aviv made a great first impression at the Kennedy Center in the sold-out Ella! concert (as broadcast on JazzSet). Now he is touring worldwide with pianist Monty Alexander. Yotam's friend Roy Assaf on piano is a graduate of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead training at the Kennedy Center.
Join us for our first of three parts of our upcoming series paying tribute to some of greatest names in rhythmic New Orleans Jazz! Expect some of your NOLA favorites such as Paul Mares, George Bruines, Leon Roppolo, and the infamous "Jelly Roll" Morton. Stay tuned next week for part 2!
On Thursday we meet Sara Serpa. She studied classical music in her native Portugal before coming to the U. S. to enroll and Berklee and later NEC., also studying with Jerry Bergonzi and Dominique Eade. Join us this week on Jazz New England as we celebrate the future of jazz vocalists with two rising stars.
Sheila Jordan's unique singing style lights up Piano Jazz with guest host Jon Weber. Jordan reflects on her early inspirations in Detroit and chasing the great Charlie Parker, who later became a close friend. Along with brilliant pianist and collaborator Steve Kuhn, Jordan sets flame to "Hum Drum Blues and "The Touch of Your Lips."
Ben Heppner is recognized worldwide as the finest dramatic tenor before the public today. He excels in the most challenging roles, from Wagner's Tristan and Lohengrin to Verdi's Otello and Berlioz' Aeneas. He is acclaimed in music capitals around the world for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and sparkling dramatic sense. His performances on the opera stage, in concert with the world's leading orchestras, in the most prestigious recital venues, and in recordings have set new standards in his demanding repertoire.
On Tuesday we welcome Tammy Scheffer . Born in Belgium and raised in Israel, she studied at NEC with the likes of Jerry Bergonzi and vocalist-supreme Dominique Eade before moving to Brooklyn to start her career. She's back in New England this week for a performance and stops by to join us on Jazz New England, Tuesday at 2 pm.
Join host Tom Shaker as he profiles the legendary southern soul singer Overton Vertis Wright. Although OV Wright died young at age 41, his voice is still considered the standard for southern soul singers. Find out why his songs “You’re Gonna Make Me Cry” and “A Nickel & A Nail” made him one of music’s “Lost Souls.” It all starts at 7pm!
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A self-taught Latin percussionist since the age of 12 when his father handed him Cal Tjader’s 1960 “Latino” album featuring Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo back in 1966, and an LP fiberglass conga and told him, “Here, learn to play right with these”, he’s been living and breathing Latin Jazz since.
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