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Spend Fridays at the Music Mansion in Providence

A local treasure introduces a new monthly concert series

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In January, the Music Mansion kicked off its First Fridays concert series. Curated by their 2017 composer-in-residence, Kirsten Volness, the first Friday of each month will feature some of New England’s best performers putting on a show open to the public. Expect everything from Irish folk tunes to contemporary music.

Founded by Mary K. Hail, the Neo-Georgian manor holds public events to keep her passion alive. Hail was an active leader in the musical life of Rhode Island. In 1928, she designed a mansion that wasn’t only built for her to live in, but housed a small concert hall and reception rooms. Her will left the building to the city so even after her death she could continue to inspire the public’s interest in and appreciation for music. The Music Mansion is a state cultural treasure and for decades has been a center of musical activities in Providence.

Don’t miss a beat with this month’s performer Maria Finkelmeier on February 3. As a percussionist from Boston, she was named a “one-woman dynamo” by The Boston Globe. Sharing a simliar passion to Mary Hail, she recently founded Kadence Arts, a non-profit that engages local communities through music. She’ll be performing some of her own compositions as well as works by Bach, Robert Honstein, Daniel Wohl, Elliott Cooper Cole, Kirsten Volness and more.

The First Fridays concert series will continue through May with Transient Canvas, The Vox Hunters and Lilit Hartunian and Friends. 88 Meeting Street, Providence. 421-3350.