Live online concert to feature mosaic of melodies from around the world

Presented by New Bedford Whaling Museum and New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
Common Ground: A Community Mosaic - Musical Mosaic Edition – September 24

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Whaling Museum is partnering with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra to present “Common Ground: A Musical Mosaic Edition” as a live online concert on September 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This musical experience is part of the Whaling Museum’s story-collecting initiative in Greater New Bedford called “Common Ground: A Community Mosaic.” The event will feature a rich mosaic of melodies from different cultures around the world. Music from Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Israel, and China, will trace the many paths immigrants have taken to arrive in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Tickets to attend the concert online are $10 for Whaling Museum members and $15 for non-members. Details and ticket information are available at

A solo violin piece based on a Chinese folk melody and written by local Chinese-American composer Dr. Jing Wang will be one highlight of the evening. Dance legend Kevin Doyle will join the musicians, adding his lively step-dancing and clogging to Irish jigs, hornpipes, waltzes, and reels.

Commenting on behalf of NBSO, violinist EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks said, “For this Common Ground Musical Mosaic performance, we’re diving deeper into New Bedford’s history using the Whaling Museum's resources, so we can connect to music that represents the rich cultural heritage of the city.” Holmes-Hicks will be joined by Peter Zay, also representing NBSO, on cello and guitar.

The Whaling Museum is calling on members of the Greater New Bedford community to contribute stories about their lives, family histories, neighborhoods, and more for Common Ground: A Community Mosaic. The initiative will culminate in an exhibition in 2022. Details about Common Ground and how to contribute a story are available at


Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum
508-997-0046 Ext. 140


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum ignites learning through explorations of art, history, science and culture rooted in the stories of people, the region and an international seaport. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free for Museum members and children ages three and under; adults $19, seniors (65+) $17, students (19+) $12, child and youth $9. For more information visit


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3 images of New Bedford Symphony Orchestra musicians and composer
(Left) Kevin Doyle; (Middle) EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Peter Zay; (Right) Dr. Dr. Jing Wang


New Bedford Irish Neighborhood in 1907
An Irish neighborhood in New Bedford in 1907: Acushnet Avenue looking South from Campbell.


Market Street in New Bedford 1907
Market Street south side looking east from 6th in 1907 in New Bedford, showing Clark's Fish Market and Hing Whang Chinese Laundry.