Sunday, September 24, 2017

Annual Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show

Mark your calendar! Don't miss this wonderful community event.
Saturday, October 7 & Sunday, 8, 2017
10am - 5pm
Annisquam Village Hall
36 Leonard Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
Handicap accesible

Annisquam Arts and Craft Show

One of the highlights of Columbus Day Week-end is always the Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show – now in its 33rd year.

Over forty artists and artisans will be represented – featuring work that includes painting, photography, jewelry, fashion, ceramics, toys, knitwear, paper art and printed fabrics.  

Admission is free.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cape Ann Arts Alive 2017 Finale



Cape Ann Arts Alive 2017 was a one-week Music Day Camp offered in August, Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 12:30, for children aged 6 through 12 years old at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA. Cape Ann Arts Alive offered music and more as they explored Cape Ann through the lively arts.

Campers had opportunities to sing and make music, participate in movement, creative drama and dance, write haiku and more. The camp experience culminated with a showcase of the week’s highlights.

Drama and music combined as they discover the stories of colorful, local characters: Howard Blackburn, the Witch of Dogtown and the Gloucester Sea Serpent.

Gloucester poet/composer Steve Scotti’s “On the Dogtown Common Road” which highlights the Babson Boulders' carved mottos was used to inspire Haiku and other poetry.

Program Staff featured veteran teachers and performers from the Cape Ann Interfaith Community including Kathleen Adams, Annisquam Village Church; Rose Sheehan, Gloucester UUC; Kristina Martin, First Congregational, Rockport; Pastor Anne Deneen and Eva DiLascio, St. Paul Lutheran, Lanesville; Jay DiPrima, Mary Jodice and Mark Nelson from St. John’s.

No religious affiliation was necessary to participate.

For more information contact Mark Nelson 978-283-1708, ext 2, or email mark@stjohnsgloucester.org.


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Universal Brotherhood Day

An invitation from our Hindu friends (devotees of Swami Vivekananda) in Providence. 
To learn more about the link with Swami Vivekananda and the Annisquam Village, click here:  
http://www.annisquamvillagechurch.org/swami-vivekananda.html

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Joan of Arc & the Bells of Cape Ann

Tomorrow
Friday, Aug. 25 @ 11:30!

All are welcome.
St. John's Church
48 Middle St., Gloucester.
Parking @ 33 Washington

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

UPDATE on CAPE ANN ARTS ALIVE! MUSIC and MORE CAMP

As I write this we're in the middle of a wonderful week with 7 children (all girls!) from Cape Ann who are exploring Joan of Arc's life and legacy. From the springboard of the Anna Hyatt Huntington statue that is only a stone's throw from St. John's Episcopal Church on Middle Street, Kristina Martin and I  have adapted music from a variety of sources that tell the story of "Jeanne."

Dramatist Jay DiPrima has led the girls on an exploration of the story creating tableaux, as well as letting each camper explore her own feelings about this remarkable life. Pastor Anne Deneen (from St. Paul's Lutheran) has been guiding the participants in an art component called "Soul Collage." Rose Sheehan, Education Director at Gloucester Unitiarian Universalist Church (Meeting House) is teaching sword dancing to the group, and Mark Nelson (St. John's)  has been exploring the world of bells (and chimes) with the girls (bell sounds were one of the triggers that inspired Joan's visions). By the time you read this we will have visited the iconic equestrian statue and the carillon at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church,  but what I want to urge you to do is to ATTEND OUR PROGRAM THIS FRIDAY at 11:30 to see and hear what we have accomplished. Everyone is welcome....especially children who might be inspired to attend next year's camp.
---Kathleen Adams, Music Director

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Music camp August 21-25 - a week of fun and learning

Sunday, August 20 at 8pm, Andrew & Beverly Soll Concert at AVC

Friday, August 11, 2017

Scanzonati on Meetinghouse Green


GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION on Middle St. in Gloucester presents its nine Friday night outdoor concerts, MUSIC ON MEETINGHOUSE GREEN, to benefit nine local non-profits. 
For more information click here.

This Friday, AUGUST 11, at 6 pm features Scanzonati, an exciting and original group that revisits some of the classic Italian pop songs of the past 30 years in an acoustic setting with sophisticated harmonies and arrangements. The project represents an incredibly rich and precious period of Italian musical compositions infused with lyrical finesse. Gino Paoli, Fiorella Mannoia, Pino Daniele, and Domenico Modugno are only a few of the most renowned and prestigious artists that the project pays the tribute to. The band combines charming and soulful vocal textures with talent and creativity, in a quest for discovering new sounds and atmospheres.
Concert to benefit Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association
Parking is available in the St. John's and Library lots. Some chairs are provided but your own folding chairs or blankets are encouraged. For more information on Friday's concert please visit: gloucestermeetinghouse.org. http://gloucestermeetinghouse.org/event/2017-08-11-scanzonati

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

An Ode for Viva! Viva la Musica! by Duncan Nelson

This is the moment when Duncan Nelson
Is supposed to show up with his cap and bells on,
But your bard, for the nonce called to western Mass,
Must "malheursement" take a pass
On providing lyrical "program note" filler
On Frances Fitch and Jonathan Miller.
None with an ear wearies
Of seriatim attending this series
Of concerts conjured up by Kathleen
To bring drama to our Annisquam scene.

Yet fear not, you won't be left in the lurch
By your laureate at the Village Church,
For not a single beat shall be lost
In the baton being tossed
To Benjamin Franklin John Steel,
Who saying "C'est Moi" will now reveal
A joie de vivre, and elan and eclat
That will put your erstwhile worry at
Not only to shame for have stood
You up but by being at least as good,
If not more so, than your erstwhile bard.

But enough of "preludio," time to regard
With thanksgiving this baroque dance card
We have been treated to today,
As, though pressed into pews, we sashay
To allegro and then to cantabile
As these masters, in their respective fashions,
First arouse and then still our passions,
As an ex-Paganini and ex-Piatti
Cello treats us to lots of Scarlatti,
Vivaldi, and concludes with Bach
Underscored by harpischord leaves us in shock
And awe of a blessedly different sort
Than in time of war. For these two have held court
In the 18th century High Baroque
In such a way as to soak
Us, on this Sunday night occasion,
In a fine art focused on persuasion,
These composers able to disarm
And discompose us with wit and charm
So great that even as the floor
Drops beneath us we cry out "j'adore!"
To Francie and Jonathan, begging for more
Returns to this church on Cape Ann's shore
For encore after encore after encore!

And happily soon "Wood and Wire and Wind" will organically conspire,
At the hands of Andrew and Beverly Soll
Six musical centuries to unroll.

So here at the end let's all raise
A glass to give Jon and Francie high praise.




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Viva! Viva la Musica! a Great Night of Music

VIVA!  What a great night of music we had!  There was everything to love: the musicians and the music, the instruments, the flowers, the punch, the verse, the cool air in the church, and a deeply appreciateive audience. One parishoner wrote:
"It was a spectacular concert last night. I have NEVER heard a cello played so magnificently. Thank you a thousand times. Everything about your organization and presentation, and Jeremy's workmanship, was divine.
With heartfelt gratitude,  C."

THANKS to all the good AVC people who made it happen:  our concert committee....Suzanne Brown, Dick Luecke, Martha Hooper, and Evelyn Stewart; the ever-gracious hospitality of Kathy Johnson, with her petite aide (and chimer) Zoe Moriarty;  Ben Steel, our Sexton and brave declaimer of Duncan Nelson's witty Ode. Huzzahs! to all.

Jonathan's season with the Boston Artists Ensemble begins September 22 at beautiful Hamilton Hall in Salem. Check them out at  BostonArtistsEnsemble.org.  I will also let you know of Francie's performances in the greater Boston area.

Once again, everybody, thank you...thank you.
Kathleen

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Now Hear This !

Out of the museum, into the world! This harpsichord was the centerpiece for Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker at the Cape Ann Museum this winter. Heard only in brief demonstrations during the winter exhibition, this 2016 instrument will sound out in full glory under the hands of renowned harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch.

Fitch solos and accompanies BSO cellist Jonathan Miller playing an 18th century (Venetian) Gofriller cello, once owned by Niccolo Paganini.
All this and more (a reception and a Duncan Nelson "Ode") at the Annisquam Village Church, Sunday, July 23, 8 PM. 
Admission at the door $20. Students and Seniors $15.
The historic Annisquam Village Church is at 820 Washington Street in Gloucester (01930) and is handicap accessible.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CHAMBER MUSIC DOUBLEHEADER in ANNISQUAM

Two extraordinary chamber music concerts are scheduled at the historic Annisquam Village Church this summer.  Audiences will hear exceptional instruments in the hands of world class musicians: four of the Jeremy Adams keyboards featured in the recent “Voicing the Woods” exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum and a baroque Venetian cello that once belonged to Paganini. 

Music of Vivaldi, Bach, and Scarlatti opens this double-header Sunday, July 23 at 8 p.m.  Viva! Viva la Musica!  features cellist Jonathan Miller and renowned harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch.


Mr. Miller, a 43-year veteran of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is Artistic Director of the Boston Artists Ensemble and a favorite with area concert-goers. His cello was made in Venice by Mattheus Gofriller, ca.1700 and Miller is eager to bring it to the Village Church's intimate, resonant space.




Ms. Conover Fitch will play the French double-manual harpsichord made by Jeremy Adams in 2016.  Her concerts and demonstrations on Adams's harpsichords during the Cape Ann Museum’s exhibit were over-subscribed.

“This is another chance to hear instruments of master craftsmen played by master performers,” says AVC Music Director, Kathleen Adams.




The summer series continues Sunday, August 20 at 8 p.m. when the Wood, Wire, and Wind of the harpsichord and organs strike new balances between the instruments. Andrew and Beverly Soll will perform duos and solo works on each, stretching the repertoire to celebrate the remarkable flexibility of these instruments in the ideal acoustics of the historic 1820’s building. Violin and viola will join them on one of the pieces, extending the range of sounds for an unusual ensemble offering.

A reception follows each concert, providing the occasion for declamation o
f an “Ode” from Annisquam’s beloved bard, Duncan Nelson.

Tickets:   $20 per event  (Students and seniors, $15.)  are available at the door or in advance at The Bookstore or Diamond Cove Music in Gloucester and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.  The Annisquam Village Church is located at 820 Washington Street in Gloucester (01930) and is handicap accessible.