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.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

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VIVA! VIVA la Musica! Sunday, July 23, 8pm

Cellist Jonathan Miller, a 43-year veteran of the BSO, plays a concert of Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Geminiani and Bach with renowned harpsichordist, Frances Conover Fitch on July 23 at 8 PM. Miller, Artistic Director of the Boston Artists Ensemble, pairs his Venetian ex Paganini-Piatti Gofriller cello made in 1700 with Fitch playing the 1975 Adams harpsichord (now home from the “Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker” exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum). A reception follows.

The Annisquam Village Church is located at 820 Washington Street (corner of Washington and Leonard Streets) in Gloucester, 01930.

Admission $20; Students and 65+ $15. The Annisquam Village Church is handicap accessible.

Advance Tickets: The Bookstore or Diamond Cove Music in Gloucester.
Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wood, Wire, and Wind at the Annisquam Village Church

On August 20, Andrew and Beverly Soll celebrate the “Wood, Wire, and Wind” of the Adams instruments at the Village Church. Andrew Soll will play both of the organs and Beverly will take on the harpsichord demonstrating the versatility and singularity of these instruments with classical works of Bach, Mozart, Sweelinck, Hindemith, and Handel.  

If you missed the AVC/Museum-sponsored program last October, this is your chance to hear what the shouting is all about. Reception to follow.


Admission at the Door: $20. Students/Seniors $15.

Advance Tix: Diamond Cove Music or The Bookstore - Gloucester; Toad Hall - Rockport
To order by mail:
  • Make checks payable to: 
  • Annisquam Village Church, Attn: AVC Concerts
  • 820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA  01939
Annisquam Village Church
(Handicap accessible)
820 Washington St. (Rt. 127, 3 miles from Grant Circle rotary)
Gloucester MA  01930

Questions:

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Proceeds with benefit the Annisquam Village Church & Its Outreach Programs

Viva! Viva la Musica! at the Annisquam Village Church

Viva! Viva la Musica! Returning for his fourth concert here, cellist Jonathan Miller, a 43-year veteran of the BSO, plays a concert of Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Geminiani and Bach on July 23. Jonathan has invited renowned harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch to accompany him on the Adams harpsichord (now home from the Voicing the Woods exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum).  Both will play virtuosic solo repertoire, as well. 

Don’t miss “Viva! Viva la Musica!” Reception to follow.

Admission at the Door: $20. Students/Seniors $15.
Advance Tix: Diamond Cove Music or The Bookstore - Gloucester; Toad Hall - Rockport
To order by mail:
Make checks payable to: 
Annisquam Village Church, Attn: AVC Concerts
820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA  01930

Annisquam Village Church
(Handicap accessible)
820 Washington St. (Rt. 127, 3 miles from Grant Circle rotary)
Gloucester MA  01930

Questions:
FaceBook.com/MusicAnnisquamVillageChurch
Proceeds with benefit the Annisquam Village Church & Its Outreach Programs

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2017 Annisquam Village Church Concert Series

Dear Friends of Music at the Annisquam Village Church,

We are excited to invite you to this season’s Village Church Concerts. The unequalled acoustics of our historic building and the quality of our keyboard instruments have drawn world-class musicians to perform here time and again, pleasing audiences and artists alike. This season is no exception, and your presence is our dearest wish.

On the 21st of the “merry month of May, when all the buds are swellin’” we welcome the Anglo-Irish ensemble, O’Carolan Etcetera, to play their toe-tapping fiddle, flute, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy tunes. Balladeer Michael O’Leary and his bodhran join them for a set of laments, lullabies, and love songs. A tea and scones reception will round out this “Music from the Misty Isles” performance.

Returning for his fourth concert here, cellist Jonathan Miller, a 43-year veteran of the BSO, plays a concert of Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Geminiani and Bach on July 23. Jonathan has invited renowned harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch to accompany him on the Adams harpsichord (now home from the Voicing the Woods exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum).  Both will play virtuosic solo repertoire, as well. Don’t miss “Viva! Viva la Musica!” Reception to follow.

On August 20, Andrew and Beverly Soll celebrate the “Wood, Wire, and Wind” of the Adams instruments at the Village Church. Andrew Soll will play both of the organs and Beverly will take on the harpsichord demonstrating the versatility and singularity of these instruments with classical works of Bach, Mozart, Sweelinck, Hindemith, and Handel.  If you missed the AVC/Museum-sponsored program last October, this is your chance to hear what the shouting is all about. Reception to follow.

JOIN US for this extraordinary season of music right here in Annisquam.
Concert Advisory Group Suzanne Brown, Martha Hooper, Richard Luecke, Evelyn Stewart
Kathy Johnson, Hospitality
Kathleen Adams, Music Director

Annisquam Village Church Concert Series

Sunday, May 21 at 3 PM “Music from the Misty Isles”
O'Carolan Etcetera, Anglo - Irish Ensemble & Celtic Balladeer, Michael O'Leary

Sunday, July 23 at 8 PM “Viva! Viva la Musica!
Jonathan Miller & Frances Conover Fitch, Harpsichordist (harpsichord by J. Adams)

Sunday, August 20 at 8 PM “Wood, Wire, and Wind”
Andrew Soll, Organist & Beverly Soll, Harpsichordist (instruments by J. Adams)

Admission at the Door: $20. Students/Seniors $15.
Subscribers: $50. for the Series (Priority seating).*
Advance Tix: Diamond Cove Music or The Bookstore - Gloucester; Toad Hall - Rockport

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An Ode to O'Carolan Etcetera by Duncan Nelson

Dear Friends,

O' what a grand afternoon we had with  Michael O'Leary and O'Carolan Etcetera's "Music from the Misty Isles."  Thank you for coming!  If you missed out, Duncan Nelson's  Ode will give you a glimpse of the day and remind you what's still to come. See the tribute our poet laureate declaimed in his velvet hat (and barefoot) just before we all broke into "Loch Lomond" at the end of the concert.  

More Odes are promised as our series progresses. (Where else do you get a poem, a prayer and a performance all in the same day?)   Come on July 23 at 8:00 for "Viva! Viva la Musica" with former BSO cellist Jonathan Miller and the brilliant harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch. You can get a preview when Jonathan performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on May 28 at 3 PM (this time with Canadian pianist Diane Walsh).  And on August 20 at 8:00, the harpsichord comes alive again under the hands of Beverly Soll in solos and duos with her husband, Andrew Soll, who plays both the organs in a program celebrating the "Wood, Wind, and Wire"of  Adams organs and harpsichords featured in the Cape Ann Museum's exhibition this winter. Bring your friends and family for these evenings of beautiful music in the best of acoustics, here at the Head of the Cove.

In addition to our series, the Village Church is hosting Lyrichora, a 25-member ensemble in an eclectic program of choral music on June 4 at 4 PM

Kathleen Adams, Music Director


As we've heard, when O'Carolan Etcetera
Plays there is simply no better a
Chance to witness a Scottish sporan
Undergirding an Irish bohran,
As Michael O'Leary does his thing
And we find ourselves doing a Highland fling
Or two or three, as toe-tapping fiddle,
With flute and guitar somewhere in the middle,
Play, and also a hurdy-gurdy,
Performed on by as “bonnie a birdie”
As Burns could have wished for in Kathleen
Adams, there being no fairer colleen
To wring with her fingers from an accordion
Notes could untangle even knots Gordian!
And there’s Dick Luecke, Cindy McIntyre,
And Adrienne Howard rounding out the entire
Fabulous Anglo-Irish ensemble,
In whose virtuoso presence, your humble
Bard willy-nilly took a back seat,
Not having been able to greet
This group who with rollicking dance tunes began,
With "Come By the Hills" and "Morgan  Megan";
Then on to more Irish, we harked the guitar
Serenading the "Maid Behind the Bar";
Then on to the English, as we heard chorused
"Child Grove" and "Peascods" and "Epping Forest."
Then -- "Swinging on a Gate" -- there were lots
Of songs where we heard the burr of the Scots,
Such as "Red Haired Boy" and "Slocket Light,"
And "Flowers of Edinburgh," so that we might
Come to the place in the program, ere
We were done, closer to where
The Scots and the Irish meet to update ya'
On how they joined forces in Appalachia:
 We heard "Over the Moor to Maggie" and Pretty
Saro," each one as pretty a ditty
As ever was writ. Then great consternation
As audience participation 
Was called for. But maybe not so ill-omened,
As many already knew "Loch Lomond"!
Then "Parting Words" such as "Captain O'Kane."
So I am done, except to maintain
It's been a privilege for one with the name
Of Duncan to be asked to declaim
In honor of these troubadours,
From whom we hope there'll be many encores.
Indeed beginning July 23
Happily there will be
A harpsichord on the docket playing Scarlatti, Vivaldi, and Bach;
Then August 20 two organs come with
Bach, Mozart, Sweelinck, and Hindemith,
So we look forward to seeing you all
Back here in the AVC Music Hall!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Music from the Misty Isles


The Annisquam Village Church launches its 2017 concert series with the Anglo-Irish ensemble, O’Carolan Etcetera, on Sunday, May 21 at 3 PM. Toe-tapping fiddle, flute, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy tunes are joined by balladeer Michael O’Leary and his bodhran for a set of laments, lullabies, and love songs. A Scottish burr (or “uvular trill”) may also be heard at this performance when Annisquam’s Poet Laureate, Duncan Nelson, declaims an Ode.  A reception with tea and scones round out this “MUSIC FROM THE MISTY ISLES” performance. 

The  historic 1820’s (Third Parish) Village Church is an intimate setting for chamber music with lively, resonant acoustics and extraordinary keyboard instruments (two organs, a harpsichord, and a piano). The church is handicap accessible.  Tickets are $20 (Seniors and Students $15), and may be purchased at the door or in advance at  Diamond Cove Music or The Bookstore in Gloucester; and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.  Subcriptions: $50 for all three performances, include priority seating and may be purchased by check to AVC and mailed to ATTN: MUSIC, Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. 

The 2017 Concert Series continues on July 23 at 8 PM when cellist Jonathan Miller and harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch collaborate in a program of Bach, Vivaldi, and Scarlatti.  An August 20, 8 PM concert on harpsichord and both organs features Beverly and Andrew Soll in solo and duo performances that include works of Bach, Mozart, Sweelinck, and Hindemith