Monday, December 5, 2011

Schola Cantorum & Middle Street Walk

Please join
the Schola Cantorum from the Annisquam Village Church
performing with the choirs of
St. John's, St. Mary's & the First Congregational, Rockport
St. John's Episcopal Church,
48 Middle St., Gloucester, Mass. 01930
December 10th 2011, 1:00 pm

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Civil War Concert Moves to Lanesville

A new venue has been announced for Jacqueline Schwab, renowned pianist of Ken Burns' Civil War documentaries (and of the more recent series on The National Parks, America's Best Idea). St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lanesville, has graciously offered to host the concert while a new furnace is installed at the Annisquam Village Church.

Schwab brings her stylings to Cape Ann on Friday, October 21, at 8:00 PM.

Sharing the program with Celtic singer, Michael O'Leary and the women's a capella ensemble, 'Leven, Schwab celebrates the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War with traditional music of the era.

Please note:
the concert will take place at
t. Paul Lutheran Church
1123 Washington Street
Lanesville, Gloucester, MA

Donation $15. at the door only.

For more information:
or or 978.283.6416.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Jacqueline Schwab, renowned pianist of the Ken Burns Civil War documentaries (and of the more recent series on The National Parks, America's Best Idea), brings her stylings to the Annisquam Village Church on Friday, October 21, at 8:00 PM. Sharing the program with Celtic singer, Michael O'Leary and the women's a capella ensemble, 'Leven, Schwab celebrates the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War with traditional tunes of the era only footsteps away from a monument to 19 Cape Ann men who fought in that war and a nearby house that served in the Underground Railroad. The historic (1820's) Annisquam Village Church is at 820 Washington Street.

Friday, October 21, at 8:00 PM

Donation $15. at the door.
For more information: or

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Summer Concert Series - In Memoriam …. 9 / 11

We invite you to take the time to reflect and refresh your vision and your ears with BSO Cellist, Jonathan Miller and Harpsichordist, John Gibbons (from the MFA trio) who share their intimate music on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. These two extraordinary musicians will solo and play together in an elegiac program that includes works of Vivaldi, Bach, Geminiani, and Couperin and Tomkins. (The Thomas Tomkins piece for harpsichord is entitled: “A Sad Pavan for These Distracted Times,” and he composed it on February 14 in 1649!)

This concert commemorates the profound losses of 9/11 and pays tribute to three people whose vision and love of music made a difference to our world before they took leave of it this year: artist Colin Kennedy, in whose name this series is dedicated, Gabrielle Vawter, a lover of chamber music and a devotee of the Boston Artists Ensemble, and Bernard Greenhouse, cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio for many years…mentor and friend of Jonathan Miller. Join us to nurture your own special sense of commemoration and gratitude.
Sunday, September 11 at 7:30 PM

Donation $15 at the door. These concerts benefit the music programs at the Annisquam Village Church.Kathleen Adams, Music Director
Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street, Gloucester MA 01930

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Summer Concert Series - 150 Years... Rescheduled

Civil War Music Concert, Annisquam Village Church

Dear Friends of Music at the Annisquam Village Church,

Our concert schedule was interrupted by not-so-irenic Irene, but fear not, we shall still enjoy enormous talent of pianist Jacqueline Schwab and her colleagues, Michael O’Leary and ‘Leven, in a musical tour through the era of the Civil War.

Re-set your calendar and clock for the

New date and time: Friday, October 21 at 8 PM

The historic Annisquam Village Church presents Jacqueline Schwab, renowned pianist of Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary series, in a program entitled “150 Years Ago….” commemorating the Sesquicentennial year since the War between the States. Schwab performs music of period, sharing the evening with Celtic musician, Michael O’Leary and a vocal set by the women’s a capella group, ‘Leven, directed by Kristina Martin.

Chosen by the film maker Ken Burns for both the skill and the emotional content of her work, Jacqueline Schwab has performed on the soundtracks for the Grammy award-winning Civil War, the Emmy award-winning Baseball and Mark Twain, and the recent series on National Parks: America’s Best Idea, among others. She performed at the White House for President Clinton in 1997 to celebrate Burns' Lewis and Clark series and also at the Smithsonian in 2000 to celebrate its exhibition on The Presidency. In May, 2009, she accompanied Scottish singer Jean Redpath, on the "Late Show" with David Letterman. She has played on over forty recordings.

Underscoring the Cape Ann connection with this repertoire, Michael O’Leary, singer and Celtic musician, comes ashore from the Thomas E. Lannon to join Schwab for several numbers, and the a capella songsters of ‘Leven, under Kristina Martin’s direction, will perform three favorites from the Civil War repertoire.

The Annisquam Village Church is an 1820’s building with remarkable acoustics, standing at the head of Lobster Cove (820 Washington Street in Gloucester) only footsteps away from a Civil War monument to 19 Cape Ann men. At least two houses in the Village are said to have been part of the underground railroad during the war, one with a tunnel leading to the Annisquam River. 

The concert is the second in this summer’s series dedicated to the memory of the late Houston/Annisquam artist Colin Kennedy, whose works are featured at the the Village Exchange Gallery on Leonard Street. Kennedy was an ardent supporter of the series, generously sharing his talents and support with many village events each summer.

Other information about the concert is available at and

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


The historic Annisquam Village Church presents Fado singer Ana Vinagre and her ensemble in an evening of Portuguese Fado music, Saturday, July 23, at 7:30 A traditional folk ensemble accompanies Vinagre on these folk “Songs of Fate” full of passion, pathos, and humor. Viriato Ferriera plays viola, Jose Silva is on Portuguese guitarra, and Peter Pimental on bass.

Ana Vinagre was born in the small fishing village of Figueira Da Foz, Portugal. Following in the footsteps of her sister, mother, and grandmother, she began singing fado professionally at the age of 13 as a member of her local folk dance group, Cantarinhas de Buarcos. Vinagre toured extensively with this group throughout Europe, until immigrating to the United States with her husband and singing partner, Jose, in 1972. Today, she is one of the area's best known and most respected fadistas. Vinagre performs regularly in the Portuguese community for various community and private events, as well as at festivals and other events for a wider audience. She has appeared at the 2002 National Folk Festival, the Northwest Folklife Festival in 2003 and 2004, and a number of times in the Lowell Folk Festival. In 2005 she won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in the Traditional Arts, supporting her continuning efforts to promote Portuguese music and culture.

A tradition dating back hundreds of years, fado singing is "the soul of the Portuguese people", as described by Vinagre. The emotional core of the fado is saudade, an indefinable yearning or nostalgia for love, times past, or a lost home. Accompanied by a twelve string Portuguese guitar and a bass guitar, the voice of a true fadista embodies and expresses the soulfulness of this music tradition. The traditional fadista dresses in black and uses a shawl as a prop to accentuate the passion of her voice and words. The genre developed in the port city of Lisbon where it was performed at waterfront clubs and bars frequented by sailors and seamen.

The Annisquam Village Church stands at the head of Lobster Cove at 820 Washington Street in Gloucester. Known for its fine acoustics, the series is in its 24th year, and is dedicated this season to the memory of Houston/Annisquam artist, Colin Kennedy.

Donation $15. For information: or 978.283.6416