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