Thursday, October 27, 2016

Concert by Kevin Birch on the Adams Organ


T H E  C A P E  A N N  M U S E U M
p r e s e n t s   Kevin Birch
in Concert on the Adams Organ at the
A N N I S Q U A M   V I L L A G E   C H U R C H
820 Washington Street, Rt 127, Gloucester  MA
  Friday, November 4       7:00 PM
Celebrating the sounds of the instruments, this special concert, held at the Annisquam Village Church, is offered in conjunction with Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker, on view at the Cape Ann Museum from October 22, 2016 through February 26, 2017.
Organist Kevin Birch will perform on both the Jeremy Adams organ and a clavichord, also built by Adams. The two manual, thirteen-stop mechanical (tracker) action organ with trompe l’oeil pipe shades referencing baroque instruments in Brittany, exemplifies the bold and individual voicing for which Adams is known. The delicate sound of the clavichord invites another level of listening, and underscores a range of sound and color which, for centuries, has given rise to great compositions and music-making.

Birch has performed throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa with previous studies at the Sweelinck Conservatory (Amsterdam) and the New England Conservatory (Boston).  

Birch will play works from the Mulliner Book (composed between 1545 and 1570), Tielman Susato (1510-c.1570), Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1521), Klaas Bolt (1927-1990), Louis Marchand (1669-1732), Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707) and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).  A reception follows the concert. 

The Annisquam Village Church was established as the Third Parish of Gloucester in 1728 is located at the head of Lobster Cove at the corner of Washington and Leonard Streets in Gloucester. The 1830’s building is renowned for its graceful beauty and extraordinary acoustics.
This program is $10 for Museum and American Guild of Organists (AGO) members / $15 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased by calling (978) 283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Concert with Organist Kevin Birch on Adams Organ

CONCERT

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016
7:00 p.m.

ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH
820 Washington Street, Gloucester MA  01930
Kevin Birch, organ and clavichord

This special concert, held at the Annisquam Village Church, is offered in conjunction with Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker,  on view at the Cape Ann Museum from October 22, 2016 through February 26, 2017.  
Organist Kevin Birch will play the Adams Organ, built in 1986, and a clavichord (also built by Adams, in 1999). The thirteen-stop, double manual, mechanical (tracker) action organ with its trompe l'oeil pipe shades that reference baroque instruments in Brittany, exemplifies the bold and individual voicing for which Adams is known. The fretted, bi-chord clavichord, historically used as a practice instrument by organists, is inspired by a 1796 instrument of Manuel Carmo, offering a contrasting intimacy of sound.

Birch has performed throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa with previous studies at the Sweelinck Conservatory (Amsterdam) and the New England Conservatory (Boston). He serves as Organist and Director of Music at St. John's Catholic Church in Bangor.  He is Executive Director of St. John's Organ Society and is a faculty member at School of the Performing Arts, University of Maine. 

The Annisquam Village Church was established as the Third Parish of Gloucester in 1728 to serve people living in the areas of Annisquam, Bay View, Lanesville and Sandy Bay. Located at the head of Lobster Cove at the corner of Washington and Leonard Streets, the 1830's building is renowned for its graceful beauty and extraordinary acoustics.

This program is $10 for Cape Ann Museum and American Guild of Organists Society (AGO) members / $15 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased by calling (978) 283-0455 x10 or online at EventbriteAdvance tickets are required.

Voicing the Woods has been generously sponsored by Jerry and Margaretta Hausman, Hinda Simon, Bettie Cartwright, Gregory and Stevie Neal, Robert M. Russell and Jane Deering Gallery.

Jeremy Adams Organ, 1986. Annisquam Village Church, Gloucester, MA.
Photograph 2016 by Paul Cary Goldberg.

Reception - VOICING THE WOODS: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker

OPENING RECEPTION

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1016
3:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Free admission

CAPE ANN MUSEUM
27 Pleasant Street
Gloucester, MA 01930


This exhibition showcases the prodigious skills and artistry of Jeremy Adams, one of the most gifted musical instrument makers in New England. Photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg complement the instruments and document Adams’s studio and work process, highlighting some of the exquisite detail and workmanship on individual pieces and underscoring the breadth and volume of his work.

The exhibition, which will be held in the Cape Ann Museum’s 1,500 square foot special exhibitions gallery, will include a one-stop chamber organ, a demonstration organ chest, a 1995 clavichord and a selection of harpsichords, each built in its entirety by Adams in his Danvers, Massachusetts workshop. In addition to the instruments that will be shown in the gallery, a selection of Adams’s furniture will be displayed in the Museum’s 1804 Captain Elias Davis House, offering an interesting contrast to the period furniture in the House.
A keyboard player from early childhood, Jeremy Adams took his formal training with Roland Sturgis, Gregory Tucker and Melville Smith at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. In the 1960s, an auspicious time for early music enthusiasts, Adams entered into a six-year apprenticeship at William Dowd’s Cambridge harpsichord shop, where he gained recognition for his skills as a musician and quickly developed his hand as a fine woodworker. (Dowd had established his workshop in the 1950s with harpsichord maker Frank Hubbard, engaging with the international movement to revive historic practices of performance and instrument building.) In the two years following his harpsichord apprenticeship, Adams honed his skills in reed voicing and tonal finishing in an organ building apprenticeship at the Gloucester workshop of Charles Fisk, working on signature instruments at Old West Methodist in Boston and Harvard University, among others. In 1969 Adams opened his own workshop on the North Shore.

CAPE ANN MUSEUM
(978) 283-0455
info@capeannmuseum.org
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