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


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