Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Annisquam Village Church Announces 2017 Concert Series

Three concerts featuring instruments of note are on the docket at the Annisquam Village Church this season. A Venetian cello, a harpsichord and an organ home from an exhibition at the museum, a bodhran, and even a hurdy gurdy will play to the resonant, intimate acoustics of the historic (Third Parish) 1830’s clapboard building that stands at the head of Lobster Cove in Annisquam. 

May 21, at 3 PM, “when all the buds are swellin’ ” the Anglo-Irish ensemble, O’Carolan Etcetera, plays toe-tapping fiddle, flute, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy tunes. Balladeer Michael O’Leary and his bodhran joins them for laments, lullabies, and love songs. A tea and scones reception will round out this “Music from the Misty Isles” afternoon performance. 

“Viva! Viva la Musica!”  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 Gofriller cello with the 1975 Adams harpsichord (now home from the “Voicing the Woods : Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker” exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum). A reception follows. 

On August 20 at 8 PM, Andrew and Beverly Soll celebrate the “Wood, Wire, and Wind” of the three Jeremy Adams instruments at the Village Church. Andrew Soll will play both the chamber and gallery organs and Beverly Soll will take on the harpsichord, demonstrating the versatility and singularity of these instruments in a program of classical solos and duos from the works of Bach, Mozart, Sweelinck, Hindemith, and Handel. 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. 
AdvanceTickets: The Bookstore or Diamond Cove Music in Gloucester. 
Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. 

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, Cellist & 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: $20. Students/Seniors $15.  Subscribers: $50. for the Series (Priority seating) 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

All-Bach Organ Concert by Joonho Park, New England debut

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to present organist Joonho Park performing an all-Bach program in a progressive organ recital. The first half will be performed in the Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, on the 1893 Hutchings pipe organ, restored by world-renowned Gloucester organ builder Charles Fisk in 1962. 

At the intermission, the audience will stroll next door for the second half of the concert in St. John's Episcopal Church on the 1989 Fisk pipe-organ, the firm’s Opus 97. We are very grateful to H. Woody Brock, Lanesville resident, world-famous authority on economics, and Bach aficionado for being the sponsor of this event: the debut performance by Joonho Park in New England. 
A reception for Joonho Park will follow the concert at St. John’s. For more information and advance tickets please visit 

This concert is a rare opportunity for Cape Ann residents to hear an internationally recognized young virtuoso performing on two Gloucester pipe organs of historic significance. The Meetinghouse organ was built by George Hutchings, builder of the organ in Boston’s Symphony Hall, and restored in Gloucester by Charles Fisk in 1962. The innovative St. John’s organ is the only new instrument commissioned from Fisk on Cape Ann, the firm’s Opus 97 completed in 1989. Although contrasting in many regards, both instruments feature mechanical (tracker) key action, a wide tonal palette for the performance of many eras of organ music, and exquisite craftsmanship. 

The concert will include a wide sampling of Bach organ works including the Partita ‘Sei gegrüßet Jesu gütig’ , Chorale Prelude ‘An Wasserflüssen Babylon’, Trio Sonata in D-minor and the Great E-flat Prelude and Fugue (‘St. Anne’) demonstrating the expressive tonal architecture of these two distinguished pipe organs. 

Saturday, April 22nd 2017, 7:30pm 
WHERE: The first half of the concert will be performed in the historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church), corner of Church & Middle Street with parking on the green. Persons needing an elevator may enter from the 10 Church Street side entrance. The second half of the concert will be performed next door at St. John’s Episcopal Church

ADMISSION (at the door or on-line at
$20 General 
$15 College Students & Seniors (65+) 
Under 17 free 

THE PERFORMER: Joonho Park’s numerous awards from competitions include the first prize and the Bach special prize at the ‘International Organ Competition of Graz’ in Austria (2006), second prize and the Mozart special prize at the ‘International Organ Competition of St. Maurice’ in Switzerland (2007), third prize and the audience prize at the ‘International Organ Competition of Musashino-Tokyo’ in Japan (2008), first prize at the ‘International Organ Competition of Nuremberg’ in Germany (2009), first prize at the ‘Dublin International Organ Competition’ in Ireland (2011), the second prize at the Grand Prix de Chartres in France (2012) and most recently the second prize at the ‘Arp-Schnitger international organ competition in Bremen’ (2014). 

To mention a few his important international performing experiences: solo recitals at ‘Bachwoche Ansbach’; Lorenzkirche in Nuremberg; Marktkirche in Halle/Saale; Konstantin-Basilika in Trier in Germany; at the Westminster Cathedral; Saint John’s Smith Square; John Hill memorial concert series in St. Lawrence Jewry in London; Saint Albans International Organ Festival; King’s College in Cambridge; Magdalen College in Oxford in United Kingdom; and at the summer organ concert series of Galway Cathedral. 
Organist Joonho Park was born in 1985, in Seoul, South Korea where he began his musical studies. He is currently on the organ faculty of the University of Texas at Austin and organist at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, which has purchased Fisk Opus 46 (formerly in The Memorial Church at Harvard University) and is building a new sanctuary in the 12th century Romanesque style from limestone quarried nearby. 
SPONSORSHIP: This progressive organ concert is made possible through the generosity of H. Woody Brock. If you would like to be a sponsor in support of a future Gloucester Meetinghouse event please see our website for details: 

AFTERWARDS: There will be a reception at St. John’s after the performance. 

Annisquam Village Church Concert Series

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Annisquam Village Church Concert Series

Sunday, May 21 at 3 PM
O'Carolan  Etcetera (Anglo - Irish Ensemble) & Celtic Balladeer, Michael O'Leary

Sunday, July 23 at 8 PM                    
Jonathan Miller, BSO Cellist & Frances Conover Fitch, Harpsichordist

Sunday, August 20 at 8 PM
Andy Soll, Organist  & Beverly Soll, Harpsichordist

Tickets at the Door
Admission:  $20.   $15. Students / Seniors $15.  
Subscribers: $50. for the Series; includes Priority Seating

Tickets in advance:
The Bookstore, Gloucester
Toad Hall Bookstore, Rockport

Handicap accessible