Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wood, Wire, and Wind at the Annisquam Village Church

On August 20, Andrew and Beverly Soll celebrate the “Wood, Wire, and Wind” of the Adams instruments at the Village Church. Andrew Soll will play both of the organs and Beverly will take on the harpsichord demonstrating the versatility and singularity of these instruments with classical works of Bach, Mozart, Sweelinck, Hindemith, and Handel.  

If you missed the AVC/Museum-sponsored program last October, this is your chance to hear what the shouting is all about. Reception to follow.


Admission at the Door: $20. Students/Seniors $15.

Advance Tix: Diamond Cove Music or The Bookstore - Gloucester; Toad Hall - Rockport
To order by mail:
  • Make checks payable to: 
  • Annisquam Village Church, Attn: AVC Concerts
  • 820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA  01939
Annisquam Village Church
(Handicap accessible)
820 Washington St. (Rt. 127, 3 miles from Grant Circle rotary)
Gloucester MA  01930

Questions:

FaceBook.com/MusicAnnisquamVillageChurch
Proceeds with benefit the Annisquam Village Church & Its Outreach Programs

Viva! Viva la Musica! at the Annisquam Village Church

Viva! Viva la Musica! Returning for his fourth concert here, cellist Jonathan Miller, a 43-year veteran of the BSO, plays a concert of Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Geminiani and Bach on July 23. Jonathan has invited renowned harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch to accompany him on the Adams harpsichord (now home from the Voicing the Woods exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum).  Both will play virtuosic solo repertoire, as well. 

Don’t miss “Viva! Viva la Musica!” Reception to follow.

Admission at the Door: $20. Students/Seniors $15.
Advance Tix: Diamond Cove Music or The Bookstore - Gloucester; Toad Hall - Rockport
To order by mail:
Make checks payable to: 
Annisquam Village Church, Attn: AVC Concerts
820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA  01930

Annisquam Village Church
(Handicap accessible)
820 Washington St. (Rt. 127, 3 miles from Grant Circle rotary)
Gloucester MA  01930

Questions:
FaceBook.com/MusicAnnisquamVillageChurch
Proceeds with benefit the Annisquam Village Church & Its Outreach Programs

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2017 Annisquam Village Church Concert Series

Dear Friends of Music at the Annisquam Village Church,

We are excited to invite you to this season’s Village Church Concerts. The unequalled acoustics of our historic building and the quality of our keyboard instruments have drawn world-class musicians to perform here time and again, pleasing audiences and artists alike. This season is no exception, and your presence is our dearest wish.

On the 21st of the “merry month of May, when all the buds are swellin’” we welcome the Anglo-Irish ensemble, O’Carolan Etcetera, to play their toe-tapping fiddle, flute, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy tunes. Balladeer Michael O’Leary and his bodhran join them for a set of laments, lullabies, and love songs. A tea and scones reception will round out this “Music from the Misty Isles” performance.

Returning for his fourth concert here, cellist Jonathan Miller, a 43-year veteran of the BSO, plays a concert of Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Geminiani and Bach on July 23. Jonathan has invited renowned harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch to accompany him on the Adams harpsichord (now home from the Voicing the Woods exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum).  Both will play virtuosic solo repertoire, as well. Don’t miss “Viva! Viva la Musica!” Reception to follow.

On August 20, Andrew and Beverly Soll celebrate the “Wood, Wire, and Wind” of the Adams instruments at the Village Church. Andrew Soll will play both of the organs and Beverly will take on the harpsichord demonstrating the versatility and singularity of these instruments with classical works of Bach, Mozart, Sweelinck, Hindemith, and Handel.  If you missed the AVC/Museum-sponsored program last October, this is your chance to hear what the shouting is all about. Reception to follow.

JOIN US for this extraordinary season of music right here in Annisquam.
Concert Advisory Group Suzanne Brown, Martha Hooper, Richard Luecke, Evelyn Stewart
Kathy Johnson, Hospitality
Kathleen Adams, Music Director

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 & 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 at the Door: $20. Students/Seniors $15.
Subscribers: $50. for the Series (Priority seating).*
Advance Tix: Diamond Cove Music or The Bookstore - Gloucester; Toad Hall - Rockport

*To subscribe to our series and be listed as a FRIEND, please make checks payable to: AnnisquamVillage Church and mail to ATTN. MUSIC Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Please print your name as you wish it to appear on the programs for each of the concerts listed above.
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An Ode to O'Carolan Etcetera by Duncan Nelson

Dear Friends,

O' what a grand afternoon we had with  Michael O'Leary and O'Carolan Etcetera's "Music from the Misty Isles."  Thank you for coming!  If you missed out, Duncan Nelson's  Ode will give you a glimpse of the day and remind you what's still to come. See the tribute our poet laureate declaimed in his velvet hat (and barefoot) just before we all broke into "Loch Lomond" at the end of the concert.  

More Odes are promised as our series progresses. (Where else do you get a poem, a prayer and a performance all in the same day?)   Come on July 23 at 8:00 for "Viva! Viva la Musica" with former BSO cellist Jonathan Miller and the brilliant harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch. You can get a preview when Jonathan performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on May 28 at 3 PM (this time with Canadian pianist Diane Walsh).  And on August 20 at 8:00, the harpsichord comes alive again under the hands of Beverly Soll in solos and duos with her husband, Andrew Soll, who plays both the organs in a program celebrating the "Wood, Wind, and Wire"of  Adams organs and harpsichords featured in the Cape Ann Museum's exhibition this winter. Bring your friends and family for these evenings of beautiful music in the best of acoustics, here at the Head of the Cove.

In addition to our series, the Village Church is hosting Lyrichora, a 25-member ensemble in an eclectic program of choral music on June 4 at 4 PM

Kathleen Adams, Music Director


As we've heard, when O'Carolan Etcetera
Plays there is simply no better a
Chance to witness a Scottish sporan
Undergirding an Irish bohran,
As Michael O'Leary does his thing
And we find ourselves doing a Highland fling
Or two or three, as toe-tapping fiddle,
With flute and guitar somewhere in the middle,
Play, and also a hurdy-gurdy,
Performed on by as “bonnie a birdie”
As Burns could have wished for in Kathleen
Adams, there being no fairer colleen
To wring with her fingers from an accordion
Notes could untangle even knots Gordian!
And there’s Dick Luecke, Cindy McIntyre,
And Adrienne Howard rounding out the entire
Fabulous Anglo-Irish ensemble,
In whose virtuoso presence, your humble
Bard willy-nilly took a back seat,
Not having been able to greet
This group who with rollicking dance tunes began,
With "Come By the Hills" and "Morgan  Megan";
Then on to more Irish, we harked the guitar
Serenading the "Maid Behind the Bar";
Then on to the English, as we heard chorused
"Child Grove" and "Peascods" and "Epping Forest."
Then -- "Swinging on a Gate" -- there were lots
Of songs where we heard the burr of the Scots,
Such as "Red Haired Boy" and "Slocket Light,"
And "Flowers of Edinburgh," so that we might
Come to the place in the program, ere
We were done, closer to where
The Scots and the Irish meet to update ya'
On how they joined forces in Appalachia:
 We heard "Over the Moor to Maggie" and Pretty
Saro," each one as pretty a ditty
As ever was writ. Then great consternation
As audience participation 
Was called for. But maybe not so ill-omened,
As many already knew "Loch Lomond"!
Then "Parting Words" such as "Captain O'Kane."
So I am done, except to maintain
It's been a privilege for one with the name
Of Duncan to be asked to declaim
In honor of these troubadours,
From whom we hope there'll be many encores.
Indeed beginning July 23
Happily there will be
A harpsichord on the docket playing Scarlatti, Vivaldi, and Bach;
Then August 20 two organs come with
Bach, Mozart, Sweelinck, and Hindemith,
So we look forward to seeing you all
Back here in the AVC Music Hall!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Music from the Misty Isles


The Annisquam Village Church launches its 2017 concert series with the Anglo-Irish ensemble, O’Carolan Etcetera, on Sunday, May 21 at 3 PM. Toe-tapping fiddle, flute, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy tunes are joined by balladeer Michael O’Leary and his bodhran for a set of laments, lullabies, and love songs. A Scottish burr (or “uvular trill”) may also be heard at this performance when Annisquam’s Poet Laureate, Duncan Nelson, declaims an Ode.  A reception with tea and scones round out this “MUSIC FROM THE MISTY ISLES” performance. 

The  historic 1820’s (Third Parish) Village Church is an intimate setting for chamber music with lively, resonant acoustics and extraordinary keyboard instruments (two organs, a harpsichord, and a piano). The church is handicap accessible.  Tickets are $20 (Seniors and Students $15), and may be purchased at the door or in advance at  Diamond Cove Music or The Bookstore in Gloucester; and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.  Subcriptions: $50 for all three performances, include priority seating and may be purchased by check to AVC and mailed to ATTN: MUSIC, Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. 

The 2017 Concert Series continues on July 23 at 8 PM when cellist Jonathan Miller and harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch collaborate in a program of Bach, Vivaldi, and Scarlatti.  An August 20, 8 PM concert on harpsichord and both organs features Beverly and Andrew Soll in solo and duo performances that include works of Bach, Mozart, Sweelinck, and Hindemith

Saturday, May 13, 2017

O'Carolan Etcetera & Michael O'Leary, Sunday, May 21 - 3 pm

Sunday, May 21 at 3 PM 

Annisquam Village Church Concerts


O'Carolan  Etcetera, Anglo - Irish Ensemble
Michael O'Leary, Celtic Balladeer 

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA  01930
Handicap accessible

Music from the Misty Isles

“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. 

The timeless melodies of Turloch O’Carolan. English dance tunes that Jane Austen would have known.  Irish jigs and Scottish airs.  Reels that set toes a-tapping.  Laments, lullabies and love songs from across the Celtic lands.  Scots-Irish music transformed into Appalachian Old Time tunes and songs.

Their music will transport you to another time and place.

Tickets at the door: $20; Students and 65+ $15
Tickets also available at: The Bookstore & Diamond Cove Music in Gloucester.
Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.  


To order by mail:
Make checks payable to 
Annisquam Village Church
Attn: AVC Concerts
820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA  01930


Friday, May 12, 2017

Open House - C. B.Fisk - Organbuilder


Two new C. B. Fisk organs will be available to view at the Fisk open house on May 13th.

See and hear Opus 148 and 150
Saturday, May 13
2 pm – 6 pm  
C.B. Fisk, Inc.
21 Kondelin Rd.
Gloucester, MA  01930


A truly exceptional Gloucester experience-

The instruments are stunning and the artistry and workmanship exquisite.
The first photo is of the scale model of the Cincinnati organ, Opus 148, which has 2 manuals and 22 stops. 

The second photo is of Opus 150, with 3 manuals and 49 stops and that is headed to Christ Church in Philadelphia. 

Both organ models are scaled at 1:16 and will be at the open house.
978 283-1909
www.cbfisk.com
Light fare & refreshments served 
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