Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Cape Ann Winds Concert, September 8, Annisquam Village Church

CONCERT WINDS OF CAPE ANN PLAY BENEFIT IN ANNISQUAM

The Annisquam Village Church continues its concert series on Sunday afternoon, September 8 at 4 PM with a benefit performance by the Concert Winds Trio. Seasoned players with a penchant for light-hearted chamber music --Jean Antrim, Flute; David Benjamin, Clarinet; and Priscilla Walter, Piano will feature Franz Danzi's trio “Sinfonia Concertante.” Also on the program are duos and solos of Brahms, Delibes, Noda, and even Leroy Anderson (special student guest flautist Sophia Hogan-Lopez joins the trio in Anderson’s “Penny Whistle Song”).

The concert is a benefit for the newly refurbished Village Church at the head of Lobster Cove. Widely known for its beauty and resonant acoustics, this historic building is an ideal venue for chamber music and has attracted many world-class musicians to perform.

A reception in the Cove Room, which has also undergone renovations, follows the concert.

General admission $20. Seniors & Students $15.
Ticket may be purchased online at: https://capeannwinds.brownpapertickets.com
or at the door the afternoon of the Concert.

Information at 978.281-0376

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A Service of Worship with The Vedanta Society of Providence, RI

at the Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St. Gloucester, MA 
August 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM

The Annisquam Village Church welcomes the Vedanta Society of Providence, R.I as we join our communities in a festive service of worship on August 25, 2019 at 10:00 am. A luncheon will follow.
Christians and Hindus will sing each other's songs, pray together, and hear inspiring words from the writings Swami Vivekananda and from Pravrajika Shuddhatmaprana, a nun from the Vivekananda Retreat, Ridgely Manor, NY.
The Village Church has a connection with Swami Vivekananda since 1893 when he first spoke from the church's pulpit  just before he made history at the first meeting of the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago 
Hindu pilgrims still come to Annisquam to visit sites where the revered Swami visited. The Village Church has been a stop on the pilgrimage. We are very excited to be hosting this event which deepens the relationship between our two worshiping communities. All are welcome!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

THE DENOVO QUARTET plays works of Holbrook Robinson

The Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester. MA concert season continues on Saturday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. with chamber music of Holbrook Robinson presented by the Denovo Quartet.

Robinson has close ties with Annisquam from his childhood summers there.  The late Kira Robinson, the composer’s mother, emigrated to the U.S. during the Russian Revolution. The French-speaking group that she started upon her retirement in 1974  from Adelphi University still meets weekly in Annisquam.  Following in the academic footsteps of his parents, Holbrook is professor of French at Northeastern University with a deep passion for music.  He is a self-taught composer, strongly influenced by (mostly tonal) works in both romantic and modern music that have coherence and breadth.

Since their debut at the Deer Valley Music Festival in 2015, the Denovo Quartet has quickly established a creative presence in the greater Boston area as sought-after performers and collaborators. Mentored by the Muir Quartet at Boston University, Denovo Quartet is known for their robust sound and energetic interpretations and has been featured on numerous recital series performing both classic and contemporary repertoire. Recent engagements include performances at the Alcyon Chamber Music Series, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Brookline Library, and Parish Center for the Arts.

While remaining grounded in the standard quartet canon, Denovo's curiosities also extend to contemporary music, where they have an extensive background performing and recording new works. They were fortunate to work with Joan Tower at the Deer Valley Music Festival in the summer of 2015 and premiered Douglas Friedman's The Pilgrim, which has since inspired them to seek out exciting new music. New commissions include recording quartets written by Northeastern University professor Holbrook Robinson as well as current Northeastern University composition students.

The quartet members come from Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Washington, and hold degrees from Boston University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Bob Jones University. Individually, they have performed around the globe on tours to China, Russia, Europe, South America, Canada, as well as across the U.S. They have attended music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Le Domaine Forget International Music Academy, Bowdoin International Music Academy, Kent Blossom, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Spoleto Festival USA, and the National Music Festival at Washington College; and performed in master classes for such renowned musicians including William Preucil, Stephen Clapp, Christian Tetzlaff, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, as well as the Emerson, Tokyo, Arianna, JACK, and Atrium Quartets.

Each member of Denovo holds graduate music performance degrees from Boston University and freelance and teach privately in the greater Boston area, including Sudbury, Concord, Arlington, and Concord, NH.


Holbrook Robinson, composer
MaeLynn Arnold, violin
Michael Hustedde, violin
Amberly Lamphere, viola
Daniel Dickson, cello

General $20.   Seniors/Students $15
Tickets available at the door or at:
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4292971
and at:
www.eventbrite.com/e/the-denovo-quartet-tickets-64879169342

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

CONCERT WINDS OF CAPE ANN PLAY BENEFIT IN ANNISQUAM

Concert Winds Trio Cancels July 20

The Concert Winds Trio performance of July 20 at the Annisquam Village Church has been cancelled due to excessive heat forecast for the weekend. No make up date has been scheduled. 

For information, please visit www.annisquamvillagechurch.org/music


Concert Winds of Cape Ann perform
“Music for a Summer Evening”
to kick off the 2019 Concert Season for the

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester, MA

Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 pm




Seasoned players with a penchant for light-hearted chamber music --Jean Antrim, Flute; David Benjamin, Clarinet; and Priscilla Walter, Piano -- perform the Danzi trio“Sinfonia Concertante.” Also on the program are duos and solos of Brahms, Delibes, Noda, and even Leroy Anderson. Special youth guest artist Sophia Hogan-Lopez joins the trio in Anderson’s “Penny Whistle Song.” The concert is a benefit for the newly refurbished Village Church at the head of Lobster Cove. Widely known for its beauty and resonant acoustics, this historic building is an ideal venue for chamber music and has attracted many world-class musicians to perform.

A reception in the Cove Room, which has also undergone renovations, follows the concert.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

THE DENOVO QUARTET plays works of Holbrook Robinson


AUGUST 3 • 7:30 PM
Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester (Rt.127)

Tickets avaialble at the door or online at:
brownpapertickets.com
eventbrite.com


THE DENOVO QUARTET plays works of Holbrook Robinson in another BENEFIT. A delicious tonal palette, in the hands of expert string players, comes to life in the extraordinary resonance of the Village Church, ideal for chamber music; ideal for a summer's eve.

Since their debut at the Deer Valley Music Festival in 2015, the Denovo Quartet has quickly established a creative presence in the greater Boston area as sought-after performers, collaborators, and pedagogues. Mentored by the Muir Quartet at Boston University, Denovo Quartet is known for their robust sound and energetic interpretations and has been featured on numerous recital series performing both classic and contemporary repertoire. Recent engagements include performances at the Alcyon Chamber Music Series, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Brookline Library, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Musical Chairs House Concert Series, and the Parish Center for the Arts. Recently named Boston Chamber Music Society Teaching Artists, they will coach young musicians in Somerville, MA and perform quartet concerts. Upcoming engagements also include performances at the New England Chamber Music Association and Northeastern University.

While remaining grounded in the standard quartet canon, Denovo’s curiosities also extend to contemporary music, where they have an extensive background performing and recording new works. They were fortunate to work with Joan Tower at the Deer Valley Music Festival in the summer of 2015 and premiered Douglas Friedman’s The Pilgrim, which has since inspired them to seek out exciting new music. New commissions include recording quartets written by Northeastern University professor Holbrook Robinson as well as current Northeastern University composition students.

The quartet members originate from Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Washington, and hold degrees from Boston University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Bob Jones University. Individually, they have performed around the globe on tours to China, Russia, Europe, South America, Canada, as well as across the U.S. Each member performs in renowned ensembles in the Boston area such as the Boston Pops, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Cantata Singers, Marsh Chapel Collegium, and Symphony New Hampshire. They have attended music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Le Domaine Forget International Music Academy, Bowdoin International Music Academy, Kent Blossom, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Spoleto Festival USA, and the National Music Festival at Washington College; and performed in master classes for such renowned musicians including William Preucil, Stephen Clapp, Christian Tetzlaff, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, as well as the Emerson, Tokyo, Arianna, JACK, and Atrium Quartets.

Each member of Denovo holds graduate music performance degrees from Boston University and teaches privately in the greater Boston area, including Sudbury, Concord, Arlington, and Concord, NH.  


http://denovoquartet.com/

https://youtu.be/LkHhJA1CuIs

THE REV. BENJAMIN PERKINS, GUEST PREACHER ON JULY 21

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July 21, 2019 - !0:00am
Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., (Rt. 127), Gloucester MA

An avid social-justice practitioner, intellectual, and creative thinker, Benjamin Perkins is currently the Vice President of Health Equity Strategies for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. He has worked in the public health field for over seventeen years, first specializing in disease prevention and research education to communities vulnerable to HIV infection, where he held numerous leadership roles, from community advisory board chair, to founding director of a CDC-funded HIV-prevention and wellness center, to project director for an NIH-funded HIV-prevention feasibility study. In 2014, he shifted focus to health disparities and inequities in cardiovascular disease and stroke rates among communities of color and other underserved populations.

Benjamin received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2000 and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serves a wonderfully multicultural congregation in the Boston area. In addition to his education at Harvard Divinity School, Benjamin received his Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Arts in geography from the University of California at Los Angeles. His interests include fitness, reading theology, creative writing, and engaging in health equity/social justice work as spiritual practice.

1893 Swami Brings Modern-Day Swamis to Annisquam

For the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Vivekananda's birth, the Vedanta Societies of Boston and Providence joined with the Annisquam Village Church in an interfaith service on July 28, 2013. The service was filled with a wonderful energy.Saffron robes and languages ranging from French to Bengali make annual appearances at the Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester.

Modern-day Hindu Pilgrims visit to pay homage and walk in the steps of Swami Vivekananda, the first Hindu monk in America, who spoke from the Church's pulpit in 1893, just before he made history at the first meeting of the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago (an adjunct event to the Columbian Exposition) as representative of Hinduism. Eloquent and, at the time, exotic, Vivekananda mesmerized his audiences both here and in Chicago, winning new respect for and interest in the religions of the East. He started the Vedanta Societies in America to spread his message of harmony of religions and inherent divinity of the soul. Vivekananda remained in Gloucester for several weeks during his two visits. First as the guest of John Henry Wright, a Greek professor at Harvard who helped Vivekananda make the arrangements for his Parliament appearance; and then he stayed at the Annisquam residence of Alpheus Hyatt, whose marine biology station on Lobster Cove was the first iteration of the present-day Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Hyatt was the father of Gloucester's renowned sculptor, Anna Hyatt (later Huntington), who would have been 17 at the time of the Swami's visit. More than 100 years later, devotees of this visionary Hindu man make annual pilgrimages to the Village Church, to touch the stone doorstep and to meditate in the serene space where their leader spoke. The service included brief addresses by Swami Yogatmananda of Providence (Hindu Chaplain at Brown University and UMass Dartmouth), and Swami Tyagananda of Boston (Hindu Chaplain at Harvard and MIT), and the Rev. Deirdre Greenwood White, Pastor of the Annisquam Village Church. Music from both traditions included preludes of sitar and tabla. The children of the Village Church performed a short play portraying the arrival of Swami Vivekananda in Annisquam. A simple Indian meal followed the service and included a partial screening of the new documentary about Vivekananda's sojourn in America.Listen to Vivikananda's speech at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlwZNmgFBWM.

Can you guess who said these words: YES WE CAN AND YES WILL DO!
These words were used and said by Swami Vivekananda during his visit to Chicago on 15th September, 1893 as a slogan and/or nara.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Concert Winds of Cape Ann Perform at Annisquam Village Church


CONCERT WINDS TRIO David Benjamin, clarinet, Priscilla Walter, piano, and Jean Antrim, flute, kick off our concert season with trios, duos, and solos in our renewed sanctuary space, where the sound is DIVINE.

Join us for an evening of chamber music.

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 7:30pm
Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester (Rt.127)

“Music For A Summer Evening”
Performed by Concert Winds of Cape Ann



Jean Antrim, Flute David Benjamin, Clarinet Priscilla Walter, Piano
Sophia Hogan-Lopez, Guest Artist, Flute

General admission $20, Seniors/Students $15

Jean Antrim, Flute
Jean Antrim has had a varied musical career. As a scholarship student she studied at Syracuse University and at the New School in New York City. Her private teachers include Murray Panitz, Frances Blaisdell, Frederick Wilkins, William Kincaid, and noted soloist and recitalist Sam Baron. She has concertized extensively on the east coast as a soloist and chamber musician and has made numerous appearances with some of the leading symphony orchestras in the east. In addition to her other activities, her performance credits include performing Mozart’s Flute & Harp Concerto with Margaret Ross in Carnegie Hall and three New York Times-reviewed solo recitals (one on the baroque Traverso) at Carnegie Recital Hall. She has played numerous chamber music recitals in New York City. She is also a flute sales consultant on www.howtobuyaflute.com and teaches flute, piccolo and chamber music at her Gloucester Lyric Flutes Studio and on-line via Skype.

David Benjamin, Clarinet
The name David Benjamin is synonymous with music in Gloucester. He directs concerts, produces concert series, teaches young and adult students, conducts concerts all over the North Shore and generally promotes “Community Music” wherever he goes. He retired in 2012 as the Director of the Elementary and Middle School Bands and the String program in the Gloucester Public Schools. David is also the retired (January 2018) business manager for the Cape Ann Symphony, serving in that capacity since 1981. This was some of his most fulfilling work. He performs with a variety of different bands throughout the North Shore and as a soloist. David is also the Conductor of the Cape Ann Community Band and the North Shore Concert Band, which perform an annual series of free outdoor concerts.

Priscilla Walter, Piano
Priscilla is a well-known professional freelance musician in Eastern Massachusetts. She is the organist of the Emmanuel Church in Manchester, MA. She has been organist/choir director at Trinity Lutheran Church, Milford, Ct.; First Congregational Church, Essex; St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gloucester; Congregational Church of Topsfield and Ascension Memorial Episcopal Church, Ipswich. In recent years she has served four times as interim director of music at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms and interim organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, N.H. She had a private piano studio for 15 years and accompanied in the Essex Voice Studio of Margot Warner for 20 years. She was the accompanist for the Methuen Young Peoples Theater at the Methuen Music Hall for 12 years, the Newburyport Choral Society for 18 years, and is currently the accompanist for the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus. Sophia Hogan-Lopez, flute, is a resident of Gloucester. She is a frequent soloist at the Holy Parish churches of Cape Ann. She is also a member of the Gordon College Symphonic Band, The Boston Firemen’s Band and the Cape Ann Community Band. She has studied flute and saxophone with David Benjamin.

The Concert Winds of Cape Ann formed in the spring of 2019 as a gathering of wind players interested in performing mixed ensemble chamber music in small and large groups. The Concert Winds include oboes, bassoons, French horns, clarinets and flutes. Their debut performance was in April of 2019 at the Crowell Chapel (Manchester, MA) to a full house of music lovers. They are available to perform for various events. They can be contacted at 978-281-2286 or on the web at DavidBenjamin.com

Questions: Kathleen Adams
Music Director, Annisquam Village Church
Contact at AVC.music.program@gmail.com

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Events on the horizon...


JULY 20 • 7:30 PM

CONCERT WINDS TRIO David Benjamin, clarinet; Priscilla Walter, piano; and Jean Antrim, flute kick off our concert season with classical trios, duos, and solos in the renewed sanctuary space, where the sound is DIVINE. Join us for this BENEFIT PERFORMANCE.



AUGUST 3 • 7:30 PM

THE DENOVO QUARTET plays works of Holbrook Robinson in another BENEFIT. A delicious tonal palette, in the hands of expert string players, comes to life in the extraordinary resonance of the Village Church, ideal for chamber music; ideal for a summer's eve.

OCTOBER 26 • 7:30 PM

O’CAROLAN ENSEMBLE brings music from the time of the blind harper, Turlough O’Carolan. Fiddle, harpsichord, flute, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy fill out tunes of yore at ‘Celtic twilight in this ideal, intimate space.

NOVEMBER 17 • 7:30 PM

‘LEVEN VOCAL ENSEMBLE
rollicking rhythms and sonorous sounds....surprises abound when ‘Leven comes 'round! A long-time Village Church favorite, this a capella women's ensemble brings it home again.


Admission at door $20. ($15. Seniors and Students) or order on-line through https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/.      or 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Nine Friday Night Concerts

Nine great outdoor concerts benefiting local non-profits

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents a series of 9 free concerts on Meetinghouse Green, corner of Church and Middle St, Gloucester, from July 5 to September 6, 2019. The family-friendly concerts begin at 6 pm. Bring folding chairs or blankets. There will be food vendors at every concert.

In case of rain, the events will take place inside the Meetinghouse. The public is invited to make free-will donations to Cape Ann non-profit organizations partnered with each concert (bring cash/check).

Parking available next door at St John’s Church.

This Summer's series of concerts is dedicated in honor of Linzee Coolidge and the late Beth Coolidge for their vision and generosity. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Music in the Making ...

To be held at

Annisquam Village Church

820 Washington St., Gloucester  MA  01930


Dates to be announced soon!

David Benjamin, Priscilla Walter, and Jean Antrim play trio music, duos, and solos in the renewed sanctuary space, where the sound is DIVINE.


O’Carolan Ensemble brings music from the time of the blind harper, Turlough O’Carolan.  Fiddle, harpsichord, flute, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy fill out tunes of yore in this ideal, intimate space.


Lyricora!  Give yourself an early Christmas present when this 25-voice professional chorus brings the very best of choral sounds for the very best of repertoire to the very best of venues! 

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Easter Sunday Services



Sunday, April 21, 2019

Join us for our
Easter Sunday Worship Service

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester MA 01930
10:00 a.m. in the Cove Room 

Sermon 
 "I Don't Know Yet"
Gospel Reading 

Monday, April 1, 2019

'Squam Rock Easter Sunrise Service

 'Squam Rock Easter Sunrise Service
April 21, 2019 - 7:30am
At 'Squam Rock in the Pasture
off of Walnut St., Gloucester MA 01930

Greet the day of Days at 'Squam Rock

A piper and a percussionist call us to the dramatic tableau, inspired by the Waxworks. We chant an
ancient Alleluia and hear the wondrous story of the three women at the empty tomb, singing Amazing
Grace and Lord of the Dance in the spring air.

Easter Sunrise Service



Sunday, March 31, 2019

Maundy Thursday Service


Maundy Thursday - Tenebrae
April 18, 2019  -  7:30 pm

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester MA. 01930
Rt. 127, corner of Leonard St.


Entering the Darkness ~ Tenebrae means “shadows.”

This service is an enactment of Jesus’ last hours with his disciples. One by one, they abandon him, extinguishing a candle as they go. In the end, we sit in darkness as we hear a voice singing, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” The service ends in silence.

On this night we enter the dark period of Holy Week when we recognize that the joy of Easter is preceded by Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and crucifixion.

If you are interested in reading the part of a disciple, or have already signed up, please contact Michelle.

Friday, March 22, 2019

TRIBUTE TO PAUL JENSEN

At the American Legion Hall this Saturday evening at 6 PM, the Annisquam Village Church Choir will participate in a concert featuring works of the late composer Paul Jensen.

Paul was a great friend to our choir, arranging music, singing at special services, and encouraging our music-making in all ways. He was a gifted and prolific performer, composer, and producer.

Soloists and ensembles from Gloucester’s music community will perform from the wide range of his works and the choir will perform Paul’s unique setting of “Away in a Manger.” Paul’s partner, Don Robey, who performed as “Blind Bartameus” with the Village Church choir last year, invites all to attend this celebration of Paul’s life. A reception follows the concert.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Adams, AVC Music Director.

Kathleen Adams
jkadams967@gmail.com

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Celtic Music at Morning Worship on St. Patrick’s Day!

“Fanny Power,” a lovely Gaelic air, starts off the worship service at the Annisquam Village Church, March 17th at 10 AM when Dick Luecke and Saira Austin bring their instruments to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
 
The Rev. Judy Brain preaches on “The Good Life,” beginning a series called “The Big Ideas of Faith.” The service concludes with two Irish jigs (“Red Haired Boy” and “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”)  before adjournment for refreshments.
 
Dick Luecke is guitarist with the early Anglo-Celtic trio, O’Carolan.  O’Carolan (with balladeer Michael O’Leary) performed “Music from the Misty Isles” to a full house at the Village Church St. Patrick’s Day concert last year. Penny whistler Saira Austin has recently retired from her long tenure as a Professor of Art at Mt. Ida College. Austin exhibited a number of her paintings at the Village Church in collaboration with Greta Bro in a "Sacred Art and Sacred Sound” concert.   All takes place in the newly renovated Cove Room while the church’s sanctuary is being refurbished. The Village Church is at 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard), and the entrance to the Cove Room is at the rear of the church on Leonard Street.

☘Anyone interested in Appalachian “Old Time” and Celtic music is welcome to the “Second Sunday Jam” hosted by AVC member Perry McIntosh.  It is held on the second Sunday of each month at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, 2:30-5:00 p.m.. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, mando, squeeze box, or other non-amplified instrument—or just sit and listen.  All are welcome…wherever you are on your musical journey.
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