CONCERT WINDS OF CAPE ANN plays benefit in Annisquam

CONCERT WINDS OF CAPE ANN plays 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:

or at the door the afternoon of the Concert. Information at 978.281-0376


Photo: Priscilla Walter (l), Jean Antrim and David Benjamin of the Concert Winds Trio


The Annisquam Village Church concert season continues on Saturday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. with chamber music of Holbrook Robinson, played 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, Robinson 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 repertoire that have coherence and breadth.

Robinson’s quartets reflect his French propensities as suggested by the titles of his works: Accélerations, Célébrations, Langoureux Vertige, etc.. Jakov Gubanov, one of the last private students of Dmitri Shostakovich, writes of Robinson’s “individual style” and his “embrace of many noble traditions” . . . “Even though the music language leans on tonal, mostly diatonic idiom, the music sounds quite contemporary. There are many features, so attractive to both a professional and a common listener: rich and diverse texture with intensive polyphonic work, bright thematic ideas, convincing structure, and – what is most important – a strong spiritual message in each composition. I am very happy that inspiration never abandons you and that you have such responsive artists performing your works.”

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 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. Individually, they have performed across the US and on tours to China, Russia, Europe, South America, and Canada. They have played in master classes for such renowned musicians as William Preucil, Stephen Clapp, Christian Tetzlaff, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and for the Emerson, Tokyo, Arianna, JACK, and Atrium Quartets. Each member of Denovo holds a graduate music performance degree from Boston University. All four freelance and teach privately in the greater Boston area.

The concert takes place in the newly renovated sanctuary of the historic Annisquam Village Church, renowned for its resonant acoustics and classic New England simplicity. All are welcome to a reception following the concert in the Village Church Cove Room.

Admission at door $20 / Seniors and Students $15 or order on-line through or
The Annisquam Village Church is located at 820 Washington Street (corner of Washington and Leonard Streets) in Gloucester. 978.281.0376.
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Holbrook Robinson, composer

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

Kathleen Adams, Music Director

Ethan Hughes to Speak at the Annisquam Village Church Sunday a 10am

On June 16, at 10:00 am, the Annisquam Village Church welcomes Ethan Hughes as our guest speaker.  He is a co-founder of the Possibility Alliance, an educational center committed to simplicity, non-violence, and gratitude. Many have discovered their calling and vocation working and living with the Possibility Alliance, now located in Belfast, Maine. To hear an interview with Ethan about his work and mission click here:

An interview with Ethan is also being published in Sunday’s Boston Globe.

For Lovers of Celtic Music

Kathleen Adams writes,

Music from the Misty Isles
Tuesday, November 13, 7:30pm
Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham, MA

O’Carolan Etcetera (Adrienne Howard, Cindy McIntire & Dick Luecke) and singer Michael O’Leary draw from three centuries of Anglo-Celtic instrumental music and song: 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 Misty Isles.

$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with ID. Info & tickets:


Sending much love and all our prayers to Judy, Marissa, Alexis and all the Junkers for the loss of their beloved husband and grandfather.

Henry “Hank” Juncker III

October 06, 1933 – October 11, 2018

Gloucester, MA – Henry Juncker, III, 85, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on Thursday, October 11, at the Wolfeboro Bay Center, in Wolfeboro, N.H.
He was born in the Bronx, New York City, N.Y. to the late Henry Juncker, Jr. and Elna (Christensen) Juncker. Hank attended New York Public schools, graduating from Stuyvesant High School, and then studied at Brown University on a NROTC scholarship. It was there that he met his future wife Judy, a student at Pembroke College; they would marry in 1958.
Upon graduation from Brown in 1955, Ensign Juncker (USNR) deployed for cruises in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, serving on the ammunition ship USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) as a gunnery and deck officer. He was honorably discharged from active service in 1957, with the rank of LT. (j.g.), and continued in reserve service thru 1960.
Following his service, Henry pursued graduate studies at Columbia University, earning a master’s degree in Education. His first teaching position was at Lakeland High School in upstate New York, where he and Judy discovered they missed the ocean, so he applied for several positions closer to the coast. He eventually interviewed with Paul Walsh from Marblehead Public Schools, who hired him to teach in Marblehead, Mass., where he would serve in multiple roles for 50+ years. Henry retired in 2014 as a highly respected educator, teaching and mentoring students and younger colleagues alike.
Henry was an active member of the Annisquam Village Church, serving many years as clerk, teaching Sunday school, and singing in the choir. He was also a long time member of the Chorus North Shore.
Hank is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judith, and the family was blessed earlier this summer to have been able to celebrate that union while he was still well. He is also survived by three children (Kristian, Sr. and his wife Cindy; Deene and his wife Jennifer Jensen; Betsy and her husband Karl Bujold); six grandchildren (Kristian, Jr. and his wife Jessica; Courtney Tranos; Arrienne Andrus and her husband Sean; Erik and his wife Vicki; Alexis DiGregorio; Marisa DiGregorio), and six great-grandchildren (Michael Johnson; Christopher Tranos Jr; Elias Tranos; Declan Andrus; Keelin Andrus; Claire Juncker). In addition, Henry is survived by his younger sister Elna Hickson and her husband Lloyd of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.In keeping with his wishes there is no funeral, but all are invited to a celebration of Henry’s life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 at the Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St, in Gloucester. Family and friends are cordially invited to a reception at the Annisquam Village Hall directly after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his memory to Marblehead Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 4, Marblehead, MA 01945.


Annisquam Village Church

2018 Concert Series

Sunday, July 22, at 8 PM



Offered during the centennial of his birth, this program is a tribute to one of Massachusetts’ greatest composers, the controversial international legend Leonard Bernstein.  Like other programs under the artistic direction of Beverly Soll, it adopts a trademark informality and direct communication with the audience as it explores the essence of the man and his music.

Because Bernstein himself made no distinction between art songs, operatic solos, and pieces for the Broadway stage, the performers won’t either, weaving together favorites from the vast repertoire of Bernstein’s music theatre, operatic, and art songs.  Bernstein famously said in one of his first Young People’s Concerts, “Music is never about anything. … Music just is.”  In this spirit, the recital opens with the first music he composed for voice and piano in which the 25-year-old composer proclaims, “I hate music, but I like to sing,” and goes on to complain about “the big, dark hall where people really don’t want to be at all.”

The program follows the wild comet ride of Bernstein’s life exploring his concerns and thoughts about social consciousness, love, and politics in songs from West Side Story, Candide, Trouble in Tahiti, and On the Town, and finally about religion, closing with the words of the street priest in Mass, “Sing God a simple song … for God is the simplest of all.”  In a 1950s “This I Believe” NPR radio broadcast essay, Bernstein said, “I believe in people. I feel, love, need and respect people above all else.”  His music reflects this incredible honesty and a search for a better society.

Performers are soprano Tiffany Baxter, mezzo soprano Angela Jajko, and baritone Mark Morgan, with artistic director Beverly Soll and husband Andrew Soll at the piano, all of whom are active professional musicians well known on the North Shore and in the greater Boston area.


Tiffany Baxter, Angela Jajko, Mark Morgan, Andrew Soll & Beverly Soll

The concert features a brief guest appearance by Les jeunes émissaires de Jeanne d’Arc (young students and campers from the CAPE ANN ARTS ALIVE program) in a reprise of their pageant based on the creation of Anna Hyatt Huntington’s iconic equestrian statue of Joan of Arc. Bernstein’s incidental music for Jean Anouilh’s play, The Lark, marks a moment when the tide had turned for France under Joan’s banner and her ‘emissaries’ celebrate her victories.  Sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington’s studio was on the causeway between Goose Cove and Lobster Cove, just footsteps away from the Village Church.

Settled in 1728 as the Third Parish of Cape Ann, the historic Annisquam Village Church offers ideal acoustics in an intimate, New England setting.  Located at 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard and Washington Streets), the church is 3 miles from Grant Circle)

Handicap accessible.

General admission: $20 at the door or in advance with Brown PaperTickets:     Students $15. (at the door only)


JAZZ and BERNSTEIN:  Two “Starry Nights” in Annisquam July Series

JAZZ and BERNSTEIN:  Two “Starry Nights” in Annisquam July Series


The Sun, the Moon, but Mostly the Stars,”  a unique program of jazz standards and original compositions created to celebrate the Japanese Star festival, Tanabata, headlines the first of two concerts at the Annisquam Village Church in July.  Slated for 7/7 at 8 pm (July 7th is the date of the Tanabata festival), the Billy Novick Trio incorporates the cosmic atmospherics with celestial jazz: Billy Novick on clarinet and keyboards, Swiss-born Gabriela Martina on vocals, and Dave Clark on Bass.

Projections of the summer sky will serve as background with a lively intermission ‘pageant’; a reception follows, with ‘star bites’ and punch for all.

A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” on July 22 at 8 PM shines more starlight on this celebrated American composer in a review of Bernstein’s best-loved works. Pianists Beverly and Andrew Soll back up vocalists Tiffany Baxter, Angel Jajko, and Mark Morgan, covering everything from “West Side Story” to the “Kol Nidre” on this 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth.  A reception follows.

Settled as the Third Parish of Cape Ann, the historic Annisquam Village Church offers ideal acoustics in an intimate, New England setting. The church is located at the head of Lobster Cove, 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard and Washington Streets), in Gloucester 01930.  Handicap accessible.

Performances are at 8 PM.

Admission: $20 at the door or in advance with Brown Paper Tickets

Students $15. at the door

The Sun, the Moon, but Mostly the Stars

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A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

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Annisquam Village Church: Sacred Images Sacred Jazz concert + Art Exhibition November 18th

Sacred Images Sacred Jazz concert and exhibition

Join us for an exploratory voyage to the nearly inexpressible world of spirit. By bringing together inspired paintings with soulful improvisations and soundscapes, we joyfully invite you into the sacred dance of life.

Concert + Exhibition

Saira Elizabeth Austin, artist Greta Bro, vocals, songwriter with Stan Strickland, sax, vocals + friends: – Akill Jamal Haynes, bass; Josh Rosen, piano; Pashawarl Cohen, percussion

Saturday Nov 18, 6:30 pm Viewing + Artist Talk followed by Concert at 7:30 pm
Donations at the door: $20/$15


Wood, Wire and Wind

Sunday, August 20 at 8:00pm

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street, Gloucester MA

Beverly and Andrew Soll complete our summer series on Sunday, August 20th  at 8 PM with a concert on the three Adams instruments that reside at the Village Church. Besides the 13-stop gallery organ with its bold voices and fiery reeds, the Adams two-manual Flemish harpsichord (to be played by Beverly Soll) and the highly resonant chamber organ on the church’s altar will change up the spectrum of sound.  A violin and viola join in on a Mozart piece in this eclectic, imaginative program ranging across six centuries of fascinating music.

A reception follows each concert, providing the occasion for declamation of an “Ode” from Annisquam’s beloved bard, Duncan Nelson.

Tickets:   $20 per event  (Students and seniors, $15.)  are available at the door or in advance at The Bookstore or Diamond Cove Music in Gloucester and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.

The Annisquam Village Church is located at 820 Washington Street in Gloucester (01930) and is handicap accessible.

The Annisquam Village Church Launches its 2017 Concert Series with O’Carolan Etcetera

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.

The Annisquam Village Church 2017 Concert Series launches with “Music from the Misty Isles”

The Annisquam Village Church 2017 Concert Series launches with “Music from the Misty Isles” on May 21 at 3 in the afternoon. The Anglo-Irish ensemble, O’Carolan Etcetera, plays their irresistible toe-tapping fiddle, flute, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy tunes in the unequalled acoustics of the historic 1830’s Village Church (Cape Ann’s Third Parish) at the head of Lobster Cove.

Celtic balladeer Michael O’Leary and his bodhran joins in, setting off the jigs and reels with laments, lullabies, and love songs. A tea and scones reception rounds out the event.

Tickets at the door are $20. (Students / Seniors $15.) and may be purchased in advance from Diamond Cove Music or The Bookstore in Gloucester or at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.

The Annisquam Village Church is at 820 Washington Street (corner of Washington and Leonard Streets) in Gloucester 01930. Handicap accessible.

New Delhi Singer Subhadra Desai at the Annisquam Village Church Sunday October 25th

New Delhi singer/scholar Subhadra Desai, an artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and All India Radio, brings a concert of Hindu devotional music to the Village Church on October 25, at the close of the morning worship service (after coffee, at 11:30).

A contemplative vocalist of Hindustani classical music, Desai has performed at prestigious Indian national festivals and other religious and academic forums. As a scholar of Sanskrit, she draws close to the wellsprings of Indian tradition. Her performance, with tabla and harmonium, reveal a purity of purpose and form. Familiar ragas become the vehicle for sacred texts, taking on a life of their own.

Desai honors the memory of Swami Vivekananda who spoke in 1893 at the Village Church when he came to the states to represent the east at the World Council of Religions, introducing Yoga to the west, as well.

Bring friends to join us for this rare and beautiful concert, free and open to all, midday on Sunday. Adobe Photoshop PDF


Jett Sayess, a fifteen-year-old student of the pipe organ, will give a recital on Sunday, July 12 at  11:00 AM,  just after the morning service at the Annisquam Village Church (820 Washington Street in Gloucester).  The program includes repertoire from J.S. Bach to Elton John, assisted by young colleagues in the choir, and vocalist, Jack Favazza.  Jett began his piano studies when he was 7, winning a Young Organists Initiative Scholarship from the American Guild of Organists in 2011. He continues his studies with Kathleen Adams, Music Director at the Village Church where he is Organ Scholar.

A sophomore at Gloucester High, Jett is the pianist for the Docksiders, and will accompany the HS Chorus this year. Later this summer, Jett  will attend a Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) based at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he will have an intensive week of lessons with master teachers on many of the extraordinary instruments in New York.

The public is cordially invited.  FREE  (Donations will benefit the POE and Heifer International).


Annisquam Village Church Talent Show Saturday Night!

Annisquam Village Players

Join us for our 11th Annual Talent Show!  
Saturday, April 116:00 p.m.
Annisquam Village Hall, Leonard Street in Gloucester
Tickets at the door: $10 adults – $5 children under 16 ($30 family maximum)
Potluck meal begins at 6:00 p.m.
Please bring a dish to share (appetizer, dinner, or dessert)
All proceeds from the show will benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid. 

Beautiful Easter Service at the Annisquam Village Church

Annisquam Village Talent Show has been RESCHEDULED

Due to the weather (and piles of it), our Talent Show has been rescheduled
to Saturday, April 11

Reminders will be sent prior to the new date.

Annisquam Village Hall, 36 Leonard Street in Gloucester

Tickets at the door: $10 adults – $5 children under 16 ($30 family maximum)

All proceeds from the show will benefit Cape Ann Animal Aidunnamed

Annisquam Village Players and Church 11th Annual Talent Show and Fundraiser!

unnamedCome join the fun at our
11th Annual Talent Show and Fundraiser!  
Saturday, February 7 – 6:00 p.m.

Annisquam Village Hall, 36 Leonard Street in Gloucester

Tickets at the door: $10 adults – $5 children under 16 ($30 family maximum)

RSVP by Wednesday, February 4 to let us know which part of the Potluck you’ll be bringing: Appetizer, Main or Dessert. Coffee, Tea and Juice provided.


All proceeds from the show will benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid.