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February 11, 2020

GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION PRESENTS A BACH BIRTHDAY CONCERT PERFORMED BY THE APPLETON CONSORT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 21 AT 7:30PM
Celebrate the 335th anniversary of Bach’s birth with an evening of his orchestral masterworks performed on period instruments at the Gloucester Meetinghouse, corner of Middle and Church Streets.

Tickets are available at the door or online with more information at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org. Preferred seating $45; general $30; students $10 with ID; under 12 free.

THE PROGRAM
The Appleton Consort performs some of Bach’s most beloved orchestral works at the Bach Birthday Concert on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm at the Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. The program includes the Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, the Violin Concerto in A Minor, Sinfonia from Cantata Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbatas, Sinfonia from Cantata Mer Hahn en neue Oberkeet, the Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F minor, and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major. Each piece is performed on period instruments and according to the instrumentation that Bach intended.

THE APPLETON CONSORT
The Appleton Consort, directed by Mark Dupere, is named for the town of Appleton, Wisconsin, home of Lawrence University, where Dupere is Director of Orchestral Studies. Samuel Appleton, prominent Massachusetts merchant and philanthropist who had lived in Ipswich, was the father-in-law of the founder of Lawrence University. Appleton made a generous gift to the Lawrence University library, and in gratitude, the citizens named the town for him. Generations of the Appleton family made their home in the Boston area and on Cape Ann with many connections to the area’s businesses and institutions. For example, Thomas Appleton who was considered the finest organ builder in New England, built the first pipe organ in the gallery of Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church in the 1820s.

Mark Dupere is Assistant Professor of Music at Lawrence University. His undergraduate study of the cello led to continued work at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, The Netherlands, where he specialized in baroque cello. It was here that Mark met his wife Emily Dupere who completed her studies in baroque violin. Mark has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe and is featured on numerous recordings. He was named New Young Artist at the Victoria Bach Festival, performed in the Leipzig Bach Competition, and apprenticed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London. As an educator, Mark seeks to share his passion for music-making and active engagement with audiences in the performance of music from all periods.

Members of the Appleton Consort include: Elisabeth Axtell and John Aubrey, horn; David Dickey, Andrew Blanke, and Joyce Alper, oboe; Allen Hamrick, bassoon; Emily Dupere, Asako Takeuchi, and Anna Griffis, violin; Lauren Nelson, viola; Mark Dupere, cello; Motomi Igarashi, bass; and Guy Whatley, harpsichord.

IN GRATITUDE
The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is deeply grateful to all our 2019-20 Concert and Event Series Sponsors. We extend a special thank you to H. Woody Brock and Scobie Ward for their generous gifts to underwrite the Bach Birthday Concert.

LOCATION AND INFORMATION
The Gloucester Meetinghouse is located at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The accessible side entrance is at 10 Church Street. Weather permitting, event parking is available on the green and at parking lots nearby in the Historic District. Tickets are available at the door or online with more information at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org. Preferred seating $45; general $30; students $10 with ID; under 12 free.

For more information on this program and the full 2019-20 event schedule, please visit www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org.

 

 

Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation Presents

GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION PRESENTS

THE MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD IN A PROGRAM CALLED

‘A CHRISTMAS PILGRIMAGE’

Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gloucester Meetinghouse corner of Middle and Church Streets in Gloucester.  The accessible side entrance is at 10 Church Street. Event parking is available on the green and at additional parking lots nearby in the Historic District.

The ensemble, The Musicians of the Old Post Road, returns for the fourth season to perform their greatly anticipated annual holiday concert held at the Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. The program includes traditional favorites by Handel and Telemann and rarely-performed works by Bach contemporaries Christoph Graupner, Johann David Heinichen, Johann Christoph Pez, and Augustin Pfleger.

Tickets for A Christmas Pilgrimage are available at the door or online with more information at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org. Preferred seating $45; general $30; students $10 with ID; under 12 free. Thanks to a generous sponsor this concert is dedicated to the memory of Carol Ackerman.

EVENT DESCRIPTION
The Musicians of the Old Post Road, a chamber ensemble based in the Boston area, specializes in works from the Baroque to early Romantic eras performed on period instruments. The ensemble is well known for bringing their audiences rediscovered masterpieces, works that are rarely performed in public. The Musicians of the Old Post Road received the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society in 1998. They have seven CD recordings to their credit and have toured throughout North America and Europe.

Concert selections include Georg Philipp Telemann’s Der mit Sunden beleidigte Heiland; Johann David Heinichen’s, Pastorale per la Notte di Natale; Johann Christoph Pez’s, Concerto Pastorale; and Augustin Pfleger’s Mache dich auf, werde Licht. The centerpiece of the program is a world-premiere revival of Christoph Graupner’s cantata  Das Volk so im Finstern wandelt, researched and reconstructed by co-Artistic Directors Daniel Ryan and Suzanne Stumpf. Additional works will be the familiar Pifa sinfonia from G.F. Handel’s Messiah, and an audience sing-along with “Joy to the World,” adapted from one of Handel’s choruses.

Members of the ensemble, all specialists in period instrument performance, include flutist Suzanne Stumpf, violinist Sarah Darling, violist Marcia Cassidy, cellist Daniel Ryan, and fortepianist/harpsichordist Michael Bahmann. They are joined by four soloists well known to Boston area audiences: soprano Jessica Petrus; mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux; tenor Jason McStoots; and baritone David McFerrin.

This concert is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Carol Ackerman. Carol is fondly remembered as a longtime member of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church and a devoted member of the church choir. Her passion for music was well known throughout Cape Ann and the Boston area where she sang in several choruses. She served on the board of Rockport Music and established their Music Outreach Program for young people.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Unitarian Universalist Church, is located at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The accessible side entrance is at 10 Church Street. Event parking is available on the green and at additional parking lots nearby in the Historic District. For more information on this program and for the full 2019-20 event schedule, please visit www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD
The Musicians of the Old Post Road takes its name from its acclaimed concert series that brings period instrument performances of music from the 17th to the 19th centuries to historic buildings along New England’s fabled Old Post Road, the first thoroughfare to connect Boston and New York City in the late 17th century.

The ensemble has garnered a reputation for its original and unique holiday programming. Each December the ensemble spotlights outstanding works that have been lost to audiences for centuries. The Boston Musical Intelligencer described, “rich, delicious and completely unfamiliar works….Hurrah for the enterprising investigation of repertory by The Musicians of the Old Post Road and equally for their spirited playing and singing.”

Winner of the 1998 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society, The Musicians of the Old Post Road has also received programming awards from Chamber Music America and the US-Mexico Fund for Culture. They have toured in Germany, Austria, and Mexico, and have appeared at festivals and on concert series in the US, including the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series, the Castle Hill Festival, the Artist Series at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and the Connecticut Early Music Festival. The ensemble held a residency at Dartmouth College and was featured on WCVB television’s “Chronicle” program and 99.5 All Classical radio’s “Live from Fraser” program. Their discography includes seven recordings that have each been praised in the US and abroad.

From our Friend Charles Nazarian, President Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation


The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is hosting a Symposium on finding common ground concerning gun violence and seeking effective solutions on Saturday May 19th from 2-6pm. Please see the attached Press Release, Fact Sheet and Poster.

Participants include Gloucester High School Students, American Legion Commander Mark Nestor, former Essex County District Attorney Kevin Burke, Cape Ann Clergy and nationally known gun-control legislation proponent John Rosenthal. The keynote speaker is Colin Woodard, author of “American Nations.” The event is divided into four, 45-minute segments with 15 minute refreshment breaks so that people may attend all, or part, of the afternoon. Admission is free with free-will offerings to the Foundation to benefit the ongoing preservation of the historic 1806 Meetinghouse.
Please post notices about this significant community gathering wherever you can.
For further information please see the GMF web site, feel free to contact me at 978-821-5291 or the GMF Events Chair, Sandy Ronan at 978-473-2134.

Thanks,
C
Charles L. Nazarian, president
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

10 Church
Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

THE FISK CONNECTION | A PROGRESSIVE ORGAN CONCERT ON APRIL 14 Gloucester Meetinghouse UU and St. John’s

high res Fisk facade photoGloucester Meetinghouse Foundation shares news about its upcoming special event

“The the first half of the concert is performed on the historic 1893 Hutchings/Fisk organ in the Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Unitarian Universalist Church) and the second half is performed on the innovative 1989 C. B. Fisk organ in St. John’s Episcopal Church next door.  Six professional organists, related in various ways to Gloucester, will perform diverse repertoire on these two fine pipe-organs.  The concert will include narration about the work of Charles Fisk, the relationship of the players to the Fisk legacy, and a bit about how the two instruments sound.  A reception will follow the concert.”

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Lindsay Crouse, Peter Krasinski soar | Peter Pan silent film screening at Cape Ann Cinema

Another unforgettable Cape Ann Cinema & UU Gloucester Meetinghouse collaboration was held on Sunday, December 3, 2017–a special screening of the silent film adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan as a benefit for Pathways for Children. Ellen Sibley was there for Pathways, welcoming guests and opening the evening.

ELLEN SIBLEY intro -Peter Krasinski with Lindsay Crouse accompanying silent film Peter Pan at Gloucester Cinema & Stage, a Gloucester Meetinghouse benefit Pathways for Children 20171203

Peter Krasinski with Lindsay Crouse accompanying silent film Peter Pan at Gloucester Cinema & Stage, a Gloucester Meetinghouse benefit Pathways for Children 20171203_155949
photo caption: Sound check (Peter Krasinski and Lindsay Crouse readying their accompanying live performances for silent film Peter Pan screening at Gloucester Cinema & Stage, a Gloucester Meetinghouse benefit for Pathways for Children)

Renowned organist Peter Krasinski explained that star Lindsay Crouse would use her artistry to accompany this silent screening like a Benshi, a Japanese word for performers who provided live narration for silent films in order to translate the intertitles. Though Krasinski has collaborated with benshi in Japan for some of his live performances, yesterday’s event was the first time he’s done so in the United States. I went to film school and was fortunate to take master classes in cinema studies with Bill Everson, a film historian and major collector. He’d invite Lillian Gish and other silent screen stars and producers to lecture, and always there were amazing accompanists. Not once though have I experienced a narration, too. I’ve heard Krasinski play before and seen Crouse act in film, tv and Gloucester Stage. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it would be like nothing else I’d ever experienced.  Krasinski has seen Peter Pan numerous times and his confident music was subtle and charming, cueing the music to the action on the screen and improvising along with Crouse. Crouse’s narration was pitch perfect. Crouse spoke of her affection for the story and related seeing it 17 times as a child (yes, with Mary Martin) and how it’s among the defining and formative theatrical pulls of her youth.Who knew Nana’s whimpering and such subtle variations of so many characters crying throughout Peter Pan was possible? I googled Lindsay Crouse audiobooks right when I got home. Lindsay Crouse audiobooks

What amazing effort and art for a good cause.

Upcoming Gloucester Meetinghouse / Cape Ann Cinema collaboration Continue reading “Lindsay Crouse, Peter Krasinski soar | Peter Pan silent film screening at Cape Ann Cinema”

Concert and Lecture Series Meetinghouse

From  FOB Charles Nazarian

On Saturday evening, December 16th the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation will host a return performance by The Musicians of the Old Post Road. This beloved chamber ensemble gave us an amazing performance last year. They fell in love with our acoustics, the ambience of the historic building, and hope to make a future recording in the Meetinghouse. ‘Follow the Star’ will showcase music written for Epiphany as we approach the holidays with festive selections by Georg Philipp Telemann, Christian Geist and a cantata by Christoph Graupner. The ensemble performs on period instruments including violin, viola, cello, flute and harpsichord.

Aside from the music, this will be a special evening as we recognize the many grants and significant individual gifts to our fire-sprinkler & deterrence project. The treasured 1806 Meetinghouse, the largest and oldest surviving example in Gloucester, is now protected from fire with a state-of-the-art sprinkler system and walls filled with fire-proof, high-efficiency thermal insulation. The completed project is Phase I of a strategic plan to completely restore the building by the City’s 400th anniversary in 2023 and make the Meetinghouse sustainable for centuries to come.

The concert poster is below and attached with the press release. Please do all you can to publicize this fine community event.

Many thanks,

SPECTRUM SINGERS PERFORM AT THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 AT 3:00PM ~ Tolling the Bell for Paris

Tomorrow the Gloucester Meetinghouse will toll the Paul Revere bell in the Meetinghouse tower at 2:45pm, 15 minutes prior to the Spectrum Singers concert.  We will do this in honor of those who died or are suffering in Paris, the worldwide victims of terrorism or intolerance, and affirmation of our precious heritage of religious freedom.

The concert was planned before the tragic events in Paris but speaks to our common humanity through musical settings of the psalms and prayers of the 3 Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – including the premiere of a choral piece by Mohammed Fairouz.  It concludes with the hauntingly beautiful setting of Psalm 90 by Charles Ives with the full chorus, soloists, bell choir, chimes and organ.

Whether you subscribe to a traditional religious practice or simply find a divine presence in nature…we hope you will join us for this meaningful community event.

Gloucester Meetinghouse, Spectrum Singers, letter flyer