Symposium at the Meetinghouse: ‘PRESERVATION & SUSTAINABILITY?’

This is a community Symposium presented by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation and its clean energy initiative TownGreen/2025 on Saturday afternoon November 11th, 2-6:00pm.

The event will explore whether preservation of our older homes and historic civic buildings is compatible the goal of becoming “green” through expert presentations, responses from a distinguished panel, and Q&A with the audience.

Cape Ann is actively pursuing two goals that are sometimes viewed as separate or opposed.  One is for the preservation of Cape Ann’s historic buildings and homes, especially as Gloucester’s 400th anniversary approaches in 2023.  The other is to seek alternate sources of clean energy, minimize consumption, and reduce our overall carbon footprint to counter the global forces of climate change.

We explore many aspects of the basic question:  Can preservation and sustainability can be complementary rather than competitive goals?

Some of the issues emerged recently in the controversy about whether the Sawyer Free Library should build an all-new structure or work within an existing building envelope that was purposely designed to complement the landmark buildings of the Historic District.

In a sequence of four 50 minute sessions with 10 minute breaks, the Symposium will provide a friendly and informative forum in which residents may interact with professionals to discuss how these two worthy goals sometimes conflict or may go together.

LOCATION:  The historic (1806) Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, on the green at the corner of Church & Middle Street.  Parking is available on the green, next door at St. John’s Church, and at the Sawyer Free Library.  Accessible side entrance with an elevator is at 10 Church Street.

ADMISSION:  Free (offerings gratefully accepted), refreshments available all afternoon

More information is available at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

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THE GREAT KRASINSKI, MAESTRO OF THE PIPE ORGAN, IN ‘THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME’ AT THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!

Peter Krasinski, organist extraordinaire, performs ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ on Friday, October the 13th at 7:30pm

World-famous pipe-organ maestro Peter Krasinski accompanies the silent horror film classic ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ starring Lon Chaney and the comedy short ‘The Haunted House with Buster Keaton on the pipe-organ in the Gloucester Meetinghouse.

Krasinski begins the program with a thrilling organ prelude followed by the hilarious film “The Haunted House” starring Buster Keaton.  The Maestro will play the grand 1893 Hutchings-Fisk pipe-organ in the darkened Sanctuary, improvising the accompaniment to the 2 great silent film classics.

ADMISSION:  $20 General, $15 Students & Seniors (65+), kids under 12 free.

Proceeds benefit the ongoing Fire-Sprinkler & Deterrence Project in the Meetinghouse.  Special thanks to our sole corporate Sponsor for this family-friendly, community event: the Cape Ann Savings Bank

Located on the green at the intersection of Church & Middle Street, the historic (1806) Meetinghouse is the home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church.  Parking is available on the green and next door at St. John’s Church; a side entrance for persons with disabilities is at #10 Church Street.

Maestro Krasinski is presented by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation in collaboration with the Cape Ann Community Cinema.  Our mission is to preserve this treasured building as a civic hub, cultural venue and community action center.  For more information about how you can help or about our events please visit: http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit Massachusetts corporation qualified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. With this designation, contributions to the GMF are tax-exempt to the extent of the law with no goods or services received in exchange.

GRAND FINALE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH! MUSIC ON MEETINGHOUSE GREEN 2017

Last event in the free summer concert series: Music on Meetinghouse Green 2017

The Cape Ann Big Band ensemble called Jumbalaya Horns is playing this Friday September 8th 2017, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. This is the last concert in a free Summer Series called ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’ hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.  Each of the nine events features a different musical group and highlights the work of a North Shore non-profit organization that works for the good of the whole community.  Free-will offerings from the crowd support their work as performers transform the front steps of the Meetinghouse into a concert hall stage.

This final event is also a celebration by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation as your free-will donations will benefit the fire-sprinkler & deterrence system now being installed in the historic 1806 Universalist Meetinghouse.  Through public and private gifts nearly $500K was raised for this project, helping to preserve the Meetinghouse as a landmark on the Gloucester skyline…our City’s largest and last surviving example.  This magnificent building,  home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church and civic programs such as The Grace Center, has been a beacon of hope for over 200 years at the corner of Church & Middle Street.  Come celebrate with us!

The Cape Ann Big Band swing orchestra made their debut in 2014, under the direction of Carlos Menezes Jr. Inspired by the sounds of New Orleans jazz, swing, soul, rock ‘n roll and a musical ‘gumbo’ of the Mississippi Delta, the band delivers a foot stompin’ fusion of Jambalaya Horns. The group features Tom Madore (trombone); Zach Gorrell (sax); Carlos Menezes Jr (vocals/horns); Joe Wilkins (vocals/guitar); Anthony Prestigiovanni (vocals/trumpet); Gary Wolsieffer (bass/tuba), and Rick Geraghty (vocals/drums).

Bring a blanket or beach chairs, a picnic, or conveniently purchase food from our on-site food vendor The Common Crow, and enjoy a rollicking fun evening on Meetinghouse Green.  Dancing is encouraged under the old-fashioned strings of fair lights.  Events go forward rain or shine, moving indoors if it rains into the coffeehouse atmosphere of the Meetinghouse downstairs social hall.  Parking is available in the Library and St. John’s Church lots.  For more information visit:  http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken will be on hand to thank our Sponsors: Linzee and Beth Coolidge (matching gift); Tom and Susan Andresen; J.J. and Jackie Bell; Michael and Mary Ann Bresnan; Joanne Hart and Gordon Baird; Harry and Mary Hintlian; Dick and Doris Prouty; Charles Nazarian, Sandra Ronan; and our Corporate Sponsor Cape Ann Savings Bank. 

We hope you can join us for this opportunity to thank them for supporting a uniquely Cape Ann program…a mini Tanglewood in the heart of the Historic District…Music on Meetinghouse Green!

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Gloucester Meetinghouse Mother’s Day Concert to Featuring Copland’s “Appalachian Spring”

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to announce that the Ipswich-based community orchestra, ‘The Orchestra on the Hill,’ will perform renowned composer Aaron Copland’s prizewinning “Appalachian Spring” on Sunday, May 14, in the historic Gloucester Universalist Meetinghouse.

This Mother’s Day concert begins at 3:30 p.m., led by conductor and orchestra founder Tom Palance, a member of the music faculty at Salem State University and at the Boston Conservatory of Music. This will be the 20-member orchestra’s first concert appearance in Gloucester.

Along with the orchestral suite “Appalachian Spring” the program will present Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Suite for Viola and Orchestra,” and a new work by Ipswich musician and composer Chris Florio, “The Banquet.” Copland’s scoring of familiar melodies in “Appalachian Spring” won him the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1944.

This is the finale in GMF’s fall-winter 2016-17 concert series. The Meetinghouse, an icon on Gloucester’s skyline, is located at the corner of Church and Middle Street in downtown Gloucester. Parking is available on the green.  Accessible side entrance with a lift at 10 Church Street.

A summer series of free Friday evening, outdoor concerts on the Meetinghouse lawn starts on July 7th.  ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’ features a different musical ensemble each week with a partner North Shore non-profit as the beneficiary via free-will offerings from the audience.

Tickets to the May 14 concert are $45 for preferred seating, $30 for general seating, and $25 for students and seniors. Admission is free to persons age 17 and under. Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

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The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s mission is to preserve Gloucester’s last-surviving historic Meetinghouse, as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center. The landmark 1806 Meetinghouse is home to the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, whose founders led the way in Massachusetts for legal separation of church and state as now enshrined in the First Amendment.

The Orchestra on the Hill is a community organization formed in support of professional music performances and performers on the North Shore. Its mission is to enrich Ipswich and surrounding communities through exceptional concerts of orchestral music, and provide opportunities for non-professional adult musicians to rehearse together coached by professional conductors and players.

Internationally Acclaimed Organist Joonho Park plays Bach on April 22nd

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to present young Korean organ virtuoso Joonho Park performing an all-Bach program in a progressive organ recital. He teaches at the University of Texas at Austin and is the winner of many international organ competitions.  Joonho Park has been hailed as an amazing talent with exquisite technique and exciting musicality.  He will be playing some of the most technically demanding and beloved organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The first half will be performed in the Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, on the distinguished 1893 Hutchings pipe-organ, restored by world-renowned Gloucester organ-builder Charles Fisk in 1962.  George Hutchings built the original Boston Symphony Hall organ in 1903 and his instruments are known for their beautiful tone colors and powerful foundation stops.

At the intermission, the audience will stroll next door for the second half of the concert in St. John’s Episcopal Church on the innovative 1989 C. B. Fisk pipe-organ, the firm’s Opus 97. This is the only new Fisk instrument commissioned on Cape Ann.  Like the earlier Hutchings instrument it has mechanical (tracker) key action for the most responsive touch and it has a rich combination of tonal qualities well-suited to the authentic performance of Bach’s music.

A gala reception will follow the concert at St. John’s.

We are very grateful to H. Woody Brock, Lanesville resident and Bach aficionado for being the sponsor of this event, the debut performance by Joonho Park in New England.

Admission at the door and online: $20 General, $15 Seniors & Students, Under 17 free

https://gloucestermeetinghouse.org

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‘Leven & Sorellanza Valentine’s Concert

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WHAT TO EXPECT‘Leven and Sorellanza performed in concert together for the first time at the Gloucester Meetinghouse in February 2015 and return this year with the Valentine’s Day theme.  They began their debut by flying a long banner over the audience as they produced ethereal sounds that set a magical tone to the whole evening.

The varied repertoire of these talented women and their evident exuberance for singing a cappella was hugely entertaining as well as moving for the audience with playful solos, duets and rhythmic gymnastics adding spice to their superbly blended ensembles.  Prepare to relax, laugh, remember, and allow the theme of love to permeate your soul with music sung from the heart. 

WHAT’S SPECIAL? Two Cape Ann a cappella  women’s vocal ensembles raise their voices in songs of Love…and Home…and Love…and Work…and Love…and Life…and Love…and Strength…and Love…and Peace…and Love some more…

WHEN:  Saturday, February 11th 2017, 7:30pm

WHERE:  The historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church), corner of Church & Middle Street, with accessible side entrance at 10 Church Street.

COST:  Free admission.  Voluntary donations gratefully accepted for the two womens’ ensembles and the Meetinghouse Preservation Fund.

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‘Leven is an enduring ensemble of Cape Ann womens’ voices founded in 1991 inthe eleventh month, at 1111 Washington St., under the leavening influence of Dawn Pratsonand ten similarly enlightened ladies.

Various combinations of ‘Leven singers have continued to bring powerful, poignant and eclectic a cappella repertoire to Cape Ann audiences for the past 26 years.  In this Valentine season they sing songs for the love of “home” – whether keeping the home fires burning, departing for far off places, or returning back home again.

‘Leven members: Sue Bonior, Pat Maloney Brown, Caroline Haines, Anne Hyde, Kristina Martin, and Sheryl Reed

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Sorellanza is a women’s a cappella group based on Cape Ann and directed by Rockport resident, Patti Pike.  Founded in 2006, Sorellanza draws enthusiastic audiences with varied and upbeat repertoire.  For this concert many songs are a blend of old and new: ancient lyrics set to modern music, a blend of Rumi text with Psalms, and homage to our grandmothers.

Their eclectic repertoire includes a love song from West Side Story, a Lullaby from Billy Joel, an honoring of the One, and some just plain fun songs.  Songs from the Heart is a unifying theme that includes them all.

Sorellanza members:

Patti Pike – choral director, Karen Koerth, Jen Fuller, Peggy Duff, Jenny Sonia, Andrea Coates-Vinson, Kate Stevens, Ruth Maassen, Jane Woodman, Kathy Eckles, Marianne Thompson, Caitlin Cannon, Nancy Goodman

GLOUCESTER MLK DAY CELEBRATION

WHAT: AN AFTERNOON OF PRESENTATIONS ON THE MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

 WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017, 1:30-5:30pm

 WHERE: THE HISTORIC 1806 GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE (Unitarian Universalist Church), corner of Church & Middle Street, accessible side entrance at 10 Church Street

 PROGRAM:

1:30 Mary Ellen Lepionka, Cape Ann Algonquians’ first encounter with Samuel de Champlain

2:30 Lise Breen, history of early African-Americans and slavery in Gloucester

3:30 GWC Fish Tales, first-hand stories about injustice and hope

4:30 Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken, summation on cultural diversity

5:00 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers the ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ on the CAC&S big screen

5:30 Closing, tolling of the Meetinghouse Paul Revere bell for freedom

WHAT’S SPECIAL?  A rare opportunity to gather in community to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, learn about past and present-day persons of diverse colors, cultures and identities on Cape Ann, and to rededicate ourselves to the American creed that all persons are created equal.

COST:  FREE with voluntary donations, all welcome.  Refreshments will be available.

 MORE INFORMATIONwww.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

ABOUT THE GMFThe mission of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is to preserve the 1806 landmark, Gloucester’s last-surviving historic Meetinghouse, as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center. 

 RELATED MORNING EVENT:  The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport holds its annual Peace March commemorating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in which members and friends gather at 9:30 am for sign making, followed by a march through downtown Rockport at 10:00 am, and gather after the march for hot cider and goodies, followed by a short worship service.  For more information see:  http://rockportuu.org/