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.

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.

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.

GLOUCESTER’S HOUSING: FROM CRISIS TO OPPORTUNITY – a community symposium November 16th from 2–5:00 p.m. in the historic 1806 Meetinghouse

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation hosts this civic event to explore the topic of housing, its relevance to the City of Gloucester and Cape Ann, and the challenges and opportunities it presents for the future. Through a program of speakers, panels, and audience interaction, presenters will address the question of how Gloucester’s lack of reasonably-priced housing is holding the city back. Discussions will explore how creative, green, and maritime economies might offer solutions.

PROGRAM

SEGMENT I  2:00 – 2:50

GREETING: Charles Nazarian, President, Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

OVERVIEW: Sandy Ronan, VP/Events, Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

PANEL DISCUSSION, Sandy Ronan-Moderator:

Subject: “How is the lack of housing holding Gloucester back?”

Shawn Henry -Gloucester Planning Board

Robert J.Gillis, Jr. – President, Cape Ann Savings Bank

Ken Riehl – CEO, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

David Houlden – Gloucester Housing Authority

SPEAKER:

Peggy Hegarty-Steck – President and Executive Director, Action, Inc.

Subject: Cameron’s project – zoning/funding challenges

BREAK: 10 minutes

SEGMENT II  3:00 – 3:50

RESIDENT STORIES, Kathleen Williams-Moderator:

Clare Higgins – SeARTS

RuthPino – Realtor

David Calvo –Woodcarver/sculptor

Angela Sanfilippo– Executive Director, Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association

Rob Newton -Cape Ann Community Cinema Stage

Katie O’Leary – Wellspring, Homeless Prevention Case Manager 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:

Andrew DeFranza -Harborlight Community Partners

BREAK: 10 minutes

SEGMENT III  4:00-5:00

SPEAKERS:

Carl Gustin -Economic Development and Industrial Corporation

Tom Balf – Founder and Principal, OceanVest, Merging the Maritime, Green, and Creative Economies

PANEL, (addressing written questions from the audience) Jeremy Melvin-Moderator:

Jen Holmgren – City Councilor

David Houlden –Gloucester Housing Authority

Andrew DeFranza – Harborlight Community Partners

Robert J. Gillis – President, Cape Ann Savings Bank

Kirk Noyes – Gloucester Development Team

CLOSING  5:00

SUMMATION: Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken

The three-hour program is free and open to the public. People are encouraged to attend as much of the program as they like. Ten-minute breaks with refreshments between segments will allow audience members to interact with presenters and engage in informal conversations with each other.

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.

HALLOWEEN MOVIE SPECIAL: TWO FACES OF FRANKENSTEIN, AT THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE

Two scary silent movies with live accompaniment on the pipe organ, Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating the season of dark and windy nights, hobgoblins, and scary creatures, the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents two landmark silent movies featuring the Frankenstein monster and accompanied by world-renowned sonic artist and organist Peter Krasinski.

The first movie is a short 1910 Thomas Edison photo-play, the first motion picture version of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. This silent movie features sophisticated special effects for its time. Unsuspecting audiences were dazzled when it was released. Now nearly 110 years old, this rarely-seen film continues to amaze audiences with its powerful visuals.

The second is the brilliant 1931 Frankenstein movie that launched Boris Karloff’s career as the famed monster. The film had no musical score, creating the perfect opportunity for improvised accompaniment by a virtuoso on the pipe organ like Peter Krasinski. Karloff’s rendition of Frankenstein is a classic horror film, scaring and delighting family audiences for over 90 years.

Peter Krasinski returns to Gloucester this year to work his improvisational magic on the historic Meetinghouse’s sonorous 1893 Hutchings/Fisk pipe organ. Known as a sonic artist and maestro of the pipe organ, Krasinski tours all over the world performing with classic silent movies. The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is grateful to our 2019-20 Autumn/Winter/Spring sponsors who have made this series possible.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Unitarian Universalist Church, is located at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The event is handicapped accessible via the side door at 10 Church Street. Parking is available on the green, on-street and at additional parking lots nearby in the Historic District.

Tickets are $20 Adults, $10 Students, 12 & under free.

Tickets are available at the door or online with more info at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

CAPE ANN CLASSIC CARS ON THE GREEN

SECOND ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW COMES TO MEETINGHOUSE GREEN, CORNER OF CHURCH & MIDDLE STREETS IN GLOUCESTER ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 10:00AM TO 2:00PM

With the historic 1806 Meetinghouse in the background, this early fall show attracts a variety of fine classic cars from around the North Shore. The audience is invited to vote for their favorite classic cars in 9 categories and trophies will be awarded at the conclusion of the event.

The car show is free and open to the public with donations to the ongoing preservation of the Meetinghouse gratefully accepted. It is a delightful family-friendly event with food vendors and live Dixieland-style music performed by John’s Giddy Gang. Tours of treasures inside the Meetinghouse will be available and include performances on the grand 1893 Hutchings-Fisk pipe organ.

Owners of classic cars may register on the day of the show ($10 fee) at the entrance to the Green or in advance by emailing car information to c.nazarian@gloucestermeetinghouse.org

The Meetinghouse (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church) is located in the heart of Historic District. Please consult map for directions since there are several one-way streets. Parking is available in a number of nearby municipal lots and on the street. The rain date is Sunday, September 29th, 1:00 to 5:00PM.

Announcing Music on Meetinghouse Green 2019, Free Friday Evening Outdoor Concerts in Gloucester!

Music on Meetinghouse Green is a free outdoor summer music festival at 6:00PM on the Green in front of the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corner of Middle and Church Streets.  We dedicate this fourth season in honor of Linzee Coolidge and the late Beth Coolidge for their vision and generosity to the Cape Ann community.

Please join us for the 4th year of this unique outdoor concert series, hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.  The 9-event summer festival features a different musical ensemble on Friday evenings starting on July 5th and benefits our North Shore non-profit partners via free-will offerings from the audience.  Concerts are held inside the Meetinghouse in inclement weather. Come celebrate TGIF with great music and delicious food available from local vendors while supporting the terrific work of local non-profits!

Please visit http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org for the season schedule and more information.

GREAT CONCERTS IN FRONT OF THE HISTORIC 1806 MEETINGHOUSE

The whole community is invited to enjoy this family-friendly experience under the shade trees on the green in the heart of the Historic District.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets and your favorite libation to enjoy the music and delicious food available from local vendors.  Your voluntary contributions support the work of 8 dedicated partner organizations that work so hard to improve the lives of our fellow citizens on Cape Ann.

The final event on September 6th benefits the ongoing preservation of the grand 1806 Meetinghouse, Gloucester’s oldest church – steeped in the history of religious freedom in Massachusetts and central to the Constitution’s guarantee of the separation of Church and State!

FOR OUR FATHERS, an evening of song and art with Ute Gfrerer and Lisa Rosowsky on Sunday April 28th in the Gloucester Meetinghouse

UteGfrerer_hi-resInternationally acclaimed Austrian soprano Ute Gfrerer and renowned Boston artist Lisa Rosowsky, present a deeply moving evening of song and art, based on the legacy of silence of their two fathers during World War II, one an Austrian member of the Nazi Youth Party, and one a French Jew. In a unique collaboration, the two artists present a Holocaust-themed program of music and mixed media artworks, based on memories of their fathers.

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Singer Ute Gfrerer, accompanied on the piano by William Merrill, and artist Lisa Rosowsky present a program based on a chance meeting in 2017, when they learned that they both suffered a legacy of silence and grief from their fathers’ very different experiences in World War II. Gfrerer’s father was a member of the Nazi Youth Party and a soldier, while Rosowsky’s father went into hiding in France after his parents were arrested and sent to Auschwitz. The two daughters have transferred their grief, anger and love for their fathers into an unforgettable evening of art and music.

The program includes Holocaust-based songs with music by Kurt Weill and Norbert Glanzberg among others. The songs are matched with artworks that explore family history and memory. Our own hearts and memories will be stirred by this astonishing combination of music and art.

This event is co-sponsored by Temple Ahavat Achim with support from the Paulson Foundation. It is also supported by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation sponsors and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the ongoing preservation of the Meetinghouse as well as to support Temple Ahavat Achim’s Rabbi Myron and Eileen Geller Endowment Campaign for the Sylvia Cohen Religious School and Family Learning.

The event date is Sunday, April 28th 2019 at 7:30pm in the historic Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Unitarian Universalist Church) located on the green at the corner of Church and Middle Streets.  Event parking is allowed on the green and is available at other parking lots nearby in the Historic District.   For those with physical challenges an elevator up to the Sanctuary level is available from the accessible side entrance at 10 Church Street.

TICKETS ONLINE OR AT THE DOOR – cash, check or credit card

Preferred                     $45

General                        $30

Students                      $10 with ID

12 & Under                 Free

(no one turned away for lack of funds, ask at the door)

Advance ticket purchases and more information at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

Friday, April 5th: the GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION presents ‘MASTERPIECE,’ an a cappella concert by the SKYLARK VOCAL ENSEMBLE

The internationally acclaimed a cappella choir Skylark will perform a program called ‘Masterpiece’ at 7:00pm with a 6:00pm pre-concert talk on Friday, April 5th in the historic (1806) Gloucester Meetinghouse at the corner of Middle and Church Streets.  A reception to celebrate the performers follows the concert.

Over the centuries, art has inspired music, and music has inspired art. In this innovative multi-faceted program, Skylark will offer musical reflections and reactions to the visual arts from the ancient to the modern.

Skylark’s program will pair a specific piece of art with a particular musical composition from the same time period. Beginning with watercolors and music by Felix Mendelssohn and Hugo Alfvén, the program will progress through the impressionists Renoir and Monet – paired with music by Ravel and Debussy – to art and music of good friends Pablo Picasso and Francis Poulenc.

From Picasso, Skylark will introduce audiences to the work of Adolf Wölfli, from the Art Brut style. Wölfli was a prolific artist during his long residence in the Waldau Clinic, a psychiatric hospital in Bern – Skylark will pair his art with Wiegen-Lied, music by Per Nørgård, and lyrics by Adolf Wölfli.

Contemporary composer James MacMillan’s beautiful The Gallant Weaver recalls elegant Celtic knot work designs found in the Book of Kells.

Skylark was nominated this year for 2 Grammy Awards and is known for a sublime blend of classically trained voices with perfect pitch, exquisite dynamics and a broad range of repertoire.

This is Skylark’s debut performance in the Gloucester Meetinghouse, offering North Shore music lover’s a top-tier concert choir experience close to home.  Comprised of some of the most distinguished classical vocal soloists from around the country, Skylark’s singers have joined together to create a tour de force a cappella ensemble that thrills audiences with their dynamic range, rhythmic prowess, and sheer beauty of sound.

Tickets available at the door and online at

http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

Preferred                  $45

General                     $30

Students                   $10 with ID

12 & Under              Free

No one turned away for lack of funds; just ask at the entrance desk.  Note: side entrance with elevator available at 10 Church Street.

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Skylark has quickly become one of the premier recording choirs in the United States, earning accolades from critics at home and abroad, including Gramophone, Classics Today, the BBC, and Limelight Magazine (Australia).  Skylark’s most recent three recordings have all placed in the top 10 of the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart.  Award-winning CDs include ‘Forgotten Dreams’ (2014), ‘Crossing Over’ (2016), ‘Winter’s Night’ (2017), and ‘Seven Words from the Cross (2018).

Please join us for this rare musical feast!