MASTERWORKS BY HAYDN AND SCHUBERT ON SUNDAY, MARCH 18
The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation hosts a performance of Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, and Schubert’s Magnificat in C on Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the Gloucester Meetinghouse at the corner of Middle and Church Street. Doors open at 2:30; come early for the best seats. The performance features the outstanding Cambridge-based Spectrum Singers, distinguished soloists, and a large orchestral ensemble.
Spectrum Singers Music Director, John Ehrlich, describes the two monumental works. “Haydn’s Mass in Time of War bristles with abundant energy and amazing choral and orchestral effects,” he notes. “The trumpets and tympani are boldly featured, painting the sounds of war that were occurring nearby as Haydn composed the music in 1796. Schubert, whose work bridged the Classical and Romantic periods, is renowned for his treatment of melody and harmony. His Magnificat in C, written when the composer was just 18 years old, amply demonstrates this fine gift.”
Also on Sunday’s program are three intimate vocal quartets by Schubert, the 23rd Psalm, Gebet, and Des Tages Weihe. These are among the most tender and beautiful of the Schubert lieder (songs) performed by the soloists with piano accompaniment.
“This is a rare opportunity to hear masterworks of this importance in the superb acoustics of the Gloucester Meetinghouse,” notes Charles Nazarian, President of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation. “As a concert venue, the Meetinghouse delivers a warm and inviting space and an unforgettable musical experience.”
Tickets are available online at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org or at the door. Prices are $65 for preferred seating, $45 for general seating, and $30 for students and seniors. Children under age 12 are admitted free. Parking is available on Meetinghouse Green (enter between the pillars on Middle Street) and in free lots nearby in the Historic District. A reception to honor the musicians will follow the concert.
About the Gloucester Meetinghouse
Built in 1806, the Gloucester Meetinghouse is the oldest standing church in Gloucester. It is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and the Massachusetts Register of Historic Places for both its historic and architectural significance. The founders of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, the first Universalist Religious Society in America, led the way in Massachusetts for the legal separation of church and state. Later, the concept of separation of church and state was fully embraced in the first amendment to the United States Constitution. The Meetinghouse is located at the corner of Middle and Church Street in downtown Gloucester and is handicapped-accessible through the entrance at 10 Church Street.
About the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
Now in its third year, the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s mission is to preserve this landmark building for generations to come as a civic hub, entertainment venue, and community center. For more information on future concerts, events, and opportunities to support the Foundation’s work, visit the website at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org.
Children’s Choir Festival Makes First Gloucester Appearance on Sunday
Nearly three dozen young voices will be joined in song on Sunday, February 11th beginning at 4 p.m. in the 10th annual Children’s Choir Festival. It will be held in the Sanctuary of the historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, on the green at the corner of Middle and Church Street. This is a wonderful event for the whole family to enjoy!
The singers, ages 5 through 18, are from three Episcopal churches, St. John’s of Gloucester, Christ Church in Andover, and All Saints Church in Chelmsford, assembled to give them an opportunity to sing as part of a larger ensemble in a grand space with a bigger audience than their home choir situations permit.
The works will range from the famous Shaker Tune, “Simple Gifts,” through religious melodies, spirituals, and a work, ‘The Call of Wisdom,” written in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
The audience will be invited to join the combined choirs in singing “All Creatures of Our God and King and Beethoven’s “Hymn to Joy.” Prayers and scripture readings will be interspersed throughout the hour-long program. A reception will follow.
The Choir Festival dates back to 2009 but this is its first appearance in Gloucester. Mark Nelson, music director at St. John’s Church, said the Meetinghouse was chosen as the venue for its ample seating for over 300 persons, as well as its fine acoustics. Nelson will be joined in conducting by Barbara Bruns of the Andover church and Maggie Marshall of the Chelmsford Church.
The Gloucester Meetinghouse is located at the intersection of Middle and Church Street. Parking is available on the green in front of the Meetinghouse, in the St. John’s Church lot at 33 Washington St., and in the municipal lot at nearby St. Peter’s Square, on Rogers Street. Access for persons with disabilities is from the side door at 10 Church St.
The event is being hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation. Admission is free (donations gratefully accepted). More information is available at:
WHAT: AN AFTERNOON OF PRESENTATIONS ON THE MLK HOLIDAY hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018, 2:00-5:30pm
WHERE: The historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church) on Meetinghouse Green at the corner of Middle and Church Street. Accessible side entrance at 10 Church Street. Parking on the Green or next door at St. John’s Church.
Mary Ellen Lepionka, Cape Ann Algonquians’ fate after European colonization
Lise Breen, history of black leaders of the Abolitionist Movement
GWC Fish Tales, first-hand stories from refugees about the promise of America
Reverend Janet Parsons, accountability and where do we go from here?
Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken, commentary on cultural diversity
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his final Christmas Sermon on interconnectedness
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 historical and present-day persons of color with diverse identities, initiatives to study the history of slavery on Cape Ann as well as the black leaders of the Abolitionist Movement and rededicate ourselves to the American creed that all persons are created equal. This is the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Dr. King, whose message on non-violence, opposition to war, drive to lift people of any ethnicity, country of origin or racial background out of poverty, and belief in the care of our natural environment is as relevant today as it was in the 60’s.
COST: FREE with voluntary donations, all welcome. Refreshments will be available.
MORE INFORMATION: www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org
ABOUT THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION: The mission of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is to preserve the 1806 landmark building, Gloucester’s last-surviving historic Meetinghouse, as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community action 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/
Join us for a joyful celebration of the completed fire-sprinkler project with a magical Baroque chamber music concert!
We will thank the key civic grant sources and private individual donors to the sprinkler capital campaign; especially Linzee & Beth Coolidge who provided the initial and capping gifts that made it possible
The Musicians of the Old Post Road is a chamber ensemble based in the Boston area that specializes in the period instrument performance of dynamic and diverse music from the Baroque to early Romantic eras. Founded by Artistic Directors Suzanne Stumpf (flute) and Daniel Ryan (cello), the ensemble also includes Sarah Darling (violin & viola), Marcia Cassidy (viola), and Michael Bahmann (harpsichord).
‘Follow the Star’ is a program showcasing music written for Epiphany and shining a light on the Magi’s journey toward Bethlehem. This festive concert includes selections by Telemann, Geist, and a modern day revival of a cantata by Graupner. The ensemble is joined for this concert by distinguished vocal soloists: soprano Jessica Petrus, mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg, and tenor Jason Wang.
LOCATION: The historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church), on the green at the corner of Church & Middle Street. Accessible side entrance with a lift at 10 Church Street, near the corner of Pine Street.
COST: $45 Preferred Seating (reserved front rows & rear gallery), $30 General, $25 College Students & Seniors (65+), under 17 free. Tickets may be purchased online at:
or at the door with cash, check or major credit card.
PARKING: On Meetinghouse Green (enter at the curb cut between the granite pillars) or next door at St. John’s Church
“To attend an Old Post Road concert is to be transported back in time. Picture yourself sitting in the pews of a beautiful old church…with bold, graceful, or spritely music filling the intimate venue. The program that rests in your lap details the rich history of the music you are listening to, and the concert venue you are enjoying. In front of you, the ensemble charms on a variety of period wind, string, and keyboard instruments.”
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
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