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

Appalachian Spring Poster

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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