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!

 

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The Orchestra on the Hill Chamber Ensemble performs ‘Bach and Beyond’ in the historic Gloucester Meetinghouse

‘Bach and Beyond’ will take you on a musical journey around and through the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach.

In the first half, soak in the serene exultation of Trumpet Concerto No. 2 by Tomaso Giovani Albinoni to gain an understanding of why this popular composer was so intriguing to Bach.  Next, venture onward to Bach’s vibrantly fast-paced Orchestral Suite No. 2 with haunting melodies for the flute.  Then hold on your seat for Bach’s powerful Prelude and Fugue (“the Wedge”) in E minor for organ solo played by Jeffrey Mead on the mighty 1893 Hutchings-Fisk pipe organ.

In the second half you will meander forward in time to Mozart’s exquisite Clarinet and String Quintet, in which Bach’s influence runs through like a golden thread. And finally we return to Bach for his glorious and brilliant Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, a musical challenge for the whole ensemble including harpsichord and famous for it’s trumpet fanfare, to complete the journey.

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

Preferred                  $45 (front center 3 rows & rear gallery front row)

General                     $30

Students                   $10 with ID

12 & Under              Free

LOCATION AND MORE INFORMATION

The Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Unitarian Universalist Church) is 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 and on the street in the Historic District.  An elevator up to the Sanctuary level is available from the side entrance at 10 Church Street.

For advance ticket purchases and more information please visit www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

March 16, 2019 Bach and Beyond Concert, Poster, Final Version

‘The Americas, Land of Many Cultures,’ a choral concert by Albany Pro Musica and Camerata Coral from Puerto Rico

Saturday March 2nd 2019 at 3:30pm in the Gloucester Meetinghouse, corner of Church and Middle Streets

March 2, 2019 THE AMERICAS, LAND OF MANY CULTURES Concert PosterA festive choral concert in English and Spanish celebrating the diversity of the Americas presented by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

The Americas, Land of Many Cultures. Distinctive harmonies and thrilling rhythms sung by two great choral ensembles will transport you in a journey celebrating diversity, multiculturalism, inclusiveness, and acceptance; the values that hold the Americas strong.

Puerto Rican chorus Camerata Coral join’s Albany Pro Musica Concert Chorus in homage to the musical heritage of the New World, featuring evocative music from North and South America and the Caribbean.

$45 Preferred, $30 General, $10 Students with ID, Under 12 free – Note: no one turned away due to lack of funds.  Tickets at the door or in advance with more information at http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

PROGRAM

Albany Pro Musica: CANADA
Ambe by Andrew Balfour (b.1967)
I Lost my Talk by Jeff Enns (b.1972)
Come Home
by Donna Rhodenizer (b.1961)
Snow Song
by Trent Worthington (b.1963)

Camerata Coral: LATIN AMERICA 
La flor de la canela, Chabuca Granda (1920-1983), arr. Luis Craff (Perú)
Soy pan, soy paz, soy más, letra: Luis Ramón Igarzábal música:Piero, arr. Julio Barragán Saucedo (Argentina) 
Bésame mucho
, Consuelo Velázquez (1916-2005), arr. Julio Morales (México)
Hoy mi Habana, José Antonio Quesada (b. 1960), arr. Ernesto Herrera (Cuba) 
Cantos de Quisqueya
, arr. Juan Tony Guzmán (Dominican Republic)

Intermission

Albany Pro Musica: USA
By and By by Carol Barnett (b.1949)
Sure on this Shinning Night by Morten Lauridsen (b.1943)
From a Railway Carriage
by Steve Murray (b.1939)
A Jubilant Song
by Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008)

Camerata Coral: PUERTO RICO
Piel canela, Bobby Capó (1922-1989), arr. Rubén Colón-Tarrats
Nave sin rumbo, Syvia Rexach (1022-1961), arr. Javier Asencio
Cedro abajo, Modesto Nieves (b.1951), arr. Jesús Ernesto Ochoa
Creo en Dios, Tony Croatto (1940-2005), arr. Eduardo Sarmiento Toledo
Homenaje a Maelo
, Bobby Capó y Tite Curet Alonso (1926-2003), arr. Jesós Ernesto Ochoa

FINALE Choirs combined
Borinquen, Edmundo Disdier (1927-2016), arr. Rubén Colón-Tarrats 
We Can Mend the Sky
by Jake Runestad

The concert concludes with both choirs combined in the poignant call to love by celebrated American composer Jake Runestad. We Can Mend the Sky’s lyrics are based on a poem by an immigrant from Somalia and two Somali proverbs:

In my dream I saw
A world free of violence, hunger, suffering
A World filled with love
Now awake in this world
I beg, let my dream come true
If we come together, we can mend the sky.

Gloucester’s 3rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration – a festive community event!

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

Monday, January 21st 2019, 2:00-6:00pm

In the historic (1806) Gloucester Meetinghouse (Unitarian Universalist Church)

Corner of Middle and Church Street

This is a free community event and all are welcome!

Free-will contributions to the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation towards the ongoing preservation of the building are requested.   Memberships, mugs, caps, totes, shirts and refreshments available.

Gloucester’s 3rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration: an afternoon of presentations honoring Dr. King about African-American History including Sandra Ronan, Stephanie Buck, live music by Alvin Foster and his band Soul Eclectic, and Keynote Speaker award-winning  filmmaker/journalist Clennon L. King on MLK’s Boston years, followed by audio of Martin Luther King, Jr. accompanied by a slide show.  Audience invited to ring the Paul Revere bell at the conclusion for freedom.

More info at: www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

SCHEDULE

2:00-2:15     Introduction: ‘Why Are We Here?                    Sandra Ronan

2:15-2:45     ‘Shadowed Lives,’ Effects of Slavery on Cape Ann                                                                                                            Stephanie Buck

2:45-3:00     Break with Refreshments

3:00-3:45     Alvin Foster and his band Soul Eclectic, music that underpinned Black people’s courage to be happy and celebrate life, love, spirituality and growth in the face of racism

3:45-4:00     Break with Refreshments

4:00-5:00     Keynote Speaker: Clennon L. King, ‘MLK’S Boston Years’ The award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Clennon L. King will present a slideshow, focusing on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s movements in Boston and New England, from the fall of 1951 to the spring of 1954, to be followed by Q&A with the audience

5:00-5:15     Break with Refreshments

5:15-6:00     Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” accompanied by a slide show of period and present-day images

Conclusion:   Audience invited to join in ringing the Paul Revere Bell for freedom

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CLENNON L. KING ON ‘MLK’S BOSTON YEARS’

A Filmmaker’s Granular Look at Dr. & Mrs. King’s New England Years a lasered look at the little-known years Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott spent in Boston and New England.  Award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Clennon L. King, will present a slideshow, focusing on the Kings’ movements in Boston and New England, from the fall of 1951 to the spring of 1954.

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“Americans know all about Dr. King relative to places like Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, Washington, D.C. and Memphis, but virtually nothing about his time in Boston,” said Clennon L. King, (no relation) whose father was a lawyer for Dr. King in the Historic Albany Movement. “This slideshow seeks to fill in the blanks.”  Clennon L. King will present the compelling PowerPoint® slideshow to audience, before leading a spirited conversation and Q&A with the audience.

Clennon L. King writes, “In a city as historic as Boston, there are few signs that Martin Luther King, Jr. lived, worked and played here before heading to Montgomery to the world stage,” said the Boston-based filmmaker. “My goal was to reconstruct his time here before it is lost to history forever.”

Clennon L. King’s 45-minute slideshow and discussion program is entitled “MLK’s Boston Years”, and was presented to MLK Boston, which plans to build a $5 million monument to Dr. and Mrs. King on the Boston Common.  Boston’s NPR affiliate, WGBH 89.7 FM has twice interviewed King around his research on the Kings’ time in Boston. In April 2018, the filmmaker was featured on the Boston Edition of All Things Considered® with Barbara Howard, and in November 2018, he again was featured on ‘Under the Radar’ with Callie Crossley.

STEPHANIE BUCK: ‘SHADOWED LIVES’

Born and educated in England – degree from London University – married an American and moved to Gloucester in 1970 – became interested in local history through research on her house – which is just across the road from the Unitarian Universalist Church.  She retired as Archivist/Librarian of the Cape Ann Museum last May after 14 years.  The title of her presentation is “Shadowed Lives” – just skimming the surface of slavery on Cape Ann.

LOCATION, PARKING & ACCESSIBILITY

The Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Unitarian Universalist Church) is located on the green at the corner of Church and Middle Street.  Event parking is allowed on the green and is available at other parking lots and on-street nearby in the Historic District.   An elevator up to the Sanctuary level is available from the side entrance at 10 Church Street.

More info at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

 

The Musicians of the Old Post Road ‘Christmas with the Bach Family’

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents The Musicians of the Old Post Road concert ‘Christmas with the Bach Family’ on Friday, December 14, 7:30pm

The Musicians of the Old Post Road, a renowned New England chamber music ensemble consisting of violin, viola, cello, flute and harpsichord, will perform seasonal works of Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers of the Bach family with distinguished vocal soloists in the historic (1806) Gloucester Meetinghouse at the corner of Middle and Church Street.  The ensemble is joined in this concert by soprano Jessica Petrus, mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg, tenor Jonas Budris, and baritone Bradford Gleim.

For their 3rd season in the Meetinghouse they will present a banquet of Bach works for the holidays including Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s rarely-performed and delightful oratorio Die Kindheit Jesu, along with a sumptuous sampling of arias from Christmas cantatas by Bach brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann, cousin Johann Ludwig, and of course, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Founded by Artistic Directors Suzanne Stumpf and Daniel Ryan, the ensemble takes its name from its acclaimed concert series, originally entitled Old Post Road Historic Concerts, begun in 1989. The concert series brings period instrument performances to historical buildings like the Gloucester Meetinghouse.

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

Preferred                  $45 (orchestra first 3 rows & gallery first 2 rows)

General                     $30 (open seating, come early for best locations)

Students                   $10 with ID

12 & Under              Free

LOCATION AND MORE INFORMATION

The Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Unitarian Universalist Church) is located on the green at the corner of Church and Middle Street.  Event parking is allowed on the green, entered between the stone pillars on Middle Street, and is available on-street and at other parking lots nearby in the Historic District.

For persons who are mobility impaired an elevator up to the Sanctuary level is available from the side entrance at 10 Church Street.  If unable to pay, limited free tickets are available; email requests to info@gloucestermeetinghouse.org

Read the feature article about this concert by Gail McCarthy in the Gloucester Daily Times:

https://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/local_news/special-bach-concert-benefits-meetinghouse/article_c9ed790f-66ba-59d5-be73-a5dcd7a7578f.html

For advance ticket purchases and more information please visit www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

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GRAND FINALE, MOTOWN, SOUL, BLUES & JAZZ: ‘MUSIC ON MEETINGHOUSE GREEN,’ TONIGHT!

Berklee School of Music Teacher and Vocalist: Alvin Foster and ‘Soul Eclectic’ will rock the Meetinghouse!

Free outdoor concert tonight, Friday, September 7th, 2018, 6:00pm, with food service by the Willow Rest for your picnicking pleasure, on the Green at the corner of Middle & Church Street.

Donations requested to benefit the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.  Bring beach chairs, a blanket, a fleece or a sweater and maybe your favorite libation for this last summer festival concert.

Alvin’s band, Soul Eclectic, will take you on journey back to the 60s, 70s, and 80s with the soul music that underpinned Black people’s courage to be happy and celebrate life, love, spirituality and growth in the face of racism. While centered in Motown’s indelible catalog of music, Soul Eclectic also features and celebrates the artists that grew up alongside and after Motown.

Comprising of Alvin Foster on vocals, Tricia Reed on vocals, Oscar Brown III on guitar, Briana Washington on keyboard, Min Jae Yim on bass, and Jarrell Campbell on drums, the Soul Eclectic uses the timeless gems to deliver a fun and thoughtful musical experience.

In the greeting at 6:00pm Sponsors from the past 3 years will be recognized, whose gifts paid all expenses in advance, enabling 100% of your contributions go to our non-profit community partners.  We will also recognize the festival Staff.  Please be on hand to give them your applause and personal thanks.

As always, the 9th and last event is a benefit for your host organization, the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.  Our mission is to preserve the treasured 1806 historic building as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center.  Our goal is to complete the full building restoration in time for Gloucester’s 400th anniversary in 2023.  Visit gloucestermeetinghouse.org for more details on our programs.

If the weather turns wet we dim the lights in the downstairs Vestry for a coffeehouse atmosphere with its fine stage and hold the event indoors.  Thanks for your support and enthusiasm all through this summer.

This was the best year yet…we are already planning Music on Meetinghouse Green 2019…but don’t miss out on the grande finale of our 2018 festival season tonight!

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PMC Kids Ride

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         CONTACT: Pat Morris @ 978-815-2170 or Jennifer Doane @ 617-997-3772

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Register Today for PMC Kids Ride

It’s time to register your kids for this year’s Cape Ann Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Kids Ride!  Registration fee is $10 through September 22nd ($30 walk-on) with a fundraising minimum of $30, 100% of which will support cancer treatment and research efforts at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI).   Visit www.kids.pmc.org/capeann to sign up online.

This rain or shine event will take place at Masconomo Park in Manchester on Saturday, September 29th from 9am – 12 noon and will offer five different ride routes for kids ages 2-15. Routes range from the perimeter of the park for tykes on tricycles to a 10-mile mountain trail or an 11-mile road ride.

Kids are encouraged to register for a route that best suits their riding ability. All ride routes are posted online and every child who registers will receive a T-shirt and goody bag.

Last year’s PMC Kids Ride raised over $10,800 for DFCI!  As one of over 30 PMC Kids Rides throughout New England, this event is truly a family-friendly event with fun for everyone including games and music, face painting, bouncy houses, raffle and more!

Volunteers are needed both in advance and on–site day of. Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance in order to ensure proper coverage across all aspects of the event. To learn more, visit www.kids.pmc.org/capeann and click on “Register to Volunteer”.

Residents who live along ride routes are encouraged to cheer on riders with posters, pom-poms, cowbells and more!  Questions regarding sponsorships and donations can be directed to the event co-chairs: Pat Morris (pat@scrawney-morgan.org) or Jen Doane (jendoane2014@gmail.com).

 

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