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Monday, October 23, 2017

Piano dedication concert - free


Pianist Igor Lovchinsky
Sunday, November 5 at 3:00 pm


Join us in a special concert to celebrate the dedication of our Knabe grand piano. 

This piano, whose sound regularly enriches our worship, was a gift from Dorothy Reinke’s daughter Diana Stugger. The piano will be dedicated to Diana’s paternal and maternal grandparents: Gladys and Charles Wilson and Florence and Robert Sprague. Both Charles and Robert were vestry members at St. John’s. 

Many parishioners no doubt remember Igor’s previous visits to Williamstown, when he awed us with his virtuosity and charmed us with his personality. Igor will be playing Schumann: Kinderszene; selected short works of Chopin;  Bach/Busoni: Num Komm der Heiden Heiland; and Gershwin/Wild: Grande Fantasie of Themes from Porgy and Bess.

The concert is free and open to the public. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Misty Blues concert

Headed by vocalist Gina Coleman, the Misty Blues band pays homage to the older blues made popular by the bold and brassy women of its time, while still paying respect to classic male artists of the 20s, 30s and 40s. The band also plays classic rock and folk songs infused with a healthy dose of the blues

The band will be representing the Capital area in Memphis, TN at the International Blues Challenge  in January 2018.  Donations will help defray the band's travel expenses to that event..

Hear a sample of the band

Born IV Blues represents the newest generation of blues bands, consisting of four high school students,  Born IV Blues will be performing in the Youth Showcase in Memphis, 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time


























Audience members are invited to bring a lunch to eat; St. John's will provide drinks and cookies.

The Quartet for the End of Time was composed during an excruciatingly difficult time while Messiaen was captured and held in a German POW camp during World War II. The piece draws its inspiration from the Book of Revelation, birdsong, and the colors of the northern lights.  The first performance was held in the camp during the bleak winter of 1941 with Messiaen at the piano, and fellow prisoners playing violin, cello, and clarinet.  

Ensemble Chamarré sees to help the listener to experience the context of this extraordinary masterpiece of chamber literature by describing the conditions at the camp and details of Messiaen’s experience as it relates to the music. 

Click here to listen to Ensemble Chamarré  perform an excerpt from the Quartet.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ive's "Concord Sonata"


The 14th annual Summer Noontime Concert series continues with a performance by Northampton-based pianist Andrew D'Antonio. The program consists of a single work, Charles Ives monumental "Concord" Sonata,
The concert is free - donations are welcome to help defray costs. Audience members are invited to bring a lunch to eat; St. John's will provide drinks and cookies. An intimate setting with lovely acoustics.

Concerts run on Mondays through August 21
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Primarily a chamber musician, Andrew D'Antonio seeks out a diverse range of repertoire, performing everything from Haydn and Janáček to Messiaen and Sciarrino.  Andrew has given dozens of recitals and performances throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Past highlights include recitals at SALT New Music Festival and Symposium in Victoria, BC; a tour performing Schubert’s Winterriese with Eduardo Ortiz, multiple recital tours with flutist Erin Dubois; and recent concert debuts in New York City and Boston.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Bach to BlackNotes: free piano recital


























Pianist Kyle Walker performs music of J.S. Bach and various African-American composers.
Audience members are invited to bring a bag lunch to eat.  The church will provide drinks and cookies.

 A strong advocate for social equality, pianist Kyle Walker believes music can speak to social issues better than verbal language can, the understanding of which he brings to both traditional Western repertoire and that of the living world-wide composers with whom he collaborates.
As an advocate of social justice Walker is a founding member and chamber music director of The Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra which supports New York City-based civil rights and community organizations through concerts and presentations.
He is currently embarking on a solo performance project entitled BlackNotes, which aims to explore the divides and connections between White American and Black American Art Music. See and hear more of Kyle Walker’s musicianship at www.kylewalkerpiano.com.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Free violin and piano recital


























The 14th annual Summer Noontime Concert series continues with a performance by New York-based musicians Akiko Kobayashi (violin) and Claudia Kobayashi (piano). The program includes music by Albinoni, Telemann, Ysaye, Beethoven, and Sibelius..

The concert is free - donations are welcome to help defray costs. Audience members are invited to bring a lunch to eat; St. John's will provide drinks and cookies. An intimate setting with lovely acoustics.

Concerts run on Mondays through August 21

Sunday, July 23, 2017

An exhibition of cats in the Lower Room














Parishoner Michele Ridgeway has an exhibition of cats in the Lower Room.

Michele says,
"I began painting the cats in the fall of  2016- they were initially inspired by  the cats that I had adopted, but became more of a drive to express my own feelings “out loud.”  As subjects, the cats and their antics gave me much joy during a time of political change and fear AND hope. The cats were painted as bold, quick, stylized portraits of bold colors in a simplified format of outline and paint. They were quickly painted with colors intuitively mixed. Their expressions range from bold calmness with closed eyes to aggressive straightforward stares. I feel that as works they communicate more in their colors and faces than I am able to communicate with my own conversations. "

For more information visit Michele's webpage

The Lower Room is open daily from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.