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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Mozart and Beethoven for lunch Wednesday, Aug 1

Bring your lunch this Wednesday, August 1, and enjoy sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart (K. 306) and Beethoven (Op. 30/1) as performed by violinist Emily Kalish and pianist Scott Bailey. This will be the fourth concert of our free Summer Noontime Concert series. The concert will begin at 12:00 and end by 12:45. The church will provide drinks and cookies.

Emily Kalish grew up in Great Barrington, where she was a student of Alla Zernitskaya. She has studied at Simon's Rock College, the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and the Hartt School, where she received a bachelor of music degree. She has participated in the Quartet Program at Bucknell, the Killington Music Festival and Musicorda. She has just completed the first year of a master's program in violin performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where her principal teacher is Burton Kaplan.

Scott Bailey is currently an adjunct professor of music at Westfield State College and private instructor of piano and accompanist at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has served on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and works as a freelance accompanist and teacher throughout the Pioneer Valley as well as Berkshire County. He has accompanied or worked for various organizations in Western Massachusetts including the Hampshire Choral Society, The New Opera, Berkshire Lyric Festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, The Drury Drama Team, and the Greylock Theater Project.

He received his B.M. from SUNY Potsdam - Crane School of Music and his M.M. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the music director at the First Congregational Church of North Adams, United Church of Christ, and is coordinator of their North County Music Series, a concert series featuring local and emerging musicians from Berkshire County and beyond.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Microtones! This Wednesday, July 25

Join us this Wednesday, July 25 at noon for a concert of microtonal improvisations by Boston-based musicians Noah Kaplan (sax) and Joe Moffett (trumpet), along with St. John's Jimmy Bergin (viola). The concert is free, and you are invited to bring a bag lunch to eat while you listen. We will provide drinks and cookies!

painting by Sonja Holzwarth Maneri

Noah Kaplan and Joe Moffett are both graduates of the New England Conservatory of Music and have busy playing and teaching schedules in the Boston area and beyond. Jimmy Bergin is our coordinator of special events, and is a composer and artistic director of the Boston Microtonal Society. www.bostonmicrotonalsociety.org

Come listen as they explore the melodic and rhythmic possibilities of the virtual pitch continuum!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Concert change for this week!

Our Noontime Concert series will continue this Wednesday, July 18 with a program by the Trio Cafe Budapest beginning at noon and ending by 12:45. Bring a bag lunch to eat -- St. John's will provide drinks and cookies. The concert is free and open to the public.
(note: Emily Kalish's violin recital, originally scheduled for this week will be given on Wednesday, August 1.)
With a name inspired by the ethnic music of central Europe, Trio Cafe Budapest performs a wide variety of folk, blues and jazz instrumentals as well as instrumental and sung versions of popular music of the 20th century. The Trio is part of the worship and outreach program at St. John’s, and plays for a variety of church services and functions, as well as at concerts in homes.

Call the church office at 458.8144 if you would like to have them play in your home!

Trio Cafe Budapest has performed in Bennington at the South Street Café and at Ava’s Boutique. They will be playing in Manchester at Frog Hollow on July 21 at 2 pm, and in Williamstown tomorrow night at the Images Cinema from 6:30 pm until the start of the 7:00 pm show!

Ted Gilley, guitar has played locally with Generation Tex, and now works at the Chapin Library at Williams College.

Bill Wootters been playing the piano for fun for about forty years. He teaches physics at Williams College.

Jimmy Bergin
was the music director at Lexington Christian Academy for eighteen years before coming to the Berkshires five years ago to work in the orchestra department of Broude Brothers Limited. He is the Coordinator of Special Events at St. John’s. He is a composer and the the executive director of NotaRiotous, a Boston-based chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of microtonal music (www.bostonmicrotonalsociety.org).

Friday, July 6, 2007

Summer Concert Series begins!

Come to the first of eight free concerts at St. John's, held on Wednesdays at noon in the sanctuary.

This week (July 11) organist and Williamstown resident Dwight Killam and Special Events Coordinator Jimmy Bergin (viola) will play a program of music by Buxtehude, Marcello, Boellman, Clokey and an original composition by Dwight! The concert begins at noon and will end by 12:40. You're welcome to bring a bag lunch to eat during the concert - we will provide drinks and cookies. Admission is free!

The series will continue on Wednesdays until August 29. Future programs:

July 18 - Emily Kalish, violin (music of Beethoven and Mozart)
July 25 - Microtonal improvisations with
Noah Kaplan, sax; Joe Morris, trumpet; James Bergin, viola

August 1 – Trio Café Budapest
August 8 – Bob Scherr, tenor (cantor, Williams College Jewish chaplain)
August 15 - Lucy Bergin, flute
August 22 – Peter Davenport, singer, recording artist (music of Cole Porter)
August 29 – Avery Griffin, baritone (lieder recital)