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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer Concert Series begins!

The St. John's annual Summer Noontime FREE concert series begins this Monday, July 6 with a program of vocal music by Webern, Ives and Finzi. Featured performers are New York-based baritone Avery Griffin and local pianist Scott Bailey. The concert will begin at noon and end by 12:45. Audience members are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Admission is free, but donations to help offset expenses are welcome.

Families are welcome!

Avery Griffin is a freelance singer who performs regularly with both New York- and Boston-based groups including the Trinity Choir at Trinity Church, Wall Street; the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys; the NotaRiotous ensemble of the Boston Microtonal Society. He teaches theory annually at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. His most recent local performance was with Roomful of Teeth at Mass MoCA.

Pianist Scott Bailey is staff accompanist/vocal coach at Westfield State College and Director of Choral Activities at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA. 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 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.

The concert series will continue on Mondays from July 13 - August 17. Featured performers include:
July 13 St. John’s Youth Band
July 20 Trio Café Budapest
July 27 Will Lang, trombone
August 3 Nick Revel, viola; Scott Bailey, piano
August 10 Loadbang (contemporary music ensemble)
August 17 Emily Kalish, Abigail Reisman, violins