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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Trombone Tone!

Virtuoso trombonist Will Lang performs tomorrow (Monday, July 26) on the St. John's Episcopal Church Summer Noontime concert series. The concert is free, and audience members are invited to bring a bag lunch to eat during the concert, which will end by 12:45. The church will provide drinks and cookies. The program consists of works for solo trombone by 20th and 21st century composers John Cage, Enrique Crespo, Aaron Cassidy, Walter Hartley, James Bergin, Abbie Conant, William Osbourne and Frederic Rzewski.

Trombonist William Lang is making a career in new music. As an active musician in both New York and Boston, he is dedicated to the performance of new music by established and emerging composers. He has performed new music in such venues as Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the Winter Garden, the Cathedral of St. Paul in Boston, the Flea, the Tank, Secret Project Robot, the Gershwin Hotel, and the Stone. Lang has been involved in the premiere of over 45 new works in the last year alone.

He is a member of NotaRiotous, the chamber ensemble of the Boston Microtonal Society www.bostonmicrotonalsociety.org and has performed with such ensembles as the TACTUS Ensemble, Zero Gravity, the SEM Ensemble, the Claremont Ensemble, the Guidonian Hand (a trombone quartet he started,) Grocery Store Sushi, Wet Ink, and Loadbang, a new music group of which he is a founding member.

Lang is an active performer in New York City's freelance orchestra scene, and has toured across New York State with the SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble as a soloist, performing Richard Peaslee's Arrows of Time. He recently received a Masters degree in the Contemporary Performance Program (of which he is a flagship member) from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Herrington.

Don't miss this stunning concert! Families, bring your young musicians so they can see just how amazing a trombone can be!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Youth Band concert!

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown continues its Summer Noontime Concert Series on Monday, July 13 with a program of contemporary gospel music presented by the St. John’s Youth Band. The concert will begin at noon and end by 12:45. Audience members are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and the church will provide lemonade and cookies. Admission is free, but donations to help offset expenses are welcome.

Members of the band are all students at Mt. Greylock and include Dylan Sikelianos, lead guitar; John Kolesar, bass guitar; Evie Mahan and Tyra Nurmi, vocals; St. John’s Special Events coordinator Jimmy Bergin directs the band and plays keyboard. The program will feature selections from the musical Godspell and other high-energy contemporary gospel songs.

The Youth Band was formed two years ago, rehearses weekly and has played regularly at the bi-weekly “Worship Outside the Box” services held at St. John’s on Sunday mornings, as well as at other church functions.