Magic: Christmas in Essex

Magic: Christmas in Essex 2012

Christmas in Essex is now Magic! December 1-2, 2012 in Essex, New York

Just when you thought that the holidays couldn’t get any better, Erin Hall has announced that Christmas in Essex is now Magic!

Come celebrate the magic of the holidays in Essex, New York on December 1st and 2nd, 2012.

Christmas in Essex Shopping

Event organizer, Erin Hall, confirmed that seven local vendors have already signed up to participate, and more are expected. Here’s a sneak peak at the holiday goodies you’ll find:

  • Baskets Handwoven in the Adirondacks
  • Fused glass- night lights, hairpins, jewelry
  • Baked Goods
  • Legendary Biscotti
  • Pottery
  • Bead & Glass jewelry
  • Adirondack ornaments

Christmas in Essex Concert

And the Willsboro Central School Holiday Sing Concert will pull the jingle in your weekend. Stay tuned for more updates in the weeks ahead as we race toward the Magic of Christmas in Essex.

Christmas in Essex Retrospective

Updates for the Magic of Christmas in Essex will be posted in the coming weeks. Until then, take a look at last year’s Essex holiday posts:

If you would like to share 2012 holiday news, please submit your post/story/update to the Essex blog, and we’ll make sure it is shared on Facebook and Twitter too. Happy [almost] holidays!

The Goff Brothers | Essex Community Concerts

The Goff Brothers

The Goff Brothers (Image courtesy of Essex Community Concerts)

The Goff Brothers
Saturday, October 27, 2012 | 7:30pm  
$10 per person, children admitted free.

“The Goff Brothers consist of Mitchell, Matthew, Jonathan and Joseph Goff of Plattsburgh, NY. These four young men are delighted to shared their love of music and performance skills with the local community.

Mitchell (17) has been playing music for eleven years. He started piano at age five, and violin at age six. He is currently studying piano with Marilyn Taggart in Montpelier, VT, and violin with Ira Morris, Concertmaster of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA), in Hinesburg, VT. Mitchell is a current member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra (VYO), and his next endeavor will be to assist in raising funds for the VYO tour of Germany and Prague, in the Czech Republic at the end of the 2010/2011 concert season. Most recently, Mitchell was announced winner of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra 2011 Young Artist Solo Competition.

Matthew (15) began playing cello at age four under the direction of Anne Brown in South Burlington, VT. He currently studies with John Dunlop, Principal Cellist of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, in Richmond, VT. Matthew is also in his second year as a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra and will be going on the Europeon concert tour this summer as well. He was awarded an honorable mention in the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra Boraweitz competition,and performed with the VYP in Montpelier, VT, on March 27, 2011.

Jonathan (13) has been studying piano for eight years with Marilyn Taggart. He began expanding his study of percussion last year and is currently a percussion student of Rich Magnuson in Vermont and a member of the percussion section with the Vermont Youth Sinfonia.

Joseph (10) has been with Marilyn Taggart on piano for the past four years. He started violin three years ago with Pam Reit in Hinesburg, VT, and has been a member of the Vermont Suzuki Violins for two years.

All the boys are homeschooled, play youth hockey and soccer, and enjoy many outdoor recreational activities year round. Music, however, is a big part of their family life and they are happy to share it now with you.” [Essex Community Concerts.]

All performances are held at the Essex Community Church in Essex, NY. You can contact Essex Community Concerts for more information at:
Phone: 518-963-4084 or 518-963-4445
E-mail: info@essexcommunityconcerts.org

Key Winds Trio | Essex Community Concerts

Key Winds Trio

Key Winds Trio (Image courtesty of Essex Community Concerts)

Key Winds Trio
August 23, 2012

Performances are held Thursday mornings at 11:30am, and last about 45 minutes.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

“Since its formation in late July 2006, Key Winds Trio has performed in a variety of musical settings and venues, from private functions to benefit concerts and local concert series. The Trio, comprising Plattsburgh State Music Faculty Janice Kyle (oboe), Janine Scherline (clarinet) and pianist David Carpenter, enjoys performing in intimate settings that allow them to connect with their audiences. Key Winds has performed locally in the “American Preservation Concert” at Memorial Chapel in Plattsburgh, was a featured ensemble for a benefit concert for the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, and has performed concerts at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Peru, Plattsburgh Presbyterian Church, and Lake Forest Retirement Community and Wake Robin Retirement Community in VT. The Trio has also toured to Western, NY and Erie, PA, and has been part of the Essex Community Church Performance Series for the past three years. Key Winds was also pleased to perform for an episode of Mountain Lake PBS‘s “Art Express” Series.

Key Winds Trio’s repertoire includes a rarely heard work written specifically for the combination of clarinet, oboe and piano by Romantic composer Edouard Louis Bernard Destenay, a recent commission for the Trio entitled “Capriccio,” written by Gregory Wanamaker, composer at SUNY Potsdam as well as works by Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, William Grant Still, Astor Piazzolla, Libby Larsen and Henri Zagwijn…” [Continue reading at Essex Community Concerts.]

All performances are held at the Essex Community Church in Essex, NY. You can contact Essex Community Concerts for more information at:
Phone: 518-963-4084 or 518-963-4445
E-mail: info@essexcommunityconcerts.org

Yale “WhiffAlums” Octet | Essex Community Concerts

Yale WhiffAlims logo

Yale WhiffAlims logo

Yale “WhiffAlums” Octet
Monday, August 20, 2012 | 7:30pm
$10 per person, children admitted free

“The Yale “WhiffAlums” return to Essex after a sell out performance last summer.

The “WhiffAlums” Octet are alumni of Yale University who as undergraduates were members of the famous Whiffenpoofs. Many former “Whiffs” continue to get together from time to time to share the comeraderie and pleasure of singing together. We are fortunate that Jon McBride (Yale “64), a summer resident of Essex and former “Whiff”, has gathered together seven of his contemporaries at Yale for a performance. They include John Bingham ’61 also of Essex, and John Evans ’64 of Newtown, CT, first tenors; Dan Bergfeld ’65 of New Canaan, CT and Al Rossiter ’64 of Lincoln, MA, second tenors; Danny Rowland ’63 of Lexington, KY and Charley Sawyer ’63 of Pittsfield, MA, baritones, and Bill Reed ’63 of Keene Valley and Jon McBride, second basses.

… About the Whiffenpoofs (from the website: www.whiffenpoofs.com)

Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions. More than 100 years ago, on a frosty January night in New Haven, Connecticut, five of the Yale Glee Club‘s best singers convened at Mory’s Temple Bar to escape the cold. Louis Linder, the tavern’s barkeep and a music aficionado, welcomed them in, beginning an institution that survives to this day. Of those original five singers, four were members of the Glee Club’s prestigious Varsity Quartet, a group that sang together regularly at various alumni events. Unwilling to restrict themselves to performances at public functions, the group began to meet on a weekly basis at Mory’s, where they improvised harmonies to the songs they loved so well. These weekly meetings soon became a hallowed tradition amongst the singers…” [Continue reading at Essex Community Concerts.]

All performances are held at the Essex Community Church in Essex, NY. You can contact Essex Community Concerts for more information at:
Phone: 518-963-4084 or 518-963-4445
E-mail: info@essexcommunityconcerts.org

Pete Sutherland & Rose Diamond | Essex Community Concerts

Pete Sutherland & Rose Diamond

Pete Sutherland & Rose Diamond (Image courtesty of Essex Community Concerts)

Pete Sutherland & Rose Diamond
August 16, 2012
Performances are held Thursday mornings at 11:30am, and last about 45 minutes.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

“Pete Sutherland and his partner Rose Diamond (aka Karen), Champlain Valley born-and-raised, are twenty-five-year-plus veterans of the New England and national folk scenes. They are known for their wide knowledge of traditional music and music-making styles, their songwriting talents and their joy of performing for and with listening and dancing audiences of every description.

Between them they play many instruments, most of them quite well indeed, but it’s their two very different voices singing together that identifies them best. At schools, libraries, dances, festivals and celebrations and in their commitment to rooting out the best of the old and injecting their own sensibilities as well, Rose and Pete represent the living folk tradition — links in the endless chain of people making music that breathes and dances in their own rhythm, that tells their own stories.” Essex Community Concerts.]

All performances are held at the Essex Community Church in Essex, NY. You can contact Essex Community Concerts for more information at:
Phone: 518-963-4084 or 518-963-4445
E-mail: info@essexcommunityconcerts.org

Jazzical Trio | Essex Community Concerts

Joel A. Martin (Image courtesy of Essex Community Concerts)

Jazzical Trio: Joel Martin, piano; David Dunaway, bass; Marty Fisher, drums
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | 7:30pm
$10 per person, children admitted free

“JAZZICAL® is a celebration of creative fusion — it’s the explosive union of classical composition and jazz innovation ignited with a fresh spirit all its own. Created by composer/pianist Joel A. Martin in 1994, JAZZICAL® captures the dynamic force of multiple cultures and influences, unleashing a kinetic energy that breaks down boundaries and yields whole new worlds of musical expression. Jazzical® is not a hybrid genre-rather, it is a new genre which upholds the integrity of both the classical and jazz traditions, while simultaneously creating something new and authentic. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, and Chopin were master performers and improvisors. They never performed the same way twice. Jazzical® was created with this premise in mind: If they were alive today, what 20th century music would be used to augment their masterful compositions? Everything!

Joel A. Martin is the creator & trademark owner of Jazzical®, a marriage of classical and jazz. A soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and Delaware Symphony; the Springfield Symphony (MA) and Hartford Symphony Orchestras, he has recently written music for and toured with multiple Grammy winners Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, and the Boys Choir of Harlem. For the past 5 years Joel was the Gold Medal pianist/arranger for the American Traditions Competition for Singers in Savannah and is now ATC’s Artistic Director.

Joel will be joined again this summer with David Dunaway on bass and Marty Fisher on drums.” [Essex Community Concerts.]

For more information about the band visit the Jazzical homepage.

All performances are held at the Essex Community Church in Essex, NY. You can contact Essex Community Concerts for more information at:
Phone: 518-963-4084 or 518-963-4445
E-mail: info@essexcommunityconcerts.org

Andrew Sheranian | Essex Community Concerts

Andrew Sheranian

Andrew Sheranian (Image courtesty of Essex Community Concerts)

Andrew Sheranian, organist
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 7:30pm
$10 per person, children admitted free.

“In August of 2010, Andrew Sheranian took up the post of Organist and Master of Choristers at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont in Boston, an Anglo-Catholic church known for its commitment to excellence in liturgy and music. The position at Ashmont includes recruiting, training and conducting the Choir of Men and Boys, as well as playing the C.B. Fisk organ (Opus 103) for Masses and Evensongs. Before starting work in Boston, Mr. Sheranian was employed for seven years as the Organist and Choirmaster at Christ’s Church, in Rye, New York, a position which included working with a large semi-professional adult choir, as well as a choir of boys and girls.

Prior to his appointment in Rye, Mr. Sheranian was enrolled at Yale University through the Institute of Sacred Music, where he completed his Master of Music degree. While enrolled at Yale, Mr. Sheranian was engaged as Fellow in Church Music at Christ Church New Haven, where he worked with Martin Jean and Robert Lehman. His undergraduate training was completed at the New England Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of William Porter. As a student in Boston, he worked with Michael Kleinschmidt as Assistant Organist at All Saints, Ashmont. He has given solo recitals at Boston’s Old West and Old South Churches, Busch Hall at Harvard University, St. Mary the Virgin and St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, Woolsey Hall at Yale University and on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. In February of 2006, Mr. Sheranian undertook a concert tour of Japan, where he played solo recitals at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama. This season, in addition to playing here in Essex, he has given solo recitals at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Massachusetts, the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York, and at Trinity Church, Copley Square in the City of Boston.

In addition to his church and concert engagements, Mr. Sheranian is involved as a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, and has served as a Regional Chair of that organization. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Royal School of Church Music in America.

Andrew returns to Essex after a very favorable reception last summer.” [Essex Community Concerts.]

 

All performances are held at the Essex Community Church in Essex, NY. You can contact Essex Community Concerts for more information at:
Phone: 518-963-4084 or 518-963-4445
E-mail: info@essexcommunityconcerts.org

The Wannabes | Essex Community Concerts

The Wannabes (Image courtesy of Essex Community Concerts)

The Wannabes (Image courtesy of Essex Community Concerts)

The Wannabes
July 19, 2012
Performances are held Thursday mornings at 11:30am, and last about 45 minutes.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

“The Wannabes were drawn together by a love of singing in harmony and a desire to play our own ‘roots music': songs that speak to struggles for justice, human rights, and peace and lift the spirit. As younger women, we all secretly “wanted to be” the folk singers we grew up listening to. We like a good story and lyrics and always encourage singing along. The songs may be familiar but we interpret them in our own unique way.

Mary-Nell Bochman carried a guitar around in her heart for many years. Now she plays and sings with the Wannabes and her heart is a lot lighter.

Katharine Preston wanted to be singer-peace activist Joan Baez. Forty years later she is happy voicing harmony and inspirational lyrics hoping to move hearts and minds.

Donna Lou Sonnett grew up as the youngest of a W. Pa. musical family. Self-taught on the guitar from age 14, she really wanted to be Mary Travers of “Peter, Paul and Mary” fame. She dedicates her present musical journey with “The Wannabes” to the memory of her mom and brother – her two all-time favorite singing buddies.” [Essex Community Concerts.]

All performances are held at the Essex Community Church in Essex, NY. You can contact Essex Community Concerts for more information at:
Phone: 518-963-4084 or 518-963-4445
E-mail: info@essexcommunityconcerts.org

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival Students | Essex Community Concerts

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival Students

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival Students (Image courtesty of Essex Community Concerts)

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival Students
July 12, 2012
Performances are held Thursday mornings at 11:30am, and last about 45 minutes.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

“Selected students from the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival at the University of Vermont in Burlington will perform in Essex for the first time. This intensive program of solo and chamber music study welcomes college, graduate, and high school age musicians into an atmosphere of focused professionalism. The festival fosters the artistic growth of committed young violinists, violists, cellists and pianists within a warm and supportive artistic community…”  [Continue reading at Essex Community Concerts.]

All performances are held at the Essex Community Church in Essex, NY. You can contact Essex Community Concerts for more information at:
Phone: 518-963-4084 or 518-963-4445
E-mail: info@essexcommunityconcerts.org

Carol Williams | Essex Community Concerts

Carol Williams

Carol Williams (Image courtesy of Essex Community Concerts)

Carol Williams, organist
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 | 7:30pm
$10 per person, children admitted free.

“Carol’s formal training started with five years at the Royal Academy of Music where she specialized in organ performing as a student of David Sanger and obtained the Academy’s prestigious Recital Diploma together with an LRAM (organ) and an LRAM (piano). She was awarded all the major prizes for organ performing and, during her studies, she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a Fellow of Trinity College London plus an Associate of the Royal College of Music.

Moving to the USA, Carol undertook postgraduate study at Yale University under the direction of Professor Thomas Murray where she was appointed University Chapel Organist and was awarded an Artist Diploma together with the Charles Ives prize for outstanding achievement. She then became the Associate Organist at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Long Island’s Garden City and undertook Doctoral study under Professor McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music where she received the Helen Cohn award for her D.M.A. degree.

Carol’s performances have taken her all over the world. […] En route, Carol has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in recognition of her contribution to music.

In October of 2001 Dr. Carol Williams was the first woman in the world to be appointed as Civic Organist. She has been the San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society in San Diego, California since 2001.” [Essex Community Concerts].

All performances are held at the Essex Community Church in Essex, NY. You can contact Essex Community Concerts for more information at:
Phone: 518-963-4084 or 518-963-4445
E-mail: info@essexcommunityconcerts.org