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A Palm Sunday Concert at the Annisquam Village Church

 All Those Hands and Feet!!

A Duo of Players : A Trio of Instruments
Carolyn and John Skelton bring their combined virtuosity to bear on the Gallery Organ, the Chancel Organ, and the Harpsichord at the Annisquam Village Church on this Palm Sunday program, April 13 at 4 PM, in a delightful concert of duets and solos that includes works of Bach, Handel, Buxtehude, Couperin, and Pinkham. From an antiphonal organ piece to a brilliant exchange between the harpsichord and gallery organ, these two expert players will take full advantage of the three instruments built by Jeremy Adams and the lively acoustic of the historic Village Church at the head of Lobster Cove in Gloucester. Contact: Kathleen Adams, Music Director, 978.283.6416
Jeremy Adams Gallery Organ, Chamber Organ, and Harpsichord

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The Parcel of Rogues Concert at the Annisquam Village Church is Postponed

“The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft aglae.”    (Robert Burns)

The Parcel of Rogues Concert at the Annisquam Village Church scheduled for Sunday at 4 PM is postponed.  The DPW advises that the street will not be sufficiently clear for parking near the church.

Keep those plaids around your neck and stay tuned for a new date!

The Washed Up Beulah Band at the Annisquam Village Church

Kathleen Adams writes ~

Thaw your January with The Washed Up Beulah Band, the male a cappella quartet, singing old-time jubilee, shaped-note repertoire.

These four charming young men will lift your spirits (check them out on YouTube), and make you glad you came.

Bring the whole family!   There’s something for everyone.

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Recording Simple Gifts

In looking for music for my butterfly documentary film I heard a very beautiful folk version of “Simple Gifts,” then found the John William’s recording, “Air and Simple Gifts,”  with YoYo Ma and Itzhak Perlman created for Obama’s inauguration, which led to discovering Aaron Copland’s score for Martha Graham’s Applachian Spring (1944). The melody is perfect for my film. I then fortuitously ran into Kathleen Adams, the music director of the Annisquam Village Church, and Liv’s former teacher and mentor, at a cocktail party, and asked her advice. Kathleen graciously volunteered to share her talents and offered she and the church to record “Simple Gifts.” While Liv was home over spring break she very sweetly offered to sing.

Finding copyright free music is difficult and costly. I am eternally grateful for Kathleen and Liv’s gifts and generosity. Kathleen recommended Phil Davis, who is an expert in recording classical music and artist in his own right.

Kathleen Adams and Liv standing next to the gorgeous organ that Jeremy Adams, Kathleen’s husband, built for the Annisquam Village Church

I can’t wait for you to hear Liv and Kathleen’s rendition,  played as written and with their beautiful improvising!

Although many people think that the tune of ‘Simple Gifts” is a traditional Celtic song, “Simple Gifts” was an American Shaker dance song written in 1848 by Elder Joseph Brackett. The song has been widely adapted. Perhaps the best known example is “Lord of the Dance,” published in 1963, which was then used without coyright permission for Michale Flatley’s dance musical Lord of the Dance.

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free

‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,

And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gain’d,

To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,

To turn, turn will be our delight,

Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

An Afternoon of Scottish Music- Today

From Michael O’Leary:

Scottish jigs, reels, strathspeys, and airs fill the Annisquam Village Church this Sunday at 4:00 PM when champion fiddler, Calum Pasqua, and the American Scottish pianist, Susie Petrov, perform music from their new CD, “In Conversation.”  Dancers from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society are rumored to be planning to break in on a dance tune!   The public is invited.  Kilts and tartans most welcome!

Donation at the door is $15/$10 for seniors and students.

The Annisquam Village Church is at 820 Washington Street in Gloucester.
For information:  978.283.6416 or www.annisquamvillagechurch.com