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New Delhi Singer Subhadra Desai at the Annisquam Village Church Sunday October 25th

New Delhi singer/scholar Subhadra Desai, an artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and All India Radio, brings a concert of Hindu devotional music to the Village Church on October 25, at the close of the morning worship service (after coffee, at 11:30).

A contemplative vocalist of Hindustani classical music, Desai has performed at prestigious Indian national festivals and other religious and academic forums. As a scholar of Sanskrit, she draws close to the wellsprings of Indian tradition. Her performance, with tabla and harmonium, reveal a purity of purpose and form. Familiar ragas become the vehicle for sacred texts, taking on a life of their own.

Desai honors the memory of Swami Vivekananda who spoke in 1893 at the Village Church when he came to the states to represent the east at the World Council of Religions, introducing Yoga to the west, as well.

Bring friends to join us for this rare and beautiful concert, free and open to all, midday on Sunday. Adobe Photoshop PDF


Jett Sayess, a fifteen-year-old student of the pipe organ, will give a recital on Sunday, July 12 at  11:00 AM,  just after the morning service at the Annisquam Village Church (820 Washington Street in Gloucester).  The program includes repertoire from J.S. Bach to Elton John, assisted by young colleagues in the choir, and vocalist, Jack Favazza.  Jett began his piano studies when he was 7, winning a Young Organists Initiative Scholarship from the American Guild of Organists in 2011. He continues his studies with Kathleen Adams, Music Director at the Village Church where he is Organ Scholar.

A sophomore at Gloucester High, Jett is the pianist for the Docksiders, and will accompany the HS Chorus this year. Later this summer, Jett  will attend a Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) based at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he will have an intensive week of lessons with master teachers on many of the extraordinary instruments in New York.

The public is cordially invited.  FREE  (Donations will benefit the POE and Heifer International).


Annisquam Village Church Talent Show Saturday Night!

Annisquam Village Players

Join us for our 11th Annual Talent Show!  
Saturday, April 116:00 p.m.
Annisquam Village Hall, Leonard Street in Gloucester
Tickets at the door: $10 adults – $5 children under 16 ($30 family maximum)
Potluck meal begins at 6:00 p.m.
Please bring a dish to share (appetizer, dinner, or dessert)
All proceeds from the show will benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid. 

Beautiful Easter Service at the Annisquam Village Church

Annisquam Village Talent Show has been RESCHEDULED

Due to the weather (and piles of it), our Talent Show has been rescheduled
to Saturday, April 11

Reminders will be sent prior to the new date.

Annisquam Village Hall, 36 Leonard Street in Gloucester

Tickets at the door: $10 adults – $5 children under 16 ($30 family maximum)

All proceeds from the show will benefit Cape Ann Animal Aidunnamed

Annisquam Village Players and Church 11th Annual Talent Show and Fundraiser!

unnamedCome join the fun at our
11th Annual Talent Show and Fundraiser!  
Saturday, February 7 – 6:00 p.m.

Annisquam Village Hall, 36 Leonard Street in Gloucester

Tickets at the door: $10 adults – $5 children under 16 ($30 family maximum)

RSVP by Wednesday, February 4 to let us know which part of the Potluck you’ll be bringing: Appetizer, Main or Dessert. Coffee, Tea and Juice provided.


All proceeds from the show will benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid.

Cem Oslu, Turkish pianist, Concert at Annisquam Village Church – Sunday 8/17/14

Cem Oslu, Turkish pianist,  Concert at Annisquam Village Church – Sunday 8/17/14

Cem+Oslu_portraitWHAT:  Piano classics, and original compositions by Turkish prodigy, Cem Oslu
WHERE:  Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington Street, Gloucester
WHEN:  Sunday, August 17, 7:30 PM  
TICKETS: At the door only $15 / $10. Students 
INFORMATION:  978.283.6416 or 978.281.0376

Hard on the heels of a brilliant stint as Music Director of the Annisquam Village Players’ production of “Peter Pan,” 21-year-old Turkish pianist Cem Oslu turns his talents to a mostly classical concert at the Annisquam Village Church, Sunday, August 17. Pushing the ivories in another direction is nothing new for this young prodigy. Born in 1992 in Adana, Turkey, Oslu started his music education with piano lessons at age 12.  In only a year, he had won a full scholarship to Bilkent University’s Faculty of Music and Performing Arts where, for five years, he had the opportunity to study with Sanem Berkalp, Hande Dalkilic, Karl-Andreas Kolly, Oxana Yablonskaya, Edna Golandsky and Olga Kern.

In 2009, Oslu was awarded Third Prize in the Kamuran Gundemir Piano Competition, and later that year performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Bilkent Sypmhonic Orchestra (the Turkish “BSO,” in Ankara), conducted by Isin Metin. He was also invited to perform in the 10th Antalya International Piano Competition and at the Musica Mundi International Chamber Music Festival in Belgium. In 2010, he performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Bursa Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ahmet Taviloglu. Later that year he was accepted to Vienna Conservatory where he studied for two years.

At Berklee College of Music, Oslu’s concentration has been Film Scoring and Electronic Production & Design.  In 2013 he was awarded First Prize in the MTNA (Music Teacher’s National Association) Compositions Competition on both state and regional levels, and Second Prize at the national level.

Oslu moves to Los Angeles in September, with film work in his sights. Terry Sands, Director of the Annisquam Village Players, says, “Peter Pan might have stayed a boy forever…but Cem Oslu has already hit 21, and we’re going to say ‘We heard him when…’ He’s got a great future ahead of him, and we were lucky to get such a talent for our play. This concert will be cream on the top!”

The concert will include piano music of Bach, Chopin, Schumann, and Scriabin.  Oslu promises to play a bit of Turkish music on the harpsichord (with its buff stop imitating the sound of the oud!), and a composition of his own, as well. The historic Annisquam Village Church is at 820 Washington Street in Gloucester (corner of Washington and Leonard Streets). General admission is at the door only: $15. / Students $10.  One performance: Sunday, August 17.

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



An Evening of Jazz & World Music celebrating our extraordinary Earth Sat 4/20

Annisquam Village Church is hosting an Earth Day concert next Saturday, April 20 at 7:30pm featuring jazz/world music singer/songwriter Greta Bro.  Check it out:Greta Bro

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.


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.
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