The Stonington Madrigal Singers presents Christmas Music of the Tudor Court. This delightful program features music performed for the English monarchs including Henry VIII, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth I. The Singers are joined by guest artists Allyn Bryson Donath, harpist, and Evan Anderson, soprano, in works of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Richard Pygott, and Christopher Tye. Concerts are on Sunday, Dec.4 at 5 PM at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Waterford and Friday, Dec. 9 at 6 PM in Calvary Church, Stonington. A reception follows each concert. Donations at the door gratefully accepted. For further information call the Calvary Music School at 860-535-3631.
Calvary’s Annual Messiah Sit & Sing 2016!
On Saturday, December 3rd at 3:00 p.m., join your friends at Calvary Church in Stonington, CT and the Mystic River Choral for Calvary’s Annual Messiah Sit & Sing! Bring your own score or borrow one of ours. Audience members can sit in their respective sections (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass) or simply sit and enjoy the music. Directed by Frank Martignetti and accompanied by organist Joseph Ripka, the sit & sing will feature soloists Eden Casteel, Margaret Tyler, Jack Pott, and Paul Laurence Fletcher. Suggested donation at the door is $10. Mulled cider will be served in the courtyard following the sing. All are welcome! www.calvary-stonington.org.
Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume for a program filled with stories and musical treats! A deliciously frightening fun and terrifying tales featuring the CMS students and faculty performing spooky sounds of Franz Liszt, Paganini, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and more. FREE and open to the public. 5:00 p.m. on the campus of Calvary Church, Stonington, CT. www.CalvaryMusicSchool.org
A short concert of patriotic music including John Philip Sousa's "Stars & Stripes Forever" for one piano and six hands! Sponsored by the Stonington Historical Society, the performance takes place at Calvary Church immediately following the parade and reading of the declaration of independence.
Hosted by the Stonington Free Library, CMS will offer its annual Instrument Petting Zoo to give potential students a chance to try different instruments and meet with teachers. The Petting Zoo will also include a free mini-concert performed by faculty. FREE and open to the public.
Calvary Music School presents The Stonington Madrigal Singers in “The Seven Ages of Man”—a tribute to William Shakespeare. April marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death at the age of 52. The program of madrigals and rounds vividly describe a person’s journey through the different stages of life—birth to old age and is based on the famous monologue, “All the world’s a stage…” from his comedy, As You Like It. The madrigal singers will be joined by the Stonington Recorder Consort for this delightful program at the La Grua Center in Stonington borough on Saturday, April 30th at 5 PM. There will be a reception following the concert. There is a suggested donation of $10/person. For further information please call the Calvary Music School office at 860-535-3631.
Take a journey through the history of double reeds, experiencing music from the Renaissance to the present. Learn how the double reed works, the interesting timbre of the instruments, and what makes the double reeds unique and fun to play. Recommended for youth grades 4 – 8 and families. Performed by the Laurel Double Reed Ensemble.
Join the Calvary Choir School Choristers on Sunday, December 20th for a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The choir will sing favorite Christmas carols and traditional Christmas lessons will be read. A Christmas Market will be held from 2-4 p.m. before the carols service. All are welcome! Proceeds from the Christmas Market will benefit the choir's 2016 tour to Scotland and England. www.calvarychoirschool.org
Celebrate the holiday season! The Stonington Madrigal Singers will be joined by the New London Brass Quintet in a concert of medieval and renaissance Christmas music. Works include familiar early carols—Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming and Coventry Carol—as well as the hauntingly beautiful motet, O Magnum Mysterium. Another highlight features the Madrigal Singers performing Three Spanish Christmas Carols of the 16th Century, edited by Noah Greenberg, one of the founders of the New York Pro Musica. The New London Brass Quintet will add a festive tone in their short works for brass and accompanying some of the vocal selections. The concert will be at the Calvary Church on Friday, December 11 at 6 PM. Donations will be gratefully appreciated.
Suggested donation is $10 at the door.
Join us for the 4th annual concert of patriotic music at Calvary Church. The program is usually entitled "Stars, Stripes, and Pipes!" but as we are currently without a pipe organ, we've revamped the program a bit. Music will include favorite Sousa marches arranged for 4 hands on the piano with Joseph Ripka & Ronald Hawkins. Charles Ives "Variations on America" for violin and piano. (Erin Ripka, violin), and some audience sing-a-long selections. The concert starts right after the festivities on Wadawanuck Square (approx 11:30 a.m.) FREE!
Music by Dietrich Buxtehude, Heinrich Schuetz, J. P. Sweelinck, and more. Featuring Adele Paxton (soprano), Eden Casteel (soprano), Margaret Tyler (contralto), Robert Guarino (tenor), Paul Fletcher (baritone), Erin Ripka & Sarah Washburn (violin), Stevi Rency (basson) and Joseph Ripka (organ).
Free and Open to the public.
Join Calvary Music School's faculty trio for "Brahms in the Boro" on Friday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Church in Stonington, CT. Violinist Erin Ripka, cellist Carly Fleming, and pianist Joseph Ripka will perform Brahms' famous piano trio no. 1 in B major along with works by Robert Schumann and Joaquin Turina. They will also be joined by baritone Paul Fletcher who will sing selected art songs by Brahms and Erich Korngold. There will be a suggested donation of $25 which will benefit the Calvary Music School Student Scholarship Fund.
Students of Calvary Music School will be featured in an honors recital on Friday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the La Grua Center in Stonington, CT. (32 Water Street) Performers include Laura Marseglia (clarinet), Avanthi Kurukulasuriya (violin), Tsegaye Janat (piano), Simon Choi (clarinet), Claire Anderson (saxophone), Yidi Lin (piano), and Elizabeth Yarnall (bassoon). Free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
The Stonington Madrigal Singers and Recorder Consort present a Valentine's Day concert of Love Songs of the renaissance. Songs from the 16th and 17th centuries depict love in many aspects--courting, flirtation, bawdy love, fidelity, and fantasy--by such composers as Thomas Morley, Roland de Lassus, Henry VIII, and William Byrd. The concert, on Feb. 14 at 7:30 pm at the La Grua Center in Stonington, includes wine, coffee and dessert.