On Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. Calvary Church in the historic borough of Stonington will inaugurate a new music series dedicated to the glorious masterpieces of Johann Sebastian Bach. They are calling the new yearly event Bach in the Borough. Series creator and Artistic Director Dr. Matthew Provost has invited three stellar musicians to join him for this first installment: baroque violinist Lisa Rautenberg, soprano Lisa Williamson, and contralto Margaret Tyler. The program includes great organ works (such as the famous Toccata & Fugue in D Minor), a sonata for violin (in e minor), and four arias with obligato instruments from Bach’s monumental cantatas. A superlative chamber music presentation in a charming chamber music environment awaits the public at the quaint, seaside Calvary Church.
Carols from the Old & New Worlds
The Stonington Madrigal Singers presents “Carols from the Old and New Worlds” on Saturday, Dec. 8th at 7 PM. Featured are old American settings of traditional Christmas songs and Renaissance music of Europe, composers from New England--Daniel Read, William Billings, and Samuel Holyoke—along with beautiful motets of Gallus, Byrd, and Praetorius. The singers are joined by the Stonington Recorder Consort in this delightful introduction to the holiday season. The concert is at Calvary Church in Stonington borough. Reception to follow. Donations gratefully accepted. For more information call 860-535-3631.
Guitar Course for Teens & Adults
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Beginning students will learn the essentials of acoustic guitar playing in a supportive group, with guidance and instruction by our outstanding guitar teacher, James Harris. Students must provide their own guitars.
Four sessions on Saturday mornings from 10:30 to 11:15
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Music Literacy for Teens & Adults
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Learning to read music is like learning a new language. This course will help you understand the basics of notated music; its vocabulary and symbols; to understand rhythm, pitch, melody, harmony, and expression. This course is taught by Calvary Music School's Interim Artistic Director Robert Guarino. It is open to teens or adults with little or no prior knowledge of reading music.
Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30
Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
How to Listen to Classical Music will help ease you into this sometimes intimidating world. Through guidance and exposition, participants will receive an overview of different musical styles, eras and composers.
THIS COURSE BEGINS APRIL 21ST, AND RUNS FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE SATURDAYS
1:30M TO 2:45PM
Music Fundementals is for students that perhaps play an instrument "by ear" or just want to read basic notation and get a feel for the language of music.
THIS COURSE BEGINS ARIL 4th, AND RUNS FOR SIX CONSECUTIVE WEDNESDAYS
7PM TO 8PM
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