Two Upcoming Concerts at Christ Episcopal Church: Nov. 7 – “The Door Between the Worlds” and Nov. 8 – Chamber Players of the Redwoods
“Legends of the Celtic Harp” performs their new show “The Door Between the Worlds” on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 pm, at Christ Episcopal Church, Eureka, CA (located at 15th & H Streets). Suggested donation is $20.00. The concert and storytelling event is a dramatic journey into the realms of the Celtic ‘Otherworld.’ The acclaimed ensemble, Legends of the Celtic Harp, opens the door into this mystical world with music played on Celtic harps, Irish bouzouki, cittern, and Swedish nyckelharpa and tells the tales of that legendary land from which no one returns unchanged. Celtic harpers, Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne, and Aryeh Frankfurter, have toured extensively throughout the U.S. to sold out audiences and rave reviews.
For more information about the show, contact: (415) 642-1466
Chamber Music Performance Features Locals
plus world premiere of new work
By Franklin Stover
The Chamber Players of the Redwoods will present a concert on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka. The program will include music by Corelli, Brahms, Mozart and Kahn A uniquely singular event includes a world premiere by composer Raymond Burkhart. The concert will include some of Humboldt County’s finest musicians in a diverse program covering various types of instrumental groupings and time periods. Founded in 2010 by Val Phillips, the chamber music nonprofit gives musicians a chance to keep their skills up and to entertain classically-minded audiences. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
Works slated to be performed include Corelli’s Concerto Grosso op. 6 No. 8. Also known as the “Christmas Concerto,” it’s one of Corelli’s 12 concertos for strings and harpsichord. Composed in 1690, the work is in 6 short movements. At the time of its composition, J.S. Bach was just 5 years old. Musicians include Allen Lesser, Betty Bliss, Stefan Vaughhan and Ken Love, violins; Eric Jones and Ann Marie Woolley, ‘cello; Sue Fowle, viola; and Felicia Oldfather, harpischord.
Jumping ahead to 2015 with a newly composed piece, Raymond Burkhart’s Suite Arcata gets a first hearing. Commissioned by the Chamber Players of the Redwoods, the work is in 3 movements suggestive of the climate that is peculiar to our region. One of the movements is titled Coastal Fog. The mixed woodwind and brass ensemble features Jill Petricca, flute; Michael Kibbe, oboe; Paul Cummings, clarinet; Chris Cox, trumpet, and Aaron Lopez, bassoon. Burkhart lives in Tujunga and teaches at College of the Canyons and Pomona College. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Claremont Graduate University and has composed works in many genres. Currently a member of the music faculty at Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, and College of the Canyons, Burkhart has appeared as a guest conductor and trumpet clinician and authority on the history of brass music.
Going back to more Victorian times, Annette Hull and Nancy Correll will perform a 4-hands piano duo version of Johannes Brahms’ Chorale Preludes op.122. Originally set for organ in 1896, the death of friend Clara Schumann spurred the composer to create his final great work. Inspired by a Lutheran hymn with a life after death theme, Richard Duning will read an English translation of the hymn texts before the performance.
Following Brahms is late romantic composer Robert Kahn in a performance of his Serenade in F minor, op. 73 for oboe, viola and piano. Impressed with Kahn’s natural ability, Brahms offered to mentor the younger composer, but for reasons unclear, Kahn declined. Players are Michael Kibbe, oboe; Sherry Hanson,viola and Ellen Weiss, piano. The work was composed in 1923.
Last up is Wolfgang Mozart’s Flute Quartet in C major. In 3 movements, musicians include Joseph Hazen, flute; Holly MacDonnell and Sherry Hanson,viola, and Mark Creaghe, ‘cello. At the end of the concert, a “Meet the Players”reception will follow for attendees who may wish to mingle with performers. The Christ Episcopal Church is located at H and 5th Streets in Eureka.
On July 27, 4 pm, an Early Music concert with “Trumpet Consort von Humboldt” and “á due” (an early music ensemble from Eugene, OR) will be held at Christ Episcopal Church (15th and H Streets, Eureka). This “Sundays at 4” concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be collected to support the musicians.
Please join us as we travel back to earlier musical eras. The ensemble “á due” (Holly Roberts, violin; Bodie Pfost, sackbut (trombone) and Margret Gries, harpsichord) will perform sonate concertate from the 17th-century, including music by Dario Castello, Giovanni Battista Fontana, and others. The music performed by this group of early music specialists from Eugene, Oregon features two solo lines of music (violin and trombone), hence the name “á due,” with continuo keyboard playing a bass line with improvised chords.
The program also features Humboldt’s own “Trumpet Consort von Humboldt,” in a short program of trumpet ensemble music ranging from the time of Sir Francis Drake and Elizabethan England, to baroque Germany and Prussia, and then to early 19th-century France. The seven members of the trumpet consort, led by HSU music professor Gil Cline, are Chris Cox, Ryan Brown, Andrew Henderson, Molly Harvis, Audrey McCombs, and Cline (trumpets) and Kevin Amos, drum. Dressed in costume, they will be playing six “real deal” natural trumpet copies without valves, with the drummer on a period-style rope tension drum.
Come and experience the music of earlier times with these two talented groups of musicians and have an opportunity to learn about both the instruments and the music from a group of early music specialists.
Off-street parking is available at the corner of 14th and G Streets. Handicapped accessible entrance is on 15th Street, between G and H Streets.
LYRA, an a cappella group of five professional vocalists from St. Petersburg, Russia, will be presenting a concert of Russian choral music on Monday, June 8, 7:30 pm, at Christ Episcopal Church (15th and H Streets), Eureka. The concert is open to the public and a free will offering will be collected to support the singers’ 2015 Midwest-West Coast Tour.
This is a unique opportunity to experience a part of the enormous Russian musical heritage.
The first half of the concert will be sacred music of the Russian Orthodox Church, including works of lesser-known, but remarkable, Russian composers of the 18th-20th centuries as well as famous masters such as Tchaikovsky, Sokolov, and others. The second part of the program will be comprised of Russian folk songs: comic, lyric, dancing, and love songs. LYRA performs its own arrangements of folk songs as well as secular songs by classical Russian composers.
Come and enjoy the sounds of Russia, performed by Russian musicians! All of the singers in LYRA are professional performers, from choirs and opera houses in St. Petersburg. The smaller touring group is part of a larger community of musicians from many and various professions – including choir conductors, opera singers, and music teachers. Their love for singing unites them. In 2001, LYRA was awarded the Montreux (Switzerland) International Choral Festival diploma. In 2005, the group was given an award by the Coleraine International Choral Festival (Northern Ireland). Through their tours they hope to introduce the rich musical heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church as well as the traditions of Russian folk music to audiences across the United States.
Christ Episcopal Church is located on H Street in Eureka. Off-street parking is available on the corner of 14th and G streets. Accessible entrance is off of 14th street, between H and G streets. Please join us for this exciting concert and the reception for our Russian guests following the concert. More information on LYRA is available at: http://www.lyra-online.org. The group will have CDs for sale during the reception. For questions about the concert, contact the church: 707-442-1797.
See the flyer below:
Paul Tegels & Dana Robinson, Organists
Featuring Works for Four Hands & Four Feet by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Saint Saens & Schumann
Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 3 pm – Paul Tegels & Dana Robinson
Paul Tegels has performed extensively in solo and ensemble concerts in the United States, Europe, Japan, and New Zealand. Dana Robinson is organist of Grace Lutheran Church in Champaign, Illinois. His performances are frequently featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, Pipedreams.
Concerts are at Christ Episcopal Church (15th and H Streets), Eureka, CA. Suggested donation: $15 individual/$25 family. A ‘Meet the Artist’ reception follows each performance. For more information, call: 707-442-1797
Songs of Reflection and Jubilation
The final “Sundays at 4” summer concert at Christ Episcopal Church (15th and H Streets, Eureka) will be on Sunday, August 24, at 4 pm, featuring sacred and secular songs performed by Elizabeth Rau, soprano and Greg Granoff, piano and organ. The poems of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science, poems by contemporary American poets Deborah Digges and Steve Okwor, and several biblical texts are the inspiration for this program of music composed entirely by local musician Greg Granoff. Please join us for this free concert featuring two outstanding musicians from our local community.
Rau and Granoff met as church musicians at the Christian Science church and their musical collaboration spans over twelve years. In addition to their work in churches, they have performed together in Messiah sing-along concerts and at Humboldt State University. A huge fan of Granoff’s songs, Rau began performing them over the years at other local churches and in Marin County, and after receiving much favorable response to several individual songs, put together this program to share with the community. Future musical plans for Rau and Granoff include recording a CD of Granoff’s songs.
Elizabeth Rau has appeared as a soloist in local Rhododendron Festival concerts, concerts at the Unitarian Fellowship in Bayside, and in community Messiah Sing-Along performances. She has also performed and taught voice at Humboldt State University. Currently she teaches piano and voice in her home and is active playing piano and singing at various local churches.
Greg Granoff is the piano technician at Humboldt State University and the organist at the Christian Science Church in Eureka. He is an accomplished pianist, organist, and harpsichordist and has accompanied HSU faculty and student performances through the years.
Please join us for this Sunday afternoon concert featuring two talented musicians performing an inspiring program of sacred and secular songs.
For more information, call 707-442-1797.