“An Organist and Friends” – Sunday, July 24, 4 pm
“Home and Home – A Brass Ensemble Concert” – Saturday, July 23, 7 pm
Here is the July, 2016 Chronicle:
Mellifluous Medley of Music – The McKinleyville Community Choir Performs at Christ Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 26, 4 p.m.
The first of three summer “Sundays at 4” concerts will be held on Sunday, June 26, 4 pm at Christ Episcopal Church (15th & H streets), Eureka. Sponsored by the Christ Church Concert Series, the concerts are free and open to the public.
The concert also continues the series of Spring concerts offered by the McKinleyville Community Choir. This energetic choral group will perform a capella as well as accompanied by keyboard, percussion, and brass. There will be vocal solos, a duet, and a smaller ensemble offering. The musical selections are varied–familiar and some not so–and range from Classic Rock, Swing to Reggae, Classical to Spiritual.
Under the direction of Robert Keiber, the members of the choir come from Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, McKinleyville, and Trinidad, assembling weekly to prepare for and share in the joy of making music together.
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.
Here is the Chronicle for June, 2016:
Chamber music concert features strings, trombones, piano
The Chamber Players of the Redwoods are returning to one of their favorite concert venues with a new program of music that compliments the changing seasons. Set for Sunday, May 15 at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka at 2 p.m. in the main church sanctuary, the work of Beethoven, Brahms and others will be heard. Performed by some of the finest musicians in Humboldt County, the concerts are always free with a suggested donation at the door.
While the unifying theme of these concerts is the performing of classical chamber music, the concerts are quite varied instrumentally as well as musically. Where else could one go to hear a quartet of trombones and a Haydn string quartet all on the same program?
A welcome newcomer to the concert series is a string trio featuring three sisters, Ruth Gross, violin, Claire Gent, ‘cello, and Lydia Gross, violin. Performing delightful arrangements of well-known works by Grieg and Moreau, the three began playing as a trio four years ago under the instruction of Stefan Vaughn.
Segueing into familiar territory with Franz Haydn we hear his celebrated Quartet No. 25 in C, op. 20, a work that gets performed fairly often as it’s considered to be the composers’ first great quartet. Players include: Betty Bliss, violin, Ken Love, violin, Stefan Vaughan, viola, andEric Jones, ‘cello.
Moving on to a contemporary of Haydn, we’ll be treated to Beethoven’s great Trio in E flat, op. 1, No. 1. In 4-movements, our interpreters include Allen Lesser, violin, Susan Fowle, ‘cellette and Felicia Oldfather, piano. Going against tradition a little, the original ‘cello part will be played an octave higher on viola, or ‘cellette (small ‘cello), as the group calls it.
Last up, but always well-received is resident trombone quartet that consists of Dick LaForge, Phil Sams, George Epperson and Doug Hendricks with LaForge sometimes supplying a lower tuba part. Since there’s not a lot of music originally composed for the genre, the players are always on the lookout for cleaver arrangements. Up on the program are works by Brahms and local composer Michael Kibbe, with arrangements supplied by local musician Gregg Moore and others. Collectively, the group has over 100 years of practicing, playing and performing. Christ Episcopal Church is located at 15th and H Streets, between G and H Streets and 14th and 15th streets in Eureka.
Here is the Chronicle for May, 2016: