“An Organist and Friends” – Sunday, July 24, 4 pm
“Home and Home – A Brass Ensemble Concert” – Saturday, July 23, 7 pm
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.
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.
“What Wondrous Love”: a Journey through Lent in Word, Art, and Music
During the forty days of Lent, a religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations, Christ Episcopal Church (15th and H Sts), Eureka will offer three special opportunities for members of the community to explore, share, and experience your own observance of a holy Lent. Traditionally during Lent, many Christians choose to give up a certain luxury as a form of penitence, or to fast on particular days. Many also (or instead) choose to add a Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional.
If you seek a community within which to share and experience your personal journey through Lent, or are interested in learning more about this season of the liturgical year, experienced by Christians throughout the world, please join us for one or more of the following spiritual activities.
Lenten soup suppers begin on Tuesday, February 16, at 5:30 pm. The gathering will be in the parish hall (side entrance on 15th St. between G and H Sts.). A simple meal of home-made soup and bread will be provided by volunteers. Following the meal, a short program focusing on the final week of Jesus’ life, titled, What Wondrous Love: Holy Week in Word and Art, will be led by Sister Diana Doncaster and Mother Lesley McCloghrie. The program, available on DVD, provides a study blending striking artwork with insightful video commentaries by scholars, and a study guide with thought-provoking questions. The evening will conclude by 7:00 pm with a brief service of compline (night prayers). The suppers and programs will run through March 15.
On Fridays, beginning on February 19, at 11:45 am in the Chapel of our Merciful Savior (corner of 15th and G Sts.), there will be a brief (twenty minute) service of Stations of the Cross, using local artist Kathrin Burleson’s original watercolor paintings as a focus for meditation and prayer. The “Way of the Cross” is a centuries old practice, begun following the 313 Edict of Milan, reflecting the beginning of Christian pilgrimages to Jerusalem. In modern times it has been translated into a series of devotions known as “Stations of the Cross.” Both the service of Stations of the Cross and the music series (below) will continue through Friday, March 18.
It is a short walk to the main church from the Chapel, and you are invited to continue with us for a series of half-hour long Lenten music programs, on Fridays at 12:15 pm. The music programs will be held in the main church and are open to the public and free of charge. Please enter the church quietly and be seated where you like. Enjoy an opportunity for personal reflection and meditation while listening to quiet, seasonal music. A printed program of the music for the day will be provided. Local musicians will include several organists, all members of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists, along with instrumentalists on flute, guitar, and clarinet. Come hear beautiful music for the organ and other instruments, shared in the spirit of the Lenten season.
Off-street parking is available at the corner of 14th and G Streets. Handicapped parking and access to the parish hall and to the main church is available on 15th Street (between H and G). For more information, please contact the parish office: 442-1797.
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 Sunday, August 23, at 4 pm, Christ Episcopal Church opens its doors to the community with the summer’s final “Sundays at 4” concert, titled The Power of Song. Performers Liz Smith, soprano, Nathan Smith, bass, and Val Phillips, piano, will present a program and concert featuring the history of the Negro Spiritual and its importance to African-Americans from slavery to today.
Val Phillips and Nathan Smith are HSU Emeritus professors who have organized and performed this program of spirituals. Nathan has been singing spirituals nearly all of his life. Liz Smith, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods, has sung with many choirs, including Kantorei, the Chameleon’s and Ferndale Community Choir.
Val, Nathan and Liz are thrilled to be presenting the Power of Song at Christ Church.
The concert is offered free to the community. 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. For more information or directions, see: https://christchurcheureka.org/contact/.