First Congregational Church

165 Main St, Amherst, MA

 

Friday, March 28, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
          Pianist Stephen Porter in concert presenting:
                   "Late Styles:  A program of final piano masterpieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Debussy."

In the 2013-14 season, pianist Stephen Porter’s all-Beethoven recital is called “a transcendent experience...Late Beethoven at its best” by New York Arts. He has been heard in concert at Cité des Arts in Paris, the Sala Villa-Lobos in Rio de Janeiro, Harvard University, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Composer’s Voice concert series in New York City, and as the featured soloist of the 8th Bosnia International Music Festival in Sarajevo.  In 2012 he was named artist-resident of the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and invited to perform the music of Claude Debussy during the composer’s 150th birthday year.  His complete Piano Preludes of Debussy in Paris, Sarajevo and the United States were critically acclaimed as “masterful...everything is graceful and appropriate” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), which led to an invitation to Washington D.C. to be the featured guest on National Public Radio’s “Diane Rehm Show.”  Mr. Porter’s current recital program "Late Styles" includes final masterpieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Schubert.  His performances of Schubert's final piano sonata have been called “superb” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), “extraordinary...compelling and moving” (Berkshire Review), and “a revelation...disturbingly beautiful” (Early Music America).  His international appearances include Albert Long Hall in Istanbul, the Rockefeller Foundation at Lake Como, and LSO St. Luke’s as guest soloist with the Amadeus Orchestra of London.
This concert is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Donations ($10 suggested) gratefully received at the door.
                   

Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.

Currently in its eighth season under the leadership of director Catharine Melhorn, the Chorus presently numbers 32 children, ages 7-13, from many Pioneer Valley towns.  Their repertoire includes varied, high-quality, age-appropriate pieces drawn from many cultural traditions.  Founded in 2001, the Children’s Chorus is partially funded by the South Hadley Chorale. 
This concert is supported in part by a grant from the Pelham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Donations ($10 suggested) gratefully received at the door.
                   

Saturday, June 21, 2014 – 1:00 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us on the front lawn of the church for an afternoon of music and homemade strawberry shortcake.  Ragtime Five, a five-piece brass ensemble will present music from the 1890s to the 1920s: Joplin rags, Sousa marches, and other popular music of the time.  Homemade strawberry shortcake and lemonade will be available.

This concert is supported in part by a grant from the South Hadley Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Concert is FREE.  $5 donation for homemade strawberry shortcake and lemonade.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the Church.

First Congregational Church, UCC
165 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413)253-3456
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First Congregational Church, UCC

165 Main Street

Amherst, Massachusetts 01002

(413)253-3456

Email: firstchurch_amherst@comcast.net