Concert Calendar

March 2020

Sunday, March 1 at 3 PM
The Fontenay Chamber Players -Music of Mozart, Ravel and Respighi. Concert is partially supported by The Suzanne LaFollette Culley Charitable Foundation. There will be a free-will offering. First Congregational Church, 103 Main St, Ridgefield. For more info: Kathleen Theisen, Interim Director of Music Ministries, FCC Ridgefield: KathleenT@firstcongregational.com

Wednesday, March 4 at Noon
Lenten Musical Moments – Comtemplative music sung by Chancel Choir section leader Diana Benton, soprano. Communion will be served. The Congregational Church, 23 Park Street, New Canaan. For more information, please contact Jody Blaine Davis at 203/966-2651 #827 or music@godsacre.org

Wednesday, March 4 at Noon
Lenten Organ Series – Daniel Brownell of First United Church of Christ, Milford. First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd, Fairfield.

Thursday, March 5 at 12:15 PM
Organ Recital – Jonathan Vaughn, Associate Director of Music, Christ Church Greenwich. To showcase the recent renovation and upgrades completed on our 1978 Austin pipe organ, we will present a free, 30-minute recital from 12:15-12:45, followed by a simple soup and sandwich lunch in the Auditorium. Free will donations happily accepted to defray the cost of the meals. First Congregational Church of Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich.

Saturday, March 7 at 7:30PM
The King’s Singers – Acclaimed for their exhilarating virtuosity and irresistible charm, the British vocal sextet sings a program entitled, Finding Harmony, which explores the power of music to bring people together and effect social change. Tickets at www.chtwestport.org/tickets. Reception follows in the Great Hall. Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane, Westport. (203) 227-0827.

Wednesday, March 11 at Noon
Lenten Musical Moments – Comtemplative music sung by Chancel Choir section leader Hans Tashjian, bass. Communion will be served. The Congregational Church, 23 Park Street, New Canaan. For more information, please contact Jody Blaine Davis at 203/966-2651 #827 or music@godsacre.org

Wednesday, March 11 at Noon
Lenten Organ Series – Kevin Bailey of First Presbyterian Church, Stamford. First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd, Fairfield.

Thursday, March 12 at 12:15-12:45 PM
Lenten Organ Recital – Leslie Smith, Director of Music, Round Hill Community Church. First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. Following the recital, there will be a simple lunch of soup and a sandwich in the Auditorium, which is also free, with a basket on each table for anyone who wishes to make a donation to offset the cost of their meal.

Sunday, March 15 at 3 PM
Lenten Choral Concert – Adult choirs from three Greenwich churches will gather at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Riverside for a free Lenten Choral Concert. Concert features Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers for a Confessor) by Mozart. Accompanied by a chamber orchestra and the professional section leaders from each church will be the soloists. Also included are “Ave verum corpus” by Mozart, and “Bless the Lord, my soul” by Mikail Ippolitov-Ivanov, and “Bogoroditse Devo” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Violinist Chie Yoshinaka will be soloist in Concerto for Violin and Strings by Johann Sebastian Bach. The choirs participating are from St. Catherine/St. Agnes Catholic Church, Riverside (Liya Petrides, Director of Music) First Congregational Church (Craig Scott Symons, Minister of Music), and St. Paul’s Episcopal, Riverside (David Johnson, Director of Music). There will be a free-will offering received to help defray costs of the program. For more information, contact Craig Symons at 203-637-1791 extension 822, or email him at craigs@fccog.org.

Sunday, March 15 at 5 PM
Evensong – featuring the Rose responses and works by Thomas Morley. Christ Church, 254 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich.

Sunday, March 15, at 5 PM
Organ Recital – Dr. Balint Karosi, guest concert organist Richard, Fowkes, Opus 5, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 884 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT https://www.joyfulnoiseoffairfieldcounty.com/

Wednesday, March 18 at Noon
Lenten Musical Moments – Comtemplative music sung by Chancel Choir section leader Dimitrie Lazich, baritone. Communion will be served. The Congregational Church, 23 Park Street, New Canaan. For more information, please contact Jody Blaine Davis at 203/966-2651 #827 or music@godsacre.org

Wednesday, March 18 at Noon
Lenten Organ Series – Victoria Shields of First Presbyterian Church, New Canaan. First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd, Fairfield.

Thursday, March 19 at 12:15-12:45 PM
Lenten Organ Recital – David Johnson, Director of Music, St. Paul’s, Riverside. First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. Following the recital, there will be a simple lunch of soup and a sandwich in the Auditorium, which is also free, with a basket on each table for anyone who wishes to make a donation to offset the cost of their meal.

Sunday March 22 at 3 PM
Organ-Vocal Recital – “Sweet Solitude” – Liya Petrides, Soprano, Lyudmila German, Organ Music by Henry Purcell and Lyudmila German. Admission $20, children up to 17 free. St. Catherine of Siena Concerts in the Chapel, 4 Riverside Ave, Riverside, CT 06878 music.director@stc-sta.org

Wednesday, March 25 at Noon
Lenten Musical Moments – Comtemplative music sung by Chancel Choir section leader Aram Tchobanian, tenor. Communion will be served. The Congregational Church, 23 Park Street, New Canaan. For more information, please contact Jody Blaine Davis at 203/966-2651 #827 or music@godsacre.org

Wednesday, March 25 at Noon
Lenten Organ Series – Bryan Campbell of Orange Congregational. First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd, Fairfield,

Thursday, March 26 at 12:15-12:45 PM
Lenten Organ Recital – Dr. Liya Petrides, Director of Music, St. Catherine Church, Riverside. First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. Following the recital, there will be a simple lunch of soup and a sandwich in the Auditorium, which is also free, with a basket on each table for anyone who wishes to make a donation to offset the cost of their meal.

Friday, March 27 at 7:30 PM
The Canadian Brass – For tickets, see trinitysouthport.org/tickets, Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Ave, Southport.

Saturday, March 28 at 4 PM
Hymn Festival – led by Amanda Page Smith. Hymns, anthems and readings led by young singers. Youth Choirs from Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansdale, PA, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Fairfield and First Congregational Church, Fairfield. First Congregational Church, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. Admission is free – donations accepted.

Sunday, March 29 at 5 PM
Choral Evensong – sung by the St. Paul’s Choir, John Abdenour, director, Jonathan Vaughn, organ. Repertoire includes the Evening Service in b minor by Hugh Blair, responses by Anthony Piccolo, and Jehovah quam multi sunt hostes mei by Henry Purcell. English Tea precedes at 4 PM. No admission charge (freewill offering accepted). St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road, Fairfield. Free on-street and Town Hall lot parking. www.stpaulsfairfield.org.

APRIL 2020

Wednesday, April 1 at Noon
Lenten Musical Moments – Comtemplative music sung by Chancel Choir section leader Anne Maguire, mezzo-soprano. Communion will be served. The Congregational Church, 23 Park Street, New Canaan. For more information, please contact Jody Blaine Davis at 203/966-2651 #827 or music@godsacre.org

Wednesday, April 1 at Noon
Lenten Organ Series – Paul Jacobson of First Church Congregational, Fairfield. First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd, Fairfield.

Thursday, April 2 at 12:15-12:45 PM
Lenten Organ Recital – Dr. Craig Scott Symons, Minister of Music, First Congregational Church. First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. Following the recital, there will be a simple lunch of soup and a sandwich in the Auditorium, which is also free, with a basket on each table for anyone who wishes to make a donation to offset the cost of their meal.

Sunday, April 5 at 5 PM
Stainer’s Crucifixion – sung by the Christ Church Singers. Christ Church, 254 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich

Wednesday, April 8 at Noon
Lenten Musical Moments – Comtemplative music sung by Chancel Choir section leader Antonio Abate, tenor. Communion will be served. The Congregational Church, 23 Park Street, New Canaan. For more information, please contact Jody Blaine Davis at 203/966-2651 #827 or music@godsacre.org

Other News

2021 UK Choir Trip
St. John’s Parish Choir (Stamford) is going to Peterborough Cathedral in the UK in August 2021 under the direction of Nathan Lively and organist Janet Yieh. Guest singers are welcome! The all inclusive price of $2,500 will cover air, food, lodging, and land travel. You only pay for souvenirs. Please email Nathan at NathanKLively@gmail.com for a brochure and more details of the trip. If you cannot make this trip with our choir, please consider making a gift to support the cost of the trip by writing a check to St. John’s Lutheran Church and putting “England 2021” in the memo line. Thank you for the support.

The Waterbury Chapter AGO would like to invite AGO members from adjacent chapters to participate in our Youth Choir Festival with Gabriel Lofvall on March 14, 2020. 
Repertoire list – Waterbury Chapter American Guild of Organists Youth Choir Festival – March 14, 2020

Gabriel Lovfall, director
Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington
Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above – Jodi Lindh (Chorister’s Guild CGA583) (Unison and optional handbells)
Everywhere I Go – Natalie Sleeth – (Chorister’s Guild CGA171) (2 pt)
Pie Jesu – Mary Lynn Lightfoot (Heritage Choral Series 15/1227H) (2 pt)
Tumefurahi – Dave and Jean Perry – (Chorister’s Guild CGA1462)
This Little Light of Mine – Mark Patterson – (Chorister’s Guild CGA1108) (2 pt)
God Is Always There – Toni Sullivan – (Chorister’s Guild CGA1590) (Unison)
How Can I Keep From Singing? – Paul Halley – (Pelagos PEL2034) (SSA) You may contact Bill Degan to get this music (dblopen32@gmail.com) since there is a 40 copy minimum when ordering from Pelagos. Please contact Toni Sullivan (sullivantt@gmail.com) to express your interest in the festival.

George Mathison Memorial Scholarship Competition
The Brooklyn Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will sponsor the Fifth annual George Mathison Memorial Scholarship Competition on Saturday, March 14th, 2020. The 2020 competition will take place at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, where competitors will play the church’s 69-rank 2001 Austin pipe organ. The competition is open to both high school and college organists, with no age or locational requirements. College applicants must be taking organ lessons for credit through their schools and high school applicants must be taking organ lessons with a private teacher. The application deadline is February 14th, 2020. The application and more information, including eligibility and repertoire requirements, is available at: https://www.brooklynago.org/scholarship-competition The size of awards made to winning competitors will total $2,000, with awards of $1,000 for first place, $650 for second place and $350 for third place. We’re accepting tax-deductible donations, the proceeds from which will go entirely towards funding the prize pool for the competition. In addition to helping defray these students’ academic expenses; we believe this competition is an excellent way to spread awareness about the American Guild of Organists and the organ generally. If you would like to make a donation, or if you have any questions or comments, contact: dean@brooklynago.org