Special Music Events
Bach Sunday, February 23, 2014 10:00 a.m.
The music for the 10:00 a.m. Worship will be almost exclusively centered on Bach. The music from four of his cantatas will be carefully woven into the worship; the choir will sing chorales and choruses and soprano soloist Risa Renae Harman will sing an aria, all enhanced with Bach’s rich instrumental accompaniment.
The Swedish bishop Nathan Soderblom, the recipient of the 1929 Nobel Peace Prize, called Bach’s cantatas the Fifth Gospel. Written for special occasions and the church in the early 1700s, they fell into obscurity soon after Bach’s death and were forgotten for nearly a century until Felix Mendelssohn rediscovered them in Leipzig.
Today Bach’s 209 (!) cantatas are widely performed and recorded in many parts of the world, bringing believers and non-believers alike a unique experience. Bach’s profound religious belief inspires all. All are welcome. Childcare available.
Music on Round Hill
Throughout the year, Eugene Sirotkine, our Director of Music, plans, organizes, performs, and directs special concerts that often take place on a Friday evening or a Sunday afternoon. He brings musicians of the best caliber from New York City and Fairfield County to perform as soloists and as small orchestras for our own fine Quartet and choir. Recent concerts have featured: Karl Kramer, French horn; Maria Conti, violin; Larry Spivak, percussion; Darren Anderson, tenor; Eleni Calenos, soprano; Vincent Lionti, viola; David Heiss, cello; Laura Hamilton, violin; Susan Deaver, flute; Krystof Witek, violin; David Glukh, trumpet.
The Round Hill Quartet also performs special concerts. The Quartet consists of Risa Renae Harman, soprano; Jenna Hintz, soprano; Patrick Hogan, tenor; and Scott Tomlinson, baritone. Their concerts are most often selections of arias and ensembles from operas of great composers like Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Beethoven, and Bizet.
Mr. Kabala, an accomplished pianist, regularly performs recitals at the Church on a beautiful Boesendorfer piano. He has played Chopin, Haydn, Scarletti, Schumann, Brahms, Barber, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Wagner, and Messiaen.
He has also reached out to Greenwich Continuing Education and offered a course to adults interested in learning a challenging piece with our choir over a period of weeks and finally performing it at our Church. It is always a thrilling morning of music for us and for them.
The entire community is invited to attend these concerts and the sanctuary is always filled to capacity as people have come to know the excellence of the performances.
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