Concert to benefit Ukrainian Relief

 

PRESS RELEASE:
MEETINGHOUSE BACH BIRTHDAY CONCERT TO BENEFIT UKRAINIAN RELIEF

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation will present a live concert to celebrate the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach
on Sunday, March 20th, 2022 at 4:30p.m. in the historic Meetinghouse at the corner of Church and Middle Streets.
The event will be simulcast on the Foundation’s YouTube channel and will be available afterwards for those unable to attend.
The event is free and open to the public but a collection will be taken to benefit Ukrainian relief efforts through
the International Rescue Committee.

The Meetinghouse Foundation’s president, Charles Nazarian, will describe how the harpsichord works on his Flemish Double
harpsichord made by David Jacques Way. He will play a few pieces pieces to demonstrate the varied sounds of the instrument.
Mary Jodice on the harpsichord and Emily Hale on the baroque violin will follow with the Bach Violin Sonata in C-minor,
after which Ms. Hale will perform a Bach violin solo. Soprano Caroline Teague will sing Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”
and Counter-tenor Cameron Dobson will sing selections from the great Mass in B-Minor accompanied by Mary Jodice.
She will complete the concert with one of the monumental Bach organ compositions, the Passacaglia and Fugue in C-minor,
on the Meetinghouse’s 1893 Hutchings/Fisk pipe organ.  The event will close with the ensemble leading the audience in
singing the Ukrainian National Anthem followed by a reception with a Bach birthday cake.

The mission of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is to restore this 1806 architectural masterpiece that is listed
on the National Register of Historic Places as a concert venue, civic hub and community gathering center.

More information about this and future events is available at: www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

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