Free Concert: Sunday, May 14, 2017 4:00 P.M.: The Sebastians

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Free Concert: Sunday, May 14, 2017 4:00 P.M.: The Sebastians

Sebastians 2017

The Friends of Music at Emanuel will present The Sebastians on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church Street, Manchester. The New York City-based Sebastians is a dynamic musical ensemble specializing in music of the baroque and classical eras. The group will perform a program by J. S. Bach and his contemporaries, Handel and Telemann, and include Bach’s famous Musical Offering. Note: At 3:30 p.m. there will be a pre-concert talk by Dr. Robert Galloway who will share interesting insights into the context and intricacies of Bach’s Musical Offering. A reception will immediately follow the concert. Concert is free; donations accepted.
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Free Concert in Center Park: The Glastonbury Ukulele Band 08/11/16

The Glastonbury Ukulele Band consists of “ukers” from Glastonbury and surrounding towns. Led by Dr. Jim Rosokoff (AKA “Dr. Uke“), a retired Glastonbury dermatologist, they perform throughout Connecticut. They play popular songs from many eras for parties, fund raisers, retirement communities and basically any place people want to sing those great songs. For several years they have accompanied a monthly community-wide singalong in Glastonbury. Audiences have enjoyed singing along to typical ukulele fare like “You Are My Sunshine” and “Five Foot Two.” Other songs are less readily associated with the ukulele, such as “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” and “Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp-Ba-Bomp-Ba-Bomp).” Many genres of music are “on the table” for the band, including jazz, folk, rock, Elvis, Beatles, show tunes, and even Yiddish songs.

Songsheets will be available if you’d like to sing along.

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Free Concert in Center Park: Three Troubadours 07-28-2016

In Conjuction with Beller’s Music and Imagine Main Street, we are proud to present Manchester’s Town Troubadour Dan Thompson, former State Troubadour Lara Herscovitch and current State Troubadour Kate Callahan as they take you on a musical storytelling journey.

Bring a blanket, picnic dinner or grab some takeout from one of Downtown’s many eateries and join us!

A little about the troubadours:

“Pure musical poetry” (The Courier), Lara Herscovitch’s music is an original blend of modern folk with blues, jazz, and pop influences. With her voice “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” she stands “above and beyond the pack” (Northeast Performer). Former Connecticut State Troubadour, Lara brings a charm, authenticity, and love of performing that immediately resonates with diverse audiences. She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and tours from Maine to Miami. She also has extensive experience as a policy social worker, and has worked in the US, Latin America and Asia on behalf of disadvantaged individuals – focusing on education, community development, and juvenile justice. Echoes of these themes resonate throughout her music: “Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn’t write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul.” (Daily Journal, Tupelo MS).

Kate is the 16th State Troubadour, an honorary position appointed by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She will serve as Connecticut’s ambassador of song until March 2018. Kate’s goals include bringing a therapeutic music program to female inmates in the state. She has also started a grassroots record label made up of friends, family, and fans. Kate continues to tour in and outside of Connecticut, celebrating CT’s culture and tourism through her original music.

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Free Concert in Center Park: John Mayock & The Homesteaders 07/21/16

These seasoned and nationally renowned musicians combine roots-rock with folk sensibilities, rock harmonies, R&B groove with the sparkle of pop and the twang of true country. The band features exceptional songwriting with haunting and familiar melodies, poetic lyrics that are smart and insightful encased by the bands masterful musicianship. The Homesteaders lineup includes Singer/songwriter John Mayock, drummer Dennis Cotton, guitarist Dennis Fancher and bassist Jeff Belcher.

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Free Concert in Center Park: Horizon Blue 07/14/16

Horizon Blue is an acoustic Americana (folk, country and blue grass) musical group. The covers and original songs they perform take you through a musical story no matter what your age. Horizon Blue features Monique Hill, Peter Hill, Mark Annulli with occasional guest appearances.

****Rain Location is MCC on Main, 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT ****

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Free Concert: Woosug Kang – Organ and Orchestra, May 7, 2016


Organist Woosug Kang will join forces with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra for the American premiere of Organ Concerto No. 1 by New Zealand composer John Wells. The program will also feature a performance of Poulenc’s beloved Organ Concerto in G minor.

John Wells’ Organ Concerto No. 1 is perhaps one of the most significant organ works composed in the past 20 years. Praised by Michael Barone of Pipe Dreams as “Great stuff… it has what it takes to make it internationally,” the work’s three movements retain the traditional features of a Western European concerto, with the additional influence of Maori melodies. It was premiered in 1996 in St. Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland, New Zealand, with the composer as soloist, and received its Australian premiere in 2006.

This work will receive its Western Hemisphere premiere in 2016 with performances on Saturday, May 7, 7:00 pm at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester, CT, and on Sunday, May 8, 4:00 pm at South Congregational Church in New Britain, CT. Admission to both concerts is free, with donations accepted.

Organist Woosug Kang is a native of New Zealand, where he completed his Bachelor of Music in organ performance and studied organ with the composer, John Wells. He moved to the United States and completed his Master of Music in organ performance at Yale University. He is currently a candidate for Doctorate of Music in organ performance at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. He has concertized around US, UK, Australia and NZ on the organ, and is also active as a choral conductor, directing multiple choirs at St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson, AZ, one of the largest Episcopal music ministries in country.

The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is the state’s premiere chamber orchestra, founded in 1997 and based in New Britain. Artistic director and conductor Adrian Sylveen says of the Wells Concerto, which calls for a 29-piece orchestra including strings, woodwinds, brass, and timpani, “It is rare to find contemporary music that is so harmonious and conveys such a genuine feeling of joy. The Virtuosi are very excited to collaborate with Mr. Kang on the American premiere of this work.”

This project is sponsored by the Friends of Music at Emanuel, the Marjorie Jolidon Fund of the Hartford AGO, and the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.


Saturday, May 7, 7:00pm, Emanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church Street, Manchester, CT

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Free Concert: Violinist Brunilda Myftaraj 04/09/2016

Violin virtuosi Brunilda Myftaraj, accompanied by pianist Laura Garritson, will perform at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church Street, Manchester, on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at
7:00 p.m. Program will include works by American composers Gershwin, Bernstein, Ives and more. Free-will donations gratefully accepted. Following the concert, there will be a reception in Luther Hall.

Brunilda April 2016

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Free Concert: New England Chamber Choir 02/22/16

The Friends of Music at Emanuel will present the New England Chamber Choir (NECC) on Sunday, February 21, at 4:00 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church Street, Manchester. NECC is a unique group of gifted amateur musicians that performs only the best choral music from Gregorian chant to classically inspired music written today. NECC will perform its popular annual concert High Notes and High Tea, followed by a special reception. As always, the concert is free though donations are gratefully accepted.


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