Organ & Recitals

2017–2018 St. Michael's Concert Series

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.” —Victor Hugo

We cordially invite you to join us for a distinguished series of organ recitals—and this year, a vocal performance—at St. Michael’s Church. Built in 1714, the church is home to the 22-stop 1975 Charles Fisk mechanical action organ, and it enjoys an acoustical space that is ideal for music.

Our artists have chosen programs that range from the 18th-century tradition of Bach and his contemporaries to works by living composers.

A suggested donation of $10 may be made at the door. Subscriptions to support all five concerts may be purchased for $50. A reception follows each performance in the Parish Hall. All are welcome!

Concert Schedule

Sunday October 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Douglas Major, organist

Sunday November 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Diane Meredith Belcher, organist

Saturday January 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm
American SongBook, Round Two!
Sarah Hunter & Katie Hoyer, vocalists; Nick Yeager, Bass; and Douglas Major, piano

Sunday March 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Brian Jones, organist

Sunday May 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Mark Dwyer, organist

About the Performers

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Douglas Major
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Our own Music Director Doug Major opens the series with a recital of music from the great German Protestant Reformation by J.S. Bach, his predecessors, and his contemporaries. The audience will have a chance to sing some of the Lutheran chorales upon which these wonderful works are based. Formerly Organist and Choirmaster at Washington National Cathedral, he has led the Music Program at St. Michael’s since 2003.

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Diane Meredith Belcher

Internationally acclaimed concert organist Diane Meredith Belcher will offer us a “FrenchFest," with music ranging from the 17th to the 20th century, all from your favorite French composers for the organ. A prizewinner in the St. Albans and Chartres organ competitions, and a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Eastman School, Belcher brings to the organ consummate skill and beautiful interpretations.

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Katie Hoyer, Doug Major, and Sarah Hunter (l-r)

Last year the response was so enthusiastic about this program that Sarah, Katie, and friends decided to have another go at some well-loved songs from the American SongBook repertoire. The Parish Hall is an excellent venue for up-close acoustic vocals and more. Don’t miss this one!

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Brian Jones

This will be Brian Jones’ third appearance on our series, and his programs are always engaging and delightfully musical. Brian is Emeritus Music Director and Organist of Trinity Church, Boston and is Director of the Copley Singers. His program will include music by Bach, Handel, Lefébure-Wely, Nevin, Karg-Elert, and more.

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Mark Dwyer

Our next recital: Sunday May 20, 2018
Well-known as both an accomplished concert artist as well as a skilled church musician, Mark Dwyer is Organist and Choirmaster of Church of the Advent in Boston. He conducts the Advent Choir, a professional ensemble of 18 singers which presents over 100 anthems and motets as well as 50 choral settings of the mass every year for the liturgies there. Mark has performed across the United States as well as in England and South America. His program will include Bach, Sowerby, Willan, and G.F. Handel.

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last update 04/29/2018