Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dec. 9th Celticity Concert

Celticity Trio returns to Christ Episcopal Church with their ever popular Celtic Christmas Program! This exciting trio combines cutting-edge artistry, passion, and a contemporary touch to traditional Celtic music. With a unique blend of instrumental sizzle, vocal beauty, and captivating arrangements, Celticity puts forth an immensely exciting and highly musical performance. 
Free and open to the public. 
Donations accepted ~ Building accessible. 
Reception to follow performance.

Christ Episcopal Church,
78 Washington St, Norwich

Christ Church School of the Arts, Inc.
78 Washington Street
Norwich, CT 06360

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Free and open to the public
Donations accepted ~ Building accessible
For more information on the Chamber Music Series
please contact Christ Church School of the Arts@ 860.425.0663, or visit us on the web @

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Somewhat Short Notice

Well, it's a little short notice but for those of you who didn't know there is a concert tonight in the new Kelly Middle School Auditorium at 7pm. I only found out about it on Sunday, but I'm still planning to attend tonight.

Tonight's performance is from the Norwich Public School Chorus & Band Concert.
"All families with students attending Kelly or Teachers' Memorial Middle School next school year with an interest in music are encouraged to attend an Open House and Concert on Wednesday June 6 at 7pm at Kelly MS where they can find out more about registering for music lessons."

The program is run by the Norwich Public Schools Education Foundation, whose goals include "to support the Norwich Public Schools in providing a challenging and enriching educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of every student and prepares them to succeed in the 21st century."

For those with middle-school aged children in the Norwich Public School system interested in having their children experience music education, which unfortunately is not present in all city schools, the NPSEF has an After-school Music Program that provides once a week lessons for a small fee ($10/month) with bus transportation provided to ensure your child makes it home.
No experience is required to join the program, and students are encouraged to provide their own brass or woodwind instruments (many area music stores have rent/lease/own options) as donated instruments are limited .

Interested in signing up your child? Or perhaps you'd like to donate your time or maybe an instrument to the program?

Contact NPSEF

Norwich Public Schools Education Foundation

90 Town Street
Norwich, CT 06360
(860) 823-6284

Monday, May 14, 2012

NLCO June Concert

Join us!!

Saturday June 2, 2 pm, Harbour Towers Ballroom
461 Bank Street, New London

Guest Soloists:
Aymeric Dupre la Tour, harpsichord
and Julie Ribchinsky, cello

Serenade for Strings by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Harpsichord Concerto in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Aymeric Dupre la Tour guest soloist, harpsichord

Paladio by Karl Jenkins

Souvenir D'Amerique (Variations of "Yankee Doodle" ) by Henry Vieuxtemps

Themes from Symphony No. 7 Ludwig van Beethoven

La Rejouissance by G. F. Handel

Badinerie by Johann Sebastian Bach

Pieces en Concert by François Couperin
Julie Ribchinsky guest soloist, cello

Also join us for a brief reception following the concert

Cant make it that day? Join us Monday June 4th at 7:30pm at the Stoneridge Retirement Community, Jerry Brown Road, Mystic

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Guitar Instructor Wanted: CCSArts is hiring!

Christ Church School of the Arts, Inc, is looking for a talented, energetic guitarist to teach privately and build up a strong studio within the school.  We are a small 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to high-quality one-on-one musical instruction, and to the importance of beauty and creativity in the life of our community.  Instructors at CCSArts set their own hours, have the freedom to teach in their own manner and style, and are given the opportunity to perform on our popular Chamber Music Series.  We are housed at Christ Episcopal Church, centrally located near both the downtown district and the highways.  Our school office manages all student contacts, schedules, payments and policy, leaving the instructors free to do what they do best: make music!  

For more information on who we are and what we do, please contact us at             860-425-0663      , or at  Letters of interest and resumes may be sent to CCSArts, Inc, 78 Washington St, Norwich, CT 06360 (attn: Executive Director).  

Christ Church School of the Arts, Inc.
78 Washington Street
Norwich, CT 06360
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Don't Forget About Your Momma!

A lovely afternoon of chamber music awaits you at -
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, (The Kate), in Old Saybrook, CT. 
May 13, 2012, 4pm  
 Janus will perform Debussy's classic Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
as well as new Argentinian music and music fresh out of New York.
Fun stuff! 
Why not make a day of it and treat yourself or your mom to lunch or dinner in Old Saybrook !
JANUS TRIO is -  Amanda Baker/Flute,  Beth Meyers/Viola,  Nuiko Wadden/Harp
For Tickets Visit: or call the Box Office at 877-503-1286
For more information on Janus Trio, visit:
"Janus Trio Proves We're In The Golden Age of Chamber Music" - Studio 360 (NPR)
Christ Church School of the Arts, Inc.
78 Washington Street
Norwich, CT 06360
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Chamber Music At Christ Church Presents:

Gavin Black, harpsichordist.

Join us on Sunday, May 6th, 3pm and be transported to 17th-century Italy with recording artist and director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center, Gavin Black. Bask in the music of Frescobaldi and S...torace, performed on a late 17th-century Italian harpsichord - a rare listening opportunity indeed !

A Champagne reception will follow the program and audience members will be able to chat with Mr. Black and see the marvelous historical instrument up close.

What better way to delight the palette and the senses ?

All programs are free and open to the public.

Christ Church School of the Arts, Inc.
78 Washington Street
Norwich, CT 06360
Join them on  FACEBOOK !

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Recital To Benefit New London Hospitality Center

Piano Recital to benefit the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, Sunday April 22 at 4 PM at All Souls Unitarian Universal Congregation (MAP).  

Sarah Masterson was the winner of the 2001 Young Artist competition.  Her interesting and varied program will include the “American” sonata by Elie Siegmeister, Beethoven Sonata Op. 10 No. 2, lovely post-impressionist preludes by Olivier Messiaen, Franz Liszt’s Réminiscences de Norma. 

Suggested donation $20.  

For more information call John Metz at 860 437 7170.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I've been a bad blogger

I know... I know.. I haven't written in a bit.. but sometimes life happens and I just didn't have the time and/or energy to post. I've been trying to keep my ears open to any events coming up in the area but not much has surfaced. I thought I heard something on the radio about Mystic Arts Council but when I went online, I found their website to be not very helpful.

Well I suppose for now I could go back to the ever-so exciting fundamentals I have neglected to discuss in quite some time.

Y'know, that really is very boring and from what some readers have told me also very much over their heads, so I'll stick with history and if you have any fundamental or theory related questions please comment or email me and I will do my best to provide you with an answer.

We use the word style in reference to everything from clothing to cooking, cars to paintings. In music, style refers to a characteristic way of treating the various musical elements: melody, rhythm, tone color, dynamics, harmony, texture, and form. The particular way these elements are combined can result in a distinctive or unique sound, and we can speak of the musical style of one composer, a group of composers, a country, or a period in history. Compositions created in the same part of the world or at about the same time are often similar in style, but individuals using the same musical vocabulary can create a personal manner or expression.
     Musical styles change from one historical era to the next, but these changes are continuous, so that any boundary between one stylistic period and another is only approximate. Although there are some sudden turning points, even the most revolutionary new styles are usually foreshadowed in earlier compositions; and few changes or style sweep away the past entirely.

  Western art music can be divided into the following stylistic periods:
       Middle Age (450-1450)
       Gothic (1150-1450)
       Renaissance (1450-1600)
       Baroque (1600-1750)
      Classical  (1750-1820)
      Romantic (1820-1900)
      Twentieth century to 1945
      1945 to the present

     Music is not created in a vacuum. To fully understand the style of a composition, one has to be aware of its function in society. Is a piece meant to provide entertainment in an aristocrat's castle, a concert hall, or a middle-class home? Is it designed to accompany singing, dancing, religious rites, or drama? Musical style is shaped by political, economic, social, and intellectual developments as well. And often, similar features of style can be found in different arts of the same period.
      Music is probably as old as the human race; and we know - from art and other evidence - that it existed in ancient Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome, but hardly any notated music has survived from these civilizations. The first stylistic period to be considered is the Middle Ages, from which notated music has come down to use - allowing compositions created more than 1,000 years ago to come alive today.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Upcoming Benefits

Two musical benefits, both to support the New London Homeless Hospitality Center.  (

Sunday, March 25 at 2 PM – The MetaFour String Quartet will present a chamber program at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay Street New London as a benefit for the New London Homeless Hospitality Center.  Suggested donation is $20. 
The MetaFour String Quartet will perform Mozart’s “Dissonant Quartet,” and the Debussy Quartet Opus 10. 
Members are Julia Pettersson and Lisa Gray, violins, Irene Rissi, viola and Barbara Metz, cello.  Julia and Barbara  will be joined by pianist John Metz for the Beethoven Trio Op. 1 No. 1 in E-flat.

And --  on Sunday April 22 at 2 PM also at All Souls, a solo piano recital by Sarah Masterson, the winner of the 2001 Young Artist competition.  
Her interesting and varied program will include the “American” sonata by Elie Siegmeister, Beethoven Sonata Op. 10 No. 2, lovely post-impressionist preludes by Olivier Messiaen, and a real barn-burner by Franz Liszt. 
Suggested donation $20.  

For more information on either program, please contact:

John Metz

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Little, But Not Entirely...

If you read my father's column/blog today, you'll know that I am a bit of a nut job. Literally, but hey I can't have real pets so I consider the habitual squirrely visitors to my house pseudo pets.

You might be wondering what that has to do with the arts, and really it has absolutely nothing to do with it, but I felt the need to defend myself because I was as surprised by the subject of his column today as probably most of the Bulletin's regular readers.

Any who, I just finished watching The King's Speech for the what might be the 20th time in the last two months? I can't help it, every time I find it playing on some channel, I watch it I just love it so much. But is it just a music nerd thing, or do normal people fall in love with movies because of the soundtrack and background music? This movie has the best music. Period. In fact, I love the music so much that for the New London Community Orchestra next concert, I suggested a song that plays during the final scene.
Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, Mvt. II

Tell me that is not a beautiful piece. Now our concert is not until June, but we are having an open rehearsal on May 15th at the  Groton Senior Center which is at 102 Newtown Road (map).

What's that? Beethoven's not really thrilling you? Well how about Tchaikovsky? Huh? Huh? Yeah, that's right, were also playing Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C Major.

If you're still not feelin' it, well then you're very difficult to please but I have one more trick up my sleeve. Can anyone tell me what this thing is?

If you said piano, you would be close but not quite. It's actually a Harpsichord and we have a guest musician joining us to play a Harpsichord Concerto.  The below clip is not the song we're playing but I wanted a short video that demonstrated what a harpsichord sounded like, which is kind of a piano meets a duck.

Although it's a few months away, I hope you will come to our rehearsal or concert or both and support local arts.