With the arrival of several keyboards and an attractive new pipe organ there is much excitement at Chapel Arts New England in Gorham, NH.
Chapel Arts is a art gallery and performance space in a converted church. In addition to hosting weddings, concerts and receptions, the facility is also home to annual whistling and harmonica contests.
Through a collaboration with Charles Lang and Susan Ferre, musicians who have summered in Gorham for the past 40 years, and soon to be residents of Berlin, Chapel Arts will have available a distinguished collection of musical instruments, including an 11-stop pipe organ built by Gene Bedient of Lincoln, NE, now being installed by Paul Lytle and Kenneth Lytle of the Bedient Pipe Organ company. Gorham residents Tom Dyar and Josh Dyer, with help from John Scarinza of Randolph, have given valuable expertise in the project.
Other instruments which arrived on Tuesday with the organ include an Erard piano, dating from 1863, placed by Michie Akin of Dallas, TX, who will play at the inaugural concert on this instrument this summer as part of the Classical Sundays Series. In addition, Chapel Arts this week hosts a clavichord, portative organ, a positive organ, a regal, and two harpsichords, one of which dates from 1810 and is lavishly decorated with paintings from the 17th century.
A sneak preview of these instruments along with ethnic percussion and exotic world instruments and historical harps will be shown to a class of music students from the White Mountains Community College on Tuesday, April 29. Members of band Shelburne Addition will help demonstrate other traditional and historical instruments as well. The new Classical Sunday Series at Chapel Arts will run from July 13th through August 31st. All concerts will begin at 4 pm and are free and open to the public. The offerings include:
July 6 – Open House with tour and demonstration of instruments
July 13 – Bedient organ dedication with builder present, Susan Ferré,
organist, program to include narrative and music, entitled, “Stories From
the Human Village: The Walled City of Gold”
July 20 – Susan Ferré, organist, “Stories From the Human Village: War and
Peace” a recreation of a critically acclaimed CD, released by Ferre, which
has garnered Gold status from RadioIndy
July 27 – Charles S. Brown creates a one-man play, entitled, “Mozart and
[August 3 – Concert in Randolph church, All-Bach, with Charles Lang, Baroque
cello and viola da gamba]
August 10 – Classical Guitarist Melika Fitzhugh
August 17 – Michie Akin and David Westfall at the 1863 Erard piano
August 24 – St. Botolph’s Town Band, Joyce Alper, oboist, with her Boston
August 31 – An all-Bach concert for various instruments, including organ,
harpsichord, clavichord, Baroque cello, viola da gamba, among others.
(Courtesy Chapel Arts)
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Opus 37 Dedication and Recital
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Opus 37 Dedication Concert