Christmas Bazaar at Emmanuel Church Nov. 18

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Emmanuel Church, on Cross Street in downtown Chestertown, will hold its ever popular Christmas Bazaar from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov 18.  Entrance is free.

The bazaar features a wide variety of goods for sale, including food preserves, jewelry, elegant elephants, knitted goods, silent auctions, and Christmas and Thanksgiving gifts, all proceeds going to local charities.  The bazaar will feature a Christmas Table including unique Advent calendars, and “Emmanuel’s Christmas Carol Song Book” containing 23 popular carols, complete with words and four-part sheet music, a gift that can be used every Yule time.  Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This year proceeds will go to Compass Regional Hospice, Kent County Backpack Program, and Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties.

All are invited to a preview party the night before, Friday November 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Entrance fee is $15 per person, which includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres.  Here is an opportunity to get first pick on items for sale.

Contact the Church office at 410-778-3477 for further information.

Clive Harris in Emmanuel Organ Concert Oct. 13

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Clive Harris

This season represents the 25th year that Emmanuel Church has presented organ concerts.  Clive Harries, the first person who performed 25 years ago, will return on Oct. 13 to give Chestertown another concert.

Harries’s organ studies were principally at Eton College with Philip Moore, who became Organist at York Minster, and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he studied with Sir David Willcocks for his Fellowship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists.  He won an Open Choral Scholarship, sang in the world-famous choir for 4 years, studied for his MA degree, and received diplomas and teaching qualifications.

Post-Cambridge he worked in the professional singing, conducting and organ playing world, became Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christchurch Priory, a teacher at renowned independent schools, a music examiner and conductor.  Presently, he sings in Ripon Cathedral and York Minster, and periodically assists locally with organ playing in Ripon and Middlesbrough Cathedrals.  He also ventures further afield, such as Brunei, Bangalore and Hong Kong, where he was Artist in Residence, particularly associated with playing, conducting and teaching for St. John’s Cathedral and St. Paul’s College.

Over the years, while conducting choirs and orchestras such as the York Early Music Choir and English Renaissance Orchestra, his teaching encouraged many pupils to study in Cambridge and other British universities as Choral and Organ Scholars.  Two of his four sons sang as Choristers at King’s, and another was at Durham Cathedral, the home of Harrison Organs, where the Emmanuel Organ was built.

He is looking forward to returning to Emmanuel for the 25th Anniversary series.  His program will be a musical tour around Europe, including Franck’s Chorale No.3 in A minor, arrangements of music by Elgar, and works by Sweelinck, Bach, Buxtehude, Stanford and Herbert Howells.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at 101 N. Cross St., Chestertown.

Tickets are $20 at the door.  Call Emmanuel Church 410-778-3477 for further information.

 

Ken Cowan Organ Concert at Emmanuel Church May 5

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Ken Cowan will make his 22nd consecutive appearance at Emmanuel Church on May 5th, 7:30 p.m.  This remarkably talented organist has played every year to enthusiastic followers since Emmanuel’s Harrison organ was installed.  Besides displaying a huge variety of organ compositions at his recitals, all of the music is memorized.

Recent feature performances have included appearances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa California, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Spivey Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as concerts in Germany and Korea. In addition, Mr. Cowan has been a featured artist in recent years at the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists held in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, has performed at many regional conventions of the AGO, and has been featured at several conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Ken received the Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Thomas Murray. Prior to attending Yale, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with John Weaver. His major teacher during high school years was James Bingham, Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in Buffalo, NY, which is not far from his hometown Thorold, Ontario, Canada.

In 2012 Mr. Cowan joined the keyboard faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as Associate Professor and head of the organ program.

Colin Lynch, Organist, to Present a Concert at Emmanuel Church

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colin lynchColin Lynch will present a concert at Emmanuel Church on Friday, March 17th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 each at the door ($5 for students).

Mr. Lynch serves as Organist at Boston’s prestigious Trinity Church, Copley Square.  In addition, he is an active performer of concerts at prominent venues throughout the U.S., Canada, S.  America, and Europe.  He has won numerous prizes at organ competitions, including first prize at the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition.  He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, and has a Master’s Degree from Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music.

For more information, contact Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chestertown, 101 N. Cross St. at 410-778-3477.

WC’s Cappella Group At Emmanuel March 5

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WACappella returns to Emmanuel on March 5 at 4 pm.

Please join us as we welcome Washington College’s one and only coed cappella group on campus WACappella back to Emmanuel for a concert on Sunday afternoon, March 5 at 4 p.m. The proceeds from the free-will offering for this performance will go to support the National Music Festival free lunch program for student workers, mentors and NMF students hosted by Emmanuel again this summer. Meet the performers at a reception after the concert in the Parish Hall.

March 5 at 4 p.m.
Emmanuel Church on the Fountain Square
Chestertown, Maryland

Baltimore’s St. Bartholonew’s Organist at Emmanuel on February 17

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Theodore (Ted) Davis will be presenting a concert at Emmanuel Church on February 17.

Ted is an active organ and harpsichord recitalist as well as a chamber music performer and conductor. As a soloist, he has performed around the mid-Atlantic region, New England, and the Southeast. He has achieved national recognition in organ-playing competitions, and is an active composer with works printed by two publishers.

Mr. Davis has been organist and choirmaster at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore since 2005. As part of its music series Ted conducts the church choir in choral evensong services, presents an annual “Bach at St. Bartholomew’s” series (music of J.S. Bach for organ and harpsichord), and conducts choral concerts. In the latter, the church choir is joined by additional singers from the community and orchestra, performing works which have recently included Brahms Requiem, Haydn’s “Theresa” Mass, and Handel’s Messiah.

Friday, February 17th at 7.30 p.m. Tickets $20 at the door ($5 for students). For more information, contact Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chestertown 101 N. Cross St. 410-778-3477.

Emmanuel Church Chestertown Christmas Bazaar

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bazaarEmmanuel Church, Cross St. in downtown Chestertown will hold its ever popular Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov 19, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Entrance is free.  The bazaar features a wide variety of goods for sale, including food preserves, jewelry, elegant elephants, knitted goods, silent auctions, and Christmas and Thanksgiving gifts, all proceeds going to local charities.  The bazaar will feature a new book: “Emmanuel’s Christmas Carol Song Book” illustrated by Jane Scott, Sunday School members, and others.  It contains 23 popular carols, complete with words and four-part sheet music, a gift that can be used every yule time.  Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This year proceeds will go to Chester River Hospital Foundation, Bayside Hoyas, and Rebuilding Together Kent County.

All are invited to a preview party the night before, Friday November 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Entrance fee is $15 per person, which includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres.  Here is an opportunity to get first pick on items for sale.

Contact the Church office at 410-778-3477 for further information.

Organ Concert at Emmanuel Church on Oct. 21 by William Wisnom

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william-wisnomWilliam Wisnom, concert organist, gained national recognition after recent appearances at venues including The Washington National Cathedral, St. Thomas Church 5th Avenue in New York, Trinity Church in Boston, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Described by Dame Gillian Weir as having, “. . . a brilliant technique and a first-class musical intelligence,” Mr. Wisnom was a featured artist at the Region III Convention of the American Guild of Organists in 2011 where he was named a “Star of the Future”.

William studied with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, as well as Donald Sutherland and Dame Gillian Weir at the Peabody Conservatory, where he earned a Bachelor and Master’s degree in organ performance. Mr. Wisnom is the principal organist at Resurrection Catholic Church, in Burtonsville, MD.

The Organ Concert at Emmanuel Church will be on October 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door (students $5).

Emmanuel will offer additional organ concerts on January 13, February 17, March 17 and May 5th. Please call the church office at 410-778-3477 if interested in buying a season ticket.

In 1993 a two-manual mechanical action organ instrument of 23-stops, 29-ranks, built by Harrison & Harrison of Durham, England, was installed in the north wall recess. During that year a number of special services and concerts celebrated the installation of the organ. Emmanuel continues to celebrate its wonderful instrument with this concert series.

Ken Cowan makes 21st Consecutive Appearance at Emmanuel on May 6

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Ken Cowan will make his 21st consecutive appearance at Emmanuel Church on May 6th.   This remarkably talented organist has played every year to enthusiastic followers since Emmanuel’s Harrison organ was installed.  Besides displaying a huge variety of organ compositions at his recitals, all of the music is memorized.

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 8.42.01 AMRecent feature performances have included appearances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa California, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Spivey Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as concerts in Germany and Korea. In addition, Mr. Cowan has been a featured artist in recent years at the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists held in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, has performed at many regional conventions of the AGO, and has been featured at several conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Ken received the Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Thomas Murray. Prior to attending Yale, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with John Weaver. His major teacher during high school years was James Bingham, Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in Buffalo, NY, which is not far from his hometown Thorold, Ontario, Canada.

In 2012 Mr. Cowan joined the keyboard faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as Associate Professor and head of the organ program.

Ken Cowan
7:30
 PM on May 5

Emmanuel Church
Cross Street 
Chestertown, MD