Master Organist Ken Cowan Returns to Chestertown for 23rd Year May 4

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Ken Cowan will make his 23rd consecutive appearance at Emmanuel Church on May 4th. 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.

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Maxine Thevenot Organ Concert at Emmanuel Church March 16

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Organist Maxine Thévenot will be having an organ concert on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Emmanuel Church, Chestertown, 7:30 p.m.

Acclaimed for her “solid musicianship … technical security and poise” by The American Organist,  Maxine Thévenot is among the foremost artists of her generation, hailed across North America and Europe for her skillful, musical playing and inventive programming.

Dr. Thévenot has been a featured performer and lecturer at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.  Winner of the 2000 Canada Bach National Organ Competition, Maxine has also broadcast for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio and Pipedreams.

Ms. Thévenot’s recital career has taken her to many major European venues and to venues across North America including Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.; and St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, New York. She recently performed the 50th anniversary concert on the Walter Sr. Holtkamp organ at the University of New Mexico’s Keller Hall.  She served as a traveling clinician for the Royal Canadian College of Organists and in June 2017 was a featured performer at the Dallas AGO Regional Convention.

Dr. Thévenot currently serves as Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque where she oversees a program consisting of 4 choirs and an extensive community outreach ministry-Friends of Cathedral Music,  now in its 24th season.  Under her direction, the Cathedral Choir and Choristers has sung residencies at Washington National Cathedral (2016); week-long residencies at both Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey (2014) having previously sung under her direction in 2010 at Southwark Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and York Minster.

Maxine Thévenot is Founding and Artistic Director of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, the state’s first professional, resident vocal ensemble; a faculty member at the University of New Mexico, where she directs the state’s only collegiate all-women’s choir, Las Cantantes.  A member of the duo, Air & Hammers, she concertizes with her husband, acclaimed English baritone Edmund Connolly, specializing in programs which combine song repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries with new works by living composers.

A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Canon Dr. Thévenot received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Saskatchewan (with Distinction), and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Manhattan School of Music.  At Manhattan School she was twice-awarded the Bronson Ragan Award for “Most Outstanding Organist”. Maxine is an Associate of the Royal

Canadian College of Organists and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the National College of Music, London, UK in 2006 for her “services to music.”

Tickets $20 at the door ($5 for students). For more Info call Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St. Tel:  410-778-3477

Emmanuel Church Presents Dexter Kennedy, Organist

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The talented organist Dexter Kennedy will perform at Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St., Chestertown, on February 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 at the door (Students $5.00).

As the winner of the Grand Prix d’Interprétation at the 24th Concours International d’Orgue de Chartres, Dexter Kennedy has established himself internationally as a leading organist of his generation. Praised for his “prodigious technique and grand style musicality” in The American Organist, his concert programs present performances that are fiery, spontaneous, and historically informed, exciting both music connoisseurs as well as people who have never experienced the organ in concert setting. In addition to concertizing, Dexter Kennedy currently serves on the music faculty of the College of Wooster as Instructor of Organ and Harpsichord.

He has a degree from Oberlin Conservatory in 2012, a Master of Music from Yale in 2014, and an Artist Diploma from Oberlin in 2016. A devoted church musician, Kennedy currently serves as the Assistant Organist of Christ Church Grosse Pointe (Michigan) where he serves as the principal organist for all choral services and concerts and directs the training of the novice boy and girl choristers.

For more information, please contact Emmanuel Church at 410-778-3477, or see www.emmanuelchesterparish.org.

Special Trumpet and Organ Concert Jan. 12 at Emmanuel Church

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Join us for a special Trumpet and Organ Concert at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, January 12, 2018! Renowned musicians Paul Neebe, Benjamin Lostocco, and Timothy Robson will join forces to present an evening of wonderful music with all proceeds going to support the Emmanuel-sponsored lunch program held each June for the National Music Festival students, mentors, and Washington College student workers. Tickets are $20 at the door for adults, $5 for students with ID.

Trumpeter Paul Neebe returns to Emmanuel for his second Benefit Concert to support our lunch program and to Chestertown where he has served as a trumpet mentor for several years as part of the National Music Festival. Paul has performed as a soloist for the Goethe Institute Cultural Program in Rothenburg, Germany and across the Eastern United States, Bavaria, Norway, Portugal and Slovakia.  He currently serves, as principal trumpet of the Sarasota Opera, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Wintergreen Festival Orchestra in addition to his solo engagements. He has taught at the University of Virginia, James Madison University, Elon University and the Summer University in Bayreuth, Germany.  Paul holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, as well as a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Catholic University of America.

Ben Lostocco is a freelance trumpet player and teacher based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He regularly performs in a variety of settings and styles, including orchestral, chamber, jazz, theater, church, and solo. Groups include Symphony of the Potomac, the Tryos Ensemble and National Christian Choir, plus a feature with Jazz One in “A Tribute to Miles Davis” at An Die Musik in Baltimore. Originally from Newington, CT, Ben received his first musical training at the Hartt School of Music Community Division.  He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.M. in trumpet performance in May 2017, where he was a member of the symphony orchestra, wind orchestra, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble, repertoire orchestra, and several chamber groups. He  attended National Music Festival in 2016, and 2017, and played prelude and postude pieces at Emmanuel at the conclusion of the 2017 NMF.

Organist Tim Robson is well known at Emmanuel as both a substitute organist and an occasional visitor. He was Director of Music at Euclid Avenue Congregational Church in Cleveland for 27 years. Since then he has become an in-demand substitute organist in many churches in northeast Ohio. During the 2017/18 program year, he is serving as the Interim Director of Music at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights. In recent years he has been a regular assisting organist at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland. He has performed many recitals in the area, most recently at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights. He has made a specialty of performing music from our time and has played world premieres of several works written especially for him. Tim is the current Dean of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  He holds degrees in music and library science from Drake University. Tim recently retired from Case Western Reserve University where he was a librarian and administrator for almost 37 years. His final position was that of Associate Director for Academic Engagement Services in the Kelvin Smith Library.

 

 

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