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2013-2014 Music at St. Anthony's Organ Recital and Concert Series


All Concerts begin at 3 p.m. A free-will donation is taken in order to help fully restore our historic 1912 Casavant Freres organ.  To learn more about Music at St Anthony of Padua click here
Please mark your calendar for the upcoming dates in our 2013-2014 series:

Sept. 29, 2013 DARIA BURLAK RECITAL(Russian organist - resident of Germany)
Daria Burlak was born in 1986 in Vladivostok (Russia). She received her first piano lessons at the age of five in Moscow. In 2010, she achieved two diplomas with distinction as both concert organist and concert pianist , and again in 2012, obtained the Master of Music degree in organ and piano solo performance at the Cologne Conservatory of Music.  Daria has played several times in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall and performed as part of international festivals and played piano and organ recitals in Germany, France, Holland, Sweden, Lithuania and Russia. Daria Burlak is the winner of the 6th International Mikael Tariverdiev Organ Competition (Hamburg, Germany - Worcester, MA - Moscow - Kaliningrad).

Nov. 3, 2013  RICHARD HILL AND ZEFIRO
The unofficial Godfather of the MUSIC AT ST. ANTHONY’S recital series who has been an organist for over fifty years. For the last 35 years he has been Music Director and Organist at Unity Church, (Unitarian Universalist) in North Easton. A popular recitalist, he has performed on several recital series He has also performed for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society At the Unity Church is Easton, he hosts the Annual Mother’s Day Eve Benefit Concerts for the local shelter for battered women and children, “A New Day.”

ZEFIRO  Cranston RI  A presentation of sacred and secular music, performing a new work by Boston composer, Kurt Leland, called "On Love”. Zefiro performers are professionally trained vocalists with a goal of maintaining secular and sacred forms of music that provide calming serenity and spiritual inspiration.

This concert is planned to coincide with the church bazaar weekend. Lunch is available prior to the recital. 


December 15th, 2013   CHRISTMAS CONCERT & CAROLING
Choir and Organ concert featuring the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir directed by Cassandra Morgan, who serves as director of the Occasion Singer. Steven G. Young, Organist,  who is the organist/music director at Old South Union Church, South Weymouth, and director of guest performers, the Bridgewater State University Chamber Singers. . Isleila Rodrigues, Pianist and accompanist at the Fairhaven Congregational Church. Guest choir, MUSIC IN MOTION, a local youth chorus led by Cassandra Furtado. The concert features a Christmas Caroling sing along, including Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.
Complimentary hot chocolate offered by the North End Business Association following the concert.
Free trolley provided by St. Anthony Federal Credit Union, with free parking at the Whale’s Tooth Ferry Lot in Downtown New Bedford.

 

March 9, 2014 NATSUMI MALLOY

Natsumi Malloy was born in Osaka, Japan and started playing music on a toy piano that was a gift from her grandmother on her first birthday.

Natsumi began taking electronic organ lessons when she was five, which was also when she started composing. While studying at Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, she became a performer under contract with Yamaha Electone City Shibuya, Tokyo. After graduating from Kunitachi College, Ms. Malloy worked as an arranger of Yamaha Music Media, a music teacher, and a performer. She was a member of 'Sendai Kinen Company' and performed during the Japan tour of 1994 -98. Coming to the U.S. in the fall of 2000, she entered Berklee College of Music, Boston.

Graduating from Berklee College, she worked as an intern piano teacher and accompanist for a music theater at Bennington College, Vermont. She is currently enrolled in a master's degree program at the New England Conservatory in Boston. She was formerly organist at Unitarian Universalist Church in Middleboro and now plays in Brookline at an Episcopal Church. - Boston Globe "I have listened to Natsumi's CD and think it is absolutely amazing. She is a very talented woman and deserves to be recognized for the beautiful music she has created." - Scott McAllester, Waltz Audio

April 6, 2014 DWIGHT THOMAS AND SOUTHCOAST CHILDREN’S CHOIR
DWIGHT THOMAS is the organist for MUSIC AT ST. ANTHONY’S spring concerts for the past 3 years.  He is the accompanist for the Sippican Choral Society, Tabor Academy, and he is the Organist at the Unitarian Church in Fairhaven.  His performances are superbly crafted and joyously executed. His timing and technical skill is seamless, that is so expressive and polished,that it is pure pleasure just to listen.

The SOUTHCOAST CHILDREN’S CHOIR is an auditioned regional chorus for young singers in grades 1-2 and 3-12 in two chorus levels. They are directed by Leslie Piper and rehearse at the St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Marion MA.


May 4, 2014   CONCERT & TEA
Choir and Organ concert featuring the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir directed by Cassandra Morgan with Dwight Thomas, Organist, and Isleila Rodrigues, Pianist..  The featured guest musicians will be announced at a later date.  Complimentary tea and cookies following the concert. Free trolley provided by St. Anthony Federal Credit Union, with free parking at the Whale’s Tooth Ferry Lot in Downtown New Bedford.


SPECIAL EVENTS
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra  December 1, 2013
Zelenka's Magnificat in D Major and; Handel’s Messiah, Part 1 

 

 

2012-2013 Music at St. Anthony's Recital and Concert Series

 


All Concerts begin at 3 p.m. A free-will donation is taken in order to help fully restore our historic 1912 Casavant Freres organ.  To learn more about Music at St Anthony of Padua click here
Please mark your calendar for the upcoming dates in our 2012-2013 series:

• September 30, 2012 Jung-A Lee
Jung-A Less has performed in Europe, North America, and Asia as an organist, pianist and conductor. 
She currently works as an organist at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California, is an adjunct professor at Vanguard University, and an accompanist for the Men in Blaque Choir at University of California, Irvine.  In 2009 she founded Music Mission International in order to promote organ music.  She completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from Boston University, and Master's degree in organ performance from Yale University with a full scholarship.  While studying at Yale she received many prizes including Charles Ives Prize.  Upcoming concerts are scheduled in France, Sweden, and Norway. 

• November 4, 2012  David Chalmers
Organ Recital, Holiday Bazaar in church hall.

•  December 16, 2012 — SPIRIT OF ST. ANTHONY CHRISTMAS CONCERT
 Choir and Organ concert featuring the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir directed by David Touchette, with Steven G. Young, Organist.   Trolley and parking available.

 • March 10, 2013    Paul Cienniwa
Organ Recital, Complimentary tea following.

• April 14, 2013   Barry Turley
Organ Recital, Complimentary tea following.

• May 5, 2013, SPIRIT OF ST. ANTHONY CONCERT & TEA
Choir and Organ concert featuring the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir directed by David Touchette.    Complimentary tea and cookies following the concert.  Dwight Thomas will return as organist to accompany the choir.

 

Our 1912 Casavant Freres Organ


The four manual Casavant organ was inaugurated in recital on September 10, 1912 by Gaston Dethier. In the 1950's the Welte-Whalon Organ Company of Newport moved and repitched some ranks to brighten the sound. After a long period of deterioration, the organ was made fully playable by Daniel Lemieux and his father, Normand and played in a recital of French music by Richard Hill in March, 2005. The Grand Orgue is on four inches wind pressure, the Recit on six inches, the Positiv on four inches and the Solo on eleven inches. The Choeur division of five stops is located off the chancel and can also be played from a one manual console on the opposite side of the chancel.

St. Anthony's has had some distinguished organists. Oscar Fontaine was born in St-Hyacinthe, Que, 4 in 1878, The son of a superior-court judge in Richelieu County, Fontaine studied piano in St-Hyacinthe with Léon Ringuet, then in Nicolet, Que, with Octave Chatillon. In Montreal he worked with R.-O. Pelletier (piano and organ) and Guillaume Couture (theory). He was assistant organist at St-Hyacinthe Cathedral and organist 1904-10 at Notre Dame Church in Fall River, Mass, then at St Anthony's Church in New Bedford until his death in 1950. He devoted his later years to private teaching. His many pieces for piano or piano duet were published in Boston by Thompson, in London by Leonard, in Montreal in the journal La Lyre, and in Philadelphia in the internationally circulated magazine The Etude (Presser). Fontaine also wrote several masses, motets, other choral pieces, and songs, reaching Opus.184 by 1942. Few Canadian-born composers of piano music have had as wide an exposure.

Michel Labens was organist from 1954 to 1999. Born in 1921 in France, he lost the sight of one eye as an infant. Although doctors saved the sight of his other eye, he was legally blind. His family moved to Brussels when he was eight and enrolled him in the Royal Institute for the Blind from which he graduated with high honors at age 22. In 1944, he was appointed organist at St. Anne's Church in Brussels and in 1953, he moved with his wife and two children to New Bedford where he became organist at St. Anthony's Church where he served for 44 years.

Perhaps the longevity of St. Anthony's organists has been related to the 58 steps they must climb to the organ loft which is in the second balcony. From the organ bench, the view of the stunning nave is straight down. You see the tops of heads and at the altar, the amazing relief of the "Vision of St. Anthony."

 


Highlights from the 2011-2012 Music at St. Anthony's Series


September 25, 2011 Rosalind Mohnsen iis Director of Music and Organist at Immaculate Conception Parish of Malden and Medford, Massachusetts, she received the Bachelor of Music in Education degree in piano from the University of Nebraska and Master of Music degree and Performer's Certificate in organ from Indiana University. Studied organ with Myron J. Roberts, Conrad Morgan, Robert Rayfield and in Paris, with Jean Langlais.  Rosalind has performed many times, in the Boston area and during Organ Historical Society Conventions. Her programming is always something different and interesting, her skill is fluid, and her mastery of the organ is exceptional.

November 6, 2011  Peter Edwin Krazinski currently serves as Organist of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Providence and as accompanist at Beth El Temple Center Belmont. He is a faculty member of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School, Cambridge and serves as organ consultant on a number of high profile projects. Peter specializes in the art of live silent film accompaniment for world wide engagements.  Mr. Krasinski has shared his organ accompaniment, interpretation and improvising skills as soloist and with many organizations around the United States and France. He has conducted internationally, and his numerous commissioned compositions often see repeat performances.

Planned to coincide with the church bazaar weekend; free trolley provided by St. Anthony Federal Credit Union, with free parking at the Whale’s Tooth Ferry Lot in Downtown New Bedford.

December 11, 2011  CHRISTMAS CONCERT & CAROLING
Choir and Organ concert featuring the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir directed by David Touchette, from the Fairhaven Congregational church, with Steven G. Young, Organist.  Young is the organist/music director at Old South Union Church, South Weymouth. The Guest chorus will be the UMASS Dartmouth Concert Choir. The concert features a Christmas Caroling sing along, including Handle’s Hallelujah Chorus.

Complimentary hot chocolate offered by the North End Business Association following the concert.

Free trolley provided by St. Anthony Federal Credit Union, with free parking at the Whale’s Tooth Ferry Lot in Downtown New Bedford.

March 11, 2012    Gail Archer, Vassar College
Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer. In spring 2010, she celebrated the 325th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach with six concerts around New York City. A champion of women organists, Ms. Archer has researched 19th Century female composers.  Ms. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus.. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City. As an international concert performer, she excels at matching musical compositions to the recital instrument, and has the skill and expertise to utilize acoustics to the delight of her audiences.

April 22, 2012   Dwight Thomas
Dwight Thomas is a native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island and serves as director of Music at the Unitarian Memorial Church in Fairhaven. He has extensive experience as an accompanist for many churches, schools and ensembles in Southcoast, including Grace Episcopal Church, the Sippican Choral Society and Tabor Academy. As the spring concert accompanist for the Spirit of St Anthony Choir, in May 2011, he performed a solo “American Hymn" by Richard Keys Biggs. His mastery of the massive French Canadian organ was evident in both enhancing the choirs performance and with his inspirational solo performance.

May 6, 2012   CONCERT & TEA
Choir and Organ concert featuring the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir directed by David Touchette.    Complimentary tea and cookies following the concert.  Dwight Thomas will return to accompany the choir and play improvised music based on familiar patriotic themes. The featured guest musicians will be the Bennett Family from Cheshire, CT, who play a great variety of instruments and are wonderful singers.

Complimentary tea and cookies following the concert. Free trolley provided by St. Anthony Federal Credit Union, with free parking at the Whale’s Tooth Ferry Lot in Downtown New Bedford.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS  
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra


October 16, 2011
Brahms Requiem
With Rhode Island College Chorus


November 27, 2011
Handel’s Messiah, Part I
With Mastersingers by the Sea and UMASS Dartmouth Chorus

 


Highlights from the 2010-2011 Music at St. Anthony's Series


• September 26, 2010 James Jordan, Cape Cod
James Jordan has performed as an organ accompanist and soloist throughout the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, and was one of the first American organists to concertize in Siberia. He has been cited as performing both "authoritatively and sensitively" by the Boston Globe, and by the American Record Guide as a "superb performer," Jordan frequently performs and records with the choir, Gloriæ Dei Cantores as organ soloist, accompanist, and assistant conductor.  Jordan has published in the American Choral Review and was a contributing author to American Sacred Choral Music-An Overview and Handbook  (Paraclete Press, 2001). Jordan is a past Dean of The Cape Cod Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

• November 7, 2010  Richard W. Hill, North Easton
The unofficial Godfather of the MUSIC AT ST. ANTHONY’S recital series who has been an organist for over fifty years. For the last 28 years he has been Music Director and Organist at Unity Church, (Unitarian Universalist) in North Easton. A popular recitalist, he has performed on several recital series He has also performed for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society  He also hosts at Unity Church Annual Mother’s Day Eve Benefit Concerts for the local shelter for battered women and children, “Womansplace.”  Last summer, he co-chaired the Organ Historical Society’s 50th convention, “The Old Colony Convention” that visited some 38 organs in six days in July.  He is past dean of the Southeastern Massachusetts American Guild of Organists and chair of the Organ Advisory Committee of the Boston Chapter AGO. Complimentary tea and cookies following the concert. Free trolley provided by St. Anthony Federal Credit Union, with free parking at the Whale’s Tooth Ferry Lot in Downtown New Bedford.

•  December 12, 2010 — CHRISTMAS CONCERT & CAROLING
Choir and Organ concert featuring the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir directed by David Touchette, Steven G. Young, Bridgewater Community College, Director of Choral Activities, conducts all of the choral ensembles at BSC, having led performances of  major works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Persichetti, Rheinberger, Rutter, Stravinsky, and others.  Under Dr. Young’s direction, the  BSC Chamber Singers, a select a cappella choir, has toured throughout Europe and the U.S. as the College’s “singing ambassadors.”  Young is the organist/music director at Old South Union Church, South Weymouth, MA..

    Complimentary hot chocolate offered by the North End Business Association following the concert. Free trolley provided by St. Anthony Federal Credit Union, with free parking at the Whale’s Tooth Ferry Lot in Downtown New Bedford.

• March 6, 2011  James Morgan, Providence
Jim Morgan attended Hendricken High School in Rhode Island. This was followed by four years of study at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with majors in bassoon, organ and church music. Upon graduation he studied church music at the Royal School of Church Music in London, and upon completion of his course, remained in England teaching and studying for the next five years. Returning in 1976, he has held many positions in the area, most notably as organist of Grace Church, Providence, Trinity Church, Newport, before arriving at St. Peter's. Morgan has been a featured performer with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. He holds a Baccalaureat in Music from New England Conservatory, and the diplomas from Trinity College of Music, London.

• April 3, 2011  Gail Archer, Vassar College
Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer. In spring 2010, she celebrated the 325th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach with six concerts around New York City. Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer's birth in 2008. Time-Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as "Best of 2008" in Classical music and opera.

    During the 2009-2010 season, Ms. Archer promoted her new recording, Bach, the Transcendent Genius; highlights include recitals at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Exeter College, Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, Luther College, Shorter College, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, MO and St. Joseph R. C. Church, Macon, Georgia. Ms. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus.. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.

• May 1, 2011, CONCERT & TEA
Choir and Organ concert featuring the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir directed by David Touchette.    Complimentary tea and cookies following the concert.  David Langevin residing in Cayman Islands returning to accompany the choir and play improvised music based on familiar patriotic themes. Complimentary tea and cookies following the concert. Free trolley provided by St. Anthony Federal Credit Union, with free parking at the Whale’s Tooth Ferry Lot in Downtown New Bedford.

 

Highlights from the 2009-2010 Music at St. Anthony's Series


• September 27, 2009 Organ Recital — Natsumi Malloy, Guest Organist.
Natsumi Malloy was born in Osaka, Japan and started playing music on a toy piano that was a gift from her grandmother on her first birthday. Natsumi began taking electronic organ lessons when she was five, which was also when she started composing. A graduate of Kunitachi College, she was a member of ‘Sendai Kinen Company’ and performed during the Japan tour of 1994 -98. In 2000, she arrived in America, and graduated from Berklee College. She recently graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston with a Masters in Music Theory, and has been playing organ and piano at Unitarian Universalist Church in Middleborough for past three years. Ms. Malloy has recorded a CD that received excellent reviews in the Boston Globe. - Boston Globe “I have listened to Natsumi’s CD and think it is absolutely amazing. She is a very talented woman and deserves to be recognized for the beautiful music she has created.” - Scott McAllester, Waltz Audio. To download a poster of this concert, please click here.

• November 8, 2009 Organ Recital — Peter Edwin Krasinski, Guest Organist.
Peter Edwin Krasinski is a conductor, organist, and music educator whose imaginative performances elevate and inform diverse audiences. He is quickly becoming recognized as the world’s most exciting, accomplished and elegant accompanist of silent film. Well respected in both the secular and sacred genres of his field, he has taught the enchantment of music to both public and private institutions in the greater Boston area for over twenty years. The press has hailed his Bach playing as “sublimely spiritual”, and his improvisations have been critically acclaimed as “stunning”, “seamless”, and “brilliant”. A sought after conducting clinician and recitalist, he was for twelve years the Organist and Music Director at the United Parish in Brookline Massachusetts, the church where E. Power Biggs was organist from 1935 to 1956. He is currently Director of Choral Arts at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill and Artistic Director of Youth pro Musica, the Greater Boston Youth Chorus. He is organist at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Providence Rhode Island and Beth El Temple Center Synagogue in Belmont Massachusetts. He holds both a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Organ Performance, and the Master of Sacred Music degree from Boston University.

•  December 13, 2009 Christmas Lesson and Carols Concert — David Touchette, Director; David Langevin, Organist
This will feature the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir as well as a guest performance by the choir of Mater Ecclesiae College from Greenville, Rhode Island. After the concer there will be a complimentary hot chocolate offered by the North End Business Association following the concert.

•  February 28, 2010 Organ Recital — Renea Waligora, Guest Organist 
Renea Waligora received the Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carthage College and the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. She has studied with pianist Stephen Smith and organists Robert Glasgow, Marilyn Mason, Marilyn Stulken and David Fox. Her conducting and voice coaches have included Martha Dodds, John Windh, Vickie Tobin, Theodore Morrison and Richard Rosenberg. An active recitalist, MS. Waligora has performed at several national conventions of The Organ Historical Society, The International Society of Organ Builders, and the American Theater Organ Society. She has appeared in concert at All Saint’s, Worcester, MA and has been heard in recital throughout the United States. Currently, she is the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Lexington, Massachusetts. She is also President and on the faculty of the Community Music School in Nashua, NH.

•  March 21, 2010 Organ Recital — Steven Young, Guest Organist
Dr. Steven Young, Director of Choral Activities, conducts all of the choral ensembles at BSC, having led performances of major works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Persichetti, Rheinberger, Rutter, Stravinsky, and others. Under Dr. Young’s direction, the BSC Chamber Singers, a select a cappella choir, has toured throughout Europe and the U.S. as the College’s “singing ambassadors.” Dr. Young’s association with the College began in 1985, when he served as staff accompanist; he has since taught classes in music theory, music history, music appreciation, and piano. Dr. Young holds several degrees in organ performance; his teachers have included Carolyn Day Skelton, Yuko Hayashi, Max Miller, Russell Saunders, and John Ferguson. An active recitalist, Dr. Young has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Recent performance venues have included the Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Methuen, MA; Trinity Church, Boston; St. Thomas Church, New York; and the Festival d’Orgue in Sens, France. To download a poster of this concert, please click here.

• May 2, 2010, Organ and Choral Concert — David Touchette, Director; Richard Hill, Organist
This featured the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir directed by David Touchette. Complimentary tea and cookies follow the concert. Directions and information about the church and organ fund are located elsewhere on this website.  For more information about the series, please call the parish office at (508) 993-1691.


Highlights from the 2008-2009 Music at St. Anthony's Series


•  October 5, 2008 Organ Recital — Richard Hill, Guest Organist.
Richard W. Hill has been Music Director and Organist at Unity Church, (Unitarian Universalist) in North Easton,MA where he directs the vocal and handbell choirs. Past Dean of the Southeastern Massachusetts American Guild of Organists, and Chair of the Organ Advisory Committee of the Boston Chapter, AGO for the last 15 years, he specializes in organ music of the “Forgotten Generation” of composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He can be heard on CD’s of “Historic Organs of Connecticut,” and “Historic Organs of Boston.” He also hosts at Unity Church Annual Mother’s Day Eve Benefit Concerts for the local shelter for battered women and children, “Womansplace.” In 2005, he co-chaired the Organ Historical Society’s 50th convention. To download a poster of this concert, please click here.

• November 9, 2008 Organ Recital — Ross Wood, Guest Organist.
Ross Wood is Organist at Church of the Advent in Boston. He received his doctorate in organ from Eastman School of Music in the studio of Russell Saunders. From 1985 to 2001 he served as Associate Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square. A sought-after recitalist, Mr.Wood has performed at NewYork’s St. Thomas Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Michael’s Church, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, and Trinity Church, Wall Street. In France he has appeared at Notre-Dame Cathedral, the American Cathedral in Paris, and at festivals in Bourges and Carcassonne. His recitals have been broadcast on NPR and the BBC. He also appears as accompanist on four compact discs with the Trinity Choir and performed with them in concert at Westminster Abbey and at Evensong in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. To download a poster of this concert, please click here.

•  December 14, 2008 Christmas Lesson and Carols Concert — David Touchette, Director; David Langevin, Organist,

•  March 8, 2009 Organ Recital — James Jordan, Guest Organist 

James Jordan has performed as an organ accompanist and soloist throughout the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, and was one of the first American organists to concertize in Siberia. Jordan is currently Artist-in-Residence for the Gloriæ Dei Artes Foundation, and frequently performs and records with the choir. Jordan earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, studying with Robert Anderson and acting as accompanist for the University Choir. Jordan has published in the American Choral Review and was a contributing author to American Sacred Choral Music-An Overview and Handbook (Paraclete Press, 2001). Jordan is a past Dean of The Cape Cod Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and holds membership in the musical fraternities Pi Kappa Lambda (National Honorary Music Fraternity) and Mu Phi Epsilon (International Professional Music Fraternity). He resides in Orleans, Massachusetts with his wife and two children. To download a poster of this concert, please click here.

•  March 29, 2009 Organ Recital — Robin Dinda, Guest Organist
Robin Dinda began playing the organ and composing at age and, after some piano lessons from his grandmother, Emma Dinda, was mostly self-taught. Dinda played his first European recitals at age sixteen, performing organ concerts in Germany that included his own compositions. Since then he has performed across the United States, at many national and regional conventions, and in duo-concerts with his wife, Renea Waligora. Robin Dinda is Professor of Humanities (Music) at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He is also Director of Music at The First Parish (Unitarian -Universalist) in Fitchburg.

• May 3, 2009, Organ and Choral Concert
 

Highlights from the 2007-2008 Music at St. Anthony's Series


• September 9, 2007 — Dan & Mary Clark
Mary Colarusso, a coloratura soprano, is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. Since graduation she has been the lead soprano for both the Lowell Opera and Boston Bel Canto Opera companies. In the fall of 2005 Mary and her husband performed for former President and First Lady George and Barbara Bush.  Sgt. Daniel M. Clark, known as “The Singing Trooper” has performed in uniform while representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since his entrance into the Academy in 1985. During this tenure he performed at more than 2,500 events. In July 2005 Sgt Clark retired from the Massachusetts State Police to pursue a professional singing career. Now in 2007, Clark travels the country spreading the Patriotism that is the United States of America!  ($15 admission-fundraiser for church roof project)

• October 7, 2007 — Judith Conrad
Judith Conrad, is music director at St. Peter's in Buzzards Bay. She is also director of the Delight Consort which plays largely music of the Renaissance and Early Baroque. She has played concerts at SEHKS and MHKS, the Boston Early Music Festival and the Magnano, Italy, International Clavichord Symposium; she also gave the first ever harpsichord recital in Fall River, MA, government center in 2003 for the 200th anniversary of the city's founding. A graduate of Harvard University, she studied piano with Theodore Lettvin; she was also a student of Freeman Koberstein at Oberlin Conservatory. She is a member of both the Hymn Society of America and the Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hymnologie, and she has a page on her website entitled "Clavichordists for World Peace". She directs an amateur recorder ensemble, the Fall River Fipple Fluters, and plays second trombone in a community band.

• November 4, 2007 — Brian Jones
Brian Jones  is Organist Emeritus at Trinity Church, Boston and interim organist at Old South Church, Boston. He holds degrees from Oberlin College and Boston University. He performs widely with several organ dedications, OHS, AGO, AAM, ACDA, and RSCM Conventions. He teaches at numerous conferences, guest conducts, church/cathedral choirs, and has recorded for London-Polygram. Dorian, Gothic, AFKA, and Arkay. He grew up in Duxbury and while in high school was organist of the Church of the Pilgrimage, Plymouth. His preferred mode of travel is in “Lydia,” his 1933 Chrysler Royal Eight Coup.

• December 16, 2007 — Christmas Concert and Carolling
David Langevin Choir and Organ concert featuring the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir directed by David Touchette.  Complimentary hot chocolate offered by the North End Business Association following the concert.

• February 10, 2008 — Renea Waligora
Renea Waligora received her BA from Carthage College and her MM from the University of Michigan. She studied with Stephen Smith, Robert Glasgow, Marilyn Mason, Marilyn Sulken and David Fox. Her conducting and voice coaches included Martha Dodds, John Windh, Vickie Tobin, Theodore Morrison, and Richard Rosenberg. An active recitalist throughout the United States, she has performed at Organ Historical Society Conventions, The International Society of Organ Builders, and the American Theater Organ Society. She is currently Organist and Music Director at the United Church of Christ in Keene, NH and on the faculty of the Community Music School in Nashua. She performed at St. Anne's Church in New Bedford at the 2005 OHS Convention.”

• March 9, 2008 — David Chalmers
David Chalmers has given numerous recitals in the United States and abroad including Methuen Memorial Music Hall, St. Thomas Church, New York, Washington Cathedral, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. His foreign appearances have included St. Sulpice in Paris and St. John’s College, Cambridge. In 1994, Dr. Chalmers toured England giving recitals at Westminster Abbey, King’s College, and Oxford Town Hall.  Most recently, he performed for the Savannah, GA Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and at the 2005 convention of the Organ Historical Society. A native of Newark, Delaware, Dr. Chalmers began organ studies with Lee Dettra and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College where he studied with the late George Markey. He received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman School of Music where he studied with David Craighead. The winner of a Fulbright fellowship, Dr. Chalmers spent two years studying 19th century organ music with Daniel Roth. Dr. Chalmers won second place in the AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance and has been a finalist in the Grand Prix de Chartres International Organ Competition. Dr. Chalmers is currently an organist at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, MA and Artist-in-Residence with the Gloriae Dei Artes Foundation.

• April 13, 2008 — Timothy Smith
Cape Cod native Timothy Edward Smith is Minister of Music at First Congregational Church in Columbus, Ohio, where he is fortunate to play the 1931 IV/66 Kimball and the 1972 III/73 von Beckerath organs. A graduate of Wheaton College, Northwestern University and the Boston Conservatory of Music, he continues to coach with James David Christie. Tim has played for OHS conventions since 1984, and served the Society as a National Councilor and chair of Organ Citations. He was the featured organist for the 2004 Old Colony Convention at St. Anthony Church, voted best of show by conventioneers. Tim currently lives in Columbus, Ohio.

• May 4, 2008 — Concert and Tea
Choir and Organ concert featuring the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir directed by David Touchette.  Richard Hill and the Unity Church Handbell Ringers guest performers.  Complimentary tea and cookies following the concert.
 

Highlights from the 2006-2007 Music at St. Anthony's Series


St. Anthony of Padua Church held a new organ recital series entitled "Music at St. Anthony's"  featuring four concerts in two series during the fall and spring.

The first guest organist on September 10, 2006 was Philip Jones. He performed works of Meyerbeer, Bach, Buxtehude, Stanley, William Walton, Hovhaness, Ashdown, Dupre and Peeters. Born in Preston, England, in 1948, Mr. Jones trained at the Royal Manchester College of Music and worked as a high school teacher from 1972 to 1989. Following emigration to the US, he worked as an organist in both Texas and Massachusetts. He has held the position of director of music and organist at Christ Congregational Church in Brockton since 1996.

On October 8, 2006, Richard Hill was the second guest organist. He performed compositions of Buck, Silas, Widor, Rheinberger, Vierne, Dethier (who dedicated this organ in 1912), Friml, and H.M. Dunham. The fourth performance at St. Anthony's for Mr. Hill, his recital in March 2005 was the initial musical event in the renovation effort to return St. Anthony's huge pipe organ to full functioning in time to be featured in the July 2005 convention of the American Guild of Organists and the National Organ Historical Society. The organ was voted "best of show."

On November 5, the third recitalist was Rosalind Mohnsen, who is director of music and organist at Immaculate Conception Church of Malden and Medford. She performed works of Guilmant, Cochereau, Francaix, Dubois, Widor, Peloquin, Purvis, Myron Roberts, and Richard Keys Biggs. Ms. Mohnsen has studied in the United States and abroad in Paris with Jean Langlais. She has performed throughout the country and in Latvia and Sweden and has sung with Sharing a New Song Chorus on the group's tours of Cuba and Russia.

The Spirit of Saint Anthony Choir assembled for a Christmas Concert and caroling sing-along on December 17.   St. Anthony's organist, Thomas Sargent, joined forces with choir director, David Touchette, to offer a memorable family holiday event, to be followed with complimentary hot chocolate.

In the spring, the schedule for the second series featured additional recitalists.
On February 11, 2007, the organist was Kevin Birch of Bangor Maine;
On March 11, 2007, Peter Krasinski of Boston;
On April 1, 2007, Peter Lea-Cox returned from England for a second featured performance.
These recitals were followed by a Choir and Organ Concert & Tea on April 29, 2007.

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS
 


New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
"Zelenka's Magnificat in D Major" and; "Handel's Messiah" Part 1
December 1, 2013