St. John’s to offer concert
St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Milford will present its next concert Nov. 11 at 3 p.m.
The event at the Whittlesey Avenue church will feature Madera Winds Quintet and Western Connecticut State University faculty member and pianist Laurel Larsen in a recital of two piano sextets.
In celebration of Veterans Day, the ensemble will perform “Sextet for Piano and Winds” by World War I veteran Gordon Jacob, written as a dedication to fellow veteran and famous British horn player Aubrey Brain.
The program will end with the notable chamber music piece, “Sextet Op. 6,” by Austrian composer Ludwig Thuille.
The members of Madera Winds include Kerry Walker, Ralph Kirmser, Janet Atherton, Rosemary Dellinger, Marjorie Seymour Callaghan,
Walker is a WCSU professor of flute whose CD “American Chamber Works for Flute” was recently released on Centaur; Kirmser, an oboist, is a founding member of Madera who plays in a variety of chamber settings, including Morningside Wind Quintet and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Vermont where he has served on its board of trustees; Atherton is a founding member of Madera Winds and a member of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra who recently retired as instrumental teacher with Greenwich Public Schools; Dellinger played principal bassoon for four years with La Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo, Venezuela, and presntly plays with the American Chamber Orchestra and the St. Thomas Orchestra; and Callaghan, a WCSU professor of horn, freelances in many of the local New York and Connecticut orchestras including Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra and serves as a local clinician and lecturer.
Admission is free, but donations to House of Heroes CT are welcome. The organization serves veterans who need a helping hand by providing financial and/or physical assistance with home repair.