Sunday, September 20 at 4:00 PM: A song recital including works by Schubert, Mozart, Persichetti, and the online premiere of a new set of songs by Maiben.View Livestream
On July 26, the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence launched an online concert series, Live from the Sanctuary, to benefit the Society’s Sanctuary program and the performing musicians. Curated by the Society’s Interim Music Director, Dana Maiben, the Sanctuary Series features music from acclaimed local performers in a variety of styles, from folk to jazz to classical music, and from solo piano to small groups that are able to perform together safely. No audience will be in the space with the performers, instead the entire series will be recorded for live online broadcast. We are proud to offer an outlet for musicians in this challenging time, while supporting a very worthy cause. We hope you will join us.Concert Calendar
All donations will be split between musicians and the Society’s Sanctuary Fund. Since April, 2018, the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence has provided sanctuary to Irida Kakhtiranova, a mother, wife, friend, community member, worker and U.S. taxpayer. Irida came to the Unitarian Society via the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a local nonprofit working tirelessly towards immigration justice. Sanctuary allows someone who is in danger of deportation to have a protected place to live while making a case for asylum or citizenship-They have built lives and contributed to their communities here;for many, return to their native countries would destroy a family or pose a threat to their safety.
Our sanctuary is a beautiful space, with wonderful acoustics and a Steinway model B, built in 1907 and thoroughly refurbished in 2018. While nothing can equal a live performance, we will broadcast with Sennheiser MKH 40 RF microphones, which are designed to resist humidity, into a Sound Devices MixPre-6.
Soprano Christien Beeuwkes joins pianist Dana Maiben in a song recital including works by Franz Schubert, and W.A, Mozart, along with Vincent Persichetti’s settings of four Emily Dickinson poems, and the online premiere of a new set of songs by Maiben, “Love Is Not All—Six Poems of Edna Saint Vincent Millay.”
Here is a live recording of a recent rehearsal:
On July 26, the Bob Sparkman Trio inaugurated the series, with veteran jazz clarinetist Bob Sparkman, pianist Clifton “Jerry” Noble, Jr, and electric bassist Kara Noble in a freewheeling improvisatory journey through traditional jazz and the American Songbook.
On August 9, Monica Jakuc Leverett, (www.monicajakucleverett.com), internationally distinguished pianist and Smith College Professor Emerita of Music, performed A Program of Pieces in the Pandemic, music for solo piano and toy piano, with works by J.S. Bach, John Cage, Kaeza Fearn, and Franz Schubert:
On August 23, the Society’s incoming Music Director, pianist Lemuel Gurtowsky, performed with the talented young mezzo-soprano Natalie Lewis, a rising senior at UMass Amherst, in a recital of art songs, opera arias, spirituals and jazz: