Sunday, October 4th at 4 pm
Violin, Cello and Keyboard: Handel, Massenet, Saint-Saëns, Piazzolla, and others
Three prominent local musicians collaborate in this imaginative concert celebrating the opening of the concert season. Naples Philharmonic musicians Emerson Millar, violin, and Susan Bergeron, cello, both members of the Naples Philharmonic, are accompanied by our own John Fenstermaker. John will play, successively, the church's three keyboard instruments: harpsichord, piano, and our wonderful Casavant organ. Featured favorites are the beloved Méditation from "Thaïs", by Jules Massenet; The Swan, from "Carnival of Animals", by Charles Camille Saint-Saëns; and a new arrangement of Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever.
Sunday, November 15th at 4 pm
Organ Lecture - Recital
How does it work? You’ll find out at this lecture-demonstration of our Casavant pipe organ by John Fenstermaker, who knows this instrument intimately, and will demonstrate some of the astronomical number of its sonic combinations. He’ll demonstrate its intricate mechanisms and its vast ranges of pitch and dynamics. Our organ was the first pipe organ in Collier county; it’s comprised of 1,700 pipes, and was custom-voiced for our acoustics by Canadian organ-builders Casavant-Frères in Quebec. He’ll also let you hear the musical differences between the organ and other keyboard instruments: the piano, harmonium, harpsichord, accordion and calliope. Musical examples include music of William Byrd, J. S. Bach, Henri Mulet and Scott Joplin.
Sunday, December 20th at 4 pm
Christmas music for organ, harp, violin, and cello
Musicians from the Naples Philharmonic will play favorite carols old and new, accompanied by our beautiful Casavant organ. Featured soloist is Dickie Fleisher, principal harpist of the Phil. this will be a memorable concert, full of the true spirit of Christmas.
Sunday, January 17th at 4 pm
Recital for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
Franklin Cohen, clarinet, (Principal Clarinet Emeritus, Cleveland Orchestra) Milana Strezeva, piano, (founding member of the Manhattan piano trio); Emerson Millar, violin, (co-concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic). The featured work is an amazing piece for clarinet, violin and piano entitled Contrasts, composed by Bela Bartok. It is based on Hungarian and Romanian folk dance melodies. It was commissioned in 1938 by Benny Goodman.
Sunday, March 21st at 4 pm
The Joy of Bach
A Baroque quartet of flute, violin, cello and harpsichord performing chamber music by the great Johann Sebastian Bach, including a trio sonata from The Musical Offering; The Sixth Suite for Solo Cello; Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord; and the Badinerie from the Second Orchestral Suite. The sounds of these transparent musical textures along with the antique sounds of the harpsichord will make this a memorable sonic experience.
Sunday, April 18th at 4 pm
Silent Film, "Sherlock, Jr.", starring Buster Keaton
The American Film Institute named this 1924 film as one of the funniest one hundred movies of all time. Silent films were never silent: they were always accompanied by music, be it orchestra, organ or piano. Our director of music has compiled a musical score especially for this film which he will play on our grand piano in the new parish hall.
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