The Evening Concert Series features classical music and showcases local and nationally recognized artists and the Cross Tracker Organ.
Evening concerts begin at 7:00pm and are usually an hour and a half, including a brief intermission.
Each concert is followed by a reception with refreshments and an opportunity to interact informally with the performer(s).
Concert tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for children.
All performances are held at the Essex Community Church in Essex, NY.
The church is located within one block of the Essex - Charlotte Ferry. During the summer months the ferry operates late enough in the evening to accommodate visitors to the evening programs from Vermont.
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Peggy Lynn, better known as "The First Lady of Adirondack Music", is recognized nationwide for her soulful songwriting and extraordinary vocal versatility. Her work has been featured at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, and in 1996 Peggy was selected "Adirondack Woman Of The Year". She has released six recordings, Determination, Chameleon, Bio Songs, Earned These Lines, Cloudsplitter and Close To The Sun. Peggy and Dan Duggan also have a newly released CD "A Stitch in Time", songs celebrating the art and heritage of Quilting.
Dan Duggan is known nationally for his wizardry on Hammered Dulcimer and Flat Picking Guitar, and is the recipient of the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. Dan has recorded four albums of original compositions, "First Frost", "Last of May", "Seasons of Change", and "Trillium Lane" as well as three albums of traditional holiday music "Christmas Morn", "Winters Eve", and "All Through The Night. Dan's recently released CD, "The Pieces of Our Life" original songs written with children, received a 1998 Parents Choice Approval Award. Dan's dulcimer work can also be heard on Paul Simon's CD "Your The One" released in October of 2000.
The Thugtet is an exciting and high-energy band specializing in Latin and Funk music. The group consists of veteran players and young lions from the North Country and has been together in recent years. Leader Rick Davies has composed and arranged most of the music they perform. They play various selections from Davies’ three Internationally-known CD recordings as well as a variety of cover songs.
Mr. Watson has performed recitals at St. Peter’s Church, Grace Church, Park Avenue Methodist Church, St. Thomas Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, all in New York City. In March of 2011, he performed in the annual Festival of Organists at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, New Jersey. In June of 2003, Mr. Watson performed a recital for the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society in Hanover, Pennsylvania. He is active in the Organ Historical Society and the American Guild of Organists.
Ethan Uslan is a ragtime/jazz/silent film pianist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a 3-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest (yes - that really exists!) and has performed all over the USA as well as in the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, and Cyberspace, where his jazzed-up Für Elise has gone viral.
Aside from solo work, Ethan has appeared with symphony orchestras, jazz bands large and small, improv comedy groups, and even a clown show.
Ethan's performances are filled with passion, humor, virtuosity, and a deep love for America's rich musical past. His vast repertoire includes original arrangements of Civil-War era songs, New Orleans Jazz, 1920s Charlestons, blues, stomps, Harlem stride piano, swing, Cuban rumbas, jazzed-up versions of classical masterpieces, and one Hawaiian song called Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula.