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).
The Bluegrass Gospel Project tickets are $15/adult & $5/ kid's 12 and under. All other concert tickets are $10 per person, children admitted free.
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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British born, Carol was raised in a Welsh family with many musical influence. She began private lessons at age five and could read music before she could read English and began performing recitals at age 8. Carol's formal training started with five years at the Royal Academy of Music where she specialized in organ performing as a student of David Sanger and obtained the Academy's prestigious Recital Diploma together with an LRAM (organ) and an LRAM (piano). Carol has also studied with Daniel Roth, the Organist at the Church of St. Sulpice, Paris where the famous Charles-Marie Widor was organist for sixty-three years. Moving to the USA, Carol undertook postgraduate study at Yale University under the direction of Professor Thomas Murray where she was appointed University Chapel Organist and was awarded an Artist Diploma together with the Charles Ives prize for outstanding achievement. Then to New York City where she became the Associate Organist at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Long Island's Garden City and undertook Doctoral study under Professor McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music where she received the Helen Cohn award for her D.M.A. degree.
Carol's performances have taken her all over the world at popular venues such as in Paris at St. Sulpice & Notre Dame; in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall & First Congregational Church; in NYC at Riverside Church & St. Patrick's Cathedral; at Yale University in Woolsey Hall; at Harvard University at the Memorial Chapel; in Washington DC at the Washington National Cathedral; in the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey & St. Paul's Cathedral; King's College, Cambridge; Queen's College, Oxford; and Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Carol has also given numerous concerts in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Monaco, Luxembourg, Holland, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Singapore, China and Russia. En route, Carol has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in recognition of her contribution to music. A regular broadcaster in the UK, America, and around the world she has performed with a number of leading orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra as the inaugural recitalist on the newly-installed Austin organ in Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall.
Carol has been interviewed "live" on many radio programs, in which she has highlighted her profound love of the King of Instruments, and is featured in the national-awareness video "Pulling out all the Stops" when she was filmed in concert at St. Thomas' Church in New York's Fifth Avenue. Carol was privileged to take part in the Virgil Fox Memorial Concert held at New York's Riverside Church released as a double-CD by Gothic Records.
The Bluegrass Gospel Project has been impressing audiences with expertly-rendered performances since its inception in 2001, and has become "one of New England's premier concert acts" (Seven Days). At its start, the BGP focused primarily on that music from which they drew their name. Over the years, and hundreds of concerts later, the band's repertoire has comfortably morphed into an eclectic mix of songs which exhibit a wide stylistic range within the acoustic tradition and showcases their stunning vocal capabilities. There still remains a thread of spiritual sensibility throughout their playlist; songs that express common values held by people of all faiths and backgrounds; songs in which both serenity and optimism is found amidst the struggles visiting the human condition. With folk, pop, and bluegrass songs that range from U2 to Stanley Brothers, from Dylan to Louvin Brothers, from Sam Cooke to Steve Earle, from Bela Fleck to Brett Dennen, the BGP's repertoire now defies easy categorization and continues to thrill audiences with their impeccable vocal and instrumental performances.
Gene White, Jr, fiddle, guitar, vocals. Gene is the founder and musical director of the BGP. He is a Burlington, Vermont resident and a private investigator by day. At home, he is the dedicated caregiver for three greyhound dogs. He was a member of Breakaway and is a former neighborhood bocce champion.
Dr. Steve Light, banjo, dobro, guitar, vocals. Dr. Light is a native of Plattsburgh, New York, and still lives and works there today as a sociology professor and associate vice-president at SUNY-Plattsburgh. He can also be seen performing with the Modern Grass Quintet and at the Saratoga Race Track. He is a two-time Vermont State Banjo Champion and is the father of two grown sons who are also musicians.
Colby Crehan, vocals. Colby has lived in Burlington, Vermont with her husband since 2003. She was raised in New York and North Carolina. She can also be seen as vocalist/guitarist and songwriter with the group PossumHaw. She is a proud wife and mother, and when she's not performing music she's at home with her daughter, Bellamy.
Paul Miller, guitar, vocals. Paul was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. He made his way to Woodbury, Vermont and has since performed with many groups, including Coco and the Lonesome Road Band, Breakaway, Bluebird, and the Andy Shapiro Quartet, to name a few. He also plays drums and bass, and spends his days helping Vermonters with mental illness find and keep employment.
Taylor Armerding, mandolin, vocals. Taylor has lived on the North Shore of Boston for many years and has been an outstanding figure in New England bluegrass for decades, first as a founder and lead singer of the progressive bluegrass band Northern Lights. Taylor's superb vocal abilities and mandolin playing have opened doors for him to tour around the country. He also performs with Jonathan Edwards and with his son, singer-songwriter Jake Armerding.
Kirk Lord, upright bass. Kirk is the native Vermonter of the group, born in Barre, Vermont. Home is now Essex Junction, Vermont. He also can be seen with the Modern Grass Quintet and Bob Degree and the Bluegrass Storm. He is also BGP's "sound man" and a talented visual artist and designer.
She has performed numerous times as a concerto soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Vermont Public Television featured her in a program of works by Scarlatti, Ravel and Chopin. Radio audiences throughout New England and Canada hear her frequently in live and taped performances over Vermont Public Radio, and she has also performed live on "Morning Pro Musica" (WGBH-FM) Boston and on WNYC, New York City.
As a chamber musician, Diana Fanning has toured New England as a member of the Ruggieri Chamber Soloists and has performed widely with cellist Dieuwke Davydov. The Davydov-Fanning Duo has gone on concert tours of Europe which included recordings for Radio Netherlands and has been presented in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut by the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.
Diana Fanning has been a guest artist with the Takacs String Quartet, with the Alexander String Quartet, with ensembles from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and with faculty members of the Point Counter Point Chamber Music Camp, which she and her husband Emory Fanning owned and directed for ten years.
Her major teacher has been Ruth Geiger of New York City; she also studied at the Conservatoire National de Paris. Diana Fanning teaches piano at Middlebury College, Vermont.
Dan Berggren's roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised but his music has branched out across many borders. The award-winning musician and educator grew up on the land farmed by his mother's family for generations and has worked in the woods with forest ranger and survey crews. Hearing stories and songs from local friends and neighbors, Dan has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains.
Dan has entertained audiences throughout New York State, from Vermont to Kentucky and Texas, and overseas in the British Isles, Eastern Europe and Central Africa. Some of his songs have been symphonically arranged, giving Dan the opportunity to perform with orchestras in Fredonia, Ithaca, Syracuse, West Virginia and Indiana.
His original music has been featured nationally on public radio and television, earning praise from near and far.
Vermont Public Radio calls Dan's music: "A genuine treasure. Fresh and timeless, full of courage and down to earth richness."
And from overseas, Radio Logatec in Slovenia reports: "A wonderful and careful songwriter who makes every word count."
Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky have a generous rapport with audiences of all kinds. Listeners can expect exuberant, compelling interpretations which make them want to dance and sing along. Audiences feel invited into this animated dialogue between the two musicians. Russian Duo is an international project, born out of a love of traditional music and classi- cal elegance.
Oleg is a balalaika virtuoso from Siberia and Terry is an American concert pianist. Together they have joined forces to perform vibrant, magical concerts. Their program combines the diverse flavors of traditional Russian music, lilting voices, chamber music classics and unique transcriptions of favorites from around the world.
Robert Spano, Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra writes, “With music of élan, finesse and passion so virtuosically rendered, this duoʼs performances are irresistible.”
Russian Duo is a celebration of cross-cultural creativity, exploring the range of possibilities offered by the combination of balalaika, voice and piano. The Duo takes audiences on a jour- ney across the span of Russian culture, ranging from humorous pieces, elaborate sets of varia- tions, pulsating dance music, rhythmic folk songs, gypsy melodies, and lyrical romances. Thrill to their arrangement of the 1918 American “Russian Rag” based on Rachmaninoffʼs C# minor Prelude. Taste Soviet culture with Trostyanskyʼs “Grotesque & Reflection.”Get into bluegrass with “Old Banjo” and enjoy some tantalizing movie music with “Amphibian Man.” Russian Duo presents a remarkable genre of compositions originally written for this three-stringed, triangular instrument, stemming from the 1800ʼs. In addition, their classical rep- ertoire includes chamber music by such composers as Handel, Dvořák, Schubert, Mozart, Liszt, Boccherini, Bach, Rimsky-Korsakov, and da Falla. Examples of favorites from other countries include Tico Tico (Brazil), Oginskiʼs Polonez, Sky Tango (France) and Czárdás (Hungary). It is unusual for conservatory trained musicians to have the freedom and spontaneity of folk musicians, just as it is rare for folk musicians to play with such precision and ensemble. Experience this exceptional collaboration as Russian Duo brings an appealing blend of folk, tra- ditional, classical and world music to life. “Explosive talent ... see these dazzling musicians in action” - The Hartford Advocate