Here’s a great video overview from our friends at MHTV with Don Friary describing the June 7 “Building a Handsome Church” Symposium at the Peabody Essex Museum. This piece originally appeared on MHTV’s “‘Headliner” news program in May 2014. Courtesy of MHTV, Marblehead Community Access and Media.
The history of one of New England’s most historic churches will be told in a new exhibition on view over Memorial Day weekend in Marblehead’s recently restored 1727 Old Town House. Among the topics discussed are the early history of Marblehead, the founding of the church in 1714, its struggles for survival in the 19th century, architectural changes and enhancements through the 20th century, and St. Michael’s role as a vital community partner serving generations of Marblehead residents for three centuries.
Exhibition hours: Saturday, May 24, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
The exhibition is fully accessible.
Sat 05/24/2014 -
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Old Town House
Included in the exhibition is a selection of manuscripts from St. Michael’s extensive archival collection as well as ecclesiastical and decorative art objects owned and used in the church from the 18th to the 21st centuries.
Up until the 1978 Book of Common Prayer, it was customary to have Morning Prayer most Sundays at the mid-morning service and Holy Communion only once or twice a month. On Sunday, May 18, we will hold our third “historical” service celebrating our 300th
anniversary. The 8:00 and 10:00 services on May 18 will be
services of Morning Prayer following the liturgy of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. The 8:00 service is a said service; the 10:00 service will include music. Please mark your calendars!
8:00 am - 11:30 am
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
The virtuosity of C. B. Fisk’s Opus 69 organ will be on full display in “Organ Plus” a program of twentieth century music by, among other composers, Faure, Beach, Pinkham and Alain with Baroque organ works by Buxtehude and J.S. Bach.
The 2014 St. Michael’s Church Tercentenary Series will conclude Sunday, May 18 with a 5:00 p.m. concert by Portland, Oregon organist, Bill Crane. “Organ Plus” will also feature cellist Justin Kagan and violinist Neal Kass in a program of Baroque organ works and twentieth century music for organ and string instruments. A suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Marblehead, Massachusetts’ church’s concert series fund will be taken at the door. All are welcome and a reception will follow the concert in the Parish Hall at 26 Pleasant Street.
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
Among the ten pieces being performed at the May 18 concert will be the J.S. Bach Fantasy and Fugue in g Minor, BWV 542; Andante (Romance) for cello and organ, Opus 69 by Gabriel Faure; Olivier Messiaen’s The Heavenly Banquet; Passacaglia in d Minor, Bux WV 161 by Dietrich Buxtehude; and Toccatas for the Vault of Heaven by Daniel Pinkham.
Organist Bill Crane, making his fifth performance in the concert series, will perform on St. Michael’s C B Fisk, Opus 69 organ built for the church in 1974. A graduate of Florida State University and the Schola Cantorum (diplome superieur) in Paris, Bill is a resident of Portland, Oregon where he is artistic director of Music in the Woods and a member of the management team for the Trasimento Music Festival in Umbria, Italy. In 2009 Crane produced “24/7” – twenty-four classical music concerts in twenty-four hours involving some 250 performers marking the occasion of seven years of American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Among other organizations, cellist Justin Kagan has been a member of the Oregon Symphony, Portland Cello Project and the Astoria Music Festival. He has performed as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City and was principal cello in the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. He is also the proprietor of Badbeard’s Microroastery in Portland, Oregon.
Violinist Neal Kass was a founding member of the Boston Philharmonic who currently performs as part of chamber music ensembles and offers an annual intensive string quartet workshop with the Manhattan String Quartet. A student of Isidore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio and Dorothy Delay of Julliard, Mr. Kass attended Harvard University and the New England Conservatory. A practicing psychiatrist in Concord, Massachusetts, he currently teaches child psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Hospital.