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Dear Friends,

The Beacon Hill Concerts are a series of classical and semi-classical concerts that take place in a newly-built music hall situated on a beautiful privately-owned property near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The series aims at bringing high-quality vocal and instrumental groups to the Pocono region. Now in our thirteenth season, with four concerts scheduled for spring and summer 2020, we are once again bringing outstanding musical artists to this area. Guests are welcome and can make inquiries and reservations by emailing the concert director, Dan Crawford at dandcrawford@gmail.com, or call at 570-421-5748. There is no admission fee, but a suggested donation of $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students can be given at the door.

To be put on our emailing list, contact the director at dandcrawford@gmail.com .

 

 

BEACON HILL CONCERTS, FALL 2020

 

ELISE QUAGLIATA, mezzo-soprano
Saturday, September 19, 2020, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
(Rain date: Sunday, Sept 20, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.)

We are so fortunate that the versatile mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata is returning for her 5th appearance with us, with pianist Mike Fennelly, on Saturday, September 19, for two live, outdoor performances at 1:00 & 3:00 p.m. from the porch of our music hall.The PROGRAM will include a mix of opera arias (Bizet, Heggie, Poulenc, Cilea), and our favorites from the American Songbook (Porter, Gershwin, Weill, Sondheim, Kosma). Those of you who have attended Elise’s previous concerts know how easily she can move between these different genres.

 

We will accept a maximum of 40 guests for each performance. Masks are required out of respect for each other’s safety; and strict social distancing. Bring your own lawn chairs if you have them, but we will provide comfortable seats if you don’t. You may sit as close to the porch or as far away as you please. Make your reservation in the usual way by replying to this email with the name(s) of attendees.

 

The March 28, 2020 Rose Ensemble concert is CANCELED – Update on March, 17th, 2020

 

THE ROSE ENSEMBLE
“Land of Three Faiths:Ancient Mediterranean Voices of Jews, Christians, and Muslims”
March 28, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Pre-concert lecture by Sidnie White Crawford, 3:00 pm
(Reservations for this concert accepted starting February 15)

                    Nell Snaidas                              Zafer Tawil

                                          Rose Ensemble 

 

We are so fortunate to have the ROSE ENSEMBLE with us Saturday, March 28, 2020, 4:00 p.m., after their wonderful performance last March (“American Roots”) that many of you heard and enjoyed so much. The next concert will be something very different from the last one, but equally entertaining and enlightening—”Land of Three Faiths: Ancient Mediterranean Voices of Jews, Christians and Muslims.”

     The group’s multi-talented artistic director and founder, Jordan Sramek, describes this concert as “at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical, embarking on a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange.”

     The cast of 8 performers includes the vocalists/instrumentalists of the Rose Ensemble, plus guest artists American-Uruguayan soprano Nell Snaidas, specialist in Sephardic song, and Palestinian-American Zafer Tawil, multi-instrumentalist and singer.

     The program (based on extensive research and training) features exotic vocal styles and multiple instruments, (most of which will be new to us), that express the rich histories of the three Abrahamic faiths during the Hispanic-Arabic Middle Ages when they co-existed in relative harmony. From this cultural mix, you will experience laments of the Sephardic Jews, Arab-Andalusian dances, Spanish court songs, along with Marian cantigas, Hebrew cantillation, and Sufi mystical songs.

     Founded in 1996, The Rose Ensemble, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, has achieved a reputation as a premier American early music ensemble, and internationally as a leader and innovator in the vocal music scene. Over the past 23 years, the group has been delighting audiences with its creative programing and expansive repertoire that spans 1,000 years and over 25 languages, including programs of music from Malta, Germany, Hawaii, the Middle East, Cuba and others. (A number of these programs are available on their 11 critically acclaimed recordings.) They have toured across the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, winning first-place awards at international festivals and competitions. Details of their many accomplishments at www.RoseEnsemble.org .

     In addition, Dr. Sidnie White Crawford will give a pre-concert lecture exploring the shared roots of the three faiths, as well as their similarities and differences. The lecture will add to your enjoyment of  the concert.

     Don’t miss this rare opportunity! We are accepting reservations for this concert starting Saturday, February 15. More information about Beacon Hill Concerts, our suggested donation, and how to reserve seats at this website.  

 

BEACON HILL FALL CONCERTS, Fall 2019

 

Vocal EnsembleVOX LUMINIS
Director, Lionel Meunier
“STABAT MATER”
Thursday, Oct 31, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

 

“The refinement of Vox Luminis is never anything less than sublime.” (Gramophone Magazine)

 

   Now that fall is upon us, we look forward to our next Beacon Hill concert, Stabat Mater, Thursday  October 31, 6:00 p.m., when the vocal ensemble, VOX LUMINIS, under the able direction of Lionel Meunier, returns for its fifth concert with us. Based in Belgium and now in its 15th year, VL defines itself as “a group of soloists” in varied combinations, with continuo and additional instruments as needed. They are undoubtedly in the top tier of European Early Music ensembles with their rich and precise interpretations of this complex repertoire—primarily Italian, English, and German, spanning the 16th through the 18th centuries.

   For Halloween this year, there will be no tricks, only some real treats of sacred music by composers Claudio Monteverdi (Lamento della Ninfa), Domenico Scarlatti (Stabat Mater), Antonio Lotti (Crucifixus), Alessandro Della Ciaia (Lamentatio Virginis), and others. The centerpiece of the program is Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater (Mary standing at the foot of the cross), a beautiful work, with each of the 10 singers on their own individual part.

Visit www.voxluminis.com for reviews, photos and more information about VOX LUMINIS and its members, and explore their 13 CDs.

 


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