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Dear Friends, 

The Beacon Hill Concerts are a series of classical and semi-classical concerts that take place in a recently-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 fifteenth season, with four live concerts scheduled for summer 2022 (listed below), we are once again bringing outstanding musical artists to this area. Guests are welcome and can make reservations starting one month prior to each concert date. (See Reservations for details.) There is no admission fee, but a suggested donation of $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students can be given at the door.  

Go to Directions for the best and accurate directions to our music hall. Our address is: 119 Barn Rd., E. Stroudsburg, PA, 18301. 

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

 

BEACON HILL CONCERTS, SUMMER 2022

 

 

SCHUBERT:  SONGS

BARITONE THOMAS MEGLIORANZA

with Piano Accompanist REIKO UCHIDA

Saturday, June 18, 4:00 p.m.

Beacon Hill Music Hall, 119 Barn Rd., Stroudsburg

   A selection of Franz Schubert’s song settings of Goethe’s poetry arranged around the themes “Wealth and Power,” “Romance,” “Friendship,” “The Divine,” and “Shame.” With his smooth, expressive baritone voice Meglioranza gives a moving performance that enriches these songs and refreshes the spirit.

Reserve your seat(s) by emailing dandcrawford@gmail.com with your request and the names of attendees. (Reservations not necessary)

Suggested donation $15 adult, $10 senior, $5 student (at the door)

Presented by Beacon Hill Concerts, Director, Dan Crawford

 

ENSEMBLE CORRESPONDANCES 

Early Music ensemble with 18 vocalists & instrumentalists

On Tour from France!

One of the foremost European Early Music groups, Ensemble Correspondances, under the direction of the dynamic Sebastien Dauce, in two grand performances of the secular and sacred music of seventeenth century France! 

TWO CONCERTS: 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 7:00 pm 

“PLAISIRS DU LOUVRE,” (French masters of the 17th century) 

First Presbyterian Church, 575 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 7:00 pm 

“MEMBRA JESU NOSTRI” by Dietrich Buxtehude 

First Presbyterian Church, 575 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 

 

MAY 10, 7:00 PM: “PLAISIRS DU LOUVRE,” recreates the secular musical realm of 17th century French society when the Louvre was the center of the courtly and artistic worlds, and lavishly supported by French royalty. In this theatre of power, music was both an object of entertainment as well as an instrument of magnificence, reaching its high point under the musician-king Louis XIII and le Roi Soleil, Louis XIV. 

   The Program for this concert includes selected pieces by the French masters Boesset, Moulinie, Chambonnieres, Couperin, Guedron, and others, illustrating how they worked together to produce the finest music of this Grand Siecle. Night, love, mystery, metamorphosis, and mythology are some of the savory themes of their musical productions.

 

MAY 11, 7:00 PM: In “MEMBRA JESU NOSTRI” by Dietrich Buxtehude, director Sebastien Dauce explores the rich tradition of Lutheran music from the Baroque. Buxtehude was organist at the Marienkirche in Lubeck, Germany—regarded as one of the most important posts in North German church music. 

   The rarely-performed Membra was originally written as a seven-part cycle of cantatas for a series of Sunday afternoon church concerts called Abendmusiken. Separated from the formal liturgical framework, Membra is a unique piece of sacred music, both in its text and style. The seven cantatas are intended as contemplations of the individual parts of Christ’s crucified body: feet, hands, side, breast, and face, while exemplifying Buxtehude’s compositional style with its expressive melodic phrasing and yearning harmonies. The work promises to be one that will be both accessible and richly rewarding for our audience. 

   The program also includes Buxtehude’s motet: “Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, O Herr,” and two of his short works centering on the fragility of human life: an arrangement of Luther’s hymn “Mit Fried und Freud Ich Fahr Dahin” (With Peace and Joy I Now Depart); and Klaglied, a beautiful elegy written upon the death of his musician father.

Plan to attend both concerts! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear these great performances, of the quality and grandeur that one would expect to find only in the major concert halls. 

Tell your friends, and mark your calendars now! 

Reservations. There is open seating for both concerts at First Presbyterian Church and reservations are not necessary. However, you can request reservations at one or both concerts for seat(s) in the reserved front section by emailing the Director, Dan Crawford, at dandcrawford@gmail.com with your request and the names of attendees. (Your reservation is official when you receive a confirmation.) As usual, there is no fee for this concert, but a suggested donation of $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students (at the door). 

See and hear more at www.ensemblecorrespondances.com

 

Anne Azema, singer and narrator 

“The Joyous Queen: Medieval Songs of Valorous Women” 

Saturday, May 28, 2022, 4:00 p.m. 

Beacon Hill Music Hall, 119 Barn Rd., E. Stroudsburg PA 

    Anne Azema, an American icon in her genre of medieval song, in a one-woman show will bring her insight, language skills, crystalline voice, and gift for theater (along with her knee-held instruments, organetto, harp, and hurdy-gurdy) for what should be an unforgettable musical experience.

   Her program, “The Joyous Queen,” (in her words) “is an exploration of female spirit and power in medieval history and imagination, via songs and poems from Provence, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. These works sing and speak of medieval women both imaginary and real: women of legend like Queen Iseult the Blonde, and also archetypal symbols of the feminine: the Distant Beloved, the Virgin, the joyful Queen of May. Passion, joy, sorrow, and humor inform these priceless treasures of eight centuries past, still living and ageless in their contemporaneity.”

Reservations for this concert accepted starting April 28, (one month before the concert date) by emailing Dan Crawford at dandcrawford@gmail.com with your request and the names of attendees. (Your reservation is official when you receive a confirmation.) As usual, there is no fee for this concert, but a suggested donation of $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students (at the door). 

 


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