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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.

 

Notice: The Danú concert has been moved from the Beacon Hill Concerts music hall (119 Barn Rd.) to the First Presbyterian Church, Stroudsburg, 575 Main St., Stroudsburg PA 18360. Reservations are not required (but are no longer accepted after November 29).

Beacon Hill Concerts presents Irish Band Danú

 

“AN EMERALD ISLE CHRISTMAS” 

December 9, 6:00 pm, 2022

Beacon Hill Music Hall, 119 Barn Rd., E. Stroudsburg, PA 18301

“DANÚ stirs the blood and lifts the heart.” (Irish Music Magazine)

For this Christmas season 2022, we are pleased to present “An Emerald Isle Christmas” with Danú, one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today, on Friday, December 9, 6:00 pm, at our Beacon Hill music hall.  

   Celtic music lovers around the globe have been thrilled by the virtuoso players on fiddle, flutes, button accordion, percussion, and Irish pipes, and the gorgeous singing of Nell Ni Chróinín in the Irish language. Winners of major awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danú celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new presentation of the holidays from their homeland. Music, song, and dance are a vital part of joyous community celebrations across Ireland during the holiday season. An Emerald Isle Christmas offers a taste  of these extraordinary and centuries-old events. (Go to YouTube or allianceartistmanagement.com/danu/ to hear and view the group in performance.)

   Danu’s PROGRAM, announced from the stage, will include some carols familiar to us, but mainly it will introduce us—through music, storytelling, poetry, and Irish banter—to what a traditional Christmas is like in Ireland today.

There will be an intermission in this concert, and refreshments will be served.

Please join us as the Danú players and singer take us on a moving and memorable musical journey to their native Ireland.

Dan Crawford

Director, Beacon Hill Concerts

 

 

BEACON HILL CONCERTS PRESENTS FALL CONCERT, 2022

VOX LUMINIS

Early Music Ensemble

Motets of the Bach Family – “The Arnstadt Connection”

Thursday, October 20, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church (575 Main St. Stroudsburg, 18360)

 

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

 

On Thursday evening, October 20, 7:00 pm, the world-class Early Music ensemble, Vox Luminis, on tour from Belgium with 17 musicians (10 singers, 7 instrumentalists), will perform Motets of the Bach Family.

Here is the rich program featuring music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, and members of Bach’s family connected with the German town of Arnstadt, where several generations of Bachs contributed to musical life for more than 200 years:

  • Heinrich Bach: Ich danke dir Gott
  • Johann Michael Bach: Die Furcht des Herren
  • Dietrich Buxtehude: Herzlich Lieb hab ich dich, O Herr
  • Johann Christoph Bach: Herr, wende dich und sei mir gnadig
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata; Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4

The concert will be approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with no intermission.

Join us for light refreshments after the concert, and meet the performers.

For those of you who heard the past performances of Vox Luminis with us (this is their 5th Beacon Hill concert), all you need is to be reminded of the high standard of excellence this group embodies. Those of you who have not heard them can listen to their music and read the biographies of the group and its dynamic founder and director Lionel Meunier at www.voxluminis.com.

Since its inception in 2004, the ensemble has been performing over 60 concerts a year, appearing on stages across Europe and around the world. The core group of soloists, mostly from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (Netherlands) is often joined by additional performers, depending on the program. The repertoire is essentially Italian, English and German and spans from the 16th to the 18th century. But this concert focuses on J.S. Bach and his predecessors in the Bach family, whose beautiful sacred works Bach built on and enriched. (A personal note: Vox Luminis performed some of the music of Bach’s family predecessors at a previous Beacon Hill concert in 2018, and it was then that I realized that J.S. Bach stood on the shoulders of giants.)

Vox Luminis has released 14 CDs that have enjoyed international critical acclaim and have won numerous prestigious awards. (Visit www.voxluminis.com for musical excerpts from these CDs.)     

Additionally, Vox Luminis has performed extensively at festivals mainly across Europe, and has appeared at the major music halls and venues worldwide. (I have enjoyed hearing their performances at the famous Festival of Early Music in Utrecht, Netherlands, for the last 10 years running.)

Because of the unique mission of Beacon Hill Concerts—to make high-quality classical music available and accessible in Monroe County, there is no admission fee for this concert; but a suggested donation of $15 adult, $10 senior, $5 student can be given at the door.

Reservations are not necessary, but seats can be reserved in the front rows of the church (if that is where you choose to sit) by emailing the Director, Dan Crawford, at dandcrawford@gmail.com.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience a performance by an ensemble of this size and caliber in our region! Make a definite commitment in your schedule for Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Stroudsburg!

 

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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