“Celebrating our Newly Restored Steinway” Sunday Concerts

Join us in the Sanctuary for our upcoming musical afternoons!

There is no fee to attend these programs.

Sunday, April 3, 2022, 3:30 – 5 pm       
Noriko Yasuda, piano, and Hunter Bennett, clarinet 

This musical celebration, of spring, will feature Noriko Yasuda, piano, and Hunter Bennett, clarinet, performing music by Claude Debussy, Darius Milhaud, Alan Richardson, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Johannes Brahms, and Robert Schumann.

Noriko Yasuda Is an active vocal coach and accompanist in the Boston area. She has worked with  Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music, Chorus Pro Musica, New England String Ensemble, and La Donna Musicale.

A Boston native, clarinetist Hunter Bennett maintains an active performance schedule. He has appeared numerous times with New England’s premier orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Hartford Symphony. Hunter is currently the co-principal clarinetist of the Orchestra of Indian Hill (Littleton, MA) as well as the 2nd clarinetist of both the Boston Philharmonic (Boston, MA) and Opera North (Lebanon, NH).

Sunday, May 1, 2022, 3:30 – 5 pm      
Sonic Liberation Players (SLP): “(Re)Opening”

Players explore new ways of encountering sound. To offer this experience to a broad range of listeners,
they play uncommonly heard works and commission new works that investigate the area between
“academic/intellectual” and “pop influenced” classical.

The core members of the SLP met and performed together at the California Institute of the Arts in the early
2000’s. A decade later, having migrated independently to the East Coast (Boston and New York), they
reconnected and began this new musical journey together, launching as SLP in 2016.

The CalArts “sound” is varied yet finds roots in the music of John Cage and Morton Feldman. Likewise, the Sonic
Liberation Players approach a prismatic variety of composers and music in search of new languages and
adventurous musical possibilities.

They seek to help our audiences to discover more of what their ears are capable of hearing and to help
them expand their conception of beauty.

The program will include the following works:
On a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam (2012) — Jordan Nobles
Buffalo Jam (1982) — Pauline Oliveros
A Maze (with Grace) (1979; rev 2003) — Thomas Albert
Selected Preludes for violin and piano (1999; rev 2003) — Lera Auerbach
Ariadne (1987) — Lou Harrison
Nadiya (2017) — Reena Esmail
Drumlin Sunset (2020) —Trevor Berens

The Chamber Music Ensemble originally scheduled for 5/22/22 has been postponed until the fall.