2016 Concert Schedule

December 16th at 7 p.m. - Jazz Christmas with the Chris Humphrey Big Band This annual event is a special Christmas gift to the audience and to those in the area who are in need. $1,003 was donated at the door and our foundation matched that so that $2,006 was provided for fuel assistance. Enjoying the music kept all who attended warm on a very cold night. Lot's of toe-tapping Christmas songs were performed - here's one of the concert's classics, sung by Chris and his wife, Jennifer The Hawaiian Christmas Song.

November 12th at 7 p.m. - The Boston City Singers at South Church, Kennebunkport. This program of music education was founded some 20 years ago in the inner city neighborhood of Dorchester. They train and inspire the musician, student and ambassador in each singer by providing the highest level of musical instruction and wide-ranging performance opportunities to support personal development, celebrate diversity and foster good will. Our vision is bigger than the Church on the Cape sanctuary, thus the change of venue. Our thanks to South Church for making their facility available. We know this concert - featuring some 50 'Bostonians' - has inspired residents throughout the Kennebunks who attended this concert. Here's a look at their program:

July 31st at 7 p.m. - Katelyn Emerson returned to our sanctuary following the completion of her year of organ performance study as a Fulbright Scholar in France. As part of her studies, she performed concerts throughout Europe and Russia. This year she won the American Guild of Organists' competition in Houston and is now considered the most talented young organist in America! This fall she accepted her new position as Assistant Organist and Choir Director at the Church of the Advent in Boston. Her musical dexterity was on display throughout the concert. Enjoy this sampler:

July 1st at 7 p.m. - The Downeast Brass began our 2016 concert schedule with a bang-up presentation. These five current and former music educators from Central Maine spared no enthusiasm as they played music of all types. Each member was a highly skilled musician. At one point, they invited couples to dance to Glenn Miller's Moonlight Serenade - they were not disappointed as half a dozen danced down the aisles! The brass quintet refers to themselves as a 'Maine Tradition' - they certainly lived up to that title. Enjoy this Swiss yodeling selection from their concert:

2015 Concert Schedule

June 22 at 7 p.m. - Katelyn Emerson, a young organist from York, Maine, dazzled our audience with a masterful performance. In her mid-20s, she demonstrated the maturity of a seasoned professional. This was a rare moment for all of us as we realized we were seeing an brilliant talent in our midst. Members of our board were so impressed that we provided a $2,500 educational scholarship to assist her with her upcoming studies in France. Do enjoy Charles Ives Variations on 'America.' Enjoy all of Ives' wonderful dissonance perfectly performed by Ms. Emerson.

December 18 at 7 p.m. - Chris Humphrey and his Big Band presented his Annual Christmas Jazz Concert. Chris, who is a member of our church, is an accomplished keyboard artist, singer, composer and teacher. The old favorites were performed with an upbeat tempo and his wife, Jennifer, added her voice to the festivities. One member of the audience just couldn't control herself as she danced away (the second selection). We not only had a great time, but also raised more than $2,000 for fuel assistance in the Kennebunks. Here's the second half of the concert.

2014 Concert Schedule

June 15th at 7 p.m. - The Seaglass Chorale returned to our sanctuary with a 'night of musical laughter.' Under Artistic Director Jean Stradzes, the program was a variety of delightful songs performed to perfection. We heard Shenandoah, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Buffalo Gals, Chili con Carne and other pieces that demonstrated the melodious precision of this fine Kennebunk-area ensemble. Here you can enjoy their version of Buffalo Gals, just as the audience did.

August 10th at 7 p.m. - The Kotzschmar Quintet, composed of four brass instruments and organ, brought members of the Portland Symphony Orchestra to our sanctuary. Ray Cornils, Portland Municipal Organist, led this highly professional group. Enjoy Carillon de Westminster:

December 19th at 7 p.m. - This was the third year of a special Christmas present for the Kennebunks performed by Chris Humphrey's Big Band. A Jazz Christmas is musical fundraising event that benefits local fuel assistance. The ticket sales are combined with an equal amount from the foundation. Last year we presented the Fuel Assistance Program some $2,000. As always, it will be a blast! Enjoy Silver Bells:
 

2013 Concert Schedule

2013's concert schedule delivered a variety of quality music. Without question, the Beryl Samia Appreciation Concert was an incredible beginning!

May 19th, 4 p.m. - Beryl's Appreciation Concert. Our Trinity Trio performed in this final 'Thank You Concert' for Beryl's music ministry. There was also be a bit of celebratory musical fireworks when Mark Thallander performed an organ piece he had dedicated to Beryl several years ago. The audience was transfixed by the spirited and soulful performances by all of the musicians. This was a memorable event for all of us, most importantly for Beryl.

June 30th, 7 p.m. - "Marching to Independence Day" welcomed Dr. Douglas Major, former organist at the Washington National Cathedral. At just twenty-one years of age in 1974, he was appointed assistant organist at the National Cathedral. He was appointed organist and choirmaster at the Cathedral in 1988. He played several well-known marches from Sousa to Sir Edward Elgar. The concert featured Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," narrated by Joe Foster of the Kennebunks. It was a wonderful concert reflecting the organist's spirited talent and the narrator's authoritative interpretation of Abraham Lincoln's words.

Sept 1, 7 p.m. - "The Kennebunks in Harmony" The Seaglass Chorale, under the artistic direction of Jean Strazdes, honored composers Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim with selections from their several of their Broadway shows. Founded in 1993, the chorale is a non-auditioned, adult choral group of 50-60 voices that has established itself as a voice to be heard! The chorale represents some 20 southern Maine communities and has performed in major Italian cities as well as Washington, D.C. This was the chorale's first appearance at our church and we were delighted to hear their musical magic.

December 1, 2 p.m. - The DaPonte String Quartet returned to our church for the third time. This quartet is a Maine treasure and is sought after to perform and teach all over the U.S. and around the world. The DaPonte String Quartet is proud to call Maine home, and their relationship with mid-coast Maine remains a deeply rooted one. We were proud to welcome them again to our Sanctuary. The DSQ at our church.

December 21, 7 p.m. - The Chris Humphrey Jazz Christmas once again delighted our audience as the Big Band Sound filled our ears. This 14-piece band's membership is experienced, deeply musical and all are in high demand as individual musicians in their own right. On top of that, Chris and his family are members of our church - a swinging combination! More than $1,000 was raised through donations at the door and that amount was matched by the Music Foundation - benefiting area fuel assistance. All enjoyed the music and extending a helping hand to those in need. Here are two selections from the concert.

2012 Concert Season

The Keith McClelland Community Music Foundation scheduled three exciting musical events for the summer of 2012.

July 1, 7p

The DaPonte String Quartet in association with River Tree Arts

July 22, 4p

The Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus, some 40 voices strong

Aug 5, 7p

Annual 50-Voice Choral Festival - Ed Willmington, conductor & Kenneth Grinnell ,organist

July 1, 7p - The DaPonte String Quartet in association with River Tree Arts. Their mission: To connect audiences to composers and their influences by bringing to life the human context of each score's creation. The members of the quartet are: Dino Liva, Lydia Forbes, Myles Jordan and Kirsten Monke

Not long after forming in Philadelphia twenty years ago, the DaPonte String Quartet surprised the musical world by moving from a cosmopolitan urban area to rural Maine. The DSQ had been — and continues to be — sought after to perform and teach all over the U.S. and around the world. They have appeared in France, Scotland, Canada, and more than twenty American states. Their performances have been broadcast over nation-wide radio and television programs in both the United States and Canada. They have received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, the Music Teachers National Association, Chamber Music America, and have participated in several of the nation's most prestigious concert series to rave reviews. Musicians and critics alike wondered, why would the DSQ move to Maine, where, as the New York Times noted, they create an experience "like watching the Celtics play in the local gym."

But the members of the DaPonte String Quartet were proud to call Maine home, and their relationship with mid-coast Maine remains a deeply rooted one. When CBS Sunday Morning nationally televised a profile of the group, the idea of living outside a major urban center suddenly appeared to be an appealing alternative lifestyle few musicians had considered. Few string quartets can boast such a devoted following. The people of Maine warmly embraced the DSQ, which has become an integral part of the state's musical life. When the Quartet debuted at Carnegie Hall, a large contingent of their fans traveled to New York to hear and cheer them there. The Times wrote in amazement: "Let it not be said that the DaPonte String Quartet enters New York musical life without friends. Weill Hall was packed!" The state's embrace of the DSQ has also taken the form of awards from the Maine Arts Commission.

July 22, 4p - The Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus is made up of approximately 70 male choristers based in the Greater Boston area of which 40 will perform in our sanctuary. The men of Saengerfest enjoy the camaraderie of singing at weekly rehearsals and performing in four or five concerts each year. The traditional but wide-ranging repertoire includes folk songs, love songs, spirituals and sacred music, classical excerpts, traditional English and Welsh songs and anthems, and an occasional show tune.

The Men’s Chorus was officially formed in 1991 after some 45 members of the parent Saengerfest Chorus were invited by the officers of the London Welsh Male Voice Choir to participate in the latter’s Festival of Welsh Male Choirs in London’s Royal Albert Hall in October 1992. Since then the Men’s Chorus has sung numerous benefit concerts throughout New England supporting a variety of charities in their fund-raising efforts.

The Chorus has sung regularly in the biennial Albert Hall Welsh Male Chorus Festivals. Other performances have included Carnegie Hall, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and on WGBH 89.7 FM. In addition to London, the group has also traveled to Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, Canada, and Lisbon, Portugal.

August 5, 7p - Annual 50-Voice Choral Festival - Ed Willmington, conductor & Kenneth Grinnell, organist. This annual musical event celebrates the role of choral music in our faith. The chorus will consist of some 50 voices from around Maine & New Hampshire.

Our guest conductor will be Ed Willington. Dr. Willmington is the Director of the Fred Bock Institute of Music, Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts, at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Previously his professional career has included serving at Scottsdale Bible Church in Scottsdale, AZ for 22 years, Professor of Music at Point Loma University in San Diego, Worship Pastor at College Avenue Baptist Church in San Diego, and Editor/Writer at Good Life Publications. Ed, as he has become known to us, is the composer/arranger of more than 100 published works, served on the Advisory Board for The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration, and has been the recipient of several ASCAP awards. He just recently returned from South Africa where he conducted a major spiritual concert. Ed led a music symposium for church musicians at our 2009 festival (hear his opening remarks). You can also view a video of the rehearsal and performance at our 2010 Festival by going here.

Our guest organist will be Kenneth Grinnell. He has served the First Congregational Church of Manchester, NH as minister of music and organist since 1976. He is currently sub-dean of the NH Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is New England region coordinator Guild examination preparation and promotion and holds the Fellowship and Choirmaster Certificates of the Guild.

You can learn more about the Keith McClelland Community Music Foundation by going to our website.

 

2011 Concerts

This past year has been an outstanding example of the work the foundation is undertaking on behalf of our community.

April 2, 2011 - The New England Brass Band, conducted by Stephen Bulla, performed its Spring Concert in Kennebunkport as we partnered with South Church. Mr. Bulla received his degree in arranging and composition from Boston's Berklee College of Music, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He has entered his third decade as Chief Arranger to The President's Own U.S. Marine Band and White House Orchestra, where he has been responsible for the production of ceremonial and entertainment music for the administrations of Ronald Reagan through to the present First Family.

June 17th, 2011 - A packed sanctuary at The Church on the Cape was treated to a stunning concert presented by nationally-known Keren Schweitzer and Jason Lippmann. The petite Ms. Schweitzer, an award-winning performer, teacher and dedicated arts educator, held the people spellbound with her magic flute.

She has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, played chamber music with its members, and is currently an LA Philharmonic teaching artist. First Prize winner in a National Flute Talk Competition, in Clarke’s “Zoom Tube” for solo flute, Ms. Schweitzer literally “talked to and sang with” her instrument, while playing simultaneously…the effect was “otherworldly- spectacular”!

Mr. Lippmann, has frequently played with numerous national symphony orchestras, and is currently a member of the cello section of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. He has actively performed as a chamber musician, most recently on the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Society and the Green Umbrella Series. He also performs at a number of music festivals.

Ms. Schweitzer and Mr. Lippmann complimented each other brilliantly, raising Beethoven, Lobos, Uebayashi to new heights. The music of flute extraordinaire and the hauntingly beautiful cello made it a night to remember. A sample of their performance is below.

July 24, 2011 - Houston Children's Chorus directed by their founder, Stephen Roddy. They have performed for former President and Mrs. George W. Bush, former President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush, and former President Bill Clinton. Some 70 children will fill our sanctuary with song. They regularly perform with the Houston Symphony and the Houston Symphony Pops.

Here is their opening selection:

 

August 12 & 14, 2011 - Our Annual Music Festival featured an organ concert at 7p on Friday and a Sunday evening Choral Concert at 7p.

Friday - Organ concert featuring Mark Thallander, Albert Melton and Randy Mullin
Sunday - Choral Festival featuring 60+ voices from throughout northern New England

Below is a selection from the Sunday Choral Festival:

 

A spectacular summer of music! Please donate to our foundation by going here.

 

The Keith McClelland
Community Music Foundation
The Church
on the Cape
PO Box 7663
Cape Porpoise, ME 04014
Email
music@mcclellandmusicfoundation.org