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WEDDINGS CONCERTS


3rd Grade Visitors Say Thanks!

These are just a few of the many wonderful thank you notes we received.
We're so glad you enjoyed learning about The Locktown Stone Church!





The Lambertville Traditional Carol Society, now in its tenth year, was started as a choir of friends who came together to sing many of the well-loved but less familiar carols of the season. The choir was formed by invitation rather than by audition, allowing for many and varied musical histories among the friends, but joined together by a love of singing. The choir extends its repertoire in the Spring to include a cappella pieces from the Baroque and Renaissance periods, along with the occasional piece of traditional Americana.

A good will offering will be collected to share between the Locktown Stone Church and the Lambertville Food Pantry.



  
Weddings in the Church

The church provides a wonderful setting for a country wedding, with its spare architecture, its beautiful stone walls, surrounded by tall trees, standing next to a country road. The front courtyard is bordered by a low stone wall, making a perfect space for gathering after or before your event.

The interior is painted white, creating a quiet, peaceful elegance. Flower arrangements stand out and the light from the north window creates a special atmosphere. Thanks to the excellent acoustics provided by the vaulted ceiling, it is possible to have one or two musicians perform wedding music on instruments as quiet as unamplified guitars.

The church comfortably seats 100 people, but can easily acccomodate 125. Electricity, sanitary facilities and parking are available.

If you are interested in using the church for your wedding, we would be happy to show it to you. To arrange to view of the inside of the church, or to obtain information about reserving the church, write to Luise Wingerter@centurylink.net
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Concerts in the Church

Every year, the Friends of the Locktown Stone Church sponsor a concert series to highlight the beautiful acoustics of this old building. We have found that classical music works especially well, and that Sunday afternoons in the fall are particularly enjoyable.

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Present

Mimi Conklin Upmeyer
2017 Concert Series

Fall is a beautiful time of year…..especially at the Locktown Stone Church!  We are eager to present the Mimi Conklin Upmeyer 2017 Fall Concert Series, which begins on Sunday October 22nd, at 4 PM.

Our series opens with Mezzo-Soprano Naama Liany, with guitar accompanist Robert O’Connor Miller.

Naama Liany is one of today's most promising young singers. Liany was one of few singers selected to participate at the Gstaad Vocal Academy (Menuhin Festival Gstaad) directed by Madame Cecilia Bartoli & Madame Silvana Bazzoni. Other significant collaborations includes working with Maestro Alberto Zedda.

Born in Israel, trained in New York City, and currently lives in Paris. Since her arrival to Europe Liany sang in the New Year’s Festival in Gstaad, Clasicos En Alcala Clasicos Para Todos Festival (Madrid), De la Musique Avant Toute Chose Festival (Paris), Festival d'Art Lyrique Pézenas Enchantée, the role of Cupidon in Offenbach's "Orphée aux Enfers", Mezzo solo in Mozart's Do minor mass in St Germain En Laye, performed as a young soloist in Lyrique en Mer Music Festival (Belle -Ile-en-Mer, France).

Naama Liany

Liany sang the role of Marcelina (Le Nozze di Figaro) in Velbert, Germany and immediately after was chosen to sing in the Nei Stemmen concert in Luxembourg.

In the USA, she performed on prestigious stages such as the Carnegie Hall, Everson Museum of Art & DiMenna Center in addition to concerts with the Bach Society of Columbia as a soloist in J.S Bach Magnificat, performance of the role of the Inkeeper's Wife from Janacek's The Cunnig Little Vixen. In Israel, Liany sang the role of the Mayor in Gil Shohat's The Happy Prince among many recitals and solo performances with various ensembles in Spain, The Netherlands, Israel and the United States. Liany won the 1st prize in the Buchman­Heiman competition and is a recipient of scholarships from the Ronen Foundation (8 years consecutively) and the Shlomit Ben Zvi Foundation.

Accompanist Guitarist Robert OConnor Miller is a passionate performer, chamber musician, and educator whose performances have been described as "intense, emotional and graceful" by the Rochester City Newspaper.  Classical Guitar Magazine recently wrote, “effortlessly played”, and “this interpretation is one of the very best I have heard…an outstanding recording of some lovely music in superb performances beautifully captured.”

He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Recent concerts have taken him to concert halls and guitar festivals in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, and to concerts series and universities throughout the United States. In 2009, he was a fellow with the Belgian American Educational Foundation from which he received a fully-funded stipend to study and concertize in Belgium.

With a deep belief in power of the arts and the need for artists to rise up as entrepreneurs and advocates for their craft, Robert co-founded The California Conservatory of Guitar in 2011. The school currently enriches and empowers the lives of over 200 students and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Robert also co-founded The Peninsula Guitar Series, a concert series that brings international talent to the Bay Area to present concerts and masterclasses.

 

On Sunday October 29, at 4 PM, we are fortunate to have Muriel Anderson, Harp-Guitarist. 
One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Muriel’s recent CD, “Nightlight Daylight,” has won top honors in 11 national awards. The current Guitar Player Magazine features her CD “Nightlight Daylight” as one of the top 10 of the decade.  

Muriel has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten, Tommy Emmanuel and many others. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide.

Muriel Anderson

An engaging performer, Muriel’s unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, a Rodrigo concerto. 

Her recording of “El Noi de la Mare” appears in Woody Allen’s film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and her “Heartstrings” recording accompanied the astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery.  Her video “Why Worry” has garnered a total of over 8 million views. 

Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT® and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity.

   

Our final concert of the series is on Sunday November 5th, at 4 PM, when we will have the Peter and Will Anderson Trio.

Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” (New York Times) Washington, DC natives and identical twins Peter and Will Anderson are known for their exciting renditions of American Songbook gems, infectious swing and blues, Brazilian Bossa Novas, and fresh original music.  

Along with their guitarist, the Andersons will lead a program drawing from the songbooks of their favorite composers including Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Cole Porter.

 

Anderson Trio

Since moving to New York City to attend Juilliard, Peter and Will have performed with the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Barron, Bob Wilber, Albert “Tootie” Heath, and have been featured live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion.  They have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Sarasota Florida Jazz Festival, Seattle’s Triple Door, Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, DC’s Blues Alley, and Arizona Music Festival. Their ensemble has performed in over 35 U.S. States, toured Japan, and featured four times in NYC’s famed “Highlights in Jazz” series, alongside Lou Donaldson, Ken Peplowski, and Warren Vache.

Peter and Will’s debut release from 2012, Correspondence, features Kenny Barron and was listed in Vanity Fair magazine alongside Miles Davis in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz.”  The Washington Post called their music, “imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz tunes.”  Their newest album, Deja Vu, features Albert “Tootie” Heath and was called “a burner that reveals the band’s cohesiveness and spirit” byJazzTimes.  Peter and Will endorse D’Addario woodwind products and Selmer saxophones.

 

The concerts will be held at the Locktown Stone Church. GPS address is 323 Locktown-Sergeantsville Road, Flemington NJ.  Our concerts typically last one hour, followed by light refreshments.  Concert tickets are $15 per person per concert, $40 per person for the series of 3 concerts, and $5 per concert for students. For additional information, please email flscconcerts@gmail.com or call (908) 996-3087.

Funding for our concerts has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds  administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.  Funding has also been received from the Large Foundation.

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