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Music at Abington Concert Series 50th Anniversary Season 2021-2022

Join us in-person or online for our 50th Season of programs! All programs are presented for free to the public (donations are gratefully received). If you are interested to continue and further our mission you can support MAA as a patron by linking to the donations page and indicating a gift in the box for Music at Abington. If you would like to include an honorary or memorial note in our annual memorial concert program indicate this in the “notes” box for online giving.

Sunday, October 24, 4:00pm
Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble
Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble is a professional choir based in Ewing, New Jersey, seeking to enrich the lives of diverse communities through the highest caliber of choral music-making. Join us as Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble presents a choral collaboration of traditional and new compositions.

Friday, November 5, 7:30pm
Abington Symphony Orchestra with John Frazier, clarinet
The Abington Orchestra celebrates 50 years of church and community music-making with a highlight from the first program the orchestra presented, Mozart’s Symphony 35 “Haffner.” Recognizing the continuing presence of music and musicians at APC, we feature member John Frazier in the Mozart Clarinet Concerto.

Sunday, December 12, 4:30pm & 7:00pm
Christmas by Candlelight
Gather in candlelight to hear and sing together carols and anthems that point our hearts toward the light and
love reflected in the stories and poetry of Christmas. These familiar rituals provide a healing balm and renew
us to share that light and love with those we meet.

Sunday, January 23, 3:00pm
Erik Meyer, organ
APC’s organist Erik Meyer was raised in Collingswood, NJ, where he began his organ studies at thirteen with the Rev. J. Bert Carlson. Erik earned degrees in organ performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he studied with Donald Sutherland. In addition to his experience as choirmaster-organist and teacher, he is a published composer.

February, Tuesdays at 12:00 Noon
AGO Organ Recitals
Area organists offer noon recitals through the month of February. Take a musical lunch break and find old
favorites and new inspirations. February 1, 8, 15, 22.

Sunday, February 27, 4:00pm
Lyra Ensemble
Flutists Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, Ellen Fisher-Deerberg, Anna Meyer, and Elivi Varga form this radiant and distinctive ensemble. Equally at home with dazzling technique as they are with lush and vibrant tone, the Lyra Ensemble performs music from all genres with inspiring and engaging concerts for audiences of all ages.

Friday, March 18, 7:30pm
Abington Symphony Orchestra with Lloyd Shorter, oboe d’amore
Returning soloist Lloyd Shorter joins the orchestra for the spirited and beautiful Concerto for Oboe d’amore by J. S. Bach. A favorite instrument in Bach’s output, for which much surviving material is found in cantata
movements where it highlights and duets with singers, the concerto allows the warm and colorful tone
of the oboe d’amore to shine.

Sunday, April 3, 4:00pm
Annual Memorial Concert: Fauré Requiem
This annual tradition continues to take on special meaning when so many rituals have been interrupted during the pandemic. The Requiem by Gabriel Fauré gives voice to somber grief and faithful hope with emotion and inspiration in a form that set a new direction for many such works to follow. John Sall leads the Oratorio Choir and professional soloists accompanied by organ and instruments.

Friday, May 20, 7:30pm
Abington Symphony Orchestra with Sandra River, piano, and Timothy Schwarz, violin
Pianist Sandra Rivers enjoys a reputation as one of the foremost performing artists of her generation. She has concertized throughout the world and has appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Aspen, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Kennedy Center and more. She joins the ASO with long-time friend and collaborator Timothy Schwarz in Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano.

Sunday, June 12, 7:30pm
Quakertown Band
One of America’s oldest and most entertaining community bands, The Quakertown Band was founded in 1877 and has provided shared music and entertainment since. This early-summer program for all ages will feature patriotic selections and hymn arrangements with opportunities for the audience to join in!

Music at Abington was founded in 1972 by G. Stanley Powell. As a concert series, Music at Abington brings outstanding professional musical programming to the Abington community for free. The series has grown to include annual features of solo and chamber music, choral and instrumental programs, children’s concerts and other unique programs all supported through free-will donations and patrons of the concert series. Music at Abington builds community relationships by offering childcare and public receptions at its programs, and it celebrates and features the community-based ensembles of Abington Presbyterian Church: the Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir in orchestral programs and combined choral works. The purpose of Music at Abington is to bring quality musical opportunities to the APC and Abington communities and through collaboration and musical excellence to “glorify God and refresh the soul” (-J. S. Bach).