“Abendmusik” is a German word, meaning “an evening concert, usually taking place in a church.” Past performers include Grammy Award Winning Artist GEORGE WINSTON; RANDY ARMSTRONG; SIRENS’ SONG; International Award Winning Organists, KATELYN EMERSON AND JENNIFER MCPHERSON; THE CHARLIE JENNISON JAZZ QUARTET; THE NEW ENGLAND GOSPEL ENSEMBLE; AND MANY, MANY MORE.
Through the Abendmusik series the Rye Congregational Church offers to the community an opportunity to hear the very finest chamber music north of Boston, and at a fraction of the cost. The church enjoys sharing its warm acoustic sanctuary, 24-rank pipe organ, and excellent seven-foot Schimmel grand piano with the community through the series. Abendmusik is a nonprofit, all-volunteer effort. Donations are accepted at the door. All are welcome to a reception immediately following each concert. For more information or for series sponsorship opportunities, contact the church office at (603) 964-4061 or David Wold, Artistic Director, at (603) 828-6402.
Abendmusik Tenth Anniversary Concert Series
This special Tenth Anniversary Year the concerts will feature the outstanding artists who helped birth the series:
SATURDAY, JULY 30th, 7:30 PM: DAVID WOLD, Organist and Pianist, reprises the inaugural Abendmusik concert of ten years ago performing Bach, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn and More, with SPECIAL GUESTS: Mary Metivier, Soprano; and Hannah Reitz, Violin.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 7:30 PM: SIRENS’ SONG, ANGELYNNE HINSON, Soprano and MELINDA MCMAHON, Mezzo-soprano. New Hampshire’s “Preeminent Duo” presents an evening of sterling song with sumptuous accompaniment and solo works by Mary Towse-Beck, Piano; Hannah Reitz, Violin; and Dorothy Braker, Cello.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22nd, 7:30 PM: GRAND FINALE CONCERT, PAUL DYKSTRA, Pianist, with FULL ORCHESTRA. International Concert Pianist, Paul Dykstra, will include virtuosic solo masterworks on the first half of his program and on the second half the most famous Piano Concerto ever composed- the “Emperor Concerto” by Beethoven for Piano and Full Orchestra- including the finest players in New Hampshire and New England, with Hannah Reitz, Concert Master.
Enjoy these photographs of the 2015 Abendmusik Christmas Concert: