The Public is invited to the Thirteenth Annual Christmas Concert and Tea at Smithfield Church in the Smithfield Valley of Amenia at 4 PM on Saturday, December 2. This year's guest artist is organist Gavin Black who will perform from the works of Buxtehude and Pachelbel.
Gavin Black is founder and Director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center in Princeton, New Jersey, where he teaches harpsichord, clavichord, organ, and continuo playing. His recordings include music of Sweelinck, Froberger, Pachelbel, Buxtehude, and others, as well as J. S. Bach's The Art of the Fugue with colleague George Hazelrigg in a version for two harpsichords. Gavin has performed the complete organ music of J. S. Bach on the Fisk organ at Westminster Choir College. Gavin writes a regular monthly column “On Teaching” for the organ magazine The Diapason.
The concert will also feature the Smithfield Instrumental Ensemble, including flautist Michelle Demko, clarinetist Norman Baker, bassist Kyle Behnken, violinist Rob Murphy, and arranger Matt Finley on trumpet. Also vocalists Monte Stone and Denise Jordan Finley will perform; Kevin McEneaney (Poet Laureate of Smithfield Valley) will read a new Christmas poem; and pianist Connor Whelan will be on hand. A folk ensemble including guitarist Tim Capowski and Ted Rathjen on mandolin will complete the program.
Tea and delicacies will be served in the church community room after the music. Admission to the event is free to all members of the church and the general community. A collection basket will be passed during the course of the program for donations to benefit the continued renovations of the historic Smithfield Church Building. Rev. Douglas Grandgeorge will make opening remarks. Smithfield Church address is 656 Smithfield Valley Road, located at the nexus of Separate Road and Route 83 in Amenia.