New Britain church concerts ring in the summer spirit

Published on Friday, 29 June 2018 20:04
Written by Kristina Vakhman

Special to the Herald

The First Church of Christ brings international talent to New Britain during an installment of its 2018 “The Bells of First Church” concert series every Tuesday evening in July.

Featuring artists from as far as Russia, concert attendees will hear an array of popular, classical and patriotic pieces played on the church’s 37-bell carillon, with tunes ranging from adaptations to compositions specifically written for the instrument, according to a press release.

Additionally, complimentary ice cream and cold bottled water will be offered during each free, one-hour concert. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket or picnic to relax while enjoying the music. Furthermore, the final concert on July 24 will be preceded by a potluck picnic with hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages. The church requests that those interested also bring a salad or dessert of their own to share.

The first concert is Tuesday, July 3 and will have Margaret Angelini in the spotlight. Angelini is an accomplished carillonneur and organist who teaches at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Hans Uwe Hielscher, organist-carillonneur of the Marktkirche Protestant church in Wiesbaden, Germany, will play for the concert on July 10.

The city carillonneur of Albany, New York, Amy Heebner, will play the July 17 concert and and First Church carillonneur Tatiana “Tanya” Lukyanova, will play the concert on July 24.

Each concert begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at First Church of Christ at 830 Corbin Avenue. The series is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking is available. The concerts will occur regardless of the weather and covered seating is provided in the event of rain.

For additional information, contact James Gower, the church’s director of music, at 860-229-3709.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Friday, 29 June 2018 20:04. Updated: Friday, 29 June 2018 20:06.