The Arabella Ensemble, a Boston based chamber group, will perform "The 12 Days of Bach" at the Historic 1717 West Parish Meetinghouse in West Barnstable on Sunday, January 13 at 4 PM.
The theme of the program will focus on the journey through the twelve days of Christmas with Johann Sebastian Bach's mastery of the Baroque composition. Concert Organist, Brittany Haskell of Sagamore, will join the Ensemble for this concert. Soprano, Sarah Bach, a resident of Falmouth and a founding member of the ensemble, is formerly a member of the West Parish Organ Committee, the committee that had installed the custom built Mander Organ in the 1717 Meetinghouse in West Barnstable where the concert will be held. Also performing in the concert will be Violist Gabrielle Toscano, who, while not with the Ensemble, performs with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.
Unique to this concert is guest organist Ms. Haskell, the Music Director at the Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole where she directs the adult and hand chime choirs, and plays the organ for services. She is also the Artistic Director for the Greater Falmouth Mostly All-Male Men's Chorus. In addition, Ms. Haskell teaches a large studio of piano and organ students in the Bourne and Falmouth area.
Ms. Haskell musical resume includes a Master's degree in organ performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where she studied organ with Alan Morrison. She received her Bachelor's degrees in both Organ Performance and Music Education from the University of Southern Maine, studying organ with Ray Cornils. She has won various awards including the Joan Lippincott Competition for Excellence in Organ Performance in 2007 at Westminster Choir College, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Memorial Scholarship in 2005 and 2006, and the organ award in The Maine Federation of Music Club's Anne Gannett Scholarship Competition in 2003.
The Arabella Ensemble is a traveling group, performing often in the Boston area as well as across the country. Its programs range from baroque to modern classical music. The name, "Arabella," underlines the group’s purpose to connect the audience to the art song. The Arabella Ensemble considers the art song to be the musical setting of a poem. The 2013 season for the group will bring premieres of works by Texas composer Dr. Elisabeth Mehl Greene, Boston composer Frank Warren and other Boston composers.
The West Parish Memorial Foundation will host the show. Tickets will be available at the door and are $15 for adults and $10 for and Students. This concert benefits the continued effort to maintain the historic 1717 Meetinghouse of West Barnstable. The West Parish Memorial Foundation, Inc. was incorporated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on May 17, 1950, "To preserve the West Parish Meetinghouse in the Town of Barnstable as an historical memorial of early America and Americans, and in furtherance of this end to improve, repair, enlarge, alter, restore and maintain the present 1717 structure, to acquire land, to make any contracts to these ends."
The Meetinghouse is located at 2049 Meetinghouse Way (Rte 149) in West Barnstable.