Other Concerts

December 7, 2019 - 7pm

A White Mountain Christmas

First Church of Christ, Congregational, North Conway, NH

Concert with organist Ray Cornils, and trumpeters Robinson Pyle and Greg Gettel. Suggested donation:  $15 at the door.

Ray Cornils, Organist, recently retired as Municipal Organist for the City of Portland, he is known for his highly diverse programming, Ray has concertized throughout the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Russia, New Zealand and Ecuador. He has been a featured recitalist for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. In addition to his solo work, he performed regularly with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.  Ray has been a member of the music faculties of Bowdoin College, the University of Southern Maine, the Young Organists Collaborative and the Portland Conservatory of Music, where he taught organ, harpsichord and related classes. In retirement, Ray currently divides his time between Maine and Equador's Andes Mountains. He continues to concertize from time to time.

Robinson Pyle, trumpet, performs extensively on both modern and historic instruments. He is currently principal trumpet with the Plymouth Philharmonic. Formerly, Mr. Pyle had been a principal with Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, and The Lyra Concert. He has appeared with Grand Harmonie, the Purcell Society of Boston, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Studio de musique ancienne de MontrĂ©al, Albany Symphony, Boston Cecelia, Handel and Haydn Society, Ensemble Caprice, Washington Bach Consort, and has performed as a guest artist with Les Bostonades, Aston Magna, and at the Blue Hill Bach Festival. 

Greg Gettel, Trumpet, is a versatile player and teacher who has spent over 20 years in the local music scene. After attending Oberlin Conservatory and New England Conservatory, he toured in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, and Scotland. Greg has coached trumpet in Japan multiple times as well. Locally, he has appeared with many ensembles throughout New England including Boston Ballet, Emmanuel Music, Portland Symphony, Opera Boston, Odyssey Opera, the American Repertory Theater, Harvard Baroque, and Grand Harmonie. 

                                                                   Ray Cornils

                                              White Mountain Christmas Program

Grand Fantasia on Joy to the World        Marc Chaban           

O Come, O Come Emmanuel            arr. Leslie Pearson       

E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come        Paul Manz/arr. Philip Brunelle   

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen             arr. Richard Elliot       

Ding Dong, Merrily on High            arr. Roger Harvey       

The Mummer’s Carol                Percy Grainger           

Four Preludes on Well-Known Carols        Herbert Sumsion       
    •    Adeste Fidelis
My Spirit Be Joyful                J. S. Bach           

In dulci jubilo                    J. S. Bach
Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen            J. S. Bach
Final Chorus to the Christmas Oratorio


Christmas Fantasy                Jonathan Scott           

12 Days of Christmas                arr. Richard Elliot       

Santa Claus is Coming to Town            Fred Coots, arr. Mike Lewis   

Christmas Song                    arr. Christopher Mowat       

O Holy Night        Adolphe Adam           

The Lord Bless You and Keep You        John Rutter           

Sing A long :
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
The First Nowell   
Silent Night


March 22, 2020 - 4pm

St Mary Schola, Early Music Ensemble

First Church of Christ, Congregational, North Conway, NH

St. Mary Schola was founded in 2008 by The Reverend James Dalton-Thompson and Bruce Fithian with the goal to provide the finest in early music literature to New England audiences. Based at the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary in Falmouth, Maine, the ensemble presents three concert programs a year. The Schola features some of Maine’s finest singers and instrumentalists who explore the great masterworks of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. 

This program will feature a sublime work of the French Baroque: Andre Campra's Messe de Requiem. Campra's music is filled with soaring vocal lines, similar to the music in Faure's Requiem. This piece brings the sunny warmth of southern France together with his graceful writing for period strings and recorders.

The second featured work is Handel's The Judgement of Solomon, a dramatic confrontation between two women, both claiming to be the mother of a child. This poignant music brings to life the extraordinary pathos of this story.


We hope you save the date to hear this talented early music ensemble!

Suggested donation:  $15 at the door.

Thanks to Everyone Who Turned Out to Our 2019 Event! Check Back in 2020 for Details on our Next Memorial Day Concert!

Annual Memorial Weekend Concert ~ A Tribute to Military Personnel

The annual Memorial Weekend Concert featuring the Seacoast Wind Ensemble takes place during Memorial Day Weekend each year. The concert is held at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center located on Bradley Street at Fryeburg Academy. The performance by the Seacoast Wind Ensemble - a Sousa-style 50-piece band - has been underwritten by Col. Karen and Lt. Col. Jim Umberger US Air Force Retired, whose generous donation permits the presentation of this exciting concert to be presented without admission charge, however donations to support future WMMA concerts will be gratefully received at the door.
The ensemble, established in 1984, is a 50-piece symphonic band based in Kittery, Maine. Comprised of musicians from all occupations and trades, the group performs annually throughout seacoast New Hampshire, as well as in the White Mountains, southern Maine, and northern Massachusetts. Dr. Mark Stickney, is Artistic Director. Memorial Weekend is the official time to remember and honor military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. It has often become tradition to include a salute to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime, including our current military personnel. The concert program honors area Veterans and provide a musical salute to thank those who have and continue to serve in the armed forces to preserve our nation and insure our freedom. A colorful display of the flags from the various branches of the armed services will be presented. Featured on the program will be several Sousa marches as well as the traditional playing of the Armed Forces Medley, saluting, in order of establishment, the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy is handicap accessible. Additional information about the concert is available at www.whitemountainmusicalarts.org.