A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rimscha Season Finale-Helen and Peter on the edge

I know this is a bit late, but the evening was so well done, it had to be written about.

“This evening will be a little different and we hope we haven’t pushed the envelope too far”

That was a sentence from the program of the final Rimscha Concert last Saturday evening. Well how far did they intend to go? Something was up as Wally Hall was there to accompany them on drums as well as David Foote, a (horrors) sound engineer.

Actually, it all went rather well. The evening was billed as Classics with a Modern Twist. So , why the sound guy. Helen Morin made use of an electric violin in some of the pieces, or should I say numbers. The evening started off with Contradanza by Mike Batt. Batt is probably known most in this country for the soundtrack of Watership Down. We knew we were in for something different when the drums started to beat and Helen played the electric apparatus as if she had just had six expressos.

Peter played an original composition, Prelude from Rhapsody for Violin and Piano. Mr. Morin has been too modest in not featuring his own work. He should give us some more.

Helen, who has Hungarian roots, played a Gypsy tune, Csardas. She claimed to have played it on the street. I don’t know if one can quite picture her busking.

The program also included a Stephen Foster Medley, music from Carmen as well as works by Beethoven, Puccini, Corelli and Bach. All well done. So no, Helen and Peter, you did not push the envelope too far. Of course, had you added a couple of electric guitars and a strobe light, a rebellion might have ensued.

Stay tuned for the sixth season next October. Visit Rimscha Concert Series website here.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Rimscha Concert Series-Season Finale

This is your last chance to hear classical music in Sturbridge until next fall. Helen and Peter Morin will perform Classics with a Modern Twist tomorrow, April 17 at 7:30 p.m., in the St. Joachim Chapel of St. Anne/St. Patrick Church in Sturbridge MA.

Helen on violin and Peter on Piano are a duo not to be missed. It has been a great season. The chapel is located at in the Parish center building, near the entrance from Rte 148/Brookfield Rd. (on the road connecting Church St. to Rte 148) .

Friday, April 9, 2010

Shameless self promotion-April edition

Unfortunately, for april, I don't have all that much to shamelessly self promote. Just my column on Page 22. It's the tale of how I changed my life, again.

Just because I am not over contributing does not mean quality has declined. Maybe the opposite. So give it a read. Click on the graphic to the right to find the places you can pick up a free copy.