St. Stephen’s to present free noonday concerts

MIDDLEBURY — Starting Jan. 26, St. Stephen’s-on-the-Green in Middlebury will present a free half-hour noonday concert on the last Thursday of each month. These concerts, beginning at 12:15 p.m., will be informal (brown bag lunches invited) and light refreshments will be provided.
The first concert will feature the Rev. Kim Hardy, cellist, playing Scottish composer James MacMillan’s suite “Northern Skies.” The seven movements range in mood from a meditative nocturne to a furious sabre dance. The program will also include an organ suite titled “Carnival” by the late concert organist Robert Crandall depicting early improvised Italian comedy. George Matthew Jr., organist of St. Stephen’s, will also accompany Rev. Hardy on piano.
Rev. Hardy holds music degrees from Oberlin and Ithaca colleges. An ordained Episcopal priest, she is interim rector of St. James’ Church in Essex Junction.

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