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Salisbury Summer Performance Series returns for 42nd year

SAKURAKO KANEMITSU

The Salisbury Congregational Church announces the 42nd season of the Salisbury Summer Performance Series, which will open with the first of four concerts by the faculty ensembles of Point Counterpoint Music Camp on July 1.

Varying by camp session in terms of music directors and participants, these ensembles give the local public an opportunity to experience chamber music performed by some of the brightest young professional musicians from leading institutions. The first session faculty represent such programs as the Juilliard, the Cleveland institute, Eastman, Salzburg, and Krakow and have performed at venues including the Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Aspen. Their concert, under music director Philip Boulanger, on Friday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m., will feature Rachmaninov’s Piano Trio, “Trio Elegique;” Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 1; and Brahms’ Viola Quintet in G Major, op. 111.

Following this first concert on July 1, mark your calendars for the following Friday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m., for an evening of great American song with Boston-based tenor Joshua Glassman and pianist Sakurako Kanemitsu.

Glassman has performed opera, art song, choral music, musical theater and cabaret. With degrees from the University of Michigan and the Peabody Institute, he has served on the voice faculty and directed the Glee Club at the University of Pennsylvania and is a former member of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus, the Princeton Festival Baroque Chorus, the Mendelssohn Club and, currently, Boston’s Cantata Singers.

Kanemitsu has degrees from the Sacramento (Calif.) State School of Music and will further her graduate studies at the Longy School of Music at Bard College. She has performed as soloist and chamber pianist in Italy, Germany and the United States (including the San Francisco Center for New Music and the University of California at Davis). They will be performing songs by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Marc Blitzstein, along with solo piano works by Gershwin, Debussy, and Blitzstein.

Because of the need to utilize the piano, these concerts will occur indoors. Guests are asked to wear a mask unless fully vaccinated, and welcome those who prefer to remain masked even though they are fully inoculated.

The Summer Performance Series will run weekly through Aug. 25 at the historic, but handicapped accessible, 1838 meetinghouse in Salisbury Village. There is no admission charge; a free-will donation in support of the series will be appreciated.

THE SERIES AT A GLANCE

All performances will take place at the Salisbury Meetinghouse in Salisbury Village at 7:30 p.m.

July 1 — Point Counterpoint Faculty Ensemble.

July 8 — Great American Song, with Boston-based tenor Joshua Glassman and pianist Sakurako Kanemitsu.

July 15 — Point Counterpoint Chamber Players. Special Ukranian solidarity concert.

July 22 — What is This Thing Called Jazz? Dick Forman (piano) and Glendon Ingalls (string bass).

July 29 — Atlantic Crossing, folk trio.

Aug. 12 — Point Counterpoint Music Camp Faculty Ensemble.

Aug. 19 — Zachariah Burrows, piano.

Aug. 25 — TBA

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