An Evening of Music: A Little Help from our Friends
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Local pianist, Alex Beyer and vocalist, Katherine Waugh, plus Reverend Alan Murchie perform for a good cause!
Proceeds help fund Pequot Library's music programs for adults and children.
"This is going to be a great concert. A journey through time, a Once in a Blue Moon event!"
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D Flat Major, WoO 1, Alex Beyer, Alan Murchie
About Alex Beyer: Heralded as a “sensation” with “formidable technique” by the Hartford Courant, Fairfield Warde High School graduate, Alex Beyer has acquired an impressive array of prestigious concert appearances nationally and internationally. Alex’s recent debut with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony was deemed “one of the most spectacular debuts with the symphony” by the Connecticut Post. He has been a guest soloist with the New Haven, Hartford, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Thayer and Waterbury Symphony Orchestras. He is a 2012 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Alex was the recipient of the Stamford Symphony Jeniam Foundation Instrumental Scholarship Award for 2012. Other first prize awards came in the Renee Fischer Competition and MTNA (Music Teacher’s National Association) State and Regional Competitions. He was a 2011 MTNA finalist in the Senior Piano division and a finalist in the 2010 Milwaukee PianoArts competition.
Alex began his music studies at the age of four, and he has been studying with Yoshie Akimoto for the past six years. He also studies with Dr. Matti Raekallio.
In the summer months he has been frequent performer at the Killington Music Festival and was the first 17-year-old Artist in Residence in the 27-year history of the Festival. He has attended the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg, and the Saarburg Festival in Germany. This summer he has been given a Fellowship to attend the 2012 Mary Foulger Summer Institute.
Alex has performed and directed many benefit concerts including those for: Project Learn, Music For Youth, Mercy Learning Center, and KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support).
About Katherine Waugh: Katherine plays clarinet, tenor sax, and piano, yet it is as a vocalist that Katherine truly excels. A member of her church and school choirs from an early age, Katherine is currently a member of the Barlow Select Choir and A Cappella singing group.
Since 2007 she has been a member and soloist with the Fairfield County Childrens' Choir, appearing with them at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, and Dvorak Hall in Prague. In 2013 she was a soloist with the FCCC at Tanglewood. Since 2008 Katherine has been in demand as a National Anthem vocalist in various locales, including the Bridgeport Bluefish and Sound Tigers, the Orleans Cape Cod Firebirds, and the National Hockey League for the Bruins v. Islanders. Katherine studies voice with Stephanie Gregory and has performed in master class for renowned bass-baritone Ricardo Herrara. She has sung for 9/11 memorial services since 2009 and in a benefit concert for Sandy Hook victims. Katherine is happy to donate her time to benefit the music programs at Pequot Library.
About Alan Murchie: The Rev. Alan C. Murchie joined St. John’s staff as Organist Choir Master in November 2011. Alan graduated from St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH; and from Yale College, summa cum laude. In 2004, Alan returned to New Haven to attend Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale from which he graduated in 2007 with a M. Div and a Certificate in Anglican Studies. Concurrently, Alan obtained a Certificate in Church Music from the Institute of Sacred Music. Alan was ordained a transitional deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut in June, 2011.
Prior to joining St John’s, Alan served as Director of Music (1992–1999) for St. James Church (Madison Avenue) in New York City; Director of Music at Christ Church, Rye, NY (2000-2003); and most recently Director of Music and Pastoral Associate for Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport, CT (2007-June 2011). His experience as the Artistic Director of the Southport Summer Music festival makes him eminently qualified to serve as the director of the St. John’s Concert Series.
Alan is a versatile musician with a particular love and recognized talent as a solo pianist. In addition to his services at St. John’s, Alan continues his teaching as Adjunct Professor of Music History at Fairfield University. St. John's Church in Washington, CT.
Location : Auditorium/Concert Hall
Contact : (203) 259-0346 ext. 15