SPRINGFIELD – Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., will host “A Little Night Music” every Thursday evening in the month of July.
An informal concert will take place in the sanctuary featuring some of Trinity’s professional singers and instrumentalists as well as guest performers from the Greater Springfield, Hartford, and Boston areas at 6 p.m.
At 7 p.m., a carillon concert will be presented on the church lawn featuring guest carillonneurs from around the United States and Russia. Each week the food tent offers a light supper as well as make-your-own ice cream sundaes for dessert.
On July 2, Teri LaFleur, soprano, Lisa Woods, mezzo-soprano, and accompanist, Clifton “Jerry” Noble will present a program entitled “An Enchanted Evening with Bella Voce.” They will perform a variety of music from the Baroque Era to Broadway including “Pie Jesu” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Alleluia” by Mozart as well as music by Gershwin and Cole Porter.
LaFleur studied voice and violin at Westfield State University and is currently a vocal instructor at Springfield College while maintaining a very active private studio. Her styles range from classical and opera to pop, rock, and blues. She is no stranger to the stage, having appeared in many principle roles in both musical theatre and plays. She won Best Actress in a Musical at the 2014 Mass Critics Circle awards. LaFleur is a frequent soloist at Trinity Church and is a performing member of the Tuesday Morning Music Club.
Woods has fashioned a highly significant career in the Pioneer Valley and beyond as a soloist in opera, oratorio, and recital, with hundreds of performances to her credit. She has performed with the Wilbraham United Players, the Greater Worcester Opera, and the Commonwealth Opera as well as being a regular performer for the Tuesday Morning Music Club.
Noble is an active composer, pianist, and accompanist as well as music reviewer for The Republican. His compositions and arrangements include vocal, choral, chamber, and orchestral music and he has been commissioned by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Holyoke Civic Symphony, the Longmeadow Chamber Music Society, the Canticle Singers of Baltimore, and many more ensembles. An avid traditional jazz pianist, Noble has recorded seven CDs with clarinetist Bob Sparkman, improvising their way through the American songbook.
The concert on the front lawn will feature guest carillonneur, David Maker. Maker is currently the carillonneur–in-residence at Storrs Congregational Church in Connecticut and recently retired as the associate head of the Music Department at the University of Connecticut. Originally a percussionist and keyboard player with degrees from Michigan State University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Calgary, Maker is also a composer and music arranger for orchestras, choirs, bands, organ and chamber ensembles.
The featured food theme for the evening is “Hot Doggies.” The concerts are free and open to the public although donations will be accepted for all food items. Church members are on hand to conduct tours of the building and the bell tower. You are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, and if you prefer, you own picnic supper to enjoy on the church lawn.
In case of rain you are invited inside to enjoy the music and the featured food item. For a complete listing of concerts please visit Trinity’s website, www.trinityspringfield.org.
For information call Becky Isaacson at Trinity Church at 737-531.