About the Candlelight Concert Series
The Candlelight Concert Series has been presented annually at the Old Ship Church for over thirty years. The concerts were inspired by an Old Ship family who, after a vacation trip to London, wished to encourage the organization of free concerts in Hingham similar to the tradition they experienced in the churches of Europe. The first concert was presented in December 1973 with a performance by the Cambridge Quartet. The goal of these concerts is to present a wide variety of professional artists performing a breadth of instrumental and vocal repertory within this unique venue, which enhances the enjoyment of great musical art. The list of artists who have performed here includes many of the finest instrumental and vocal musicians from the New England and American music scene. Performances take place in the Old Ship Meeting House at 90 Main Street in downtown Hingham. Designated in 1960 as a National Historic Landmark, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, this original Colonial building – the central portion was completed in 1681 – has been in continuous church use for more than 300 years. Observances last year celebrated the 325th anniversary of the meeting house. Friends of the series are invited to add their names to our list of supporters. You will receive advance notice of future events and will be counted among those who endorse the continuation of quality, live musical performances in our community. For more information, please contact Christopher Sullivan, Candlelight Concert Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Old Ship Candlelight Concerts 107 Main Street Hingham, MA 02043
All concerts are at 4:00 pm in the Meeting House
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Christopher Hossfeld, Christopher Maher and Evangelia Leontis performing
Songs from Shakespeare
The Candlelight Concert series will begin its 44th season of concerts with a performance by a local trio of musicians led by Music Director Christopher Hossfeld.
Hossfeld will play the piano, accompanying Evangelia Leontis, soprano and Christopher Maher, tenor. The music director and soloists from Old Ship Church will perform musical settings of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry by composers Ralph Vaughan Williams, Amy Beach, Gerald Finzi, Roger Quilter, Dominick Argento, Camille Saint-Saens, and Leonard Bernstein.
Hossfeld, in addition to being the director of music at Old Ship, holds a similar position at Harvard Divinity School. A graduate of Harvard College, his additional degrees and studies include a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Yale University and composition studies at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. His professional experience spans many years as a conductor, composer, vocal performer, and lecturer in academic, church, and community settings.
Leontis has extensive experience on the opera, concert and recital stages. She has been seen on the operatic stage as Zerlina in “Don Giovanni,” and Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel,” among other roles. On the concert stage, she has been the soprano soloist in works by Haydn, Bach, and Mozart. An avid recitalist, Leontis has sung in Rochester, New York; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Boston. She recently received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at UNC Greensboro. She currently serves on the voice faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School as well as the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Maher’s compelling tenor sound and ability to portray characters with sensitivity and strength have appealed to audiences throughout the greater Boston area. Maher is a graduate of the Boston University School of Music where he majored in vocal performance. Maher has been featured as a soloist with ensembles at Boston University, New England Conservatory, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Handel and Haydn Society, and the Long School of Music. He has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera company sine 2012. This October, he will be performing in their upcoming production of “Tosca” at the Majestic Theater.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Palaver Strings, a musician-led string orchestra and nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the collaborative interpretation of classical masterworks. We were formally founded in 2014 by young musicians from the Boston area. Since then, the group has performed at the Kennedy Center, Bay Chamber Concerts, the Hammond Concert Series, and a celebration of the Lullaby Project at Carnegie Hall. This fall Palaver will begin a yearlong residency at the Boston Center for the Arts and continue our longstanding residency with Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, ME. Each member of Palaver Strings is passionate about taking classical music beyond the concert hall to engage with new and diverse audiences. It is in this personal and unconventional setting that Palaver Strings is able to use music to aid the discussion of social issues, promote education and healing, and inspire our peers and community to support the arts.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Sylvia Berry and the Berry Collective
The Berry Collective, curated by fortepianist Sylvia Berry, assembles some of the finest musicians across the early music spectrum to perform 18th- and early 19th-century chamber music on period instruments. The aim is to perform rarely heard gems and well-loved masterworks alike, from Schobert to Schubert. Music from this period (mid 1700’s to mid-1800’s) is rarely performed on period instruments in the US, and it is a joy to introduce audiences to the instruments and performance practices of this era.
The Old Ship Meeting House has a capacity of more than 300 persons and is wheelchair-accessible. Restroom facilities are located in the handicapped-accessible entrance hall to the Meeting House, and directly across the street in the Parish House at 107 Main Street. Parking is available behind the Parish House and on adjacent streets. Children are welcome at performances when accompanied by adults. Out of respect for the artists and members of the audience, please silence any noise-making devices and alarms before the performance begins.