West Falmouth Library Winter House Tour—with Music!
Local musicians will enliven West Falmouth Library’s 41th Annual Winter House Tour and Boutique on Sunday, December 10, from 11 AM to 4 PM. This year the public is invited to attend many of the music performances free of charge.
The Winter House Tour, which is one of the library’s major annual fundraisers, features historic, remodeled, and newly constructed homes in West Falmouth and North Falmouth, all filled with unique features, interesting details, and design inspirations.
There is a Holiday Boutique featuring handmade gifts, decorations, and fresh greens arrangements at the library, as well as a café serving coffee and tea and baked goods. Admission to the Boutique and café is limited to house tour ticket holders until 2 PM.
Musicians will perform at the West Falmouth Library and the West Falmouth United Methodist Church. Concerts at the church are open to the public free of charge throughout the day, while performances at the library are open only to house tour ticket holders from 11 AM until 2 PM. After 2 PM, performances at the library are open to all.
The performances have been coordinated by ArtsFalmouth, an umbrella organization created to celebrate, sponsor and promote art events and artists in and around Falmouth, and sponsored by Falmouth Road Race, Inc., ArtsFalmouth, Rockland Trust, Rand Atlantic Cape Cod Realty, and the West Falmouth Library.
Tickets for the House Tour & Boutique will be available for sale Friday, November 24th at the Library, Eight Cousins, Village Trading Co., West Falmouth Market, Woods Hole Market, Uncle Bill’s Country Store and New Wave Printing. The cost is $30 in advance, $35 the day of the Tour.
The music schedule is as follows:
West Falmouth Library, 575 West Falmouth Library, West Falmouth
11 AM to Noon: The Harper and the Minstrel. The Harper and the Minstrel will present a program of “Wynter Music from Medieval, Renaissance & Baroque times sung and played on over a dozen Traditional Instruments.”
The Harper and The Minstrel are Jay and Abby Michaels, a talented and accomplished couple who sing and play a wide variety of diverse musical instruments, including the cláirseach an (Irish wire-strung harp), Gothic harp, Celtic folk harp, bowed psaltery, alto, soprano, and tenor recorders, Irish wooden flute, penny whistles, mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, bowed dulcimer/viol, baroque guitar, and rebec (an early bowed instrument).
Jay’s harp-playing has been heard on numerous television shows and several independent films. In addition to playing many different instruments Abby recently built her own hammered dulcimer, which she plays in concert.
The Falmouth Academy Chamber Players, left to right: Jillian Igo,e cello, Camden Emer,y cello, Lucca MacDonald, violin; and Heather Wang, flute.
12:15 to 1:15 Falmouth Academy Chamber Ensemble. The FA Chamber Ensemble is comprised of four talented and dedicated students ranging in grades from 9 to 12: Heather Wang on flute, Lucca MacDonald on violin, and Jillian Igoe and Camden Emery on cello. They will help get the holidays off the right start with Christmas, Hanukkah, light classical, and pops favorites.
1:30 to 2:30 Guitar-Wedding. Guitar-Wedding specializes in contemporary, pop, and traditional music for weddings and other occasions. Members include Denise Dias on flute, Aston Wright on guitar and Jaden Black on bass.
2:45 to 3:45 Convergence Quartet. Members of the Convergence Quartet are Martha Potter Kim and Carol Rizzoli, violins; Deborah Bradley, viola; and Ellen Adamson, cello. The foursome met through the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra. They will perform Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, arranged for string quartet, Mozart’s Allegretto from Quartet in D Major, K. 499, and Randall Thompson’s Alleluia.
West Falmouth United Methodist Church, 636 West Falmouth Hwy, West Falmouth
11AM to noon L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble. L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble, directed by Josh Bell, plays classical and multicultural music which reflects the diversity of the ages and backgrounds of its members. The group was founded in Rhode Island in 1994 and now includes more than 20 members in Rhode Island, Eastern Connecticut, and Southeastern Massachusetts. L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble includes the full complement of mandolin-family instruments, including mandolins, octave mandolins, mandocellos, mandobasses, and guitars.
For more information, visit: esperancemandolin.com
The Wassailers, performing at WF United Methodist Church for the 2016 House Tour
12:15 to 1:15 PM Wassailers. The Wassailers is an informal group of musicians from several Falmouth-area traditional music groups. They will play Christmas and fiddle music on fiddles, pipes, whistles, flutes, guitars, mandolins, and cello.
1:30 to 2:30 PM Kim Moberg. Kim Moberg was born in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of a classical pianist mother and a US Coast Guard veteran father from Kansas. Music has always been an integral part of Kim’s life, helping her to adjust to the frequent moves associated with growing up in a military family.
A fingerpick-style guitarist, Kim taught herself to strum and finger pick to her favorite songs by singer/songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s. Her original songs speak to reunion, awakening, and social consciousness.
Due to debilitating stage fright, Kim played and sang only in her basement, unable to pursue her dream of becoming a professional performer. In 2014, after a decade hiatus from music to foster a business career, to marry and raise two daughters, Kim set out to overcome her stage fright. In 2017, Kim released her debut CD titled “Above Ground” that celebrates the achievement of that goal.
For Kim’s performance schedule, visit www.kimmobergmusic.com.
2:45 to 3:45 FCPO String Quartet. The Falmouth Chamber Players String Quartet plays classic string quartet literature. The players are Laura Sonnichsen, first violin; Fritz Sonnichsen, second violin; Robin Kruse, viola; and Brian Kruse, cello. All are members of the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra.