Music on the Hill will have an open house at its newly established home at the Wilton Episcopal and Presbyterian Church complex (WEPCO), 48 New Canaan Road. The community is invited to drop in on Saturday, April 11, between 4 and 6, for refreshments and to learn about music programs and chat with the artistic directors and fellow music lovers.
Music on the Hill took up residence at WEPCO in February. Its office can be accessed from the rear of the complex, with parking in the small lot directly behind the red brick Presbyterian church. It is suggested visitors park near the basketball hoop and walk towards the playground.
Now in its fourth year, Music on the Hill is an independent nonprofit organization offering music workshops, concerts, and four performing ensembles, all under the leadership of Artistic Directors David H. Connell and Ellen Dickinson.
Ensembles include the Jubilate Ringers and three choral groups: the professional-level Chamber Chorus of 16 voices, the 40-voice Festival Chorus, and the 60-voice Summer Chorus. These groups perform six to eight concerts each year, primarily in Wilton, Weston, and Westport.
The organization will offer its first workshop of the year, a Spring Ring for handbell players, on Saturday, April 25, at WEPCO. Other workshops will follow, including Summer Sings on Tuesdays in August, where the audience is the chorus, and a fall Handbell Workshop for beginning and advanced ringers.
“Being in our new home at WEPCO helps us fulfill our mission of encouraging music performance and education, and our vision of a culture of music embraced by adults and children,” says Dickinson. “In our new home Music on the Hill is excited to develop new initiatives that have been on our horizon, including a musicianship class for adults, a lending library of music and books about music, and a handbell program for middle schoolers.”
Upcoming events include:
• May 1, at the Pequot Library in Southport the Chamber Chorus will perform settings of Shakespeare texts by a variety of composers from across the centuries;
• July 30, the Summer Chorus will perform the music of J.S. Bach at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church;
Oct. 24, Handel’s Israel in Egypt will be presented with period instruments and double chorus at Norwalk Concert Hall;
• Nov. 20, the Chamber Chorus performs Songs of Thanksgiving at the Norfield Congregational Church in Weston;
• Dec. 11, handbells and chorus end the year in a Sounds of the Season Christmas concert at St. Matthew’s.