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Organ Improvisations

I improvise a lot every Sunday, but I don't often look back and listen. These two improvisations came from Sunday, August 27, 2023, and I like them!


Audience art

Audience member Dan Sniezak created these images from yesterday's Art of Fugue performance!


Bach's Art of Fugue: WSKG interview

Harpsichordists Paul Cienniwa and Michael Bahmann perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Art of the Fugue in the Ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum on Sunday, April 3.  Paul Cienniwa joins us to talk about the mysteries of this unfinished work. Click

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Bach Cantata 111 in Delray Beach

My Chancel Choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, FL sang an excellent service of Choral Evensong on March 3. Included in that service was Bach's Cantata 111. 

Karl Henning's Op. 116

On August 19, 2018, I performed Karl Henning's Plotting (y is the new x), Op. 116 with excellent violinist Mei Mei Luo. The performance was recorded for YouTube, and you can view it here:

Messiah community singalong

I will be leading a community singalong Messiah in New Bedford, MA on Sunday, November 27 at 4pm. This charity event will be made up of singers from across the community, and you are cordially invited to come sing or…

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The Candy Store

Singer/songwriter Peter Neuendorffer is a member of the congregation at First Church in Boston. He has played for services on occasion, and his song "The Candy Store" has always struck me as something I'd like to set for choir.

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Folk rock and classical fare find a match

MANCHESTER — Think Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Graham Nash-meets-Elizabethan composers. Mezzo-soprano Allison Messier teams up with harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa in a CD-release concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Derryfield School Performing Arts Auditorium, 2108 River Road. 

The duo…

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Warming up the choir

This photo was taken from the pre-concert warmup for Mendelssohn's Elijah with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in October 2015.

Music at First Church in Boston

In Gibbons’s ‘Cries,’ a social portrait, and a subtle warning

By Matthew Guerrieri Boston GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  


"Any Kitchen Stuff.”

Today, First Church in Boston offers a special service marking…

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