Enjoy a relaxing and beautiful hour or music before the Fireworks
Music for soprano and organ by Barbara Strozzi (17C.) and James Woodman (a living composer) with MaryRuth Lown, soprano and Peter Sykes, organ
St. John’s Church
Saturday, July 13
5:00 – 6:00 pm
MaryRuth Lown, soprano
Praised by The Boston Musical Intelligencer for her “clear soprano” and “tasteful dramatic interpretation”, MaryRuth Lown, soprano, is most often found performing early and new music in Boston and across the United States.
In the New England area, Ms. Lown has appeared as a soloist with Music at Marsh Chapel, the Amherst and Connecticut Early Music Festivals, the Harvard Early Music Society, the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, and the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, among others. An equally devoted ensemble singer, she sings regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society and the US VOCES8 Scholars Program.
Peter Sykes, organ
Peter Sykes serves as Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Historical Performance and Organ Departments at Boston University, where he teaches organ, harpsichord, clavichord, and continuo realization, Music Director of First Church in Cambridge, and principal instructor of harpsichord at the Juilliard School in New York City. He performs extensively on the harpsichord, clavichord, and organ, and has made ten solo recordings of organ and harpsichord repertoire ranging from Buxtehude, Couperin and Bach to Reger and Hindemith and his acclaimed organ transcription of Holst’s “The Planets.” Newly released is a recording of the complete Bach harpsichord partitas on the Centaur label, and an all-Bach clavichord recording on the Raven label. He also performs and records with Boston Baroque and Aston Magna. A founding board member and president of the Boston Clavichord Society as well as immediate past president of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, he is the recipient of the Chadwick Medal (1978) and Outstanding Alumni Award (2005) from the New England Conservatory, the Erwin Bodky Prize (1993) from the Cambridge Society for Early Music, and the Distinguished Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation (2011).