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    Travails to Triumphs: An Evening of Fortitude and Hope through Music

    Featuring Sarah Bob, pianist

    Friday, December 8, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

    Live in-person and livestreamed from the stunning Ripley Chapel at First Congregational Church

    Please join us for dynamic and virtuosic evening of solo piano music featuring Sarah Bob, pianist. The program highlights exciting, moving, and inventive music–offering fortitude and hope in a challenging time.

    Pianist Sarah Bob, hailed as “sumptuous and eloquent” (Boston Globe) and that “dynamic player…superstar” (National Sawdust), is a soloist and chamber musician noted for her charismatic performances, colorful playing and diverse programming. The goal, her strong suit, is to introduce music in a loving, inclusive, and intoxicating way. Sarah is founding director of New Gallery Concert Series, a combination of new music and new visual art.

    Her accolades include top prizewinner of Holland’s International Gaudeamus Competition, New England Conservatory’s Outstanding Alumni Award, and instant world-wide acclaim for her most recent solo album …nobody move…. She is an original and active member of Radius Ensemble and Primary Duo, maintains a private studio, and is on faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College. More information at www.sarahbob.net.




    The concert program includes:

    • “Junkyard Angel” [2018] by Michael Fiday (b. 1961): Based on a Bob Dylan tune, the title refers not only to a line in the original song, but also to the idea of human experience being simultaneously corrosive and transcendent.
    • “Erinnerung” (Remembrance) [2019]  by Elena Ruehr (b. 1963): based on Schubert.
    • “Etude.75” [2019] by Laurie San Martin: a roller coaster ride.
    • “A Bee in the Hollow” [2020]  by Jessica Mays (b. 1986)
    • Meditation IV & Meditation II: inspired by working through the challenges of the pandemic, the weight we were carrying, the buzzing of the bee in the hollow of our chests.
    • “The Battle of Manassas” [1861] by Blind Tom (Thomas Wiggins, b. 1848): Born into slavery, blind and with undiagnosed autism, touring and concertizing from the age of 6 on, the story of a remarkable, little known composer and pianist.
    • “Never Has Been Yet” [2017] by Shaw Pong Liu (b. 1979): Based on Langston Hughes’s poem “Let America Be America.”

    Tickets are $20 (in-person or live stream)
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    For more information, please contact Jane Ring Frank, Minister of Worship and the Arts at 857-919-0983.

    Important Note: Ripley Chapel can be found at First Congregational Church, Winchester, 21 Church St. The entry is located on the Vine Street side of the church. Please use the accessible ramp entrance, and Ripley Chapel will be directly to your right as you enter the building.