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2nd Season Closing /June 19th, 2016

Report by Kate Nelson

The sunny Sunday afternoon session began with the rich and velvety voice of the cello playing Couperin (cellist Lisa Adamson), proceeded into a piano improvisation (Eli Woods) with a poets thoughtful voice (John Pomeroy).

Our esteemed guest performers, Larry Chaplan* (violin) and Alan Brooks* (baritone) then shared their unique and polished voices in a medley of Gershwin tunes. The Sanctuary itself smiled from its salty sea-captains’ rafters. As did we all.

(* Larry Chaplan recently had some of his original compositions heard in the new glamorous HBO tv series "Vinyl" created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and featuring Mick's son James Jagger.

*Alan Brooks will share his renditions of Gilbert & Sullivan tunes at the Chatham Drama Guild July 1-3 and 8-10)

A rousing piano solo of “Yankee Doodle”, in his first ever public appearance of the 5 years old Song Rauchenbach followed. Then a beautiful Chopin waltz by pianist Carol Davis.

Then a clear, resonant, haunting tone encompasses us as we sit expectantly in our pews. Ah! It’s familiar — it’s Debussy’s ‘Syrinx’ … but whence comes the sound? Flutist Carl Gutowski chose our venue, the Open Mic Classical, to experiment with a way of presenting the archetypal flute solo. He introduced it by saying: "Debussy wrote this not as a performance piece, but as incidental music to play during the interval of a ballet, to be played offstage. So I’d like to play it that way.” The exquisite acoustics of the First Parish, and years of dedication to his instrument, insured that Carl’s experiment would be a success.

Throughout the afternoon Lucy Banner’s humble excellence in accompaniment provided a flawless support to cello, violin and flute alike.

So to all: thanks again / please come again / please spread the word from valley to hilltop so our wonderful cape classical community can continue to evolve and intertwine on our roads less traveled.


Are you a doctor with a classical horn habit, an orchestra member who misses playing in small ensembles, or a choir member who would like to be heard? Are you an aspiring young student who doesn't ever get a chance to play with a pianist, but would like to develop your performing skills? Or a composer eager to try out your newest work?

Dust off your flugelhorn, oil your keys, drink your raw egg, and come share your talent in an intimate and casual atmosphere.

Classical musicians of all ages and levels are welcome. Pianist on site is available to accompany you.

“Open Mic Classical” is brought to you by clarinetist Mónika Woods (winner of the Cape Symphony's 2013 Soloist Competition), and Robert Marcus representing First Parish Brewster UU, with Lucy Banner as collaborative pianist.


3rd Sunday of the Month at 3:00 pm

Next one: In the Fall, 2016

(sign up at: 2:45 pm)


To be announced


Special Guest: To be announced

Admission: Suggested Donation $5 (for featured guest musicians and rent)

Whether you are an amateur musician, performing artist, fan of classical music, volunteer, venue or business seeking to sponsor a cause, please contact us.

For more information please contact Bob Marcus (508-945-0832 or, or Mónika supported in part by

Woods (web:

This program is a grant from the Brewster Cultural Council, Harwich Cultural Council, and Orleans Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Thank you to: Canary Burton at, Eli Woods & Co, Monika Woods at

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