A new addition to the Winter House Tour this year, ArtsFalmouth is sponsoring musicians who will perform at the library and the West Falmouth United Methodist Church.
West Falmouth United Methodist Church
11 AM to 12 PM: L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble, Josh Bell (12 to 14 players)
12:15 PM to 1:15 PM: Christmas Fiddlers, Kathy Johnson (10 to 12 players)
1:30 to 2:30 PM: Still Willow (guitar/vocal duo, Kim Moberg and Ric Allendorf)
2:45 to 3:45 PM: Passacaglia, Jan Elliott (quartet)
West Falmouth Library
11 AM to 12 PM: Chappaquoit Cello Quartet: Celeste Newman, Clara Preisig, Shu-tong Murray, and Ava Warner.
12:15 to 1:15: Falmouth Academy String Trio: Sam Graber-Hahn, violin; Lizzie Feldman-DeMello, violin; Camden Emery, cello
1:30 to 2:30: Black Whydah, Jean Sagara, John Best, and Ellen Sullivan
2:45 to 3:45: String Trio, Carol Rizzoli
101 Old Dock Road, West Falmouth, upstairs room. Guitar-Wedding. Start at 2:15 PM.
428 Wild Harbor Road, North Falmouth. Pianists from Melissa Harris Piano Studio in Sandwich. 1 to 3 PM
L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble, directed by Josh Bell, plays classical and multicultural music, reflecting the diversity of the ages and backgrounds of its members. The group was founded in Rhode Island in 1994 and now includes more than 20 members in Rhode Island, Eastern Connecticut, and Southeastern Massachusetts. The group includes the full complement of mandolin-family instruments, including mandolins, octave mandolins, mandocellos, mandobasses, and guitars.
Led by Kathy Johnson, Wassailers is an informal group of musicians from several Falmouth-area traditional music groups. They will play Christmas music on fiddles, pipes, whistles, flutes, guitars, mandolins, and cello.
Still Willow (pictured), based in Centerville, is the mostly acoustic singer-songwriter duo of Kim Moberg and Ric Allendorf. Still Willow is influenced by a variety of genres, including folk, Americana, and a myriad of singer-songwriters, both old and new. Their original music expresses personal, but universal, themes of love, loss, renewal, and celebration, and their interpretations of cover songs reflect Kim and Ric’s own experiences.
Passacaglia is a quartet specializing in ancient and world music, from the medieval and Renaissance eras to the present, from Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. They play lute songs, madrigals, canzonas, processionals and a variety of dance pieces from pavanes and galliards to Turkish melodies and Latin-inspired tangos and waltzes. Passacaglia aims to transport listeners to another time and place, but also to bring ancient music forward, with fresh interpretations and an emphasis on cross-cultural connections.
The Chappaquoit Cello Quartet is comprised of four school-aged students of West Falmouth cello teacher Nikki Patton: Celeste Newman, Clara Preisig, Shu-tong Murray, and Ava Warner. They will play a variety of classical and holiday musical.
The Falmouth Academy String Trio includes Sam Graber-Hahn on violin, Lizzie Feldman-DeMello on violin, and Camden Emery on cello. This is a recently formed group under the direction of George Scharr. The trio will play a variety of classics, pop tunes, and holiday favorites.
Black Whydah Trio, from the Lower Cape, is a lively multi-instrumental group whose members include Jean Sagara, John Best and Ellen Sullivan. They play an assortment of instruments, including cello, violin, guitar, mandolin, mandocello, cittern, hammered dulcimer, banjo, and more. The group has an eclectic sound and style, as each member brings a unique style. They will play folk and Irish music, New Age, world music, and their own original tunes.
Guitar-Wedding specializes in contemporary, pop, and traditional music for weddings and other occasions. Members include Denise Dias on flute, Aston Wright on guitar and Jaden Black on bass.
Adult piano students from the Melissa Harris Piano Studio of Cape Cod in Sandwich will perform a variety of classical, popular, jazz, blues, and holiday music. Melissa Harris specializes in adult beginners, including those starting their study of music in retirement.
The 40th anniversary of the Winter House Tour and Boutique is on Sunday, December 11th, 11am – 4pm. The houses are a variety of historic, remodeled and newly built in the West Falmouth area. The boutique will be held in the Community Room in the library. Tickets are on sale now; cost is $30 per ticket, $35 on the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at West Falmouth Library; Uncle Bill’s Country Store; Village Trading Company in Cataumet; Eight Cousins; Woods Hole Market; West Falmouth Market; New Wave Printing & Design, Inc.