At Phippsburg Congregational Church


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Sunday, February 10, at 2:00 p.m.




The mid-coast a cappella vocal ensemble VoXX: Voice of Twenty will brighten the short days of midwinter with its 2018 winter concert “Music of Mercy and Forgiveness,” presented at the Phippsburg Congregational Church on Sunday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m.  The program features music that covers a broad spectrum of time and style, from medieval through the present. 


Music to soothe the spirit will dominate, as is often the case on a VoXX program. The themes of this particular series will resonate through such works as John Sheppard’s In pace in idipsum dormiam et requiescat (In true peace shall I sleep and rest).  Early works, a staple of the VoXX repertoire, will include those by Byrd (Vigilate), Josquin (Tu pauperum refugium), Lassus (Justorum animae), and Palestrina (Kyrie from Missa Papae Marcelli). These will be contrasted with contemporary pieces such as My Lord Has Come, a carol written in 2011 by Will Todd. The concert will offer aural challenges as well, such as Solfeggio, by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.


Although VoXX is a chamber ensemble, it is a group signature to perform some pieces in various even-smaller configurations. For example, the men of VoXX will perform Adoramus te Domine (Anonymous); the women will sing Javier Busto’s ethereal Salve Regina.  Other pieces include one by David Lang based on Ecclesiastes, Henryk Górecki’s sonorous Totus Tuus (I am entirely yours, Maria), and the rousing 1581 Gaudete in Domino (Rejoice in the Lord Always) by the Franco-Flemish composer Giaches de Wert.


Now in its second decade, VoXX has sung up and down the Maine coast, and generally performs two scheduled concert sets per year, in January and mid-summer.   VoXX mainly performs a cappella, but appropriate instrumentation (recorders, percussion, strings) is occasionally added. The group has performed at Merrill Auditorium, Camden Opera House, Rockport Opera House and at many other Maine venues.  


The concert will be performed at the historic 1802 Phippsburg Congregational Church. 


The Phippsburg Congregational Church is located at 10 Church Lane (at Parker Head Rd.) in Phippsburg.  Admission is $15 at the door.  Refreshments will be served.  Doors open at 1:30 p.m.  For more information call 389-1770.

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Hello all,


STATE STREET TRADITIONAL JAZZ BAND concert has been rescheduled for February 10th!  Hope to see you there!



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Saturday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m.


Old school New Orleans jazz will help launch concertgoers into the new year when the State Street Traditional Jazz Band performs at the Phippsburg Congregational Church on Saturday, January 13, at 7:30 p.m.


Founded in 1989, the members of the band are bonded by a passion to play and preserve traditional New Orleans "Preservation Hall” jazz.  John Page, the band’s founder and leader, has spent much of his life playing, studying, and interacting with the most influential New Orleans musicians of his generation.  While he discovered the trumpet at age seven, it was not until the early 1970s, as a Maine Maritime Academy graduate shipping out of the Port of New Orleans, that Page was thrilled and captivated by the sounds of the 'original' Preservation Hall Jazz Band.


The band, which has been featured on the WCSH TV program “207” and has played the University of Maine, Victoria Mansion, Frontier, and many key Maine venues and festivals, pays homage to music birthed over a century ago.  Initially performed in New Orleans and throughout the Louisiana Delta region, following World War I jazz moved north out of New Orleans, and in the course of the move it inevitably began to change.  Notwithstanding this, many musical greats kept the original sound alive.  Their number included the Original Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Louis Armstrong.   Page is at odds to impress that this is not “Dixieland” jazz - but the real deal.   


Also one of the founding members of Bellamy Jazz Band, Page helped to assemble a formidable ensemble of highly-skilled players for the State Street band.


On piano, Doug Protsik has been a fixture on the Maine music scene for 40 years, his reputation stretching throughout the U.S. and abroad.  He has appeared on NPR's “A Prairie Home Companion” and is also known for his folk performances on fiddle and accordion.  Protsik also directs the Maine Fiddle Camp.


Pete Collins has played clarinet in iconic venues such as the Famous Door in New Orleans and New York's Ryan's & Condon's, and with the Jazz Ramblers in Zurich.  He has played alongside jazz notables like Max Kaminsky, J.C. Higgenbotham, and Marie Marcus. 


Peter Dunphy plays banjo, guitar and vocalizes in the band.  He ran the Bellamy Jazz Band with his late father, Roy Dunphy, and studied classical guitar at USM.  In addition to co-managing the Bellamy band, he continues to play in multiple bands throughout New England.


Bill Thurston has played drums with The Bellamy Jazz Band and numerous bands on engagements that have taken him from Moosehead Lake to The Copley Plaza in Boston.


Vocalizing and playing trombone, Bill Rayne is a founding member of the band.  He was highly influenced by jazz great Jack Teagarden.  Frequently playing and singing in church has endowed him with empathy and soul for the parade and hymn music of New Orleans.


Playing tuba since the age of ten, Pat Whitaker has performed in multiple genres: wind ensemble, symphonic brass, brass quintet, dance band, pit band for musicals, swing band, and as principal tubist for the 195th US Army Band.


The show will be performed at the historic 1802 Phippsburg Congregational Church situated on the banks of the Kennebec.


The Phippsburg Congregational Church is located at 10 Church Lane (at Parker Head Rd.) in Phippsburg.   Tickets are available at the door.  Admission is $15; students $8.  $12 advance tickets available at  Children under 8 are admitted free.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  For more information, call 389-1770.