Thanks for joining us this season! See below for a recap of all of our great concerts this year.
Come each month for spectacular, fun, wonderfully varied offerings from talented soloists and ensembles from Norwalk, New Haven, and New York City. Programs last 45 minutes. Concerts are open to the public, with a $15 suggested donation.
All concerts are held at St. Paul’s on the Green, 60 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851.
See more concert offerings on our Sunday Concert series.
To apply to perform on Mid-Day Music, see our online application form.
September 12, 2018: Gershwin, Poulenc and Brahms
A multi-genre, multinational journey backwards in time through music for clarinet and piano, this concert will explore the animated and sultry jazz influences shared by Gershwin (Three Preludes) and Poulenc (Clarinet Sonata), as well as the circular structures and understated beauty common between Poulenc and Brahms (Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor). With Graeme Steele Johnson, clarinet, and Hilda Huang, piano.
October 10, 2018: Music of Haiti for cello and piano
Tracking Haitian art music from the 1800s to the present, this program presents music by composers Justin Élie, Werner Jaegerhuber, Carmen Brouard, Frantz Casséus, Julio Racine, Jean Rudy Perrault, and Daniel Bernard Roumain. With Diana Golden, cello, and Shawn Chang, piano.
November 14, 2018: Glorious Brass
Bringing a five-piece brass band from New Haven to Norwalk, this concert will feature Monteverdi madrigal arrangements by Ray Mase, quintets of Victor Ewald, and Sketches of Anthony Plog, whose works are flourishing, brilliant, and sure to shake the walls of St. Paul’s with glorious sound. With Oscar Mason, trumpet; Eric Rizzo, trumpet; Jake Fewx, tuba; Wil Wortley, trombone; and Stephen Newbury, horn.
December 12, 2018: Mendota Consort: The Magic of Monteverdi
A journey through Monteverdi’s compositional style, The Magic of Monteverdi aims to present an enriching program to audiences far and wide. The Mendota Consort, an ensemble of passionate vocalists, seeks to share Monteverdi’s unique approach to painting poetry through music. Please come and join us for a magical afternoon! With Maya Webne-Behrman, soprano; Artemisz Polonyi, soprano; Padraic Costello, countertenor; Andrew Ivarson, tenor; and Erik-Peter Mortensen, bass.
January 9, 2019: Bach, Barrios, & Brouwer – Guitar Through the Ages
Join guitarist Nate Huvard as he performs a program that takes us through the history of classical guitar repertoire, featuring compositions by J.S. Bach, Mauro Giuliani, and Augustin Barrios, and Leo Brouwer.
February 13, 2019: Love Songs for Opera and Organ
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Saturnino and organist Janet Yieh present an eclectic program of classic arias, American art songs and romantic organ music for Valentine’s Day. Featuring music by Puccini, Bizet, Bernstein and the Beatles, this concert will have something for everyone to love!
March 13, 2019: Debussy and Prokofiev: Reflections and Remembrances
The Mecid-Lee Duo presents masterfully crafted Sonatas by Debussy and Prokofiev, written during both World Wars, and at the heights of their musical maturities. When faced with personal and societal difficulties during these times, both composers expressed their pains, hopes, and reflections through their Violin Sonatas. With Mevlan Mecid, violin, and Jenny Lee, piano.
April 10, 2019: A Tale of Three Europes
This program opens with the violent and haunting sound world of Janacek’s Moravia and closes with the jaunty brilliance and energy of Ravel’s jazz-inspired violin sonata. Both are expressions, in their own ways, of the anxieties of war-torn Europe in the early 20th century. Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata is a breath of fresh air that interpolates the two– a reminder of the persistence of simple beauty and purity.
May 8, 2019: Fiddling Around the World
A family-friendly musical performance of eclectic dance-driven fiddle music, with world champion fiddler Mari Black and her trio. Mari will take the audience on a journey around the world of fiddling, with music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, the Americas, Romania, Argentina, and more. Toe-tapping delight for all! Featuring Mari Black & the World Fiddle Ensemble: Mari Black, violin; Conor Hearn, guitar; and Joe Magar, bass.
June 12, 2019: The Book of Beasts
The medieval bestiary was a collection of descriptions and stories about animals, ranging from the mundane to the fantastic, which described moral and theological lessons to be learned from the natural world. We will explore music connected with several favorite creatures, including songs by Thibaut de Champagne and Richart de Berbezihl, and anonymous works from the Engleberg Codex and other sources. Featuring Marginalia: Peter Walker, voice, hurdy gurdy, citole, harp, bagpipe; Sarah Walker, narrator.