The power of music to calm and inspire has never been more necessary. When the coronavirus pandemic caused St. John’s Church to close in mid-March, Music at the Red Door quickly pivoted to an online program, including 19 weeks of benefit recitals featuring local musicians, three Pipes Alive! organ recitals, and a chamber music concert from our ensemble-in-residence, the New World Trio. We are grateful for all who performed, tuned in, sent notes of thanks and encouragement, and gave generously to our program and community partners.
Even as we turn to music as a balm in these tough times, we also grieve the loss of vital experiences — listening to live music in a packed concert hall, attending a child’s school concert, singing in St. John’s beautiful nave. Fortunately, Music at the Red Door’s model of providing high-quality music free of charge has allowed us to plan a full program for 2020–2021, because we do not rely on ticket sales for funding.
With your support, we will again offer a diverse musical program, including a concert by organist David Hurd and an expanded Pipes Alive! schedule in celebration of our magnificent Austin organ’s 25th anniversary; the perennial favorite Jazz at the Red Door concert with Nat Reeves; beloved choral events, including Lessons & Carols and Evensong, presented creatively and safely; and chamber music programs, including cello/guitar duo Boyd Meets Girl, Hartford Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Leonard Sigal on violin, and the New World Trio. All programs will be livestreamed online, and we will welcome live audiences back when it is safe to do so.
One of this year’s toughest losses was our second annual Kids’ Community Music Camp scheduled for June. The camp introduces young neighbors from Hartford to a variety of musical expression, from strings and piano to dancing and drumming, and fosters an appreciation for how music can nurture and connect. Energized by renewed calls for justice and equality, we are committed to providing this opportunity for children who may not have access to robust and inclusive music education. We will host a Kids’ Camp next summer, as well as during the winter and spring school breaks, as the public health situation allows.
Even and especially in the most trying circumstances, we can reach people with the gift of great music because of donations from people like you. Your generous donation allows us to support our community in these uncertain times with creative, quality programming.
May you be sustained and comforted by the gift of music.
Karan Emerick, President Scott Lamlein, Artistic Director
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During the initial three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Music at the Red Door provided 19 live-streamed concerts for continued and needed refreshment. Subscribe to our YouTube channel or follow us on Facebook to receive the most up-to-date info, and sign up for email updates. More concerts are ahead!
Music at the Red Door Wednesday online recitals were offered as a benefit for people deeply in Greater Hartford affected by COVID-19: please help. Please thank our artists by donating generously to: Loaves & Fishes, Journey Home, and/or Food Share. At St. John’s, we have only limited resources to help the homeless and hungry, and with the office closed, we are not able to see people directly. Your donation will make a big difference.
Missed it? No worries! All of our live streamed concerts are archived below for your continued enjoyment. Many thanks to our Wednesday artists, all of whom donated their time and talents to this project: Edward Clark, Michelle Horsley, Shirley Hunt, Scott Lamlein, Christa Rakich, Pi-Hsun Shih, Leonid Sigal, Tim Stella, and Benjamin Straley. And special thanks to Sarah Johnson and Ray Giolitto, our amazing publicity team, and to Francis Lamlein for live stream support.
Welcome to Music at the Red Door, the concert series of St. John’s Episcopal Church, West Hartford, CT.
As St. John’s gift to the community, we present several concerts annually in the stunning acoustic of St. John’s Church. The concert series and summer music camp are sustained by generous individual donors, community businesses, grants, and volunteers. We invite your contribution of time, talent, and treasure. Visit our donations page today to learn how you can help.