David Pihl and Maria Ferrante The Boothman Memorial Concert

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Saturday, October 22, 2022

David Alan Pihl, organ and piano, with Maria Ferrante, soprano, will perform a program featuring the majestic J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in E-flat on the Johnson & Son pipe organ; art songs by Catalan composer Federico Mompou and by Johannes Brahms; and a lush Barcarolle by Frédérick Chopin. Mr. Pihl will also perform piano works of Edward McDowell, Charles Ives, and Alan Hovhaness. Their Bach & Beyond concert will be held in memory of baritone and former Hardwick resident Donald Boothman at 4 pm Saturday, October 22, 2022 at the Stone Church Cultural Center, 283 Main Street, Gilbertville 01031. Tickets are $25 at the door or you may purchase tickets online.

David Pihl has performed widely as a piano soloist and accompanist in the Northeastern United States and on many recordings, notably recording work of William Thomas McKinley and accompanying clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. A piano student of Michael Kramer and of Anthony di Bonaventura, he studied vocal accompaniment in Europe under Elly Ameling and Rudolf Jansen. He studied at Boston University School of Music and received his Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Lowell. Mr. Pihl is the staff accompanist for the Theater Department at Holy Cross College.

Soprano Maria Ferrante, a true “singing actress,” maintains a full schedule of performances on both the local and international stage. Her name has become familiar to audiences the world over. A winner of the Mario Lanza Voice Competition, she has been acclaimed in The Washington Post and by Richard Dyer in The Boston Globe. Her performances have delighted audiences from New York to the Virgin Islands, in Prague, Japan and London as well as in Boston venues Jordan Hall and Sanders Theater. Maria also teaches Master Classes in Voice and is an engaging, enthusiastic teacher and coach.  This will be her third appearance at the Stone Church.

Each year since the death of their co-founder Don Boothman in 2016, Friends of the Stone Church (FOSC) have dedicated a memorial organ concert in his name, celebrating the 1874 Gilbertville pipe organ by Wm. Johnson & Son of Westfield. As the creator of Friends of the Gilbertville Organ, lovingly known as FOGO, Boothman joyfully presented concerts from 1990 to 2011. He featured talented organists, choirs, and other soloists, including Ms. Ferrante, contributing his velvety bass-baritone on each occasion. He thus preserved the historic instrument, still in its original condition. “Don’s audiences formed some of the critical roots of our new organization in 2015,” said Judy Edington, FOSC President. “This, and his leadership in founding FOSC, is why we recently named the meeting hall at the Stone Church in honor of Don and his wife Kaye.”

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