Lewes Chamber Players to perform classical concert Jan. 27

January 24, 2019

The Lewes Chamber Players will perform Journeys and Meditations, a program of classical music by six composers with a timeline spanning four centuries, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lewes.

Selections in the hourlong performance will range from works by Austrian Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni to contemporary compositions by Hilary Tann and Richard Purvis.

The concert will open with Albinoni’s “Adagio in G minor” featuring violinist Sylvia Ahramjian and cellist Ovidiu Marinescu. Ahramjian will also perform a violin composition by Tann, a Welsh native now living in the United States, whose work has been influenced by Japanese music, particularly the shakuhachi flute.

T.J. Thomas, director of music at St. Peter’s and the third member of the chamber players, will play Richard Purvis’s “St. Francis Suite,” an organ composition with four contrasting movements ending with a fiery toccata. Purvis, an American who composed more than 200 works during his lifetime, was organist and master of choristers at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral for 25 years, as well as organist at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

The concert is one of a series sponsored by the St. Cecilia Guild, an outreach ministry of the music program at St. Peter’s, whose mission is to present high-quality music not heard elsewhere in eastern Sussex County.

All programs are offered free of charge, although a freewill offering is welcome. St. Peter’s is at Second and Market streets in Lewes.