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June 27, 2013

Manchester church to host chamber music concerts

MANCHESTER — The Trustees and Council of Emmanuel Church in Manchester will host a pair of chamber music concerts this summer featuring the ensemble Musical Offering at the church.

The concerts will be held at Emmanuel Church, located on Masconomo Street between Singing Beach and Smith’s Point, on Saturday, June 29, and Saturday, July 27, with both performances at 4:30 p.m. A casual reception will follow the performances on the lawn of the church parsonage at 24 Masconomo St.

Musical Offering brings together Boston-area musicians who share a love of performing late 18th century chamber music, ranging from the High Baroque to the emotional Galant period leading up to Mozart. The members began performing together in early 2010 when several moved back to Boston after stints studying and performing abroad. The group debuted at the 2011 Boston Early Music Festival.

The program for the June concert at Emmanuel will include a mix of instrumental and vocal pieces from composers ranging from Bach, Handel, and Telemann to lesser-known figures such as Biber, Buxtehude and Schutz.

Emmanuel Church has long been one of Manchester’s religious and architectural gems. Founded in 1882, Emmanuel is a seasonal church, a place where Christians worship on Sunday mornings during the summer months, on Easter Sunday, and on Christmas Eve. Services are in the style of the Episcopal Church according to the Book of Common Prayer and are held Sunday mornings during the summer at 8:15 and 10.

Throughout the years, summer visitors to the beach, sailors from the harbor, the spiritually curious, and many grandchildren have come to Emmanuel to worship.

The Rev. Luther Zeigler, who is in his second year of serving Emmanuel, is the Episcopal chaplain at Harvard University during the academic year. He and his wife, Pat, reside in Manchester during the summer. Rev. Zeigler is the president of the Harvard Chaplains, a group of more than 30 chaplains at the university representing most of the world’s religious traditions.

The concerts are free, although a $10 donation at the door to support these young musicians would be appreciated. For more information, visit www.emmanuelmanchester.org.

If you go What and who: Musical Offering performing late 18th century chamber music. When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, and Saturday, July 27. Where: Emmanuel Church, located on Masconomo Street between Singing Beach and Smith's Point, in Manchester. How much: Suggestion donation is $10.

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