The Kirk of St. James Summer Recital Series returns in July. All recitals (except August 6) take place on Thursdays from 12:10–12:50 pm.
The series begins with a piano recital on July 7. Nathan Liang presents two movements of the Beethoven Third Piano Concerto, with Frances McBurnie providing orchestral accompaniment on a second piano, and two movements of the Ginastera Sonata, a passionate composition of the twentieth century. Nathan is a recipient of many music festival awards and recently performed at the 2021 National Festival.
On July 14, Olivia Barnes, soprano, returns to PEI from her new home in Montreal. For her recital on July 14, Barnes will be taking “A Quick Trip to Europe” with a selection of Italian, French and German opera.
Island musician Morgan Saulnier presents a recital of music for flute and piano, including Reinecke and Muszynski, on July 21. Saulnier is an accomplished performer of both flute and piano.
Nicholas Murphy, baritone, returns to the Kirk on July 28 following a successful year at the McGill Opera School. His program includes many dramatic arias.
On August 4, cousins Alexandra Sorensen, mezzo-soprano, and Shaw Nicholson, trumpet, present a program of solos for both, and duet.
The series concludes on Saturday, August 6, at 7:30 pm. This program is arranged by the New Brunswick/Quebec pianist and coach, Julien LeBlanc. He will bring the performers of the summer school, Barachois, including four singers and two pianists. One of the singers is Robyn Perry from PEI.
The series is co-ordinated by Frances McBurnie, music director at the Kirk of St. James. She will assist in all of the recitals (except August 6).
The Kirk is located at 35 Fitzroy Street in Charlottetown and features gorgeous stained glass windows in an old stone building. The acoustics are excellent.
There is no admission charge but donations are gratefully received for the Kirk’s Choral scholars, a program which sees young singers join the choral activities of the Kirk while receiving a scholarship.