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Hammond Organ for Sale

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Hammond Electric Organ

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Contact Linda at 207-490-5709

Scenes from “Simple Gifts”

Here are some photos from our 5th annual “Simple Gifts” concert.

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“Simple Gifts” Music Festival July 16

Come join FASM in celebration of the 169th anniversary of Alfred’s Town Song, “Simple Gifts.” The play-along begins at 5:00 PM. Bring an instrument (or your voice) and join in! At 6:00 PM, the concert commences. As usual, it will feature a variety of interpretations of “Simple Gifts” as expressed in various musical combinations and dance.

For more information: Contact Andy Happel.

Limerick Composer Discusses Maine Music History


Speaker John Secunde, right, and Brother Albert Heinrich discuss music history after Secunde’s presentation at Alfred Shaker Museum on Sunday (June 11).

Limerick music composer John Secunde engaged his audience at Alfred Shaker Museum on Sunday, June 11, with his history of early Maine composer Supply Belcher. He offered samples of Belcher’s music, which Secunde thinks has been “largely neglected today” and has “fallen by the wayside” despite his significant early role in music in America.

John Secunde, who recently graduated with a degree in music composition from the State University of New York at Fredonia and is headed to a master’s program at the Longy School of Music at Bard College in the fall, focused on Supply Belcher (1751-1836).

Belcher lived and worked in Farmington and Hallowell (now Augusta). He moved from Massachusetts to Maine after the Revolutionary War, in which he served and was designated a captain by George Washington. At one point, he also interacted with Paul Revere over payment for a town bell. In Maine, Belcher was a well-known civil servant.

The presentation was the second this season in the Sid Emery Memorial Forum, which is now in its third year of sponsorship from the Shaker museum and the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society. Funding has been provided by the Davis Family Foundation.

Belcher, Secunde explained, was a member of the New England School of five musicians who banded together through common interests and geography and produced “tune books”. The school included William Billings and Justin Morgan (for whom the Morgan horse is named). In 1794, Belcher published a book called Harmony of Maine, with a preface that Secunde termed “important” for its redefinition of music’s place in contrast with the European position. Belcher’s view was that music was about “bringing communities together.” There was a “trend toward sacred music… to be used in churches.”

Secunde played samples of three Belcher pieces, including a “Sacred Harp Performance,” “Heroism,” and “Majesty.” In “Majesty,” Belcher employed chance as a controlling factor over which notes are played. A member of the audience, who seemingly was skeptical about that piece, questioned whether chance could actually produce good music. Secunde said the approach was interesting, “colorful,” and “not sacred music,” and that chance “removes the influence of intuition.”

Secunde also talked about the strong influence on American music of the influx of German immigrants to the United States about 1800. And he praised Belcher as one of the “few musicians who is completely American and unique but… largely neglected today.”

The final two talks in the Memorial Forum, by book authors, will take place in October. For more information, see Speakers’ Series.

For Sale: Hammond Organ

organ

Hammond Electric Organ

$500.00 or BEST OFFER

Contact Linda at 207-490-5709

“Simple Gifts” Music Festival This Sunday, July 17

Don’t forget! This coming Sunday afternoon is the “Simple Gifts” music festival!

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“Simple Gifts” Music Festival Coming in July

The annual “Simple Gifts” Music Festival will take place at the Museum on Sunday, July 17. The evening starts at 5:00 PM with a play-along of “Simple Gifts” and other Shaker tunes. Bring your instruments and join in! At 6:00 PM, the concert performances feature multiple interpretations of Alfred’s Town Song, including written music and improvisations, dance, and other forms.

Admission is by donation. Your donations will benefit the Alfred Shaker Museum and the “Simple Gifts” Music Festival.

For more information, contact Andy Happel at 207-752-0927 or by email at andy@andyhappel.com.

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Alfred Shaker Museum 2016 Events and Workshops

2016 Events

March 27 Open House on Maine Maple Sunday
April 2 Wool Sale from 10 AM – 4 PM
May 14 The Museum opens for the season with a new exhibit, “Shaker Inventions.” Winners of the Essay Contest will be honored with an awards presentation.
June 8 FASM Annual Meeting (FASM Members Only)
July 16 “Simple Gifts” Music Festival
September 24-25 Shaker Hill Apple Festival
November 19-20 FASM table at the Holiday Fair at Alfred Elementary School
December 10 Open House for Christmas in the Shire
December 14 FASM Holiday Party

2016 Workshops

To register for any of our workshops, call Linda at 490-5709.

Date/Time Workshop Cost
Saturday, May 28 Basket Making with Martha Chessie TBD
Friday, June 5 Women’s Drumming Circle TBD
Saturday, October 29 Needle Felting with Beva Meagher TBD

For detailed information on the workshops, visit the Workshops page.

Yes! Tonight’s Concert is a Go!

Despite the unsettled weather, we will be hosting the “Simple Gifts” concert tonight. The open play-along will take place at the planned time of 5 PM, and the concert will happen at 6 PM. All performances will take place indoors at the Museum, in the Morrison Community Room.

Sunday 7/26 “Simple Gifts” Concert

The “Simple Gifts” concert, postponed from last Sunday due to inclement weather, is scheduled for the same time on this coming Sunday, 7/26. The open jam starts at 5:00 PM, and the concert starts at 6:00 PM.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast for Sunday. The Weather Channel currently calls for “Scattered Thunderstorms,” but a lot can change between Thursday and Sunday. This is an outdoor concert, so if the weather is uncooperative, we will have to cancel.

Museum Hours:

Museum Hours: 1 PM – 4 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and by appointment.

Closing for the season on November 11.

Admission: Free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

We are dog-friendly. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome in our building.

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