Mid-Day Music


midday music

Join us each month on Wednesdays at 12:05 PM!

Join us for spectacular, fun, wonderfully varied offerings from individuals and groups local to the Norwalk community.  Programs last 45 minutes.  Concerts are open to the public, with a $15 suggested donation.

Refreshments are served before, during, and after the concert.

For more information on Mid-Day Music, please contact street@stpaulsnorwalk.org.

September 13, 2017: Saxophone and Piano: Around the World

First-time performers of the Mid-Day Music Concerts, the Prometheus Duo—Marko Stuparevic (piano) and Joseph Abad (saxophone)—will present an international program with pieces from Spanish, Argentinean, Turkish, Belgian, and Connecticut composers.

October 11, 2017: 500 Years of Music for Guitar

Mid-Day Music favorite Peter Griggs presents a chronological tour of the guitarist’s repertoire.  The program travels from the Renaissance to the Contemporary, including Baroque, Classical, flamenco, jazz and Brazilian music.  The music includes works by J.S. Bach, Gaspar Sanz, Ferdinando Carulli, Django Reinhardt and Thelonious Monk—as well as Griggs’ own compositions.

November 8, 2017: An American in Paris

Violinist Emil Altschuler and pianist Alice Chenyang Xu perform a program of Gershwin transcriptions by legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz, including popular favorites from ‘Porgy & Bess,’ the ‘Preludes’ (originally for solo piano), and “Hexapoda ‘Five Studies in Jitteroptera,”’ a rarely heard piece inspired by Robert Russell Bennett’s “jitterbug.”

December 13, 2017: Music from Baroque Spain

Haunting music from the Iberian Peninsula written by two prolific Spanish court composers: Marin, composer of sensitive contrapuntal punteado (plucked) songs was also a de-frocked priest and murderer; Durón, less notorious but equally gifted, offers works in the rasqueado (strummed) style popular in the late 16th century.  Featuring Jorge Prego, tenor, with Annalisa Ewald, Baroque guitar.

January 10, 2018: Songs of Longing and Solitude

This program, dedicated to music of loneliness and yearning, is presented in collaboration with the Second Movement Concert Series. Highlights include Libby Larsen’s recent settings of last words by wives of King Henry VIII and Franz Schubert’s famous “Shepherd on the Rock” for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano.

February 21, 2018: PUBLIQuartet

Founded in 2010, PQ’s innovative programs span arrangements from the classical canon, contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations.  Seabury Academy is delighted to welcome back this stellar ensemble for its fourth appearance on the Mid-Day Music series, with an all-new, exciting, and innovative program.

March 14, 2018: Ancient Voices

Award winning musicians David Rose (Native American flute) and Dan Kennedy (piano & keyboards) present an engaging and genre-bending amalgamation, soothing and at once wonderfully mysterious. David will employ up to a dozen different flutes.

April 11, 2018: Time After Time

Bridgeport Symphony principal violist Nora Krohn and pianist Jad Bernardo once again bring their dynamic partnership to Mid-day Music with pieces by Rebecca Clarke, Kenji Bunch, and César Franck. Their sweet and soulful program features enchanting themes that emerge, linger, dissolve, and return in perennially new guises.

May 16th, 2018: That’s All She Wrote

The Thales Piano Trio (Ellen Cockerham Riccio, violin; Sara Bennett Wolfe, cello; Daniel Stipe, piano) returns with a tribute to women composers, spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, featuring Clara Schumann’s lush romanticism; Jennifer Higdon’s striking Pale Yellow and Fiery Red; and Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio, one of the most stunning (and least heard) works for this combination of instruments written in the last century.

June 13th, 2018: A Timeline of the Contemporary Flute

Showcasing breakthrough 20th century works and thought-provoking pieces by living composers, Seabury Academy alumna and flutist Justine Stephens returns to explore the idiosyncrasies of a selection of contemporary repertoire for flute. Music is from the writing of Varèse, Ferneyhough, Berio, ter Veldhuis, and includes a world premiere by Miggy Torres.