CONWAY — Paris will be the theme of Mountain Top Music Center’s next concert in its “First Friday Faculty and Friends” series scheduled for March 2 at noon in the sanctuary of The Brown Church in Conway Village.
Mountain Top Executive Director George Wiese and registrar/admin Kate Vachon take a vacation from their desks and team up as musical partners in a program of decadent, playful, and sublime French music. The audience journey to the cultural capital of Europe — if only for an hour on a Friday afternoon.
Wiese, a multi-instrumentalist who enjoys slipping in and out of musical genres as if they were street cafes, will perform multiple short works by composers, including Caesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saens and Louis Vierne on the historic Estey Pipe Organ at the Brown Church.
Vachon, a long-time flutist and chamber musician, will perform Claude Debussy’s sublime “Syrinx” for solo flute and Louis Ganne’s virtuosic “Andante et Scherzo.” The pair will team up for the grand finale of Francis Poulenc’s “Sonata for Flute and Piano.”
Composed in 1957 for flutist Jean Pierre Rampal, the "Sonata for Flute and Piano" is one of Poulenc’s most well-known works and holds a place of distinction among 20th Century flute repertoire. The work was commissioned by the Library of Congress in memory of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, an American patron of Chamber Music.
Mountain Top Music Center’s “First Friday Faculty and Friends” concerts are held at noon on the first Friday of each month at Conway Village Congregational Church (aka The Brown Church.)
Admission is free, though donations toward Mountain Top’s Majestic Theatre renovation campaign are gratefully accepted at the door.
For more information, call (603) 447-4737 or go to mountaintopmusic.org.