Inauguration Artist Series

October 17th

Inauguration Concert
Duo Amie (Piano & Cello Duet)
Wollaston Church of the Nazarene
7:00 PM

Ellyses Kuan (piano) and Julie Reimann (cello), founding members of Duo Amie, met in 2013 while performing at a concert to benefit a medical charity organization. A close friendship and musical collaboration quickly developed between them. Bonded by their shared backgrounds as world class trained musicians who also earned advanced degrees in other fields, they formed Duo Amie in 2015 in order to share their love of music and performance with others, and since then they have been performing together in various venues throughout New England and beyond. The duo’s repertoire is diverse, and both performers delight in exploring both classical, contemporary, and popular music forms. They engage their audiences with themed programs that encompass the auditory and visual senses, and that capture the imagination through both musical expression, discussion, and visual thematic elements. The duo also supports the mission of charities by organizing and performing benefit concerts each year, and also enjoys teaching and fostering young talent, including giving open rehearsals and coaching.

October 18th

Inauguration Reception
Mark Young (Classical and Jazz Guitarist)
1:00 PM

For over 25 years, Mark Young has been playing classical guitar in the genres of baroque and classical-era music. Since his introduction to Andres Segovia and John Williams, Mark has continually honed his craft and followed in the footsteps of Peter Lorenzo and John Tavano, two of the most preeminent classical guitar teachers in the area.

Mark’s performances, recordings and collaborations have inspired his own original music as well as interpretations of such classical artists as Bach, Carcassi and Tarrega to name a few. His appearances from recital halls to art galleries have entertained countless people who have an appreciation for the fine arts.

October 25th

Morgan Minsk in Concert (Indie, Folk-Soul Artist)
Wollaston Church of the Nazarene
7:00 PM

Award-winning vocalist, performer, and composer Morgan Minsk taught herself piano in kindergarten and composed her first song at age 7. Soon after, Minsk quickly discovered her innate musical talent as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and later added saxophone, guitar, clarinet, bass, and percussion to her repertoire.

Fast forward to high school graduation, Minsk was awarded a full tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music. She left her hometown of Springfield, IL in 2011 and later graduated magna cum laude in 2015 with a B.A. in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. Now a board-certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) and Certified Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT) by the Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music, Minsk’s work as a music therapist includes work with Ugandan child soldiers (Musicians for World Harmony). [Text Wrapping Break]She also works with clients in children’s hospitals, medical centers, [Text Wrapping Break]and health programs around Boston, Massachusetts.

While at Berklee, Minsk received several awards, including the Voice Department’s Outstanding Performer Award. She is an accomplished singer-songwriter and has directed, participated in, and composed for numerous wind ensembles, choirs, musical theater productions, jazz, and benefit shows.

Minsk feels strongly connected to God through her musical gift, as it has helped her conquer many obstacles and incredibly challenging times in her life.[Text Wrapping Break]Music and God help Minsk helped her overcome stutter and bullying during high school,[Text Wrapping Break]they also assist her in the management of a hereditary depressive disorder. [Text Wrapping Break]Today, she uses music therapy to support and comfort others.

November 15

Joe Holt in Concert (Jazz Pianist)
Cove Fine Arts Center
6:00 PM

Joe Holt has been a full-time performing musician for over 40 years. Also a Board Certified Music Therapist, Joe performs for the connections that music makes, and a shared experience with his audiences. Known for his imaginative improvisations and a joy of performing, in addition to being a sensitive accompanist and collaborator, Joe’s formal studies span both jazz and classical, and the influence of both worlds can be heard. Soulful, contemplative, whimsical and hard swinging, his solo performances evoke the spirit of classic jazz pianists such as Dave McKenna, Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans, with a touch of Victor Borge.  Past experiences include concert and jazz festival touring throughout the US, extensive Atlantic City casino performing, concert and music therapy related performances in dozens of regional senior communities, along with various music director/staff positions.

Currently, Joe is the host of the “Mainstay Mondays” series at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD, performing collaborative concerts with regional guest artists every Monday night. He is a walk on entertainer for American Cruise Lines at ports along the Chesapeake Bay. Joe is a regular sideman with regional jazz groups and accompanist/musical director for several vocalists and singer/songwriters, in addition to his solo concerts and other collaborative performances. He appears on over 30 album recordings. Joe is on the faculty of Washington College in Chestertown, MD, where he directs the jazz combo. He lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“The ever tasteful pianist Joe Holt is a soloist extraordinaire; an intense musician with terrific chops, who shows you he means business.” – Cam Miller, The American Rag

November 24th

Handel’s Messiah
Wollaston Church of the Nazarene
4:00 PM

In partnership with the Quincy Choral Society
Quincy Choral Society and Eastern Nazarene College
present
George Frederic Handel’s
“Messiah”
4:00 pm • Sunday
November 24, 2019

Joshua W. Rohde, conductor
Wollaston Church of the Nazarene
37 East Elm Avenue • Quincy, MA 02170

Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com
General admission – $20.00
Students with ID – free
For more information contact 617-745-3715

www.enc.eduwww.wconaz.org
presented as part of Eastern Nazarene College’s 100 years in Quincy celebration.