Musical Club of Hartford presents holiday program Dec. 12

Virginia Allen and Linda MacGougan will perform along with the Musical Club of Hartford for its holiday special concert on Dec. 12.

Hartford — On December 12, at 10 a.m., the Musical Club of Hartford presents its end-of-year Holiday Program and Reception, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford. Musicians from the greater Hartford area will perform a 4-part program of classical chamber music including: early 20th century works for viola and piano; vocal repertoire based on Greek and Armenian folk music; an exploration of the “nocturne” form in the piano tradition, and unaccompanied compositions for solo flute. The program, presented by the Musical Club of Hartford, is open to the public ($5 admission) as well as Musical Club members and students (admission free).

First on the program will be three pieces for viola and piano, performed by Virginia Allen, viola, and Linda MacGougan, piano. The set starts with “Meditation and Processional,” composed in 1951 by Ernest Bloch, followed by “Evening at the Village” and “Slovak Peasant’s Dance,” transcribed piano solos by Bela Bartok. Next, Susan Mardinly, soprano, accompanied by Lean-Cheng Tan, piano, will perform selections from “Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques,” folk songs from the Greek island of Chios arranged by Maurice Ravel, and three selections from “Four Armenian Songs,” arranged by Turkish-born Armenian, Komitas Vardapet. After this, Connie Hegarty, piano, explores the development of the nocturne in her performance of “Nocturne in B flat Major” by John Field, “Nocturne in C# Minor” (Posthumous) by Chopin, and “Nocturne, Op. 33” (Homage to John Field) by Samuel Barber. Finishing the program, Burak Göçer will present three flute solos: “Sonata Appassionata, Op. 14” by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, “Piece for flute solo” by Jacques Ibert, and “Image for flute solo” by Eugène Bozza.

Immediately following the program, all are invited to a Holiday Reception sponsored by the Musical Club Membership Committee.

Members of the Musical Club of Hartford who will perform on this program are residents of the following towns: Bloomfield, Virginia Allen, viola; New Britain, Burak Göçer, flute; Rocky Hill: Susan Mardinly, soprano, Lean-Chen Tan, Piano; West Hartford, Linda MacGougan, piano

The mission of the Musical Club of Hartford is to develop the musical talents of its members and to encourage the study and appreciation of music through programs, lectures and concerts. In addition, the Club gives financial assistance to promising young artists and aid to musical projects in the community.

Membership in the Musical Club of Hartford is open to anyone who shares a love of music, including performers, listeners and composers.

Musical Club of Hartford programs typically take place during the day, and last about 90 minutes. All programs are open to the public.

For membership information as well as a full schedule of concerts and special events offered by the Musical Club of Hartford, please visit

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