Dear music-loving friends,

During a long and challenging pandemic, we especially need relief from the darkness and grinding New England winter. This relief has ever been the purpose of the Jean C. Wilson Music Series. Given that these will be virtual concerts, we will not be using paper passes. We will have single-concert sign-ups in place of our door contributions, using Eventbrite to manage donations at a suggested level of $15.00 plus a $3.00 Eventbrite charge. To sign up for a concert, just click on its link below.

We will have four virtual concerts of soloists this year:

January 31, 4:00 p.m. – Qing Jiang, piano –January 31, 4:00 p.m. – Qing Jiang, pianoThis will be Qing’s second appearance at The Wilson Series, the first having been in 2019 when she and Gwen Krosnick appeared together. Praised by the New York Times as a “fiery musician” whose playing is “vigorous and passionate,” she plans a Newburyport concert including works by Ravel, Dvorak, Burleigh, Chopin, Adès, Albéniz, and Temkin.

Qing Jiang –

February 14, 4:00 p.m. – Gwen Krosnick, cello – This will be Gwen’s third appearance at the series. About her presence and music-making, the Boston Globe wrote, “The concert’s lodestar was the cellist Gwen Krosnick . . . who played gorgeously throughout and looked as though there was no place on earth she’d rather be.” Her 2021 program in Newburyport will feature a menagerie of vividly personal approaches to writing for solo cello: unaccompanied works of Bach, transcribed and originally written for the violin (including the mythic and breathtaking Chaconne); virtuoso concert études and caprices by 19th-century cellist-composers (Duport, Servais, Piatti); and three miraculous 20th-century works – a brilliant Baroque Suite and two luminous character pieces, respectively – by the great American composers Dorothy Rudd Moore, Elliott Carter, and Jeffrey Mumford. 

Gwen Krosnick –

February 28, 4:00 p.m. – Raymond Hawkins, organ – Raymond is new to the Wilson Series, but not to organ fans all around the United States. He has given recitals at venues across the United States, including the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco and Adolphus Busch Hall at Harvard University. The American Organist praised a 2015 performance of his as being “superbly played and registered.” He will play pieces by J. S. Bach, Mozart, Rachel Laurin, Olivier Messiaen, Georg Frederic Handel, and Margaret Sandresky.

Raymond Hawkins –

March 14, 4:00 p.m. – Sylvia Berry, harpsichord – Philadelphia native Sylvia Berry has performed extensively at home and abroad. As Fanfare Magazine stated, “To say that Berry plays these works with vim, vigor, verve, and vitality is actually a bit of an understatement.” Her concert will include works by Froberger, Sweelinck, Louis Couperin, and J.S. Bach.

Sylvia Berry –

We look forward to hosting you — And Your Friends — with us in 2021.


Florence S. Mercer
for the Wilson Series Committee

Postscript: There is still time to become a series backer of Wilson Series 2021. If interested, click here to learn more.


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