Now in its 34th season, the Jean C. Wilson Music Series offers intimate chamber music concerts designed to be a relief from the dark and grinding New England winter. These Sunday afternoon programs take place each year from January through March, featuring a wide range of professional musicians from around the United States. Past performers include the Del Sol Quartet, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, Ensemble Chaconne, Concerto Incognito, and many others.

This year, the Jean C. Wilson Music series present three exciting programs featuring local favorites and up-and-coming powerhouses. All concerts take place on Sundays at 4pm in the Sanctuary at First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St. in Newburyport. Suggested donation: $20 general admission, $10 seniors, students and children free.

January 26: The Merz Trio

The Merz Trio (Brigid Coleridge, Julia Yang, and Lee Dionne) plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio, Op. 97, and Franz Schubert’s Notturno, D. 897. Lauded for its “stunning virtuosity and ensemble work,” the Merz Trio has been hailed as “riveting,” with “fresh and surprising interpretations” (Reading, PA Eagle). Formed in 2017, the trio has already made waves, winning a Gold Medal at the 2019 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The Merz Trio is Professional Ensemble-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory.

February 16: Frederick MacArthur, organ, and Neal Ferreira, tenor

Local Newburyport favorites present works of Bach, Handel, Copland, Verdi, and more. Well-known to audiences throughout the Merrimack region as soloists, Fred and Neal are now teaming up with powerful results.

March 8: The Craft Ensemble with Nancy Dimock, oboe

The Craft Ensemble’s core quartet (Colleen Brannen, Amy Sims, Amelia Hollander Ames, and Velleda Miragias) invite favorite collaborator, oboist Nancy Dimock, to join them for a program entitled “The Brits: Music for Strings and Oboe.” This concert will include music by Sir Arthur Bliss, Benjamin Britten, Elizabeth Maconchy, and Emily Doolittle. The Craft Ensemble, formed in 2016, features freelancers from across the Boston area in configurations ranging from trios to sextets in music from the Baroque to world premieres.

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