Annual Record Players Concert

From left: Colin Davis, violin; Leslie Amper, piano; Ray Jackendoff, clarinet; Andrea M. Nolin, flute;  Sarah Freiberg, cello

The Record Players 17th Concert
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm
The First Church in Belmont
404 Concord Avenue, Belmont

The Record Players will celebrate their sixteenth year of tribute to The Judith K. Record Memorial Conservation Fund with a Chamber Music Concert on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30 at The First Church Unitarian in Belmont.

The Record Players include Andrea Nolin (flutes), Ray Jackendoff (clarinet), Colin Davis (violin), Anne Black (viola), Sarah Freiberg (cello) & Leslie Amper (piano).

Admission is free. Voluntary donations to Mass Audubon/JKR Fund may be made at the door.

This year’s concert will be an all French program, including:

Sonata en Trio Opus 1, number VI in g minor Charles Dollé
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Arranged for flute, clarinet and piano by Michael Webster
Claude Debussy
Suite Op. 157b for Clarinet, Violin and Piano Darius Milhaud
Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 Gabriel Fauré

One of Claude Debussy’s most famous works, The Afternoon of a Faun (1894), is a work that heralded the start of a new era of tonal expression. The Record Players will perform a stunning transcription by clarinetist Michael Webster. It is extraordinary how this trio of flute, clarinet and piano can cover all the sounds of an entire orchestra. Ms. Nolin will perform the Debussy on her newly acquired instrument made in 1882 by the famous French flute maker, Louis Lot.

This concert is a collaboration between the chamber music group The Record Players and the Judith K. Record Memorial Conservation Fund, bringing together people who find inspiration and beauty through music and nature. The concert, which is open to the public free of charge, serves as our annual appeal and is supported by pre-concert private and corporate sponsorships. Contributions are also accepted at the door. All proceeds from the concert go to the Fund’s endowment managed by Mass Audubon.

The Record Players are accomplished professional musicians have principalships and affiliations with such Boston institutions as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and the Handel and Haydn Society.

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Read the full press release for the 2010 Record Players Concert.

Click here to watch a short film by Andrea Mason Nolin about the Record Players and Concert X.

A Personal History of the Record Players by Andrea Mason Nolin

Hello, I’m Andrea M. Nolin, and I would like to give you a little background on how The Record Players came into being in 2001.

Judy Record lived three doors down from me in Belmont, MA. She always greeted me with her engaging smile and would relate the latest news of the McLean Open Space Alliance, the organization that she founded to promote the protection of open space in the town. I wasn’t alone in feeling enormous grief when a bicycle accident caused her untimely death in 2000. Since her Memorial Service was held at Trinity Church in Boston, I felt that Belmont needed to pay tribute to her in her home town. I gathered some musician friends, and friends of friends, as others were busy setting up a memorial fund in her name. Thus, the first concert was the founding event of the Judith K. Record Memorial Conservation Fund. On a snowy afternoon, over 200 people attended Concert I and over $10,000 was raised! With such an enthusiastic and generous response, our ensemble continues to perform every year. The Concert has now become the Fund’s Annual Appeal event.