In the summer of 2020, St. John’s received a bequest from Donald Hugh Smith for a series of memorial concerts in memory of Anna V. and Milton J. Smith to be held at St. John’s. 

While the pandemic has stretched on, we decided that sharing beautiful music and supporting our local musicians was especially important at this time. We are beginning this series with concerts that we can record at St. John’s and share with all of you. While we look forward to listening to beautiful music again together, we are also grateful for the technology that allows us to come together in different ways that are appropriate for our time. 

Harper Kirk Kupensky, February 28, 2021

Our inaugural concert features the harp music of Kirk Kupensky. Kirk is no stranger to St. John’s, having played for a number of liturgies and events, including being a regular contributor to our music program during gatherings where singing was suspended. This program is a Welsh harp program, being shared in preparation for the feast of St. David, Wales’s patron saint. 

The program contains the following selections

  • Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn (Watching the Wheat) John Thomas (1826-1913)
  • Two Welsh Hymn Tune Settings 1) Rhosymedre (arr. Rhett Barnwell) 2) Aberystwyth (arr. Daniel Burton)
  • Variations on Nos Galan (Deck the Halls), J.B. Chatterton (1804-1871)
  • St. Melangell, Carol Wood
  • A Welsh Landscape, David Watkins (1938- )
  • Relics of Wales, J.B. Chatterton (1804-1871) 1) All Through the Night 2) The Ash Grove 3) March of the Men of Harlech

Harper Kirk’s career as a harpist has been a diverse one, including forays into the realm of popular and new age music in addition to classical. He studied harp with former first chair harpists to the Cleveland, Berlin, and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and has made numerous appearances as recitalist and concerto soloist in the U.S. and in Europe. 

We are grateful to Bill Dodd of MudHut Studios for his recording work.