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Last updated
6 may 2014/csb

Ellingwood Chapel, in Nahant (unless otherwise noted)
or call Jim Walsh at 781-367-2007

Ellingwood Chapel

Photo by: Megan Demit, Nahant Historical Society collections

Check back often for schedule updates!

Saturday, May 24, 8:00 PM
The Olmsted Ensemble
(full descriptions available below)
Sunday, June 29th, 4:00 PM
The Harriet Steves Concert with Guitar and Flute, Neal Fitzpatrick, guitar; Elaine Thoma, Flute.
Sunday, July 20th, 4:00 PM
The Savoy Quartet with Simon Linn-Gerstein, cello. The Shubert Cello Quintet with a program of Dvorak and Haydn.

Friends of NHS
Ellingwood Concert Series

We need the support of our friends. Become an ECC friend and Join the
Friends of the Ellingwood Series
Because so many of you supported us, we were able to create the series. For more information, please contact Jim Walsh at 781-367-2007
(co-chair Ellingwood Chapel Concerts)
or email

Admissions alone do not cover the full costs of the concerts. So if music In Nahant is worth more to you than the cost of a concert ticket, please consider making a contribution! Friends of the Ellingwood Series will enjoy the satisfaction of sharing this music with the community, of supporting ongoing restoration of the Chapel, and of sponsoring special outreach concerts. Friends will be recognized on the program and with special events.

So please, be a Friend $100, or Player $250,
or best of all, an Angel $500!

  • Friend $100 (2 complimentary tickets)
  • Player $250 (5 complimentary tickets)
  • Angel $500 (10 tickets)

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Your generosity is deeply appreciated.
Please fill out the downloadable form
and make your check payable to: Nahant Historical Society
Ellingwood Series and mail to:
the Nahant Historical Society
Ellingwood Series
41 Valley Road, Nahant MA 01908
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Spring 2014 Schedule


The Olmsted Ensemble
Saturday, May 24th, 2014 (8:00 PM)

The opening concert of the Summer Season for the Ellingwood Chapel Chamber Music series will accomplish two things that are of value to those who love music. First, it will celebrate the work of a universal genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose name will be known for as long as music is performed. The program will feature two gems: the exhilarating Overture to the Magic Flute K. 620 and the magnificent D Major Quartet (K. 285), one of the masterworks of the literature. At the same time, as we have done so often in the past, works by composers whose names may not be known by every household but who created lasting beauty will also be performed including the dramatic, rarely-heard Quartet in D Minor by Charles Hommann (1803-1872?), a Philadelphia-born and American-trained composer; Quartet Opus 41 No 2 in F Major by Ignace Pleyel (a favorite student of Haydn); and Quartet No. 1 in D Minor by Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga (1806-1826), a Spanish violinist and composer whose precocious career was cut short when he died at the age of 19.
olmstead ensemble The Olmsted Ensemble (Peter H. Bloom, flute; Brian Clague, violin; Jennifer Shallenberger, viola; Timothy Roberts, cello) concertizes throughout the United States and their members have appeared with orchestras and chamber groups in North America, Europe, and the Far East. The Ensemble has been praised for “glorious music” and “great energy and virtuosity” (St. Andrews Performing Arts). This energy and virtuosity will be particularly accessible at the Ellingwood Chapel on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

“The Harriet Steeves Concert” Music for flute and guitar
Sunday, June 29th, 2014 (4:00 PM)

Neal Fitzpatrick on guitar and Elaine Thoma on flute, performing the music of Villa-Lobos, Giuliani, Piazzolla, Ibert, Satie and others.
Neal Fitzpatrick is an award-winning guitarist who holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music.
Elaine Thoma, flutist, is a Boston native who studied with James Pappoutsakis of the Boston Symphony. Elaine holds a dual Bachelors of Music and Music Education degree from Syracuse University, graduate studies at Boston University, master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal and James Galway.
As many Nahanters know, Harriet Steeves served as Town Clerk for 35 years and on Sundays often performed as a flutist at the Nahant Village Church. She will be our guest of honor on July 29.

The Savoy String Quartet
Sunday, July 20th, 2014 (4:00 PM)

The Savoy String Quartet with Simon Linn-Gerstein will perform some of the most cherished compositions for strings in the Classical and Romantic repertoire.
The Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 was a transformational exploration of string collaboration while the Dvorak String Quartet Op. 96 “American” is particularly loved here as a reflection of this European composer’s exposure to the New World. The Haydn String Quartet Op. 74, No.1 is a masterpiece of the balanced, classical quartet, rounding out a perfect afternoon of music.

Ellingwood Chapel