The Sixth Concert Spirituel, produced by Simeon Morrow – Friday April 29, 2016

Famous Moscow pianist will return to Mount Royal Academy to perform the Sixth Concert Spirituel on Friday, April 29 at 7:30pm in the Saint Joseph Center at Mount Royal Academy (26 Seven Hearths Lane, Sunapee).


Moscow pianist Ilya Vanichkin triumphantly returns to Sunapee to play a second concert on Mount Royal Academy’s new grand piano.  His program will focus on two well-known works by Mozart’s mentor, Classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn and the futuristic Romantic composer Franz Lizst.  On the surface, Franz Joseph Haydn and Franz Liszt -the former of the 18th- the latter of the 19th-Century- both having strong professional and familiar bonds to Esterháza (an imperial countryside estate south-east of Vienna), could not be any further apart aesthetically.  However, Vanichkin, the internationally acclaimed piano giant, will, in his own right, reveal to the audience that Haydn and Lizst were both quintessentially mystically-minded composers of concert music. 


To promote social interaction about the music performed -and live classical music in Sunapee, more generally- a delicious dessert reception will be provided at intermission.  Sunapee’s Friends of Classical Music have prepaid the concert’s expenses so that admission is free to the general public (no tickets are required for the concert and dessert reception)

Fifth Concert Spirituel on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30pm in the Saint Joseph Center

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Let us us take you for a stroll down old-world Buenos Aires boulevards as classical Argentinian tango is played on Mount Royal Academy’s new Yamaha GB1 grand piano. A dessert reception will close the evening.

Generous benefactors have assured free admission to all and no tickets are required.


Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7,30pm

produced by Simeon Morrow




Violin Program at Mount Royal Academy to begin this week – Thursday, February 25th



An unprecedented development in the music course offerings at Mount Royal Academy will begin this week.  After eighth months of Simeon Morrow’s Music Directorship, a violin course with over thirty enrolled students will begin on Thursday.  The violin students will perform a concert at the end of the school year.”

Fourth Concert Spirituel at Mount Royal Academy

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One of America’s most promising young artists will present Sunapee with classic piano repertoire from the advent of the modern piano up to today’s composer/pianists. Piano music staples, composed specifically on and for that instrument, will comprise the program’s first half.  A dessert reception will be served at intermission.  The second half of the evening will be sheer pianistic virtuosity by paraphrases of melodies famous then and now.  This venerable tradition was popular throughout Franz Liszt’s touring career and will clearly find supporters after tonight’s performance. Generous benefactors provide free admission to all.


Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:30PM in the Saint Joseph Center at Mount Royal Academy” produced by Simeon Morrow

Third Concert Spirituel at Mount Royal Academy

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Prior to Wagner’s (and, later, Strauss’) grand opera successes, the German Romantic Lied or song (as translated in English), was the principal means by which early 19th-Century Teutonic composers reconciled prose and musical rhetoric to make a quaint and “chamber” form of dramatic story telling.   Schubert and Schumann remain the peerless masters of this form, and continue to influence how music is applied to text today.  Romantic in form and substance, Lieder by both their pens usually stray to the precipice of bliss before tumbling back in deep, hereditary, sadness.  Loneliness in barren nature is the key attribute of their Romantic daydreams.


Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 7:30PM in the Saint Joseph Center at Mount Royal Academy.” produced by Simeon Morrow