Afternoon at the Abbey with ASO Chamber Players — Information!
Read below for information about: Musicians • Program • Venue • Ticketing • GUIDELINES & PRECAUTIONS • If You Can’t Make It
Geneva Lewis, violin
You will remember violinist Geneva Lewis as ASO’s guest concertmaster from last season. We’ve recently learned that she’s entered the prestigious Artist Diploma program at Boston’s New England Conservatory (congratulations, Geneva!). Enjoy some of Geneva’s completely engaging performance style, at this link — wonderful!
Eunghee Cho, cello
We hope you enjoyed principal violoncello, Eunghee Cho as part of ASO Thursday Live this spring and will join us in welcoming him back in person! Check out this ASO video (among others) for some truly captivating moments of Eunghee’s artistry.
“Abbey” regulars know the program traditionally offers a satisfying mix of old and new, familiar and less familiar, solo and ensemble pieces… curated with the help of the musicians, themselves. This year, we keep the tradition.
The expected program includes:
• Mark O’Connor’s FC’s Jig for Violin and Cello
• Marlon Nobre’s Poema III
• Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio, Andante
• Jules Massenet’s Thaïs
• George Gershwin’s Prelude
…and some surprises that are still being finalized!
The Lawn at Glastonbury Abbbey
The Great Lawn at Glastonbury Abbey can hold hundreds of people and includes a permanent outdoor stage for performances. This year, we will mark “sitting spots” very well apart for our audience — plenty of distancing will be available! Remember to bring a blanket or some chairs!
Once again, we thank Bergsten Music, Inc. for providing our piano and sound!
Tickets & Rain Date
Tickets ($35) for the newly added noon concert are now on sale at our website.
Despite the great size of the lawn at Glastonbury Abbey, our audiences are limited to 38 at this time. We expect the concerts to sell out quickly.
We almost always “luck out” on the weather but if Saturday is postponed for rain, we will perform the following day: Sunday, September 13th — at 1:30pm (for the original 2pm performance) & 2:45pm (for the original 4pm performance).
Unfortunately, we cannot offer a rain date for the newly added 12:00 noon concert. If the Saturday noon concert is cancelled, we will extend a refund for your ticket purchase.
If you are a spring ticket holder who opted for a gift certificate last April, thank you again for your patience. If it doesn’t reach you in time for these concerts, there will be more opportunities to use it later this season, as well as next season.
However, if you were planning to use it for tickets for September 12, we will apply it “after the fact.” Please purchase your tickets and give us a call once you receive your certificate — we will take care of you.
Guidelines & Safety Measures
This year at The Abbey will be great but it will be different. Please note the following:
• Please do not attend if you are feeling ill, have recently traveled through a “hot spot,” or have recently had contact with someone who is ill.
• PLEASE ARRIVE NO EARLIER THAN 1/2 HOUR BEFORE YOUR TICKETED CONCERT and park in the main visitors’ parking lot. (Rain date arrival times are noted on your tickets.)
• “Dropping off” guests closer to the lawn before parking is, of course, still allowed!
• PLEASE COME TO THE ASO TENT BEFORE FINDING A SPOT ON THE LAWN.
• Please bring blankets or chairs to sit on.
• PLEASE DO NOT BRING A PICNIC THIS YEAR (we’re sorry!) but feel free to bring a bottle of water or other contained beverage.
• We’ve eliminated “breaks” and are holding performances earlier than usual, to keep things fun and comfortable even without picnics! You can plan on the concert running approximately 45 minutes, with no intermission.
• Group sizes are not limited but audience size is limited to 38.
• Masks are required of all audience, staff, and musicians not performing.
• All guests will have their temperatures checked before proceeding to the lawn.
• Safely distanced spots on the lawn will be marked, with 12–15 feet between spots.
• An ADA compliant portable toilet will be available if needed.
• TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE GATE, THIS YEAR
If You Can’t Make the Live Concert
Not to worry! We are planning to release a videotaped version of the concert on our regular social channels: YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and directly on our website.
If you can’t join us in person, watch for an email with links to the virtual edition or check back the following week to see it on our homepage!