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Lowell Program

When Blessinging Brighten: The Cemetery Project Concert Premiere


March 18, 2022 at 7pm.


Peabody Essex Museum


Peabody Essex Museum

Join us for the world premiere concert performance of Ian Wiese’s When Blessings Brighten featuring the Essex Piano Trio.

The Essex Piano Trio will present its Cemetery Project as the culmination event of PEMs exhibition The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming [link to exhibition page], which closes March 20. Through the performance of both vocal and instrumental music, the Cemetery Project continues and augments the themes of the exhibition by exploring ancestral links to New Englanders beyond the hysteria of the witch trials and to the ravages of war and the wasted human potential in the 20th century and beyond.

The multimedia musical program features the premiere of the How Blessings Brighten for tenor and trio by Massachusetts composer Ian Wiese, with guest tenor Antanas Meilus. The 2019 work, inspired by epitaphs on gravestones in the Charter Street Cemetery, is presented as a companion piece to Nicholas Slonimsky’s Gravestones at Hancock, N.H (1946) with the Largo from Dmitri Shostakovich’s Second Piano Trio as an instrumental interlude between.




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