Playing it forward: Concert at Pequot Library supports music programs
Published 8:16 am, Sunday, January 12, 2014
The Pequot Library's legacy as a center for culture and exceptional music struck a new chord Saturday night with performances by young musicians of note.
"An Evening of Music" featured the talents of pianist Alex Beyer, vocalist Katherine Waugh and the Rev. Alan Murchie, pianist. Proceeds from the concert will help fund future music programs for adults and children at the library.
Beyer, who grew up in Fairfield, was the headliner of the evening, attended by a full house of friends and patrons of the library. The young prodigy has made concert appearances nationally and internationally, including a recent collaboration with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. He has also been a guest soloist with the New Haven, Hartford, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Thayer and Waterbury symphony orchestras. His accolades include first prize awards in the Renee Fischer Competition and Music Teacher's National Association State and Regional Competitions.
Beyer has studied with Yoshi Akimoto, who was seated in the front row at the concert, for the past seven years. Seated beside her, and serving as a song sheet page-turner during the performances, was Misty Beyer, Alex's mother.
Beyer played several solo pieces by Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninoff, and also supported Waugh in selections from Mozart and de Falla.
Waugh hails from Easton and, in addition to her vocal talents, plays clarinet, tenor saxophone and piano. As a vocalist, she was a member of her church and school choirs from an early age and currently performs with the Barlow Select Choir and A Cappella singing groups. Like Beyer, she has also enjoyed an international spotlight, performing as far away as Vienna and Prague.
Murchie is the former director of music at Trinity Episcopal Church in the Southport section of town, and has performed as a solo pianist, organist, conductor, chamber musician and lecturer. He recently performed with the Knights and cellist Owen Young, and has played all over the world including Morocco, Vienna, Berlin, Edinburgh, Venice and Florence. Murchie's musical career began at the age of 10 as a choir member. He currently serves at St. John's Episcopal Church in the upstate town of Washington, and is an adjunct professor of music history at Fairfield University, where he also leads the university orchestra.
For more information about the Pequot Library and its music programs, visit www.pequotlibrary.org