For the last six years, people have grown to expect something from Kyle A. Ramey. He’s told such when he’s stopped around town.
“It’s become almost expected that we’re going to have a series,” the organist and choir master at Trinity Episcopal Church said. “People are looking for it now.”
Nothing is guaranteed these days, especially when the arts and budget cutbacks are involved, but Trinity Episcopal Church and its annual series have become the reliable go-to place in Watertown for music, mostly classical, performed by artists from around the world. The series also has become a showcase for local singers and musicians.
“It takes a lot of effort with a lot of people involved,” Mr. Ramey said. “It’s moving so much more smoothly than it used to. We’ve worked out the kinks over the years.”
The seventh annual Trinity Concert Series begins at 7 p.m. Saturday with the Boston-based brass group Innovata. The group specializes in music not performed by other brass groups, with lots of original tunes and music ranging from Baroque to Dixieland. The musicians are also known for their musical tidbits and lighthearted banter between pieces.
Other concerts in the nine-part series:
7 p.m. Oct. 20
Pianist Yoonie Han
Ms. Han, 27, a native of South Korea, has won top prizes from distinguished international competitions and high accolades for her performances in major concert halls in the U.S. and around the world. In 2009, she was honored with the Gawon Music Award as the “most brilliant pianist aged 17 to 31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence.”
The Cincinnati Enquirer has praised Ms. Han for her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing, and heavenly singing melodies.”
7 p.m. Nov. 17
Watertown Musica Viva:
American Choral Favorites
Mr. Ramey directs this by-audition chamber choir he created two years ago. Included in this year’s program will be the music of Harold Friedell, Jean Burger and Randall Thompson’s “The Peaceable Kingdom.”
Also included will be the “Four Motets” of Aaron Copland, which he wrote in 1921 in France.
3 p.m. Dec. 16
‘Tis the Season: ‘Messiah’ and Carol Sing-Along
This is the first of two programs that the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble, under the direction of Richard Probert, will be involved with in this year’s series. Guests are invited to bring their own “Messiah” score to sing along.
“We’ll have a big Christmas carol festival as well,” Mr. Ramey said.
Mr. Ramey said there’s also an open house planned at the church, along with other holiday-related events that haven’t been finalized.
7 p.m. Jan. 19
French Organ Symphonies
Mr. Ramey returns for the second consecutive year to feature French organ music, which he loves to perform.
“It was very well received last year,” he said. “The tunes I’m doing this year are probably the best known of the symphonies for organ and are pieces that people will recognize.”
Featured, Mr. Ramey said, will be perhaps one of the most well-known organ compositions of all time, the fast-tempo “Toccata” from Symphony No. 5 by Charles-Marie Jean Albert Widor (1844-1937).
3 p.m. Feb. 17
violinist Olga Caceanova
Ms. Caceanova, a native of the Republic of Moldova, studied at St. Petersburg Conservatory and at Longy School in Cambridge, Mass.
She has been a member of the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra with which she has toured the U.S. and Europe extensively. She has performed at numerous venues in Russia, including the Glazunov Hall of St. Petersburg Conservatory, Glinka Philharmonic Hall, the Concert Hall of Moscow Conservatory and the Slobodkin Center in Moscow.
4 p.m. March 17
Amernet String Quartet
This ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University has received worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. The group has performed in Japan, Korea, Romania, Switzerland, Mexico and other countries.
3 p.m. April 21
Billion Dollar Trio
This new group, formed at the Juillard School in New York City last year, comprises award-winning virtuosic musicians Alex Gorokholinsky of Russia on clarinet; Adrian Daurov of Russia on cello and Tomko Nakayama of Japan on piano.
3 p.m. May 5
Brahms’s Requiem and
Vaughan Williams’s “Dona Nobis Pacen”
Mr. Probert and the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble return to the 2012-13 series with two selections. Johannes Brahms’s “A German Requiem, To Words of the Holy Scriptures, Op. 45” comprises of seven movements and is his longest composition.
Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Dona Nobis Pacem” (“Grant us Peace”) is a cantata written in 1936 for choir, soprano and baritone soloists and orchestra.