The First Church of Monson was the focal point of immediate tornado relief, serving three hot meals a day for over a month, hosting a food and household goods pantry, tool pantry, coordinating volunteer efforts for those who arrived from across the United States to lend help and support, and functioning as an information center for a community without telephone, internet, television, or newspapers.
Mr. Gilman, a Yale University trained musician, is a nationally known authority on the piano music of Beethoven. His work has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He will present a program of Bach Overture in the French Style;, two sonatas of Beethoven – the “Waldstein” and Op. 109 in E major; Chopin, Polonaise in f-sharp minor, Op. 44; and the Rachmaninoff Elegy in E-flat minor.
Admission to the concert is free and all are welcome. A suggested donation of $10 is requested to help repair damage to the historic 1891 Johnson organ, perhaps the largest still in existence, which was made in Westfield, Massachusetts. Your presence at this event is the most important contribution, so please do not feel pressured to give in these trying economic times.