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Concert at St. James celebrates ‘this fragile earth’


June 2, 2011

CALLICOON, NY — St. James Episcopal Church on Route 17B will present an evening of music and praise on Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m. Kevin Vertrees, organist and musical director, has assembled a group of local musicians to present a program consisting of a series of “musical meditations” themed on a line from the Book of Common Prayer: “this fragile earth, our island home.”

Vertrees studied classical composition at the Ohio State University and has performed professionally for over 20 years. He will open the program with his organ fanfare, composed especially for the church’s 1898 Vocalion organ. Other selections will include the performance of two original works for guitar by classical guitarist Stuart Douglas Hirsch, director of music at The Church of Saint Peter in Monticello; and a performance of two original compositions by baritone Steve Utzig, of New York City, a singer, actor and musical director and an alumnus of the Delaware Valley Opera Company and the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra.

The suggested contribution is $10 a ticket, and the proceeds benefit the landscape renovation project at the church. Advance tickets can be purchased at Narrowsburg Fine Wines and Spirits, Main Street in Narrowsburg; Global Home in Jeffersonville; the Café Devine, Lower Main Street in Callicoon; and Catskill Harvest Market, Route 52 in Liberty.