Judy Record Conservation Fund – News & Events

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17th Annual Record Players Concert

Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm

First Church Unitarian, 404 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA

The Record Players quartet
© The Record Players
From Left: Colin Davis, Leslie Amper, Ray Jackendoff, Andrea M. Nolin, Sarah Freiberg

This concert is a collaboration between the chamber music group The Record Players and the Judy Record Conservation Fund to bring together people who find inspiration and beauty through music and nature. The concert, which is free and open to the public, serves as our annual appeal and is supported by pre-concert private and corporate sponsorships.

Voluntary donations to the Judy Record Conservation Fund may be made at the door. All proceeds from the concert go to the Fund’s endowment, which is managed by Mass Audubon.

2017 Concert Program

This year’s concert will be an all-French program, and the musicians include Andrea Nolin (flutes), Ray Jackendoff (clarinet), Colin Davis (violin), Anne Black (viola), Sarah Freiberg (cello) & Leslie Amper (piano).

  • Charles Dollé, Sonata en Trio Opus 1, number VI in g minor 
  • Claude Debussy, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
  • Darius Milhaud, Suite Op. 157b for Clarinet, Violin and Piano 
  • Gabriel Fauré, Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 

One of Claude Debussy’s most famous works, The Afternoon of a Faun (1894), is a work that heralded the start of a new era of tonal expression. The Record Players will perform a stunning transcription by clarinetist Michael Webster. It is extraordinary how this trio of flute, clarinet and piano can cover all the sounds of an entire orchestra.

Ms. Nolin will perform the Debussy on her newly acquired instrument made in 1882 by the famous French flute maker, Louis Lot.

The Record Players are accomplished professional musicians have principalships and affiliations with such Boston institutions as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and the Handel and Haydn Society.

A Personal History of the Record Players by Andrea Mason Nolin

Judy Record lived three doors down from me in Belmont, MA. She always greeted me with her engaging smile and would relate the latest news of the McLean Open Space Alliance, the organization that she founded to promote the protection of open space in the town. I wasn’t alone in feeling enormous grief when a bicycle accident caused her untimely death in 2000. Since her Memorial Service was held at Trinity Church in Boston, I felt that Belmont needed to pay tribute to her in her home town. I gathered some musician friends, and friends of friends, as others were busy setting up a memorial fund in her name.

Thus, in 2001, the first concert was the founding event of the Judy Record Conservation Fund. On a snowy afternoon, over 200 people attended that concert and over $10,000 was raised for the Fund! With such an enthusiastic and generous response, our ensemble continues to perform every year. The Concert has now become the Annual Appeal event for the Fund.