Friday, January 13 2017 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Memorial Concert Series
Announces 5th Anniversary Schedule
Six years ago, in May of 2010, the Chancel Choir of Fredonia First Methodist Church lost its
director with the sudden death of Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen. Hannah had grown up in the
choir, and had been its director for the past year. She was a talented violist, singer, &
multi-instrumentalist who performed both as a classical and folk musician. She also taught fiddle
and guitar lessons to many people of all ages. In 2011, her successor as choir director, Tim
Antonacci, proposed a memorial concert series at the church, to honor Hannah, and to open the
doors of the church to music and audiences of a broad, eclectic range.
For the past five years, the Hannah Hasbrouck Memorial Concert Series has done just that,
providing the community with a wide variety of musical entertainment including open mic/jam
sessions, Peter Puma Hedlund (Swedish nyckelharpa master), a specially commissioned
operetta by Dr. Sean Doyle, “Samaritan” (in celebration of the church’s 200 th Anniversary), the
Mack Wilberg “Requiem”, and many more. A number of special children’s concerts included
“Green Eggs & Ham”, “Carnival of the Animals”, and “Noye’s Fludde”. In addition, the series
also provided a venue for student recitals and concerts.
This year’s Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Series promises to bring many more exciting musical
offerings to the community and, as always, all performances are free of charge:
November 13th, 7:00 pm : “Concert of Remembrance”
Join the FFUMC Chancel Choir, along with students and faculty of Fredonia State, in the
Sanctuary as they perform John Rutter’s Requiem with Lisa Layman, featured soloist. A
goodwill offering will be collected for the Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Memorial Fund.
January 15th, 7:00 pm : Doane College Choir
March 5th , 7:00 pm : Community Talent Showcase (Fellowship Hall)
April 23rd, 7:00 pm : Vivaldi Gloria
Fredonia First United Methodist Church is a church family that is open to all. They are missional,
family-friendly & comfortable, offering a traditional service with a contemporary message. Visit
www.fredoniafirst.org to see their schedule of events and worship. FFUMC is located at 25
Church Street in Fredonia, NY. Please call 716-679-1513 for more information.