July 5, 2020

Steve Jobe & Chris Turner Concert

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RUMFORD, R.I. - Newman Congregational Church, U.C.C., is pleased to present a concert featuring original compositions by Steven L. Jobe and Chris Turner. The concert, titled Madcap and Other Recent Works, includes new compositions by both Jobe and Turner.

Jobe’s offerings in this program are a collection of works old and new. The most recent are Bassoon Moon (2017) and Shepherds Waltz (2016), and the most ambitious is Madcap, first composed in 2009, but revised for this occasion to feature the unique combination of bowed strings, reeds and banjo. In light of the amazing array of players available for this program, all pieces have been chosen because they highlight, in one way or another, the tone color possibilities. Chris Turner has written a new work to be premiered at this concert. It is a suite for harmonica, pipe organ, and bassoon and includes traditional pairings of movements with Chris’ unique style of harmonies and textures that give a modern twist to traditional forms.

Steven L. Jobe received a MA in Music History from Ohio State University in 1984, with a thesis on the medieval composer Adam de la Halle. Based in Rhode Island since 1984, Jobe has created music influenced by the sounds of European medieval and traditional music, American traditional music and his experience with string instruments, including the hurdy-gurdy. His first major work was an opera, Joan of Arc which premiered in 1993 in Providence, RI. His first string quartet won the RI State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Composition in 2006. More recently, The Newman Cantata was commissioned and premiered in 2014, and his second opera, The Legend of the Fairy Melusine had its concert premiere later that same year. His newest recording, Where the Fish Are will be released in 2020.

Born into a musical family in London, England, Chris Turner learned harmonica and recorder as a child. He has been playing professionally since 1967 working in a variety of idioms including folk, rock, blues, jazz, country, early and Avant-garde music. In 1975 Chris Turner was recognized for his virtuosity when he was awarded the European Harmonica Championship. Chris has toured with numerous professional bands and appears on many recordings. He has worked extensively as a composer, music director, and arranger for various theatrical organizations including Rhode Island’s prestigious Trinity Repertory Company, as well as for films, animations, radio, and TV.

For this concert, the featured musicians are Chris Turner, harmonicas, Steven L. Jobe, bassoon, Laura Gulley, violin, Dan Rowe, cello, Liz Isenberg, doublebass, Brad Maloney, banjo, Alec K. Redfearn, accordion, and Geoffrey Greene, pipe organ and accordion. Mr. Greene is the Minister of Music at Newman Congregational Church.

Steven L. Jobe & Chris Turner & in Concert ~ Madcap and Other Recent Works will take place on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm. The public is cordially invited and there is a suggested donation of $5. A reception will follow the concert with an opportunity to meet the musicians. Newman Church is located at 100 Newman Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916. For more information, to reserve tickets, or to sponsor this concert, please call (401) 434-4742 x10.

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