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March 14, 2013

Lookout: Wilson Music Series concludes on Sunday

The Jean C. Wilson Music Series will conclude for this year on Sunday with a performance by trumpeter Richard Watson and organist Douglas Major.

The concert program at the First Religious Society in Newburyport offers three concerts annually, during the first three months of the year.

Sunday’s performance begins at 4 p.m. at the church, 26 Pleasant St., and will highlight pieces from the Baroque era to the modern. The programs includes works by Telemann, Tomasi, Hovanness and Damase, as well as Major’s “St. Michael Concerto.”

The duo is well known in New England. A Danvers native, Watson studied at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He has performed with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and studied with Vincent Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic and James Pandolfi of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Watson is the principal trumpet of Symphony New Hampshire and of the Granite State Symphony. He is also an assistant principal trumpet of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and serves on the faculty at Salem State University.

A Salem resident, Major is an internationally recognized solo artist and has toured in North America, Europe and the Far East. He has been the organ soloist on tour with the Orchestre National de France and Lorin Maazel and participated in the American Organists’ Festival in Kiev.

Major is a composer of music for organ, synthesizer, choirs and chamber ensembles. He is the music director at Saint Michael’s Church in Marblehead.

The Wilson music series is named in honor of one of the program’s founders. It is operated by the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Music Committee. There is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. Students and children can attend free of charge.

Animals and Shapes takes off with new CD

Greater Newburyport’s Animals and Shapes celebrates the launch of its debut CD, “Wish Them Well,” tomorrow night with a release show Downstairs at The Grog at 13 Middle St. in downtown Newburyport.

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