The Pioneer Consort leads their audiences on a sonic tour of diverse cultures and styles - classical, jazz, folk and international idioms - on a dazzling array of instruments. "Somehow, tango and Django, jazz and rag, Mozart, Bach and Bossa Nova all coalesce into a mutually admiring, mad-teaparty of plucked, picked, struck, blown and bowed sounds completely at home with one another."
The three musicians - Chris Devine, violin, mandolin, guitar, and woodwinds; Michael Nix, guitars, mandolin, banjo and Banjar (a seven string classical banjo of his own design); and Greg Snedeker, cello and piano - combine their love of improvisation, to create intimate performances rich in humor. Taking their name from the Five-College area in which they live, the Pioneer Valley of western Mass., the three musicians of The Pioneer Consort were first invited to perform together in 2005. Their musical chemistry charmed the audience from start to double-encore finish.
Since this debut, the Consort has performed in a wide variety of venues including festivals, performing arts centers, theaters, colleges, private schools and community concerts.
"Sundays on the Hill" is made possible by a generous gift from the Anton Family Foundation and the invaluable support from Friends of Sundays on the Hill.
As with each of the "Sundays" series, admission to the concert is $5, with children admitted free. The doors open around 3:30 p.m. with open seating.
Parking is available at the Church, on Lawrence Hill Road, as well as at the Weston Green. For further information, see www.SundaysOnTheHill.org or email SundaysOnTheHill@ gmail.com.