Soprano Emily Donato
Returns to the Meeting House
Soprano, Emily Donato, returns to the Meeting House with Miles Walter, piano, on November 19 at 5 p.m. Their program will feature Samuel Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 with text from a short prose piece by James Agee. Emily will also sing selections from Mozart as well as Copland, Broadway shows and other American songs before concluding with Brahms’s Ihr Habt Nun Traurigkeit (“You now have sadness”) as a memorial to her friend and mentor, Lucille Field Goodman, the renowned local vocalist and musician who died in September.
Tickets for this special concert are $20 and sponsorships are $50 available only in advance at www.jamesportmeetinghouse.org. Members of the audience must be vaccinated and masked.
Emily first appeared at the Meeting House in November 2019 in a stunning performance that ranged from Monteverdi and Bach to Broadway show tunes and included works by our own Patsy Rogers. She returned to the Meeting House in December 2020 for another memorable concert with her Clio Artists Project. We are delighted to learn that Emily was awarded First Prize in the 44th Annual Lyndon-Woodside Oratorio Competition held at Riverside Church in August 2021.
Like Emily, Miles did his graduate work at the Yale School of Music where he studied piano and composition. Miles’s 2019-20 season included premieres of recent commissions from the Sounding Board Project, Yale Percussion Group, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and Yale Philharmonia. He has premiered over three dozen works
The Jamesport Meeting House, a structure built in 1731 by the area’s Puritan settlers, was purchased in 2008 by a preservation trust formed by a group of concerned residents in and around Jamesport. They feared that the then vacant building would either be torn down or turned into a commercial venture and arranged the financing to buy it.
Now operating as a not-for-profit entity, the Meeting House has evolved into a vital center for a broad range of events, including community meetings, lectures, Broadway performances and concerts of all kinds.
The oldest public building on the East End of Long Island and sitting in heart of the Jamesport Historic District
at 1590 Main Road, the structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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