Nahant Historical Society

41 Valley Road, Nahant Massachusetts 01908 781-581-2727
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Ellingwood Chapel, in Nahant (unless otherwise noted)
or call Jim Walsh at 781-367-2007

Ellingwood Chapel
Photo: Megan Demit, NHS Collection

Friends of NHS
Ellingwood Concert Series

We need the support of our friends.
Become an ECC friend and Join the
Friends of the Ellingwood Series

Admissions alone do not cover the full costs of our concerts. So please, be a Friend for $100, Player for $250, or best of all, an Angel for $500!

Friends of Ellingwood
Special Instructions
  • Friend $100 (2 complimentary tickets)
  • Player $250 (5 complimentary tickets)
  • Angel $500 (10 complimentary tickets)

“Friends” of the Ellingwood Concert Series will enjoy the satisfaction of sharing this music with the community, while supporting the ongoing restoration of the Chapel, and sponsoring special outreach concerts. Friends will be recognized on the program and with special events. Because so many of you support us, we are able to keep the the series going. Thank you!

If you don’t wish to pay online, you can download a printable donation form (pdf)
Please fill out the downloadable form
and make your check payable to: Nahant Historical Society
Ellingwood Series and mail to:
the Nahant Historical Society
Ellingwood Series
41 Valley Road, Nahant MA 01908
If you work for a company with a matching gift program,
please forward its matching gift form with your contribution.
For more information on the series,
please contact Jim Walsh at 781-367-2007
or email

“This intimate stone hall, with white stucco and stained-glass windows, sits atop a small hill rising from Nahant Bay. It is an ideal setting for chamber music”

Alex Ludwig, The Boston Musical Intelligencer


Saturday June 24, 2017 at 8pm
Rodin’s Playlist
The concert will feature the New England Philharmonic Chamber Players with a narrator reading from the letters of French Sculptor Auguste Rodin. The renowned artist was deeply moved by music, especially the music of Handel, Gluck, Chopin, and above all, of Beethoven. So powerfully did Beethoven's art affect him that he saw himself as the “Beethoven of sculpture.”

In the Ellingwood Chapel the music will be surrounded with the sculpture of Reno Pisano of Nahant. To hear the words of Rodin with great music in the presence of Nahant sculpture (with a little champagne on the side) will create one memorable Nahant night.

Saturday July 15, 2017 at 8pm
Shubert and Debussy String Quartets
Fin de Siècle is a period instrument string quartet focusing on repertoire of 18th-, 19th- and early 20th-century composers. The string ensemble performs on gut strings, letting us hear the music as the composers would have heard it in their minds and on the stage while creating an especially evocative palette of colors and dynamic possibilities.

Sunday August 27, 2017 at 4pm
The Brioso Trio emerged from the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston, Massachusetts where they are coached by Laura Blustein. Its members are: 16-year-old pianist Andrew Li from Lexington, Massachusetts, who studies with Dorothy Shi; 15-year-old violinist Hannah Ryu from Lexington, Massachusetts, who studies with Kazuko Matsusaka; and 15-year-old cellist Evan Hsu from Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, who studies with Laura Blustein.

The trio plays with astounding virtuosity as demonstrated here:

Saturday September 9, 2017 at 8pm
Beethoven’s  9th Symphony (Liszt transcription)

Thomas Stumpf, piano
Frans Liszt was a composer and a performer. Men were astonished and women fainted at his recitals. One of his crowning achievements was to arrange the magnificent 9th Symphony by Ludwig von Beethoven.
The performer will be the renowned pianist and composer Thomas Stumpf of the New England Conservatory and Tufts University

Saturday September 23, 2017 at 8pm

Emily Marvosh and Tanya Blaich: An Evening of Songs
Contralto Emily Marvosh and pianist Tanya Blaich reprise a program performed at the Goethe Institute in February, songs inspired by the relationship between Kathleen Ferrier and Bruno Walter. In 1946, the British contralto Kathleen Ferrier and the eminent German conductor Bruno Walter met at a dinner party. Their friendship and collaboration continued until her early death in 1953; their performances helped bring the music of Gustav Mahler, in particular, to wider audiences worldwide.

This recital is modeled on their famous Edinburgh Festival performances with Walter at the keyboard. Anecdotes about Kathleen and Bruno as well as excerpts from their letters and writings will be interspersed between songs.

Read a review in The Musical Intelligencer here:
Reservations and further information, including how to become a patron, may be obtained via email at or by calling 781-367-2007.

A note from series organizer Jim Walsh: We offer free concert admission to all students accompanied by a parent or other adult. The Nahant Historical Society and its Ellingwood Concerts are committed to providing an opportunity for students to taste the fine wine of good music and no laws will be broken by sharing this wine with our young people.

Ellingwood Chapel