Electric Earth Concerts is an organization in the Monadnock Region whose goal is to present affordable concerts of the highest quality in the Monadnock Region and to bring music’s enriching and therapeutic power free of charge to schools, homes for people with disabilities, and other groups whose members cannot easily attend public concerts. On Friday, they brought an amazing duo of musicians to morning meeting.
Fire and Grace is composed of two incredibly talented musicians - Edwin Huizinga and William Coulter. Canadian-born violinist Edwin Huizinga is one of North America’s most versatile violinists. Grammy award winning guitarist William Coulter has been performing and recording traditional and classical music for over 25 years.
In their 25 minutes on the Dublin stage, they took our students and faculty on a journey that connected the elements of classical, folk, and contemporary musical traditions from around the world. A Prelude by Bach was followed by an Irish reel; classical themes were combined with traditional American blues; and they finished with a movement from Vivaldi’s “Winter”. The virtuosity and imagination of this duo filled the room with excitement, awe and a great many smiles. Their passion for their craft was evident both in the performance and in their answers to student questions afterwards.
Fire and Grace
William Coulter is an internationally acclaimed master of the steel-string guitar whose wide-ranging career includes work with the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival and Cleveland’s Apollo’s Fire, a Grammy (2005) for a solo guitar track on a Henry Mancini album, and annual appearances as Music Director for Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas. Tours have taken him around the states and to Ireland,Europe, Taiwan and most recently to Chile.
Violinist Edwin Huizinga can be seen onstage performing with Canada’s biggest indie rock bands, the world’s great baroque orchestras, and as a soloist performing around the world. One of Edwin’s accolades this season was performing with Stevie Wonder! This season he will be performing with The Knights NYC, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Brandywine Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Carmel Bach Festival, Trinity Alps Chamber players, and ACRONYM.