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Pre-Concert Talks

A Series of Discussions of Symphonic Works led by Joe Marchio,
occasionally joined by Jon Nakamatsu
Tuesdays, at 11 am, EDT 
June 2–August 18, 2020
Registration Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $10 per session or $100 for series of 12
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Joe Marchio

Imagine for a moment that the old world has returned. Imagine that you’re going to the symphony hall to hear a concert. Well, Artful Journeys will try to re-create that old excitement you feel as you walk into the hall, with instruments tuning up and a quick perusal of the program and nods to your friends and acquaintances. However, all this will take place in your own home, and we’ll give you the Pre-Concert Talk, an in-depth exploration of the day’s highlighted piece and its composer.
Joe Marchio, a true renaissance man, conductor, organist, pastor, and teacher, with a considerable breadth of knowledge about seemingly everything, will conduct his second online series, with 12 pre-concert talks, running Tuesday mornings at 11:00 EDT from June 2 to August 18. 


We hope you will attend and follow up each discussion by listening to the music at home, either via YouTube (or something similar) or a CD or, however you listen to music these days.
Schedule of Pre-Concert Talks:
June 2:           Beethoven–Symphony No. 9
June 9:           Copland–Appalachian Spring
June 16:         Rachmaninoff–Piano Concerto No. 2 with Jon Nakamatsu
June 23:         Strauss–Die Fledermaus
June 30:         Smetana–Moldau
July 7:             Brahms–Ein deutsches Requiem
July 14:           Mendelssohn–Italian Symphony
July 21:           Rossini–Barber of Seville 
July 28:           Mahler–Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”
August 4:       Handel–Messiah
August 11:     Beethoven–Piano Concerto No. 5  with Jon Nakamatsu
August 18:     Mozart–Requiem

Photo of Jon Nakamatsu, pianist

Jon Nakamatsu



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Joe Marchio
Instructor & Guide

Joe Marchio is a graduate of the College of Wooster, where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree in organ performance and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the Boston Conservatory. Joe became Music Director of the Chatham Chorale in 2010. He is also the Pastor and Director of Music of the First Congregational Church of Chatham.

Jon Nakamatsu
Pianist & Instructor

American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Mr. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä and Hans Vonk. He also performed at a White House concert hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Nakamatsu studied privately with Marina Derryberry and has worked with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, son of the great pianist Artur Schnabel. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in German Studies and a master's degree in Education.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.



  • Each session will cost $10 or listen to the entire series of 12 for $100

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • You will receive an email with the Zoom link to the lecture with instructions on how to login within 24 hours of presentation

To register for a session or the series, please click below:

A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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