Bob Sparkman Trio to perform second concert in Ashfield church’s Organ Celebration Series

  • Clifton “Jerry” Noble, Kara Noble and Bob Sparkman, of the Bob Sparkman Trio, will perform at the First Congregational Church of Ashfield on Oct. 30. Contributed Photo/Jon Crispin

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Published: 10/20/2021 3:33:45 PM

The First Congregational Church of Ashfield will hold the second concert of its Organ Celebration Series, marking the recent restoration of the church’s historic George W. Reed pipe organ, on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m.

Masks are required, and attendees are welcome to bring a folding chair or blanket if they choose to listen from the lawn. A rain date of Sunday, Oct. 31, has been reserved.

The Bob Sparkman Trio — consisting of clarinetist Bob Sparkman, pianist Clifton “Jerry” Noble and Kara Noble on electric bass — will play songs by Thomas “Fats” Waller, Hoagy Carmichael and other contributors to the Great American Songbook, with classics like “Stardust” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” on the list, according to a press release from the Organ Celebration Series Committee. With the concert taking place on Halloween weekend, “Love Potion No. 9” has been programmed, with Tinky Weisblat, a Greenfield Recorder freelancer, invited as guest singer.

This concert is the second in a series celebrating the restoration of the church’s 1903 George W. Reed tracker organ conducted between 2018 and 2020 by William Czelusniak, and Messrs Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. Work on the organ took place at the firm’s Northampton workshop and on site in Ashfield. The release states 2017 capital campaign “Make a Joyful Noise,” involving many volunteers and donors, raised the necessary money for restoration.

Future Organ Celebration Series events will be held at the First Congregational Church of Ashfield, 429 Main St., on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. and Sunday, April 24, 2022.

Admission is free. According to the release, the concerts are supported by the church, an anonymous donor and grants from the cultural councils of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Conway, Plainfield and Shelburne.

Event information and last-minute rain date scheduling will be posted at


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