WATERTOWN — A new summer evening concert series has been created in the spirit of the former parish house at Trinity Episcopal Church.

The approximately 40,000- square-foot Trinity House was demolished two years ago after it sat idle for several years as church officials struggled with the stone building’s maintenance and exorbitant heating costs.

Trinity House was built in 1912 and served as a social and recreational center for the community.

“The new series was crafted in this same spirit of community service,” said Kyle P. Ramey, organist and choirmaster at Trinity, who 14 years ago created an annual concert series at the church, which kicks off each year in September and concludes in the spring.

Mr. Ramey said the summer concerts, to be held on four Thursdays beginning today on the former Trinity House site, now the church’s south lawn, will be “lighter” in genre than heard in the Trinity series. Summer sounds at Trinity will include pop, country, big band and brass.

There will be free admission to the concerts. All begin at 6:30 p.m.

The schedule of the four-concert series:

This band was started by a group of Watertown doctors in 1977 and still includes a few members of the medical profession. It specializes in big band swing music.

This band, with stations in Livonia, Mich., and Columbus, Ohio, is the only medium sized Army band in the Army reserves.

Gretchen P. Koehler and Daniel Kelly infuse the energy of traditional dance music with the rhythms of jazz. Ms. Koehler is a fiddle player and Mr. Kelly is a pianist.

Ms. Koehler was inducted into the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame in 2012 and Fiddler magazine has called her one of the futures of Celtic fiddle music.

Mr. Kelly has performed with jazz legends Michael Brecker, hip-hop star Lauryn Hill, modern classical giants the Bang on a Can All-Stars and toured throughout Southeast Asia and India as a part of the U.S. State department-sponsored Jazz Ambassador program.

Aug. 22

This award-winning a cappella group of female singers based in Watertown, is a member of Harmony, Inc. a nonprofit International organization. Their musical selection ranges from classics to current pop tunes.

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