Flutist welcomes guests to enjoy ‘Music at the Farm’

Flutist welcomes guests to enjoy ‘Music at the Farm’

Flutist Virginia Sindelar at her 1730 Quaker Farm, Grace Note Farm, invites the public to enjoy “Music at the Farm,” a montly series featuring herself and other renowned musicians. (Breeze photos by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

BURRILLVILLE – More than 20 years after a devastating neck injury prevented renowned musician Virginia Sindelar from playing the flute, she is able to play again and is bringing music to her farm in Pascoag for the series, “Music at the Farm.”

Originally from Chicago, Sindelar purchased an old Quaker farm, built in 1730, after being rear-ended while living in Boston. Her injuries were so severe that she experienced pain when she moved her neck or looked down. She would not be able to pursue her joy in life, creating music, something she had done since she was 10 years old.

After 25 years spent restoring the farm buildings with period-appropriate furnishings and upgrading barn structures to house horses, ponies and a donkey named Eeyore, Sindelar discovered that her 9-year-old granddaughter, Isabella Noyes, enjoyed singing.

“We started doing little musical soirees for my granddaughter. It felt so great to have music back in my life,” she said.

The Juilliard School-trained musician discovered she was able to play again. It’s been one year and three months since she’s started playing, and she’s been doing so publicly since March of this year.

“I realized after practicing that I could achieve my highest quality of playing,” she said. “It’s the music that comes alive.”

Now called Grace Note Farm, at 969 Jackson Schoolhouse Road, Burrillville, Sindelar decided to “bring the world artists to Chepachet” in a monthly series presenting musicians of the “highest level” at her farm, where attendees can enjoy tunes set to the natural landscape.

Programs will showcase music from around the world every second Sunday of the month through December. Sindelar used her connections from studying at Juilliard, and teaching at Lowell University, Clark Univeristy, Eastern Nazarene College, Boston University, Tanglewood Institute and more to gather top talent.

“It is the highest quality music combined with the love of sharing this place, to experience a stress-free environment, with some nature and animals,” she said.

During her time living on the farm, Sindelar transformed the property into a Colonial-style bed and breakfast complete with period clothing she sewed for guests. A brook runs behind the main house, past a fenced-in field for the running the horses. Around the fields are hand-painted signs denoting walking paths.

To the left of the house, in a grassy field abutting the road is Tobias, her white and tan patched horse who at 10 a.m. is out grazing the grass. Never far behind Sindelar is her collie, Abigail Adams, who greets guests with a shake of her tail.

Sindelar worked with the Burrillville Land Trust to put an easement on the property, and the Burrillville Conservation Commission partnered with her for the series, providing kettle corn.

This Mother’s Day, May 13, is the 2 p.m. kickoff show, featuring the Jess Tora Jazz Trio presenting the “Great American Songbook” of folk tunes and Broadway ballads. The trio consists of Rhode Island native, vocalist and piano instructor Jessica Toracinta. Alongside Toracinta is the trio’s pianist Kallin Johnson, the director of music for Notre Dame Academy, and bass player, Bryan Rizzuto, an international artist who currently teaches at Bishop Hendricken High School.

Concerts will be held in the farm’s main room, with seating for up to 60, which sits on floors made from wood found in the barn from the 1700s.

Sindelar will showcase her talent during a series of farm concert events: July 8 with Peter Clemente on the guitar in a program titled, “Folk Meets the Classics,” and on Nov. 11, with Malcolm Halliday, on piano in “Romantic Get-A-Way.”

For more information visit www.gracenotefarmweb.com . Tickets are available online or at the door, $20 for adults, $10 for students and children under 12, and free for children age 4 and younger.

Inside the “master’s room,” at Grace Note Farm, is a piano waiting to be played during the farm’s music series.