Past Music Events

This is a selection of some musical highlights of the past few years.

 

Holiday community sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah” held on Sunday 14 December 2014 at 4:00PM at St. Peter’s Church, 320 Boston Post Road.

Andrew Shenton, Director of Music at St. Peter’s, conducted the choir and audience for the choruses of the first part of “Messiah” that tells the Christmas story. Heinrich Christensen, organist of the King’s Chapel in Boston, accompanied the evening on the famous 3-manual Aeolian Skinner organ in the church. The section leaders from St. Peter’s choir sang the famous solos, including the stirring soprano aria “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion” sung by Kate Scott. The other soloists were Rebekah Alexander, mezzo-soprano; Evan Biela, tenor; and Corey Gaudreau, bass. The evening ended with a rousing performance of the ever-popular “Hallelujah” chorus.

kate_scottSoprano Kate Scott received her BM in vocal performance from Northwestern University’s School of Music. She studied Italian opera and art song at the Accademia Internationale della Musica in Milan, Italy and has performed in recitals, operas, and choral works throughout Italy and the US. She currently sings with the Boston Choral Ensemble and is a healthcare consulting Principal with the Advisory Board Company. “Messiah” is one of my favorite pieces and an essential part of my Christmas experience,” said Kate. “I especially like come-and-sing performances because I love having everyone join in with this special music.”

Handel composed “Messiah” in just three weeks in 1741. It has since become a perennial favorite and acknowledged as a masterpiece of word setting. In Part I, the coming of the Messiah and his virgin birth are predicted by the Old Testament prophets. The annunciation to the shepherds of the birth of the Christ is represented in the words of St. Luke’s Gospel. The first part ends with a description of Christ’s healing and redemption. Handel sets each scene musical, first by telling the story and then, in an aria, reflecting on the words of the Biblical text. The librettist for the piece was Charles Jennens who selected and compiled the texts from various sources. The famous “Hallelujah” chorus ends Part 2 of the work, which deals with Christ’s passion and resurrection.

The performance held on 14 December, which lasted about an hour, was followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. The event was free and open to the public. Scores were provided for those who liked to sing and we also welcomed people who would just like to come and listen.

 


 

On Sunday, November 3, 2013 St. Peter’s Church [in Weston] will hold its annual service of recognition and remembrance at 4:00 PM. We invite you to honor loved ones who have died during this special ceremony, which will include the opportunity to privately name those who have died – the St. Peter’s clergy will pray for these people by name in the coming months.

The choir, directed by Andrew Shenton will sing music by Maurice Greene, Geoffrey Burgon and others. Soprano Elissa Alvarez will be a featured soloist and during the naming ceremony the choir will sing John Tavener’s beautiful and evocative Funeral Ikos.

The service is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

For further information please call the church office 781-891-3200.

 


 

The Crucifixion

Held on March 17. 2013
A special musical performance for everyone.

Sir John Stainer – The Crucifixion

The choir of St. Peter’s Church, Weston, joined with three other choirs to perform The Crucifixion, a musical retelling of the passion of Christ by John Stainer. The other choirs are from Trinitarian Congregational Church, Wayland (directed by Adam Kurihara); St. Dunstan’s, Dover (directed by Richard Bunbury); and Holy Spirit, Wayland (directed by Daniel Ryan).  There were 40 singers from the combined choirs.

This piece, composed in 1876, has long been a popular work due to its sensitive text setting and moving music. One of the movements, “God so loved the world” has become extremely popular as an anthem on its own. Now is a chance for you to get to know the rest of the work in the company of other singers.

Modeled on the passions of J. S. Bach, The Crucifixion recounts the passion story using tenor and bass soloists in the roles of Jesus and of the narrator. The chorus takes on the parts of the crowd and other characters, and comment on the action. Instead of the Lutheran chorales Bach uses in his settings, Stainer uses hymn tunes which the entire congregation are invited to sing.

Evan Biela, tenor, is a teacher in the Waltham schools and a freelance trumpet player in the Boston area.  He received his BM degree from the Hartt school of Music and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Education from Boston University. Admission was free and the performance was followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.

 


 

Come and Sing, Messiah
Held on December 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

You were invited to join the choir of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Weston, MA for the annual ‘Come and Sing’ Messiah {Part I}. Bring your score (some will be provided) and join in the choruses of Handel’s seasonal masterpiece.

The section leaders from St. Peter’s choir will sing the famous solos, including the stirring mezzo-soprano aria “He shall feed his flock,” sung by Rebekah Alexander. The evening will end with a rousing performance of the ever-popular “Hallelujah” chorus.

Photo caption: At the St. Peters Church community ‘Come and Sing’ Messiah, mezzo-soprano Rebekah Alexander sang the stirring aria “He shall feed his flock”.

Andrew Shenton, conductor; Heinrich Christensen, organ
Elissa Alvarez, soprano; Rebekah Alexander, mezzo-soprano
Evan Biela, tenor; David Negrete, bass

 


St. Peter’s is honored to be hosting a benefit concert for the Alliance for Children Foundation. Established in 2000, the Foundation is a Massachusetts-based international relief organization devoted to improving the physical and emotional well being of forgotten children living in institutions in Asia, eastern Europe and Latin America. The Foundation’s projects in medical care, basic needs, and education seek to heal, strengthen and empower some of the world’s most vulnerable children, especially those who are less likely to be adopted due to age or special needs.

Program

Antonin Dvorak: Terzetto for 2 violins and viola
W. A. Mozart: Quartet in C major, K. 465 “Dissonance”

* Intermission *

Felix Mendelssohn: Quartet in D major, Opus 44 No. 1

Performers

Xin Ding, violin
Catherine French, violin
Ed Gazouleas, viola
Joel Moerschel, cello

The Lord’s Prayer – Singing

One of the reasons we sing parts of the mass each week, such as the Sanctus, is to give new life to words we frequently repeat. One of the most frequently used prayers in the Christian Church is the Lord’s Prayer. In the New Testament it appears in Matthew’s Gospel as part of the Sermon on the Mount and in Luke’s Gospel at a point where the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray.

During Lent we will sing the Lord’s Prayer rather than saying it during communion, the clergy will preach about it and the choir will sing several different versions so that we can reacquaint ourselves with this fundamental text.

Each week in Lent instead of an organ prelude the choir will sing a setting of the Lord’s Prayer. A second version will be sung after the Gospel before the sermon and additional settings may be sung during the Offertory or Communion. Instead of saying the prayer during communion the congregation will sing it to the traditional plainsong version found in the 1980 Hymnal.

The musical settings range from the plainsong through the earliest versions in the English language to more contemporary settings such as the famous Romantic version by Herbert Malotte and the less well-known but equally appealing version by Jeremy Rawson from his musical ‘Paul.’

Because of its universal use, the Lord’s Prayer has been set not only by Anglican composers but by many others, so we will perform a French version by twentieth-century composer Maurice Duruflé and versions in Orthodox style by Russian composers Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Igor Stravinsky.

The settings will include these versions:

The Lord’s Prayer Traditional plainsong
Pater Noster Rimsky Korsakov
The Lord’s Prayer John Farmer
Pater Noster Igor Stravinsky
Our Father Robert Stone
The Lord’s Prayer Herbert Malotte
Notre Père, Op. 14, No. 4 Maurice Duruflé
Pater Noster John Tavener
Our Father Kenneth Leighton

 


 

Bala Brass Christmas Eve at St. Peter’s Church
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 5:00pm

The Bala Brass Quintet, ensemble in residence at St. Peter’s Church Weston, will provide the musical prelude at 5 p.m. for the 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service. French horn player Kristin Sinkoweicz (second from left) directs St. Peter’s Children’s Choir at St. Peter’s.

On Friday, December 24th at 5:00 p.m. the Bala Brass Quintet will provide a Musical Prelude for Christmas Eve worship at St. Peter’s Church, Weston. The community is invited and all are welcome.

The Bala Brass Quintet is ensemble in residence at St. Peter’s Church and offers music for worship each year. Kristin Sienkiewicz, French horn player with Bala Brass, directs the Children’s Chorus at St. Peter’s. The Bala ensemble is dedicated to furthering the art of brass music performance and was the first group of its kind to be invited to participate in the Osaka International Chamber Music Festival in Japan in 2002. The Bala Brass was awarded the bronze medal at the 2001 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and was a finalist in the 2001 Coleman Chamber Music Competition.

Recently Bala Brass performed the world premiere of Robert J. Bradshaw’s Cantata Domine for Brass Quintet, Choir, Organ, and Percussion, and appeared as Guest Artists at the Northeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Band. Past performances have included appearances at the New York Brass Conference and The International Trumpet Guild Conferences.

Christmas Eve worship services at St. Peter’s will be at 3:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on December 24. The 3 p.m. service will include a short children’s pageant. The 5:30 p.m. service will include music by the Bala Brass. St. Peter’s Choir and soloists will provide a choral prelude at 10 p.m. and will offer service music for the 10:30 p.m. service. St. Peter’s Church is located at 320 Boston Post Road. Information is available at www.stpetersweston.org or by calling the church office at 781 891-3200.

 


 

‘Come and Sing’ Messiah
On Sunday, December 12 at 4:00 p.m., St. Peter’s Church, Weston held its annual come-and-sing Messiah.  George Frideric Handel’s perennial masterpiece was performed by the professional soloists from St. Peter’s Choir directed by interim music director Beverly Jerold Scheibert. Heinrich Christensen, music director at King’s Chapel, Boston performed the organ accompaniment.

The community was invited and all were welcome. Admission was free (there was a free will offering).

Featured soloist Meredeth Kelly is soprano section leader of St. Peter’s Choir. She is a recent graduate of Boston University where she received a Master of Music degree. She is currently continuing her vocal studies at BU, working toward a post-graduate Performance Diploma. Recently she was seen in productions with the Boston University Opera Institute, Boston Opera Collaborative, Opera del West and in concert with Boston University Symphonic Chorus. This winter she will sing the Lady-in-Waiting with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s production of Verdi’s Macbeth.

Christmas Eve services at St. Peter’s will be held at 3:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. on December 24. The Bala Brass Quintet, in residence at St. Peter’s, will offer a musical prelude at 5:00 p.m. St. Peter’s Choir, with Meredeth Kelly among the section leaders, will offer a choral prelude at 10:00 p.m. The community is invited to join us for worship at any of these services.

St. Peter’s Weston is located at 320 Boston Post Road, Weston. For more information call 781 891-3200.
Beverly Jerold Scheibert, conductor; Heinrich Christensen, organ; Meredith Kelly, soprano; Cassie Santiago, alto; Evan Biela, tenor; Sepp Hammer, bass.

 


 

Organ Recital By Andrew Shenton at The Holy Cross Cathedral

Friday, February 26, 2010

St. Peter’s Music Director
Andrew Shenton, Organ
www.andrewshenton.com

Music by Caplet, Karg-Elert and others

Cathedral of the Holy Cross
1400 Washington St. in the historic South End of Boston
Admission free

Come and hear Andrew play the historic 1875 E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings Organ, built in 1875, and the Chamber Choir of Mount Holyoke College (Miguel Felipe, director) at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.Please see the information below on the E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings Organ factory which was a huge facility in Weston, Massachusetts.

The cathedral organ, Opus 801, is the largest extant organ built by the Hook and Hastings firm. Founded in Boston in 1827, Hook and Hastings moved to Weston, Massachusetts in 1875. In its 108 years of operation, E. and G.G. Hook and Hastings produced and estimated 2,614 organs ranging in size from eight to eighty feet for locations throughout the U.S.  These included organs for First Parish and St. Peter’s Church in Weston, Weston College, Wellesley College, the College of Music in Wellesley, and the Unitarian Church in Wellesley Hills.

Hook and Hastings was the largest industry in Weston and produced an organ a week in its huge, wooden factory on Viles Street, just north of the railroad tracts. The company closed in 1935, a victim of the Depression and the building was demolished in 1936.

St. Peter’s Music Director Andrew Shenton was born in England. His first professional music training was at The Royal College of Music in London, where he studied under a scholarship from The Royal College of Organists. While at the RCM he read for a B.Mus. degree at London University and was an organ scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral. In 1991 Andrew Shenton moved to the US to study for a Master’s degree at the Institute for Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts at Yale University and then for a Ph.D. in musicology at Harvard University. He currently serves on the faculty of Boston University.

He has given recitals in such venues as King’s College, Cambridge, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (New York debut), and Washington National Cathedral. He has toured extensively in Europe and the US as a conductor, recitalist and clinician, and his two solo organ recordings have received international acclaim.

The Hook & Hastings organ factory was by far the largest industry in Weston, MA. The huge wooden building (above) stood on Viles Street, just north of the railroad tracks, from the late 1880s until it was demolished in 1936. The company’s organs ranged in size from eight to eighty feet and were shipped all over the country.

 


 

 

 

 


 

St. Peter’s Weston Music events 2009-10
All events are at St. Peter’s Church unless noted

2009

On Friday November 6 at 7:30 PM St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Weston will recognize its 50th anniversary in the current building at 320 Boston Post Road, Weston, by hosting a remarkable memorial service and concert that honors our fire, police and military ranks, as well as those from the Weston community and beyond who have died. The service will be led by the Rev. Hall Kirkham, Assistant Rector at St. Peter’s, and will be an opportunity for the gathered assembly to meditate on and remember the names of loved ones who have died. The event will include participation from members the community, including Weston Veterans Agent Donald Bumpus, members of the Weston Fire and Police Departments, Fire Chief David Soar, and Police Chief Steven Shaw.

The concert itself will feature the choir and orchestra of St. Peter’s, led by music director Andrew Shenton. They will be joined by the choir of Eliot Church, Newton and their director, David Castillo Gocher. The music will include John Rutter’s beautiful and moving Requiem along with works by Harris, Tavener and Blatchley. The service and concert together will last a little over an hour. Tickets are $15 (concessions $5) available at the door on the night of the event.

10:00 AM Sunday Service

Bala Brass Concert with Andrew Shenton, organ
4:00PM

Tickets $15 (concessions $5)

Come and hear the fabulous Bala Brass, the artist in residence at St. Peter’s with our Director of Music Andrew Shenton playing the 1956 Aeolian Skinner organ in St. Peter’s.

Gospel Music Sunday

This Sunday will feature music in the gospel tradition with piano, bass and drums.

Memorial Concert

7:30PM

Meredith Kelly, soprano
St. Peter’s Choir and Collegium
Andrew Shenton, Director
The Choir of EliotChurch, Newton
David Castillo Gocher, Director

Requiem by John Rutter (and works by Tavener, Blatchley and others) Tickets $15 (concessions $5)

Concert
4:00PM
(at EliotChurch, Newton)

A repeat performance of the Friday Concert with the choir of EliotChurch, Newton.

Advent Candlelight Carol Service

4:00 PM
Celebrate the start of Advent with the traditional candlelight advent service of lesson and carols.

Messiah by G. F. Handel (with orchestra)

4:00 PM
Come and hear Handel’s seasonal favorite, or bring your score and come and sing with the choir!

Midnight Mass

10:00 PM with Bala Brass
Our artists in residence and our festival choir will provide the prelude and service music for Midnight Mass.

St. John’s Church, Bowdoin Street, Boston –
Bala Brass with Andrew Shenton, Organ
5:30PM

Retiring collection

Passio by Arvo Pärt

7:30PM (venue tba)
Part of Boston University’s Pärt and Contemporary Spirituality Conference

Passio by Arvo Pärt

7:30PM at St. Peter’s
The Choir and Collegium of St. Peter’s
Celebrate Good Friday with a special performance of Passio, the St. John Passion set to music by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

 

Click here for The Recital Program Notes and Description of Cathedral Hook and Hastings OrganOrgan Recital By Andrew Shenton On Fantastic Organ Built By Weston Organ Company, Hook and Hastings

Held Sunday, June 14 at 3:00 PM

St. Peter’s Music Director:
Andrew Shenton, Organ 
www.andrewshenton.com

Music by Franck, Leighton, Lefébure-Wély and others

Cathedral of the Holy Cross
http://www.angelfire.com/ma4/cathedral/home.html
1400 Washington St in the historic South End of Boston
Admission free

Andrew played the fantastic E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings Organ, opus 801, built in 1875 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in a special recital for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Please see the information below on the E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings Organ factory which was a huge facility in Weston, Massachusetts.

The cathedral organ, Opus 801, is the largest extant organ built by the Hook and Hastings firm. Founded in Boston in 1827, Hook and Hastings moved to Weston, Massachusetts in 1875. In its 108 years of operation, E. and G.G. Hook and Hastings produced and estimated 2,614 organs ranging in size from eight to eighty feet for locations throughout the U.S.  These included organs for First Parish and St. Peter’s Church in Weston, Weston College, Wellesley College, the College of Music in Wellesley, and the Unitarian Church in Wellesley Hills.

Hook and Hastings was the largest industry in Weston and produced an organ a week in its huge, wooden factory on Viles Street, just north of the railroad tracts. The company closed in 1935, a victim of the Depression and the building was demolished in 1936.

St. Peter’s Music Director Andrew Shenton was born in England. His first professional music training was at The Royal College of Music in London, where he studied under a scholarship from The Royal College of Organists. While at the RCM he read for a B.Mus. degree at London University and was an organ scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral. In 1991 Andrew Shenton moved to the US to study for a Master’s degree at the Institute for Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts at Yale University and then for a Ph.D. in musicology at Harvard University. He currently serves on the faculty of Boston University.

Recently he has given recitals in such venues as King’s College, Cambridge, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (New York debut), and Washington National Cathedral. He has toured extensively in Europe and the US as a conductor, recitalist and clinician, and his two solo organ recordings have received international acclaim.

 

Andrew Shenton playing the grand Hook and Hastings organ at
the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The organ was built by the Weston
firm in 1875. The keybord console is located high in the organ loft!

 

Beverly Scheibert, Mercer Riis, Doug Riis, and Carolyn Ellis greet
Andrew Shenton after the Recital at the Cathedral.

 

Alex Schott playing W.A. Mozart’s /Rondo/ (piano sonata No.16 in C
major, K 545) the main service Postlude on Sunday, June 14.

 

Ellie Lachenauer performs Marcello’s Adagio on Youth Sunday in church as the postlude for the main service, May 17.

 

Bach Cantata BMV 131 with Choir and Collegium at St. Peter’s

On Sunday March 29, 2009, the semi-professional choir and Collegium (chamber orchestra) at St.Peter’s Church in Weston, MA will give a complete performance of J. S. Bach’s cantata BWV 131: Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu dir (From the deep, Lord, I Cried to Thee).

The cantata is one of Bach’s most beautiful and enduring pieces. It is scored for SATB soloists, chorus and orchestra and sets Psalm 130 along with part of Psalm 13 and the chorale Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut. The soloists will be Meredeth Kelly, soprano; Rebecca Saslow, alto; Evan Biela, tenor; and Jonathan Cole, bass. The ensemble will be directed by Andrew Shenton who recently took up the position as Director of Music at St. Peter’s.

The cantata will be performed during the 10:00AM service and then performed again at 11:30AM so that people will be able to hear it both liturgically as part of the Passion Sunday liturgy and then again in its entirety after the service. For further details call 781-891-3200 or email ashenton@stpetersweston.org

Schola Cantorum of Boston

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For over 20 years Schola Cantorum, a 12-voice vocal ensemble, has been recognized for lively and evocative performances of Renaissance sacred music. Schola sings music from Machaut and Ciconia (14th-century) through the great 16th-century masters: Byrd, Victoria, Lasso and Palestrina. We have often explored works from Tudor England — Taverner, Tallis, Faryfax — and the Eton Choirbook repertoire. With Joel Cohen, we have performed at Tanglewood and served as the chorus for the Boston Camerata, winning several prizes for recordings ranging from Music from New Spain, to French Baroque works of Gilles and Charpentier, and American shape-note and Shaker Music.Schola Cantorum has also performed at the annual convention of the American Renaissance Society and the Boston Early Music Festival. Founder and Director Frederick Jodry has been acclaimed as an organist, a singer, and (since 1991) as the conductor of the Brown University Chorus.When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2009.
Where: Saint Peter’s Church, 340 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA 02493 (Map/Directions).Tickets for all concerts at the door:
$20 general, $15 seniors, $7 students
For more information, call 401-274-5073For more information, visit www.ScholaCantorumBoston.com

 

 

 

United Nations International School Chamber EnsembleThe music for St. Peter’s for Sunday, March 22nd, the 4th Sunday in Lent, will be presented by the United Nations International School Chamber Ensemble directed by Daniel Stroup. This distinguished school choir will sing all of the Service music for this Sunday. Plan to arrive by 9:50 for the “My Spirit Sang All Day” Prelude!
My Spirit Sang All Day – Gerald Finzi
 Laudate Dominum – W. A. Mozart
Locus iste a Deo factus est – Anton Bruckner
The Song of The Tree of Life – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ave Verum Corpus – W. A. Mozart
 The United Nations International School Chamber Ensemble is made up of students grades 9 – 12.  The group studies and performs choral music of various cultures and styles from the Renaissance Madrigal through 20th Century vocal jazz.New York City engagements have included performances at the Harvard Club, the Shandelee Music Festival Showcase Series, La Guardia High School Center for the Performing Arts, the United Nations General Assembly Hall and St. Cecilia’s Church among many others.

International tours have included performances in Stockholm, Sweden at the Chapel of the RoyalPalace and KlaraChurch as well as performances in Germany with concerts in Lübeck, at St. Michelis Church and St. Nikolai Church in Hamburg,Kaiser-Wilh.-GedachtnisChurch in Berlin and at the Berliner Dom.

In March of 2009 the Chamber Ensemble begins their spring concert tour inMassachusetts with performances at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Weston, theFrenchInternationalSchool in Cambridgeand the GermanInternationalSchool inBoston.  Their tour concludes in New York City where the UNIS Chamber Ensemble and the Middlebury College Choir join together with a performance at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

Special Service Music:
Guest Choir – United Nations International School Choir March 22

United Nations International School Chamber Ensemble at St. Peter’s
On Sunday, March 22, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church hosted a remarkable high-school choral group: the United Nations International School Chamber Ensemble. This ensemble is made up of some two-dozen high-school students from around the world, who now attend the United Nations International School in New York City. Their performance was an integral part of the worship service on March 22, and began shortly before 10 AM. St. Peter’s would like to invited all members of the community to attend this very special event.

Despite the youth of its members, the Chamber Ensemble has won considerable renown. The choir has previously toured Europe, where it performed in Stockholm, Hamburg and Berlin. In New York City, the ensemble has sung at the Harvard Club, the United Nations General Assembly Hall, and many other locations. The choir studies and performs choral music of various cultures and styles, from the Renaissance Madrigal through 20th Century Jazz.

The ensemble’s appearance at St. Peter’s kicked off its spring concert tour of Massachusetts. In addition to its appearance in Weston, the Chamber Ensemble will also sing at the French International School in Cambridge, and the German International School in Boston. Later, the Chamber Ensemble will perform with the Middlebury College Choir in New York.
On March 22, the Chamber Ensemble sang selections from Mozart, Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as such beloved spirituals as “Amazing Grace,” and “Ride The Chariot.” People who attended the worship service had an opportunity visit with members of the Chamber Ensemble during the informal fellowship that followed the service. St. Peter’s welcomed members of all faiths to attend what was an enjoyable and inspiring service.

At 10:00 PM on Christmas Eve 2008 the service opened with half an hour of music from George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by the Copley Chamber Players. Besides our own Meredeth Kelly and Jonathan Cole, the soloists were Catherine Hedberg, well known in the Boston area as soloist with the Cantata Singers, Musicians of the Old Post Road, and other organizations; and Kathleen Flynn, recently arrived in Boston from New York City, who has performed widely in locations such as Lincoln Center Theater, Juilliard Opera Theater, Alice Tully Hall, and with New York State Baroque. All were welcome, whether for the music only, or for the service afterwards as well! Photographs and the program are below.