Concert Series

2016-2017 PACC Concert Series

Call the church office at 781-643-8680 for advance tickets:  $18 adults, $12 seniors/students; tickets at the door: $23 adults, $15 seniors/students.  Doors open 1/2 hour prior to the concert.

Harvest Moon Coffee House with Ulster Landing,
Saturday October 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Ulster Landing

Come enjoy a rollicking Celtic Coffee House with Ulster Landing, a Boston-based band specializing in the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall, and England. The engaging rhythms and cheery melodies will have you tapping your toes in no time. Enjoy a modest concession of coffee/tea and home baked goodies for sale! The doors open at 7 PM.

Ulster Landing gets its inspiration from the Irish province of Ulster, where Scottish and English settlers landed in the 17th century. The group is comprised of Karen Burciaga, fiddle; Daniel Meyers, uilleann (Irish) pipes and whistle; Shelley Otis, harp; and Matthew Wright, bouzouki. For more information about Ulster Landing, visit their website:

Christmas Traditions – PACC’S 26th Annual Christmas Concert and Carol Sing, Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3 PM

Christmas Stockings

Start your holiday season with a musical treat: an audience sing-along of some well-known carols. Then sit back  and enjoy a variety of familiar, traditional Christmas music (and some surprises) as performed by PACC’s Festival and Youth Choirs and soloists under the direction of Artists in Residence performers/choir directors Jeffrey Brody and Andrea Hart.  Take a step back in time as our special guests, Artists in Residence a capella early music group, Vox Lucens, present hauntingly ethereal Early Christmas music.  Stirring brass voluntaries performed by PACC’s Principal Trumpet, Phil Sullivan will begin and end the concert.  A Free Will Donation will be taken.

A Post-Concert Artists’ Reception will be held in the Parish Hall.  Please refer to our Artists in Residence page for more information about the performers in the Christmas Concert:

Together at Last – Sisters in Life, Sisters in Song,
 NEW DATE!  Sunday October 29, 2017 at 3 PM

Johanna Porackova and Mary Ann Beatty

Joanna Porackova, PACC Artist in Residence, and her sister Mary Ann Beatty will be giving a duet and solo vocal recital with PACC Artist in Residence Jeffrey Brody at the piano. The program will feature beloved duets, arias, and songs from the Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods of music sung in English, French, Czech, Chinese, German, Japanese, Italian and Russian. Ms. Beatty has sung as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and Chorus Angelorum. Ms. Porackova has sung with the Washington National Opera, Berlin Philharmonic, and the Boston Lyric Opera. You won’t want to miss this “dueling divas” event! A Post-Concert Artists’ Reception will be held in the Parish Hall.  This concert was rescheduled from February to October due to a snow storm in February.

Mudville Madrigal Singers,
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Mudville Madrigal Singers
Photo by David Carmack

PACC’s Artist in Residence, Andrea Hart, a member of The Mudville Madrigal Singers, a 10-voice a cappella ensemble, will bring the group back to our Series for a spring evening concert. This versatile ensemble will perform madrigals from England, France, Italy and Germany, as well as music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Stephen Chatman, Gerald Finzi, and Stephen Paulus. Lively arrangements of African American spirituals and favorite songs of George Gershwin will round out the musical offerings.  The group draws its name from the historic “Mudville” neighborhood of Holliston, Massachusetts, home to its founding members.  Currently the group’s singers hail from several greater Boston communities, and their performance calendar includes appearances across the state. The ensemble has been praised for their sumptuous blend, diverse programing, and engaging manner with their audiences. A Post-Concert Artists’ Reception will be held in the Narthex. For more information about the Mudville Madrigals, visit their website:

About the series

In 1989, the Music Committee of the Park Avenue Congregational Church undertook the task of restoring our historic Skinner organ. At that time, a price of $60,000 was quoted for the restoration work. Restoration work proceeded slowly due to budget constraints. In 1991 our then choir director, John Cavicchia, directed a Christmas Concert with our Choir, putting the money raised towards the restoration fund. This was the start of the PACC Concert Series.

In addition to our annual Christmas concert, we have invited a number of soloists and groups, all professionals, to perform in the acoustically vibrant Sanctuary as well as more informally in the Parish Hall. Concerts have ranged from classical, to choral, to folk coffeehouses. While the initial restoration process is nearly complete, good stewardship of our beautiful instrument means we need to establish an on-going fund for future repair and maintenance so that we will never again be faced with such a large task for restoration. As a result, the Music Committee has decided to continue its mission of promoting local musicians in the PACC Concert Series, which will raise funds for additional projects in the Music program at PACC and establishing a permanent fund for the E. M. Skinner Organ Maintenance.

Our Sanctuary seats about 300 and features a handsome brick interior with exceptional acoustics – chamber music and a capella groups particularly enjoy using our Sanctuary as a performance space.  It is large enough for a good sized concert, yet intimate enough that everyone can see the performance easily.

We have some recordings of Concert Series performances for you to hear.

If you are an artist looking for a venue or looking for information about participating in our Concert Series, contact the Concert Series Committee.

Prior seasons

Be sure to explore the names of performers from some of our prior seasons, and try to see them again this year when they perform in the New England area:

Press releases for the concert series have appeared in modified form in the Arlington Advocate and on YourArlington: