Concert Series

2017-2018 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.

Robert Simonds:  Baroque, Americana and Contemporary Music For Solo Violin, Sunday October 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Robert Simonds, Violinist
Robert Simonds, Violinist

Robert Simonds is currently the Principal second violin of the Louisville Orchestra. In his multifaceted career as an orchestral and chamber player as well as a solo recitalist, Simonds has developed a particular interest in the Americana and Baroque musical traditions as well as the colorful and sincere music of today.

The violin plays an outsized role in Baroque and American folk music and the footprints of these traditions are found in the forthright, kinetic and colorful music of many living composers. These programs trace connections across styles, centuries and continents featuring 17th & 18th Century solo pieces, original versions of American roots music and current compositions. The character of this music is virtuosic, mournful, plainspoken and at times experimental. Casual commentary on the music, composers and styles is a fundamental part of each performance.   He will be performing works by Biber, Bach, Mazzoli, Bunch and Bates.

For more information about Mr. Simonds, check his website at:  http://roberthuntsimonds.com

Together at Last – Sisters in Life, Sisters in Song,
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 last February.

The Greatest Gift is Love: 27th Annual Christmas Concert,  Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Christmas Concert Stained Glass Image
Christmas Concert Stained Glass Image

Join in the traditional carol sing as we welcome in this joyous season!  PACC’s Festival & Youth Choirs & soloists, under the direction of Artists in Residence performers/choir directors Jeffrey Brody and Andrea Hart, present a musical gift of Christmas Love and Peace.  Join in and sing along to some well-known carols. Enjoy a variety of familiar, traditional Christmas music and a few unexpected pieces. Our special guest this year is Joanna Porackova, PACC Artist in Residence and internationally renowned Wagnerian mezzo-soprano.  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: http://www.pacc-ucc.org/artists-in-residence/

Hiroya Tsukamoto:  Cinematic Guitar Poetry
Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at 3 PM

Hiroya Tsukamota plays eclectic acoustic guitar music which has been described as “Cinematic Guitar Poetry”, often very meditative and mesmerizing in mood. It takes listeners on an innovative and impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that create a mood of peace. His concerts also introduce some Japanese folk music with stories behind the songs for a mixture of guitar oriented music, vocal songs and poetry. Originally from Kyoto, Japan, Tsukamoto studied at the Berklee College of Music. Since then, he has been performing internationally, creating albums and appearing on television in Japan and Korea.

For more information about Mr. Tsukamoto, please visit his website: http://www.hiroyatsukamoto.com/

Han Nah Son, Romantic Piano
Sunday, April 15th, 2018 at 3 PM

Pianist Han Nah Son was born in South Korea and then obtained musical degrees from Rimsky Korsakov Pre-Conservatory in Russia, Hannover Musikhochschule in Germany, MM from Mahidol University in Thailand as well as a DMA from Boston University. She plays internationally and has won many piano competitions as well as being a guest pianist on National Public Radio. She will be playing works by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff.

For more information about Han Nah Son, please visit her website: https://www.hannahson.com/

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: