Concert Series

2018-2019 PACC Concert Series

Concert tickets are sold during coffee hour at church, generally starting about a month prior to the concert.  You may also call the church office at 781-643-8680 to reserve tickets in advance, which will be held at the box office.  The “box office” and doors open 1/2 hour before each concert and tickets may be purchased at the door.

Amadi Azikiwe, violin and viola

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 3:00 PM

Amadi Azikiwe performs “An Evening of Suites”, featuring Suite no. 4 in E flat and Suite no. 5 in c minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, and works for solo violin and viola by the American composer Jessie Montgomery (recently Composer in Residence at the Albany Symphony), and the Chinese composer Bright Sheng (on faculty of University of Michigan).  More information on these composers is available at:

For more about Mr. Azikiwe, visit his website:  www.amadiazikiwe.com

The Magic of Christmas:
28th Annual Christmas Concert and Carol Sing

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 3:00 PM

The PACC Concert Series presents its Christmas gift to the community – a festive fun magical mix of choral, solo and instrumental music, and the opportunity to enjoy singing Christmas carols with the PACC Festival and Youth choirs. The music ranges from traditional British selections  to American Spirituals, to 17th century liturgical and some fun surprises.  Artists in Residence, Vox Lucens, an early music A cappella group will be special guests.  More information on them may be found at their website www.voxlucens.net.

Kate Kayaian, cello

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3:00 PM

“The Voice of the Cello”,  Cellist Kate Kayaian’s solo recital at PACC incorporates music from a wide array of countries including Germany, Japan, India, Armenia, Greece and Southern Spain.  Performing pieces by Bach, Gianopoulos, Hovhannes, and Cassadó, the celebrated musician brings an array of renowned classical composers together in one unforgettable program showcasing how they each harnessed the voice of the cello to convey their own unique sense of place, time and wonder.  For more information on Ms. Kayaian, see her website www.katekayaian.com.

 Robyn Carmichael, piano

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 3:00 PM

“The Art of Transcription”   Acclaimed international pianist Robyn Carmichael makes her first appearance in the PACC Concert Series with an exciting program entitled The Art of Transcription, featuring piano transcriptions by Liszt and Godowsky of songs by Franz Schubert and Mikhail Pletnev’s astounding version for solo piano of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.  Also included are works by Chopin and Rachmaninoff. Be sure to mark your calendars for this magical and virtuosic program on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm!  For a preview of her playing, please visit Ms. Carmichael’s website at www.robyncarmichael.com.

  • “Explosive technique, calm demeanor…lush, thrilling and intensely personal” – Pacifica Tribune
  • “A magnificent and illuminating evening” – Kultura, Poland

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: