Concert Series

2019-2020 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.  Tickets in advance are $18 adults & $12 seniors/students, and at the door $23 & $15.

Janice Edwards and Guests: On Wings of Song
Sunday November 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM

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Janice Edwards                                            Jane Button Photography.

Mezzo-soprano Janice Edwards returns to the PACC Concert Series to present an eclectic program of songs in Spanish, Portuguese, German and English including two by PACC Music Director, Jeffrey Brody, who will accompany her on the piano. In keeping with the “Iberian” theme, Janice will be joined by guitarist Berit Strong for Rodrigo’s “Aranjuez, me pensée.” Guest baritone Aaron Sandford will also be joining her in Brahms’s Opus 28, “Four songs for Alto and Baritone.” An artists’ reception will follow the concert.

For more information about Ms. Edwards visit her website: www.janiceedwards.com
For more information about Ms. Strong visit her website: www.beritstrong.org

Christmas on Stage & Screen: 29th Annual Christmas Concert
Sunday December 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM

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Christmas on Stage and Screen

The PACC Concert Series presents its Christmas gift to the community – a festive and fun mix of choral, solo and instrumental music, and the opportunity to enjoy singing some traditional carols with the PACC Festival and Youth choirs. This year’s concert presents music from serious and sacred to the humorous and whimsical that has appeared in films and television, and on stage in music halls and plays. A free will donation will be taken in lieu of tickets. An artists’ reception will follow the concert.

For Unto Us a Child Is Born: Renaissance Choral Music for the Holiday Season with Vox Lucens
Sunday January 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM

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Vox Lucens

Join us for a special program of Renaissance Choral Music for the holiday season by our Artists in Residence, Vox Lucens. Under the direction of Holly Druckman, they will perform music from across Europe in a program that spans more than two hundred years of Renaissance music. The ensemble began in 1998 as a group of friends who got together to sing Madrigals for the enjoyment of it. Vox Lucens is Latin for “a shining voice” and refers to the ensemble’s sound as well as their desire to shed light on the wide variety of a cappella Renaissance repertoire with its rich polyphonic structures and luminous sound. An artists’ reception will follow the concert.

For more information about Vox Lucens visit their website: http://www.voxlucens.net/

Spring Fever Coffee House: An Evening with the Saxyderms
Saturday March 14, 2020 at 7:30 PM

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The Saxyderms

The Saxyderms, New England’s favorite saxophone ensemble, are a group of 10-12 saxophonists, supported by drums and percussion that has been performing in Boston and beyond since September 2006. They play an eclectic mix of jazz, rock, pop, folk, and classical music. Their mission is to spread the joy of music to as many people as possible with a particular interest in introducing young people to what their instrument can do. In this coffeehouse format concert, while the audience enjoys a range of beverages and delectable goodies for purchase, this fabulous group will entertain you with their own arrangements and medleys of songs from popular artists and epic movie soundtracks.

For more information about the Saxyderms visit their website: http://saxyderms.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: