The Joy of Christmas


The Joy of Christmas
21st Annual PACC Christmas Concert and Carol Sing

By Kathleen Fink

The PACC Concert Series is pleased to present a concert celebrating the Joy of Christmas on Sunday, December 4th at 3 PM. This event will be held in the Sanctuary of the Park Avenue Congregational Church, located at 50 Paul Revere Road, in Arlington Heights. Following the concert, an array of Christmas treats will be available in the Parish Hall. Donations will be taken in lieu of tickets with all proceeds to benefit the Church’s Music Program Fund.

Participating will be the Festival Choir which includes the PACC Chancel choir, others in the PACC congregation and friends of PACC who enjoy this opportunity to sing. The PACC Youth Choir will also perform. Choral solos and instrumental selections are part of the festivities. As always, there will be an opportunity for the audience to sing traditional carols.

This year’s concert focuses on joyful music from classical to popular. Classical joy is well represented by solo and choral selections from Handel’s Messiah. International songs performed in English will showcase diverse styles and the Youth Choir will present children’s joy. Other favorites will include two non-traditional (OK, outrageous) carols by P.D.Q. Bach. Included will be instrumental joy and an opportunity for the audience to join in singing carols.

The PACC Concert Series is a benefit concert series to fund the Organ Restoration and Music Program at the Park Avenue Congregational Church. It was started twenty-one years ago when the Music Committee undertook the task of restoring the Church’s historic Skinner organ. Local talent is showcased in a wide range of styles from classical vocal and instrumental music, to folk and jazz coffeehouses.

For more information on the PACC Concert Series, please call the Church Office at 781-643-8680 or visit the Church’s website at Most days, the Church office is closed in the afternoon, but messages may be left on the Church’s answering machine. The Church is located on the corner of Park Avenue and Paul Revere Road (one block from Mass. Avenue in Arlington Heights), is handicapped-accessible and on MBTA bus route 77.