Christmas Past and Christmas Present

Christmas Past and Christmas Present

Park Avenue Congregational Church
December 7, 2014, at 3:00pm


The PACC Concert Series is celebrating Christmas Past and Christmas Present at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the sanctuary of the Park Avenue Congregational Church, at 50 Paul Revere Road.

Following the concert, an artists’ reception with 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 a number of selections. Choral solos and instrumental highlights are included. As always, the concert will begin and end with an opportunity for the audience to join in singing traditional carols.

This year’s concert focuses on music of today and yesterday, including such familiar songs as “Gesù Bambino,” “O Holy Night” and “Carol of the Bells,” as well as selections from such masterworks as Vivaldi’s Gloria and Charpentier’s Midnight Mass. More modern compositions and arrangements include Karl Jenkins “O be Joyful in the Lord” with its lively rhythmic “amens” scattered throughout the piece.

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 24 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 about the concert Series, 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 at Park Avenue and Paul Revere Road, one block from Mass. Ave. in Arlington Heights. It is handicapped-accessible and on MBTA bus route 77.