Sweet May Hath Come – An a cappella concert
By Kathleen Fink
The Mudville Madrigal Singers will bring their beautiful voices to a celebration of spring on May 10th at 7:30 PM for the fourth and last concert this season in the PACC Concert Series. This versatile ensemble will be performing madrigals from England, France and Spain, as well as music by Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Part and Biebl. Adding to the diversity will be African American spirituals and jazz arrangements of a few favorite standards.
The concert takes place in the Sanctuary of the Park Avenue Congregational Church, located at 50 Paul Revere Road, in Arlington Heights. Light refreshments in the Narthex will follow the concert. Tickets in advance are $15 adults and $10 seniors/students; and at the door $20 and $12.
The Mudville Madrigal Singers, an a cappella ensemble, came into being when a small group of musicians – all residents of the historic “Mudville” neighborhood of Holliston, MA – started singing together in 1993. Currently the group’s members hail from several greater Boston communities, and their performance calendar includes yearly concerts in Holliston as well as appearances in other western suburbs including Wellesley, Natick, Weston, Arlington, and more. Performing a wide variety of music for unaccompanied voices, the group has been praised for their sumptuous blend and diverse programming. The 10-voice ensemble is equally at home singing Renaissance madrigals, sacred works from Palestrina to Poulenc, part-songs from across Europe, traditional spirituals, or jazzy selections from the American songbook.
Arlington resident, Andrea Hart, an active music teacher and performer in both the vocal and instrumental realms, began singing with the MMS several years ago. Andrea, who also serves as Youth Choir Director and Artist in Residence at Park Avenue Church, looks forward to this first collaboration of MMS and PACC.
For more information on the PACC Concert Series, please call the Church Office at 781-643-8680 or visit the Church’s website at www.pacc-ucc.org/events/concertseries. The Church office is closed in the afternoon, but messages may be left on the Church’s answering machine to reserve tickets. 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.