The Concert Singers of Greater Lynn announce their 38th pair of holiday concerts. Featured works include Boston composer Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” and Lynn composer Javier Marquez’s “Gloria in Excelsis.” Also included are Hanukah songs, Christmas music from the Renaissance through the 21st century and a community carol sing. The program will be accompanied by the Occasional Brass quintet from Boston.
The first performance is at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 101 Forest Ave. Swampscott. This concert will be performed again at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 571 Boston St., Lynn. These concerts are free-of-charge and both venues are handicap-accessible. A free-will offering is accepted.
William C. Sano of Salem has been music director of the Concert Singers for 30 years. Sano is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, instructor for the popular “Season at Symphony” class in Swampscott, teaches for the Salem State Explorers LLI, and is former music supervisor in the Marblehead Public Schools. He is also an organist, pianist, tuba player and directs a large church choir in Weston, Mass. Accompanist is Margaret J. Dee, a charter member of the Concert Singers, former music teacher in the Danvers Public Schools, and currently organist of Our Lady Church in Lynnfield. The 50-plus chorus members hail from seventeen cities and towns north of Boston, as well as two members from Pembroke and Plymouth on the South Shore.
Occasional Brass was started in June 2001 by two University of Massachusetts Amherst alumni and former members of popular funk band called Rippopotamus. The quintet consists of two trumpets, French horn, trombone,and tuba. The ensemble will play five very different arrangements of popular Christmas tunes for the performance.
These concerts are funded in part by LynnArts, Inc., the Swampscott Arts Council and the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. Donations at the door will help keep the Concert Singers performing for another 38 years, and more!
For further information please call Margaret Oleson at 781-639-4558 or Sano at 978-744-4787.