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by Susan Hotchkiss

Get ready for a special treat on Saturday evening, November 6, at 7:30 when we host “A Concert of Negro Spirituals and Art Songs” by bass-baritone Oral Moses and pianist Jakari Rush. This concert is part of a tour funded through the Massachusetts Cultural Council that has been postponed twice due to the Covid pandemic. We are delighted to be able to offer the concert virtually, filmed live from our Sanctuary. The Zoom link will be available Friday, November 5, on the church website.

Our church musicians, singers as well as instrumentalists, are practicing hard to share music on Sunday mornings. Finding a balance with rehearsals for the Chalice Choir is an ongoing challenge. We are all vaccinated, masked, socially distanced, and focused to keep our practicing down to one hour in a well-ventilated space. It’s getting cold out, and we may be keeping our coats on soon.  Sunday worship presents an additional challenge since we have a maximum of 12 (out of 22) singers in the Sanctuary. Being in a choir and being in an ensemble feel very different, and it’s hard to keep straight who’s doing what, when!

The first Sunday in December, we’ll have Jeannie Gagné providing the music as well as directing a 12-voice ensemble from the choir. Jeannie always brings her special brand of energy into the room, giving us a wonderful taste of jazz. We are so lucky to have her come back once or twice a year to share her enormous talen

Sing on,
Susan Hotchkiss,
Director of Music