Spring Concert - A Broadway Cabaret

May 7, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

A Broadway Cabaret

Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 3:30 PM

First Parish in Lexington
7 Harrington Rd. Lexington, MA

Suggested Donation: $20/adults $10/Students and Seniors

(More if you can and less if you can’t – all are welcome!)

 

First Parish in Lexington will present a Broadway Cabaret on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3:30 PM. The concert will feature the First Parish sanctuary and children’s choirs and soloists, guest singers, and a pit band (piano, drums, electric guitar, electric bass, trumpets, horns, flute, saxophone and clarinet) performing solo and choral music from Broadway including selections from RentJesus Christ SuperstarAnnie, West Side Story and Show Boat. Suggested donation: $20/adults; $10/students and seniors (more if you can and less if you can’t – all are welcome!). For more information call the church at 781-862-8200 or visit www.fplex.org.


Winter Solstice Music Sunday

Dec 18, 2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Music, ritual and poetry come to the forefront on Sunday morning, December 18 at 10:30 AM, as the First Parish Sanctuary Choir, under the direction of Rip Jackson, presents a special music Sunday celebrating the Winter Solstice. Through beautiful music, poetry and readings from books of ancient wisdom, the powerful transformation from darkness to light will be uplifted. Soprano sax player Katie Runde and bassist Ben Green will be the guest instrumentalists for this service. Together with Rip Jackson on piano and organ, they will play some of the music from the Paul Winter Consort that can be heard at St. John the Divine during the Winter Solstice Concerts there each December, including the rousing piece “Dancing Day.” The Sanctuary choir and soloists will sing deeply beautiful solstice-themed anthems by Eric Whitacre, Morten Johannes Lauridsen, Mark Hayes, John Purifoy and Rip Jackson. Tegan Waite will share liturgical dance during the ritual. Poetry by Diann L. Neu, Edward Hayes and John Philip Newell will be shared during the Solstice ritual. For more information call the church at 781-862-8200 or visit www.fplex.org.


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PROGRAM:

Air in D J. S. Bach/Rip Jackson, arr.
Katie Runde, soprano sax; Rip Jackson, organ; Ben green, bass

Dominus Illuminatio – Rip Jackson
from The Beatitudes
Toni Tasker, soprano; Tegan Waite Green, liturgical dancer;
Sanctuary Choir

Winter’s Peace – John Purifoy
Sanctuary Choir

Celebrating the Winter Solstice – Diann L. Neu
Marianne DiBlasi

Winter’s Heart – Mark Hayes
Sanctuary Choir

A Winter Solstice Prayer – Edward Hayes
Paul Brouillette

To Drive the Cold Winter Away – Loreena McKennitt
Julia Jaffe, soprano

The Glow of the Eternal – John Philip Newell
Pete Tasker

Sure on this Shining Night – Morten Johannes Lauridsen
Sanctuary Choir

In the Great Darkness
Rev. Anne Mason

Solstice – John Purifoy
Sanctuary Choir

Glow – Eric Whitacre
Sanctuary Choir

Silent Solstice Night – Paul Winter, arr.
Austin Burns

Dancing Day – Paul Winter, arr.
from Solstice Live
Katie Runde, soprano sax and Ben Green, electric bass

First Parish Sanctuary Choir

Soprano: Maureen Bovet, Lee Brami, Elizabeth Walsh, Toni Tasker
Alto: Tish Callanan, Mary Edelman, Allison Flanagan, Ann Flentje, Julia Jaffe, Elisabeth Jas, Meg Newhouse, Ruth Rose
Tenor: Paul Brouillette, Austin Burns, Nathan Ramsayer
Bass: David Bovet, Charles Goodell, Ben Green, Paul Koons, David Meharry, Tom Rich, Don Yansen

 


2016 Folk Concert

Nov 6, 2016
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

First Parish in Lexington will present a free concert of traditional folk music on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3:30 PM in the sanctuary. The famous folk duo, John Kirk and Trish Miller, will join the First Parish sanctuary choir, along with an ensemble of guitars, fiddle, banjo, accordion, string bass, piano, mandolin and other folk instruments. The musicians will perform folk music featuring Appalachian fiddle tunes, Irish and Scottish folk songs, music from the ’60s, shape-note choral pieces, folk trios and solos, and other Celtic music. Suggested donation $10-$20 (more if can, less if you can’t). For more information call the church at 781-862-8200, ext. 4.


Concert of Violin and Piano

Jun 12, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sara-Dillon Sarah Dillon performed a concert of violin music at First Parish in Lexington on Sunday, June 12, at 2:00pm in the sanctuary. The performance featured favorites from the solo violin repertoire debuting Sara on violin and Rip Jackson on piano. They performed Mozart’s Concerto No. 5 in A major, also known as The Turkish Concerto. Together they also played Melodie by Christoph Gluck, which is based on the Lament from the opera Orfeo and Euridice. Lastly, Sara performed the first four movements of Bach’s Partita no. 2 in d minor for unaccompanied violin.

Sara graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2009 receiving her Bachelor’s degree in music education. While at URI she was awarded concertmaster of their Symphony Orchestra, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival Scholarship, and the Undergraduate Honors String Quartet Scholarship. Upon graduation Sara moved to Vermont to pursue her career in music education. While in VT, Sara taught a variety of music classes ranging from elementary school general music to high school chorus. She also built up a private studio with students of all ages and experiences.

As Sara was working and performing full time, she completed her Master’s degree in music education in 2015 from Boston University. Sara now resides in the Boston area, teaching band and orchestral instruments for grades 4-8 in the Cranston Public School system. In their after school program, Sara teaches guitar and ukulele. She is the Alto Voice Soloist, Section Leader, and resident instrumentalist for the First Parish Choir.

A free-will offering was taken.


Music from the African Diaspora

May 15, 2016
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

African-Concert-2016 On Sunday, May 15, 2016, First Parish presented a concert of Music from the African Diaspora, featuring African music and drumming, Jazz, Spirituals and Gospel Music. The concert featured the First Parish Sanctuary Choir and guest singers, African drummers, flute, piano, electric bass and percussion. The program included: “Kothbiro” (Kenyan cattle song), “Indonga Se Jeriko” (a South African freedom song), William Dawson’s “There Is a Balm in Gilead” (spiritual), Claude Bolling’s “Jazz Suite for Piano, Flute, Bass and Drums” and other powerful music from the African Diaspora.

A free will offering was taken.


2015 Folk Concert

Nov 8, 2015
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Folk-Concert-2015 On Sunday, November 8, 2015, First Parish in Lexington presented a free concert of traditional folk music. The famous folk duo, John Kirk and Trish Miller, joined the First Parish sanctuary choir, along with an ensemble of guitars, fiddle, banjo, accordion, string bass, piano, mandolin and other folk instruments. The musicians performed folk music featuring Appalachian fiddle tunes, Irish and Scottish folk songs, music from the ’60s, shape-note choral pieces, folk trios and solos, and other Celtic music.

A free will offering was taken.