QVPM welcomes new singers  

  • Lynn Boudreau, president of the 1794 Meetinghouse, standing center, welcomed new and returning singers of the Quabbin Valley Pro Musica this week in New Salem. At left is music director Geoffrey Hudson. At the piano is Judy Johnson, chorus member and collaborative pianist. ATHOL DAILY NEWS/DEBORRAH PORTER

Staff Writer
Published: 9/13/2018 12:13:15 PM

NEW SALEM — Nearly 40 singers turned out for the first rehearsal of the fall semester of the Quabbin Valley Pro Musica this week.

Music Director Geoffrey Hudson welcomed the group, which included a few singers new to the QVPM, and announced his selections to be rehearsed for the January concert; ”Stabat Mater” by Antonio Caldara; “Magnificat” by anonymous (previously attributed to Dietrich Buxtehude); “Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Leo” (aka Kleine Orgelmesse) by F. J. Haydn.

Rehearsals for the four-part chorus are held on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Central Congregational Church. Hudson said new singers are still welcome to join in the coming weeks. Music is provided to all singers. Judy Johnson is collaborative pianist and sings in the alto section.

The spring concert will be held on Jan. 27 (the Sunday prior to the Super Bowl).

The QVPM is the resident chorus of the 1794 Meetinghouse, located at 26 South Main St., up the road from the Congregational Church, where rehearsals are held.

Monday night, Lynn Boudreau, president of the 1794 Meetinghouse Inc., and board member since 2006, as well as a member and former manager of QVPM since before it became a part of the 1794 Meetinghouse, welcomed the singers. She thanked all for their support, as proceeds from their concerts and raffles benefit the upkeep of the Meetinghouse, used for a wide variety of concerts and theater events. Boudreau sings in the soprano section.  

Those interested in joining and seeking more information may call Harry Haldt at 978-249-4691.

Playing for Change Day

Boudreau announced the upcoming “Playing for Change Day at 1794 Meetinghouse,” which is an annual event. This year, the featured performer will be singer Reggie Harris. The concert to benefit the Playing for Change Foundation will be held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The event unites musicians and music lovers in a global day of action to bring music into the lives of children around the world.

A well-traveled performer, lecturer and cultural ambassador, Harris has earned wide acclaim and respect from peers and audiences alike throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world. He combines spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, and moving original songs, often in the themes of unity and social justice. Knowing this, audiences have bestowed upon him a fitting slogan: songs of joy, hope and freedom.

A songwriter of great depth and passion, Harris writes from a personal sense of mission that merges a world view full of wisdom with a singularly hopeful stance that life, though often challenging, is filled with possibility and hope. His songs reveal thoughts about life and love and some of the deep aspects of the human experience, and cover topics ranging from his own personal journey to world issues and history.

Donations (on a sliding scale) are suggested at the door.

The Playing for Change Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create positive change through music and arts education. The foundation develops, funds and supports music schools and programs that are operated by the local communities, and then works to connect those communities around the world.



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