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North Dana Vespers #785 in Montague     

  • Pioneer Valley Brass members Dick Tandy, Jim Engele, Joe Hoye, Jeri Bannister and Curt Coolidge will be performing a free public concert of holiday music on Sunday at 4 p.m., at Montague Congregational Church. This is the 785th in a series of memorial programs funded by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana. Submitted Photo


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

MONTAGUE — The Pioneer Valley Brass will be performing a free public concert of holiday music specially arranged for brass quintet at the Montague Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. The concert is the 785th in a series of memorial vesper services funded by a trust of the First Universalist Parish of North Dana. The creation of the Quabbin Reservoir in the 1930's to provide drinking water for the Boston area caused five towns and parts of other communities to be dismantled, and the Swift River was dammed to create the Reservoir we know today. A trust fund started by sisters Mary Hale and Catherine Mason provides funds for musical services at Quabbin area churches and nursing homes in remembrance of the First Universalist Parish of North Dana.

Musicians in the Pioneer Valley Brass are well known throughout the area, and include Dick Tandy and Curtis Coolidge on trumpet, Jim Engele on horn, Jeri Bannister on trombone, and Joe Hoye on tuba.

Other free public programs by the Pioneer Valley Brass, sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana, will take place Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. at the Central Congregational  Church of Orange; Saturday, Dec. 8 at the First Parish Unitarian of Hubbardston, and Sunday, Dec. 15 at St, Paul's Lutheran Church of Greenfield. Contact Music Coordinator Maureen Riendeau at 978-413-6867  for information about First Universalist Parish of North Dana, or to schedule a vespers program.


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