North Dana vespers programs in Dec.

  • The Pioneer Valley Brass performing in 2018. Submitted photo

  • The Pioneer Valley Brass performing in 2018. Submitted photo

Published: 11/29/2019 9:36:22 PM

HUBBARDSTON — The First Universalist Parish of North Dana was forced to close its doors and leave the town of North Dana for the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir in the 1930’s, but its legacy lives on in vespers programs performed under the auspices of a trust fund established by sisters Catherine Mason and Mary Hale, and administered by descendants of parish members.

The Pioneer Valley Brass will perform a free concert of traditional and modern Holiday music at the First Parish Unitarian of Hubbardston on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m., as the 792nd such vespers program.

The Pioneer Valley Brass is a group of talented musicians from throughout the area, and has been performing for over 40 years. Dick Tandy and Melissa Griffin play trumpet, Jim Engele plays horn, Jeri Bannister performs on trombone, and Joe Hoye is featured on tuba.

The program will include: Fanfare for an Angel by Stephenson, Joy to the World, arr. by Price; Festival of Lights arr. by Bannister, Do You Hear What I Hear? arr. by Coolidge; Sounds of the Season, arr. by Tandy; Nativity Carol, arr. by Bannister, Away in a Manger, arr. by Snell, Let it Snow, arr. by Frackenpohl; Feliz Navidad, arr. by Bannister, These Three Kings, They Like to Swing, arr. by Meerboeer; Dixie Jingle Bells, Arr. by Steward; and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, arr. by Bannister.

Other Christmas Vespers sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana include Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Central Congregational Church in Orange and on Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Greenfield at 4 p.m.

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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