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Music at First Parish

Welcome to the music program for First Parish in Bedford!

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Music is a vital part of the outreach and fellowship of First Parish. Striving for a multi-cultural and richly-textured experience, the music program consists of four choirs of all ages and abilities, various guest instrumentalists, and a music committee which helps with internal administration of the program as well as bringing in outside groups for approximately four concerts a year.

New participants for all choirs are always welcome.  Repertoire for all choral groups includes diverse selections from the traditions of classical, jazz, contemporary and world music. The Music Committee is also looking for volunteers.  If you would like to be a committee member, you do not need to be a musician (although musicians are welcome); the only qualifications you need is the time to attend one short meeting every 6-8 weeks and to have a passion for being supportive of the music program overall.

– Brad Conner, Music Director

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Upcoming Music Events

 

Sunday, September 14th at 1:00pm

The Music Committee presents

A Bicentenary Salute to The Star Spangled Banner

 

In fact, September 14, 1814 was the date the lyrics were composed by Francis Scott Key.  The Bedford Minutemen will be in attendance, playing fife and drum.  Eric Mazonson will play “a real barn burner” set of virtuoso variations of “The Star Spangled Banner” for organ by American composer Dudley Buck.  Vocalists Cynthia Mork and Ben Sears, accompanied by Brad Conner, will present songs that were competition to the national anthem for many years, such as “Hail Columbia” and “Yankee Doodle.”  And there will be lots of opportunities to sing along on favorites such as “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “America the Beautiful” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” as well as “This Land is Your Land” led by Buffie Groves on guitar.  All across the country many events are planned to celebrate our famous national anthem.  Join in!  This is a great concert for all the family, about 70 minutes long, with a free-will offering whose proceeds will go to the Bedford VA Hospital.

 

 

 
Music Groups


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Adult Choir (Bradford Conner, director)

Open to all after talking with the director. Sings in Sunday services about twice a month, usually in the later service. Currently has about 35 active members.

Rehearses Thursdays 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

 

 

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For 6th to 12th graders. This group practices advanced singing skills and advanced repertoire. Often in 3 or more parts, the music comes from the full range of classical traditions and a wide variety of genres. There are opportunities to participate in community events and sing with other church choral groups that includes the adult choir. They sing approximately once a month and may also participate in the spring musical.

Rehearses Thursdays 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Please contact Janet if you want more information.

 

altJunior Youth Choir Janet Welby, director

(jwelby@uubedford.org)

For 3d to 6th graders. This group learns basic singing and choral skills, which include singing in two parts.  They rehearse music from variety of styles and genres and sing approximately once a month at the second Sunday service.  There are opportunities to participate in community events, sing with the other church choral groups, and the spring musical.

Rehearses Thursdays 3:15 to 4:15 PM.

Please contact Janet if you want more information.

  

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Janet Welby, director

For K - 3rd graders. Focus on sharing singing, movement games and musicianship. Sings at Sunday services several times a year, sometimes with other choral groups.

Please contact Janet if you want more information.

Meets Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:00 PM.  

 

 

 
Choir Rehearsal & Performance Calendar

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Listen online...

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Music Sunday 2010

Shakespeare

Finale

 

Music Sunday 2009

Haydn - The Creation 

Representation of Chaos

The Spacious Firmament on High

In the Beginning

The Space Immense of the Azure Sky

The Heavens are Telling

 

Music Sunday 2008

Down by the Riverside

 

Music Sunday 2007

Brahms - Zigeunerlieder

Rote Abendwolken ziehn

 


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