http://www.friendsofcharlestownlib.org/adult-events-programs/ St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Church
55 Warren Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
Kid Friendly, Music, Social Good
Copley Singers: an annual holiday concert, under the direction of Brian Jones, with accompaniment performed by Peter Stoltzfus Burton, showcasing the church’s restored Woodberry & Harris organ. Co-hosted by St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Church and The Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library.
Free and open to all; donations accepted on behalf of Harvest on the Vine Food Pantry. The church is wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Orange Line and bus connections. For more information: http://www.stmarystcatherine.org, [email protected], 617-242-4664.
The Copley Singers, under the direction of Brian Jones, will perform carols, anthems and Christmas favorites – ancient and modern – from Europe and the Americas. Some examples will be sung a cappella, others will be accompanied by Peter Stoltzfus Burton, with several of the musical selections performed on the restored Woodberry & Harris organ.
The audience will be invited to stand and join in festive and solemn carols. Seasonal joy and inspiration are promised in abundance.
The Copley Singers, a Boston-based choir founded in 2006, comprises a congenial group of auditioned volunteers and professionals – all dedicated to the art of fine singing and the joy of communicating their love of this art to the public.
Brian Jones, Emeritus Director of Music at Trinity Church, in Copley Square, Boston, is an active organ concert artist and guest conductor, with many recordings to his credit.
Peter Stoltzfus Burton, Organist & Choirmaster at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Newport, will support the choir as well as the congregation. He will be performing several of the songs on the sonically amazing Woodberry & Harris Opus 100, which has 3 manuals, 37 stops, and 41 ranks of pipes (2501 pipes).
Background information on the co-presenters:
St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Church is an intentionally inclusive community welcoming all of the many people who make up the diverse neighborhood of Charlestown. The Church strives to build a vibrant parish that develops and strengthens their faith and worship. With a goal of being community-oriented, the parish is involved in the local and global issues of our times and are dedicated to service, action, and compassion. The Harvest on the Vine Food Pantry is dedicated to helping all needy members of the local community regardless of religious affiliation. Established by the parishioners of the St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Harvest on the Vine is located in the former St. Catherine’s Annex building on Vine Street. The Pantry provides twice-a-month distribution of food to Charlestown residents.
The Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library was formed in 1953, becoming the second Friends group to organize within the Boston Public Library system. The Friends schedule four to six evening programs a year, support the Reading is FUNdamental programs for children, and maintain the library’s landscaping. The mission of the Friends remains today what it was in 1953: to serve as an advocacy and support group for the needs of the Charlestown Branch Library, its staff and users.