Special Events

In addition to student performances throughout the year, we offer a variety of special events.  For a full roster of happenings, visit our school calendar page.  Here, we primarily feature faculty and guest special events which draw a regional, community-wide audience.



Open School / Open Office

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Friday, June 21, 2019
4:00 to 8:00 pm

Kristjon Imperio, Program Director and Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director, will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about summer and fall programs.
More information here.


On The Move Special Events for 2018-2019

Spring Student Recitals schedules for April and May.  With a Studio Guitar Concert scheduled in June at the Worcester PopUp.

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Star Musing

Saturday, March 9, 2019
2:00 pm

A Pakachoag Faculty Special Event

Featuring Four Hands Organ, Violins with Harpsichord, Soprano, Cello & More
Music by Debussy, Holst, Mozart, LaGrenzi and other surprise selections.

  • Victoria Bartolomeo, Soprano
  • Amy Matherly, Laurie Knorr, Janeen Baker:
    Violins with Harpsichord
  • Ashley Peck, Cello
  • Sheila Reid, Violin & Debby Sedgwick, Piano
  • Curtis Smith & Kristjon Imperio: Four Hands Organ

The Sanctuary at All Saints Church
10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609

Handicapped accessibility available but please call us ahead – 508-791-8159  – to review logistics.

*Here is an interesting read from ClassicalMusic.com about Holst’s the Planets (arr. Sykes) performed and recorded at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Experience the Harpsichord:  A Masterclass and Demonstration with Ian Watson.

Saturday, March 16th, 2019
3:00 pm Class & Demo
5:00 pm Concert, Sponsored by The All Saints Music Series

Come hear why the harpsichord is still alive and plucking. 

Ian Watson, Associate Conductor with the internationally respected Handel & Haydn Society and featured harpsichordist for the 1984 ‘Amadeus’ movie soundtrack, will lead us in learning about the instrument’s history and different types of harpsichords.  He’ll coach one or two pre-selected students at the harpsichord, and conclude our time together with a spirited demonstration of the instrument.

Attendees are invited to stay for the 5 pm concert, sponsored by Music at All Saints, featuring Mr. Watson, Harpsichord, and Guy Fishman, principal cellist with the Handel and Haydn Society.

The Sanctuary at All Saints Church
10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609

Handicapped accessibility available but please call us ahead – 508-791-8159  – to review logistics.


2018-2019 In Review

From C to E:  Bach & More for Cello

Saturday, January 12, 2019
2:00 pm

A Pakachoag Faculty Special Event with Ashley Peck, Cello
Special Guest:  Shuangning Liu, Piano

Ms. Peck will perform the Bach Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat Major for Unaccompanied Cello and Prokofiev Sonata for Cello in C Major.  Join us and you will also be treated to a selection in D.  So why exactly did the composer pick that key?  We’ll share a little background on the composers and these famous works for Cello.

The Sanctuary at All Saints Church
10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609

Handicapped accessibility available but please call us ahead – 508-791-8159  – to review logistics.

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Open House!

Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Tour our new home at 10 Irving Street (2nd and 3rd Floors) at All Saints Church.
  • Learn about the architecture of this historic building.
  • Enjoy student and faculty music.
  • Meet our Community Partners.
  • Morning and Afternoon activities planned.
  • Free:  Peter Rabbit Puppet Show at 11:30 am in Huntington Hall
  • Faculty concert wraps up the day with an unusual array of music and instruments (see more below).

Click Pakachoag Open House Schedule to view an overview of the day’s activities.

Look below for more information about the faculty concert.

Parking Information:  Guests may park in the church lot access via Pleasant Street and enter at the rear entrance off the lot; or park on Irving Street in the Worcester Public Schools Admin. Building (we have permission); metered parking available on Irving Street.  Or, you might wish to use the Pleasant Street Parking Garage two blocks east on Pleasant Street.

Stay tuned.  We’ve been so busy planing the open house, we’ve not yet finalized plans for additional special events.


Music on the 10’s:  A Walking Concert

Saturday, September 29, 2018
3:00 to 4:00 pm
Pakachoag Music School at 10 Irving Street
2nd and 3rd floors, All Saints Church

Join us for this unusual faculty and alumni concert, highlighting the new studios and performance halls at All Saints.

3:00 Introduction with Kristjon Imperio, Pakachoag Program Director

3:10 in the World Music Room:  Usha Verma, Sitar

  • Rag Shivranjani

3:20 in the Vivaldi Studio:  Susan Page Howland, Harp

  • Welcome (Turlough O’Carolan)
  • Lament (Turlough O’Carolan)
  • Farewell to Music (Turlough O’Carolan)

3:30 in the Bernstein Studio:  Cello Duos with Alumni Abbie and Renae

  • Study G Major-  August Nolck
  • Allegro, Opus 22 for Two Cellos- Friedrich August Kummer

3:40 Vinton Hall:  Janeen Baker, Harpsichord

  • Selections from Couperin and Scarlatti

3:50 in the Chopin Studio:  Debby Sedgwick and Curtis Smith, Four-hands Piano

  • Selections from Faure’s Dolly Suite

The School’ space is positioned on the 2nd and 3rd floors of All Saints Church.  While future special events will often be programmed on the first floor (with disabled access possible by special arrangement), this particular program is a walk-around concert on both 2nd and 3rd floors which are accessed by stairs.



2017-2018 in Review

Oboe & English Horn Concert

With faculty member Colton Ray Cox, Oboe & English horn

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
7:00 pm
Vinton Hall (2nd floor)

Pakachoag Music School 10 Irving Street
Worcester, MA  01609

Free.

Colton, who joined the Pakachoag faculty in 2017, will be playing Schumann, Persichetti and other selections.  Prospective oboists are welcomed and encouraged to meet Mr. Cox after the concert.


2017-2018 In Review

Indian Classical Music on Sitar

Sunday, April 22, 2018
4:00 pm
All Saints Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester

Free.

Suggested donation:  $20 / $5 snrs. and student

Photo courtesy Worcester Magazine

With faculty member and sitarist Usha Verma and special guest Dr. Nishikant Sonwalkar, Tabla.

This most unusual 20 string instrument has roots stretching back centuries. Usha’s connection to the sitar is much more recent when at the age of 15 she learned to play in her native India.  Usha went on to major in music at Punjab University in Chandigarh, India, and later taught music at the college level.   Usha continues today to share her life-long passion for the Sitar as both performer and teacher.

 


Pakachoag Student performs with
Worcester Schubertiad’s

“A Celebration of Youth”

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:30 pm
First Baptist Church of Worcester
111 Park Ave, Worcester, MA  01609

Free.

Visit Worcester Schubertiad for complete information.

Andrew Lefferts, piano student of Inna Muravnik, will play Haydn and Chopin as part of this concert which features winners of Worcester Schubertiad’s Classical Idol Competition for 2017-2018.


 

Cajun Music:  Reflections of a Culture

Saturday, March 24, 2018 *
3:00 p.m.
All Saints Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester

Sponsored by Security Engineered Machinery of Westboro  

Free.

Suggested donation:  $20 / $5 seniors and students

With faculty members Betsy Bronstein, Fiddle and Sam Politz, Accordian

Sam, a native of Louisiana, and partner Betsy will perform traditional South Louisiana Cajun music.  They’ll share some interesting tidbits about the music’s origin, its history, and how Cajun music has been influenced by its cultural surroundings.  As an added treat, audience members can learn how to do Cajun two-steps and waltzes.

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Please call ahead for details related to building accessibility.

*Snow Date:  Sunday, March 25, 2018  3:00 pm

Honors Student Recital

Saturday, March 10, 2018
2:00 pm

The Great Hall at Pakachoag Church
203 Pakachoag Street, Auburn, MA

Free

Come be inspired!  This recital features some of Pakachoag’s advancing students.  Open by audition, the selection of students and instruments varies from year to year.

December Student Outreach Concert: 

A selection of Pakachoag students will play for Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village.  Saturday, December 16 at 6:00 to 6:45 in the Center Meetinghouse.  Entry is with OSV ticket purchase.