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Welcome to Pakachoag Music School and All Saints Church.  The school resides in the south wing of the church, on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  We are appreciative to have access to this architecturally stunning space for special events.  We are also appreciative to be able to present this concert with faculty AND friends – members of the All Saints Choirs and The Worcester Children’s Chorus.

  • Thank you to our program sponsor SEM, Security Engineered Machinery, for making this concert possible.
  • Thank you to all of the School’s donors and grantors whose annual gifts sustain our work from year to year.
  • Thank you to Mary Keefe, Worcester State Representative, for the concert’s Opening Welcome.

Why A Concert for MLK Day

Remarks by Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director

Pakachoag Music School, as a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, is built upon a mission that includes a commitment to quality in arts education AND a commitment to access.  For Pakachoag, as a not-for-profit, access  is tied to our financial aid program (we’re typically awarding around $30,000 right now in tuition support); access also means doing our work in ways that ensure we are connecting, embracing and welcoming the larger Greater Worcester community we serve.

Today’s program is part of a larger vision within the National Guild:  ensuring equal access to the arts for persons of all backgrounds.  Equal access is not yet fulfilled in this country – or in this world – – but its a dream we all need to hold on to.

Today, what better way to be thoughtful about how we achieve that vision of equal access to the arts than to acknowledge similar inspiring themes, through music; themes that defined the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.:  Social Justice, Equity, Civil Rights, achieved through love and non-violence.

About the Music

Much of the music you will hear today is written within the context of religious themes.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was of course a Baptist pastor; plus, the distinct genre of spirituals – a uniquely African American folk music — express very personally and deeply the  African American experience during slavery and its very long aftermath.  And so, while we are not a religious organization, we musicians well know that our western musical heritage grew first from within the church.  Musicians and composers – whether informal folk musicians or composers formed through the classical traditions –  so many have always been and continue to be inspired by themes that link to both humanity and spirituality.

Today, we present this concert as an expression of the dreams that we share as a community; dreams that have the potential to touch and change every person, in our community and around the world, regardless of faith background or ‘no faith’ background –   dreams for peace, equality, justice; dreams of harmony.

Music Selections for Dreams of Harmony, January 20, 2020

Precious Lord, Take my Hand            Thomas Dorsey
You’re Tired, Chile Spiritual / arr. Roland Hayes
Deep River Spiritual / arr. Mark Hayes
Chris Carney, Tenor & Kristjon Imperio, Piano

I’m So Glad Trouble Don’t Last Alway R.  – Nathaniel Dett
Adoration for Organ  – Florence B. Price
My Lord, What a Morning  – arr. H.T. Burleigh
Members of the All Saints Choirs, Graeme McCoullough, Director / Organist

 Cantata for voice and piano John Carter:  Composed 1964; 1932-1981

  1. Prelude
  2. Rondo: Peter Go Ring dem Bells
  3. Recitative: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  4. Air: Let Us Break Bread Together
  5. Toccata: Ride on King Jesus

Chris & Kristjon

This Little Light of Mine –  Trad / arr. Ken Berg
Sisi ni Moja (We are One)  – Jacob Narverud
The Worcester Children’s Chorus —Pamela Mindell, Conductor

Make Them Hear You Music by Stephen Flaherty
from the musical Ragtime Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Chris & Kristjon

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Many thanks to all who turned out to enjoy the music and celebrate the Dream.

We’ll have a whole new line up of students ready for our January 26th recital.   Join us at 4:00 pm for about an hour to celebrate music, growth, and hard work.

Recitals are a staple of Pakachoag’s lesson program providing opportunities for students to set goals and share favorite selections with guests. We invite you to come enjoy the music and celebrate community music-making with the students of Pakachoag Music School.

Advance Ticket Reservation Requested.  Check back soon to secure tickets.

  • Date:  Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • Time:  4:00 to about 5:00
  • Location:  Please check back soon.  We’ll either be in the Sanctuary at All Saints; or Vinton Hall.
  • Back door, off Pleasant Street, opens around 3:30 pm for guests.
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Happy New Year 2020!

If you are new to Pakachoag Music School and register during January, you can save $10 off a Music Together registration, or we’ll waive the registration fee for Private Lessons.   Let us know you saw our January Save Ad when registering.

We’re registering for 10 different Music Together classes, offered Mondays to Saturdays.  Private Lessons:  Call or email to ask us about schedules.

Music Safari Keyboard, K-1, is starting a new session late January.  Please email info@pakmusic.org today for details.

 

The Pakachoag Fiddle Bands host Open Mic and Jam evening 2 or 3 times during the course of the year. This event is open to anyone who would like to come.  Most of our attendees are in the range of 10 to 18 years.  Parents welcome too.

Event Ticket is $15 for guests.  $25 per family.

Free for registered Band members.

Join Amy Matherly and Marilyn Butler on the selected dates at 7:00 in Vinton Hall at our Worcester Central home. The evening will begin with an Open Mic, which will include a performance by the Rosewood Duo. Come with something to play or just listen. We will then all play tunes chosen by participants and Marilyn will teach us a fun dance.

What:  New Year Fiddle Jam

When:  Friday, January 3rd

Time: 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Where:  Vinton Hall, 2nd Floor, at 10 Irving Street, Worcester 01609

Parking and Entry:  Please register your attendance ahead by clicking below where you can also find information on parking and entry.

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The Pakachoag Fiddle Band will be part of the line-up for the December 14th Student Recital at Pakachoag Music School.   Other performers include violinists, pianists, flutist, fiddler, and the Suzuki Allegro Violin Group.

Students range in age from  five to adult; and represent the towns of Worcester, Auburn, Boylston, Brimfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Sterling, and Webster.

Recitals are a staple of Pakachoag’s lesson program providing opportunities for students to set goals and share favorite selections with guests. We invite you to come enjoy the music and celebrate community music-making with the students of Pakachoag Music School.

Advance Ticket Reservation Requested.  Click below to secure tickets.

  • Date:  Sunday, December 14, 2019
  • Time:  3:00 to about 4:15 pm
  • Location:  The Sanctuary at All Saints Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609
  • Back door, off Pleasant Street, opens at 2:30 pm
  • Watch for signs for front door opening – on Irving Street.
Dec 14 Recital Tickets

Over 15 students will perform for this first of two December recitals.  Participating students are aged 6 to adult representing the towns of Auburn, Dudley, Grafton, Holden, Sutton, West Boylston and Worcester.  Students have been studying for 1 to  as many as 8 years.  Performances include pianists, guitarists, vocalists and cellists.

Recitals are a staple of Pakachoag’s lesson program providing opportunities for students to set goals and learn skills for on-stage success.

We invite you to join us to enjoy the music and celebrate community music-making with the students of Pakachoag Music School.

Advance Ticket Reservation Requested.  Click below to secure tickets.

  • Date:  Saturday, December 8, 2019
  • Time:  4:00 to about 5:15 pm
  • Location:  The Sanctuary at All Saints Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609
  • Back door, off Pleasant Street, opens at 3:30 pm
  • Watch for signs for front door opening – on Irving Street.
Dec 8 Recital Tickets