Once again the Society, along with the Friends of the Malden Public Library and the Victorian Society of Malden, will host an afternoon filled with music among the fabulous art in the Ryder Gallery of the Malden Public Library. Refreshments will be served after the concert.
Join us in The Shirley Meeting House on Sunday, December 3rd for our 14th Annual Candlelight Vespers Concert. “Bringing Christmas Home” will feature songs, stories and poems that bring back memories of holiday seasons long ago. Our musical selections include new arrangements of familiar carols and songs as well as original pieces that remind us of family celebrations and traditions. The stories and poems speak of Chanukah celebrations, the Christmas animals, a newspaper article by E.B. White and a one-man performance from “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The Meeting House Chorale will be under the direction of Bernard Crane and accompanied by Rene Minalga-Rheault. Our storytellers include James Quinty, Michael Roy, Eben Goldman and Mark Jefferies. Joining us this year are singer/ songwriters Nancy Beaudette and Christine Hatch. Our Shirley musicians, Victoria Landry, Emilie Faucher, Andy Sullivan, Janice Yancy and Holly Haase will perform songs that have special meaning to them. We also welcome the Ayer/Shirley Middle School Chorus under the direction of Marianne Cooper; Lou Garofalo, saxophone; Laura Finkelstein, flute; and Lois Toeppner, organist.
The Vespers program begins at 6:30 but we invite attendees to come early and enjoy an organ prelude played on our Stephens Tracker Organ by Lois Z. Toeppner. Admission is a donation to benefit the maintenance and upkeep of The Meeting House. Everyone is invited to the Center Town Hall after the concert for cider, dessert and conversation with good friends.