‘Hallelujah’: Handel’s Messiah Sing-A-Long At Payson Park Church, Saturday, Dec. 9

Photo: A Messiah Sing Along at Payson Park Church on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

Why just listen to the great choruses – including the rousing “Hallelujah” – of George Handel’s “Messiah” this Christmas season?

Here is your chance to step out from the audience and be a performer.

The Payson Park Church will be presenting the holiday tradition a ‘Messiah’ Sing Along, on Saturday, Dec 9, at 7 p.m. Tenor Michael Gonzalez, Mezzo Heather Gallagher, Soprano Julie Wu and Baritone Raphael Laden-Guindon will be the night’s soloists with the choruses handled by the audience, all under the direction of Leah Kosch.

There’s no registration necessary and it’s free to attend. Just bring a score – you can find it on line. There’ll be hot cider and cocoa afterwards.

A freewill donation will support the hungry through The Outdoor Church.

Payson Park Church is located at the corner of Belmont Street and Payson Road at 365 Belmont St.

Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus Performing ‘en francais’ At Payson Park Church; Sat. Dec. 3, 8 PM

Photo: Rue de Paris, temps de pluie (1877) by Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) (In the public domain)

The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus will present an “A French Connection” concert at the Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont St., on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m.

The program, conducted by Barry Singer and accompanied by pianist Amy Lee, features various French poems and texts. The music spans some 550 years, from the 1500s through the present day, and includes pieces by composers from France and elsewhere, including Jean-Phillippe Rameau, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, and Morten Lauridsen.

This will be a free concert; donations are gratefully accepted. The Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible.

We ask that our audience please wear a mask to attend this concert.

To watch our live-streamed concert, please visit our website on Saturday, Dec. 3, at www.psarlington.org  

Join Belmont Open Sings’ Holiday Tradition Performing Handel’s ‘Messiah’

One of the great musical traditions in Belmont will take place Sunday as Powers Music School’s Belmont Open Sings will perform the holiday-favorite, Handel’s “Messiah.” All singers and community members are welcome to join Powers Music on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont St.

The performance is conducted by Belmont Open Sings Artistic Director Mary Beekman who will lead the musicians and the chorus made up of the audience in the great work. All ages are welcome, and the school encourage singers to bring your family and friends to enjoy these masterpieces together.

Tickets: $10 per person; No reservations needed. 

Belmont Open Sings next performance will take place on Sunday, March 31, with Handel’s “Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate”

Mozart’s ‘Solemn Vespers’ Final Belmont Open Sings This Sunday

Photo: Belmont Open Sings (Powers Music School)

The final Belmont Open Sings of the 2016-17 season will be Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, K339; it will be held on Sunday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont St. The night’s soloists are Janet Ross, soprano; Roselin Osser, mezzo-soprano; Cory Gross, tenor; and Ian Pomerantz, baritone.

Participate in a performance of a great masterwork for chorus and orchestra. Experience the thrill of singing your favorite works accompanied by a professional-level orchestra, and revel in arias sung by some of Boston’s finest soloists, led by Mary Beekman. 

First timers are welcome. Vocal scores and a choral warm-up are provided.

Tickets: $10 per person; No reservations needed. All ages welcome, and we encourage you to bring your family and friends to enjoy these masterpieces together.

Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus’ “NOT-QUITE-WINTER CONCERT”

The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus under conductor Barry Singer presents NOT-QUITE-WINTER CONCERT on Sunday, Dec. 7, beginning at 3 p.m. at Payson Park Church, Trapleo Road.

Mass of Six Centuries:

  • Sato: Kyrie (21st c.)
  • di Lasso: Gloria (16th c.)
  • Mozart: Credo (18th c.)
  • Brahms: Sanctus (19th c.)
  • Monteverdi Benedictus (17th c.)
  • Persichetti: Agnus Dei (20th c.)

Five Centuries of Poets:

  • Hawley: Ode a Cassandre (P. Ronsard, 16th c.)
  • Vaughan Williams: Sweet Day (G. Herbert, 17th c.)
  • Nestor: Ca’ the Yowes (R. Burns, 18th c.)
  • Nestor: My Luve is Like a Red, Red Rose (R. Burns, 18th c.)
  • Singer: A Dream within a Dream (E.A. Poe, 19th c.)
  • Stroope: i carry your heart with me (e. e. cummings, 20th c.)

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for 17 years old and younger.