This Month in the Music Program

The First Church music program has many events coming up for your enjoyment! This Sunday, the First Church continues its annual Major Music tradition with Haydn’s Mass #13, the “Creation Mass.” The piece will feature soloists Chuck Claus, Melanie Bacaling, Davron Monroe, and Irina Kareva, as well as the Senior Choir, and will be accompanied by a full professional chamber orchestra led by Ken Stalberg. There will be one service at 10:30. Don’t miss this wonderful, joyful piece of music!

On Wednesday, December 20, the Second Friday Coffeehouse and the music program present “Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony” — a holiday concert for the whole family! The concert features Jennifer Kimball, Rose Polenzani, Mariel Vandersteel, Deni Hlavinka, Hannah Read and Valerie Thompson.

Leaping gracefully from indie/folk into Christmas carols, traditional fiddle tunes to Tchaikovsky, Sinatra to more recent pop, Wintery Songs redefines the holiday soundtrack -both sacred and secular — with reverence, humor and joy! Tickets available at the door — cash, check or card accepted. All proceeds will go directly to one of the First Church featured holiday charities: the Waltham House at the Home for Little Wanderers.

And finally, as always, the First Church in Belmont celebrates four Christmas Eve candlelight services. At 2:00 p.m., the music will feature the Junior Choir (Kindergarten through 4th grade), at 4:00 p.m. the music will be provided by the Chancel Choir (5th and 6th grades), and at 6:00 p.m. the music will be performed by the Youth Choir (7th through 10th grades). These first three services will also feature a full Christmas Pageant! At 11:00 p.m., the service music will be provided by the Alumni Choir. Come ring in the holiday season with music provided by our talented children’s choirs!