Submitted by First Parish Music Director Brad Conner
The First Parish Music Committee will offer a 100th birthday tribute to Leonard Bernstein on Sunday morning, October 14, both during the 10 am service and in a brief, free concert beginning at 11:45 am.
During the 10 am service, the First Parish adult choir will present three Bernstein works: Take Care of This House, Make Our Garden Grow, and Somewhere when they will be joined by the junior youth choir.
At 11:45 am, a brief program of vocal and instrumental works will include Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata (1942), “Glitter and Be Gay” (Candide, 1956), songs from West Side Story (1957), and Aaron Copland’s “As It Fell Upon a Day” (1924 (Copland was a close friend of Bernstein)), all performed by First Parishioners and friends — Cynthia Mork and Rachele Schmiege, sopranos; Ben Sears, baritone; Carol Epple, flute; Liz Connors, clarinet; and pianists Steve Sussman and Brad Conner.
For those who would like a snack before the concert, sandwiches and drinks will be offered for sale during community hour in the Common Room beginning at 11:15 a.m.
While admission to the concert is free, a collection will be taken to benefit hurricane disaster relief for Puerto Rico. Anything you are able to give will be most appreciated. Proceeds from the food service will go to the same cause.