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Beatitude Mass for the Homeless: Concert this Saturday, May 2 at Memorial Cong. Church

May 2 Concert at Memorial Congregational Church

On Saturday, May 2 at 7pm the combined choirs (First Parish of Sudbury and Memorial Congregational Church will present the Beatitude Mass again for the annual MCC Spring Concert. In addition, the choirs will also perform the Quatre Motets on Gregorian Themes, Op. 10, and Notre Père, Op. 14 No. 4, by Maurice Duruflé. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the homeless.

This concert, and the Music Sunday service this past Sunday are given in the spirit of the two congregations’ shared 375th anniversary and will feature the “Beatitude Mass for the Homeless” by Henry Mollicone. The moving work was inspired by Mollicone’s friend, Father Jon Pedigo. Father Jon urged his friend to use his artistic talent to help raise funds for homeless people. This soulful work tells powerful stories. This mass combines the traditional Latin texts with English texts written by the playwright William Luce. Luce used the interviews he and Mollicone had with the people they met in shelters to create two characters who synthesize the stories of many whom he met. The symbolically named characters underline a major theme of the piece, Mollicone describes as: “the similarities – the universality – between all people.” Soloists will be First Parish choir members Maya Bloom, soprano and Terry Lockhart, baritone. The choir will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble comprised of flute, clarinet, French horn, cello, bass, percussion and piano.