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Polymnia Choral Society offers Jewish music

Posted by Gail Waterhouse  March 10, 2010 10:00 AM

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The following is a press release from the Polymnia Choral Society:

MK.jpgPirke Avot: Saying of the Fathers is a jazz cantata composed by Mark Kross of Stoneham (left),  well-known Boston jazz musician and composer. Itwill be the featured work in Words of Wisdom and Love, a program of Jewish music to be presented by the Polymnia Choral Society on Sunday, March 21, at 3:00 PM, at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Auditorium, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose.

Kross has appeared at the Regatta bar and many other local jazz venues; for 18 years he had a weekly gig at Icarus in Boston’s South End. He played with all the Boston jazz luminaries including Herb Pomeroy, John LaPorta, Billy Novick, and Gray Sargent.

In addition to the jazz cantata, the group will offer Five Hebrew Love Songs, by Eric Whitacre and Hila Plitman, and a setting of R’tzei, composed by chorus member Jill Goldman.

Joining the Polymnia Choral Society will be the Melrose High School Concert Choir, directed by Kim Piper.

The Polymnia Choral Society comprises more than 60 singers coming from cities and towns north of Boston. It is a not-for-profit organization which is supported in part by a grant from the Melrose Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Founded in Wakefield in 1953 and based in Melrose since 1956, the group serves the communitiy’s cultural and educational interests by presenting concerts ranging from sacred hymns and classical music to popular show tunes.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under.  They can be purchased at Sweet Thoughts, 504 Main St., Melrose or on line at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/102026.  For more information, go to www.polymnia.org.

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