East Congregational concert

Scott Woolweaver performs with pianist Lynn Salmonsen

Boston Pops and Chameleon Arts Ensemble viola player Scott Woolweaver will be the featured artist in the third annual “A Concert of Favorites” at East Congregational Church on 610 Adams St. in East Milton on Sunday, Feb. 24 at noon.

The concert is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Ample free parking is available.

Donations will be accepted to support local music causes including the Milton Young Musicians Festival, the South Shore Children’s Chorus, and the Tucker School Music Lessons initiative.

Joining Woolweaver will be Lynn Salmonsen on piano, Betsy Maholchic on flute, and soprano Nataly Wickham.

Salmonsen is the current director of the Milton Young Musicians Festival. In addition to offering private piano lessons, she is the accompanist of the South Shore Children's Chorus. She has previously worked with the Handel and Haydn Youth Choruses and also serves as East Congregational Church’s organist and choir director.

Maholchic teaches in the Milton ALP program and performs with New England Conservatory’s Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra.

This year’s concert will span a variety of musical genres, from classical to popular. Selections will include works by Bach, Bruch, and Vaughan Williams. A special arrangement of “Falling Slowly” from the musical “Once” and Emily Dickinson’s “Hope” will also be presented.

Woolweaver and Salmonsen have collaborated on musical presentations for many years. Salmonsen recalls that the genesis of this series was an almost off-handed remark.

“Three years ago, a church member asked if Scott and I would play a song from a movie from a few years back and also asked if we could play her favorite classical piece,” she stated. “That’s how it started.”

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