Return to the old sod with the Quincy Choral Society for music and merriment in the Celtic tradition. Wearing green or tartan is optional. Musical numbers including “Be thou my vision” arranged by Mack Wilberg, “Loch Lomond” arranged by Jonathan Quick, and “The Parting Glass” arranged by Mark Sirett (said to predate “Auld Lang Syne”), will be performed during a “Celtic Traditions” concert to be held on Sunday, March 24 in the Quincy Catholic Academy auditorium on 370 Hancock St. in North Quincy.
The event will feature a silent auction, a bake sale, and surprises to benefit the chorus. A highlight will be the opportunity to conduct a performance of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah,” which premiered in Dublin in 1742.
Doors will open and auction bidding will begin at 1:15 p.m. with the concert following at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and will be available at the door.
Milton singers include Mark Breslin, George Corbett, Dwight Dewsnap, Cyndi Fedewa, Ann Hayes, Adelaide Haynes, Roger Haynes, Brian Kelley, Deborah Kelley, Martha McMahon, Paula Murphy, Mark Ostrem, Deborah Jean Parsons, Sandra Peterson, Kristie Randall, Francine Ravelson, Perry Russell, Judith Warners, and Bebe Williamson.
Quincy Choral Society was founded in 1981 for the purpose of bringing musical excellence to the South Shore and the world. Last September, the chorus participated in the dedication of the Hancock-Adams Common at City Hall in Quincy Center.
Joshua Rohde is the music director of Quincy Choral Society, a post he was appointed to in 2016. He earned his doctorate degree in musical arts choral conducting from Boston University in 2017 and is also the director of choral activities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Milton resident Virginia “Gingy” Grimes has served as the accompanist for Quincy Choral Society since 1993. Grimes, who received her piano accompaniment degree from Duke University, serves as music director for the Pierce Players of the Milton Public Schools and minister of music at First Parish in Norwell. She teaches at other South Shore locations as well.
To learn more, go to quincychoral. org.