Music and Arts at Pakachoag
Pakachoag Church has a deep love for and commitment to music and the arts, supporting an excellent music program and an Arts Series of cultural events. From puppets to Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza, the Arts at Pakachoag series have presented a wide variety of cultural events. These events are open to the public.
POSTPONED – An Evening with Cara Brindisi
Due to Coronavirus concerns, this program is postponed until a later date. Please stay tuned… we will be welcoming Cara back to Pakachoag at a later date!
Come enjoy food, drink, and the beautiful music of Cara Brindisi on Friday, April 3, 2020 from 7:00-8:30pm! Tickets are $10 adults/$5 Kids and Seniors, and all proceeds benefit the “Here and Now Memory Cafe”. Cost of ticket includes appetizers, non-alcoholic drinks, and (for 21+) 1 beer or glass of wine. Drawings will be held!!
Cara’s powerful, yet ethereal voice has been heard in venues big and small across New England. Cara has been voted Best Female Vocalist (2017) and Best Solo Acoustic Act (2014) by the Pulse Magazine’s Worcester Music Awards. Her first EP Album, ‘Until Tomorrow’ is available on iTunes and Spotify along with a newly 2019 released single ‘Sunflowers in September’. We are very excited to host her here at Pakachoag!
To purchase tickets, visit: https://www.pakachoag.org/product/an-evening-with-cara-brindisi/
Kayla Daly Performs at Pakachoag, Friday May 8, 2020
Come enjoy food, drink, and the beautiful music of Kayla Daly on Friday, May 8, from 7:00-8:30pm! Tickets are $10 adults/$5 Kids and Seniors, and all proceeds benefit the “Here and Now Memory Cafe”. Cost of ticket includes appetizers, non-alcoholic drinks, and (for 21+) one beer or glass of wine. Drawings will be held!!
Kayla Daly opened the Worcester Center for Expressive Therapies in 2013. There, she serves as clinical director. In addition, Daly has made a name for herself as a local musician, performing regularly at venues like Lock 50 in Worcester.
To purchase tickets, visit: https://www.pakachoag.org/product/kayla-daly-performs-at-pakachoag/
PAST EVENTS 2017-2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:00 pm
“An Evening in Paris” with the Holy Cross Chamber Singers
Allegra Martin, Director
Under the direction of Allegra Martin, the new Director of College Choirs at College of the Holy Cross, the Chamber Singers will perform a broad program of French music ranging from Rennaissance madrigals and sacred music to Romantic-era songs of Durufle, Massenet, Viardot, and Poulenc, and conclude with a set of mid-twentieth century popular songs by Charles Trenet and Edith Piaf. The concert is a joint effort by Pakachoag Church and College of the Holy Cross to highlight the College’s musical offerings within the larger community in a setting that is ideal for chamber music performances.
A Parisian-themed reception will follow for audience members to greet the artists and enjoy light refreshments. The concert is free and open to the public and will take place in the Great Hall at Pakachoag church, located at 203 Pakachoag Street in Auburn, MA. Freewill donations in support of Arts at Pakachoag will be gratefully accepted.
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4:00 pm
Organ Concert: 20th Anniversary of the Dobson Organ at Pakachoag
3:30 pm – Pre-concert talk by Lynn Dobson
Renowned organist Patricia Snyder presents a varied program of works highlighting the versatility of Massachusetts’ only Dobson Organ and its unique acoustic environment in the Great Hall at Pakachoag Church. The program will be preceded by a 30-minute talk given by the instrument’s builder Lynn A. Dobson, President and Artistic Director of Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Ltd. The concert will be followed by a reception where audience members will have the opportunity to meet both the performer and builder.
About the Dobson Organ, Opus 69
The organ at Pakachoag was built and installed in 1997 by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Ltd. of Lake City, Iowa and was designed for a relatively small (seating capacity 200), but acoustically live, room. The organ is a robust two manual, mechanical key action, electric stop action instrument that is large enough to support a full range of recital literature, in addition to fulfilling its roles as a service and teaching instrument.
Dobson Organ, Opus 69
The organ in the Great Hall of Pakachoag Church was built and installed in 1997 by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders Ltd. of Lake City, Iowa. When this Opus 69 instrument was installed, the builder was already a highly regarded name among contemporary American organ makers. Dobson has since added to its reputation, adding installations of national repute and significance, assuring that this firm’s name will be enduring and its mark indelible.
The Pakachoag organ was designed for a relatively small (seating capacity 200), but acoustically live, room that is well suited for chamber music. It is a robust two manual, mechanical key action, electric stop action instrument that is large enough to support a full range of recital literature, in addition to fulfilling its roles as a service and teaching instrument. The Worcester area is replete with a fine variety of significant organs, and the selection of the Dobson was intended to add dimension to this already diverse and worthy mix.
Pakachoag Church was guided in the selection of this instrument by its then resident Organist and Director of Music, Patricia Snyder, DMA. Guests recitalists have included Jeffrey Brillhart (dedicatory concert 1997), Martin Baker (1999), Katharine Pardee (1999), Murray Forbes Somerville (2000), Peter Sykes (2001), Brett Maguire (2002), Scott Lamlein (2007), and for the tenth anniversary of the installation in 2007, Andrew Shenton, Patricia Snyder, Ian Watson, and Donald Meineke.
16 Bourdon (Gt.)
8 Spire Flute
8 Trumpet (ext.)
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Mechanical key action; electric stop action with multilevel combination action.