First Parish Musicians Organize Benefit Concert on Martha's Vineyard

Seven current & former members of the Chalice Singers and twelve adult musicians from First Parish UU of Arlington traveled to Martha's Vineyard to organize the June 1 One Fund Boston Benefit Concert at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vineyard Haven. We helped to raise $1510 for One Fund Boston!

Philip Dietterich accompanied us for Carly Simon's Let the River Run, and we sang a cappella versions of That Lonesome Road (James Taylor) and One Voice (Ruth Moody). We collaborated with Jim Thomas & the U. S. Slave Song Project Spirituals Choir (https://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Slave-Song-Project-Inc/135145997779), Phil Dietterich & the Vintage Voices (http://www.mvgazette.com/news/2012/02/09/vintage-voices-show), Peter Boak & the Choir of the Federated Church of Edgartown (http://www.edgfedchurch.com), David Rhoderick (Music Director, West Tisbury Congregational Church) and two soloists from the Scottish Society of Martha's Vineyard (http://mvscots.org). Jim Thomas will be bringing his group to visit Arlington next season. He was interviewed on WFVA about slave songs and spirituals at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-yQV2M7CY0

We also  attended the UU Society of Martha's Vineyard on Sunday, June 2. Peter Palches planned the moving service dealing with mental health issues. We joined with members of the UUSMV choir to sing hymns and anthems. We were accompanied UUSMV Organist Carol Loud and UUSMV Choir Director John Gorman. They have a website at : http://www.uusmv.org


  • Patricia, Caleb, Lily, Laura, Bella, and George in the Waterside Market (Vineyard Haven)
  • Lily won the brass ring on the historic Oak Bluffs carousel
  • George & Caleb consulting with the ALPACA committee
  • Island Alpaca
  • Name buttons from the Vineyard UU Church
  • Vineyard UU Church (the service was so full we ran out of Orders of Service!)
  • Oil paintings on the Oak Bluffs Carousel
  • View from the Ferry
  • First Parish group bicycling from Vineyard Haven to Lambert's Cove in West Tisbury
  • Flute Duet (Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze) accompanied by UUSMV Choir Director John Gorman
  • Inside the Katharine Cornell Theater, above the Tisbury Town Hall. Singers on the left are from the U. S. Slave Song Project & Spirituals Choir; Singers seated under the painting are from the Federated Church of Edgartown
  • Members of the Intergenerational First Parish Arlington Choir entering the concert hall
  • Members of the choir singing Beethoven with new "banana" lyrics as a warm-up
  • East Chop lighthouse, between Oak Bluffs and Vineayrd Haven (Cape Cod in the distance)

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