News & Happenings
November 29, 2017
November 6, 2017
The Greater Milford Community Chorus Announces 2017-18 Season
The Greater Milford Community Chorus (GMCC) isexcited to announce their 2017-18 Season, presented in a new venue this year, Milford's historic Town Hall, also home to the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra.
GMCC has two holiday concert performances scheduled;Saturday evening, December 2 at 7:30 pmand a matinee on Sunday, December 3 at 1:30 pm, in the Grand Ballroom of the Town Hall. The building is handicap accessible and parking is free.
Under the musical direction of Dan Zabinski since 2011, GMCC has been rehearsing some of their favorite Christmas and holiday songs for the upcoming winter concerts. This years' program isentitled"Hallelujah”in recognition of the late great singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen. "We are thrilled that the 2017-18 season lineup incorporates a mix of beloved traditional holiday songs and several other works that will delight and lift the spirits our audience members," stated Zabinski. Accompanying the GMCC on piano is Wayne Ward, Professor of Music Education at Berklee College of Music.
GMCC's two performances of "Hallelujah"will be dedicated to the late Don Thatcher who first organized the GMCC in April, 1973 and retired after 37 years of leadership in 2010. Linnea Silvia, GMCC President, fondly remembers Thatcher as a man who dedicated much of his life to music and brought much joy to his students and audiences by sharing his musical talents and passion. "It will be an honor and a pleasure to celebrate Don's life with joyful music that brings people together during the upcoming holiday season," stated Silvia.
GMCC's other scheduled performances are March 11, 2018 with the New England Tenors in Hopedale, and May 6, 2018 for the GMCC Spring Concert, at Milford Town Hall.
The Greater Milford Community Chorus was organized in April, 1973 under the directorship of the late Don Thatcher who retired in 2010 after 37 years of leadership. For45 years GMCC has entertained the local area through the presentation of varied choral performances in order to entertain and enrich the musical experience of our singers and audiences alike.
GMCC members come from Milford and many of the surrounding towns. TheGMCC is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Milford Community Use Program and the Milford, Bellingham, Hopedale, Uxbridge and Mendon Cultural Councils, thru the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information, please visit their website:www.greatermilfordcommunitychorus.com
Tickets are now on sale at Music & Arts (formerly The Music Nook) located at164 Main Street, Milford, or from any chorus member, for $8; tickets will be sold at the door for $10.00. Children under 12 are free.
In Spring 2017 the GMCC presented “The Fabulous ‘40s and ‘50s” at the Milford High School Auditorium. Under the direction of Director Dan Zabinski the chorus presented a wide selection of music from the forties and fifties including a “Rock Around the Fifties” medley! The chorus was accompanist by our pianist Wayne Ward who has been with the chorus since 2011. Also accompanying were Rob Orr on bass guitar, and David Byer on drums. Please see our concert on YouTube.
On March 12, 2017 the GMCC joined in their 5th Annual concert with the New England Tenors at the United Church of Christ in Hopedale. The GMCC and NET presented a variety of love songs, Irish songs, inspirational songs and songs from the forties and fifties.
GMCC singers took part in the 350th Celebration “Mother Mendon Sings” on Saturday March 25 at the Valley Chapel in Uxbridge. Over 200 singers from nine towns took part in this celebration honoring the history of the town of Mendon.
The GMCC outreach group “Melody & Harmony” performed for our friends at Countryside Health Care of Milford on Saturday April 1st. Presenting outreach programs in Milford and surrounding towns is our way of giving back to those who so graciously support our chorus.
The GMCC joined voices with the singers from Apple Tree Community Chorus on July 3rd at the Grafton Common in a Fourth of July Celebration. The chorus sang with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Paul Surapine.