Oure Pleasure Singers Christmas Concert "Advent Meditations"
When: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 4:00 PM
Where: Second Congregational Church, 50 Park Street, Route 123, Downtown Attleboro, MA 02703.
Cost: Free Admission, Free will offering accepted. Suggested donation is $10.
Contact: Fred Saunders, firstname.lastname@example.org, c:508-918-0123
This concert features beautiful music from the old to the contemporary, including such composers as Josquin des Prez, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Franz Biebl, Ola Gjeilo, and John Rutter. There will be organ music featuring organist Dr. Bill MacPherson and some group carol singing as well. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow the program.
Oure Pleasure Singers was named Adult Champion in the 2018 season of WGBH's 'Sing That Thing.' They are a small group of vocalists, under interim director of John Totter, dedicated to the joy of serious music-making. Comprised of singers from Providence, Attleboro, and surrounding communities, the ensemble sings an eclectic variety of music, ranging from plainchant to jazz, and embracing both the sacred and the secular. Based in Attleboro, Oure Pleasure was founded in 1983 by friends who were seeking the special enjoyment of a small, closely-knit vocal ensemble. In its earlier days, Oure Pleasure concentrated on madrigals and music of the Renaissance and Medieval periods, and its name is borrowed from the words of the madrigal "Sing We and Chant It," once its signature piece.
John Totter is an alumnus of Oure Pleasure Singers, and currently serves as the Interim Director. He has been a church organist and choir director in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Alabama, where he was accompanist and assistant conductor of the Mobile Opera Company. He currently serves at Church of Our Saviour in Brookline. John holds a Master of Music from Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School of Music. John is a skilled piano technician and tuner, and is owner of The Piano Practice, located in Pawtucket. He is also a Baritone with the Seraphim Singers in the Boston area.
Dr. William A. MacPherson has been Music Director of Second Congregational Church for 25 years. He holds graduate degrees in Music from Harvard University and is a long-time member of the Music faculty at Wheaton College, where he taught Music History and Theory, and serves as College Organist. He has also taught at Holy Cross and Community College of Rhode Island. He was first and long-time accompanist for the Providence Singers, served for ten years as Organist of Temple Emmanu-el, Providence, and for more than 25 years as Organist and Music Director at the Evangelical Covenant Church, Attleboro.