St. Joseph Parish makes a joyful noise in benefit concert

By Julie Kelleher

With equal parts enthusiasm and expertise, the St. Joseph Parish, Medford Music Ministry, presented its annual concert on Oct. 22, 2017. The Adult Choir exhibited their  range, from the toe-tappin’ “Calendar Girl” to the solemn strains of Gounod’s “Ave Maria.” The Youth Choir regaled the enthusiastic audience with a rollicking medley from the musical “Oliver!” and The Messengers (the ministry’s young adult music group) performed pieces from “Rent,” as well as a somber original piece called “Oceans.” As in years past, there was plenty of opportunity for the audience to join with the choirs in singing, which they did.

Violinist Noralee Walker, accompanied by pianist Holly Zagaria, performed the popular violin piece, Vivaldi’s “Spring” from “The Four Seasons.” There were three exquisite duets: Jeremy Ridore and Lisa Scudder sang “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King”; Charles Morin and Renee Paone performed “Try To Remember” from “The Fantasticks”; and Music Director Betsy Pesce was joined by her husband, Phillip, as they sang the main title theme from “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing.”

This year’s program was dedicated in loving memory of Reverend Edward F. (“Fr. Ed”) Doughty and Anna M. Scully, and, in their honor, a portion of the proceeds from the concert program ad book will be donated to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and to The Marine Corps Scholarship Fund.

Another tradition: following the concert, the audience enjoyed a luncheon in the social center catered by Carroll’s Restaurant in Medford  — once again, through the generosity and kindness of parishioner, Attorney Victor Garo.

About 350 people took the opportunity to join the choirs and instrumentalists in this prayerful and playful musical celebration.

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Videographer and Neighborhood View guest contributor Julie Kelleher is a Malden resident and member of St. Joseph Parish, along with a number of other Malden residents.

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