On All Saints Sunday, November 3 at 2 pm, hear nearly 50 Plymouth Choir voices and the 17-member woodwind/string Festival Orchestra when they perform Mozart’s Requiem: a benefit concert for Mary’s Place, soloists are: Soprano, Karen Burlingame; Alto, Wendy McKee; Tenor, Jon Palmason; Bass, Charles Robert Stephens. Douglas Cleveland will conduct, and renowned timpani player Paul Hansen adds percussive emphasis.
Plymouth Choir last performed Mozart Requiem in 2005. “I’ve had a lot of choir members request this piece,” says Cleveland. “The Requiem’s beautiful simplicity and melodic lines make it a classical favorite.”
Why a benefit for Mary’s Place? “This concert as a way to merge two of Plymouth’s foundation pillars; music and social justice, into one,” Cleveland explains.
Marty Hartman, Executive Director for Mary’s Place adds, “This is lifesaving. The opportunity to bring more homeless families inside during the cold, dark winter is huge.” Mary’s Place currently provides three night shelters (one of which Plymouth provided seed money to start) and a one day center that accommodates up to 140 women and children. Their services (including hot meals, showers, laundry, clothing, medical care and connections to housing, employment and financial benefits) are free and easily accessible. “It’s a place to be reminded that you are worthy and lovable just the way that you are,” – Janice Randall