2019 Meeting House Events
Saturday, June 22nd, 7:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Meeting House – Songs That Made It & Some That Didn’t
Why sit at home, alone in your room? Come here the music play! with a talented cast of local performers bringing the heart of the Great White Way to the Shirley Meeting House. The program will include songs from well-known musicals such as The Sound of Music, Little Mermaid, Les Miserables, Finian’s Rainbow, Oliver, Sweeney Todd and others that you may have never heard like Beautiful Game and The Other Franklin and Phantom. The performers for the evening are Emilie Faucher, Samantha Sickorez, Jay Sickorez, Lucy Arrigo, Holly Haase, William Annand, Victoria Landry, Sheila Mitchell, Janice Yancy, Thomas Lynch, Olivia Oestreicher and Anna Loughlen all accompanied by pianist Emily Murphy. No reserved seating for this popular event so come early for the best seats. Admission is $15.00. Doors open at 6:30. All are invited to a reception after the performance to meet the musicians.
Saturday, August 17th, 7:00 p.m. – Tedesco Duo
Tedesco Duo is a lively flute and guitar duo from New England comprised of Arielle Burke on flute and Catherine O’Kelly on guitar. They perform repertoire from all eras, with an emphasis on contemporary music. Arielle and Catherine began performing together in 2011 as students at The Hartt School. Their first performance was of Sonatina for Flute and Guitar by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, which is what prompted them to name the ensemble “Tedesco Duo.” They have since performed the works of composers such as Mauro Giuliani, Astor Piazzolla, Phillip Houghton, Libby Larsen, Roberto Sierra, and Máximo Diego Pujol. Tedesco Duo has been praised for their communicative playing and for performing repertoire that is colorful and spirited. This concert is sponsored by Golden Girl Granola. Admission: $15.00
Sunday, September 15th, 4:00 p.m. – Seven Times Salt – Pilgrims’ Progress: Music of the Plimoth Colony Settlers
The Plimoth colonists, or “Pilgrims” as they were later called, were a diverse and sometimes fractious group of Separatists and Anglicans, religious zealots and irreverent opportunists, many of whom had lived in the Netherlands prior to their emigration. They brought with them a repertoire of music as diverse as their reasons for coming to the New World, and the Plimoth Colony heard not just solemn English psalms, but also catches, ballads, dance tunes, instrumental divisions, and occasionally the rarefied music of the English court. This program features music of Morley and Ravenscroft, plus selections from the Dutch ‘t Uitnement Kabinet, the Bay Psalm Book, and John Playford’s English Dancing Master. Fictional “diary entries” will be interspersed, read aloud in Original Pronunciation. Admission: $15.00
“I passed the meeting house without saying a prayer” is one of the public confessions of the mid-19th-century Shaker women in Arlene Hutton’s play “As It Is in Heaven.” This modest, one-act play is a gentle portrait of a culture very different from ours. Set in 1838, it explores issues of faith through the eyes of nine women in the Shaker village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky and how their community is turned upside down when a newcomer claims to see visions of angels. Suggested Donation: $15.00
Our annual Halloween Event with a Ghost Walk on the Common, Entertainment in the Shirley Meeting House, A Spooky Room and a Halloween Dance Party at the Center Town Hall, Admission: $5.00 children under 5 free.
Join us in the Shirley Meeting House for our annual Candlelight Vespers program
Saturday, December 14th – A Christmas Carol – Mark Jefferies
Meeting House programs are sponsored in part by a grant from the Shirley Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.