New Bedford parish seeking members to
be part of grand Christmas program


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Do you love singing in a four-part harmony choir? Have you ever wanted to sing with a large group?

St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford is sending out an invitation to come out and sing as a part of its Christmas program.  

David Touchette will be the director, and Isleila Rodrigues will be accompanying on piano. Steven Young is playing the organ, with Charlene Monte on cello, Neil Sylvia on percussion, and Patrice Tiedemann on flute — a very formidable team indeed.

Touchette already picked out music — a few favorites from the past, and a few new ones.  There will be a sing-along of five Christmas hymns, and of course ending with the “Hallelujah Chorus.” 

In order to make this program the best it can be, adequate rehearsal time is required. For interested persons, a link containing the music will be sent to their emails so they can listen in advance. Additionally, Bob Harbick has already finished making the practice CDs.  

The concert is December 15 at 3 p.m. Rehearsals will take place on Mondays in the classroom at the Nye Street entrance from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Six rehearsals will start November 4  and end December 9. There is a possible dress rehearsal  Saturday morning December 14 in the church. The choir fee is $16 and includes music and a rehearsal CD.

Those who are interested in becoming a part of this grand Christmas celebration should call Gisele Pappas at 508-264-8010 so they can come by St. Anthony’s on a Sunday morning and obtain a CD. Members are encouraged to invite friends to hear the CD and possibly join the choir.

Also performing will be: the Spanish Choir from the church; the Borges Family Singers, also from the church; and the Stang High School Chorus. 


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