WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"The Wellesley Choral Society is truly a special organization," says Linda Derezinski of Wellesley, a soprano who's been singing with the group for a decade. "We are a non-audition, all-volunteer chorus, open to anyone who loves to sing. We draw people of many ages, many walks of life, and with many different musical skills." As the only community- based chorus in Wellesley, the group provides an opportunity for resi- dents of Wellesley and surrounding towns to study and learn great choral music, and for Metrowest concertgoers to attend concerts at a reasonable price. "We have been given a grant this year by the Fund for Wellesley to increase our outreach to seniors in the area, so we are actively recruiting new singers as well as new audience members in the young senior demographic," adds Derezinski. The group rehearses Monday nights from September through May and performs in churches in and around Wellesley. "We have never turned away anyone who wants to sing with us," she explains. "Some of our members are very skilled. Many are church choir singers. Most of us may have sung with our college glee clubs many years ago, but some are brand new vocalists who have come to singing from other instruments. We sing challenging music, so people with no musical experience at all may find it difficult to master." For Derezinski, singing is her "me-time — involving her mind and body in a way very little else does." She says the WCS is a chance for her to indulge in her love of singing on a weekly basis. "I am so wide awake when I come home from rehearsal on Monday evenings, I often have trouble falling asleep!" Five-year WCS soprano, Nina Moss, agrees. "I love the total immer- sion of our rehearsals each week. For two hours, we exist in a cocoon. No cell phones. No multitasking. Just focused on working together to slowly achieve individual and group mastery of the music. In a cynical, fragmented world, we get to experience community with people we don't always know well, doing work we love, or learn to love. That is a privilege," she adds. Soprano Elisabeth Dambolena has been singing with the WCS since 1978. She says, "Sometimes I don't feel like going to rehearsal — for example on a cold, dark winter evening. But I go, and a M E D I A B A K E R Y Rediscover Your Voice No matter how old you are or how talented, if you love to sing, there's a place for you right here at home. If you've been thinking about joining a singing group, now is the time to rediscover your voice. It will not only lift your spirits and introduce you to new friends, it will be a weekly reminder of the joy singing can evoke, even on the darkest of days. Upcoming Local Choral Performances n THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 • 7:00 P.M. Wellesley High School Winter Concert at Wellesley High School n TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 • 7:30 P.M. Weston Community Chorus Concert at Weston High School n WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 • 7:30 P.M. Weston High School Concert at Weston High School n SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 • 4:00 P.M. Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus Christmas Concert with The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School at Regis College n SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 • 7:00 P.M. WCS Americana Cabaret Concert at Wellesley Hills Congregational Church n THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 • 7:00 P.M. Wellesley High School Pops/Step-Up Concert at Wellesley High School n SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 • 4:00 P.M. Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus at Brothers Sing On! A Cappella Festival at WHS n FRIDAY, MARCH 9 • 7:00 P.M. Wellesley High School Acastock concert at Wellesley High School n WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 • 7:30 P.M. Weston High School Pops Concert at Weston High School n THURSDAY, APRIL 26 • 7:00 P.M. WHS Masterwork Concert at WHS n SUNDAY, MAY 13 • 4:00 P.M. WCS 70th Anniversary Spring Concert at Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills n MONDAY, MAY 14 • 7:30 P.M. Weston Community Chorus Concert at Weston High School n SUNDAY, JUNE 3 • 4:00 P.M. Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus New England Concordance at Cary Hall, Lexington 106 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8 Sing!

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