Polymnia Choral Society will be honoring St. Patrick’s Day with all-Celtic concerts, featuring “Letters from Ireland,” at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose.
“Letters from Ireland” is a collection of well-loved rollicking jigs and plaintive ballads interspersed with the readings of actual letters written during the time of blight and the Great Famine during the 1840s. The famine caused the emigration of thousands of the Irish people to various parts of the world, especially England and America. Letters exchanged between those who felt that they had no choice but to leave and those who were left behind run a gamut of emotions, punctuating the suite of choral pieces. The letters will be read by Melrose’s own Mary Beth McAteer-Margolis and Brendan Carroll.
The program also features other Celtic pieces, solos by local Irish tenor Brendan Carroll, and Polymnia’s president, Steve Francis. Joining the musical fun and the nostalgic moments will be PJ Carroll, accordionist and Brendan’s brother. The stage will also be visited by Irish step dancers. This Celtic celebration will have everyone step dancing in the aisles.
Drinks and snacks will be available and baskets of prizes will be raffled. Polymnia, a not-for-profit organization, is supported in part by grants from the Melrose Bank, Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts, and by the Melrose Cultural Council and the Wakefield Cultural Council, local agencies funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The 2018 St. Patrick’s Day production promises to be dynamic and lively, and, in the traditional manner of Polymnia’s pops concerts, the music will appeal to all ages, making an event the whole family will enjoy; and table seating will be available.
Tickets for Table Seating are $30 (limited quantity). Auditorium Seating is $25, $20 for seniors, $15 for students, and $5 for children under 12, available online at www.polymnia.org or at Miter Biter Frame Company, 479 Main Street, Melrose.

Calling All Singers!

Polymnia Choral Society’s pops concert on June 2, 2018 will pay tribute to Elvis Presley. Join us as we prepare “All Shook Up,” a program honoring “The King” and tunes from the 1950s. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings, from 7:00—9:00, at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin Street, Melrose. No prepared audition necessary; all are welcome!