Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 6, 2013

The chapel is calling Sunrise Singers

The Sunrise Singers make a return engagement to the historic setting of the chapel at West Parish Garden Cemetery tomorrow for one of its most popular appearances of the year.

The choral group from the Center at Punchard will perform Friday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at the chapel located on the cemetery grounds at 129 Reservation Road. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Linda Kirk, the ensemble features 25 men and women between the ages of 60 and 85.

Geared for the whole family, the program will spotlight a variety of musical styles, including such classics as “Pennies from Heaven,” “Brighten My Soul” and “When the Saints/This Train” medley.

In addition to the approximately one-hour-long performance, audience-goers will enjoy the garden on the grounds, which is in full bloom.

The chapel at West Parish Cemetery is considered the crown jewel of the West Parish Center National Historic District. It was constructed in 1909 as part of a master plan to convert the once-rural, 4-acre burial ground into a 50-acre garden cemetery.

Funded and built by William M. Wood, president of the American Woolen Company, the chapel was designed in a Romanesque style typical of English and Scottish kirks that dot the countryside throughout Great Britain. Constructed of native stone, it is one of only two Massachusetts churches in which all of its windows were fashioned by Tiffany of New York.

In 1998, the chapel was restored through the generosity of the Friends of the West Parish Garden Cemetery and a grant from the Massachusetts Historic Commission.

Last year’s Sunrise Singers’ concert at the chapel sold out. Tickets are $10 and available only in advance at the Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court. Proceeds will benefit chorus activities.

A round-trip bus ride leaves the center at 1:15 p.m. and is limited to 12 passengers; total cost is $2. Parking is available onsite as well.

For information or tickets, call the Center at Punchard at 978-623-8321.

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