…And is an Integral Part of Congregational Church History
Music is an integral part of our Church life. From Sunday morning hymns and anthems to special music on holidays and community concerts, we celebrate and share our faith through our sacred music. Our choirs provide an opportunity for members and friends to develop and share their musical gifts.
Our music director/organist, Chris Dabbo, oversees every aspect music in our church. This talented musician supervises the selection and purchase of music, conducts the Senior Choir and together with the music committee, arranges for an exceptional array of professional musicians who enhance our services and grace our Church with concerts.
Several years ago the Congregational Church of Burlington was gifted a three-octave set of Schulmerich handbells and since then has been given a three-octave set of Yamaha hand-chimes. Our handbell choir, The Balcony Ringers, presently consists of eight dedicated ringers and plays during worship in the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and several other times from September through June. They rehearse once a week for 1 1/2 hours September through June. We welcome new members who can read music twice a year. The handbell choir sometimes plays for member weddings and at area handbell festivals.
Currently looking for someone to lead this worthy cause, the children sing during worship a few times each year. Rehearsals are scheduled prior to these performances.
Music Series Program
The Concert Series at the Congregational Church of Burlington is modest in the number of presentations, but not in the caliber of talent! Performances are usually on Friday nights or Sunday afternoons. All Music Series concerts are free, although a free-will offering will be collected for those wishing to donate.
We have been blessed in the past to have the following performances in our very own Sanctuary:
|Date of Performance||Artist||Talent|
|May 5, 2019||Thomasina Levy||Mountain Dulcimer & Songwriter|
|May 12, 2018||Linda M. Bento-Rei & Susan Knapp Thomas||Symphony Flute & Harp|
|November 11, 2017||Melissa Morgan & Jarosla Lis||Cello & Violin|
|May 7, 2017||Alta, a renaissance wind trio||A wind trio specializing in the performance of music from the Renaissance and Baroque on period instruments - shawm, trombone, recorder, percussion, flute and more.|
|November 6, 2016||The Rosewood Chamber Ensemble||A talented duo playing Music from Monticello on historical flutes & guitars!|
|May 22, 2016||The Rosenthals||A father-son duo blending bluegrass, jazz and more!|
|November 8, 2015||The Laurel Double Reed Ensemble||Performs eclectic, educational concerts in various combinations of oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn & bassoon.|
|May 17, 2015||The KC Sisters||Five sisters ranging from age 11 to age 17. Five sing, five play violin, five play bass, three play guitar, three play piano and five play drums.|
|November 2, 2014||Take Two||Local jazz duo singing a vast repertoire of Jazz standards from the "Golden Age" of American song.|
|May 4, 2014||Louis Romao||Guitarist - Classical, Jazz & Popular|
|November 3, 2013||Let Your Light Shine||Vocalists Bob & Claudia Hughes accompanied by Chris Dabbo on piano. Duets and solos across many musical genres.|
|April 28, 2013||The Mark Templeton Trio||Jazz musicians|
|November 11, 2012||Thirzah Bendokas||Cellist|
|April 22, 2012||Legacy Jazz||To date, the only act to return to our Sanctuary. Another fine afternoon of piano, percussion, bass & drum selections.|
|November 13, 2011||Johsual Kohl, Tenor & Bridgete de Mauro Castro, Accompanist||Strong singing accompanied by wonderful piano.|
|May 15, 2011||Teresa Mango||Concert Harpist|
|November 14, 2010||Classical Jazz Quartet||Featuring Electric Violin, String Bass, Drums & Piano|
|May 2, 2010||Kelet Duo||Playing Classical and Broadway selections on Piano and Violin|
|November 6, 2009||Jerrod Cattey Quartet||Featuring Bass, Drums, Piano & Guitar|
|November 7, 2008||Scott Sanchez||Featuring Classical Guitar|
|May 16, 2008||Button and Keys||Piano and Accordion program|
|November 16, 2007||CT Opera Express||Sang a program by Arias, Duets & Quartets of Light Opera|
|May 4, 2007||Legacy Jazz||Featuring Piano, Percussion, Brass & Drums|
|November 10, 2006||Woodland Scholars||Acapella Singers|
|May 7, 2006||Bohemian Brogue||Musical Renditions played on Oboe, English Horn, Brass Baritone, Bassoon, Cello & Harpsichord|
|November 4, 2005||Thula Sizwe||Traditional music & dance from South Africa|
|April 17, 2005||The Alturas Duo - Scott Hill, Guitarist, and Carlos Boltes, Viola & Charango||Performing Latin and classical music|
|September 14, 2004||Peter Harvey||Music from the Civil War, WWI and WWII eras.|
|May 15, 2004||Laura Garritson||Soloist in the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto|
|September 27, 2003||Borealis Woodwind Quartet||Grammy nominated group delivering beautiful wind-based music.|
|May 17, 2003||The Constitution Brass Quintet||Selections spanning from the "Renaissance to Ragtime and beyond", including Civil War era music.|
|April 27, 2002||Julie Glaub||Irish Folk Singer|