Mezzosoprano, guests at Park Ave. church

Mezzo-soprano Janice Edwards, known for her rare combination of outstanding musical and acting ability, returns to open the PACC Concert Series 2019-2020 season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.

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The eclectic program includes songs in Spanish, Portuguese, German and English, including two by PACC’s Music Director Jeffrey Brody.

Joined Edwards is guitarist Berit Strong for Rodrigo’s “Aranjuez, me pensée” and Aaron Sandford for Brahms’s Opus 28, “Four songs for Alto and Baritone.”

The concert takes place in the acoustically lively sanctuary of the Park Avenue Congregational Church, at 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington Heights.

A reception for the artists in the parish hall follows the concert.

Tickets in advance are $18 adults and $12 seniors/students, and at the door $23 and $15.

Edwards has performed to acclaim for her expressive and rich, warm voice in operas and concerts in the U.S., Denmark and the Czech Republic.

Her artistic versatility serves her well in repertoire that encompasses dramatic principal roles in operas by Wagner and Verdi, solos in oratorios by Bach and Mahler, and in lesser-known contemporary works.

Career highlights include a complete Ring Cycle with Arizona Opera, and major works of Mahler with the Lexington and New Hampshire Symphony Orchestras, Czech Radio Orchestra and New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble.

Strong has more than 30 years of experience performing internationally as a classical guitarist with a broad repertoire, and as a recording artist. She also plays the viola da gamba and teaches from her home in Acton.

 She enjoys playing at weddings and a wide variety of events from intimate to large and formal.

Sandford, who has studied with Melissa Osmond, Sammy Huh and Edwards, is a member of the Amare Cantare chamber choir of Durham, N.H.

He has also sung as a member and soloist with choirs in Manchester, N.H., Washington, D.C., and Hillside, Mich. A graphic designer by profession, he lives in New Boston, N.H.

Brody, in addition to his role as PACC’s music director, is active as a composer, conductor, vocal coach and organist, and does musical preparation for Boston opera companies. As music director and pianist for Longwood Opera, he has prepared and performed more than 50 complete operas.

As music adviser of the Boston Wagner Society, he selects repertoire and artists for their concerts and is a contributor to their quarterly, Wagneriana.

His compositions include two operas, as well as works for chorus, chamber music and organ. Most recently, the Berlin Symphony premiered one of his commissioned works in the renowned Berlin Philharmonie.

For more information about the PACC Concert Series, call the church office at 781-643-8680 or visit the church's website at

The church office is closed in the afternoon, but you can leave messages on the church’s answering machine and advance tickets will be held for you at the door.

The church is at Park Avenue and Paul Revere Road, one block up from Mass. Ave., Arlington Heights. It is handicapped-accessible and on MBTA bus route 77.

This news announcement was published Monday, Oct. 13, 2019.

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