Dana Vespers to hold 790th concert July 28

  • Pioneer Valley Brass will perform a free public concert at the Swift River Valley Historical Society on Sunday, July 28, at 3:30 p.m. Left to right: Dick Tandy, Jim Engele, Joe Hoye, Jeri Bannister and Melissa Griffith, who filled in for Curt Coolidge last year. Contributed photo

Staff Writer
Published: 7/22/2019 6:44:55 AM

NEW SALEM — There have been 789 concerts memorializing the four towns that were flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir in the 1930s. Later this month, that number will rise to 790.

On Sunday, July 28, at 3:30 p.m., the next such concert commemorating the lost towns of Dana, Greenwich, Enfield and Prescott will be held at the Swift River Valley Historical Society, 40 Elm St.

The concert, performed by the Pioneer Valley Brass, is part of the Dana Vespers program, a series of musical performances set up by a trust fund of the First Universalist Parish of North Dana in the 1930s.

The program, which is subject to change, is set to include traditional and modern selections specially arranged for brass quintet, including “American Fanfare”; “2 Lollipops for Brass Quintet”; “Salut d’Amour”; “Bothnian Rhapsody”; “Struth”; “Start Tappin’”; “Restin’ Up”; “Trekkin’ Home”; “Tin Roof Blues”; “Send in the Clowns”; “Rainforest”; “Down on the Corner”; and “Birdland.”

According to organizer Maureen Riendeau, the First Universalist Parish of North Dana was forced to leave town because of the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir, which now provides drinking water for much of the Boston area. Two sisters, Catherine Mason and Mary Hale, set up the Dana Vespers trust fund to memorialize their church parish — “vespers” means an evening church service of prayer or often song. The fund is still managed by descendants and friends of the parishioners.

Reach David McLellan at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.

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