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:l llmmmmm Page6 POST-GAZETTE,"DECEMBER'2, 011 A Fun Experience by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari "No man is an Island unto doing your part, holding folded, stuffed stamped by Mary N. DiZazz_____~o himself' this quotation wasup your end of a project. The and sealed, each assuming first written by the Jacobean fact that what you are doing the job that needed to poet and preacher John will benefit someone other be done and willing to shift It's a Small World All THAT ZAZZ Donne (1572-1631), it refersthan yourself returns to you to an alternate job as the to the fact that human a wonderful feeling of accom- day pressed on. The work beings do not thrive when plishment, of having done seemed secondary to the isolated, that we are meant the "right thing." experience, not a difficult to share, to reach out, to So often as volunteers we job to accomplish but simply come to know our neigh- come into a situation that the reason that brought us bors. So profound are these requires teamwork that is, together for what was really words that they became sharing in the responsibil-an enjoyable afternoon. the title of a famous book by iCy of accomplishing a par-The words of John Donne, the Trappist monk Thomas ticular job. Recently we written centuries ago, are Merton, a book that concerns worked on a project for theas valid today as when they itself with his discovery of parish that seemed dauntingwere originally written, "No monastic life and the beauty at first, a large mailing that Man is an Island," we were of living in community, had to be in the mail within created to be together, to Over the years we have a very short period of timeshare our experiences and often worked in groups, Volunteers came together we are often happiest at either in business or as vol- and in the course of the those times spent with unteers, it is always a joy to hours we worked together, friends. We had volunteered work at something that is time seemed to fly by and to do a project meant to bigger than yourself, with what originally seemed likeserve a worthwhile purpose friends of a common purpose, a mountain to scale turned and were rewarded by the There is a feeling of accom- out to be a fun experience pleasure of a fun experience "MY Dollhouse" plishment that comes with with friends. We sorted, spent with friends. Ciao Bella, chased not too long ago. A Let's skip the beauty and brown hand-carved floor makeup tricks this week. I'd radio from the '40s and a Yo thp Mu i Sing Pinkh you to read about our white fridge and stove from u ro s ca s am pass-times we love, which the '50s. And then it began 4'W____ Jr. _.. Jr.__ ,, inevitably brings out a natu- ---the "miniature fever" they ral beauty in all of us. Mine called it. is my DollhouseI I drove to every miniature Join Youth pro Musica and In the early 1980s, when show I could fred. Eric Fuch's artistic director Robert I was living in a lovely studio in those days became my Barney for an engaging pro-with an outdoor pool in a de- best friend. I wall-papered gram of new music and cent area of South Lawrence, every room, put down every seasonal favorites for the I found my treasure! Next to floor, measured and framed winter holidays on Sunday, our giant green dumpster every inside and outside December 11 at 4:00 pm at sitting on the ground I spied door frame. Hand-made the First Unitarian Society in it! All quite empty inside of curtains for baby's and mas- Newton, 1326 Washington bare plywood except for some ter bedrooms. Painted the Street in West Newton. thick green carpeting whichhouse a cotton candy pink, Youth pro Musica wel- I eventually ripped out andand shingled the roof and comes guest organist David of course had to sand all the bricked the chimney. I also Carrier, Director of the New- floors from glue residue. The put brick and mortar in both ton Choral Society. YpM pre- outside was painted a sage fireplaces with a mirror and sents the premiere perfor- green with white shutters tweezer! mance of Die drei heilige and several window boxes. From friends I would hear KSnige (The three Holy Kings), The kitchen had a bow "So Mary are you coming the latest work by Boston- window also painted white, out dancing tonight with based composer Kurt Leland.Right there I decided to res- us?" And the same reply for The audience will also be cue this treasure, after all I a while was "I am in the THE DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY treated to the beloved Christ- didn't have to pay for it and midst of applying tile to the mas Cantata ("Sinfonia Sacra") I could always find another kitchen floor, hlah, blah, is pleased to invite you to a lecture by with organ and brass quar- "little girl" interested in it. I blah!" But I was happy and tet. Other featured pieces on cleared off a bureau and so fulfilled that this project the program include "Bereitethere it stood, came into my life and made FRANCO MORMANDO dich, Zion" from Johann Ideas came rushing in. I it all worthwhile. There were (Boston College) Sebastian Bach's Christmas remembered the three vin- Oratorio and Dietrich Buxte-rage wooden pieces I had pur- (Continued on Page 10) who will present his newly pul~lished book hude's In Dulci Jubilo with violin accompaniment. BERNINI: HIS LIFEAND HIS ROME Tickets are available in advance; they will also be (UnJversi of Chicago Press, 2011), available at the door. Chil- the first English-language biography of the dren 18 and under are FREE. Roman Baroque artist, Gian Lorenzo Bernini Call 617-666-6087 or online at www.youthpi' concerts.asp to reserve your tickets. Youth pro Musica: The Greater Boston Youth Cho- rus has introduced the joy and fellowship of choral sing- ing to generations of young ~ene~f ~or people. Weekly rehearsals provide vocal, ear and sight- H~rf~ End farni/iea and E/der/ singing training, choral dis- cipline and exposure to mu- Thursday, December 15, 2011 sic in foreign languages - cultivated in team-building atmosphere. YpM attracts 12:00 Noon members from all over Greater Boston, uniting young people from different FILIPPO'S RISTORANTE BALLROOM communities based on their 283 Causeway Street, Boston, Massachusetts shared interest in music. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2011, 5 pm Robert Barney was appointed 41Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 Artistic Director of Youth pro Tickets On SaleAt: Musica in September, 2009, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC the start of our 40th perfor- NORTH END mance season. He main- HEALTH CENTER DONATION Reception tofoUow tains an active musical ca- PER PERSON reer as a choral director, performer, teacher, and church musician, and has For further information: 617-876-5160 taught voice, piano and or- ADMITTANCE BY TICKET ONLY .................................... ....... , gap. for more.than 30 years. .- .................... .............................. -.- ...............