Sounds of Christmas Concert Program Listed

The North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra (NSPO) will once again assemble around the altar at St. Anthony’s Church for the Robert A. Marra Memorial “Sounds of Christmas” Concert Sunday, December 4, continuing a tradition that began in 1976.  Admission to the concert is free in exchange for a generous donation of non-perishable food to benefit the Revere Food Pantry.  Patrons are asked to bring their food in a sturdy box or bag.  The concert begins at 4 p.m.  The concert is principally sponsored by Bocchino Insurance Agency, Massport, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Xfinity, Astound Broadband, and Action Emergency Services.

The program includes a holiday essay written by Revere High School Senior Madison Lucchesi.  A talented writer and poet, her poem “Salutary Neglect” was featured last year in EmersonWRITES, a creative writing program by the Office of Enrollment and Student Success and the First Year Writing program at Emerson College.

The concert is named in memory of Robert A. Marra Sr., a violinist who was one of the original members of the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra in 1948.  A lifelong resident of Revere, he was instrumental in beginning the Christmas concert tradition, and the concert was named in his honor after his death in 2002.

The North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra plays three classical music concerts each year at Swampscott High School.   For more information and concert schedules visit

The program is as follows:

The North Shore

Philharmonic Orchestra

Robert Lehmann, Music Director

Malinda Haslett, soprano

Overture to The Gypsy Baron — JohannStrauss Jr., Gesu Bambino, Pietro Yon, arr. William Ryden, Malinda Haslett, soprano

Selections from “The Nutcracker” — Pyotr Tchaikovsky, March and  Waltz of the Flowers

Alleluja from Exsultate  Jubilate — Wolfgang Mozart, Ms. Haslett, soprano

An Original Christmas Essay — Madison Lucchesi, RHS Class of 2023

Polar Express Suite 6 — Alan Silvestri

Hanukkah Medley —  Lucas Richman, Ms. Haslett, soprano

Carol of the Bells — Mykola Leontovich,

White Christmas —  Irving Berlin, arr. Robert Russell Bennett, Ms. Haslett, soprano

Christmas Singalong —  arr. John Finnegan, Ms. Haslett, soprano and the entire audience

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