First Church Awarded 2015 Gian Lyman Silbiger Grant

Beacon Hill Times, August 14, 2015

Through the collaboration of violist da Gamba Carol Lewis and music director Dr. Paul Cienniwa, First Church in Boston, located at 66 Marlborough St., has been awarded the 2015 Gian Lyman Silbiger Grant of the Viola da Gamba Society of New England ( The award fosters the performance of music for viols and voices around New England and encourages further exploration of the viol and its music.

As recipient of the award, First Church in Boston will present music of Gibbons, Purcell and Weelkes during the service on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m.

Performers will include violists da gamba Mai-Lan Broekman, Janet Hass, Paul Johnson, Carol Lewis, and Alice Mroszczyk; the orbo player Olav Chris Henriksen; and the Choir of First Church in Boston under the direction of Dr. Paul Cienniwa. The service is open to the public and will also be broadcast live on Boston’s WERS radio and streamed on the Internet (

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