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Please return ‘Messiah’ scores

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By Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 Letters

To the editor:

Just about this time two years ago my partner and I relocated to Great Barrington from our Hillsdale home of thirty-one years. Among the many pleasures we find in GB is volunteering for the Berkshire Bach Society, assuming a number of odd jobs.

BBS’s Saturday afternoon Messiah Sing was a particular joy. The Congregational Church was almost jammed, with oodles of children and singers of all races and religions.

Sadly, even though the event was free, and complete copies of Handel’s score were LENT to participants, four copies walked out of the sanctuary, neither returned nor purchased (which was an available option). This occurred in spite of the diligent efforts of more than a half dozen long-time and devoted volunteer ushers who were collecting and placing the scores in their storage containers (and retrieving the “score cards” from the many who brought their own copies).

A message to the guilty parties: a purloined Messiah score won’t be an E-ZPass at the Pearly Gates.

John Lynn Jones

7 Elm Court

Great Barrington

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